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An Affordable, Lovely Winter Coat By Hayden-Harnett

An Affordable, Lovely Winter Coat By Hayden-Harnett
I’m talking about the “Audrey” ; a twill overcoat with lambskin leather detailing. This coat has a dash of equestrian without being too over the top. To add to its appeal, the Audrey coat is on Hayden-Harnett’s sale docket; priced at $210.40 (from $526).

Hayden-Harnett designs have been featured on shows such as Gossip Girl, and they currently have a special line designed specially for Target on sale now [preview photos of the entire line]; though those pieces are strictly accessory based.



Fall 2008’s Best Leather Accessories

Spruce up your look with accessories this season, rather than focusing on re-buying your basics.  Accessories tend to be priced more reasonably, and can make an “old” piece renewed again with ease.  Leather accessories in particular are crafted to stand the test of time (versus cheap metals or fabrics). 

Not only that, but leather also gives you an edgier visual if that’s something you’re looking for.  One tip, though: if you’re getting into leather accessories, try to cheap out as the leather may crack or discolour with repeated wear.

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FOR WOMEN:

From left to right: Bill Adler Design perforated belt ($59; CoutureCandy), Ramone studded cuff ($90; Hayden-Harnett), CC Skye leather lock cuff bracelet ($155; Intermix), Armani Embossed leather watch ($195; Macy’s)

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FOR MEN:

From left to right: Tiger of Sweden leather belt ($125; S|Sense), Shimamura black leather stud wristband ($195; Kitson), Diesel leather & stainless steel bracelet($105; Nordstrom), ESQ Swiss Verona watch ($350; Macys)



A Hoodie Actually Worth Wearing [And In Leather, No Less!] Brought To Us By Mike & Chris

As leathers have made a rippling comeback on all things fashion, Mike & Chris have brought us the wonder of their leather hoody.

This is your favourite leather jacket, only improved with 5 front buttons, cuff buttons and a detachable hood. This is without question the most beautiful piece of [semi]affordable leather wear a designer has released during recent months.

When used as a layering piece or a stand alone top, this jacket will surely catapult you to the top of the fashion game if put together correctly. Don’t take fashion tips from celebs when it comes to this piece; all the photos of ladies in their streetwear prove that their day-to-day outfits fall flat without a stylists’ approval.

The piece has a $915 US price tag, though for something that will be wearable throughout the seasons (wonderful for evening or chilly summer days as well as an option for winter wear). Leather is classic and can stand the test of time.

If you’re looking to invest in an outerwear staple usable for years to come, I would recommend this. Really, if you think about ordinary and dull pieces from outlets like Danier Leather cost upwards of $399. This Mike & Chris incarnation is both stylish and edgy, but not so trendy that it will become immediately outdated once 2008 passes us by.

A Hoodie Actually Worth Wearing [And In Leather, No Less!] Brought To Us By Mike & Chris


My Hunt For Affordable Opera Gloves In Vancouver (Finally I Have Success!)

I never imagined that within a city [especially one that is becoming more fashion forward as the days go by] as Vancouver that it would prove so difficult as to find some bloody opera length leather gloves.

As we all know, the cropped blazer is raging in popularity, it is the season for layered looks and leather itself is very hot right now; yet these gloves remain elusive!

I refused to run straight into the halls of our Pacific Center mall’s Holt Renfew. As somebody who does not make enough to justify spending a minimum $200 for an accessory, I could not bring myself to admit shopping defeat and throw down that much for these items right off the bat. I also checked Neiman Marcus’ site and found a minimal selection, though also very highly priced.

I searched multiple Winners locations, including the one on Robson and Granville.  I found two pairs of Nine West gloves (one in black, one in brown) with patent leather on the top half of the glove and matte leather on the bottom.  Sadly they were both ridiculously small and priced at $100 each.

I checked multiple sex shops along the Davie Street strip; there was nothing but a lot of rubber. Defiantly not what I’m looking for.

I searched many downtown clothing shops and usual vintage havens, to no avail. The vintage stores yielded a few cloth results, but all were sized too small for me. Apparently I’m not elf sized and therefore are not privy to vintage hand-wear.

Some may suggest eBay, but I like to hold auctions as a last resort for clothing. Since gloves depend highly on a good fit, I’d rather choose them in person than remotely guess over a sizing chart. I’ll keep that one as a last resort.

Finally, my friend Kenneth and I re-visited one of the sex shops on Davie (he was intent on buying me a pair of the rubber ones just for the stares I would receive in the street) and to my extreme luck, the tranny that was working told me that Le Château was selling matte black leather gloves in their stores.

Last night I ran into my local Château and to my delight they had exactly the gloves I was looking for.  They are the softest leather, available in a range of sizes and end up sitting just over the elbow.  I do wish that they offered more of a colour range, but I am very happy to have found at least the black ones; and they fit like a dream.

These gloves are priced at $60 CA plus tax.



Mad Love For Gloves

As fall descends upon us, we find the glove trend of yore has burst upon us once again.

Since little cropped sleeve jackets are also in the favour of the fall 2007 trendmonster, this is a perfect addition in replacement of a dull long sleeved shirt or chilly bare skin [unless you plan on getting near frostbite!].

I am pleased to report that opera gloves are making a vivacious comeback. Visually pleasing colors are being pushed by most fashion houses to break up the dominant greys and blacks we come to expect during these months. Carolina Amato has some positively lovely selections; though you’re going to be expected to part with $285 US per pair. Can you just picture these with a cropped blazer? Bliss!

Let’s face it. Not many can afford such dandy items, so I would suggest going to your neighbourhood Winners [if you’re in Canada or are close to the Canadian border]. I found a pair of silky soft black mid-length gloves for $29.99; and the best part of it all is the detailings. They have three subtle strap pieces sewn onto the top of the glove; and three brass buttons. Needless to say, I was quite thrilled to find them.

As a second choice you could roam the vintage stores for gloves, but I find that they are largely for very tiny-handed old ladies and are not fit for most. I found these were also typically as expensive as the new pieces which really made no sense as they showed visible signs of wear and much age related winkling of the leather.

For something in more of a mid-range, you can find a mid-length standard lambskin glove with a cashmere lining at Coach for $98 US. These are offered in black, as well as a few color options. Neiman Marcus also gives you an oppourtunity to jump on the patent-leather trend train. Their opera gloves by GIM tag at $175 US. Color ranges include black, dark grey, dark brown, dark green and plum.

Though you will have to tip your spend scale to the +$800 mark for these babies, I feel that these Burberry offerings are truly worth mention. Officially named Burberry quilted patent gloves; I initially saw these in an Elle magazine and almost died. Shown online at Neiman Marcus for the hysterically frightening pricetag of $810, these are the mothers of all fall gloves. Though they are black, the trademark Burberry quilting and wrist buckles more than make up for the lack of vibrance. The shine will command attention still, and let’s face it; you’ll look like you really mean business if you put a pair of these on.

Burberry Quilted Patent Gloves

If you’re on a budget, get one basic black mid-length and one opera length. You can build onto the colors after that base has been established and you’ve been accustomed to wearing them.

As for the men, Coach also offers a similar more cropped version of the women’s glove in black. I also found a pair of dark brown Prada gloves at Overstock.com for $199 US; which despite the high figure is quite the deal (approx. $125 off). If you live near the Winners in downtown Vancouver, they have been getting prime haute stock (think Gucci, Armani, etc) at a fair discount. It just proves that if you know where to look there is absolutley no need to pay out full price.

Men’s coach

Time’s a wastin’ and the weather is only getting chillier. Get out there and grab a few pairs before your hands suffer the consequences of glove neglect!