We are moving into a new place in a few weeks and I’ve been obsessing about décor. We haven’t brought much with us from Canada and I am trying to keep things fairly minimal, but I want a few statement pieces for the house. I used to have an incredible set of moose antlers but we decided not to ship it back to Sweden because it was too heavy. I’ve also been a bit paranoid of mounting something of that weight in our house while there are small children running around. Which brings me to my next point – I’d never put an animal head on the wall above my bed because if there’s an earthquake then you wouldn’t want it falling onto you (that’s the Vancouverite in me talking – we are on a major faultline.) However, these would look great in a hallway, den, or dining room.
I was reminded of Dover Street Market‘s incredible visual merchandising when I popped in there two weeks ago when I was in London, and so I decided I should share one of my most memorable fashion retail moments: Jamie Reid’s window installation in 2008.
Let’s start with some quick background on Jamie Reid, he is was the graphic designer and artist who is best known for his work that resembles ransom notes. He cut out letters of newspaper headlines and turned them into graphics, and was best known for designing the Sex Pistols’ album cover for Never Mind the Bollocks (above.) I know it hardly looks groundbreaking now, but at the time, this was quite innovative design.
I was looking around on Net A Porter the other day and I was pretty disgusted when I realized that the massively overpriced denim market is still going strong. I hoped this had died out when Balmain lost its hype, but apparently not.
I understand that people think you need to spend a bit of money on jeans to get good ones. The fit and fabric are important. And while I personally won’t (Cheap Monday is my brand of choice), I don’t despair when I see denim priced at $200 a pair. But when we are seeing price tags upwards of $500 for jeans that are hideously tacky or simply quite plain, I get confused.
MORE ON THESE EXPENSIVE JEANS
Early in February I was very lucky to fly to Toronto and attend the CAFA awards. I was also honoured to be part of the nominating committee of this incredible event. I’m dedicating a week of blog posts to this, as I think that Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards are an an important, exciting event in Canadian fashion and something we really need to nurture. It is Canadian Fashion Week here at Searching for Style (read part 1 and part 2) and for the final installation I am profiling the work of some of the winners of the CAFA awards.
Early in February I was very lucky to fly to Toronto and attend the CAFA awards. I was also honoured to be part of the nominating committee of this incredible event. I’m dedicating a week of blog posts to this, as I think that Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards are an an important, exciting event in Canadian fashion and something we really need to nurture. It is Canadian Fashion Week here at Searching for Style (read part 1 here), and for part 2, I’m sharing an interview with Vicky Miler, the managing director of the CAFA awards. Her insights into the Canadian industry are spot on, and I am so happy that there is someone like her spearheading a movement to unite and give exposure to the fantastic fashion talent in Canada.
Searching for Style: What inspired you to start CAFA?
Vicky Milner: I joined CAFA as Managing Director in early 2013. The Founding Director, Brittney Kuczynski, who I met from my previous job in events and fundraising at SickKids Foundation, had published a magazine that was all for charity. All of the talent, from the stylists, photographers, designers etc… donated their time to make it happen. It was after this experience that we started to really learn about the environment and began to ask questions. Why don’t we view fashion as an art here? Why don’t we applaud our own as much as other places? There is no shortage of talent here and we need to nurture, acknowledge and celebrate our fashion community better. We need to come together and deliver a broader message of support. As we believe fashion and culture are intertwined, it was an important initiative to pursue.