Greta Constantine SKIN images courtesy: Danier
Everybody loves a good designer collab, allowing those of us who a) don't live in a big city or b) don't have an unlimited budget, gain access to some of the world's top designers. This season, there are plenty of ways to do just that at New Sudbury Centre with a slew of covetable capsule collections. Here, some of our current faves....
The Store: Danier
Friends w Benefits: Greta Constantine & Philip Sparks
Collab Deets: Danier's ever-impressive list of designer collabs continues this Fall, with new capsule collections from Canadian designers Philip Sparks and Greta Constantine SKIN, as well as the release of Meagan Johnston's DANIER DESIGN CHALLENGE winning jacket (recognize any of this year's judges?) Each collection reimagines leather in beautiful ways - from Greta Constantine's sexy, modern take to Sparks' decidedly nostalgic flair.
Available: Greta Constantine SKIN items are available now at danier.com with Philip Sparks for Danier to be released later this fall.
The Store: ALDO
Friends with Benefits: FLARE Magazine‘s fashion director, Liz Cabral
Collab Deets: Liz Cabral has teamed up with ALDO Shoes a second time for Fall 2012. The editor, internationally admired for her flawless taste, has designed 2 pairs of covetable shoes for fall; an oxblood colour-blocked shootie ($155) and a lace stiletto bootie ($175, not pictured) as well as a roomy faux croc bag in red or blue ($70).
Available: In select ALDO stores now, online later this month
The Store: ALDO
Friends with Benefits: Preen & Patrik Ervell for ALDO RISE
Collab Deets: ALDO RISE, ALDO’s fashion week collaborations program, gives designers the chance to create and showcase the footwear they envision for their collections at accessible price-points. For London-based design duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi of Preen, the current crop of shoes is reminiscent of an English Garden, featuring striking butterfly and botanical prints in lush suede and rich leather perched atop a skyscraper heel. Meanwhile, Patrik Ervell combines various materials such as classic leather with utilitarian rubber soles and technical fabrics like nylon to create functional/fabulous footwear for both men & women. The ALDO RISE collection retails between $180 - $190.
Available: Now at select ALDO locations and online at aldoshoes.com
The Store: ALDO (again..I know)
Friends with Benefits: Manhattan's ultra-chic shop, WARM Boutique
Collab Deets: Taking a cue from The Shops at Target, The ALDO BOUTIQUE is a new collaboration program that seeks to discover great partnerships amongst ALDO's global network of talented tastemakers (think artists, musicians, architects etc.). Winnie Beattie and Rob Magnotta of WARM worked alongside ALDO's in-house designers to design a plush suede bootie for all seasons, available in taupe, camel & black ($125). Says Beattie, “I love this style because it can be worn with a runway dress as much as it can be thrown on after a surf on a cool day at the beach. It is cool, casual, and reminds me of something a girl from the Marais would wear if she was on her way to Biarritz for the weekend."
Available: At select ALDO stores and online at www.aldoshoes.com
The Store: People's Jewellers
Friends with Benefits: Vera Wang
Collab Deets: For Vera Wang, simple, classic, elegant designs come naturally. The designer, best known for her luxurious bridal frocks, has created an extensive diamond ring collection, Vera Wang LOVE, available at People's, a next-to-foolproof way to thrill any girlfriend, wife or bride-to-be. The collection launched last year but it's worth a shout-out because sometimes, if you mention it enough, somebody (nudge, nudge) might get the hint.
Available: NOW, at People's Jewellers :)
Jay Manuel works his signature silver-fox smize
ATTITUDE Jay Manuel Long Sleeve Peplum Top, $25, Sears
The Store: Sears
Friends with Benefits: Jay Manuel of ANTM Fame
Collab Deets: A few years back, silver fox Jay Manuel was appointed Creative Director of ATTITUDE Jay Manuel, Sears Canada's private label collection, which includes current, cool and (since it's Sears) blissfully affordable women's apparel, shoes, and accessories. This season's collection was inspired by the best of Britain - imagine colour-blocked cobalt blue and poppy red, plus studded Peter Pan collars and of-the-moment peplum accents.
Available: Now at Sears or online at sears.ca
LINE Knitwear x Roots Maple Intarsia Crew, $128, Roots
Preloved x Roots Mitts, $25
The Store: Roots
Friends with Benefits: LINE Knitwear and Preloved
Collab Deets: Roots always chooses the most interesting partnerships and this year, the collabs are especially cozy. Haute label LINE Knitwear is a go-to for celebs like Jennifer Garner, Kate Bosworth and Taylor Swift. The LINE Knitwear x Roots collection features iconic Canadian prints (beavers? check. maples leaves? ditto.) worked into cozy-luxe sweaters at an accessible price ($128 for a sweater). Next up? Preloved, a Canadian design co. that cleverly reworks vintage sweaters and fabric into pretty new pieces like cozy toggle scarves, and homepun-looking mittens. Devotees of the brand include Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Kirsten Dunst. Oh, and yours truly. Does that count?
Available: LINE Knitwear pieces available now at Roots and roots.com. Preloved in stores mid-October.
The pretty, party-ready MARTIN LIM for Reitmans collection
The designers' inspiration board and collection sketches at last night's launch event in Toronto
The Store: Reitmans
Friends with Benefits: Danielle Martin and Pao Lim of Martin Lim
Collab Deets: Partners in both love and business, Danielle Martin and Pao Lim, founded their label, MARTIN LIM, in 2010. Ever since, the fashion industry and customers alike have fallen for their sleek, sophisticated designs. The just-revealed MARTIN LIM for Reitmans capsule collection comprises 10 gorgeous dresses in regular, petite and plus-sizes, perfect for dancing your way through the upcoming party season. I'm most excited about the plus-size body-con dresses - such a welcome (and flattering!) change for curvy girls. Oh, and the video above? A hilarious must-see.
Available: Online Nov 1st at reitmans.com. In select Reitmans stores Nov 2nd.