WMCFashionWeek: Fave moments

World MasterCard Fashion Week is almost over and it still feels like it’s just begun. It’s been an incredible week in both the studio and in the runway venue, including some surprises like the 5 Gum Black Collection Greta Constantine presentation on Wednesday.

When we do get a moment between shows, there are so many fabulous outfits to take in that it seems the whole week has flown by in the blink of an eye. But, for each of us, a moment or two stood out from the rest. 

Here are just a few of our fave moments:

We love being at the front of the runway room entrance. From that spot we can see so much of the action in the fashion environment and hundreds of familiar faces and friends as they go into the shows. It’s a lot of big, positive energy that passes through that entry; energy that is passed to us and, most importantly, the designers. We love that.


The awesome neon light installation at the runway room entrance.

This week we were fortunate enough to rock some pieces from the new L by Linda Lundstrom collection. A couple of us even got street styled because of it!



Michelle and Andie on Flare.com.
Another favourite was Arthur Mendonça‘s 10th anniversary collection. Being a vet in the Canadian fashion industry, Arthur was cool, calm and collected. We loved running his proud mom, Marie, to her front row seat and – of course – everything on the runway!

Image courtesy of Steve Alkok and It’s All Style To Me.

Pat
Cleveland strutting her stuff during the
Joe Fresh show was pretty amazing. Even
though some of us only got a glimpse from backstage, it was clear that her walk is as iconic as she is and it was
great to hear the massive applause she got from the crowd!

Image courtesy of Steve Alkok and It’s All Style To Me.
Seeing
Duy Nguyen backstage immediately after winning the Mercedes-Benz Start Up
Program for emerging designers was a great moment. He was so genuinely humble and overwhelmed – we can’t wait to see his fall 2013 show this spring.

Duy and his lovely models right after winning the competition.
A surprising moment was
witnessing some “show birds” strutting their stuff down the Korhani Home runway
on the arms of a couple very sharp looking models. 
Backstage, the gorgeous parrots were celebrities in their own right with
camera phones and flash bulbs going off every few seconds. Rumour has it
that these birds were actually imported from the Vegas strip so there would be
minimal noise.  And it worked – the birds were very professional!

Image courtesy of Steve Alkok and It’s All Style To Me.

For some of us who are a newer to Toronto’s most fashionable week, meeting Jeanne Beker was a huge highlight. Not only is she truly stunning (and, as expected, decked out in timeless, stylish wear), she is down to earth and incredibly positive and supportive of the designers. We always love meeting people who share the love.



We are looking forward to the Travis Taddeo show tonight. We love his signature sleek, minimalist dresses that are within our budgets. 


Finally, one of the best moments of every season always comes after the final shows ends and the rock-it team has a celebratory cocktail to toast a job well done.





World MasterCard Fashion Week: What we’re excited to see

In an office filled with women, it’s inevitable the there will be some passion for fashion amongst us. So,  we’re pretty excited to (again) be a part of this year’s World MasterCard Fashion Week. This year sees a return of some old favourite designers and some exciting new additions. We are on the edge of our seats and can’t wait to see some cutting-edge, fabulous creations make their way down the Canadian catwalk.

From haute-couture to street-style, we’re loving it all. Here’s a sampling of some of the shows that we’re
reaaaalllly looking forward to seeing this year.

Mercedes-Benz Start Up National Final
Tuesday, October 23, 7 p.m.


For the past two seasons, Mercedes-Benz has sponsored a competition between emerging Canadian designers. The competition aims to foster the young talent in this country, and provide mentorship and support to young designers. This year, eight are competing for a chance to show at the fall/winter 2013 shows this March. The eight finalists this year include Caitlin Power, Christopher Bates, Duy, Dreamboat Lucy, Lauren Bagliore, Malorie Urbanovitch, Nicole Campre and Pure Magnolia


The designers in this competition always provide an interesting show and it’s exciting to try and predict both this years’ winner and who else will wind up making a strong impression on Canadian fashion. We can’t wait to see who wins this year and view their full collection next season.

Wednesday, October 24, 9 p.m.

Joe Mimran and his wife Kimberley Newport-Mimran (Pink Tartan).
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We consider ourselves to be fairly up-to-the-minute with fashion trends but of course being on a budget (and who isn’t these days?) can sometimes crash our closet fantasies. This is why we love Joe Fresh. A staple amongst the office (it’s not a coincidence since there’s a Joe Fresh store down the street from us), we love how creative director Joseph Mimran offers trendy shoppers stylish and versatile looks for everyday that are totally cute and totally affordable. His pieces are simple. Sleek lines, bold colours and cute accessories that are easily paired to create great outfits for work or weekend. Not to mention the down-right crazy-cute shoes that are popping up everywhere you look.

Being the co-founder of Club Monaco, it’s easy to trust that the Joe brand will be on trend.  It’s earned a huge following over the last couple of years and is available at over 300 Canadian locations and has popped up on New York’s Fifth Avenue this past spring. It’s come a long way from it’s 40 store launch in 2006. Can’t wait to see what Joe has come up with for 2013.



Adorable.

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   Thursday, October 25, 8 p.m.

The man behind the label…
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Arthur Mendonça launched his collection in 2002 after receiving a fashion design degree from Ryerson University. His line has grown since then and opened Spring 2005 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Los Angeles. The line has since been presented in London, Los Angeles, Montréal, New York, São Paulo and Toronto. His designs have also been featured on
the covers of
Cosmopolitan,
Marie Claire, Fashion,
Flare, Elle
and Out
Magazine
, and within the covers of Wallpaper and In Style. 


He appeared as a guest
judge on the first season of 
Project Runway Canada, and his clothes are earning a reputation amongst celebs. Pieces have been spotted on Nelly Furtado, Rihanna, MariaBello and Mischa Barton, to name a few.

Mendonça’s work is recognized for its accent pieces and his attention to detail, which you can see in features like gold snaps, push buttons and zippers. 

Friday, October 26, 5 p.m.

Travis Taddeo.
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Travis Taddeo is a hip Montreal-based designer who launched his line in 2008 after graduating from the fashion design program at College LaSalle. Taddeo is known for his combination of minimal lines and distinctive blends of silk, jersey, leather and fur, a perfect combination of simplicity with a bit of edginess. How very Montreal of him…



This year has been a milestone year for Taddeo. With his 2013 collection, he’s focused on clean cuts and classic designs and has stayed true to the line’s minimalistic edge. He’s also launched his first complete collection for men, Travis Taddeo Homme and has collaborated with Aldo to create a line named “Aldo Rise“. He’s taken his signature blend of street and luxury and has created a complete collection, dressing us from head to toe. We love the blend of different styles and can’t wait to see what he has created this year.

Friday, October 26, 3 p.m.

Lead designer, Bruce Dang.
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The fairytale lovers and the romantics amongst us are dying to see the Paraezo Couture show. Established in Toronto in 2009, Paraezo Couture is the high-fashion division of Paraezo Bridal. The spring/summer 2013 collection, Essence, was created and is led by designer Bruce Dang. Having launched its first collection in 2012, Paraezo is still a new face on the bridal gown scene and offers beautiful, modern designs. The collection’s name reveals its inspiration: the Spanish word paraiso, which means paradise, mountains and garden of eve. Sounds like it will be a lovely show. Even if we’re not in the market for a bridal gown, it’s always nice to day dream, isn’t it?


One of Dang’s beautiful gowns.
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We’re sure there are lots of other shows that will take our breath away; these are just a handful of our favourites. See you in the tents!

Fashion-able: The final night at World MasterCard Fashion Week and our favourite moments

That’s a wrap! Another hectic, fabulous and successful fashion week has come and gone in Toronto and we enjoyed every minute of it. There were so many great looks from the Friday shows, but we can’t squeeze them all in here so we’ve chosen a few of our favourites to share. 
We’re a bit biased toward Arthur Mendonca, having represented him at last season’s fashion week, but we think everyone will agree that the designer is a genius with draping, colour and pattern. We loved these looks in particular, although we’d wear anything from his FW2012 line.
Beautiful, bright yellow

Tough, yet feminine
After seeing Travis Taddeo’s collection as part of the Mercedes-Benz competition last season, we were excited to see what he would do with free reign over the runway. Verdict: loved it! We wanted to grab most pieces right off the models’ backs.

Sexy and luxe, yet unfussy and easy
So many places to wear this

We were eager to see Rad Hourani’s Canadian runway debut of his unisex, a-seasonal collection. In summary, it worked! The women looked edgy and feminine, while the men were masculine while sporting the same structured apparel.

The final show of the evening, Dare to Wear Love, was a fundraising show in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. With an army of celebrity models and beautiful creations by many of Canada’s top designers, fashion week ended with a party on the runway. A few of the best moments:

Trish Stratus carries an audience member down the runway


Dina Pugliese revs up the crowd in Adrian Wu’s creation

This little girl steals the show after earning the right to walk the runway for being a top fundraiser.
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Wishing you all a bit of a rest before the preparations begin for next season. Congrats to the designers, FDCC and everyone involved with putting on such a great week. What were your favourite looks on the runway? 

All images courtesy of George Pimentel (unless otherwise noted).

LGFW: the first two days

It’s only day three of LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oreal Paris, but it’s more like week three on the fourth floor. After months of planning, inviting, compiling RSVPs, scheduling and meeting with designers, we’re finally able to take a breath and reflect on the incredibly successful launch of CanadaCool S/S 2012.
With so many seasons under our belts, you’d think we’d jaded by now, but the truth is we get just as caught up in the fashion week buzz as the rest of Toronto. We wouldn’t do it if we didn’t love it! Here are some of the team’s favourite moments from the first two days of shows:
Debra
Michi’s show was so fresh. The models were cheeky and sexy. It was a party on the runway.
Lara
The energy backstage at the Lala Berlin show: hustling the girls out, dancing and whooping – it was an amazing thing to be part of.
Kylie
Being able to forget about the cold weather outside, and being transported to a tropical vacation during the Tosca Delfino show.
Abby
I loved the neon accessories at Arthur Mendonca – especially the neon yellow earrings.
Natalie
Chloe Comme Parris. Seriously, I want everything on the runway. There were a number of Holt’s buyers in attendance, so fingers crossed for them! 
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Meg
Jully Black complimenting me on my lipstick and seeing Stacey McKenzie and Yasmin Warsame catching up before Arthur’s show – model moment.
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Christina
The Mercedes Benz Start Up show was awesome. Although my favourite designer, Triarchy, didn’t win (#client), the competitive nature of the show made for an exciting atmosphere.
 
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Andie
The Lala Berlin show was fresh and fun and I loved the colour palettes. It was also really fun to watch the inaugural Mercedes-Benz StartUp competition and check out some new Canadian designers. 
Allison
Being hustled backstage minutes before the Juma show and getting my first glimpse into the frantic world behind the runway. 
Michelle
I loved the Holt Renfrew show, since it offers up so many different designers, looks and inspirations. I especially loved the colourful Smythe jackets.
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