Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Day in the Life: MADAM Vintage

This past Monday I had the joy to help musical theatre actress and entrepreneur, Cara Leslie prepare her store, MADAM Vintage for an upcoming interview with the Toronto Star. As soon as I walked into the cute space at Gladstone and Stonehouse, I knew that this shop was full of potential.

There was a selection of men's clothing including old school trucker hats, plaid shirts, '70's style tees and super-soft leather jackets. (You gotta love a guy in a leather jacket) The woman's selection had several Chanel-inspired tweed blazers, a purple snakeskin skirt and tons of accessories made of buttery smooth eel skin.

As I helped merchandise and organize the wide array of sweaters, dresses and more, Cara was able to tell me a little about the unique pieces that she has in her store. For example, most of the cowboy boots and eel skin accessories are from the Canadian prairie province of Alberta, most of the items in the store are Canadian and there are many pieces with a personal touch such as, a knit Hello Kitty sweater straight from the Harajuku district in Japan.

It's so nice to see a young entrepreneur feel so passionate and really believe in her store. It was great to work with her and I look forward to what the future holds for this great vintage spot!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Photo of the Day: Melborne Fashion Week

On a fun search for the latest at Fashion Weeks around the world, I stumbled upon this lovely runway shot of the above clean, chic designs. The designer is Kirrily Johnston, an Australian designer who clearly has an eye modern sophistication. Anytime I catch myself down under, I would love to see one of her shows!


Sunday, November 15, 2009

It's a Fashion Show Frenzy!

Even though LG Fashion Week is done and over, don't think that there aren't still plenty of fashion shows to enjoy. With the holiday season right around the corner, right now is the perfect time to get inside and enjoy some fashion!

On November 2oth, head over to the Atlantis Pavillions (995 Lakeshre Blvd. to be exact) to view the designs of AIME by Monica Mei, Thieves by Sonja den Elzen and Rachel Jasmine Chan in the R4 Fashion Show, that shows reducing your carbon footprint does not have to sacrifice style. Fashion insiders, Amanda Brugel and Candice Batista will be in attendance to let you know that being eco-concious and fashionable go hand in hand. If you would like to win VIP Passes to attend this fashion soiree click here and for more information on this event click here!

Just six days after that, Melissa Clemente Designs will be presenting her spring 2010 jewellery line entitled, epoch. Taking place on November 26th, 2009 at the The Cryptic Canvas 8 Waterloo Terrace, this show takes an indigenous aesthetic and presents it in a contemporary context. Very DVF F/W '09, don't ya think? Cocktails begin at 7pm and special guests include The Fiesta Filipina Dance Toupe and Dj Hollyrock. Be there or be squared.

If you were unable to attend LG Fashion Week, make sure to get your cool weather fashion fix at these great shows.



Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fashion Gives Backs This Winter with CHFI's Give-A-Kid-A-Coat

With the weather getting colder and colder, fashionistas and fashionistos, are looking for different fashionable ways to bundle up and stay warm. While looking fashionable is a top priority to many of us in that Canadian chilly months, staying warm is the only concern for children whose parents cannot afford to purchase a warm winter coat.

That is where local Toronto radio station 98.1 CHFI comes in, with their Give-A-Kid-A-Coat Drive. Between November 6th and 8th be sure to make your way to the Scarborough Town Centre to donate a new or gently used clean coat. Coats are accepted in all sizes to accommodate children of all sizes, so don't forget to bring that winter coat you bought last year with the tags still and never wore. Also, be sure to bring that impulse purchase that you bought six weeks ago and can't refund because it is past the store's time limit for refunds.

Remember that your donation will make a very lucky child enjoy the chilly winter in comfort. One person's trash is another person's treasure, so get out there and donate!

For more information, click here.