Archive for October 2012

So, we had a party. Alex Liang and myself want to thank everyone who came out! We are donating $110 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation from the silent auction of two brand new Nella Bella handbags. A big thank you to DJs Secret Models for playing Azealia Banks and Clique and stuff like that. It was a sweet way to celebrate our crazy week of fashion with all our friends. Enjoy the pics courtesy of The Stirling Room. 

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I was so ecstatic when I was asked to tag along with Marcus Kan of A la mode blog to attend the 50 Years of Bond Style: Designing 007 inaugural gala and after part-ay. What a night! We arrived on site and got passports handed to us with a, “you’re 007 agents for the night, good luck.” I was eating it up! The entire TIFF Bell Lightbox was transformed into a Bond legacy. There was the Kobo ice lounge complete with alcoholic snow cones – the only kind of snow cones that should really exist. Then there was the Goldfinger lounge, Casino Royale (we stayed away from the tables), a loading dock where you could shoot guns at your date, and so much more. The Big Sound performed Bond hits and Motown favourites. We ate, drank and were very merry.

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The pop-up store, Sauvage, now has a permanent home at 644 Queen Street West. Last week blogger and ‘it’ girl, Gracie Carroll, threw her 1 year blog b-day at the store to inaugurate its new home. I am already a huge fan of Sauvage, and after seeing their expansion into apparel (trust me, they have beautiful merch), I can only see me shopping there more and more. I bought my SOLES black leather ankle boots there, which I can officially say, are my official Fall shoes. They give me that Stockholm Street Style chic I’ve always wanted. Pair them with skinny jeans and my floor-length knit scarf from Zara – I’m good to go, somewhere.

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Not only does Toronto have quite possibly one of the longest fashion week title abbreviation, #WMCFW, if you’re wondering, but we also have a 14-day long fashion week. Shows started already last week and the main event begins the day after tomorrow. Holy crap, get your Celine clutches clutched and claws sharpened sharp.

And obviously, we must make room for Toronto expats. Thanks to Paolo Fullerton’s the shOws, we get to host our most internationally successful designers back on home turf. Albeit, their collections have already made the rounds on Style.com and the global roster of publications. It’s still nice to see the collections in-the-flesh, re-staged for all the those ‘somebodies’ fashion week brings out twice a year.

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We are throwing a party, everybody clap your hands! Alex Liang of Kenton Magazine and yours truly are throwing a Fashion Week after party at The Stirling Room in the distillery district right here in Toronto. The party starts at 10pm on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. We’ll have Kandi Apple Nails on site doing nail art (because you know how much that pleases me), and Nella Bella has graciously donated handbags up for silent auction. All proceeds will go towards The Breast Cancer Foundation since it’s October, the month of pink. We want to share our love for fashion with all of our friends, fans and readers, so please join us! Come say hi and have a drink with us!

Two of my favourite looks from the Spring 2013 collection at Chloe Comme Parris. The Canadian designer duo has an aesthetic that’s light and airy, with big bad wolf undertones. I was so impressed with some of the patterns they introduced for Spring, such as the enlarged pastel flower (which I still say looks like an eggplant, even though Parris corrected me when I spoke to her after the show). Pastels with an attitude is how I describe the pieces. Hints of a European sensibility pervaded the collection – it was classy, and not too whimsical with just the right amount of leather: in the cropped, crop short form in black. Awesome.

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Best friends with Miroslava Duma, who helped Vika Gazinskaya start her eponymous brand, this is one Russian you don’t want to forget. Her futuristic almost cartoon-like designs are nothing like I’ve ever seen before. If I had to sum up her collection in one word: Graceful.

The clouds, the 3D embellishments, the asymmetrical cuts and wildly obtuse shapes. They sing to me. Her countryside appeal and nod to the 50s and 60s, the good ole days. She is like a taste of pre-Wintour Vogue riding on the Orient Express. She’s the kind of girl who becomes her brand but in an good, infectious way. No vanity. Just fashion. If fashion could ever not be vain, it would be Vika Gazinskaya.

And of course, her belief in being original is oh-so Eurotrash.

I only hope her designs don’t become one of those overexposed pieces on every clotheshorse in the business, because although that would be great for business, it would probably be heartbreaking for me. I’d like just to see a glimpse of it, something special in the background that you know nothing about.

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Every Thursday the cock crows at 7am. The merchants, artisans and charlatans gather in the streets of Sora with their bancarelle. An outdoor market unfolds where one can buy anything from a spool of wool to fresh scallops from the sea. I’m not much of a haggler but watching my mom and aunt work the mercato is like watching a foreign artform in it’s splendor. If there’s one thing I learned, once the seller counteroffers your asking price, act like their offer is too high, or you don’t need the item, and walk away – they’ll come after you sheepishly agreeing to meet your demands. Works every time, like a charm. Like a boss. I bought nothing, obviously, and went directly towards the most expensive boutique in town and spent all my money on Mr. Eurotrash. Hope he likes his haggle-free gift!

I’m wearing: J Brand jeans, Converse shoes, Ferragamo shades, Free People sweater, Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM, and my Black Keys concert t-shirt.

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Shopping in Italy, or on holiday in general, always lends me a certain figment of wealth. All of a sudden 100 euros becomes the yardstick for all purchases. Those green bills go marching one by one; hoorah, hoorah. Today’s style pilgrimage lead us to Stefanel in Sora, (FR). Italian, simple luxury brand that specializes in cashmere and knitwear, and a favourite of The Blonde Salad (see her post celebrating Fashion’s Night Out at their Florence store). I almost bought the cardigan dress she’s wearing in the pics but opted for a houndstooth boyfriend pant with matching grey hoodie. It’s sporty luxe love all over again! Definitely a fashion week outfit I plan on pairing with my Sauvage ankle boots and red, red lips!

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One of the highlights of Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo Fashion Week, for me, was meeting Real Housewife-cum-Fashion Designer, Alexis Bellino. She was super sweet and is as gorgeous in person as she is on camera. Her collection was bright, colourful and sexy. It fit the bill for the LA lifestyle she wanted to convey. Some of the dresses I already pictured on the likes of Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj, you know the A-listers (or is Kim a B-list already?)  The best part? Alexis loved my Zara peplum top with embellished collar! Ah, that was a real moment for me, considering I watch her religiously on TV like it’s my job. I mean, have you seen us together on instagram yet?

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