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Toronto fashion week: Jeremy Laing Spring 2013

October 30, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Despite being in one of the worst seats in the fashion house—the awkward corner where models turn and face their backs to you—this was one of my favourite shows.

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Canadian golden boy Jeremy Laing is always a runway crowdpleaser and fashion’s most notable came to view the designer’s Spring 2013 collection: dark and moody palette of black, grey, cream, white and dusty rose. Laing’s presentation—which capped an exciting two-day fashion presentation at The ShOws held at Andrew Richard Design in Toronto—was a gorgeous, layered, utilitarian mash-up of jumpers, shortalls, maxi dresses. All of these practical silhouettes were crafted in light, flowy, shimmery-sheer fabrics like chiffon and silk with hits of embellishment on shoulder plates, bibs and with beaded tribal patterns on dresses.

Toronto fashion week: Jean-Pierre Braganza Spring 2013

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Not only do we love Jean-Pierre Braganza’s name (“Brrrraganzaaaaa!”) we love the looks we saw during The Shows, a pre-Toronto Fashion Week runway presentation held at Andrew Richards Design’s venue space in Toronto. His pop-art inspired Spring 2013 collection featured strong-shouldered blazers with hits of teal, black, and cream with bold graphic prints.

 

photos: Glynnis Mapp / FashionTK

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Toronto fashion week: Tanya Taylor Spring 2013

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After spending two years as a designer for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Elizabeth and James brand, Canadian-born Tanya Taylor brings us easy, breezy 1960s-inspired A-line maxi dresses, and circle skirts with headscarves—the kind Rosie the Riveter would wear to Sunday brunch with the girls. She opened has the first of two during The Shows, a pre-Toronto Fashion Week runway presentation held at Andrew Richard Design’s venue space in Toronto.

See more runway looks on TheKit.ca

5 Great Dresses to Wear to a Fall Wedding

September 30, 2012 - 7:24 pm

Are you going to a wedding this fall but not quite ready to let go of summer? If you are, you must be going through exactly what I went through attending a wedding a couple of weeks ago. My friend, a fashion boutique owner and style maven, tied the knot with her equally stylish New York ad-guy fiancé at the gorgeous Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. I knew that this wedding wasn’t going to be the typical wedding hall-, cucumber sandwich-affair, not for this cooler-than-cool couple. Guests were coming dressed to impress with not-so-traditional pieces—their favourite ones, too.

Before you begin your hunt for a dress for someone else’s nuptials—including shopping online, buying brand new in-store, or wearing a dress from a previous wedding—here are a few great picks you should jot down before you hit the shops.

Read my full article on TheKit.ca

5 Great Dresses For a Fall Wedding

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Photo: TheKit.ca

Maison Kitsuné’s first North American store

September 1, 2012 - 7:37 pm

French music-meets-fashion brand injects its cooler-than-thou fashion appeal to the Big Apple. Paris-based fashion brand Maison Kitsuné has touched down in North America via the NoMad Hotel and are fashion types ever excited.

The store (which opened in April) melds old New York architectural charm with French je ne sais quois:  the ambiance of an old Parisian apartment with towering steel framed oval  windows, classic custom made furnishings juxtaposed with luxe furnishings like silk carpets, polished marble, mosaic tiles and patterned  wood flooring.

Get your credit card prepared for sartorial favorites like: WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie, Monocle, Michel Vivien, Aesop and Maison Kitsuné’s own collections—all personally curated by Maison Kitsuné founders Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki. Oh, la-la!

*photos: courtesy of Maison Kitsuné

How to Ride Your Scooter in Style

August 18, 2012 - 2:19 pm

Scooters have been all the rage this summer and will surely stay on until fall. It’s obvious why they’re such a hit, they practically ooze nostalgia: summers in romantic cities like Rome and Paris—that European carefree-ness (think: Diane Lane in Under The Tuscan Sun). Almost anyone looks wonderfully mysterious on a scooter—especially Vespas, and my new brand favourite with the same vintage shape, Stella.

But the question I always ask myself when seeing these stylish scooter riders across town: how do you coordinate your outfits and avoid clashing with your favourite seasonal ride?

I chat with scooter and bike shop Motoretta to find out how to ride in style.

Read it on TheKit.ca

Which scooter suits your style?

photo:  The Kit.ca

True Patriot Love

October 28, 2010 - 4:41 am

Stars of the silver screen, the catwalk and the stage took to the red carpet for the 13th annual tribute of Canada’s Walk of Fame, which aired on October 20th on Global and SliceTM. This year, the awards took place at the historic Canon Theatre and shut down a part of Yonge Street in Toronto! From one end of the rouge welcome mat to the other, the stars gushed about their stellar achievements and why they are truly proud to be Canadian.

*photos: (c) FashionTKTK

Howie Mandel, comedian and host of this year’s award show

Funnyman Mandel is on a mission: to bring some spontaneity and general recklessness to the producers of the annual Canada’s Walk of Fame, leaving no live scripted show behind! Last year’s inductee is this year’s host of the 13th edition of the tribute and he’s causing trouble all over town.

You were an inductee last year, how does it feel to be the host this time and to be in control of it all?
“It’s good to be back, to get dressed up, and it’s especially fun for me to get to host this thing. They thought this was a good idea, but they have no clue what they’ve got themselves into! I’m out of control.”

What advice would you give to your younger self?

“I’d tell my younger me to stop worrying so much and that one day I’ll have my own shrink for that–and my very own star!”

What designer are you wearing?
“I’m wearing Armani head to toe, but what I really want to do is try to bring culottes back. I’m working hard on it.”

Sarah Polley, film maker, director, actress and inductee

Goodbye Avonlea, and hello Hollywood. Growing up in the ‘biz Polley has blossomed from a child actress to an acclaimed star, director and activist. Her directorial debut in 2006 with Away From Her catapulted her career as a film maker. Her recent role in sci-fi film Splice with Adrian Brody puts her in front of the lens again. Ever the starlet, Polley is at the forefront of Hollywood’s critical eye and a shining star on Canada’s very own walk.

What she said in her speech that got the crowd clapping:

“I feel really grateful to be able to work in Canada and I have been very lucky to have the opportunity to make a career in film and stay home. I’m proud of our humility and I think we as Canadians should be proud too—and stop beating ourselves up for beating ourselves up.”

Eric McCormack, actor and producer, former star of Will & Grace, inductee

He became the poster boy for a cultural phenomenon and the former star of hit sitcom Will & Grace is back in his hometown of Toronto to bask in his success in his very own city. And he brought his gorgeous family along to help celebrate.

What he thinks of the red carpet:
“This may be the very first time I’ve walked in the middle of Yonge Street!”

What it’s like to a part of a popular U.S. sitcom / cultural phenomenon?

“You really never get over it, especially when people say things like ‘that was so Will & Grace.’ It’s hard to take it all in objectively once people turn it into a microcosm!”

Nikki Yanofsky, singer at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, winner of the Allan Slaight Award

Montreal-born singer took the stage for one of the nation’s biggest displays of Canadian pride: the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Famous for the theme song “I Believe” that climbed to No.1 on Canada’s iTunes singles chart and made Billboard’s Hot 100, Yanofsky is one patriotic Canuck.
 
Why are you proud to be Canadian?

“It’s something indescribable, I think. It’s our sense of self and international pride. It’s sounds funny, but I sometimes really feel just like that guy in the beer commercial. I’m always proud to say that I’m Canadian.”

What are your two favourite non-musical sounds?

“I love the sound of the ocean, it’s so relaxing. And I love the sound of cooking, that sizzling pan and the clinking of glasses and plates, it reminds me of home—it reminds me of Canada.”

Who are you wearing right now?
“I’m wearing a dress from Topshop and Kate Spade shoes.”


Jill Hennessey
, actress, singer and songwriter, guest

She’s  a doting mother, singer, actress, and clotheshorse–there’s almost nothing Hennessey can’t do! This everywoman is most recognizable for her work in Law & Order, but while her schedule is “booked solid,”  Hennessey took a break from the land of yellow cabs,  managing to take some time to visit Toronto and reminisce about her days as a street performer and budding actress.

What it’s like to go from serenading on Toronto street corners to living in New York and starring on the silver screen:

“It’s really surreal! It’s hard to believe that’s where I started, but there’s a great sense of accomplishment from that. There’s something remarkable about playing music in the street, the live aspect of it, the reaction you get from people who pass by and hear you. Even now, years later, I still kind of miss it.”

What designer are you wearing right now?
“I’m wearing Cynthia Rowley, who is actually a mom at my kid’s school, how cool is that?”

Nelly Furtado, singer and songwriter, inductee

She’s the voice behind some of the world’s most popular hit songs. From “I’m Like a Bird” to “Promiscuous Girl,” Furtado has simply soared throughout her singing career, collaborating with the likes of Justin Timberlake and Bryan Adams and getting attention for fans around the world. With a new Spanish-only album entitled, Mi Plan, and a new single “Night is Young,” Furtado isn’t finished making her mark. In fact, she’s takes one for the team in new hockey-inspired musical flick, Score.

What it feels like to go from ‘I’m Like a Bird’ to Canada’s Walk of Fame and everywhere in between:
“I’m a little overwhelmed actually! I was shaking in the car ride over to the red carpet just thinking about it. Canada is a huge part of my story. My heart beats Canada.”

What designer dress she’s wearing:

“Herve Leger”

* For last year’s coverage, head over to ELLECanada.com

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Westend vs. Eastend: Tabula Rasa wipes the slate clean

May 13, 2010 - 1:34 am

Fashion sleuths who have vowed to never venture east of Yonge Street for style finds will have to think again. Tabula Rasa (Latin for “blank slate”) is the newest vintage hub to dazzle Eastenders and Westenders alike. Jennifer Park, a former design dame at Le Chateau, took off her pattern cutting smock and threw caution to the wind, opening her very own store a few weeks ago in Toronto. With an ample stock of berry-garnished champagne and savoury snacks at her launch party and more than enough time to personally tour tipsy fashion writers through her wares (moi, ahem), Park is an excellent host. She also wonderfully pulls a calculated cache of covetable finds,  culling staple separates from Ports, Ralph Lauren and Wayne Clark. Tabula Rasa also sells vintage labels—the kind you scour your mother’s closet for—but with the original tags removed and replaced with Park’s own Tabula stamp. She alters each item to give each reborn oldie but goodie a bespoke touch. Tabula’s shelves and garment racks also boast new items from cool Aussie line Something Else, buttery leather messenger bags and hide accessories that look like Balmain (but at $20 a pop, are surely not), and striped silk-lined and double-breasted academy blazers. Now, West-end vintage diehards and East-end fashion patriots can finally agree on something–sheesh.

See my additional coverage on TorontoLife.com here.

 *photos: Karen + Preston Photography
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Got Mjölk?

April 16, 2010 - 4:12 am

Mjölk (pronounced “mi-yelk”) is the newest Nordic outfit to impress design scenesters (so, say goodbye to Ikea!) In Swedish, mjölk means “milk.” (Haha, headline pun!) Enter arty couple, John Baker and Juli Daoust, creators of design blog, KitkaDesignToronto.com –a website previously lauded by international photographer Todd Selby of TheSelby.com (his jubilant blog on design names and faces). The twosome decided however, that it was finally time to have a physical store version of their online ode. After planning and polishing the storefront, the new interiors hub opened at 2959 Dundas Street West this summer in the heart of the Junction’s design and home decor ‘hood in Toronto, and has been a hit ever since. The boutique shop houses nine designers from across Scandinavia and Japan, offering sleek chaises, tables and cooler than cool accessories for a new apartment or new office space, if you fancy.  Of all of its design savvy neighbours–Smash, Post and Beam, and Cornerstone–Mjölk is the only Nordic-inspired nook on the block.
www.mjolk.ca

 

*photos courtesy of Mjölk

LG Fashion Week F/W 2010: Sartorial Snaps

April 3, 2010 - 11:09 pm

LG Fashion Week  in Toronto may have been filled with ‘rogue’ representations (hello: Philip Sparks, Evan Biddell’s OZ Studio Boutique and a 3D fashion show a la NADA) not to mention impromptu venue changes (read: The Allstream Centre). But amidst the chaos and last minute additions were strong and stable statements and fashion expression. Whether they hailed from uptown, downtown or were simply from out of town; stylish types seemed to be less focused on “the right look,” or “the right outfit” and more concentrated on staying true to themselves. Instead of pulling put-together runway looks, they instead whipped up their own creations and threw on whatever made them feel happy and haute. And what were those choice closet selections? Spring-ready trench coats, military jackets and copper jumpers, sky-scraper stilettos and generous platform shoes, a few moody fringe-leather-zipper accessories, halo headdresses, a little Western tuxedo appeal and a whole lot of sparkle. Take that, recession!

*photos: Glynnis Mapp (c)