Tuesday, November 30, 2010

An Eye For Colour

On the day I took this photo, I saw this woman riding her bicycle downtown when I was checking out a Christmas Bazaar with friends and noticed the beautiful green coat she was wearing.  Then a while later we go to the Wearable Art Show at Museum London, and who should I see, but the same woman.  London is a very small town sometimes; you see the same people over and over at different arts-related events but then you realize that you've never had a conversation with them, so you only think you know them because of how often you see them.  Fortunately, I had the opportunity to have a great conversation with this woman, who is a local artist.  She looked so elegant in the green wrap coat worn with the very cool leather belt, and I was delighted to see that underneath she was wearing a leather mini-skirt.  We decided we definitely had a similar style sense!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Got Your Ears On?

This young woman in the adorable hat is Ira Rott, a Crochet Designer who makes some of the cutest baby hats and footwear I've ever seen (not that I spend a lot of time looking at those things, but if I knew someone who was having a baby, I would have bought them a pair of the too-cute-for-words booties).  Her designs for babies and children can be found on Etsy here.  Apparently some of her hats, such as the one she's wearing here, also come in adult sizes.

Points to anyone who can identify what I'm referring to in the title of this post--it probably means you're over 40.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bold Red at the Wearable Art Show

The woman in the photo above is Cynthia Cadogan, a clothing designer whose company is called Laurent House of Fashion.  I thought she looked stunning in her red knit dress and red leather hat; she definitely had the height and personality to carry off the bold colour.  Two of her designs are shown below:
The scarf is the star here
This outfit is something I would wear--I like the extra-long turtleneck on the fitted top, paired with the multi-layered skirt.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Captured at The Wearable Art Show - The Hat

I'm about a week behind in my posts as I was away for a few days celebrating my birthday, so my apologies for the delay in showing off the amazing style of the women I photographed at The Wearable Art Show held at Museum London last weekend.  I love, love, love this hat on her--the flower, the echoes of a 20's Cloche, and the great coordination with the rest of her outfit.  Those are also some wickedly awesome over-the-knee suede boots.  More photos of some of the eye-catching vendors and customers to follow.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Buttoned Burgundy Boots!

This woman and I share a love of funky, comfortable footwear, so when I saw her in these beautiful dark red Miz Mooz boots, paired with argyle tights, I knew she was going to have her blog moment.   See the photo below for a close up of the great button detail on the side.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Forest City Fashionista - The Autumn Version

In an effort to work with the new hair colour, I have tried to incorporate more "autumn-like" colours into my wardrobe.   In Exhibit A, I'm wearing a brown corduroy Juicy Couture jacket (from Value Village), green skirt from The Fairies Pyjamas, brown DKNY boots, scarf from the May Court consignment shop and knit flower from Weezi.  Thanks to Pauline for her photography assistance!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Late Post from "Wear Purple Day"

 Given that the woman in the photo didn't know it was "Wear Purple Day", and was just wearing what she would usually wear, it removed some of the urgency to post this last Monday.  There were some people on campus wearing purple, but overall, I found that few people were aware of the "Shine A Light on Woman Abuse" campaign, which was disappointing given that Western is a community where getting people to wear purple should be a pretty easy thing.  The campaign runs for the month of November, so there is still time for you to get your purple porch light bulb or purple t-shirt from the London Abused Women's Centre and show your support.   So, back to the outfit--love the distressed purple/pink leather jacket, with the large plum coloured scarf and striped skirt.  She looks very comfortable and casual, but with a creative flair.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Catching Up With Another Downtown Style Icon

Pauline, who has appeared on my blog several times, is another downtown style icon, and when I stop by to say hello, I can almost guarantee she'll be wearing some fabulous outfit.  On this particular day, it was a funky body conscious dress with a green and white pattern that happened to coordinate very well with the green swirls on the front door of her business.  Her style aesthetic is very modern, clean-lined, and definitely plays up her height and slim figure.     

Is there someone you think qualifies as a style icon here in London?  Someone whose style reflects their personality and consistently stands out from the crowd?  Send me an email with a photo, and I'd be happy to feature them on my blog.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Blaze of Colour

I saw this woman in the Covent Garden Market and my eyes were drawn to the great combination of colours she was wearing, particularly the ones in her argyle tights (or socks).  Everything she's wearing is very practical and weather-appropriate (hat, flat comfortable shoes, warm jacket) but the colours (the bright yellow that is also echoed in her scarf and tights), and shapes (her funky shoes and hat) make a unique personal style statement.  I didn't realize it at the time I took the photo, but the orange leaves on the tree behind her set off her outfit nicely!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Autumn Layering - Shades of Grey

I like that she's combined different shades of grey in her dress, ribbed tights and lace-up oxfords, and that she's topped it off with a classic black leather bomber jacket. 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

On the Street - Basic Black with Bright Accents

One of the things I don't like about the cold weather (and there are many, I assure you), is that many people abandon the cheerful colours they have been wearing all summer and adopt a warm cocoon of dark colours, primarily black, to shield themselves against the elements.  As most of my winter coats are black, I can sympathize with this tendency, but I try to do what this young woman has done, which is to add some brightly coloured accessories to offset the black.  The bright red belt and shoes are a fun splash of colour, and I love the purple glasses against her dark hair.

Friday, November 12, 2010

On November 15th, Wear Purple to Raise Awareness of Woman Abuse

One of my work colleagues sent me the following information, and I was surprised it was the first I had heard of this.   November is Woman Abuse Awareness and Prevention month in Ontario, and the London Abused Women's Centre is running their "Shine the Light on Woman Abuse Campaign" to raise awareness of woman abuse by turning the city of London purple for the month of November.

The following is from their website:
Monday, November 15, 2010 has been designated “wear purple day”.  We are asking the City of London to come together to show support by being creative and wearing purple clothing, purple accessories, purple makeup and more. Buy your Shine the Light on Woman Abuse purple t-shirt at the London Abused Women's Centre for $15.00 by calling 519-432-2204. 

So, dig out your purple sweaters, pants, skirts, dresses, hats, etc. and proudly parade your purple in support of Woman Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.  Your photo may just end up on my blog!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What's Old is New Again - The Cape

This woman was headed to our office, and I'm sure was not expecting to get her photo taken at the same time she was requesting information, but I couldn't miss the opportunity for a shot of her beautiful cape.  I've seen a lot of capes shown for fall this year and they are perfect for this type of weather.  They can be a bit tricky to wear, and unfortunately don't allow for an over-the-shoulder bag, so one is forced to adopt the more "lady-like" method of carrying your purse in your hand.  This one has such a striking colour combination (set off by the purple leather gloves) and is a light wool, woven in Wales (according to the label). The wearer picked it up at Talize, which, like Value Village, can be a great source of unique, inexpensive clothing if you have time and patience.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Roller Derby - Th-Th-Th-at's All Folks for This Season

This past Saturday was the last home game of the 2010 season for the Thames Fatales Roller Derby Team.  They played against the Mid-Michigan Derby Girls, who were no match for the speed and strategy of the Fatales.  Just to show there were no hard feelings after the game, everyone posed for a team photo.   Below are a few photos of some of the spectator style in evidence at the match.
There was orange leather...
Classic black leather, paired with ruffles and buckles
and this very cool hat, which the wearer purchased directly from the hatmaker

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Joel - Covent Garden Market's Style Icon

There are times where I will walk through the Covent Garden Market just to see what Joel is wearing that day (c'mon, admit it, there are others of you out there who do the same).  He takes the concept of individual style to a whole new level, and it was suggested that for Halloween, he should show up in a suit and tie.  He has a great eye for how to put together colours, fabrics, and accessories, and what's more important, he has a great sense of humour and knows how to have fun with his clothes.  Personally, I wish there were more people in London who allowed their inner selves to be reflected in their sartorial choices, because it's people like Joel who make London a more interesting place to live.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

On the Street - The Forest City Fashionista

Caught on one of my Saturday afternoon walkabouts wearing my very comfortable and funky pants by The Fairies Pyjamas (they make noise when you walk because of all the zippers, etc. on the legs!), grey jacket, From Mars, blue backless turtleneck vest thing, From Mars, worn over another turtleneck shirt, and necklace from Forever 21.  Thanks to Sophie at From Mars for the photo.

Monday, November 1, 2010

From Mars, Not Venus

It's a rare occasion that I can convince Diane (on the left), co-owner of the store From Mars, to let me photograph her for my blog, but I managed to catch her and a stylish friend when they were willing to pose for a photo.  Diane's wearing a very funky pair of pants that were a gift brought from Barcelona, with a jacket and boots from her store.  Since her friend is also a fan of their store, I can assume that at least something she's wearing is a From Mars purchase.  By the way, From Mars is having a fashion show on November 26th!  I'll be posting more info soon.