The Fifty Shading of Fashion

First there was the book. You know the one. Next came rumours of a lingerie line inspired by the book. Then we heard that sales of men’s ties had increased – along with calls to 911 for handcuff-related emergencies. (Oh, you crazy Brits.)
Now it seems the Fifty Shades of Grey effect has crept beyond the foyer and is standing squarely in the house of fashion and pop culture.  Leather – always a major look for fall – is popping up in more intimate, bondage-inspired scenarios.  Buckle your seat belts, Mom and Dad.  Bondage fashion has gone mainstream.
The Broadway sensation, Venus in Fur, pre-empted Fifty Shades by a year, but its current run at Canadian Stage is right on trend.  The main character, Vanda Jordan, breaks out her best leather corset, stockings, thigh high boots, along with some fabulous acting, to nail the role of a lifetime.  (Aside: this is one of the most captivating plays I’ve ever seen. The Toronto production is fantastic, but only on through October 27.)

photo by David Hou | courtesy Canadian Stage
Madonna shows up in the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar sporting gilded glamour and little else.  The spread – no pun intended – is shot by shock fashion photographer Terry Richardson.  Of course, it’s one thing for the Queen of Pop to get away with leather and chains, but when major designers weave a bit of bondage into their spring 2014 collections, well, I am officially calling it a trend.  
Will Canadian designers will follow suit?  Stay tuned to World MasterCard Fashion Week to find out!
Madonna in Harper’s Bazaar
photo Harper’s Bazaar
Versace spring 2014 | photo by Yannis Viamos |
Alexander McQueen spring 2014 | photo by Marcus Tondo|
Libertine spring 2014 | photo by Umberto Fratini |


Janie Bryant’s Mad Men

Celebrating a month-long emphasis on the cocktail, the LCBO made a big splash last week at Toronto’s Carlu event space with a 60’s-inspired evening of “Classic Cocktails.” Bars served up classics like the Martini, Rusty Nail, Negroni and Manhattan while nostalgic party hors d’oeuvres satisfied guests. (Aside: Am I ever thankful party food has evolved beyond the pinwheel sandwich and deviled egg.)
Most guests embraced the 60’s theme wearing plenty of prim and proper. After all, there was a special guest worthy of impressing – Mad Men’s own Janie Bryant, the award-winning costume designer, was in attendance. As a nod to the show’s fashions, outfits from Toronto’s vintage wardrobe rental studio, Ian Drummond Collection, were displayed throughout the party, exemplifying how well 60’s fashion fits in 2011.
To drive the theme home, literally, guests received Janie’s book, The Fashion File: Advice, Tips and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men in their gift bag.
Since AMC’s Mad Men debut, 60’s nostalgia in fashion has been on the rise and hit fever pitch last year. In many designer collections, fashions seen on the small screen have been influencing the runways and are set to do it again for Fall 2011. As the show enters the late 60’s expect to see this evolution realized by designers.  Check out this great article on Mad Men and New York Fashion Week
And if you haven’t seen January Jones in the new Versace ads, click here….wowza!