Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Invitation Only. Naughty or nice?

What you see, if you try to log-in

Try to log-in into VonRosen's new website and you might get one of these:

"Access is only granted to invited guests. In selected cases we invite on demand."

According to, this new site by David von Rosen is invitation only and exclusive to hand picked VIPs. And while we all like to feel special, and there are a lot of businesses who would love to chose their customers, we've seen the controversy surrounding the brands that try to alienate the people who support them (Cristal anyone?). I think that with this, VonRosen will attract only the people who buy into this kind of marketing, so really it's a win win situation: The company gets to boast about it's exclusivity, and the people who care, get to feel special.

So if you want to chase after and invite, good luck, in the mean time Toucan Boutique is here and open for you.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Together at last

We just got news that the next Fashion Rio will be fully linked to the buying event Rio-à-porter (formerly Fashion Business.) This makes me happy since June was a bit messy with having to enter one event with a set of credentials, then exit that, walk kind of a long way, find our other credentials, then walk in again...
But I'm happiest about all the participants of the event. Our old favorites will be there: Skunk, Brazil Social Chic, Anna Marcolina. And others that we're sure will please like: Totem, Osklen, Lenny, Maria Bonita

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Another Sneak Peak at Skunk

All images from Lookbook

As we mentioned before, we are so excited to bring Skunk to all of you. And though we are not ready to launch it on Toucan Boutique officially until December, I couldn't wait to show some of the amazing things that are coming (we love love everything especially the top dress with the SUPER soft leather scales detail on the bust!). If you see anything you must have (and they will sell out quickly since most of the pieces are one of a kind), email me to pre-order.

Friday, November 20, 2009

You are invited to our Preview Party!

We had so much fun at our last party, that we decided have another one this Sunday the 22nd. So from 1pm to 5pm, you will have a chance to browse through all the cool things we have on, and get an exclusive look at what's to come! Come by for a chance to get designs that are not on the website.

To RSVP email us at

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Worth a trip to New York

Johnny Depp WWD Lifestyle

It has been a while since I have been to the NY MOMA, and I'm sure this will be worth a trip to West 53rd. Last night Johnny Depp among other stars, came out to honor Tim Burton and his show opening this weekend.
"The gallery exhibition is accompanied by a complete retrospective of Burton’s theatrical features and shorts, as well as a lavishly illustrated publication."

Here is a nice behind the scenes video of the show.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Someone had to say it...

Gwen Stefani, Victoria Beckham and Nicole Richie, all celeb turned designers

I've followed her work on my small local paper, the Washington Post for a while and last Friday at an appearance at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Robin Givhan was true to her character when commenting on the actor turned designer trend:
"I can’t imagine Donna Karan saying I’m going to cut an album because her friends say she can sing karaoke"
She also noted that though most of these ventures are not doing so well, the trend exists because people will always buy things associated with celebrities.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Exciting New Things to Come!

We've been quiet all this time, but we can finally announce that some amazing new evening wear is coming very soon to Toucan Boutique. This is definitely for the woman with a sense of humor, and an eye for trends Skunk will be a much needed addition to the already unique choices Toucan has to offer. You'll see great prints, to-die-for fabrics and some innovations you'll have to see to believe (leather fish scales anyone?)
We'll keep you posted so come back to find out more!

Monday, November 16, 2009

eBay as a fashion resource?

eBay has just launched The Inside Source, an online magazine focused on interior decor, home & garden and fashion. Though the eBay has always had a bit (or too much) of everything, it seems that with the Inside Source, they are trying to reach people who are looking for vintage, high-end, trendy items, but haven't thought of eBay as a legitimate place for that. Since we've had luck with eBay in the past, I like the idea, but after roaming around the site a bit, we found it a little redundant and confusing, but we'll keep an open mind since all new things take a little time to work itself out.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

More Fall and Winter Trends

Johns PkI/Splash News Online Doug Meszler / Splash News Online

This first trend that Michelle Trachtenberg is sporting here is a perfect complement to another trend we already love. Add an embellished shirt to the structured jacket and you're ready for night time fun with a look that works perfectly for a dinner date or out dancing with the girls.

And another trend that goes with pretty much anything, is the bright colored bag (like this one Sarah Jessica Parker was seen carrying around New York). Jewel toned purses should be in your wardrobe for those times when you need to brighten an outfit without rethinking what you're wearing.
The embellished shirt by Cantao The bright colored fringe bag by Cantao

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ungaro down about Linds

Guibbaud Christophe/Abaca
At the time of the Ungaro show, Lindsay Lohan and Estrella Archs received a lot of criticism for their collaborative collection. And though much of it might have been due to the heart-shaped pasties and uninspired designs, now that mister Emanuel Ungaro himself has finally voiced his opinion, it is pretty clear that the choice of the tabloid disaster as a style advisor wasn't the wisest for the fashion house:
"Lindsay Lohan's collaboration was a disaster. I am furious but I can't do anything about it…. [My vision] is in the process of losing its soul…That happens to a lot of designers. We were the creators and patrons, responsible for the creation and destiny of our houses. But when we gave up our houses, we gave up our souls."

Monday, November 9, 2009

Thank you!

To everyone that was able to make it to our preview party on Saturday, thank you. We had a great time and hope you did too. We were so excited to introduce you all to Redley, Anna Marcolina, Cantao and Naara.
Also thanks to all the people that helped us so much with the set-up and break down, and thanks to Kathy for opening up her home to us.
We're already looking forward to the next party!