Fashion-able: Favourite moments from WMCFW

It’s a wrap! After months of planning, another successful season of World MasterCard Fashion Week is behind us. After a restful weekend, we’re just now having a chance to take a breath and reflect on a few of the amazing moments we experienced last week. From the front of house to the backstage, the ladies of the fourth floor saw it all. Here are are a few of our highlights.


We always love when
talent comes out to support Canadian designers. 
One highlight was seeing the beautiful Elisha Cuthbert, who
came out to see one of our favourite designers, Sunny Fong for VAWK. A true supporter (she’s rocked VAWK on the red carpet), it’s always great to see talent supporting each other. Other fave faces spotted include Rudy Gay, 
Arlene Dickinson, Stacey McKenzie, Jessica Lowndes, Amanda Brugel, Carrie-Lynn Neales and Danny Fernandes.


Image credit: CityNews.ca

So many of our designers are so sweet and humble during their big moment! For us, watching
designer Travis Taddeo take a well-deserved walk down the entire studio runway
with one of his models after his show was the best. After all their hard work, the designers
should be celebrated, so we love when they poke their head out from backstage for
more than a couple of seconds. 



Photo credit: George Pimentel

We love seeing what calendar regulars are up to each season, but we always love a new show or face on the runway. Seeing an absolutely filled room for the long-awaited return of Stephan
Caras’ show made us really happy. Every seat in the house was full – with 150 people standing around
the top to get a glimpse of the black and white collection. It was amazing to
see such a warm welcome for the veteran designer returning to show at WMCFW. Similar feelings seeing the outpouring of love for Izzy Camilleri with her return to the runway this season.



Photo credit: George Pimentel
We love seeing how the designers incorporate their personal inspiration in their collections. Another best fashion week moment was during the David Dixon
show – he created a powerful video and audio montage that played for a few
minutes before the models took the runway, and set the tone that women were
strong and powerful – and do not need to “know their place”. The show that
followed was similarly strong and the mood in the room was pretty incredible.
Made us feel full of girl power.

Photo credit: George Pimentel

We may all try to be fierce and stylish at fashion week, but sometimes a little humour is necessary. From our post guarding the backstage door, we had to smile as the (amazing) volunteers encircled Mackage’s black latex runway  – guarding it against anyone stepping on it!



We also love a good zen ‘tude shown by a runway veteran. This season, it was a pleasure working with Soia & Kyo designer Ilan Elfassy. He was so laid back and relaxed
before his show on Thursday that we wanted to bottle up his relaxed energy. We also
wouldn’t mind having a few pieces from his collection.

Photo credit: George Pimentel
Front of house also provides some great moments: particularly the designer guest entrance doors, which are always a fun spot to stand. Chock-full of the designer’s friends and family, the line is always buzzing with excitement. This season, we had the pleasure of chatting with the lovely Ms. Chloe comme Parris – their mom – first in line to see her daughters’ show. 

Photo credit: Slice.ca
In a similar vein, we love the energy of a fan of fashion experiencing the excitement of the runway for the first time. We had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know one lucky Vancouverite who won an all-expense paid trip on Facebook to World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. She brought her friend from Calgary and the two attended all the shows from Tuesday to Friday. They were always first in line to ensure they got the best seat for every show; and watching their excitement and awe of the atmosphere (and seeing Jeanne Beker up close) was incredibly memorable. 

Who doesn’t love the non-models rocking the runway during Heart Truth? Such a fun atmosphere, we love it when they show a little personality! This year’s highlight? A toss-up between beautiful 91-year-old Gladys walking the runway to a standing ovation or Jennifer Valentyne killing it with a little flash of her heart-print panties. 

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Finally, the show-stopping gowns at the Pavoni runway show, complete with a confetti cannon, was the perfect exclamation point on a beautiful and inspiring week of Canadian design.


Photo credit: @mikaelderderian (instagram)



 

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Fashion-able: WMCFW Day 1

Today to provide our very first recap of the season, we’re excited to have Septembre Anderson on the fourth floor, a stylish, lovely freelance writer-about-town. She spills on a few of her favourite moments from opening night.


Septembre Anderson (@SeptembreA) is a freelance writer and editor who lives, works and shops in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. While she writes on a number of engaging topics fashion, beauty and lifestyle seem to pop up most often. Her work has appeared in a number of print and online publications including TheKit.ca, Slice.ca, FASHIONmagazine.com, Huffington Post Canada, Sway Magazine, Momtastic.com, OpenFile Toronto and GlobalTV.com. She is the editor of TheFashionEclectic.com


Izzy Camilleri introduces MIZ, a boomer-age
‘50s siren
Izzy Camilleri is known for her fashion
democracy. There isn’t a woman that the pint-sized Toronto-based designer won’t
dress. From high-end furs, including the red coat Meryl Streep wore in The
Devil Wears Prada
, to stylish adaptive duds for clients in wheelchairs, Izzy
dresses them all. For the fall/winter 2013 season of World MasterCard Fashion
Week, Ms. Camilleri turned her fashion lens onto the boomer-age woman with her
newest fashion line, MIZ by Izzy Camilleri.


The fashion show began with a mature model
rocking a silver-haired bouffant and a houndstooth pant suit and it was clear
that Camilleri’s collection was a modern twist on the fashions of the ‘40s and
‘50s. The show was a classic affair and while a muted palette full of neutrals
dominated the collection luxe textures and prints like faux leather,
houndstooth, sequins, wool, snakeskin, brocade and, of course, fur added some
serious visual interest.

A parade of ladies who seemed to be
channeling a very sexy librarian sashayed down the runway in sophisticated
separates and easy-to-wear LBDs. Snakeskin dresses and shirts featured leather
collars and cuffs while blouses and skirts got a massive hit of metallics via nude
sequins.

While the clothes were created for a more
mature woman they would look equally as stylish on all of Izzy’s clientele.

Chloe comme Parris brings luxe rebellion
and a dash of Teen Spirit to the World MasterCard Fashion Week stage
Last season the Gordon sisters brought us
California cool and for the fall/winter 2013 edition of World MasterCard
Fashion Week Chloe and Parris blended that relaxed bohemian aesthetic with the
young rebellious spirit of grunge for their Chloe comme Parris collection.


Models channelled the sullen rebelliousness
of ‘90s youth and trudged to the beat of teen anthems like “Loser” by Beck
wearing a luxe and modern take on the thrifted uniform of grunge king and queen
Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. Worn plaid shirts were reimagined in richer
fabrics and thigh-high tights featured a carefree baroque-esque print that also
popped up on trousers, blouses and leather skirts and jackets. Even the combat-ready
footwear was given a fashionable twist and was reincarnated as sometimes
tarnished Day-Glo creepers.

Chloe and Parris always manage to infuse
some unexpected details into their collections and for the fall/winter 2013
season punk-ish chain was woven into the collars, hems and cuffs of chunky,
slouchy over-sized knits and a caged version of the chain dangled from the hems
of spaghetti-strap slip dresses and were worn as necklaces.

Dr. Seussian polka dots and prints dance
down the Bustle runway
One of the downsides to fall and winter
fashion collections is that designers usually stick to neutral palettes that are
heavy on blacks, browns and tans. Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow of Bustle
Clothing, however, aren’t those designers. Classic, tailored men’s sportswear was
given a heavy dose of lighthearted fun, and funky patterns and colours were all
over the runway.

Dr. Seussian florals, polka dots and an
updated pinstripe scattered with blooms popped up on bisected blazers, crisp
men’s shirts and even socks on handsome male models wearing Doc Marten’s
footwear. For fall/winter, the suits were slightly shrunken and while many of
the patterns were definitely not for the faint of heart there were some tamer
offerings for the more traditional gent. A shawl collar cardigan featured
grey-on-grey polka dots and the aforementioned shrunken slacks and jackets were
also available in tans and greys.



Hewson and Promislow even played around
with gender and androgynous model Myles Sexton and his platinum blonde hair graced
the Bustle runway while female models borrowed some looks from the boys.

*All images courtesy of World MasterCard Fashion Week (George Pimental)

Fashion-able: WMCFW shows we’re excited for

Seems like just moments ago that we wrapped another successful World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto, but here we are again: ready to soak in the looks that our Canadian designers have created for next fall and winter.

Even though we don’t want to think about another fall now that we’re in the homestretch toward spring, there’s still something exciting about brand new ways to wear leather and fur. Plus, we’re always pumped to spot the best in spring street style at the tents.
Check out (just a couple shows on) our can’t miss list for this season’s World MasterCard Fashion Week:


MIZ by Izzy Camilleri
Monday at 5:30 p.m. / Runway



Izzy is a vetran who designs for the confident woman. This collection will feature sleek separates in jersey, stretch wool twill and faux leather. A neutral colour palette incorporating houndstooth and animal-print has us thinking back to the Fall 2010 IZMA collection and its richness of attitude. 




Chloé Comme Parris

Monday 6:30 p.m. / Runway




The return of sisters Chloé and Parris Gordon breathes effortless, youthful cool into this season’s roster. A bit more New York than Paris, the girls’ focus on custom and hand-made elements make their wearable collection covetable.


Pink Tartan
Monday 7:30 p.m. / Runway




Kimberley Newport-Mimran wowed crowds this past season with her ability to incorporate a punk edge in a collection that was ultimately soft, sensual and ladylike (in the 50’s sense!). We can’t wait to see what she comes up with for fall – and what colour palette she’ll be working with.


Mercedes-Benz start up presents: DUY
Tuesday at 7 p.m. / Runway




Winner of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Start Up Award, Duy Nguyen will present his new collection this season. We are hoping to see more of his intricate pattern making at play in fall/winter layers.


Joe Fresh
Wednesday at 9 p.m. / Runway




The Mimran’s are taking over! It’s okay, we really don’t mind. Frequently enticed by the affordable, on-trend fashions available at Joe Fresh, we want a glimpse into what Joe will have in store for us this fall. And we will be on the look out for special guests on the runway – like Pat Cleveland (pictured above).


Soïa & Kyo
Thursday at 6 p.m. / Runway




Ilan
Elfassy,
designer of Soïa & Kyo (and sister Brand Mackage), says that this
season he has “channelled the timeless elegance and malleability of metals, such as
copper and nickel.” The Quebec-based brand is most renown for it’s winter-wear – a can’t miss given the season.



VAWK
Thursday at 8 p.m. / Runway




Luxury label VAWK, by Sunny Fong, pushed the boundaries last season with light-weight feminine fabrics, sharp metallics and revealing cuts. We’d be OK with another take on the awesome gold cone bra above.


Travis Taddeo
Friday at 4 p.m. / Studio




Expect Travis Taddeo to own the studio this season with his signature raw, minimalist and edgy style. Known for pushing conventional expectations, we are looking forward to seeing what his unique blends of street wear and luxury will bring this year.


Stephan Caras
Friday at 7 p.m. / Runway




Established, Toronto-based designer Stephan is rejoining Toronto’s official fashion scene this season. We can’t contain our Canadian glee at the thought of seeing the master of collections that incorporate femininity and movement present on home turf.


Pavoni
Friday at 8 p.m. / Runway




Mike Derderian & Gianni Falcone know how to make a woman feel like a queen. Literally. The detailing on their dresses is so delicate it makes this Fourth-Floorer feel faint. Hope you’ve already RSVP’d.


We could go on. Get the full calendar here. Ladies, don your gem-toned or graphic print dresses and men lace up those brightly soled shoes – this is a season you don’t want to miss.

Fashion-able: Toronto-based jewellery designers

With spring in the air and more skin-bearing outfits being worn on the regular, we think it’s the perfect time to showcase the jewels we’ve been coveting all winter. From dainty rings to bold statement necklaces, these are a few of our favourite pieces and collections, all by amazing Canadian designers.


Chloe Come Parris
Since checking out their collection at World MasterCard Fashion Week, we’ve been in lust with their gorgeous jewels. A mix of custom hardware combined with high quality stones makes every CCP piece enviable for any occasion.


Fashion forward and trend setting are definitely words we would use to describe this self-taught jewellery designer. Carried in over 100 boutiques and retailers, Jenny Bird’s line has been steadily gaining success worldwide. We are currently loving the combination of wood, gold and bright colours in her new tribal-inspired jewels. These are just a few of the pieces we’re adding to our jewellery boxes this summer:


Michelle Ross
With such unique and intricate designs, you are sure to get compliments every time you wear one of Michelle Ross’ bold pieces. While simple and subtle pieces are available, it’s her chunky, hardware-heavy pieces that keep us going back for more. 

Victoria Yez
We are currently loving the combination of feminine, masculine and a little punk in Alberta-born Victoria Yez’s “bullet collection”. Available at Made You Look, the pearls and dainty chains are a lovely and unexpected contrast to the heavy gold bullet metal, making these jewels truly different.


This simple yet sophisticated handmade jewellery collection is perfect for long, sunshine-y days. Mixing 18K gold, sterling silver, leather, wood, diamonds and semi-precious stones, these jewels are perfect for everyday wear, but can also add a sparkly, elegant touch to any dress.


Maryam Keyhani

Self-trained jewellery designer Maryam Keyhani’s pieces are all works of art. Previously a painter, the Tehran-born, Toronto-raised designer uses a variety of mediums to create her pieces, including feathers, gold chains and unique textiles. Swoon. 

Fashion-able: The first two days of World Mastercard Fashion Week

Baby pigs! Baby pigs! The talk of the first night of World Mastercard Fashion Week was definitely the cute baby pigs being carried down the runway by models at the Korhani show. 
Aside from the cute little porkers, the always-interesting runway showcase of home rugs had some very cool concepts, like the three models wearing rugs with giant faces woven into them. 


Holt Renfrew always puts on a great show of Canadian designers, and this season was no exception. We especially loved the all-Canadian music that ran throughout the show. Some looks that stood out for us include Twenty Cluny‘s pretty, feminine cocktail dresses… 


Smythe‘s fun outerwear pieces…. 
and Jeremy Laing‘s…well, everything.


The highlight of the Pavoni show was all of the elegant gowns that flowed one after the other. This designer is definitely someone to look to for a red carpet event. 

We loved the detailing on the shoulders of this piece:


Anything richly red, with layers upon layers of draped fabric and body-hugging attributes, gets our thumbs up:


Yesterday the tents featured Adrian Wu, Laura Siegel, Sid Neigum, Chloe comme Parris, Martin Lim, Soia & Kyo, Lundström Collection and Matis by Lucian Matis. There were definitely favourites from every show, but here are a few highlights: 

Laura Siegel’s layered pieces would look perfectly at home on Toronto’s streets. 
Chloe comme Parris had details we loved – coiled braids, dark red lips, heels with chains and studs on pants. We also loved the floral prints in this dress. 


Soia & Kyo’s cozy, luxe coats and jackets had us excited about what we’ll purchase for next winter, even though we’re just barely out of this one.

This printed top was one of our top picks from the Matis by Lucian Matis show that closed the evening. 

Fashion week is off to a strong start, and we can’t wait to see what else is in store for the rest of the week!

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Fashion-able: WMC Fashion Week Preview

After weeks of wishing we were in on the action at fashion weeks in Paris, London and New York, it’s almost time for Toronto to strut its stuff. We can’t wait to see what our Canadian designers have in store this season at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. Here’s a look ahead at a few of the shows we’re most excited for.
We can’t help but love these sisters, who have quickly become darlings of the Toronto fashion scene. We’re still dreaming about that leather backpack from a few seasons ago. They always have something interesting to show, so we’re looking forward to seeing where they went this year.
The 3-buckle backpack.
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With outerwear and accessories inspired by Canada’s wilderness and defined by a raw and rustic aesthetic, expect rich leathers, fur-lined hoods, and a lineup of beautiful people wearing sexy jackets.

Rudsak’s hot leather-clad motorcycle gang, F/W 2011
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VAWK/VAWKKIN 

Sunny Fong’s collection is always one of our favourites, and we’re even more excited this year as he previews VAWKKIN this season. With a slightly lower price point than VAWK, VAWKKIN is designed for the “young, professional, fashion-forward female.” Sounds like a lot of girls we know. Known for having models of all ages and sizes walking the catwalk, he always presents a fun show featuring beautiful womenswear.

Elisha Cuthbert wearing VAWK on the red carpet at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards
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Soïa & Kyo 

Considering two of our team sport Soïa & Kyo winter coats, we can honestly say we’re majorly excited to preview the chic outerwear collection for 2012. With a line inspired by the ‘hipster urban traveller,’ we can’t wait to welcome them to the Toronto catwalk for the first time.


Who on the fourth floor have you spotted wearing this FW 2011 Soia & Kyo coat?
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Triarchy/Martin Lim/Travis Taddeo

These three very different, but all very cool lines were part of last season’s Mercedes-Benz Start Up Competition for emerging Canadian designers. It’s going to be interesting to see what they’ve been up to over the past few months, as each shows independently for the first time.

Triarchy denim
Image source.

Such a full calendar, so little space. We can’t wait to head for the tents at David Pecaut Square to see what all the designers have been working on. Check the FDCC’s official WMC Fashion Week calendar here. 
 


Fashion-able: Streetstyle at LGFW

Half the fun of fashion week is seeing what people off the runway are wearing. We were continually impressed by the creative layering and fancy footwear we spotted on guests throughout the week, despite the rain and chill. We decided to bring our camera on day five to capture some of our favourite end-of-week ensembles.

Name: Caryn Ceolin (Ryerson University)

Favourite LGFW show: Pink Tartan

Could not survive LGFW without: Tights. She always keeps an extra pair in her purse in case of rips and/or layering.

What we love about her: Caryn’s leather-trimmed cape caught our eye first, but we’re obsessed with her spiked Marc by Marc Jacobs heels.

Name: Jacqueline Flaggiello

Favourite LGFW show: Chloe Comme Parris

Could not survive LGFW without: Snacks and red lipstick.

What we love about her: Her silky wide-legged pants paired with a silky button down top is the most refined version of the trendy “pyjama dressing” we’ve seen yet.

Name: Diondra Ascenuik

Favourite LGFW show: Baby Steinberg (her sister works for the designer)

Could not survive LGFW without: Comfy, yet stylish shoes

What we love about her: The sweet blouse, structured handbag and full skirt are very ladylike, but her leather dress adds a bit of edge and keeps it from being too sweet.

Name: Randi Bergman (online editor, FASHION)

Favourite LGFW show: Chloe Comme Parris

Could not survive LGFW without: Cab chits

What we love about her: We’re torn between her custom-made Pink Cobra jacket and her to-die-for Prada heels. Either way, what a babe!

Name: Bella Mumba (blogger, Hey Do You)

Favourite LGFW show: David Dixon

Could not survive LGFW without: Good vibes and bright colours

What we love about her: In a sea of black, Bella’s refreshing combination of colours and prints is a sight for sore eyes.

*All photos courtesy of the talented James Lourenco