On Thursday night the new concept store from Banana Republic opened its doors to the public at Yorkdale mall. The newly renovated store is the first one of its kind in Canada and it brings in warmth, style and all the goodness we all know and love from Banana Republic.
This is how the new concept was explained at the media preview:
“A wide, central boulevard in lined by shops that draw you inside. These intimate boutiques have an almost residential feel, designed like idealized walk-in closets. Each area addresses the various wardrobe needs of Banana Republic’s Toronto customer: the National Ballet on Friday evening, cocktails at The Thompson on Saturday night and Sunday brunch in the Distillery District.”
I loved walking through the different spaces throughout the store and seeing clear messages, work, play and weekends. My favorite areas of the store were the circular accessories plaza and the Men’s Heritage room, I thought they looked amazing!!!
Continue reading “Banana Republic – Let The Revolution Begin”
After watching the highly anticipated Academy Awards Show last night, I was left a bit confused and underwhelmed. I can’t remember the last time I watched the Oscars and didn’t wish for Billy Crystal or Steve Martin to be the hosts for the evening. Anne Hathaway and James Franco were appointed the job of being the hosts for the night to bring in some life and lets say youth to the show and sadly they did not deliver.
I don’t want to sound mean or judgemental but I thought besides a few moments during the show ( I enjoyed the Anne vs Hugh Jackman moment!), some of the presenters actually outshined the hosts. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law’s banter about the BatGirl hooker incident, or Sandra Bullock calling Jeff Bridges “dude”, even Kirk Douglas was funny when he was audible during his speech.
Why was Franco even part of the show? After the first hour of the show, I can’t even remember him saying anything of importance or adding to the Oscar show experience. He looked bored out of his mind. During the pre-show interviews, his respond to the question “are you excited to be hosting the show” was a passive “It’s alright”. I expected a young talented actor to have more “POW!” effect in situations like this, but I guess I was wrong. So James I FAIL you on your hosting gig!
Anne on the other hand seemed more excited (read: nervous) about her hosting job and tried her best to be a lively and fun host. Unfortunately I think her nerves and lack of enthusiasm by her hosting partner got the best of her. Half way through the show I realized she is reminding me of a child staging a one-man show for their family while playing dress up. In Hathaway’s case, super expensive custom-made dress up. So a C for her efforts.
Now, I wonder, how these two kids going to learn from their experience and how their attempt at hosting the Oscars will affect their careers. Will the Academy go back to the old ways of doing things and bring in TV hosts and comedians back on the stage to host the shows. What did you guys think about the show, do you think it was a success or a big crash and burn?
Here are some videos from last night’s ceremony: Continue reading “Oscars 2011, A Big Fail?”