Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Red Carpet Fashion at the Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival is officially over. For those of you who were unable to visit the some of the screenings you will have to wait to see if they get picked up. 

P.S. Fashion lovers, the film about Coco Chanel's love affair with composer, Igor Stravinsky should be out in March.

In the mean time let's all enjoy some red carpet fashion!


Saturday, September 26, 2009

J to the O to the E to the Fresh: Lou Lou Magazine Fashion Block Party

On a humid Wednesday night, swarms of eager shoppers filled the Joe Fresh shopping boutique in Yorkville's, SassaFraz. 

As a Joe Fresh employee and lover of all things fashion, I had the privilege of participating in this exciting fashion event. The large second floor of SassaFraz was a cool escape from the sticky evening and served as a cool retreat to shop, shop, shop! 

The room had minimal decoration with the fall/winter '09 styles from Joe Fresh lining the cream coloured walls with white ornamental trees in the centre of the room. The fall/winter '09 Joe Fresh fashion show played in the background as make-up demonstrations for the Joe Fresh make-up line took place. Shoppers were able to sip on champagne, dine on hor d'oeurves and browse the racks of affordable fashion.

The shopping clock struck 6pm and from start to finish the event was packed from the cash register to the entrance. Popular items, such as the faux leather motorcycle jacket, classic argyle sweaters and bell-shaped skirts sold out in about an hour. (Typical Joe Fresh which is known to sell out of its popular styles in a matter of days!)

All in all it was a joyous occasion that brought together Toronto's fashionably elite, working girls and everyday women together, who were able to bond over their excitement of this spin on shopping. 


Thursday, September 24, 2009

LG Fashion Week is Making Some Ch-Ch-Changes!

Last Spring, L'Oreal Fashion Week became LG Fashion Week Beauty by L'Oreal Paris and introduced showroom presentations. For the upcoming presentation of the spring collections, Toronto's fashion week also has no shortage of alterations.

1) The tents will no longer be at Nathans Phillips Square. Where is this new location? 1030 King Street West, just east of Ossington Avenue. This new space will include a permanent structure as well as the traditional tents. 

2) Many of the designers that had shows in past years, will not be debuting their spring designs this season. The list includes fashion week regulars, Zoran Dobric, Aqua Di Lara and Joeffer Coac.

3) On the bright side, that makes way for many new designers to show what they got! This includes, the very talented New York based designer, Romona Keveza, Project Runway runner-up Jessica Biffi and Stephen Frame and Yasmin Mahrous of the clothing line, Frame.

4) OCAD is the school of choice for this season and will be presenting their clothing in a practical and literal fashion. This presentation will be taking place at OCAD on 100 McCaul Street and admission is free!

5) Toronto-based clothing line, JUMA are the new guest contributors of the LG Fashion Week Beauty by L'Oreal Paris blog! They will be providing all their insights about fashion and their clothing line. 

Stay tuned for LG Fashion Week updates and if you are interested in attending or volunteering click here!


Monday, September 21, 2009

Canadian Fashion is hitting the American Airwaves

Canadian twin design duo, DSquared seem to be very busy as of late. First, they were honoured by Canada's Walk of Fame earlier this month, they made an appearance at Ryerson University, launched a highly anticipated eyewear collection and are now hitting the small screen!

"Launch My Line" is the latest reality show based on fashion to hit popular American channel, BravoTV. The show will follow 10 accomplished fashion designers paired with a public figure who has a desire to enter the world of fashion design. The teams will face various challenges and the celebrity who is able to successfully climb the fashion ladder will get the chance to debut their very own fashion line! Not too shabby. DSquared will serve as hosts for the fashion meets pop culture competition. Good job boys!

Canadian favourite, the celebrity-inspired television series "Look-A-Like" is now airing on Wednesdays at 8pm on the American TV Guide Network channel. Titled, I'm a Celebrity Look-A-Like for its American viewers, the show will have the same favourites such as, Paul Venoit on make-up, Jeff Altenburg on hair and Alissia Marciano on fashion styling. 

It is nice to see that Canada's cherished fashionista's are receiving well-deserved recognition south of the border. If you happen to be in the States, don't forget to check out your fashionable Canucks on the telly!


Friday, September 18, 2009

New York Fashion Presents Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear

New York Fashion Week is under way and boy has it delivered. From the looks of things colour, leather and eclectic styling is here to stay. 

Many of the designers have taken inspiration from '80's brights, African safari and the heavenly palette of soft blue. Distressed denim and boyfriend blazers are being shown along with leather leggings and grommets galore!

Here are some of my personal favourite looks for Spring 2010. Oscar De La Renta (photos 2 & 4) shows that colourful prints combined with shine do work. These looks just scream sophisticated, stylish voyager. 

Catharine Malandrino (photo 1) also seemed to take inspiration from the exotic, accessorizing this aqua green flow-y dress with a floral head band. The look is also reminiscent of the 1960's revival style that is often seen on Nicole Richie and Rachel Zoe. 

Marc Jacobs (photo 3) had a kaleidoscope of colour walk down the runway. Neons, plaids and florals mixed and match creating a fun, upbeat look for spring. Models wore headbands similar to the famous bunny ears of Louis Vuitton.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fall Inspirations: Coco and Behati show you fall fashion

HoltRenfrew.com has recently posted a fun take on fall fashion. Models du jour and YouTube starlets, Coco Rocha and Behati Prinsloo star in the iconic companies Fall 2009 vignette. 

Taking place in Queen Street West's Gladstone Hotel, the girls parade around in falls latest styles similar to the style of their cute YouTube videos. 

To view the cutest fall inspiration click here

And for all you stylish boys out, there is one for you too!


Fall Inspirations: Flare Magazine + HM = Happy Shopping!

Don't you love all the fun shopping events going on lately? If so, you are in luck because here comes another one!

Exactly one week from today at 6pm, Flare Magazine will be hosting a special fashion event at Bloor street's H&M location. You will be able to sip on sparkling beverages, dine on delicious hors d'oeuvres and shop! (which I highly suggest because you will receive a 20% discount!)

This event will also include a special fashion presentation and free gift item with purchase, for the first two hundred fashionable shoppers. Does it get much better than this?

To attend, you must RSVP here. 

Happy shopping!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Maybe by Sarah Catalfo is in the Top 10!

Congratulations to Toronto fashion designer, Sarah Catalfo for making it into the top ten of the Art of Fashion Design competition!

Among the other contestants, Maybe by Sarah Catalfo will be judged by Canadian heavy weights Brian Bailey, Shawn Hewson of Bustle Clothing and Project Runway Canada, David Dixon, Nicole Gouveia and Fashion Magazine's, Sarah Nicole Prickett.

I have no doubt that she will shine. If you are interested in attending the design competition taking place during Toronto's Nuit Blanche visit, www.artoffashion.org.


Purrrfect Vintage at the Cat's Meow

As I was walking down Avenue Road, I spotted three gorgeous red dresses. One had a sweetheart neckline with ruching along the front and side seams. The second was short sleeved with a frilled skirted piece above a pencil skirt accompanied by a large floral print. The third was passionate red goodness. 

The home to these lovely dresses was The Cat's Meow Vintage. One of my favourite vintage stores, this boutique carries Pucci, Oleg Cassini and Dior. Each of the pieces are in excellent condition and stand out against the simple white walls. As I browsed through each of the fabulous dresses, it took me back to images of yesteryear, where women dressed like proper ladies and gossiped over Sunday tea.

The original Catwoman, Eartha Kitt a chante in the background purring her desire to be evil and I don't know about her but this place does the opposite for me. Some of the pieces that I cherished, were a thick strapped sheath dress with a criss-cross in the back with a large colourful floral print and a white eyelet dress with a Tiffany blue belt and A-line skirt. This store had me daydreaming of strolling the streets of the Toronto circa 1955.

If you are ever in need of something really precious, unique and beautiful, then you must pounce on The Cat's Meow located at 180 Avenue Rd. This clean boutique also has a wonderful collection of costume jewellery, silk scarves and hats.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Amanda's Fashion Spotting.......

On an afternoon stroll yesterday in Yorkville, I saw none other than the Canadian design duo, DSquared! 

Chatting and laughing, they walked down Yorkville Avenue looking chic as ever wearing rolled up jeans, loafers, a crisp white shirt and to-die-for blazers. Boy can these guys dress!

Dean and Dan are in town to accept their Canadian Walk of Fame honour, pay a visit to Ryerson's fashion program and am I sure catch a TIFF movie or two.

What fashionable sightings have you seen?


Monday, September 14, 2009

Fall Inspirations: Fall Fashion Finds

Here are some of my latest fashion finds. Each evoke a certain sophisticated femininity that I love. 

Photo #1: The fucshia bubble skirt (from Joe Fresh) is a really fun piece that adds a little flirtiness and ease to my fall wardrobe. Paired with a black turtleneck, statement necklace and some booties will make for a look that is a paired-down version of glamour. 

Photo #2: Believe or not, that motorcycle jacket is only $49 (kudos to Joe Fresh). I like to wear it with a white ruffled top (from Joe Fresh) because it adds a soft touch to the edgy jacket.

Photo #3: The nautical look is one of my favourites and I love that this dress (from Anthropologie) has adds that appeal with a shade of green. The fit is divine and I can't wait to wear it with a grey or yellow knit cardigan.

Photo #4: This is my new favourite skirt (from Anthropologie). It fits like a glove and has a classic yet modern look. The thick tweed-like weave is puurfect for fall and it goes just about anything from, the ruffled top (above) to a classic knit sweat.


Friday, September 11, 2009

LOU LOU Magazine turns the big 5!

NYC may have Fashion's Night Out, but Toronto has a fashion block party. To celebrate it's 5th anniversary, Canada's Shopping Expert, LOU LOU Magazine has a whole a list of fun, fashionable events. 

Kicking off in Toronto on September 23rd, 2009 there will be an exciting shopping block party taking place on Bloor Street's Banana Republic, Guess?, Town Shoes, Winners, BCBG Maxaria, Gap and Puma stores. Not to be outdone, Canada's favourite recessionista-friendly store, Joe Fresh will have a pop-up boutique in Yorkville's, Sassafraz.

Each of these participating stores will be offering some sort of discount whether it be a 25% off coupon at Banana Republic or a $10 Joe Fresh gift card after spending $50 at the pop-up shop! (Woo-hoo!)

That's not all to the fashionable soiree. Each store will also have a little something extra to add to your shopping adventure, whether it be LOU LOU's editor-in-chief's Claude Frambroise's take on fall trends or an acoustic performance by musician Kate Voegele.

If you won't be in Toronto to enjoy shopping affair (no need to fret!) the block party will be travelling to Montreal the very next day!

For more on this tres chic shopping block party, click here


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sale! Sale! Sale!: H&M

If you are around a H&M store between today and September 13th make sure to grab a coupon from one of the stylish sales associates.

Why? You ask. Well, if you use that coupon you will be able to purchase any two items and receive 20% off the highest priced item. Isn't that great? A nice added perk to your fall shopping.

I highly suggest you take advantage of this, as there are tons of really great things there right now. I recommend a grey animal print beret (tres cute and oh so, Parisienne), cobalt blue faux suede boots (because why not plus they are under $60) and embellished blouses galore!

Get there soon and happy shopping! 


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Aritizia has launched photos of their F/W '09 Fashion Show

If you haven't already seen it, take a look at Aritzia's Fall/Winter 2009 fashion show. 



Portobello East, Toronto's Fashion + Art Market has a new home

If you were able to make your way down to the Distillery District to enjoy Portobello East's great finds by Sui Generis, Desperately Different Inc. and Dream Girls Art, be sure to still check it out at its new location at no other than 639 Queen Street West.

Now located on the 3rd floor of the Burroughes Building between Spadina and Bathurst, Portobello East will now be conveniently next to your favourite fabric and designer stores along the hip, design street.

Admission for the market will now be free and it will still occur on Sundays from 12-6pm. The perfect time to do a little shopping after a scrumptious breakfast. 

The next market will take place on Sunday, September 27th, 20o9. For more information, check out www.portobelloeast.com. 


Monday, September 7, 2009

America's Next Top Model is Back with a Bang!

The popular modeling reality show is back and debuts this Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 at 8pm on CTV.

Tyra Banks promises that this season will be memorable with a number of notable changes. Number one, there will no longer be an experienced supermodel who is consistently part of the judging panel. Each week there will be guest judges including, Lauren Conrad former star of MTV's The Hills, Keeping Up with The Kardashian's star, Kim Kardashian and model Chanel Iman. Number two, the theme of the upcoming season will be, How Short Can You Go and will feature models who are 5ft 7in and under. 

If you would like to read my opinions on the new season of America's Next Top Model, click here.  And don't forget to check out the new season, as it is sure to be entertaining as always!


Flare's Editor-in-Chief Lisa Tant enters the Blogosphere

Ever wondered what the fashion world was like from the eyes of a successful and powerful fashionista? 

Well, now you have that opportunity. Flare Magazine editor-in-chief Lisa Tant has entered the world of bloggers with her weekly posts of Canadian and worldly fashion on Inside with Flare with Lisa Tant.

The new fashion blog has interesting and helpful posts for aspiring fashionista's who would like to make it into the world of magazines such as, how Flare magazine picks their covers and how to break into the fashion industry. 

This is the probably the best insider scoop you can get because you will be able read all the behind-the-scenes info on Canada's Fashion Authority from the leader herself. Check it out and you can also follow Ms. Tant on her Twitter account. 

To read all of Lisa's fashion posts visit, http://blog.flare.com/category/lisatant/.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

MADAM Vintage Grand Opening!

This Labour Day weekend come on down to 168 Gladstone Avenue and enjoy some lovely vintage. Madam Vintage & Nearly New presented by musical theatre actress, Cara Leslie will be having some exciting vintage finds to add some pizzazz to your Labour Day weekend. 

The store is located at 168 Gladstone Avenue between Dundas and Queen. For more information call 647-348-2264 or email madamvintageclothing@gmail.com. 

See you there!


Take a Chance on Classic, Elegant Style: A day with fashion designer Pearl Miller

My fashionable aunt, Mona Lisa has always known where to find beautiful glamorous clothing and unique fashion finds so I was delighted when she introduced me to her longtime fashion designer friend, Pearl Miller. On a summer afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending her boutique, La Chance Boutique on 13 Charles Street West and was able to first-hand observe her ladylike dresses made of Italian and French, silk, cotton, linen and wool. Read on for more about the talented designer.

Amanda: How did you get your start as a designer?

Pearl: I always had an interest as a child (living in Jamaica). When I came to Canada I got a job with Revenue Canada and one day decided (that I needed) to quit. When looking for another job I applied for an office position with an Interior Designer in Yorkville. Through that job I was able to learn about design and fabric. 

After that I got inspired to start my own fashion line and went a bank manager who saw a nice store for me on Charles Street. The name La Chance comes from French meaning, the luck. 

A: What inspires you as a designer?

P: I always get inspired by fabric and I have always loved the fashion designer, Kenzo. I have clothes from him from 20 years ago that I still wear. Kenzo's designs are always easy and natural. With my designs, I always try to be different for example, we have reversible items.

A:What are some projects that you have worked on recently?

P: I had the opportunity to lecture at Ryerson University with wardrobe co-ordinator, Starr Jacobs.

A: What are some the services that your boutique provides?

P: Everything is made in our studio which is located in the building of our store. All of the garments are made-to-measure and we always ensure that our garments have exquisite tailoring and impeccable quality. 

Pearl Miller's dresses are reminiscent of the elegant designs of Carolina Herrera and classic approach of Michael Kors. Many of her designs include sequined or ruffled details, lots of colour and special little details. 

If you would like to take a chance in your wardrobe and get something tres elegant, you will have the best of luck in La Chance Boutique. Visit the store at 13 Charles Street West, one block south of Bloor. To call, (416)961-5216.

Bonne Chance!


Strike a Pose: Ford Models Super of the World Model Canada Contest

Have you gone through life always wanting to be a model? Have walked down the street and had people tell you that you would fit right in on the runway? Well here is your chance to see what it takes to get there, Canadian style!

Ford Models is hosting its Super of the World Model Canada Contest in search of the next 2009 Supermodel. This contest has crowned former Canada's Next Top Model host, Tricia Helfer in 1992 and Leanne Spencer in 1996.

The casting calls are over and the call backs have been made but fear not, you will be able to watch the twelve model finalists every Saturday at 8pm on CityTV starting September 5th. The winner will receive a $250,000 (US) modeling contract with Ford Models and the runner-ups will receive either $150,000 (US) or $100, 000 (US). 

Tune in for the premiere episode this Saturday and see who triumphs the modelling world!