Dark Confession: Rainbows, Chanel, & Tanya Taylor

By: Emily Yakashiro

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I have a dark confession. I know pretty much everyone else was over the moon with the rainbow offerings of the Chanel S/S 2014 collection (above) but I’m…just…not…into….it. I find it too busy for my taste, and in shapes that would look good on pretty much no one.

Practically blasphemous, I know. However, I have found a very pleasing alternative that incorporates this rainbow fun–from a Canadian designer no less: Tanya Taylor. The S/S 2014 collection from this Toronto-raised, New York-based designer has the colourful fun, but much better shapes. Its sharp and clean, and in my dreams when we’re all have lunch out together we are wearing these numbers:

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Gloss over This: Imogen Poots

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But is such chemistry and character richness the norm in Girlfriend parts? She laughs and shakes her head. “It’s when a role simply becomes a device that it gets disappointing. I was talking to one director about the girl in his film, and I said, ‘I think it’d be interesting to explore this,’ and, ‘Does she make this choice because of that?” And he said [puts on a strong nasal American accent], ‘Look, she’s just gotta be hot, OK?’ And I remember walking out of there and being like, ‘I’m not gonna do that.'”

-Imogen Poots in “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman” by Leah McLaren in Flare March 2014

Editor’s Trend Forecast: Spring 2014

Lydia Okello is The Closet Feminist’s Advising Editor and blogger behind Style is Style. Here she offers up the best bets for Spring 2014 trends right off the runway.

Blue Jean, Baby!

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Lighter washes and looser fits seem to be the nature of Spring’s denim. A relaxed and destroyed fit reminiscent of the 1990s is the cut du jour and classic slim, dark jeans remain a staple. For those of us who enjoy our denim all-in-one, overalls & jumpsuits ain’t going nowhere.

Get the look: Urban Outfitters, J Brand (pictured above), Balmain,

She Keeps Me Warm

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The trench coat is a modern classic, and this season we see it updated with contrast piping, as well as raw edges, softer collars and abbreviated lengths. You can’t go wrong with a staple like a sharp trench!

Get the look: Burberry (pictured above), H&M, Steven Alan

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Leather gets a revamp with new finishes; florals and prints turn a tough girl staple into something a little softer. Tomboys, fret not: there are plenty of masculine leaning options as well. Vests, varsity jackets and bombers aren’t losing steam.

Get the look: Wildfang (pictured above), Rebecca Taylor, Tucker, Sea

How Do YOU Hue?

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The must have shade of Spring 2014 is blue. Whether it’s deep cobalt, vibrant sky, teal or an innocent seeming pastel hue, there is no denying that the ever cool shade is back with a vengeance.

Get the look: Marc By Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Ostwald Helgason (pictured above), Chanel, Topshop Unique

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Blush, mint, lilac: no longer just for nurseries and Easter Eggs. The softer side of the rainbow made a strong comeback this spring, and a delicate palette packs a visual punch in unexpected silhouettes.

Get the look: Sister by Sibling (pictured above), Marc by Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Sonia Rykiel, Miu Miu

Life Imitates Art

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Above: Miu Miu Spring 2014. P.S.–that’s Canadian stunner Grace Mahary above!

Each spring brings a new crop of prints: 2014 has yielded bolder than thou art inspired motifs and vibrant florals. Fearless in their execution, this season’s prints are bold, bright and abstract. These patterns take inspiration from the Art World and nature’s canvas alike. Wallflowers take note: this trend is not for the shy.

Get the look: Prada, Opening Ceremony, MSGM, Whit, Mary Katrantzou

Where Were You In 1992?

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The nostalgia isn’t wearing off anytime soon. Daisies, metallic finishes, grunge silhouettes: a Nineties wardrobe is fresh off the runway yet again. Don’t worry, this time around your ditsy florals are 100% angst free.

Get the Look: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Wren (pictured above)

ACCESSORIES

Punch Drunk Love

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The perfect mate for a new & bright wardrobe? Punchy accessories. Reflective sunglasses with bold frames and saturated bags were spotted all over, bringing a delightfully positive outlook to the upcoming season. Jewels and baubles were oversized and visually arresting, completing the boldness of the season.

Get the look: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Burberry Prorsum, Celine (pictured above), Chanel

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Bags: Lanvin, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Mulberry (pictured above).

Canadian Designer, French Style: The Perfect Jacket

P1029 Military JacketCanadian designers Smythe are famous for their sharply tailored, made-in-Canada blazers and jackets. The one above from their Spring 2014 collection is so Lou Doillon, oui? Just picture it with drainpipe jeans or a white dress—so, so perfect.

Editor’s Spring Wish List: Katie D.

Last week we started up our Editor’s Spring Wish Lists, following what we did for Fall 2013. Advising Editor Lydia O. posted her picks on Wednesday, next up is our Advising Editor and Graphic Designer Katie D who is dreaming of summer with these sunny outfits.

Out for a Bike Ride

Sleeveless tank, 95 CAD / AX Paris blue denim skirt, 17 CAD / Opposite Stripe Bike Shorts, 20 CAD / Kate Spade canvas flat, 84 CAD / Mini bag, 28 CAD / Wildfox Couture acetate sunglasses, 190 CAD / Bike helmet – Webshop – YAKKAY, 61 CAD

Perfect for a bike ride through our beautiful city is this adorable watermelon-print top with the nautical striped canvas flats!

Day at the Beach
Not sure how to wear high-waisted print shorts? Throw them over your bathing suit and head to Kits beach!
Summertime Date
Headed out on a balmy spring or summer evening for a date? Pull a Zooey Deschanel and throw on a sweet romper–instant outfit!
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