THE IT: Fashion’s Night Out T-shirt

Fashion’s Night Out T-shirt ($25, exclusively at Holt Renfrew‘s 60 Bloor St. location, until September 20)

In Toronto, we’re going crazy with TIFF, and in New York, it’s all about Fashion’s Night Out (and Fashion Week, of course). Tonight, the original—and biggest—FNO will include karaoke with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, a Helmut Lang block party, and a “French-Style Flea Market” at the Ace Hotel starring Alexander Wang, Rodarte, and the intriguingly named “designer cupcakes.”

Back home, you can get in on the excitement with a T-shirt that is chic, affordable, and in service to a great cause: Part of the proceeds go to the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and the New York AIDS Fund.

In TIFF terms, that’s two Milano Spritzers at the Four Seasons bar, or a cab from the Drake to Yorkville. In other words? Well worth it.

—Laura deCarufel

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Karlie Kloss hits the small screen. Story by Anne Pringle.

Karlie’s TV moment
And the famous cameos on Gossip Girl continue—after appearances by Vogue’s Meredith Melling Burke, Chanel Iman and Michael Kors—model Karlie Kloss will appear in the “Fashion’s Night Out” episode airing next Monday, September 13. In the fictional rendition of Fashion’s Night Out, Lily Van Der Woodsen and Eleanor Waldorf are on the planning committee. Kloss reportedly plays herself—and even has a speaking part! (Fashionologie)

Brit fashion stars
The nominations for the 2010 British Fashion Awards have been revealed! For designer of the year, it’s a race between Christopher Kane, Erdem Moralioglu and Phoebe Philo for Celine. For designer brand of the year, nominees include Burberry, Mulberry, Pringle of Scotland and Victoria Beckham (nice one, Posh!). For the Isabella Blow award for fashion creator, there’s Nick Knight, photographer Rankin and stylist Nicola Formichetti. Results will be presented December 7 at London’s Savoy Hotel. (WWD)

Target audience
Swedish label Acne has signed on for an unusual collaboration with Candy magazine: To design a new collection targeted for transvestites and cross-dressers. Acne’s creative designer Jonny Johansson claimed, “This collection is a playful collaboration and a celebration of diversity.” The capsule collection will include three androgynous shirts based on the classic Western shirt, and are made in silk crepe and Italian denim, and come either stonewashed or bleached. (Vogue UK)

Keira in camel for Chanel
Keira Knightley first appeared in Chanel campaigns in 2006 when she was adopted as one of Karl Lagerfeld’s muses. She is back in the house’s ads this season, having been spotted shooting in the Place de la Concorde in Paris on a vintage-looking motorcycle. Knightley was looking very biker chic sporting a freshly chopped bob and wearing this season’s best neutral, camel, in the form of a fitted leather biker suit. (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Six covers from the Fall issue of LOVE —possibly the best fashion magazine right now—on sale August 23. Story by Anne Pringle.

Gorgeous Covers
LOVE is about to release its “Gorgeous” issue, in which they have chosen seven women to represent the different sides of beauty. Gisele plays the bombshell, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks very Jessica Rabbit playing the siren, Lauren Hutton represents the heroine, and Agyness Deyn is the rebel (of course). LOVE editor Katie Grand said, “To my mind each of these women are perfect… I’d happily wake up with any of them (or failing that Miuccia Prada, but that’s another story—and maybe another cover.” (Vogue UK)

FNO Polish
Fashion’s Night Out is almost two weeks away, and Chanel will debut a new limited-edition line of nail polishes just in time. Star makeup artist Peter Philips fronted the creation of the khaki-inspired line, which includes Khaki Brun (an earthy gray-brown), Khaki Rose (a muted, dusty terra-cotta), and Khaki Vert (a mossy green reminiscent of last fall’s polish hit Jade). (

Digital Fashion Week
This year, New York Fashion Week is going digital. Instead of formal paper invites, many fashion houses are choosing to send e-mail invitations with bar-coded confirmations. This means that upon arrival at the show, there will be no more frenzied chaos around a clipboard—seating assignments will be designated by airport-style kiosks. We like the idea not only because it should boost organization and efficiency, but because it also saves some trees! (Wall Street Journal)

Girl Next Door
Katie Holmes’s style has become more sophisticated in the past few years, but she will never lose that “girl next door” vibe, which has stuck to her ever since Dawson’s Creek. In case you were worried about her preppy innocence diminishing, her appearance in a J. Crew ad should solidify the label for life. She poses for her latest film campaign, The Romantics (which was outfitted by J.Crew), alongside co-stars like Josh Duhamel, Malin Åkerman and Adam Brody. (NY Mag)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

British Vogue’s current September issue featuring Kate Moss(left); and our personal favourite cover from their long history of being beautiful together. Story by Anne Pringle.

Vogue hearts Kate
The September issue of British Vogue is out this week, and superstitious supermodel Kate Moss is featured on the cover. This marks the 30th time she has appeared on the magazine’s cover (and the 6th time she has appeared on the all-important September cover in the past 10 years). The magazine’s editor, Alexandra Shulman, claims the two biggest trends this fall will be “the Fifties”—think fitted tops with fuller, womanly skirts—and “minimal cool”. Like Kate Moss in nothing but a gorgeous navy Burberry pea coat. (Vogue UK)
(Plus: Check out The Cut’s slideshow of their favourite Kate Moss covers.)

Fashion’s Night Out goes international
Speaking of Alexandra Shulman, she is pairing up with designer Giorgio Armani to host Fashion’s Night Out in London this September. The stylish duo will host a cocktail reception at the Emporio Armani store on London’s Bond street on September 8th. Fashion’s Night Out will take place in 16 countries this year, including Australia, Japan, Russia and China. (WWD)

Blue smoke
It’s not just fragrance companies that have been taking their inspiration from the colour blue: Estée Lauder has just released its new cosmetics collection, Blue Dahlia Pure Color makeup. Highly esteemed makeup artist Tom Pecheux, who is also the brand’s creative director for cosmetics, designed the collection. The five-colour Blue Dahlia eye palette is definitely a highlight, and is meant to “bring an edge to the classic smoky eye [with] a touch of bright blue,” said Pecheux. Shipping to Canada is now available at (Vogue UK)