Colour Me Miu Miu

By: Emily Yakashiro


Above: Image of the Miu Miu Spring 2014 collection found here.

One thing I bemoan most about the fashion in Vancouver where I live is the lack of colour. It’s very neutral here, very inspired-by-nature. Very, well, boring in my never-humble opinion. So I thought I’d do a little ode to colour–inspired by the Miu Miu Spring 2014 collection. When I saw this show I was totally inspired (not by the diversity of the show, let’s be clear: the catwalk featured hardly any models of colour which is deplorable) by the colour palettes shown. The collection may be for Spring complete with fair-weather colours, but with the layers and tights shown, I think that I’ll be sporting some of their inspired colour combinations now. Vancouver, get ready.

Combo 1: scarlet, pale blush, pale nude, orchid


The colour palette if this one is actually relatively neutral: beiges and nudes with a light blush pink come off as polished, not carnival-esque. Where you get the crazy colour in this outfit is in the tights and shoes. Same colour tights and shoes seems crazy, but why not? It’s different, and will elongate the leg. The eggplant purple of the watch add something extra without too much, and the earrings tie everything together.

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Madewell pink mini dress, 110 CAD / Monki cardigan, 56 CAD / Pure + Good red pantyhose, 15 CAD / Red flat shoes, 31 CAD / Mulberry handbag, 2,375 CAD / Kate Spade watch, 200 CAD / Johnny Loves Rosie purple jewelry, 35 CAD

Combo 2: Dandelion yellow, camel, black, light dove grey


If there’s one thing I’ve learned about wearing a plethora of colours together, it’s accessorize. Oftentimes I’ll wear a silk scarf (from a thrift store of course) or jewelry (like a costume necklace or earrings) that has a bunch of colours in it that effectively brings a whole look together, like we see with the earrings in the first outfit and the purse below.

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Ter Et Bantine sweater, 665 CAD / Haider Ackermann coat, 1,020 CAD / Warehouse skirt, 42 CAD / Topshop shoes, 340 CAD / Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag, 515 CAD / Pim + Larkin flower stretch ring, 27 CAD / Jonathan Adler scarve, 85 CAD

Combo 3: Light slate grey, black, cherry red, pale orchid


With the look above we’ve got two wild colours: the cherry red and pale orchid. But against a more conservative colour like the light slate grey, the colours are tamed somewhat. Plus, black tights anchor the whole look, so much so that it’s okay to break out those black lace (or otherwise patterned) tights you have.

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Sweater, 42 CAD / Coat, 580 CAD / J.Crew long purple skirt, 135 CAD / H&M black pantyhose, 13 CAD / River Island handbag, 66 CAD / White bracelet, 505 CAD / ALDO necklace, 19 CAD / BeckSöndergaard scarve, 115 CAD

Combo 4:  Pale grey, ivory, cherry red, green


Red and green with white tights? If someone were to describe this look to me, I’d write it off as way too Christmas-y. Seeing this look, however, shows how some masterful styling can bring together taboo colour palettes. Below I’ve made the green a grey-ish seafoam green and added grey accessories which makes the whole look polished, not festive.

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SEN green turtleneck sweater, 30 CAD / Miss Selfridge mini skirt, 45 CAD / Look From London sheer nylon stocking, 23 CAD / Robert Clergerie ankle booties, 730 CAD / Kate Spade square stud earrings, 27 CAD / Alice Olivia scarve, 305 CAD / MAC Cosmetics , 15 CAD / Essie orange nail polish, 8.04 CAD / Oliver Peoples Sheldrake Sun, 420 CAD

All images of Miu Miu outfits from here.

Fall 2013 Wish List: Montreal Designers

It’s not secret that here at The Closet Feminist we’re crazy about Canadian designers. Here are some choice looks from the Fall/Winter 2013 collections by Montreal-based designers. Get ready to ooh and ahh!


Eve Gravel Fall/Winter 2013. Image found here.

A little Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice, a little The Tudors, this look by Eve Gravel hits all the fall trends on the head. The floral print of the skirt on the black background looks especially luxurious and still-life inspired.

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Rush by Claudette Floyd Fall/Winter 2013. Image found here.

The use of the turtleneck in this look designed by Claudette Floyd is genius, and the pants-under-skirt detail is a perfect rendition of this tricky fall trend.


Nisse Fall/Winter 2013. Image found here.

The details on the skirt and blouse by Nisse are so subtle yet beautiful, and this colour palette–olive and light robin’s egg blue is impossibly chic.


Marilyn Baril Fall/Winter 2013. Image found here.

A distinctly Canadian coat worthy of our cold winters is something we’ve been looking for given that Hudson’s Bay coats are decidedly not for us. We’ll be looking to Marilyn Beril from now on for the perfect cold-weather cover up.

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Impair Fall/Winter 2013. Image found here.

Love this polished look by Impair–the pieces are totally office-worthy; the black with camel accents is so polished and just enough.


Fall Fashion Icon: Esther Quek


Esther Quek, stylist and fashion director at The Rake, is the street style star as far as we are concerned. Her layering and use of colour are masterful, and her totally unique approach to more butch style or ‘menswear’ silhouettes is truly inspired. She’s made the list as one of our Fall Fashion Icons as we are especially appreciative of her outfits which would be worthy of any work/office environment. Get more of her style on her blog here.


Quek’s use of colour is totally unique and not that hard to emulate–most of her looks, like the one above are a fairly neutral colour palette you probably already have in your wardrobe: beiges, greys, darker colours like navy, and of course black. Her outfit above is really entirely green-the jacket is a classic hunter green, and her tweed suit has some hints of olive in there. She sticks with the green palette by choosing a neon lime button down for a pop of colour, but keeps things streamlined with a simple tie.


Another thing we’ve noticed about Quek’s look is that accessories are hugely important–especially the dangly earrings–they add a touch of glamour and femininity . If you prefer something less feminine, take the earrings out of the equation and trade them for a tougher-looking stud earring.


Lastly, if you’re trying to incorporate a bunch of colours into your outfit, never doubt the power of a scarf. Quek’s obviously got a lot of yellow going on above, and if she had worn the primary colours on her scarf as a main piece and not an accent, her look would have been way too Crayola-ish. The scarf brings in just enough colour and the look is still colourful without being over-the-top. Fortunately, scarves like this can be found for pretty cheap–second hand stores and thrift stores will no doubt have tons of similar styles for super cheap!


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Oscar de la Renta lime green shirt, 920 CAD / Mauro Grifoni blazer, 775 CAD / Jonathan Saunders green pants, 435 CAD / Bandolino loafer, 62 CAD / Henri Bendel black fringe purse, 285 CAD / H&M jewelry, 4.95 CAD / Donati Cashmere Pocket Square, 74 CAD

Images of Quek found here and here.

Fall Fashion Icon: Bangbang from “The Brothers Bloom”

By: Emily Yakashiro

There are certain movies a person who is into fashion “must” see: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Royal Tenenbaums, Almost Famous, Belle de Jour, La Dolce Vita, etc. I think one movies that has yet to officially enter the fashion world canon is The Brothers Bloom, directed by Rian Johnson. It stars Rachel Weisz, Rinko Kikuchi, Adrien Brody, and Mark Ruffalo. While the gents are incredibly dressed in this show, we tip our hat to the ladies. Though the movie is from 2008, the looks are still pretty on-trend and besides, that’s what makes a fashion movie a fashion movie: the clothes will always look good no matter what. Plus, they are traveling through all kinds of weather in the show and are dressed accordingly–fashion for all seasons!

While Kikuchi’s character “Bangbang,” the explosives expert in the film (not kidding, yes it is awesome) unfortunately fulfills the “Silent Asian Character” trope, she’s still super amazing. To wit: a man sidles up to her at one point at a bar and says, “You must be pretty big into anime,” and Bangbang rolls her eyes and the camera shifts and there is an offscreen explosion implying she ended his attempt at flirting explosively. Her clothes are so chic, we’ve mentioned them before on the site but have never done any screen stills to capture her enviable style. Plus, for the vast majority of the show, her looks are pretty butch which always catches my eye.

Then there’s Weisz”s character, Penelope. Unfortunately, she’s a bit of a MPDG though she is very intelligent and talented. Nevertheless, her style is excellent– mod and European chic details and lots of hats. Actually, both Penelope and Bangbang wear lots of hats which I definitely appreciate. At any rate, enough talking, just see for yourself…

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This movie has convinced me that I need red leather gloves. Previously, I thought they were way to Michael Jackson for me, but they are clearly a wardrobe staple.

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Very mod details above, no? Those sunglasses, and that red pleather bucket hat–who knew they could actually look half decent let alone supa stylish?

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Above: I love the silhouette of Bangbang’s ensemble. Very flowy and it would seem baggy but it’s perfectly tailored and proportioned. Note to self.

Below: Darn it, I need white leather gloves, too!

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Above: So this is how you wear hunter green, red, with gold details without looking Christmas-y!

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Above: Red tights, leopard, and military details? It seems like too much, but as you can see it’s perfectly eyecatching.
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Above and below: She is wearing a silver brocade tie. She is wearing a silver brocade tie. I need one! And that hat!

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Above: Even passed out in the background Bangbang still looks amazing.

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Above: This blonde fur coat struck me as hideous at first. And it still is, but Bangbang rocks it, no?


Fall Fashion Icon: Princess Bubblegum of Adventure Time

K, we know that you are probably questioning why we are infantilizing ourselves by choosing a cartoon character as a fashion icon or whatever. But hold your horses: Princess Bubblegum or PB of Adventure Time is pretty damn cool as far as princesses go. She’s a monarch, but she spends a lot of time chilling and socializing with her loyal subjects, or otherwise personally attending to their needs as citizens–aka she’s a good leader and is willing to bend the system, all very impressive considering she’s only 18! Dare we say she evokes a little Leslie Knope? She’s super smart, and is always doing science experiments or jetting off to conferences on the Morrow (her chauffeur bird). She’s no Damsel in Distress, either. While she sends Finn and Jake to do her bidding most of the time, she’s also saved the day on more than one occasion. Furthermore, Bitch reports that she in fact might be read as a queer character! If she seems a little too sweet for you, don’t worry, she’s not all sugar and spice–she’s got a villainous streak in her that has caused a few zombie apocalypses and there are other brief scenes where she is shown doing experiments that are a little more than ethically questionable….

In terms of fashion, we love how the animators of the show actually put her in different outfits from time to time–most cartoon characters always wear the same boring thing for every episode of their existence. Plus, she’s very relevant for fall, sporting pink and pastels constantly which all magazines are hailing as The Trend for this season. Just see for yourself….


Above: The Princess in her quintessential lab coat.

IMG_1040 IMG_1045 IMG_1047Above: A look Vancouverites should appreciate–yoga wear for royalty!
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Above: A rough day at the lab….but she still manages to accessorize (below)


Above: PB in her Arctic Rescue Mission ensemble.

Below: Love the on-trend Heidi braids and pared down pantsuit. Hillary Clinton would be proud!



Above: Even PB has to break out the sweats sometime.

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Below: Love her futuristic jumpsuit worn for a conference she’s hosting.

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Above: So, so awesome–it’s like she’s taking notes from another awesome princess, Xena! Can you see her gladiators??

IMG_1073 Above: Princess Bubblegum calmly preparing for battle in an ombre gown.




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