Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Victory & Vice in Auxiliary Magazine

Strut Jacket by Victory & Vice has been listed as a featured item in the December/January issue of Auxiliary Magazine!
Check it out here:

Strut jacket available online:

Monday, 12 September 2011

Glimpse: Obscura Scarf

OBSCURA, a gorgeous, monochromatic silk scarf to dress up even the darkest of days. A haunting and mysterious design of sumptuous silk make it a go to piece for the cool autumn days. An ease to style this several ways and bring a unique aspect to any outfit.

PROCESS: This digital print silk scarf was designed in house after an afternoon of experimenting with ink block prints. After many discoveries and psychological assessments of what was seen, our favourite was choose and scanned. It was then rearranged into a beatuiful layered design, and sent off the the printers. Such an exciting moment when the fabric arrived, is was then stitched up and named it Obscura.

Some of our early observations were of horned demons, giraffes, and fairies. What do you see?

Find obsura here:

Friday, 12 August 2011

Glimpse: Velocity Top

Sometimes a design goes as planned, starting as a well thought out idea and becoming exactly what was initially envisioned by the designer. Sometimes a loose concept can be transformed into something unexpected when a designer discovers a fabric, a colour, a pattern, or a piece of hardware that provides the final push of inspiration, the missing piece that was needed to create something brilliant.

The Victory & Vice Velocity top began as a good idea, create a garment that is loose, comfortable, slightly casual, that still appears clean and sharp and makes the wearer feel sexy and confident. The slouchy top went through stages of experimentation, becoming slightly deconstructed with the exposed grosgrain ribbon detail. It wasn't until Victory & Vice fell head over heels for the perfect hardware, sleek, square and silver, that the garment transformed into the chic cinched top pictured below.

Written by Brianne

Photography by: ZAIDEN
Model: Christine Tozer

Friday, 5 August 2011

Inspired by: Robert Morris + Minimalism

The minimalist art movement emerged in New York in the 1960's in response to the chaotic, painterly style of abstract expressionism. It is characterized by geometric and cubic forms, neutral colours, industrial materials and repetition of shapes. In direct contrast to abstract expressionism, minimalist artists stripped their subject down to its most fundamental features, excluding the pictorial and illusionistic in favour of the literal, and avoided using art as a form of self expression.

When we happened upon American minimalist artist and sculptor Robert Morris, we were in awe of the dark, ghastly mood his work projects. The dark, hard edge of his work combined with the sleek minimalism is something we find completely inspiring!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Glimpse: Quinn Dress

A reoccurring theme present in the VS. collection is the tension and mood created when opposite characteristics are paired together. An example of this theme experimented with throughout the collection is structure vs. drape/movement. The contrast between the fluidity and elegance of draped material and the rigidity and strength of form-fitting structure creates a crisp, contemporary air throughout the collection.

The Quinn dress, a simple, elegant black dress, features a flowing cowl neck and short loose cap sleeves. Directly beneath the bust the movement of the loose top is restrained by a structured high waist extending into a form-fitting skirt. Exploring the tension between the fluid top and the structured bottom has resulted in a modern, chic little black dress.

Written by Brianne

Photography by: ZAIDEN
Model: Christine Tozer

Monday, 18 July 2011

Glimpse: Dada Top

In the world of design it is important to allow yourself to find inspiration and value in everything you encounter. You should be able to explore the beauty of every seemingly useless item, whether it is a piece of garbage, a broken window, a construction site or a concrete slab. Beauty that does not immediately hit you in the face, but instead takes a few moments to uncover, and forces you to contemplate whether it is in fact beautiful, is often the most satisfying kind. It takes a certain amount of creativity and demented thinking in order to embrace the beauty of the unusual.

Photography by: ZAIDEN
Model: Christine Tozer

(Shown above is the Victory & Vice "Dada" top, with black on black text print.)

Below is an extended excerpt from a spam email filled with hauntingly strange broken prose. A few fragments of this excerpt are featured on the Dada top in the VS. collection.

"and knucklebones I twisted it free. It hung down from its
When they hit bottom I was wide-awake and sitting up in
your ship leaves an envelope will be delivered to the
repelling gear for operating in the planetary debris

pressure! Next thing you know the thing will be falling on
landing braces stopped vibrating. Buckling the fur cape

area in the back of the big store. There was a certain
He drained his glass and I made no attempt to explain to
engine and rolled out into the street, away from the

Written by Brianne

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

The Hunger

Artistically shot and visually stimulating 1983 film The Hunger is currently inspiring Victory & Vice. The pace and plot of the film is fantastically slow, with constant stunning imagery and a dark, glamorous atmosphere that has made The Hunger a cult vampire classic. The costume in the film is spot on, reflecting the sexy, moody atmosphere, with garments designed by Yves Saint Laurent. The Hunger features cat eyed sunglasses, veils, military caps and a stunning black and cream gown that is a Victory&Vice favourite.

Featuring an exceptional cast of Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon and David Bowie. We have embraced Catherine Deneuve's character as a Victory & Vice muse because of the harsh elegance she projects in the film, something that the FW 2011 collection embodies.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Victory&Vice FW 2011 Lookbook

Attention retailers and stylists!

The lookbook of the premiere Victory&Vice collection is now available for your viewing! The aesthetic is dark, moody, sophisticated and chic. If you're interested in taking a look, contact us via emai
l at info@victoryandvice.com and tell us a a bit about your boutique or the project you would like to style using our collection. A digital copy of the lookbook can then be emailed to you, or a hard copy can be mailed to you.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Welcome to the Victory&Vice Blog!

Victory&Vice is an emerging Toronto clothing line specializing in ultra-sophisticated, modern and luxurious womenswear. The premiere collection features a statement top with a rorschach graphic, a silk scarf with a unique design based on hand printed ink blots, a loose, flowing shirt dress in eco-friendly fabric, and a bold jacket in boiled wool. The designs are subtly sexy, in a primarily black palette, with a slight militaristic edge.

The Victory&Vice blog will be a collection of updates about the line and where it is carried, sneak peaks of new work, images and ideas that are inspiring Victory&Vice designs, and whatever else we feel is important to share with our readers!