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: Don’t stray from stripes

It started with twinsie moments, as members of our office kept showing up in outfits adorned with stripes. Then Joe Fresh hit, New York Fashion Week began and it turned out that we were right on the trendy ball. Stripes are running rampant all over Toronto and beyond.

A dress by Victoria Beckham, NYFW F/W 2012

The style is a clean segue from the colour blocking trend. It’s suitable for both men and women, and frankly, we feel the more stripes, the better. 

A jacket on the Rag & Bone runway at NYFW F/W 2012

If you are curious how to incorporate stripes into your everyday wear, we’re here to help.

1. Try a striped tee under a blazer with a mini or cigarette/skinny pants. Think leather leggings. Add an arm party ,or a ton of chunky, funky rings, and you’re set.
2. Go one step further and tuck a striped tee or sweater into a high-waisted skirt. People can be wary of stripes, especially when horizontal. Tucking the stripes in will highlight your shape.
3. For a pared-down striped look, striped flats or wedges can add pop to a neutral outfit.

They say what goes around comes around and fashion is no exception. Here is some style inspiration from some style icons. We’re not the first to love stripes of all sorts.

Coco Chanel:


Audrey Hepburn:


Edie Sedgwick:


The return of the stripes is one trend to embrace. Combine that with a marine-inspired look (stay tuned for our next trend alert post) and you’re nautical by nature.

Fashion-able: Wedding trends for 2012

Founder of The Wedding Co. Show and editor of The Wedding Co. Magazine, Catherine Lash swung by the fourth floor to discuss wedding trends for 2012.

This year, brides are incorporating a splash of colour. Gowns are still prominently white but brides are adding a beautiful sash, a vibrant pair of shoes, or a stunning necklace with a soft-coloured gem.


Photo by: Michelle Yee.
Necklace from Rue Pigalle.

Veils: Brides are no longer hiding behind a long flowing veil. They are wearing just a hint of a veil covering only part of their face or embellishing their hair with feathers and flowers.
Photo: Michelle Yee.

Cakes and sweets: The cake no longer stands on its own. It is now the centerpiece of the sweet table, full of gourmet candy and comfort food.

Photo by: Rebecca Wood
Sweet table by: Cake Opera Co.
Wedding planner: Melissa Andre

Handcrafted: Handcrafted doesn’t have to mean made-by-the-couple. (Although, we love it when they add their own personal touch.) Couples are seeking professionals who design details for weddings that have a handcrafted look and feel to them. 

The Communal Table: Long gone are the round tables with tall centerpieces. Couples are seating their guests at long communal tables with stunning low riding flowers running down the centre so they can see the person across from them and engage in great conversation, just as a communal table should.


Wedding Etiquette: Perhaps a less-considered trend, but one that The Wedding Co. strongly believes in. Couples have to remember to be gracious to all their guests, from the invited to the unexpected. So if you are not having a formal receiving line, a welcome and a thank-you to each guest is the sign of a good host.

Stop by the Wedding Co. Show taking place at The Carlu (444 Yonge St. at College Street.)

Friday, January 13 – 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, January 14 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, January 15 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A $20-ticket includes a copy of the premiere issue of The Wedding Co. Magazine and access to the show for all three days. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

Fashion-able: Fall trending topics

Remember back in August when NYFW Fall 11 took off? We do too…vaguely.
For those that need a calendar reminder, and with fall now actually around the corner (truth can be harsh, we know), we wanted to refresh fashion tastebuds with trends to look forward to and attempt, come the turning of the leaves.Sigh. At least there’s some silver lining to the end of summer.
Glitter gone wild
Sparkles twinked under the flashbulbs on the runway. Be it accessories, a dress, or even a jacket, this fall is your time to shine bright.
Small sprinkles of glitter on pretty Miu Miu shoes… 
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…and large, stylish sequins by Prada
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Polka-dilly
Polka dots lighten any mood and have the ability to air their youthful playfulness to an elegant and classy outfit. Wear ’em well, so as not to look like a junior miss.
Stella McCartney meshes sheer fabric and polka dots to create a stunning, curvy silhouette. 
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Marc Jacobs takes dotting his “I’s” one step further with extreme patent leather dottage. 
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Colour me mine
Forget black for your holiday parties. Colour is where it’s at this season. Take this quiz to find out what colours suit you best. (Yes, this links to a Seventeen quiz. You know you want to do one again, for old time’s sake).
Jil Sander matches lips to coat in a hot poppy hue. 
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Givenchy raunchy in yellow. 
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So there you have it – lovely colours, prints and textures to look forward to in the coming months. How can you not be excited for a fall that involves sequins?

*Thanks to FASHION Magazine for the photos and trendy reminders!