Nail Files: F/W 15 Nail Colour Trend Report

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From pale nudes at Helmut Lang to Vera Wang's gunmetal digits, sophisticated nail shades replace bold brights this F/W. Here are our picks, straight off the runway, to upgrade your mani game.

– Santanae

True Blue

Like your favourite pair of boyfriend jeans this true blue hue (say it five times) goes with everything! Nars in La Notte, $20.

Into the Nude

Nude nails are clean and classic and this season's paired down subtle shades do not disappoint. Dior in Pied De Poule, $25.

Lady in Red

Add a bit of glam to your look, day or night, with this deep ruby shade appropriately named Dress to Kilt. Essie Nail Polish in Dress to Kilt $8.

Purple Rain 

Ultra rich dark jewel tones are right on trend this season. Opt for a purple hue for a luxurious and regal take. 3.1 Phillip Lim Nail Polish in Crossroads, $20.    

Grey Matter

Shades of grey worn head-to-toe is a major trend but, if you're not ready to take the full plunge, test drive the hue with a mani. L'Oreal in Grecian Goddess, $5.

Pretty in Pink

Blush pink is a mani fave and this season is no exception. Michael Kors in Coquette, $18.

Chocolaty Brown 

For an instant Fall update dip your digits into a milk chocolate hue – a great nude for darker skin tones. Marc Jacobs in 152 Bark, $18.

Golden Girl

Miracle Gel helps this trendy gold metallic hue stand up to wear & tear. Sally Hansen in Game of Thrones, $10.

Images via Harper's Bazaar.


Mustang Unleashed

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A car with serious cred, it's no surprise that Mustang celebrated its 50th anniversary with swagger: a 15-shirt limited-edition collection realized by Anna Sui, Rogan, Paula Cademartori, Pamela Love, and CO|TE.

100% cotton, made by Loomstate in the U.S., each designer interpretation was inspired by the car and its history. While I wouldn't kick any of the shirts out of my closet, it was Rogan's simple hand-drawn sketch that captured me. I had the pleasure of meeting Scott Mackinlay (of Rogan) and he explained that he (and partner Rogan Gregory) were inspired by the raw American heritage expressed in the modern, high-tech Mustang. Sounds good to me. Here it is in all it;'s glory.

50th Anniversary tee by Rogan.

50th Anniversary tee by Rogan.

$39 (U.S.) each. Available at Gilt.com


The Bucket List – Fall's New It Bag

by Afiya Francisco


From Saint Laurent to Elizabeth and James, the bucket bag is our new favourite shape – an effortlessly chic marriage of form and function. If you are a fashionable career girl on-the-go, like myself, who typically carries her life in her bag, the bucket bag is definitely your new go-to carryall. To ring in the fall season, we've rounded up a lust worthy list: from rock star fringe to bold metallics. The Style House has got you covered – step up your fashion game with one of the season's most buzz worthy accessories! – Santana

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  • Proenza Schouler
  • Saint Laurent
  • Elija

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  • Loewe
  • Runway via Elle.com
  • Alexander Wang

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  • Alexander Wang
  • Madewell
  • Prada

Tomato Red – Trend Tolerance: Low

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I recently sat on ET Canada's Fashion Panel, alongside a super talented & entertaining crew: the Beckerman sisters (Calli & Sam) and Fashion magazine Fashion Editor-at-Large and stylist Zeina Esmail, to dissect the hits & misses from the Emmy Awards red carpet. One of the few things that we unanimously agreed upon is that red – specifically a bright tomato – was the dominant colour of the night. I didn't particularly love any of the red carpet looks, I may have even been a wee harsh in my commentary claiming that I didn't think any of it was done well (in my passion, I forgot about the exception, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. How could I?! Adore her.) Anyway, what lacked on the carpet has certainly been made up for on the street. As with most trends, you can go full tilt in head-to-toe but one key piece makes quite a statement. Visit here to catch the segment.

Photos: Who What Wear | Vanessa Jackman



Head Over Heels – FW14 Trend Report

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Like many, fall is my absolute favourite season of all: hello to chunky knits and over the knee boots! Looking ahead to one of the most exciting season's to date, it is full of looks that I can’t wait to try. This may very well be my favourite fall season of all time, till next season that is... 

– Santanae

It’s a Mod, Mod World 

The swinging '60’s were all over the runway: from the embroidered shifts at Gucci to the metallic boots at Saint Laurent, designers are mad for mod. Incorporate this trend into your work wardrobe now by paring an A-line shift dress with open toe booties, and later, with opaque tights and over-the-knee boots. 

Louis Vuitton | Gucci | Saint Laurent | Valentino

Roberto Cavalli | DKNY | Burberry | Etro | Leonoard

Roberto Cavalli | DKNY | Burberry | Etro | Leonoard

Blanket Dressing 

When Christopher Kane sent an army of models, led by Cara Delevingne, down the runway in monogrammed  Burberry blankets, it was a wrap – literally. The fashion set went into a frenzy and a trend was born. Take a cue from Olivia Palmero and incorporate the ultimate transitional piece into your daytime look.

Let's get Knitted

Nothing epitomizes a crisp Autumn day like rocking a chunky oversize knit sweater with your favourite pair of denim and Chelsea boots. This fall uniform is more relevant than ever. For an updated twist, pair your chunky knit with a skirt for a modern and stylish cool girl ensemble. 

Dion Lee | Michael Kors | Tory Burch

Fast Food Fashion 

Looks like you can finally have your fashion and eat it too. With Jeremy Scott's visual shout out to Mcdonald's to Kate Spade's new twist on Chinese food takeout boxes –  street style stars like Anna Dello Russo and Chiara Ferragni are eating up this new trend!

Anna Della Russo | Anya Hindmarch | Kate Spade | Moschino

Sparkle for Day 

If you like a littlie bling in your life (and who doesn't?) you are going to love this trend. The most recent update to the ongoing metallic trend is in its streamlined shape and structure as seen at Tom Ford and House of Holland. Not only fashionable for evening, take this trend for a spin by rocking your sparkle of choice to your next brunch date!

Tom Ford | House of Holland | Rodarte

The Fantastic Fur

Love it or hate it, fur was major in Milan. From Prada to Fendi, it was all about statement fur in bold colours and patchwork detailing. Fur scarves, clutches and snoods create the look of ultimate luxury. For the faint at heart incorporate this look into your wardrobe through textured accessories real or faux.

J. Mendel | Marc Jacobs | Marni | Prada

Images via Style.com, Fashionista.com, Elle.com, and harpersbazaar.com


Cottage Essentials

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Fresh air, long days; I love laid back cottage visits. Pack the perfect pieces – you can get away with a medium duffle bag, even for a week away – and you can master wild weather fluctuations. I recently shared, on The Morning Show, my favourite brands for stylish cottage wear. Roots is, of course, the epitome of cabin chic. But there are also some new kids on the fashion block, who have a great selection of cool essentials that work both at the cottage and as casual city style. Province of Canada, with its well-edited selection of basics, is definitely one to watch. And I can't say enough about the virtues of a cozy blanket wrap – Winners (above), Roots and Aritzia all have covetable options. Birkenstock & Adidas are old standbys but they have never been as chic as they are now. Here's the segment for more cottage essentials.

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