Archive for March 2012


photography by Owen McLeod

Being bombarded by photographers during WMCFW wasn’t such a bad thing… It was definitely out of the ordinary, but in a good way. One such photographer, Owen, staged an impromptu photo shoot with me inside the studio room after Arthur Mendonca’s show. (My temperature was about 39C when this photo was taken). I was extremely flattered although the WMCFW volunteers weren’t too pleased as they ushered us out of the room after 20 failed attempts to get me to stop posing. Here’s a sneak peek of that spontaneous Vogue moment. I’m wearing NARS lipstick in the oh-so-popular fuchsia shade, Schiap. My necklace is by Ben Amun. Lastly, I need a good eyebrow threading session. Anyone? Help me.

Sometimes all a girl wants is everyday clothing she can live in and still stand out, in a good way. Shawna Robinson and Natalie Sydoruk’s brand, LABEL, is exactly that. They’re known around town as the body-con, urban clothing line, and this season was no exception to that formula. After their video campaign last season featuring Sarah Miles getting dressed ‘the morning after’, the brand presented their FW2012 collection with yet another video presentation featuring a blonde model wearing LABEL, in a psychoanalytical short film. Watch it here. The film communicates the collection’s moods and inspirations. At one point a model ritualistically whips the wall with a leather whip wearing a gorgeous, slim fitting cocktail dress with ruffle details at the hip – speaking to the influences fetishism and the Bettie Page pin-up femininity have on this collection.

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Pink Tartan opened with a video that paid homage to the French New Wave crime director, Jean-Luc Godard and his would-be gangster flick, Breathless. The model, much like Jean Seberg in black and white and a striped sweater, organizes her yellowed paperbacks before leaving her apartment in a trench coat, packing a 9mm. Minutes later, down the runway, came not the heroine of a Parisian art film from 1958 – but a sophisticated femme fatale of the future. Kim Newport-Mimran, for all the success and accolade she’s received as a Canadian designer, showed just why she’s so prolific. Kim never, ever, gets lazy. She pushes her collections to be the best they can and wows the crowd each season. This season, she surpassed all previous achievements.

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Outerwear is a Canadian runway favourite – with more than half of the year spent in jackets, coats and down filled bombers, Rudsak makes dressing for the colder months something Canadians can look forward to. This season’s Fall/Winter collection showcased mixed fabrics and textures, with pops of neutral colours alongside the stalwart black attributed to the Rudsak name. “I think the technology has evolved. It’s easier to mix different fabrics and different hardwares onto the basic outerwear garment. I think people want that – as long as it’s not too much”, says Asatoorian backstage after the show.

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For the second consecutive season, Procter & Gamble, Brill Communications and The Ritz Carlton teamed up to bring home international names in the fashion industry to show their world-famous collections to a small audience in Toronto. This season London fashion week mainstay and Central Saint Martins’ graduate, Jean-Pierre Braganza, presented his Fall Winter 2012 collection he says was inspired by Mandelbrot fractal geometry patterns, the artemisia plant and anachronism.

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photography by savelinthecity.com 

Oh, just some fun Mr. Eurotrash and I had instead of going to Joe Fresh fashion show. We had drinks at Church Aperitivo bar on Queen Street; free stuzzichins with a purchase of a drink during happy hour. Then we headed over to the ACC Club for more drinks, watched the Arctic Monkeys sing 5 songs that all sounded the same and then rocked out to The Black Keys, who played about 10 songs because people from Ohio are lazy. Caught the second half of the TFC game at Hotel Ocho, filmed a video of us singing Queen in the Commisso Bros. parking lot and pigged out on panzarottis. The end.

my new black keys tee Mr. Eurotrash bought for me!

Photography by JR Bernstein

Holy smokes! What started off as a joke, you know something you’d nonchalantly mention to make new friends during fashion week: “Oh, you’re sick? I hear there’s something going around. A fashion week bug!” – turned into me spending St. Patty’s day in the hospital getting cardiograms because I couldn’t breathe. The good news is, with the help of some Benelyn All-In-One Flu (yes, that’s a plug. please send me some more), I’m able to write this blog post today. I’ve got about 1001 things to do/write that were supposed to get done over the weekend so I’ve got to make it quick. My last fashion week outfit was a real hit. I paired my new pastel yellow jeans from Zara with a sheer blue shirt from REmix clothing; I love love love the long train at the back. Then added pops of fuchsia pink since it’s the only bright colour that’s really in this season aside from pastels. NARS Schiap on my lips, Bruno Frisoni sandals on my feet and a hot pink blazer I’ve had since forever. You never know when a hot pink blazer is gonna come in handy….

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Photography by JR Bernstein.

I had been looking forward to Thursday, Day 4, all week. Firstly, Caitlin Power revealed her FW2012 collection with a special surprise: menswear! Yes, even you stylish boys can get in on her futuristic, structured aesthetic. Secondly, I had planned to wear the Ostrich feather skirt by BLAQUE LABEL, with the black sheer bodysuit and Jeremy Scott x Linda Farrow wing sunglasses all from REmix Clothing Co. The perfect addition to my outfit (aside from the infamous sock bun!), was the deep red Florence bag by Nella Bella. I’m so happy that Tarek and his team gave me this bag to wear to Fashion Week – it was like a cherry on top. Its got all these neat compartments (something NB bags are well known for) that made it so easy for me to have all my essentials right at my fingertips. I felt like a pretty princess all day long. What do you guys think of my outfit?

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Photography by JR Bernstein

FINALLY! I get to walk the walk with my YSL Tribtoos! I even tripped and face planted the floor on my way from the media lounge to the runway! I’m OK, I didn’t bruise anything – not even my ego! Guys, it was everything I’ve ever wanted in my whole life: to fall from the heights of a Tribtoo heel. I liked pairing the nude heel with printed jungle pants and a NYC printed extra-long tank. The floral sunglasses may have been a bit much but, what the heck, right? It’s fashion week! Also appearing in my outfit, my coral red Gucci Jackie bag. She was filled to the brim yesterday as I had to make a quick switch from Fashion bitch to Black Keys lady when the sun went down. I had my $3 value village sneakers tucked in there nicely for just the occasion.

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Photography by Brendan Adam Zwelling

I was so happy to be reunited with an old friend in the industry, Brendan, on Tuesday. We decided for old time’s sake to do a mini shoot of my outfit that day. Also, if you haven’t read Nathalie Atkinson’s article in today’s National Post, check it out: It can get catty on the catwalk. Yours truly has an honourable mention! And a special thanks to Remix Clothing Co for styling me with pieces from their store. To purchase what I wore to fashion week just contact Salem at Remix Clothing Co. (remixclothingcompany@gmail.com). And for all my official reviews check Dress To Kill Magazine. phew. ok, now i’m done!

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