Fashion Talk

Hi! Remember me?

Please excuse my recent silence. theBUTTONUPblog is undergoing changes – BIG changes. Temporarily, the site is on a HIATUS. This will only make room for even more rants and even more fashion fun reviews.


Stay tuned – I wouldn’t let my readers down. Friends on?

x Courtney

I just started following Cara Delevingne on Instagram and have become slightly obsessed with her. Big name cosmetic companies have actually lost out on ‘eyebrow tweezer’ sales since she became a fashion model phenomenon over the last year. She could potentially become an all time favoured model of mine and that brings us to this shoot.

When I randomly stumbled across this editorial of Cara smooching a miniature god (we all know him, Karl Lagerfeld) – I was excited to see her as a crusader and muse for Uncle Karl. Of course, I am a little bias.

They teamed up to shoot Karl’s collection for ‘Melissa’, which was then featured in Melissa’s in-house publication. This came to life not long after Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier and Gareth Pugh recently finished collaborating with the Brazilian label. KL designed 4 classic shoe styles and one even dawned a sparkly ice cream cone on the heel. Why? Why not – he’s Karl Lagerfeld.









Now, where can I find that knit Karl doll?

Sadly, as it is late in the season for an ice cream cone heel, you can bet that strappy pair of Melissa Melissima flats will never stray far from being considered current. EENY, MEENY, MINEY, MO. 

[images c/o various websites,]

x Courtney

The nights feel later earlier and those not-so-vague hints that summer is nearing an end are becoming apparent. My summer sandals and getting pushed further to the back of my closet (I’m organized, I know), cashmere cardigans are breaking lose for the crisp evenings on the deck and that fashionable season of fur Fall is at our fingertips.

Be warned. We are in store for a fur frenzy. A FURENZY. Coats, collars, hats, scarves and handbags. Striped, dyed, embossed and manipulated. Fur was everywhere on the runways last February proving it’s back by designers with a -don’t care, PETA who?- vengeance.

Before anyone gets upset, the use of fur in fashion is inevitably recurring. Its timeless and the uncertainty of there ever being a middle ground with fur and fashion will age unresolved, as it stands the debate between it being natural and renewable as opposed to being inhumane and cruel to animals. Happily for everyone, no matter what your beliefs are anyone can enjoy the look of fur, perhaps just not the ridiculously warm and regal “feel” of genuine fur with faux or recycled.

I chose some stand out pieces from NY I am severely crushing on. Some may be slightly pretentious on a day-to-day basis but stunningly luscious to look at. Unfortunately, my bank account can’t take an 4K hit at the moment or ever, as beautiful as they are.









Here are some reasonable options so we can all get in on this ferocious trend, in a budget and moral friendly way. All images via Nordstrom.

BB DAKOTA x. $128

ALICE & OLIVIA x. $435

SMYTHE x. $766


TED BAKER x. $166


ASHLEY B x. $1102


TED BAKER x. $435


I appreciate and lust for genuine fur, there are many misconceptions in the billion dollar fur industry. However, I do also appreciate people’s feelings and opinions on the super sensitive issue.

Are you a fur feline?

x Courtney

It’s not everyday you get to hang with fashion celebs – and I don’t just mean you Vickie.

Lisa Tant, VP Fashion Editor for Holt Renfrew visited Edmonton on a 3 city tour to present the Fall ’13 fashion trends that we are all secretly dying to break out. I, not so secretively… guys I am full fledged ready for summer to take a hike so that I can break out suede boots and faux fur.

Lisa chose a pink and red print Lida Biday fitted dress and black pumps to guide us through next seasons on-trend fashions. Five key fashionable trends each with a runway, street style and model look. Lisa refined that street style truly is the new way of fashion today – with thousands of style bloggers erupting in the industry this couldn’t be more true.

Lisa & myself. An honor as she is someone I have admired x.

A fashionable crowd. Susanna of A Clean Well Lit Style Blog, Danielle Fuechtmann and Vickie of AdventuresinFashion x.IMG_5111

TREND #1 – BLACK, WHITE & RED. Pops of bold reds bring out life in your basic blacks, try it in a great leather moto jacket x. IMG_5118 x.IMG_5120x. IMG_5122 x.IMG_5123

TREND #2 – PRETTY IN PUNK. Studs, plaids and anything grunge chic x.IMG_5125x. IMG_5126x.IMG_5132x.IMG_5129

TREND #3 – COAT CHECK. Statement coats are huge! COLOUR and TEXTURE x.IMG_5137x. IMG_5140TREND #4 – PRINT MASTERS. Noone does an outrageous print better than Missoni x. IMG_5148 x.IMG_5150

x.IMG_5153x.IMG_5155TREND #5 – FUR FRENZY. Real, fake and recycled fur is all the rage. Lisa suggests experimenting with polka dots and stripes x.IMG_5159Edmonton blogger gals & Lisa Tant x. IMG_5171I love the fact that this woman adores leopard anything as much as i do x.IMG_5168

Fall is by far my favorite season. Is it any wonder why? What are you looking forward to rocking most this upcoming season?

x Courtney


Hi friends. What better way to transition into Fall (admit it, the end of summer is near!) then have a close up look into the upcoming FW13 trends, presented by a Canadian editorial icon of mine, Lisa Tant. I am predicting seeing looks conducive of beautiful greens, statement jackets and maybe even a slouchy beanie or two.

Lisa Tant is currently the VP Fashion Editor of Holt Renfrew, after leaving her legacy behind as the EIC at Flare Magazine.  Anyone who knows me, knows that it is my DREAM to one day rock the title Editor in Chief – ideally founding my own magazine – but I’ll take the EIC title happily for an established brand any day. Stay tuned for photos and Lisa’s personalized looks for Fall.

Who’s coming?

x Courtney

So, what is in a name? Especially a celebrity name. Well, if it’s Hilton, West, Lohan or Olsen it means the ability to add the title fashion designer to their resume without ever having studied fashion – undoubtedly using their famous name to “develop a fashion line”.

Now I bet you’re expecting me to come down hard on these celebrities for cashing in on their popularity and sticking their names on clothing lines. After all, they hire designers and ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ their concepts. They have very little involvement besides some modeling, promotion, and keeping guests waiting for personal appearances and runway shows. Shit, I forgot the most important thing… collecting their paycheques.

Most people understand that brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Halston, McQueen and Balenciaga are designed by others. They have to be: these designers have been dead for years. But the creative brains who take these brands over have wallowed in their expertise for years; lived and breathed the industry, some even working with the icons themselves.

So you’re right folks. I am coming down on these idiot celebrities – would you expect any different?Stick to what you know Britney… lip synching and bad acting. It’s one thing to take credit for the way your stylist dresses you but it’s quite another to be a fashion designer.

Where do I start.

Lindsay Lohan – Artistic Advisor for Ungaro

She may have launched her own 6126 line of fashion leggings in 2008, but it appears that Ungaro jumped the gun in thinking that meant Lindsay Lohan was capable of serving as an “artistic advisor.”

Lindsay’s spring collection with the label started out as a joke and ended in tears. It was deemed disastrous, cheesy and outdated but who was surprised? Nothing like sending heart-shaped nipple pasties down a Paris runway. fuckyourdumb.


Heidi Montag – Heidiwood

Coming to bargain bins near you: Heidi’s short-lived Anchor Blue collection was just as tacky and cheap as the “designer” herself. Is it any wonder it didn’t last?

Jean-Paul Aussenard

Paris Hilton – Paris Hilton

Launched in 2007, Paris’ line of dresses, jeans and t-shirts often sported an image of herself on them. While she didn’t actually “design” design them, she did spend a year submitting her personal Facebook and scrapbook photos and approving those designs that would bear her name.

Paris’ checklist: terrible singer, lame boyfriends, famous mostly for on-camera pouting, and excessively eager to merchandise herself regardless of actual quality, CHECK!


Rihanna – Rihanna for River Island

See previous rant here:


Madonna – Material Girl

Just retire already.

Kanye West – Kanye West, Kanye for A.P.C.,

This isn’t the first time I’ve made fun of Kanye and it probably won’t be the last. His recent collaboration with A.P.C. consisted of said plain white t-shirts, devoid of any imagery, bedazzling or special characteristics and priced at $120 each. Those fuckers sold out virtually instantaneously after going on sale online. These idiots even crashed their official site. Why? A terrifying display of how consumers are truly under a spell of celebrity worship. However, even with his sellout-in-minutes success, Kanye is still totally irrelevant in the fashion world.


Jessica Simpson – Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson may have made a 1 billion dollar empire with her successful clothing lines, but her dresses and staples are far too tuttie fruttie for me.


On a less hateful note, there are a select few celebrities who have proven that their passion for designer duds can translate into successful clothing brands.

Gwen Stefani – L.A.M.B

Known for her unique sense of style and previously being a fashion icon as lead for the band, No Doubt, the launch of L.A.M.B (Love Angel Music Baby) in 2004, reflects Stefani’s flirty rock and roll style which we are so familiar with, in her music.

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Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen – The Row, Elizabeth & James

These fashionable twins added to their growing empire with the introduction of their high fashion label, The Row. They also found a following for their second fashion line, Elizabeth and James, named after their younger sister and brother. Then again remind yourself that with their success, they have been accused of ripping off lines such like Rick Owens and being absent through production.


Nicole Richie – House of Harlow 1960, Winter Kate

Some of my fashion friends may not agree with me on this one. Fair enough. I follow NR on Instagram and she has become one of my all time style icons. Forget the trash you saw on the Simple Life – she has transformed into a bohemian chic goddess. I have made plenty of room for Nicole’s House of Harlow 1960 accessories line and the Winter Kate collection in my closet.


Fashion A-listers, professors, editors and critics have publicly frowned upon celebrity fashion lines and collaborations, defending the notion that they are consistently taking the spotlight from fresh and young fashion creators who’ve worked their asses off and deserve to be recognized. What do you think? More local, less Kanye.

[images c/o,,, various sources]

x Courtney

This isn’t the war on terrorism. Although, perhaps it’s somewhat similar.

It’s a battle within fashion politics and it happens to be between the American First Lady, Michelle Obama and her groundbreaking style versus China’s newest First Lady, Peng Liyuan who is being called ‘China’s Michelle Obama’. Peng made her debut last week and Michelle has already been on the cover of Vogue twice. Clearly, we know who the underdog is – but they usually come out on top, don’t they.

People care about style. It’s important to show that some values are universal, especially in their roles – including a love of high fashion and elegance. When the President’s wives strive to be pertinent to their citizens I can only imagine this is a huge campaign helper.

China First Lady Peng Liyuan and Usa Michelle Obama The First Lady's War Portrait Society Fashion Art Critic Satire Humor Chic by aleXsandro Palombo

Both women have an original, keen eye for style. Everything Peng wears is Chinese made and designed, and sometimes clearly designed in the oriental style. As a result, these designers stocks are tripling through the roof and websites are crashing, just in the last week. That is a marked contrast with the sense of style that prevails among most wealthy Chinese women, which tends towards well known Western brands.


As for Michelle, she usually represents brands that have been considered the ‘underdogs’ like Ikram boutique, Thakoon and Isabel Toledo rocking arm-baring dresses and colourful cardigans. She doesn’t ‘borrow’ most dresses and pays for them with money out of her President’s plentyful bank account pocket.


“I always want to show them my most authentic self”, Michelle has said. Work it girl, you’re fabulous! Peng on the other hand, has said nothing – literally. She has not publicly opened her mouth yet (every husbands dream?) but has used her fashion sense to project China’s soft power and hopeful new international image. It’s about time we see a softer side of China and about time their First Lady is not obediently invisible. Pricks.

Will Peng finally execute the long overdue role of a First Lady to represent the nation’s best brands and mentor China’s fledging fashion and creative industries? You bet.

On that note, HUNG CHING POW.

[images c/o,]

x Courtney

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