Great Functional Design

I knew I had officially become an adult on the day that my husband and I decided not to go out with friends on a saturday night, and spend the money on a Dyson vacuum cleaner instead. We never regretted it, but still mourn the fact that we had to leave it in England.

I love Dyson, because it combines great design and functionality, which is often hard to do. And I am very excited about their new bladeless fan, even though I probably won’t buy one (I’m saving up for the Animal upright vacuum cleaner.) There aren’t many brands that can get me excited about a fan, but this one certainly does. If only shoe design could be more like this, imagine an amazing pair of heels that you can run around in.

Dyson's New Bladeless Fan

Dyson's New Bladeless Fan

This is how normal fans work (they "buffet" air)

This is how normal fans work (they "buffet" air)

This is when the air isn't "buffeted"

This is when the air isn't "buffeted"

Here is how the Dyson fan works. If only all technology were this straightforward.

Here is how the Dyson fan works. If only all technology were this straightforward.

All images from http://www.dyson.co.uk

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Front Row Bloggers

Before I write this, I should explain that my purpose for writing a blog is not so I can get front row invitations to Dolce & Gabanna, although I would probably accept if the offer came up. I am writing this to educate, guide, and inspire fellow Canadians (particularly Vancouverites) about fashion. Basically, to help make this country become a bit more stylish.

But this photo, seen on Bryanboy’s blog, says a lot about how bloggers have been accepted into the fashion industry. Its pretty phenomenal that two bloggers, who were unknown a few years ago are sitting front row at Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring Summer 2010 fashion show, amongst THE fashion heavyweights. I’m also glad there aren’t any celebrities in this photo, but I am sure they are there, sitting further along.

From left to right: Suzy Menkes, Suzy Menkes, Michael Roberts (Vanity Fair), Sally Singer (US Vogue), Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, and Tommy Ton (Jak and Jil). Image from bryanboy.com

From left to right: Suzy Menkes, Michael Roberts (Vanity Fair), Bryanboy, Sally Singer (US Vogue), Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, and Tommy Ton (Jak and Jil). Image from bryanboy.com

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Jil Sander and Uniqlo

I think a very suitable first post topic would be one about something we can’t find here in Vancouver, as I’m guessing a lot in this blog will be about just that. I suppose I am somehow hoping that I can convince Canadian retailers to start to sell more exciting clothes, but I suppose first I need to convince Canadians to want them.

Anyway, for Canadians unfamiliar with Uniqlo, imagine a bunch of stylish Japanese people getting their hands on Gap and injecting colour, style, and cool. That is exactly what Uniqlo is. Then, to top it all off, they ask Jil Sander to come in as Creative Director. Their new line, J+, launched 2 weeks ago, has resulted in line ups outside the Paris store for over a week. So there must be something amazing in there, and I can’t have it. In fact, the only place it can be found in North America is New York.

Here are some photos, and if you really want to upset yourself, have a look at the prices on their website. I should also note there is tons of fantastic menswear, which we all know is very difficult to find if ¬†you don’t want to break the bank.

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Photos courtesy of Uniqlo.

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