Schiaparelli + Surreal Details

A little history on the Schiaparelli house before getting into some new stuff...

Italian born Elsa Schiaparelli moved to New York with her husband in 1916, where she worked in a New York boutique that specialized in French fashion. To make a long story short, Schiaparelli divorced her husband and moved to Paris in 1922 where she would eventually open her own store designing and selling her namesake collection.  

She was very connected in Paris with friends like Man Ray and Gaby Picabia, and Paul Poiret as her mentor - she had a great advantage when moving there.  I'm sure coming from a prominent Italian family helped a little too...

The house of Schiaparelli struggled in the grimness after World War II, and sadly Elsa closed the couture house in December 1954. 


 I knew of Schiaparelli best because her personal and artistic relationship with Salvador Dali, who she commissioned to design fabric for her avant garde designs such as this Lobster Dress.  

 How great is this Clutch?

Within the past few years, there's been a revival of her namesake collection.  This year, with Bertrand Guyon taking the reins as Creative Director, he seems to channel what Schiaparelli was most know for, her "trompe l'oeil" images.


 Below is the Schiaparelli original eye patch - and above the recreation.  Such a great detail on this dress!



One of my favorite pieces from the Schiaparelli Fall 2015 Collection.  Love Guyon's take on an iconic style.  The soft metallic jacquard and relaxed fit makes this motorcycle jacket look so fresh.

To see the whole Schiaparelli Fall 2015 Couture Collection, click here!

Photographer Nick Knight

 Past, Present & Couture, John Galliano, 2002


Nick Knight is mostly known for his fashion photography after working along side other visionaries like John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.

I have totally fallen in love with his manipulated still life photos, known as 'Melting Floral Photomanipulation'.

They pieces have a painterly feel from Knight exposing the photos to various chemicals, heat and water during the printing process.

These colors are so unreal.  You can read more about Nick Knight and see more of his work on

10 Questions with Alynne Lavigne

We had a chance to chat with Alynne Lavigne + Eve Tobolka of the jewelry line Alynne Lavigne.  They told us all about their design inspiration and favorite things.

1) We've heard you gather inspiration from female rap artists & their music videos for your jewelry line which is so cool. If you had to pick your absolute favorite style icon out of these inspiring women, who would it be & why?

Alynne: Salt-N-Pepa had such bold iconic looks, lots of big gold chains and medallions.  They were also tough and funny, which gets projected (I hope) in my personal style on occasion.

Flat Chain Bracelet

Eve: Right now I’m trying to channel Njena Reddd Foxxx’s temperament coupled with a matching-is-overrated direction every time I get dressed. Needless to say it’s tough to do so in the winter time because I’ll put on an NRF “my-opinion-is-the-only-one-that-counts” outfit but then I have to cover up with full-on Canadian winter gear, not to mention long underwear.

2) What are some of your favorite eras or favorite style icons you draw inspiration from for your personal style?

Alynne: It changes EVERY WEEK! Lately I’ve been doing a lot of layering with 2 or 3 thin necklaces and pendants à la a 90’s D’arcy Wretzky or Gwen Stefani.

Eve: I’m with Alynne - this changes all the time. Right now I’m really into Anke-Eve Goldmann’s all leather all the time look.


3) So, you two started collecting vintage jewelry when you began working together, how did that transform into creating & designing your own line?

Alynne: A lot of the vintage needing repairs, so I started altering pieces and it snowballed from there.



Medallion Pendant

4) What are some of the very first pieces you two designed together?

The Brick Wall Earrings were probably our first thing.

The first piece Alynne + Eve designed together.

5) What are your absolute favorite pieces of jewelry you own?

Alynne: I have this Fortune Cookie Necklace that I can’t find to take a pic for you! But my vintage dinosaur pin collection is growing, and it’s pretty great.

6) Are you engaged in any other projects or collaborations aside from Alynne Lavigne?

Alynne: We’ve always got something going with NYC based stylist Solange Franklin, definitely another collaboration in the works. I would LOVE to start doing costume jewellery for movies and/or TV shows, especially something Sci-Fi or medieval themed.

Eve: I’m taking violin lessons.

Silver Spike Necklace
Silver Spiral Earrings

7) Describe your ideal day off.

Alynne: Reading, walking, going for dinner, drinks with friends.

Eve: Ideally, holding hands while snorkeling with my boo, like in the Turks and Caicos commercials. Realistically, cuddling and eating chips.

Alynne: I change mine, what Eve said.


8) Do you share any rituals or superstitions either before you start your day or to optimize creativity?

Alynne: No. Unless Mercury is in retrograde. Then yes.

Eve: It isn’t a good idea to start working on anything together before we’ve had coffee.

Gold Spiral Earrings
Gold Half Sun Earrings

9) If Toronto wasn't your home where would you live?

Alynne: Paris? Maybe Berlin. Love Toronto though.

Eve: That’s a tough one because I’m only a year into my relationship with the dumpling place up the street.


10) Any favorites from the Line & Label collection?

Alynne: Love that Calf Hair Satchel!

Eve: Leather Cargo Skirt for sure!


Our Favorite Met Gala Looks

The Met Gala is THE fashion event of the year. It celebrates the art of couture and the fantasy of fashion.

This year's theme is China, and we have to say, the attendees delivered. Scroll through to see our fav looks from last night!

Olivia Munn in J.Mendel Couture

Emma Roberts in Ralph Lauren

Lady Gaga in Balenciaga

Georgia May Jagger in Gucci

Bee Schaffer in Alexander McQueen