I've been a long time fan of Cass Bird, so I always look forward to when the seasonal collaboration between Bird and Sophomore is released. The work always comes across as a meeting of friends and perfectly conveys Sophomore's laid back New York vibe.

From Sophomore: "Set in downtown New York, with a cast of non-model beauties reading like a downtown yearbook, the brand’s latest video titled "Truth or Dare" is shot at the Bowery hotel with actress Chloe Sevigny, tattoo/artist Scott Campbell, style icon Jen Brill and writers Sarah Howard and Lesley Arfin among others.

Chronicling an evening of “Hanging out” in Sophomore's Spring/Summer 2011 collection drinking, chatting while playing a game of “Truth or dare.” The short film was inspired by Madonna’s original documentary playing tribute with short switches from black and white to color. Like all of Cass' work, it's hard to tell what is fact or fiction, but that is the allure and being able to draw your own conclusions of the intangible lifestyle of downtown NYC."

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I want to stock my closet with lots of lightweight long sleeve shirts for the summer. They're easy to wear yet chic at the same time, and as someone with fair skin, they serve a dual purpose. I'm loving these two from Pixie Market: The Somers Wide Shirt and the Funktional Silk Wrap.
Beyond my budget, but definitely drool worthy. I'm usually attracted to slightly more delicate pieces, but this limited edition necklace by Iosselliani made me stop to take a second (and third and fourth...) look. Available from Bona Drag.

I recently discovered a nicely edited independent boutique based in Italy that features a great in-house line with the same name - Shampalove. The Cosmic Dress in the above video is from their AW11 collection.

A fashion film by Belle Sauvage, showcasing their AW11 collection.

A collaboration between designer Alexi Freeman and photographer Tom Blachford using thousands of photographs to create this incredible stop motion video of Freeman's AW11 collection.
On March 20th Birds of North America, Valerie Dumaine, Larry and many other Canadian designers will be showing custom designed pieces at Walk the Truth, a charity runway show and gala benefiting Africa's Children - Africa's Future. If you're in the Ottawa area, use this as an excuse to get dressed up, support Canadian designers, and contribute to invaluable HIV/AIDS related programming.
Shining a spotlight on independent Canadian fashion.