The Hungarian brand Nanushka may sound new to your ears but it’s actually an already almost-established brand in the fashion industry. In the short span of a few months, it has become a fashion girl favorite and started popping up in a lot of Instagram photos – if you are following the right girls that is.
It’s not mainstream or a “blogger favorite” brand, on the contrary, it only appeals to a certain girl with the certain style, who is looking for ethical fashion in functional pieces where she doesn’t have to sacrifice spirituality or her natural essence. And the spring/summer collection perfectly embodies the urban escapist woman, who is always in the traveler state of mind.
Lately I’m all about (or trying to be all about) slow fashion rather than high street. For years we were taught it either has to be luxury or cheap and any designer who tried to do something in between – luxury basics, handmade goods, ethical fashion – were doomed. Luckily consumers started turning their faces to the good side, appreciating the value of design and quality for the price they actually deserve, and new wave bloggers and influencers play a big role in this change. I hardly ever enter Zara anymore (I still shop there every now and then, but compared to how much I used to buy before it’s almost nothing), only check H&M for accessories and couple of trendy pieces every season and I don’t even pass by other high street retailers.
Now I buy one slow fashion item instead of buying 10 of the knock off and my wardrobe has become so much more refined and of quality lately. One of the hardest parts of shopping slow though is the custom tax and duties of Canada. Since independent designers don’t offer prepaid tax options and not all of them are stocked in big retailers, it sometimes turn into a struggle to find what I’m looking for and that’s why I value Canadian shops that carry independent brands more than ever.
Chance & Fate is one of those beautiful online shops based in Toronto that provide customers with a carefully curated selection of luxe basics and fashion pieces that will complement and elevate any wardrobe. And The Sept is a Munich based small fashion label dedicated to minimalism and clean design I discovered thanks to Chance & Fate. They make the best effortless pieces from materials such as cotton, viscose and cashmere – all made in Portugal – like this sleek black ribbed cotton dress, which is now officially my favorite summer piece.
I’m normally not a body con girl so it took the best fabric and best cut in the world to make me wear one with so much love. And the craziest thing is while I saw an everyday look in this dress; my husband saw a beautiful night dress that I can wear out for cocktails and with the simple change of shoes it really did transform perfectly from daily to chic. Please don’t blame me if every time you see me out in Montreal I’m wearing this dress, get one and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
. Black cotton ribbed dress The Sept via Chance & Fate
. White Old Skool sneakers Vans
. Birkin basket bag Space Rocket Store
Materiel by Aleksander Akhalkatsishvili
Tell me where your favorite designer is from and I can tell you the fashion landscape of the entire city. I know this phrase can’t be applied to every designer in the world but it perfectly explains the relationship between Demna Gvasalia and Tbilisi.
The resemblances are so freaky that I’ve started to think either Georgians really, truly love the 80’s more than anything right now OR Gvasalia is such a big fashion royalty that all emerging designers are following his footsteps, so much that sometimes they stepped a little too much on the back of his shoes – sock boots, extreme shoulder pads, suiting – everything Balenciaga was on Tbilisi runways.
There are of course some designers that, let’s say inspired by others instead of Gvasalia, like Materiel by Aleksander Akhalkatsishvili, Gola Damian or Dalood, but the Gvasalia effect was instantly recognizable, which is why Tbilisi has become one of the hottest fashion capitals lately. Here are some of my favorite looks from the Fall 2017 collections.
Rihanna in Comme Des Garcons
My favorite red carpet event of the year has come and gone (though I must admit the past few years I love Cannes red carpet more than the MET Gala) and I’m left with the task of narrowing down my favorite looks and choosing a winner, which quite frankly wasn’t hard at all this year. Resident MET Gala winner Rihanna came in and shot the whole thing down, she is the unanimous queen, best dressed in every single list you’ll find online today.
Everyone else, well I chose them either because they stayed true to the dress code, which was to dress “avant-garde”, or because they stayed true to the theme, which was Rei Kawakubo x Comme des Garçons (no one else managed to tick off both boxes besides Rihanna and Helen Lasichanh, maybe Katy Perry).
Here are the 45 best looks (yes that’s my narrowed down version) from MET Gala 2017: Rei Kawakubo x Comme des Garçons.
Naeem Khan Bridal Spring 2018
One thing I’ve learned as a former bride and resident fashion blogger is that you never ever stop looking at wedding gowns, even years after you get married. Either they are too beautiful to ignore or all your best friends are getting married the same year and your camera roll is filled with bridal ideas from Pinterest or bridal shop dressing room photos (living thousands of miles away from my friends doesn’t stop me from interfering in shopping decisions, I’m that annoying) so it’s no surprise that once again I’m all over bridal trends this year too.
I actually love wedding dresses so much that we (me and my best friend who isn’t getting married – we are 3 really close friends) even made a joke about buying the other two wedding dresses my friend didn’t choose and wearing them as bridesmaid dresses. Sounds a lot more fun than generic bridesmaid looks, no?
Having said that, I’d gladly wear any one of these 70 gorgeous dresses from Bridal Spring 2018 collections to go grocery shopping if they let me!