Fashion-able: Fall Must Haves

Although we will miss patio evenings (and patio afternoons
and let’s face it, patio mornings sometimes), we do enjoy the crisp fall weather
and dressing for the season.  Because the
FW 2012 shows seem like a distant memory (right?), here is a roundup of what we’re coveting
for the season. 


Must have bag of the season:

We’re obsessed with the DVF class-with-a-twist Carolina Lips
Satin Clutch. The rich jewel tone, compact size and gold embellishment will
compliment any LBD. 


Must have shoe of the season:

So we realize these shoes aren’t exactly the most new,
however, we STILL really want them (donations to our Charlotte Olympia Kitty
Cat Suede Slipper fund are currently being accepted). And Beyonce
just wore them.  If they’re good enough
for Lady B, they’re good enough for us. 


Must have jacket of the season:

Transitional jackets are the best for many reasons. They’re
sleek, not bulky and much more form flattering. Enter the Dawn jacket by RUDSAK. With the asymmetrical shape, lambskin
details and gunmetal hardware, you can see why this jacket is on our must-buy list this
season. 



Must have sweaters of the season:

All our favourite fashion blogs are featuring casual,
printed sweaters, as seen here: 



Here:

And here:



Run, don’t walk, to pick up these items. Because before you
know it, Sorels and Canada Goose parkas (gasp!) will be your new wardrobe items necessity, not choice.

Rave: The Iceman premiere and cast dinner

In
the midst of TIFF, we were offered tickets to not only attend
The Iceman premiere, but were
offered a place at the cast dinner, sponsored by
RUDSAK Canada. It’s rare that we get a chance to actually see a film, since we’re so busy working behind the scenes, so jumped on this opportunity (and wanted to share the experience).


Hosted
at Volos, we had the chance to dine on amazing Greek food with the likes of Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, Michael Shannon and director Ariel
Vromen. Right.

 Actress Winona Ryder at The Iceman premiere and cast dinner. 
Image source.

We
were blown away by Chris Evans’s warm personality, and Winona’s tiny waist! We were lucky enough to sit next to her for the dinner, which is basically a teenage dream come true. While we didn’t get a chance to talk much with her, she was gracious and lovely throughout the evening.


Ray Liotta does his best gangster face on the red carpet.


Based on a true story, Richard Kuklinski (Shannon) seems to have the model American life, living with his wife Deborah (Ryder) and three children. But while living in his suburban home, unbeknownst
to his wife and children, he worked as a contract killer for four decades, for
the Gambino crime family. Kuklinski passed away in 2006, while serving five
consecutive life sentences for murder. At this time, it was unclear how many
murders could be attributed to his career, although some estimates are as high
as 250. 



The film tells the tale of his secret life, how his family discovers what his real job is and his subsequent incarceration. It’s super interesting and quite amazing to see how someone could get away with…. 250 murders for so long.

Michael Shannon as contract killer/family man Richard Kuklinski. 
Image source.

Although this sounds like a heavy plot, David Schwimmer
and Chris Evans provide amazing comedic relief that left the
audience laughing out loud.


The cast shares a laugh at the Q and A after the film.

The Q and A
following the film provided further comedic relief – and we always love when a crew that worked on a film together show genuine love and respect for each other in a Q and A. An audience member posed
the question “What was the hardest scene to film?” followed by Ray Liotta’s answer, “Any scene with David Schwimmer.”

The
Iceman
hits screens in early 2013 – look out for it in a theatre near you! 

Photo Friday: Fall

When we think fall, we think the delicious Thanksgiving feast, beautifully crafted leatherware and the crisp crunch of leaves under our feet. Our appreciation of the season gets squeezed in somewhere between the craziness of TIFF and the start of World MasterCard Fashion Week. Delightful tastes, colours and fashions- autumn is one of our favourite times of year, but before we know it it will all be replaced with mall Santas, snow storms and big down jackets.  

Image via Rudsak. 

Fashion-able: Wednesday and Thursday at the WMCFW tents

World Mastercard Fashion Week is quickly coming to an end, but what a week it’s been! From S&M-inspired menswear to bolo ties, every variety of talent was represented.

Bustle’s rodeo-inspired look.
Sexy fashion from Ezra Constantine.
Leather accessories and accents are not making their fashion exit any time soon, proven by Rudsak, Line, Ezra Constantine…the list goes on. 

Vawk’s awesome sparkle and leather combo.

Line brings it, again.

Splitting up [only in the fashion sense] was Joe Fresh and Pink Tartan – for the first time in recent memory, they showed on different nights. Joe Fresh showed their always-covetable pieces on Wednesday night, where we were brought to houndstooth heaven.

Pink Tartan showed a palette featuring military green, plum, grey and black.  We immediately swooned over the gowns and have our eye on that amazing tulle skirt. Investment piece – right? 

The perfect party skirt. 
Military chic at it’s finest.

Cara Cheung was a favourite, mixing tweed with hot flashes of fluorescent…
 …metallic snake print with chiffon…
…and jumping aboard the mullet train.

Ashtiani reminded us that while we’re looking ahead to fall wear, we are still very much in spring’s presence.

Incorporating pastel hues in geometric detailing proved that S/S and F/W worlds can collide.

While it’s hard to bid adieu to the tents tonight, we’re walking away with some fashion inspiration to tide us over until next season.



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

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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.
Image source.

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?
Image source.

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: Rudsak Fall/Winter 2011 and a sample sale!

The fourth floor had the pleasure of working on the LG Fashion Week RUDSAK fall/winter 2011 runway show and it was wicked cool. Creative leader and RUDSAK owner Evik Asatoorian designs leather apparel, footwear and accessories and this collection was meant for today’s road traveler.

With motorcycle helmets in hand, the RUDSAK models, lead by Addison Gill, rocked the runway. Montreal-based RUDSAK is one of Canada’s leading leather fashion brands. 
Paired with leather leggings and fashion-forward harems, jackets were sleek in leather and down-filled in neutral khaki, tan, beige and black tones with fur trims.

 

Already known for luxe outerwear, Rudsak turned heads in the front row with equally hip footwear, handbags, and wearable separates. 
Men’s bomber jackets worked with wrapped scarves and cool combats.  
 
For trendy leather you can wear all year, carry a new bag from Rudsak. Can you say “it” bag?

The collection retained RUDSAK’s timeless feel with styles than can be worn wherever, whenever, and showed that the designer’s strengths go well beyond fab jackets. The stylish shoes, bags, pants and skirts had us almost wishing for winter again.
Surely, if ever there was a time to stock up on edgy biker-chic outerwear, handbags and accessories for men and women, it’s now. Especially because….
…RUDSAK is having a sample sale starting Wednesday, April 20 to Saturday, April 23. At 50 to 70 per cent off, zip over to 108 Tycos Drive, in Toronto, and fill your wardrobe up with sweet pieces.

LGFW – Let the Games Begin

Today is the first day of LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris. Media, buyers and straight-up fashion lovers will gather for tonight’s by-invitation-only shows, Holt Renfrew Presents Can’t Live Without Canadian Fashion, Izma and Juma. Suffice to say, Day 1 is sure to impress.

 

A number of fashion weeks around the world offer interaction with consumers, whether by creating a special ticketed event, splitting the schedule into two parts (ie. industry by day, consumer by night), or planning an entire weekend of consumer activity. LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris is unique in that it gives consumers access to the entire week. As far as we know, Toronto Fashion Week is still one of the only fashion weeks around the world to do this. Consumer tickets are still available for some shows.

RUNWAY: 50 to 75 tickets are available per show for consumer purchase.
PRICING: $40 for day shows, $50 for evening shows, and $200 for a day-pass.
STUDIO: Consumer tickets are not available for these shows due to size.

On Friday at 10:30 p.m., for the first time ever, there will be an encore show available to consumers featuring Line Knitwear. Here’s a glimpse at what lies ahead this week:

Tuesday, March 29
1 p.m. Denis Gagnon / RUNWAY
2 p.m. Label / STUDIO
3:30 p.m. SHAN / RUNWAY
5 p.m. Chloe comme Parris / RUNWAY
6 p.m. Korhani Home Rug Runway Show / RUNWAY
7:30 p.m. Pink Tartan / RUNWAY
8:30 p.m. Joe Fresh Style / RUNWAY
9:30 p.m. Bustle / RUNWAY


Wednesday, March 30
2 p.m. Micalla / STUDIO
3:30 p.m. Duy / RUNWAY
5 p.m. Krane Design / STUDIO
6 p.m. Lovas / RUNWAY
7:30 p.m. Comrags / RUNWAY
8:30 p.m. Attitude Jay Manuel / RUNWAY
9:30 p.m. David Dixon / RUNWAY
10 p.m. Disconnect presented by The Fashion Collective / OFFSITE

Thursday, March 31
11:30 a.m. Fashion Group International: Speed NetWORK-IT (By Invitation Only)
2 p.m. Sid Neigum / STUDIO
3:30 p.m. Basch by Brandon / RUNWAY
5 p.m. Heather Lawton / STUDIO
6 p.m. Rudsak / RUNWAY
7:30 p.m. Cydelic by Choryin / STUDIO
8:30 p.m. Lundström Collection / RUNWAY
9:30 p.m. Vawk / RUNWAY


Friday, April 1
2 p.m. Or by Angela Chen / STUDIO
3:30 p.m. Sarah Stevenson / STUDIO
5 p.m. Diepo / STUDIO
5:30 p.m. Strutting It by Jeanne Beker Book Signing
6 p.m. Klaxon Howl / RUNWAY
7:30 p.m. Anu Raina / STUDIO
8:30 p.m. Amanda Lew Kee / RUNWAY
9:30 p.m. Line Knitwear / RUNWAY
10:30 p.m. Encore featuring Line Knitwear / RUNWAY


So pull on your maxi skirt, strap on your wedges and pack your camera in your clutch, because LGFW is here. Tweet us your favourite moments from the week @rockitpromo or tweet @LGFWbyFDCC.