Chinti and Parker
About eighteen months ago, something very cozy crept onto the fashion scene. A label that sprung from the concept of clarity and conscience, two carbon-neutral designer cousins now use materials such as bamboo and seacel (a derivative of seaweed, I kid you not) to accent their versatile wardrobe staples. Who am I talking about? Chinti and Parker, of course.

Honestly? The cashmere reminds me of sugar-coated oatmeal. Everything is sensual in the most desirable and organic effect. Personal favourites coming to us for Spring/Summer 2011 include the perfect apres-ski cashmere pants, a relaxed cashmere sweater with Leeloo Minai Lekarariba Laminai Tchai Ekbat De Sebat hair-coloured elbow patches, and their dramatic hooded cape wrap. Shop them exclusively at Net-A-Porter and chintiandparker.com. View Post

Viktor and Rolf PFW Runway Frida Gustavsson
I hear all you need to create a masterpiece is a plain shirt, though I would probably add the Dutch duo of Viktor and Rolf to seal the deal. Their goal for Paris Fashion Week was to inspire femininity through the white-collared wardrobe staple, and boy did they. We saw dresses with lengthy personality disorders, gathered Elizabethan shoulders, collar multiplicity, and gowns that were lending themselves to cubism. It was a nip and tuck affair, and delightful from beginning to a “White Wedding” end. View Post

Cynthia Rowley ToolsCynthia Rowley is taking a stab at home improvement. The New York-based designer just rolled out a line of hardware-store staples like hammers, pliers, and flashlights that will be sold in her various boutiques. They are incredibly cute, incredibly Rowley, but I have to say I don’t know many fashionistas that have picked up a hammer in their entire life. It’ll be interesting to see how successful this becomes. View Post