THE BUY: Our favourite fall boots

Strutting into fall with Joe Fresh Style ($159, Story by Caitlin Agnew.

Full length, half length,
Fully fashion calf length,
Brown boots, black boots,
Patent leather jackboots,
Low boots, high boots,
Lovely lanky thigh boot,
We all dig those boots.

—Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman, “Kinky Boots”

We’re digging these boots, an eclectic selection featuring fall’s hottest trends: shearling lining, military embellishments, and ’90s throw-backs (hello, Doc). This week on The Buy, we travel the world over, from Kathmandu to Munich, to bring you 12 of our favourite fall boots, all available in Toronto. In the words of Nancy Sinatra, “Start walking!”

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THE BUY: Our favourite necklaces

Story by Caitlin Agnew. Gold Plated Pen Nib Necklace ($65, at the Drake General Stores).

“It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.” —Oscar Wilde

It’s no secret that designers use history as inspiration for the latest trends, with shapes and styles cycling endlessly though collections. You can never really move forward without looking back. This week on The Buy we take a look back at old-fashioned necklaces, using literature as our guide. With whimsical detailing like coins, compasses, and mirrors, what better way to add some olde world charm to your outfit than with a classic necklace?

Here are some of our favourites, inspired by everything from pirates to adultery to a suicidal young man in love, all available in Toronto.

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THE BUY: Top leopard prints

Story by Caitlin Agnew.

“My weakness is wearing too much leopard print.” — Jackie Collins

Why not take a style cue from the grand dame of racy print and animal instincts? If there’s one surefire way to add some grrr to your look this fall, it’s by adding a leopard-print piece or two. Keep it classic—there’s no such thing as a hot-pink cheetah—and pair with neutrals and solids so as not to overwhelm.

From undies to belts to bags (including the amazing Banana Republic one, above), here are our favourite jungle-cat inspired pieces, all available in Toronto.

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THE BUY: Toronto’s top summer dresses

Caitlin Agnew picks 12 of her favourite summer dresses, and where to wear them in Toronto, from Lobby to Camp 4.

If there’s anything more fun than going to a party, it’s getting ready for one. And what’s more important to the preparation process than choosing that perfect party dress? From Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Pretty in Pink to Sex and the City, your dress can make or break your evening. (Remember what happened when Carrie Bradshaw wore her naked dress?)

This week on The Buy, we’ve selected Toronto’s best festive frocks. All you need is a pair of heels, your favourite accessories (see last week’s Buy), your BFFs or your beau, and you’ll be ready for anything, anywhere.

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THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

A disappearing Crystal Renn in the now-infamous Passion for Fashion ad. Story by Anne Pringle.

Weight fake
There has been much speculation about Crystal Renn’s possible weight loss circulating on the web, largely due to photos of her wearing the Fashion for Passion charity T-shirt (above), in which she looked very thin. The plus-size model has now revealed that the photos were likely heavily retouched, and that she was shocked when she saw the pictures. She claimed “everybody retouches, but don’t make me into something I’m not.” And that’s why we love her. (NY Mag)

Bananas for Mad Men
Banana Republic is teaming up with AMC’s television series Mad Men for the second year in a row, for the “Mad About Style” campaign. The ads will launch next week, and will feature images of the Emmy-award winning actors with classic looks from the retailer. To learn more about the campaign, check out the video blogs created by Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant and BR creative director Simon Keen on both AMC’s website and BR’s Facebook page. (WWD)

Dorchester design
The Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize has been narrowed down to the semifinalists, by a veteran panel of judges including Giles Deacon, Daphne Guiness and Manolo Blahnik. The semifinalists include promising up-and-coming design talents such as Chau Har Lee, Hermoine de Paula and Thomas Tait. Just how promising are these emerging designers? Blahnik claimed that Tait was able to create “things that I’ve never seen before, so very rare. I loved it.” The winner will be announced in November. (WWD)

Moschino model
Despite the unfortunate (and unnecessary) retouching Crystal Renn experienced, it does seem like curves are coming back—which has been great news for the slightly more curvaceous Victoria’s Secret models, several of whom have been booked for high-fashion runways this season. This includes the gorgeous Alessandra Ambrosio, who recently walked Prada, Giles and Louis Vuitton, and has now landed the Moschino campaign, styled by Anna Dello Russo, the fashion director at Japanese Vogue. (NY Mag)

Hot wheels
Victoria Beckham isn’t the only designer venturing into creation for the auto industry: Diane von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein and Kenneth Cole have collaborated with Mini to create three new car designs for charity. DVF’s design is covered with lips in pinks, reds, oranges and yellows, Calvin Klein’s is (not surprisingly) more minimalistic in charcoal grey, and Kenneth Cole’s convertible design is covered in silver studding, inside and out. (Vogue UK)