Photo Friday: World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall 2013

Today is the last day of World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall 2013. It’s been a jam-packed whirlwind of beautiful men, women and clothes. If you missed a minute of the runway strutting, celeb spotting or general fabulousness this week, feast your eyes on today’s Photo Friday and FOMO no mo! 



 




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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.

Media, Darling: Briony Smith

Briony Smith is the writer and stylist
behind
The Grid’s fashion page. She was previously the fashion editor of
blogTO. Briony has also contributed to publications like ELLE Canada, LOULOU, Toronto
Life
, and glow. She recently appeared as a stylist on MuchMusic, and was named
by
Flare magazine as one of the Top 10 Best Dressed denizens of Fashion Week.


Photo courtesy of Flare, by Max Kopanygin.

Twitter: @TheGridTO
Website: thegridto.com 


Did you always want to be in the media? If
not, what other careers were on the horizon?
I still remember the day my dad told my
10-year-old self what a masthead was—and my immediate obsession with getting on
one someday! (Other careers I toyed with, believe it or not, were cop,
obstetrician, lawyer, and librarian.)
Where would you like to be five years from
now?
Writing, editing, and styling stories and
packages that make people say to their friends, “Hey, I read the best piece
today.”
Any advice for people getting started in
your industry?
Don’t. You will have to work ten times as
hard as everyone else, all the time. Forever. If you can handle that, and still
feel that passion for fashion, journalism, the arts? You’re in the right place.
What are your favourite media outlets, not
including your own? 
Vanity Fair, HBO, The A.V. Club, The New
York Times
, iwantapounddog.blogspot.ca.
Best interview you’ve ever had?
For crush factor (at the time), Will
Arnett. I behaved in a terribly unprofessional manner when I conned him into
repeating a line from a treasured Human Giant sketch.
Worst?
One musician scheduled a phoner immediately
after his dental surgery, while another actress scheduled the call during her
brief limo ride to the airport and kept barking what I should and should not
focus on in the piece. Oh, and Hawksley Workman.
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
A common refrain in the Smith household was
“Life isn’t fair.” My corollary to that might be: “Failure isn’t falling
down—it’s not getting up.” Jesus, that sounds like something on one of those
inspirational posters. This quote from U.S. congresswoman Debbie Wasserman in
last October’s Vogue did, however, strike me recently: “I might not convince
you that I’m right, and I might not always win the day or be successful on
everything I set out to accomplish. But I’m never going to lose because I got
outworked.”
What rule(s) do you live your life by?
The usual things: Try to be kind. Smile
more. Work hard. Dress well. It’s the little things. This, too, shall pass.
What’s the most important tip you can give
PR pros?
We know our fevered, last-minute emails
for products, images, and interview requests can be annoying, but super-prompt
replies are what make me really love some PR people—and loathe others.
Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro?
We love to hear about #wins.
I cheer every time a PR gal sends me a
high-res, off-figure, on-white image just in the nick of time.
I hate?
Leggings as pants. Snobbery. Getting up
early. Sore feet. Bad TV. Bad style.
I love?
French 75s. Kindness. My friends. Work
ethic. Similes that give you chills. Trinity-Bellwoods. Great style. A
well-dressed man.
Reading?
Best place on earth?
Under the covers. Or maybe Thailand.
Dinner guest?
Louis CK. Karl Lagerfeld. Peter Kaplan. And
the Davids: Chase, Milch, and Simon.
Hero?
Roger Ebert.
Favourite app (or whatever you are
downloading these days)?
Flixster, Shazam, and Instagram.
Pool or ocean?
The sea! It’s one of the great loves of my
life. (Full disclosure: I’m from B.C.)
Voicemail or email?
Email. Never, ever voicemail. Don’t call
me. Ever.


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.





Fashion-able: WMCFW street style

If you’ve attended a fashion show before, you know that half the fun is people-watching show attendees to see what they’re wearing. While a fashion show heralds trends that are coming, street style showcases what’s hot now. We’re only on day three of World MasterCard Fashion Week but so far, our socks have been knocked off by the fashion we’ve spotted off the runway. Check out some of our top picks below!


Capes and the colour of the season (oxblood). These two make for a killer duo.

We love Fiona Green‘s patterned pants and shearling vest. 
Comfort, without sacrificing style. Works for us.

Fur, patterns and maxi dresses. Take note, people. This is how it’s done.

Let’s hear it for the boys! Greta Constantine‘s Kirk and Jesse both sporting tasseled loafers.

Her fur coat elevates the casual varsity T.

While we’re suckers for a tutu, the coordinated polka dot purse + socks is what caught our eye.

No matter what Stacey McKenzie is wearing, she’s always pairs it with a smile. 

Big thanks to Lisa Riedel for snapping our street style looks!  







World MasterCard Fashion Week: Day one recap

There is nothing quite like the
opening night of
World MasterCard Fashion Week. The excitement is palpable as
fashion industry, media and addicts catch up at their bi-annual reunion while
waiting for the doors to open.

Once everyone is seated, a hush falls
and before the lights get brighter and the music starts pounding out the beat
of a catwalk strut, the anticipation builds for the first glimpse of spring/summer 2013. Here are some of our favourite looks
from day one:
Holt Renfrew came out with their
fall/winter 2012 line-up, which is fun since every single look is in store and can be purchased now. Instant satisfaction. Fashion-forward, elegant looks made for a great start to the evening.

Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
We love this combo of solids and prints, it’s preppy with a fashion twist from MSGM, Kate Spade and Ela.
Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
This Pavoni gown is stunning. It deserves a red carpet.
Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
Glamorous, sleek cuts combined with crisp colour blocking make this top to bottom Celine look a winner.
Kimberley Newport-Mimran wowed again with Pink Tartan‘s Spring/Summer 2013 combining lady-like fabrics and styles with girlie prints and alterations.

Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
This look is the epitome of youth, fashion and class.
Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
Seafoam green will make a return next spring, as evidenced with this lovely dress.


Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
We love the texture and shine in this glamorous-yet-demure outfit.
Pavoni closed the night with a spectacular display of sumptuous gowns. Designers Mike Derderian and Gianni Falcone explored glamour with delicate lace overlays that sparkled in the runway lights. 

Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
We love this simple dress, made exquisite with lace overlay.


Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
The deep cut and fabulous styling make us think of all the divas who could rock this on the red carpet.

Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
The name Chateau de Versailles is fitting for this collection of showpiece dresses.

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!