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)



 

Fashion-able: #WMCFW Day 2

We’re excited to welcome Bianca Teixeira to the fourth floor. She used to work on the third floor below us, and we’ve missed running into her in the hallways! 

Bianca Teixeira (@BeeLauraTee) is a
writer in Toronto. Her words have appeared in Sharp Magazine, Huffington Post,
Toronto Standard, FashionMagazine.com, Fashion Television, The Kit,
Fashionotes and more. She writes mostly about style, beauty, entertainment,
fitness, television recaps and media.


Six Things That Caught My Eye: WMCFW Day 2
Klaxon Howl’s Cropped Peacoats
I absolutely love watching menswear shows but can never stop myself from thinking ‘who would actually wear that?’. Designer Matt Robinson took ideas from the past and turned them into still wearable pieces. The cropped peacoat in particular really caught my eye (paired with a newspaper cap, naturally) because it reminds me of something Gene Kelly would have worn. Totally swoon worthy.

Laura Siegel’s Dramatic Make Up
The glorious fall shades that showed up intricately draped over Laura Siegel’s models didn’t stop at the neckline. I absolutely loved the deep berry shade on the models lips. Combined with warm golds on the eyelids, the lips popped right out of the face and had me jonesing for a quick stop into a makeup store to copy the entire look.

David Dixon’s Blazer Cape Hybrids
Dixon’s show was all about girl power from the opening video that remarked that the notion of women keeping silent is bullshit, to the thumping female anthems mixed in with quotes about feminism. The clothes too gave off serious power-suited-femme vibes. While it was hard to choose just one thing from this runway that caught my eye (feathered collars? Sequined sleeves?) the capes that resembled blazers from the back were absolutely incredible.

DUY’s Fur Sleeves
Thanks to winter’s last hurrah, anything with fur definitely made me yearn. One jacket in particular during DUY’s show actually had me extending my arms hoping to swathe myself in it: a powder blue leather jacket with a sumptuous fur collar and sleeves.

All of Line’s Outerwear
No one does outerwear like Line and no one makes me wish for cold weather EXCEPT the designers behind Line. From the textured leather jackets to the oh-so-cozy knits, my seatmate and I couldn’t help but whisper ‘want that, and that, and that’ after every model walked down the catwalk. As much as I loathe being cold, I would gladly face another six months of winter for the chance to rock a layered belted Line sweater. 


Sid Neigum Hair

As someone who can barely straighten their hair without causing serious injury to myself and others, Neigum’s skyscraping hair was all I could focus on! 




*All photos courtesy of World MasterCard Fashion Week and George Pimentel

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)

Media, Darling: Christopher Turner

Christopher Turner is a freelance fashion and lifestyle writer based in Toronto. His writing has appeared everywhere from Fashion Television to Disney, but he’s best known for covering the red carpet and staying on top of style for Canada’s most read fashion and beauty website, Fashionism.ca. Christopher covers fashion headlines, trends, shopping, maintains the daily Fashionist blog and shares celeb-watching duties at the popular column Style Winners and Losers.
Twitter: @Turnstylin
Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the horizon? 
Not really. I actually started out with ambitions of becoming the next Atom Egoyan. As a university student I majored in Film Studies and English Literature. My entry into fashion was when I was scouted by a model agent and soon found myself bouncing around working in NYC, Milan and Athens. When I finally made my way back to Canada, I had no idea what I wanted to do next. One thing led to another and I ended up as an intern on the then-brand new websites for Toronto Life and Fashion Magazine. Half way through my internship I was hired on, and the rest is history.

Where would you like to be five years from now? 
I’ve made a lot of changes in the last couple of years to get to where I am now and I have to say that I’m pretty happy with how things are going. Five years from now? All I can say is that I believe in challenging yourself.

Any advice for people getting started in your industry? 
Be nice. Seriously. Once you’ve got that down, ask questions, listen to the answers and write everyday.

What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own? 
I check in daily with New York magazine, Gawker and Styleite.

Best interview you’ve ever had? 
Jann Arden. She was gracious, funny and oh so sweet. You always worry when you meet someone you admire, but she truly exceeded any expectations. Adrianna Lima might be a close second… because apparently flattery will get you everywhere with me. I still have that interview on tape and give it a listen when I need a quick smirk.

Worst? 
Perez Hilton. No further comment.

Best advice you’ve ever been given? 
Be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

What rule(s) do you live your life by? 
Take care of yourself and the person sitting next to you.

What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros? 
I’m a big believer in email etiquette, even on those days when things are rushed. You can say hello. I can’t stand greeting-less emails and I’ve deleted my fair share. I’ve also gone way out of my way to help PR pros that put that simple effort in. Most importantly? Figure out who I am and what type of content I write. It’s amazing the number of pitches I receive in a day that have absolutely nothing to do with anything that I would ever write about.

Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro? We love to hear about #wins. 
The little things mean so much to me. Nothing beats a handwritten thank you note.

I hate? 
Mean people, drivers who don’t signal when changing lanes, potatoes and when TV shows run late and my PVR cuts that last minute off.

I love? 
Shoes, spaghetti and meatballs, gingham, bad television, music that makes me sing, movies that make me cry, poetry that makes me think. And my niece and nephew, of course.

Reading? 
Always. I’m currently on a biography kick.

Best place on earth? 
The Duomo in Milan. It’s the most impressive building I’ve ever seen. When I lived there I made a point of stopping by the cathedral square every single day just to look and daydream. No excuses… every single day. I remember times when it would be close to midnight and I was just finishing work and desperate to go home. Still, I always ended up taking the long way home just to stand there for a few seconds. It was grounding and inspiring all at once. I need to go back.

Dinner guest? 
How about an insane dinner party that includes: Karl Lagerfeld (Baptiste Giabiconi would be with him of course), Madonna, Shakespeare, Oprah, Baz Luhrmann, Isabella Blow, and Karen Carpenter.

Hero? 
The news is filled with heroes. Anyone standing up for what they believe in despite the obstacles.

Favourite app (or whatever you are downloading these days)? 
Truthfully, BBM is probably the only thing that keeps me from ditching my Blackberry these days.

Pool or ocean? 
Ocean. Nothing beats the sand and the sound of the ocean.

Voicemail or email? 
Always email.

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Fashion-able: The final night at World MasterCard Fashion Week and our favourite moments

That’s a wrap! Another hectic, fabulous and successful fashion week has come and gone in Toronto and we enjoyed every minute of it. There were so many great looks from the Friday shows, but we can’t squeeze them all in here so we’ve chosen a few of our favourites to share. 
We’re a bit biased toward Arthur Mendonca, having represented him at last season’s fashion week, but we think everyone will agree that the designer is a genius with draping, colour and pattern. We loved these looks in particular, although we’d wear anything from his FW2012 line.
Beautiful, bright yellow

Tough, yet feminine
After seeing Travis Taddeo’s collection as part of the Mercedes-Benz competition last season, we were excited to see what he would do with free reign over the runway. Verdict: loved it! We wanted to grab most pieces right off the models’ backs.

Sexy and luxe, yet unfussy and easy
So many places to wear this

We were eager to see Rad Hourani’s Canadian runway debut of his unisex, a-seasonal collection. In summary, it worked! The women looked edgy and feminine, while the men were masculine while sporting the same structured apparel.

The final show of the evening, Dare to Wear Love, was a fundraising show in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. With an army of celebrity models and beautiful creations by many of Canada’s top designers, fashion week ended with a party on the runway. A few of the best moments:

Trish Stratus carries an audience member down the runway


Dina Pugliese revs up the crowd in Adrian Wu’s creation

This little girl steals the show after earning the right to walk the runway for being a top fundraiser.
Image source.

Wishing you all a bit of a rest before the preparations begin for next season. Congrats to the designers, FDCC and everyone involved with putting on such a great week. What were your favourite looks on the runway? 

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

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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Media, Darling: Derick Chetty

Derick Chetty is the fashion reporter at the Toronto Star. Covering both Toronto and international shows, he also reports on the local society scene and compiles the Star’s annual Best Dressed List. He was formerly the fashion editor at Flare Magazine, has a weird obsession with Pride & Prejudice and never gets tired of watching 1980s sitcoms. 

Photo by Randy Risling.
Website: www.thestar.com 
Twitter: @DerickChetty

Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the horizon? 
No. When I was younger I had grandiose plans to be a designer. But the first year pattern drafting class at Ryerson pretty much steered me clear off that career path. I learned I have little patience for mathematical calculations. 

Where would you like to be five years from now?
I feel we are living at warp speed.

Any advice for people getting started in your industry?
The newspaper industry is at a crossroad now. You might be embarking on the most thrilling ride of your life or a death plunge off a cliff. 
But if I haven’t deterred you, start getting some experience by interning somewhere. It might not be paid but treat it like a real job that you absolutely love and where no job is too menial. I once cleaned an editor’s office.  

What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own?

Wall Street Journal and Financial Times – weekend print editions only. Love any newspaper that still consider art direction something to be treasured. And I have a lengthy list of guilty-pleasure blogs I love.
Best interview you’ve ever had?
Donna Karan. Even though I was plunged into a panic when I realized my tape recorder was not working. But looking at my notes at the end, I noticed she did not waste a single word – every answer was precise, measured and directly to the point. 
Worst?
Any when the subject wants to conduct the interview via email or the questions to be presented ahead of time. If you’re that busy, why bother agreeing to the interview?  

Best advice you’ve ever been given?

No one tells you the truth. 

What rule(s) do you live your life by?

Do the right thing.  

What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros?

I like a touch of professional formality. Perhaps social media has made us all too casual. I don’t respond well to people who reach out to me with Hiya, Hey dude, Happy Monday! How was your weekend?  

And my name is not Shinan Govani. He’s the shorter one.


Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro? We love to hear about #wins.
Any that operate without fuss or delay. 

I hate?
Depends on time and day. But that should tell you I don’t harbour hatred. 

I love?
Time to myself.

Reading?
Re-reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

Best place on earth?
Barcelona. My happy place. 

Dinner guest?

I’ll start with The Golden Girls and then move on to any other quartet of funny ladies – Designing Women and the Sex and the City girls.  

Hero?

Anyone that overcomes adversity in pursuit of their dreams. 

Favourite app (or whatever you are downloading these days)?

I got 20 apps when I first got my iPhone and I haven’t downloaded any since. That tells me I probably don’t have a need for more. 
Pool or ocean?
Ocean. 

Voicemail or email?

Email.

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