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

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LGFW: The final day

The last day of LGFW always brings its own special energy, and even though we’ve seen so many shows at this point, we love it the best. Here are some of our top moments and looks from Friday. 
Anu Raina’s show was pretty and colourful. The fresh prints on the feminine dresses and skirts had us longing for spring and sunshine. 


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The statement necklaces in the Micalla show. The expert combination of jewels and precious metals resulted in stunning, sparkling pieces.


Baby Steinberg’s show was titled “Remnants” and was made up of scrap material. The designer impressively weaved these scraps together to create form-fitting, multi-coloured designs.
We loved her eco-conscious/sustainable designs and can’t wait to see how her work develops.

Crisp tailoring paired with avant-garde styling and prints at Cydelic by Choryin. Love this chic white outfit. 

The beautifully draped dresses, stark black and white prints and thick black eyeliner at Lauren Bagliore impressed us. 


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This stunning yellow dress from David Dixon was one of our faves from the evening. A great pop of colour in an otherwise black and white show.
Denis Gagnon’s anticipated closing night show didn’t disappoint. The playfulness of the models and the music gave the room a boost of energy and inspiration. His modern take on a bride and groom (two women) was beautiful and reminded us of the freedom we fight for and, in this industry, so fiercely embrace and support in Canada.

And that’s a wrap! See you at the tents again – it’s mere months away.

LGFW: Wednesday & Thursday

Days three and four of LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oreal Paris were just as exhilarating as the first two. As we head towards the Fashion Week finish line, here are some of our thoughts on the past two days:


Wednesday, October 19


Sid Neigum



New York-based Neigum’s avant-garde designs blur the line between menswear and womenswear, featuring excellent leather pieces for both sexes. We were, however, less than enamoured by the harem-style pants he had the male models walking in. Difficult for ladies to pull off, so we’re not sure how our men will do it. But kudos for sending something different down the runway.


Marie Saint Pierre



Instead of a traditional runway show, Marie Saint Pierre held a presentation in the Studio space. Mannequins and models mixed on a raised platform while guests circulated around the room. The intimate set-up was a welcome change and offered the opportunity to examine Saint Pierre’s collection up-close.


Korhani Home Rug Runway Show


Korhani took to the runway for a second season to showcase their fast fashion-esque rugs. This playful show featured outfits inspired by Alice in Wonderland and the 80s. While we won’t be wearing any rugs to our next soiree, we’re excited to inject some flair into our home decor.


Pink Tartan



Kim Mimran’s latest collection is as beautiful and classic as we’ve come to expect from the celebrated designer. In an unexpected twist – Andrej Pejic, the gender-bending model du jour, walked the runway in an indigo shirtdress. Never has a boy looked so chic. 


Joe Fresh


One of fashion week’s most sought-after invites, Joe Fresh S/S 2012 featured bright contrasting colours, cool whites and clean lines. We were especially impressed with the menswear; we can’t wait to see our boys strutting the streets of Toronto in some of Joe’s patterned pants and blazers. 


Thursday, October 20


Sarah Stevenson


Stevenson’s intricate textile patterns printed onto gorgeous silks (and in picture frames surrounding the models) epitomized springtime. Those walking outside by the large studio windows couldn’t help but to peer in at the latest looks from this talented designer.



Krane



Ken Chow’s Krane began with accessories (a waxed cotton and leather carryall to be exact) and has since evolved into a menswear line. While Krane’s bags are still front-and-centre for Spring/Summer 2012, his clothing offerings will surely appeal to many urban-dwellers. 


Bustle



From the backdrop of bathing beauties drinking champagne on a boat, to the upbeat, pop soundtrack, Bustle provided a much-needed mood-booster on the fourth night of fashion week. The clothes were equally as fun, combining crisp tailoring with coral, lavender and grey.


VAWK



Perennial favourite Sunny Wong dazzled spectators at last night’s show. As usual, VAWK was infused with glamour –  think metallics and sheer fabrics, paired with muted blush tones. We wouldn’t mind wearing a few of his gowns to Operanation tonight.


*All images via FDCC, except Sarah Stevenson’s which are from QMI

City Living: LGFW SS’ 12

TIFF has officially wrapped and it’s on to the next one. Next up? LG Fashion Week, beauty by L’Oreal Paris’ SS 2012 presentations. This season is poised to be bigger and better than ever, especially with fashion week’s brand new location. The tents have moved further east, and will be held in David Pecaut Square (right next to Roy Thompson Hall and the King St. streetcars).

While we savour every show and our hearts always race before the lights and music begin in the runway room, here are some shows we’re particularly excited to see:

 On opening night, we welcome LaLa Berlin, traveling from Deutschland for her inaugural show in LGFW. Carried in 60 stores worldwide and worn by celebs including Heidi Klum, Cameron Diaz and Jessica Alba, LaLa Berlin is known primarily for high-end knitwear. Watch the show on Monday, October 17 at 9:30 p.m. (by invitation only).

Look from Lala Berlin’s f/w 2011 collection.
One of our fave’s for the past few seasons are Toronto/Halifax sister-act duo Chloe Comme Parris, comprised of Chloe and Parris Gordon. Known for their artisanal skills, such as hand-made fabrics and dyes, the line epitomizes effortlessly cool style.  This show will be held in the intimate studio environment on Tuesday, October 18 at 7 p.m.
  
Look from Chloe Comme Parris’ f/w 2011 collection.
We’re also excited for VAWK‘s latest collection, created by Project Runway-alumnus Sunny Fong. Fong is best known for his handmade knits and dramatic accents. Also, we commend VAWK for their use of diverse models (read: beautiful and curvy). VAWK shows on Thursday, October 20 at 9:30 p.m.
Looks from VAWK’s f/w 2011 collection.
If you want in on the action, but don’t have a media/industry/buyer pass, you can purchase a general ticket to see the show (ranging from $20 for a single show to $175 for a full day pass). For more information on purchasing tickets, student ticket group rates, or a VIP ticket package, click here or email Samantha@fdcc.ca.
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