COOL AS COOL ON A COOL DAY

One of the best things of winter is not the snow or hot drinks, but the previews of fresh spring fashion up ahead. But until we get you into caftans and linen shorts, check out this latest shoot with our friend and collaborator, contributor Bobby Raffin who captures the essence of seasonless dressing and mixes it in with his own flare.Bobby styled Natalie with a vintage leopard print trench and some hot leather riding gloves. Paired with boots and tights, Natalie will be warm enough to trek through the streets without the heaviness of those all too consuming puffy jackets and look killer while doing it.Here he pairs a velour utility vest with a warm Brixton plaid shirt and a warm but light fleece hunting hat. It is all about creative layering to keep you warm this January.

Bobby interned a little with us this past season. For our upcoming season we’re looking forward to offering many new opportunities at Lavish&Squalor. Presently, we’re taking submissions for fashion interns to contribute to the creative process of assisting with writing, styling, graphics etc. We want a well rounded person that has good computer and communication skills. So, if you think you have what it takes, contact us with your portfolio and contribution interests right away.

UPPER LAVISH GUYS HOLIDAY STYLES

At Lavish&Squalor we get visitors from all over the world, but sometimes the best visitors are ones from your own family! Meet our model Dino who flew in from Vancouver, and also happens to be (one of our very own) Aimee’s brother. On his visit he stopped by the store to check out our latest offerings from our men’s winter collection on our Upper Level.

His favourite picks include the winter-ready colour palette button up shirt from Fred Perry, a pair of dark slim denim from Commune, and some light brown leather chelsea boots from Vanish Elephant. Don’t forget to keep warm with some egg nog like Dino! Dino’s favourite egg nog recipe can be found here.

Dino also liked this printed tee from Noir et Gris, a label from two young men who are also Toronto natives.  The shirt evokes a casual yet effortlessly cool simplicity that gives Dino a good downtown urban edge, while still keeping it classy. This definitely made the wish list (which he promptly told Aimee to grab for him as a present).

Vanishing Elephant’s footwear is a great addition to the Upper Level. This label pairs the idea of well-made goods with a stylish sensibility. Honoured last year as GQ’s Designer of the Year in Sydney, Vanishing Elephant is a brand that guys all over will want to rock. This boot in particular is a great classic staple, and was welcomed into Dino’s close (and should be in your closet too!).

Life/after/denim is an American label dedicated to creating clothes for men that are both simple and made of the best quality. Dino is wearing a striped crew neck sweater that’ll keep him warm after hopping from holiday party to the next, and their dark brown corduroy blazer which will keep him looking sharp (or like a professor… a cool one).

All outfits are available on our Upper Level, come visit us like Dino! Be sure to catch him on Twitter (@dinolaurel) and while you’re at it, follow us too for more men’s coverage (@squalorland).

MUCHMUSIC’S New.Music.Live TALKS FASHION BLOGGING

Local blogger fashionista Gracie Carroll and the crew from MuchMusic’s New.Music.Live dropped by the store to shoot a feature on style and fashion blogging. Check out the Toronto native’s fashion forecast for the fall and some of her picks from the store! You can watch the video here: http://www.newmusiclive.ca/gracie-carroll-takes-you-behind-her-blog/. The dress she’s rocking is by Numph, come by the store and snap it up before anyone else does! Be sure to check out Gracie on her blog, http://www.graciecarroll.com and support local independent shops like she does!

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FRED PERRY FALL 2011 – DAPPER GENTLEMEN NEED ONLY APPLY

Fred Perry’s cult status has now spanned over 5 decades. The “laurel is one of the most enduring and timeless logos in the world and is associated with authenticity, heritage and integrity.”  From it’s humble beginnings as a tennis shirt in 1952, ‘The Fred’ (as it would come to be known) and it’s accompanying laurel wreath has been worn by generations of fashion-forward youth including:

1950s – the Mods
1960s – the skinheads, the Rude Boys
1970s – Northern Soul, the punks
1980s – 2 Tone movement, New York punks
1990s – Brit Pop
2000s – The Casuals

Fred Perry continues to evolve, and is worn by a new generation,who  like The Mods of 50s and 60s, display an obsessive attention to detail.  Each new Fred Perry piece is masterpiece of design and function.

“Fashions may come and go, but style is timeless”

For the a new generation of dapper gentlemen.  Fred Perry fall 2011.  Available now, upstairs at Lavish&Squalor:

left: L/S Check Shirt; right: Vintage Knit Polo
top-left: L/S Tartan; top-right: L/S Oxford w/ V-neck Merino Knit; mid-left: L/S Check Shirt; mid-right: Twin-Tipped Slim Fit Polo; bottom-left: Twin-Tipped Slim Fit Polo; bottom-right: L/S Terrsall w/ Crew-neck Merino Knit
left: L/S Chambray; right: L/S Tartan