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Saint Laurent Paris – Unveiled

Today, fans and fashionistas can take a peek at the new Saint Laurent Paris logo (formerly iconic YSL).

The new logo design was unveiled last week at the brand’s SoHo store, which is under construction. Boarded up walls and windows revealed the brand’s new image. This box was released on Saint Laurent’s Facebook page today, and met a lot of backlash from its followers.

“This looks like it belongs on a funeral card. Dislike!”

“Everybody with Microsoft Word could have “designed” that logo”

“Hedi Slimane’s Pandora’s boxing”

While the majority haven’t been won over by the brand’s new minimalist approach to the logo, I’m not upset about it. While the “YSL” is iconic, yes, it’s just as tacky as the eponymous LV or CC. Those few letters encapsulate brands and I feel that shifting away from that puts more focus on fashion design and less on stamping logos into leather purses so that suburban mall-dwellers and rich bitches can tote them around.  Besides, Yves Saint Laurent’s brand started under a different name: Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, (go on, Wikipedia it).

Queen Bee

Black and yellow. Lace and polka dots. Bumblebees and dandelions. Pairings that make me happy and remind me of summertime.

My yellow lace dress is from H&M, as are my polka dot sheer stockings. My collar is from H&M. Damnit. I don’t like dressing in head-to-toe H&M, but I’m an exchange student on a budget!

My ring was picked up at a pop-up shop in the 9 Streets of Amsterdam. It features a real marble stone and was made by a design student, obviously imitating the classic Arty Ovale from Yves Saint Laurent.

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This look was inspired by the emerging colours of Spring. Who knew that while I was in Berlin, I found a tiny shopping mall and courtyard to match my outfit! This little courtyard is called the Rosenhöfe, near Hackesher Markt.

I’m wearing a blazer from H&M. I love the rose colour and it goes with everything, that I’m wearing it as a Spring jacket! My grey lace dress is from Forever XXI and my booties are from Amsterdam. It’s so funny how my outfit matched the shopping place to a tee!

I fell in love with the rose-painted stucco, and turquoise iron art deco details on the staircase, railings and awnings. It was a beautiful little square to enjoy a coffee or shop at H&M or MAC… as well as a couple other cute boutiques.

Spring is definitely sprouting in Europe. This cherry blossom branch was so fragrant and lovely to see.

My gold and black YSL Arty Ovale look-a-like from an Amsterdam Market adds a trendy and edgy touch to this look.

I could spend all day in that Barbie-pink shopping centre, with a scoop of strawberry gelato of course!

Photos by Nicole Clark.

Bathing Babe

I’ve always been inspired by pictures from the 1940s of gorgeous, curvy women lounging poolside in their maillots de bain. This look was inspired by retro synchronized swimmers, like Esther Williams, and it was the perfect opportunity to showcase a floral bathing cap that’s a blast from the past.

My bathing suit is a vintage piece by Yves Saint Laurent.  It’s one of my most cherished items in my closet, and I’m lucky enough to own it in black! (Thank you, mama!)

I love the plunging neckline and silkscreened belt adorning the waist.

I thought that the vintage coke bottle completed the look. In Mexico, most soft drinks come in the original curvy bottle, and I love it! My sunglasses are the Minimal Baroques from Prada.  They are my absolute favourite pair.

I think it would be amazing if more people would lounge out in retro bathing suits, and maybe bring synchronized swimming into the mainstream again…

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7 For All Mankind Store Opening

Wednesday night, I attended the opening of 7 For All Mankind’s flagship store in Yorkdale Mall.

Supermodel Yasmin Warsame hosted the event, representing the charity she’s involved with, The African Future (TAF), a charity that provides food and medical supplies to the drought ravaged country of Somalia.  Warsame was born in Somalia and came to Canada when she was only 15.

I was lucky enough to meet Warsame, who was so gracious and passionate about the charity and their efforts.

The event featured a silent auction where guests could bid on artwork created by seven Toronto-based artists.  All proceeds from the auction and a portion of the evening’s sales profits go to TAF.

True Comfort by Phoebe Lo

Table for 2. Dinner for 1 by Brian Espiritu

Distressed Denim by TALWST Curtis Santiago

TALWST is Curtis Santiago, a musician and artist, was at the event and showing his work entitled “Distressed Denim”.  We got to chat about the event, his work and the alternative hip hop scene in Toronto, so look out for a profile on TALWST coming soon!


Santiago’s style is inspired by Haider Ackerman, but was pulled together using vintage pieces.  As a lover of vintage eyewear, I adored his specs, from Aeroplane.

Everybody’s favourite brash MTV host was at the event, Sheena Snively, who posed for pictures and said: “This is my ‘I don’t fit into any of the clothes in this store’ pose!”

There were many fashionable attendees, and bold accessories were everywhere I looked.

I had complete envy over this style blogger’s YSL Arty Ovale ring! It pulled her look beautifully together, by complimenting the blues of her lace skirt and Lanvin t-shirt.

This Proenza Schouler bag is to die for!  A perfect combination of a schoolbag silhouette with stylish sophistication in navy.

I loved this girl’s effortless look.  From her brown woven sandals to her simple blouse and makeup, the vintage belt from a store in Victoria pulled it all together.

This was one of my favourite picks from 7 For All Mankind’s Fall Collection.  The Chloee Jacket ($298) is a beautiful blazer that blends feminine draping with a structured menswear inspired look.  The iridescent metallic fabric is a nice touch as well.

The event was extremely crowded for the small space of the store, but that didn’t stop guests from enjoying champagne and French macaroons.

I have to confess, I gave into my gluten-free diet and indulged in a few of these delectable desserts!

What I wore to the party was a printed chiffon frock, feathered earrings from Aldo, my Zara asymmetrical pumps and my Birkin Illusion bag.  I wanted to wear denim, but I’m glad I didn’t because of the heat!

It was a great night of charity, art and fashion.  Check out the new store (located beside the Apple Store) to grab a perfect pair of jeans for fall and bid on the artwork!

YSL Arty Ovale Obsession

I have been obsessed with Yves Saint Laurent’s Arty Ovale ring ($250) for ages.  I have nearly purchased it at least ten times.  But every time I’m about to enter my billing info, I back away from it, dissuaded by the hefty pricetag and uncertainty.  I’ve always had a hard time buying high-end stuff without trying it on.

Luckily, The Blonde Salad has come to the rescue, finally offering her readers with more affordable alternatives to luxury. In one of her recent posts, she was spotted wearing Chains of Love’s version of the ring, and I have to say… I’m impressed!

For a fraction of the real price (only $30), I think this a great way to try out the style before I commit an investment to a piece of costume jewellery.