Banana Republic's After 5 Event

This past Tuesday, I attended Banana Republic’s After 5 Style event at the Bloor Street store in Toronto.  This was a spontaneous decision as I just happened to walk by the store and saw a guy with a guitar.  I had actually thought that the event was private, but was glad that it was not.   The After […]

House of Hsueh Clutches: Great Accessories, Great Gifts

Cynthia Cheng One thing that many brides are thinking about is what to get their bridesmaids as a thank you gift.  For me, the choice was pretty easy.  The first thing I thought of were House of Hsueh bags.  Hand-made by Toronto-based designer, Benita Hsueh, they are very versatile and can be used as small purses […]

Lula Lu Lingerie Presents the Delilah Bra

The Delilah Bra is now available at Lula Lu Petites!  This bra, which is slightly padded and great for those of us who’re tiny, comes in sizes 32AA to 38AA and 32A to 36A and available in three colours (white, “nude” and black).   The unwired bra is made with organic cotton, which is great as it allows […]

Want a Dress like Chelsea's? Smartbride Boutique has Suggestions

Although Chelsea’s Vera Wang wedding gown reportedly cost about $25,000, we’ve got options for smart bride who want the wow without the wicked price tag. Here are SmartBride Boutique’s picks for budget friendly options if you want to mimic Chelsea’s wedding look. (click here for more)

Allison Izu Capris: Great for the Petite

  Top: Elie Tahari (I think this was from his S/S 2009 collection) Capris: Allison Izu Bag: 442 McAdam (Hobette – F/W 2010)   My Allison Izu Kolohe Capris have arrived!  They’re lower rise pants (the “waist” is right at the hip bone) and fall a couple of inches below the knee.  I think they’re […]

Vintage Clothing from the Past: Hong Kong 1950s-Early 60s

Mad Men‘s fourth season debuted yesterday, but have you ever wondered what clothing from other countries looked like around the same period? Below are clips from various fashion shows in Hong Kong back in the 1950s and early 1960s. Notice how many pieces look like they were inspired by Asian clothing. Also, observe what the […]

442 McAdam Goes Compact for Fall 2010

The first thing I noticed about 442 McAdam‘s Fall 2010 collection was its compact sized bags, very different from previous collections.  Though the 100% cowhide is still intact, the smaller size intrigued me as a petite person – though I have a few totes, I prefer smaller bags which are more in proportion for smaller people.  The […]

Converse's Fall Line Include Inspiration from 1960s Musicians and Kiddie Lit

Converse recently had its fall line launch in downtown Toronto.  Of all the new lines introduced, which included one inspired by Dr. Seuss books, the one which struck Prospere Magazine the most was one based in 1960s musicians.  Created by Chuck Tayor, this All Star 1969 collection features shoes named after great artists such as Janis Jopin (left), Jimi […]

Elegant Lingerie, Not Elegant Weather

Cynthia Cheng La Lingerie Française held its annual showcase from the top French lingerie houses at Artscape Wychwood Barns on Wednesday, July 7.  Featuring pieces fron Princesse tam•tam, Chantelle, Empreinte, Passionata and more, the event started with a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres by chef Jean Pierre Challet, followed by the show itself.  Not only […]

From Shorty Stories: A Challenge to the Fashion Industry

Actually, this is a follow-up video to one I created three years ago which challenged mainstream fashion media to use non-traditional designers and models more often.  It’s sad that so little has been done, no? Here’s the new video: The original video is here:   Note: A version of this article was posted in Shorty […]