Natalie and I are on a break from blogging right now, something that has been quite obvious with our recent lack of posts - but I'm here to tell you that it will be short lived. Next semester we're both going to be posting much more frequently, including outfit posts, street-style, fashion week coverage and trend updates. Natalie is coming to see me in Montreal during our spring reading break too, so you can count on at least one new lookbook.nu shoot! Sadly Natalie is going to her house in Mexico for Christmas, so I won't get to see her until February, but I know it will be well worth the wait when we finally reunite.

In other news, Natalie and I were recently recognized in a New York based, online magazine article for being two of the "World's Top Fashion Bloggers Who Aren't Celebrities (Yet)" Very exciting to say the least.

Have a great break, and we'll see you in the New Year!


in the moment..




I don't know where you've been hiding if you don't know that shearling lined blazers and boots are a big thing right now. Camo on the other hand is relatively new. Don't worry, I too have a tendency to think about fourth grade boys in army pants whenever I see this pattern, but I also think that if done tastefully, it can look pretty good. In other news? I'm seriously lusting after a fur vest. No, not the ones you've been seeing for the past season or so - but one that is a mix between an oversized collar and a vest. They hang off the body in this incredibly elegant way, all poofy on the top and extending down.. *sigh* I'm also on a hunt for a semi-sheer maxi skirt and a fitted military blazer with coat-tails.. If anyone from Montreal has spotted any of these items, please tell me where! You'll save me hours wandering up and down St. Laurent, rifling through countless vintage store racks.

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you can tell by the way she smiles.


So much going on right now. Not a lot of time to blog.. Went vintage shopping today and was sorely tempted to buy this leather backpack, maybe I'll go back tomorrow. The shop is right around the corner from my apartment. It's getting cold in Montreal, I've been wearing my furs constantly. I hope you're all wearing red, camel, capes, shearling and copper.

| Anna, Viola & Özlem by Ayten Alpun for Marie Claire Turkey




Wow! I missed so much! Although images and news feeds from Paris Fashion Week kept appearing on twitter, I had a plethora of other things to concentrate on. No, unfortunately for my parents, I'm not talking about university. As is apparent from the images I've posted below, I was busy with Montreal Fashion Week. My full coverage has been posted on Style File, the Vancouver Sun's fashion blog, so go take a peek! Anywho, now that I have a second to breathe, here's my take on what was happening in Paris..


I thought I'd start with a collection that I knew I'd love. Well, I wasn't wrong. This whole line was absolutely, breath-takingly STUNNING!! Kudos to Sarah Burton for taking over the design house and yet managing to keep the magic of Alexander McQueen alive. Having said that, I'm going to keep a wary eye on her for the next few seasons. If she continues to produce this type of collection, although I worship her for it, her job could be called into question. Before you all start spamming me with hate, however, keep in mind that I'm not the only one who is thinking along these lines. McQueen was so exceptional because he was never static. Burton has been producing similar out-of-this-world pieces since Alexander's death. Unfortunately, after a while aspiring couture just becomes costume wear.

Love the coattail-esque jacket.


I wasn't quite sure if Lagerfeld was trying to conform to the minimalist trend that is gripping the fashion weeks of the world this season - but something tells me he wasn't, despite his monotoned outfits. When you combine tweed, sheers, prints and feathers all in one look, it doesn't exactly scream minimalism. With Chanel though, you usually have to toss out the rule book anyway. Notice the hot pants please, they'll be a big item for next Spring/Summer. We saw them last season with Chanel, but we're going to start to see them make their way down into retail boutiques soon.


Ah Valentino, these designers can do no wrong. I'm serious. They switch to a conservative tone? I'm right there. They throw in a few coral sheer pieces? I'll approve of that too. No, but on a serious note - I still cannot get over the impossibly light sheer fabrics they use. The same ones from the 2010 Couture collection. Just gorgeous. The use of ruffles, cream cotton, lace and tulle just complimented the sophisticated tone of the show.


Did I miss something here? Why did Balmain take a step backward and opt for hard core? Studs, leather, ripped denim, and rough Frankenstein stiching? This collection was very much full of grungy and edgy pieces, a flashback to the season before last. This isn't to say that I don't appreciate it. Natalie and I mourned the retirement of our slashed-to-pieces boyfriend jeans and studded apparel - is it possible that it's already time to bring them back? Something tells me no. It was fun to look at though.


Now this is what I'm talking about. Muted beiges, bleached whites, full bodied Spring coats, sheers, elongated tulle skirts and bandage tops. As Nicole Phelps said in her review for Style.com, "This season's Chloe girl is on her way to dance rehearsal." Well, I will gladly meet her there because we can't get enough of this polished look.

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more photos..


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Here are some of the photos I took during Montreal Fashion Week! I was representing the Vancouver Sun in an official capacity, and therefore my commentary on the collections has been posted on Style File - the Sun's fashion blog. I thought, however, that I should do something a little less formal for Ad Idem.

So, what to say about this past week?

Well, let's just say that it was an absolutely AMAZING four days. I watched thirteen shows, met many interesting people from the industry, dressed up every night, drank quite a bit of champagne, went backstage with Ashley to see Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong from Ezra Constantine, interviewed designer Wesley Badanjak, was given front row seats every night, and spent a lot of time in the VIP lounge. A special thank you to Media Relation's Josiane Betit and Sophie Des Marais for ensuring my every need was met.

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MONTREAL FashionWeek.


I'll be attending Montreal Fashion Week starting tomorrow, reporting for the Vancouer Sun on some of the biggest names in the Canadian fashion industry and their SS'11 collections. Thirteen shows in four nights, including David Dixon, Dimitri Chris, Coccolily, LAVOS, Collection Iris Setlakwe, Soia and Kyo, Ezra Constantine and Barila!! This is my first fashion week and I couldn't be happier right now. I'll also be tweeting live from each show so make sure you're following @tamara_young. For those of you who haven't started thinking about it yet, remember that Vancouver Fashion Week starts on November 3rd.


FASHION WEEK SS'11. parttwo


This is my first review of fashion week, and surprisingly, I enjoyed it! I thought this was more of Tamara's thing but it turns out that I like getting the first look of what's next in trends - and this is definitely the way to find out! I'm really looking forward to the bigger label shows, which should be appearing shortly. It's weird.. looking at all the runway shows, I had to adjust how I see designers and their lines. There is an just an incredible amount of work put into every single look and to have that much creative energy..it's just inspiring. Compared to looking at a street style photo, which is my usual forte, looking at runway fashion shots really made me realize that there is this other half of fashion. A serious, business side. Now that I've really spent some time with these photos I can also see how fashion truly is an art. On to the review!


I like the contrasting effect of the animal prints in this show - very interesting! Burberry this season chose to add hits of neon, something we've already noticed on other blogs, and we're loving it! The neon accessories really complimented the usual Burberry beiges. I thought it was a bit strange that they chose to include several 'hard core' or edgy pieces though - the studded jackets and leather pants for example. I feel like we finished with this last summer, but hey, maybe they're coming back? Erm.. In comparison to previous Burberry shows this one didn't quite live up to its name. The shiny silver pants were great, but again, I was hoping for something a little bit more innovative for the rest of the show.


I like this label a lot because I see it so often on the Swedish blogs we follow. Unfortunately, however, this line wasn't that spectacular. What is with the leather and studs? This is the second show I've seen, and both had them! The draping and use of sheer fabrics was great, and that one look with the sheer weaving in and out of the skirt? So sweet! The shoes were amazing - they almost looked like those Chinese wooden shoes in Memoirs of a Geisha! Way bigger though.. Acne stuck to the minimalist trend that has been gripping the fashion industry - every single look was simplistic.


Although I've seen previous collections by Alexander Wang that were better, I really did enjoy his use of "colour" (if you can call it that) this time around. All the clothes flowed really elegantly, and the white and the muted browns were especially pretty. The latter shade was completely Seventies - or that's the last time I've seen that hue. Out of the two lines I've looked at so far, this one seemed the most appropriate for Spring 2011. This collection was incredibly well put together, each look melted effortlessly into the next. Definitely didn't get the apparent 'construction' theme though.. :P


I have to say, I'm very impressed with Marc Jacobs and this collection. Everything was bursting with colour and life...amazing. I was just head over heels for that wide brim straw hat too, let me tell you. I noticed right away that Marc was inspired by the Seventies, as many other shows this season, and since it's my first review of fashion week I'm going to say it.. I TOLD YOU SO. Please search back to a post in November when I talked about how the Seventies would be making a big comeback! Okay, rant over. ANYWAY. What was with the random bathing suit?!? (See, I could keep ranting..) I think for this season the line was a bit to maximalist.. but that's typical Marc - he sees designers going one way, and he goes the complete opposite.


You could tell in this collection that there was a general theme - whether it was gladiators playing in the trees or warrior princesses hiding in tall grass though..I'm not sure which. No, but seriously. All of the hues were very earthy, and the shoes were even made of wood! The combination of textures and prints was insane. Definitely some classic Rodarte styling going on here, but the designers' usual impulse to go all out seemed to have been contained this season. I have to say, I fell in love with the hair styling on these models - the bangs were neatly knotted and just gorgeous. I will have to try that!


I absolutely adored this line. The use of copper was fresh and unexpected, and the choker neck pieces were divine. The whole collection was feminine, supplemented by bold quasi-feminist statements like that massive metal belt. The pastel coral on a couple of the looks was light and, much like the rest of the line, completely wearable. One word to describe this show? Beautiful..

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