Do you ever see those girls walking down the street who look simply effortless, their clothes the perfect mix of feminine and pure edge? They drape themselves in lots of raw silk, jeans of unspeakably cool unknown provenance, and plenty of long gold chains, anchoring the ensembles with the perfect pair of vintage pumps. Very New York.
Of course they enrage me with jealousy, but at least we mere mortals have a better shot at scoring such exquisitude now that Fawn has opened up its awesome one-stop shop for Hot Elegant Bitches (HEBs) and Hot Elegant Bitches In Training such as myself.
Tucked underneath the Chocolate Factory lofts at 967 Queen Street West, Kasha Bilobram's small--but beautifully edited--shop stocks the type of clothes that would grace the HEBs' custom-made closets, and anyone looking for pieces that may be fashion-forward, but are meant to last, too.
Neutrals are predominant here, including black belted shirtdress from Shelly Steffee, a gray Clu jersey cotton tee with a silk-trimmed collar ($175), Todd Westendorp's geometrics-printed heather-gray tees, or a Ba&sh black silk onesie ($375). For bottoms, you have jeans from Blank, Denim Birds, Oak, and 4 Stroke ($88-$195)
The price-point stings a little, but I'm a big believer in quality over quantity, so, HEBs-In-Training, suck it up--the frocks on offer here are good investment pieces for workplaces where you can be creative, or a good evening-out staple. But don't expect any frippery: the clothes are streamlined and chic, with the uniqueness coming from the cut and draping of the high-quality fabrics, rather than any gaudy hardware or of-the-moment detailing.
Take the Velour black dress, with a low-hanging smocked front and droopy pouches on the sides ($295) or the sober khaki structured trench-style dress from Rodebjer ($475), for example. Said Bilobram: "There was a lack of boutiques with clothes like this. You'd have to go to Holt's or a vintage store. Everything else was too conservative or girly."
I think black is deathly dull and done to death by the often-drab denizens of Toronto, so I dig that there are a few splashes of colour, too, such as a flowing Grecian-inspired silk shirt in bright coral from Rachel Comey ($285), or a blindingly lemon-yellow sleeveless silk top from local designer Katya Revenko ($160).
Accessories are a little more playful, whether it be a fat knotted rope necklace from Lanyard, or Kvell's chunky silver deer-head necklaces (which I have long, long coveted--one day, my precious, one day!).
Fawn is well-stocked with vintage pumps. Bilobram is a sucker for old-school, as is indicated by the store's slogan: "Fashion Attitude With Nostalgia." Try on a brown snakeskin pair of high-heeled sandals, or some colour-blocked suede pumps--all the better for stomping on the mere mortals.
Hot Elegant Bitchdom, here we come!