THE IT: Alessandra and Lily

Alessandra Ambrosio and Lily Aldridge, Victoria’s Secret Angels, touched down at the Eaton Centre last week. Story by Caitlin Agnew. Photography by Brendan Adam Zwelling.

Last Thursday marked the opening of Canada’s fourth Victoria’s Secret store and the first in downtown Toronto. Located at the Eaton Centre, the occasion brought two very special visitors to our city: Alessandra Ambrosio and Lily Aldridge.

When asked if I was interested in meeting with the Angels to chat about Victoria’s Secret, I jumped at the chance—as did my (male) photographer. Who wouldn’t want to check out these mythic creatures in person?  When we arrived for the interview, the door was flanked by two massive security guards.  I wondered if they were hired to protect the models or the $2 million bra on display.

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THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

A hint of what’s to come at Ungaro? Giles Deacon, Spring 2009. Story by Anne Pringle.

Giles for Ungaro
Giles Deacon was appointed the new position of creative director for Ungaro this May, and this Monday, he’ll show his hotly anticipated debut collection for the Parisian house. He claims that the brand has “a romance to it and that feeling of Parisian glamour that people are attracted to around the world.” We can expect a fresh, light pastel palette with lots of black lace—in cocktail dresses for daywear, along with some evening gowns. (Vogue UK)

A little something from Tommy?
Tommy Hilfiger just purchased a $31 million, 15,000 square foot estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. Presumably so he could cut back on moving van miles (and to clear space for new furniture), Hilfiger held an online auction for 500 of his decor items, including Austrian hand-painted hutches, upholstered French settees, an antique Victorian desk, signed Picassos, Louis XIV-style armchairs and a Ralph Lauren sideboard. Sound alright? Apparently, Hilfiger is planning another auction with “even better merchandise” in late November. (WWD)

Klum, Angel no more
After 13 years of modeling for Victoria’s Secret, Heidi Klum and the lingerie brand are parting ways. The 37-year old German American model is reportedly leaving the brand because she is busy with other things—like hosting Project Runway and designing clothing lines (not to mention being the mother to her four children)! Seeing as Klum held the position of “Head Angel” at Victoria’s Secret, the spot is now open. Will it be taken by Adriana Lima or Alessandro Ambrosio? Or perhaps it will be the next “It girl” Rosie Huntington-Whiteley? Stay tuned… (NY Mag)

Sander + Uniqlo
On Wednesday, we told you about Uniqlo’s new “Made for All” campaign, which promotes the retailer’s philosophy that clothing should transcend age, gender and nationality. Minimalist master Jil Sander is the perfect design house to collaborate on a universal clothing project, and has just released its third +J collection for Uniqlo. The line contains over 150 pieces, and boasts a palette of black, white, silver, grey, beige and, adding to the recent trend, all shades of blue—from “storm to sky.” There is a black wool and cashmere jacket, tight-fitted, high-waisted duffle coats in pewter wool, a silvery down jacket and leggings. (Fashionologie)

THE BITE: An amuse bouche of fashion news

Crystal Renn’s proudest modelling moment. Story by Anne Pringle.

Crystal + Chanel
Crystal Renn is back in the spotlight—and not for being “plus-size”, or losing weight, or being subject to massive photo retouching (remember the Passion For Fashion photos?). She stars in Chanel’s newest campaign for the reopening of the brand’s SoHo store. The model claimed that “working with Chanel has been my dream forever… this campaign is the proudest moment of my life.” (Fashionista)

Victoria’s Secret Toronto
Limited Brands is the parent company of Victoria’s Secret and our Canadian La Senza—a reason why it was always rumoured that VS had no plans to move to Canada… until now. Our country’s first-ever Victoria’s Secret store will open this Thursday at Yorkdale. Better get in line now… (Toronto Life)

Selfridges scandal
U.K. department store Selfridges will no longer carry Dolce & Gabbana, claiming that they as they are constantly updating the store, they are “unable to accommodate [the brand] going forward”. Word on the street is that Dolce & Gabbana execs were unhappy that the two collection’s locations had been moved within the store. The news doesn’t seem to have put a damper on Selfridges, who will likely have hoards of people coming in to see this week’s exhibition of over 200 Vivienne Westwood shoes. (WWD) and (InStyle)

Material Girl lawsuit
Madonna collaborated with her 13-year-old daughter Lourdes to launch a new clothing line, Material Girl, which has become the subject of a lawsuit due to its name. California clothing company LA Triumph claim that they have been selling “similar clothes in similar retail outlets at similar price points under the Material Girl brand since 1997.” LA Triumph may be fighting an uphill battle—after all, Madonna did coin the phrase in the 1985 song. (Vogue UK)