Thumbs up to Yorkdale and CAFA (Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards) for coming to the fashion rescue this week after Toronto Fashion Week was abruptly cancelled this past July. Yorkdale put on the first ever FashionCAN to give media, buyers and fashion lovers the opportunity to see the upcoming Spring Summer 2017 collections from many of their favourite Canadian designers, including Calgary’s Paul Hardy and Toronto’s Lucian Matis. And like we’ve scene from many international runway shows recently, the invitation-only event was live streamed so those that didn’t get an invite could see the show live as it was happening. Continue reading “Canadian Designers Present Spring Summer 2017 Collections at Inaugural FashionCAN”
Greta Constantine, the popular Toronto-based fashion line, closed Toronto Fashion Week recently with a bang as the design duo celebrated their 10th anniversary with an memorable runway presentation. Designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong left the audience in awe as they put on the most exciting and high-energy show of the week. It was a pleasure to attend and witness such a fun and empowered collection. The marching band that closed the show with their rendition of Pharrel’s Happy was particularly cool, and literally had the crowd dancing in their seats. Continue reading “Greta Constantine Celebrates 10 Fashion-Forward Years”
WMCFW Spring 2016 collections took place last week and many of the shows were not only impressive but also a good reminder of the huge amount of creativity and talent among Canadian designers today. I had the pleasure of seeing Pink Tartan, Mackage and Mikael D and each collection had impressive elements that got the crowd talking. The designers behind the three popular labels also proved they know how to design with their customer in mind while also introducing new elements to continually keep it interesting.
PARKSHOW has done it once again. The eighth instalment of the much-loved event, presented by Chinook Centre, was a massive success. Over 700 well-dressed guests, including fashion lovers, artists, bloggers and local influencers enjoyed a night full of fashion, art and creativity. I had the pleasure of being invited to attend the annual fashion and art showcase featuring rising designers from across Canada and the amount of talent in the room was inspiring.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending Pink Tartan’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection, one of the most sought-after fashion shows during World MasterCard Fashion Week (WMCFW) at David Pecaut Square. It was pretty cool to see such a popular show for my first time at Toronto Fashion Week. Continue reading “Pink Tartan Impresses At Toronto Fashion Week”
Karl Lagerfeld’s done it again. Chanel’s latest runway show took place in a stunning Coco Chanel-themed restaurant built specifically for the runway presentation in the Grand Palais. Styled like a traditional Parisian brasserie, “Brasserie Gabrielle” was one of Chanel’s most authentic runway sets to date. It was chic. It was French. And it was very Chanel. After all, who doesn’t love Paris and enjoying the atmosphere of an authentic Parisian brasserie while drinking champagne?! After visiting Paris for the first time last May, I can definitely say I do. Continue reading “Chanel Does Fancy Parisian Chic for Fall Collection at “Brasserie Gabrielle””
Joseph Altuzarra is definitely one of the young new designers to watch. There was a lot of buzz around this highly anticipated show. The collection featured a lot of strong pieces that were chic and expensive looking. You can totally picture some Upper East Side well dressed ladies having lunch at Bergdorf Goodman in these clothes. Some of the skirts were a little too close to blankets for me, but that’s likely to change by the time these pieces hit stores – the clothes are often a little more exaggerated for the runway. There were also a lot of beautiful blouses and some really chic mullet shaped ponchos. The high slits of the skirts and dresses added some sex appeal and the fringe pieces added some fun – and both worked well together. And loved the metallic pieces and suits that closed the show.
Photos from style.com
We’ve been seeing a lot more of our fave supermodels lately doing commercials and editorial work (Christy, Claudia, Cindy, Linda) but not many on the runway. So how freaked out and excited was I to see so many famous model faces at NYFW this year. It was awesome! Zac Posen’s show had the most famous models, opening with legendary Naomi Campbell, wearing a beautifully cut white and red flower dress, which was very feminine and pretty – it’s kind of funny he chose Naomi to wear something so girly and soft, because, well…she’s not. The show also featured famous faces from the last 10 years like (click on the names to see the photos) Karolina Kurkova, Coco Rhoca, Angela Lindvall, Alek Wek, Crystal Renn and Erin O’Connor. The girls were all a welcome addition to Zac’s show this year and NYFW in general.
I was also happy to see Caroline Murphy (love the dark red lipstick) at Jason Wu and Marchesa. And Carol Alt!!!!!, who likely hasn’t been on a runway in over 20 years and looked amazing at Marimekko. And one of the coolest and best runway comebacks was Carmen Dell’Orefice. At 81, she’s still super stunning and is SOOOOO fancy. Carmen walked the runway for Norisol Ferrari and Marimekko.
It was so cool to see all of these gals back doing runway work. Not only are they some of the best models ever but they don’t all look the same and they’re different ages. Maybe this is a sign that more designers are going to start moving away from the super skinny and vacant looking 16 year olds. I’m mean, who relates to that? Let’s get some more beautiful, fancy WOMEN back on the runways. It’s time.
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Carmen Dell’Orefice at Norisol Ferrari, photo from styleite.com