Jennifer Waters left the corporate world (literally! She worked at Microsoft for 11 years!) to fulfill her dream full-time as fashion designer. She started House of Groves, a fashion line that “embodies fresh, contemporary style with a look to the past”.
Justine’s take: What I love about House of Groves’ Spring/Summer 2011 collection is the interesting cohesion of seemingly opposite themes: strong pastels and delicate darks. I like that the silhouettes give a nod to some vintage pieces I already own, but made with fabrics and colours I can wear today.
Chris’ take: This collection embodies a just-perfect ratio of masculinity and femininity. Jennifer’s offerings stay true to a woman’s shape at the same time enhance it with menswear-inspired tailoring. I can imagine a chic businesswoman chairing a meeting wearing the seersucker ensemble of a double-breasted blazer and a beautifully-tailored pant, or running lunch errands in the silky tie-dye top and high-waisted beige skirt. Somehow in some magical way, the tie-dye is totally modern and office-appropriate. My favourite would have to be the olive green bolero and high-waisted short finished with a darling tie neck top. The coral captures attention without aggressively demanding it.
Here are some shots Justine took of the show at LG Toronto Fashion Week on October 20, 2010 at Direct Energy Centre at The Exhibition (Toronto, ON).
Designer Jennifer Waters being interviewed:
We got to talk to Jennifer after the show, it was so exciting to finally meet her.
Dear Jennifer, thank you again for inviting Tiny Tines to attend your installation. Congratulations on a wonderful show! You left us thirsting for more.
Some shots from Chris’ camera:
We attended a fashion show for House of Groves by Jennifer Waters, which showcased her Spring/Summer 2011 collection. We will write more about House of Groves in the next post. In the meantime…:
Chris is wearing…
Dress: Tout a coup (from Hong Kong)
Shoes: Oxbridge Town (from Hong Kong)
Cameo pendant: Booth from Dundas Square
Belt: Uniqlo (from Hong Kong)
Justine is wearing…
Tee: online shop from Korea, 3 years ago
Pants: Attitude by Sears
Shoes: Converse Chuck Taylors
For an everyday girl:
This is one of the most versatile beauty item you can ever own. Vanilla pigment is a finely milled loose powder that you can use on your eyes, cheeks, lips, even nails. Don’t let its seemingly ordinary name fool you, this soft shimmery ivory powder is literally like magic dust – it enhances and highlights in the most beautiful way. You will only need a very small amount at a time, so even with its multi-purpose function, a jar will serve you well for a long time. The possibilities are endless! Check out some ideas below..
For a makeup artist:
This is a great product to have for bridal work or any photoshoot, for that matter. I usually scoop a little out of the jar and travel with a smaller container because a minimal amount will do the job. This is a power tool for dry and dull skin, and looks gorgeous in HD. Depending on how you apply it, it will work with a wide range of skintones. Your kit is not complete without this.
Cost: $23.50CA/$19.50USD for a 4.5 gram jar (The one shown in my pictures is the old packaging)
Colour: It looks ivory (and boring) in the container, but it reflects a gold and sometimes pink iridescence. It is shimmery rather than sparkly.
Texture: This powder is soft and easy to blend (MAC pigments all have different textures)
- Overall eyeshadow wash: Just a sweep of this will give the lids a soft wash of colour
- Brow highlighter: Apply it right underneath your brow for an instant lift
- Eye brightener: Put your finger tips to use and dab a little in the inner corners of your eyes
- Cheek highlighter: Give your best smile and throw some on those cheek bones with a small blush brush or your fingers
- Moisturizer enhancer: Mix a little of this with your moisturizer to give a subtle glow (I don’t recommend putting this stuff in a foundation though. Some foundations are already shimmery/glowy)
- Lip accent: Dab a little on the centre of your lips on top of your lip colour to create the illusion of a fuller lip
- Nail polish: Mix with clear nail polish (small amount for just a shimmer, add more for opacity)
1) In terms of the packaging: NIGHTMARE in a jar. I’ll be the first to admit that I have spilled pigments all over the floor before, which is why I suggest you transfer some to a smaller container and refill as you go. The new packaging MAC offers now is better as the opening is narrower.. but just be careful.
2) A word of caution: don’t overdo it. A tiny touch will do the job. Too much and you’ll look oily and sweaty. It might not be noticeable when you put it on, but I promise it will catch the light as you move.
Show me a look:
This is a barely there look with a brighter pinky lip. Vanilla pigment was used to brighten and highlight the skin.
What about other beauty gems?
Tried & True Beauty Gem #1: MAC Fluidline – Blacktrack
Do you remember the days before this mass infiltration of nudes, beiges, creams and pales in the market? People actually used to wear colour, if you can think that far back. Now I can’t walk past a display window without having mannequins dressed in blasted ho-hum colours staring back. Sophisticated beiges are great in a controlled amount and some people pull it off quite well, but that’s literally all I see here (in North American fashion retail chains anyway). It’s like somebody stuck this milky film in my eyes to prevent me from seeing bright shades. The Runway is still blessed with gorgeous hues, so I don’t quite understand this pervasive trend. I hate admitting this, but I find myself glossing over the brighter pieces in my closet too. When did these non-colours become so loud? I swear I’m not a beige hater at all.. I just really miss seeing big, bold and beautiful colours.
Neon will come another day, I promise you. Today, I propose that we feast on some lush jewel tones. Enough with the fat free ice cream and diet coke.. Consume outrageously heart attack-inducing food now!
I know you can’t tell at all that I’m an 80’s child..
Are people wearing colour where you are? How do you feel about beige and nude tones?
Sweater: Old Navy (this is the ONLY ON item I own.. it’s supposed to be a caplet/cardi type thing, but I got it in XXL so it would be cozy and slouchy)
Top: Random boutique at Yorkville (now gone)
Pencil Skirt: rk (Too bad this place went bankrupt..)