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Saving Grace Indeed

Grace Coddington Image via wwd.com

Grace Coddington is penning her memoirs. Grace who? You might ask, well you might ask if you don’t scour the mastheads of fashion magazines or you haven’t seen the documentary The September Issue.

Most self-respecting fashion fans have seen the flick, but if  by chance you haven’t seen it, or don’t know what it is, it is a documentary detailing what goes on during the production cycle of Vogue‘s September Issue.

Vogue September 2007 Cover

And Grace Coddington, Vogue’s creative director, stole the show from infamous editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, with her charm and creative eye. Viewers of the film were left with a warm and fuzzy feeling towards Coddington, many even commenting that Coddington is the true vision behind American Vogue. But that is a discussion for another time…

Grace Coddington & Anna Wintour image via THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE

Coddington will be collaborating on her auto-biography with former men’s Vogue editor-in-chief Jay Fielden.

“We’re just starting, and I think it’s going to be a really fun project,” she told WWD, adding: “I’m hoping it’s going to be very rich in fashion history. It’s more than just about me.”

If you wondered how a skinny fashion obsessed teenager from Wales, who would wait patiently for her Vogue magazine to arrive (often three months out-of-date because she lived miles away from any designer boutiques and had to order it in) transitioned from fashion model, to stylist, to creative director of the arguably the world’s mist influential fashion magazine, this is the book for you.

Grace Coddington in her modeling days

Coddington also discusses modeling in the sixties, the car accident that her in need of plastic surgery to reconstruct one of her eyelids and effectively ended her modeling career. But as we all know Coddington’s career in fashion far from ended, in fact she ascended to levels most of us only dream of.

This is a book we will wait patiently for, as patiently as Coddington herself waiting for her Vogues all those years ago.  The release date is set for fall 2010, which is just around the corner.

Rodarte + Ballet = Black Swan

Natalie Portman for Black Swan

Today, August 19, 2010, I can say with absolute certainty it has begun. The air has officially started to thicken with excitement for the the 11 days of over 300 films that is the  Toronto International Film Festival. Conversations can be heard all over the city about the films, the parties and of course the celebrities that will descend on Toronto in and around September 9 to 19, 2010.

The film schedules will not be released until next Tuesday, September 24, but certain films already have more than just a little buzz around them. Black Swan directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream) and starring Natalie Portman is one of those such films. Aronofsky and Portman’s names aren’t the only reason this particular film has people chomping at the bit to get their hands on tickets, this film is just about any and every fashion lover’s dream.

Natalie Portman in Rodarte for Black Swan

The costuming was left in the more than capable hands of sisters Laura and Kate Mulleav of Rodarte, who designed 40 costumes and outfitted the entire ballet corps for Black Swan–which is also their first foray into film.

Black Swan tells the story of Nina (Portman) a prima ballerina who is technically exceptional,  but has trouble tapping into her sensuality. She is cast  as the lead in Swan Lake in the New York City ballet where her manipulative dance master (Vincent Cassel) pressures her to become a seductress on stage.

Things take a complicated twist for Nina with the arrival of Lily (Mila Kunis) at the ballet, who is a natural seductress and everything Nina is not on stage.  Black Swan is a dark film with psychological twists and turns aka perfect for Rodarte.

The absolutely gorgeous and gothic inspired ballerina wardrobe is nothing short of breathtaking, as we would expect to see from the talented Mulleav sisters. This is why so many love Rodarte. The clothing is creative, sinister and intrinsically beautiful.

Alexander Wang: He Came, We Saw, & We Snapped Photos

Mr. Alexander Wang Himself

Alexander Wang is only 24-years-old but his designs are loved by women far and wide, and for very good reason. He is incredibly talented, creative, has an eye for detail and uses the best fabrics he can get his hands on. He is also insanely cute, so cute you just want to shove him in your pocket and pull him out when you are having a bad day, just to see that cheery smile.

Yesterday, July 21,2010, fashion fans poured into Holt Renfrew‘s second floor for a chance to meet and take a photo with the designer extraordinaire and of course peep his Fall 2010 line.

Wang never disappoints with his wears, the leather in particular made more than one person swoon with glee.

Alexander Wang Boots

Heel Detail in Alexander Wang Boots

Alexander Wang Leather Jacket

As expected people were dressed to impress, some more successful than others. Lindsay Coome is a student at UWO and looked cute as a button in her Opening Ceremony dress, Prism glasses and Alexander Wang mules.

Student Lindsay Coome

Fashion photographers and sisters Lily and Lilac also looked incredible with their effortless style.

Fashion Photographers Lily & Lilac

You would be hard pressed to find ASC PR‘s Natasha Penzo not looking stunning, here she is in an Alexander Wang top and shoes.

ASC PR's Natasha Penzo Alexander Wang top and shoes.

And of course the ever stylish Kiwi and Holt Renfrew’s  Natalie Lecomte showed us why curls rule.

Kiwi & Holt Renfrew's Natalie Lecomte

But ladies I have to say no one, and I mean no could even touch Holt Renfrew’s Marni rep Gloria Sharp’s style, it simply oozed out of her. Take note everyone, this woman has the illusive ‘it’ factor. Here she is in vintage Issey Miyake and a little touch of Alexander Wang.

Holt Renfrew's Marni Rep, Gloria Sharp

Gloria's Little Bit of Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang is Coming to Toronto TOMORROW July 21, 2010

It’s true. Designer Alexander Wang will be at  Holt Renfrew‘s flagship Bloor Store, tomorrow July 21, 2010 between 12:oo and 1:30 pm. We have been waiting for weeks for this day to come and it’s just about here. Wang has become the go-to-designer for stylish girls everywhere, so it comes as no surprise that this event has been on the  top of many fashion bloggers and fashion fans anywhere within the Toronto radius.

Wang is a young designer in terms of age, he is only 24-years-old and experience, he has only been in the game since 2004, but as we know both mean nothing. The man is talented and is tenderly known as “The T-shirt Master”. Wang knows fabrics, tailoring and how to make a woman’s body look G.O.OD. So it really is no surprise how much we ladies love him. But his skill goes far beyond the apparel, his accessories and shoes are also hugely coveted items.

Alexander Wang is an city girl’s demi-God and here are a few reasons why…

Alexander Wang Fringed Heels

Alexander Wang Fall 2010 Ready-To-Wear via Style.com

Alexander Wang Fall 2010 Ready-To-Wear via Style.com

Alexander Wang Fall 2010 Ready-To-Wear via Style.com

Alexander Wang Fall 2010 Ready-To-Wear via Style.com

Alexander Wang Fall 2010 Accessories

So ladies, set aside you lunch break, throw on your favourite outfit (because you know all the fashion bloggers will be there with cameras in tow) head to Holts and remember if you spend  $500 on Wang’s ready-to-wear, accessories or eyewear you get a free Alexander Wang t-shirt.

Oh and fashion bloggers, this little number was sent to me by a dear friend. So it looks like we’ll being each other very soon and again later…hopefully much later.

AMMA: Love is Her Religion and Kelly Cutrone is Her Disciple

Kelly Cutrone and Swami, one of Amma's senior disciples

What you think you know of Kelly Cutrone is probably wrong. What you see of her on MTV is a just a snippet of who she is. And if you think the word “bitch” is her perfect descriptor, sorry you get a fail.

The perfect descriptor for Kelly Cutrone is passionate. She is a compelling person. The way she talks about something she believes in is nothing short of inspiring. But this woman is far from all talk. She puts her words into action and makes thing happen. If you have ever seen her at work on the MTV show “The City” you know she is a force to be reckoned with.

She has accomplished more than most people at 45-years-old and has earned herself quite a bit of media power. But success and power are not without costs.

“In 1991, I was a rock publicist, at the time and I was doing a ton of drugs and I was really skinny and I was really rich and really famous and I wanted to die,” says a candid Cutrone, but something changed for her.

“I had a vision of Amma and I made incredible changes in my life. Basically I shaved my head, sold everything that I owned and read eastern philosophy for two years and lived on a matt and a futon and that’s all I did. And then I started People’s Revolution after that.”

Cutrone is nothing like what you see on MTV when she talks about Amma, she is like an excited teenage gushing about the best new album she has heard. But that is not to trivialize her devotion to Amma’s work, she just gets that excited gleam in her eyes and her words almost can’t keep up with what she wants to tell you. What Cutrone is getting at, is Amma changed her life. Cutrone went to see Amma a few times over the years, and received Darshan from her.

Amma giving the Darshan

Darshan is the gift of embrace, and over 1,000 people in Toronto lined up to receive Darshan from Amma On July 19, 2010.

Amma pulls you close and envelopes you into her arms, chest and fully embraces you with her whole being. She caresses your back, kisses your cheek and holds you for more than just a minute. Human touch is a powerful thing and Amma harnesses that power and passes it on to those that come to her. She has embraced over 30 million people around the world, sometimes in stretches of over 20 hours.

Amma giving Canadian Songstress Sass Jordan Darshan

But before you even get to see Amma, she is small woman, the first thing you notice in the room is the smell. It fills your nostrils and swirls around in your head. The most pleasant and pungent smell of roses is everywhere. You can’t help but smile and breathe deeper, hoping to get more of the smell, it is nothing but delicious. Next you notice the people, there are so many of them, some waiting in line for their moment with Amma, some just sitting and some playing music. The colours are vivid, as is the experience. Your senses will be on overdrive just trying to take it all in. But fear not, you have time.

After an embrace with Amma you are given a blessing and it can be one or any combination of a rose petals, a Hershey’s Kiss, or a bright red crisp apple.

The Blessings of Rose Petals, Hershey Kisses & Apples

If I have given you all of Amma’s work is in her embrace, I am sorry I have mislead you. Her work in disaster relief is paramount. She has built hospitals, universities, colleges, schools, hospices, homes for AIDS patients raised money for disaster relief in Haiti, the Tsunami, and so much more.

“She built a hospital in India that has treated almost a million people for free, regardless of race or ethnicity. She is a huge advocate of the feminine India,” says Cutrone. “She also was one of the first people at the forefront of Katrina in the United States.”

Amma goes where the need is, she saw need in the USA, the superpower and arguably the world’s most developed of countries, yet that is not what she saw. She saw devastation and people in need. So she concentrated her efforts to raise funds and help the people.

The Musicians during the Darshan

Amma works to embrace the world figuratively and literally.

“She goes all around the world leading by example and her big message is, one love. And two is that there are two types of poverty in the world. One is cause by lack of love and the other is a poverty cause by the lack of money,” says Cutrone. And the second one won’t exist if we cure the first. That’s her big thing.”

She is trying to move the species forward.

“Amma in my opinion, is the ultimate power chick,” says Cutrone. “So, all I am doing is using my little bit of power to touch her big world and try to direct some attention over to it.”

With Kelly Cutrone