The Tassen Museum of Bags and Purses

Toronto might have a shoe museum, but Amsterdam has a little museum dedicated entirely to handbags. The Tassen Museum of Bags and Purses is a must-see for anyone who is interested in fashion history or hoards all of the latest it-bags. It houses the world’s largest collection of bags – with 4000 pieces. But even if bags aren’t your thing, you can enjoy the stunning decor of this updated canal house originally built in 1664. I fell in love with many pieces, and my camera phone went a little bit nuts taking pictures of the collections. A silk-embroidered clutch from the early 1920s. This shell and enamel handbag from the height of the Art Deco era was stunning. It was my favourite piece in the museum by far. The leopard skin bag (1940s), sunnies, scarf and Schiaperelli catalogue epitomize an era of glamour and luxury. I would die for this set… View Full Post

Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess

Yesterday, I had the chance to catch TIFF Bell Lightbox’s exhibition, “Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess”. In honour of the event (and outing), I wore this look inspired by Grace Kelly herself. I wore a pale blue dress from Forever XXI, a cognac Kelly bag and a vintage leopard topper. I think the colour of my dress echoes Kelly’s cool, composed elegance and the bag is one of her signatures! At the exhibition, I got a chance to see the sac à dépêches Kelly herself toted on her white gloved arm. The whole city has been taken over by posters of the image behind me. I tried to mirror her pose in this picture. I think it’s funny how are dresses are similar yet very different at the same time. The dress was designed by Edith Head, who designed the costumes in the film that won her the gold statuette, Country Girl.  To… View Full Post

Grace Kelly

I have been dying to see TIFF’s newest exhibition, Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess.  They recently held a contest to win two tickets to a Michael Kors fashion show in NYC! I decided to enter the style challenge to embody Grace Kelly’s style. This look is Grace-inspired because it emulates her timeless elegance.  My dress is by Breeyn McCarney.  I fell in love with it when I saw it on her blog, it’s part of her line, Another Word for Pink. This frock takes the classic new look silhouette of the 1950s, but it is updated with a modern, sustainable fabric.  I love the way the fabric is translucent and is as light as air.  When you wear it over a slip, I feel like it’s a cotton candy striped cloud. Grace was known for wearing feminine white gloves with her outfits, and I borrowed a vintage pair… View Full Post

I try to be like Grace Kelly…

In honour of the exhibition, Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess at TIFF, here are some items to help you pull off the Grace Kelly look. The Women’s Post is giving away both the necklace and tickets to the exhibition so be sure to enter before time runs out! Stellfox Shopper Bag The Hermes Kelly bag is one of the most iconic handbags of all time. Channel the bag that was named after a Princess for a lot less!  This leather handbag features a croc-embossed texture and a rich cherry red colour that’s perfect for the holidays.  The top zip closure is pracitcal and makes it easy to grab your cellphone while it’s still ringing.  The gold padlock ads a signature touch to this chic bag that can go from day to evening.  Until you save up enough money for a real Kelly, this one will make you look… View Full Post