Monday, October 26, 2009

Luck be a Lady: LG Fashion Week Round Up! Part Deux

Nada, Pink Tartan and Joe Fresh weren't the only clothing lines that seemed to pick up the feminine and elegant memo for their spring 2010 collections. New York-based bridal wear designer, Romona Keveza, David Dixon and Project Runway Canada runner-up Jason Meyers each seemed to have a lady in mind when designing their springtime collections.


-From personal experience, I know that Romona Keveza is a woman that knows what she wants and always follow her instincts when it comes to her designs and boy does it pay off! Primarily known as a bridal wear designer, Romona Keveza has designed countless elegant, gorgeous wedding dresses (and recently evening dresses) that can make any woman feel absolutely beautiful. As a former intern in her design studio, I often spent days burried in her dresses and loved every minute of it. A Romona Keveza dress is not only a beautiful dress but a dress that has something special. Making her debut at LG Fashion Week, Romona Keveza did not disappoint. Showing a collection filled with her signature pieces such as the belted waist, sweet heart neckline and the silk satin fabric. My favourite looks from this collection include the gorgeous chratreuse one shouldered gown pictured above and the ruffled skirt cocktail wedding dress. Kudos to Romona!

-David Dixon apparently had yellow on the brain for his vision of spring 2010. His collection was filled with cocktail dresses in cream, bright yellow and black and evening gowns in bright blue, cream and yellow each adorned with a varied collection of embellishments. Several separates added a dose of glamour to the classic look including, a yellow belted ruffled coat with a black skirt and cream blazer reminiscent of Dior's New Look paired with a black and grey patterned skirt. My favourite part of this collection would have to be the colourful cocktail dresses, the cream and yellow grecian-inspired embellished draped dresses and the general ooozing of GLAMOUR!

-Jason Meyers was fresh and sassy with his spring 2010 collection filled with hot, sexy caged heels, plenty of leg, ruffles and a good dose of white. If you are in search of a fun party dress once the temperature rises, look no further, Jason Meyers has it cut out for you with his asymmetrical blue-grey and white fitted dress and soft pink dress with a bubble hem and sweetheart neckline. However it is the softer, understated looks that really caught my eye. The white shirt dress to the left, seems to be a warm weather staple that is showing no sign of slowing down and a simple white dress paired with a soft grey cardigan is a casual look that every girl should have in her wardrobe. Another favourite is the silk skinny pants worn with a slightly unbuttoned white collared shirt. This is one of my favourite looks of all time for it is absolutely classic, ladylike and sexy all at once. Meow!

Amanda

Saturday, October 24, 2009

LG Fashion Week Round Up!: Numero Uno

So now the famous LG Fashion Week has come to a close and may I say that this fashion week had to have been my favourite thus far! In addition to a new venue, increased (and deserved) exposure, the designers pulled out their very best. Each collection took a risk in it's own right and made something that was truly memorable. Elegance, romance and modernity sums LG Fashion Week Spring 2010 for me. What about you? Check out some of the loveliest looks for the warm season.
-Nada Sheppard is always one to take a calculated risk when it comes to her designs. Her clothing always show women in a strong, powerful way that screams glamour. From her Dynasty-inspired collection from a few seasons back, to her Utopian leather dominatrix looks of Fall 2009, Nada never forgets to show that a strong woman knows how to dress and her Spring 2010 line is no exception. Filled with painted lace and perforated leather, the collection that aims to express, in her words, "infatuation" did just that with bouffant hairstyle and sexy pencil skirts. Despite the strong looks, the collection also had an element of soft Romanticism with touches of silver and lavender.



-Kimberley Newport-Mimran. Now she does she know style or does she know style? Her spring 2010 collection was nautical, sophisticated and defined city chic! Black and white stripes dominated the runway appearing on fitted mini skirts, wrap dresses with exaggerated shoulders and open cardigans. Sequins added shine to pants and boleros, showing that just because the temperature is rising, it doesn't mean you have to put away the shine. The models made their way down the catwalk with that oh-so-cool fashion attitude with loose hair and a subtle red pout. In the Pink Tartan world chic is the name and fashion is the game!


-Joe Fresh Style is slowly, if not already, becoming Canada's go to spot for affordable and irresistibly stylish pieces. Being the most anticipated show of LG Fashion Week for the past 3 years, the Joe Fresh show made a statement with underwear being worn as outerwear. Theodora Richards daughter of rock legend, Keith Richards kicked off the show filled with, as Mr. Mimran himself describes "transparency". Sheer blouses and skirts in nudes, creams, yellows and pinks pranced along the runway creating a soft, clean look for spring. One of my items were the white clogs and loafers as well as diaphonous pink skirt. For one who does not wear running shoes and finds flats terribly uncomfortable, these are a chic, fresh approach to the famous flat and the floaty pink skirt will bring out the inner ballerina in all of us.

Stay tuned for LG Fashion Week Part Deux!
Amanda

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

LG Fashion Week Has A Fresh Start!


LG Fashion Week has kicked off with a bang at its new venue at 1030 King Street West right smack dab in Liberty Village.

Last night, Holt Renfrew hosted its bi-annual media cocktail party to start off Toronto fashion week in style. A mini runway show featured looks from Greta Constantine, Pink Tartan and Denis Gagnon. Kimberley Newport-Mimiran stayed true to her impeccable style and featured a delicate cream floral dress with a gold chain statement necklace while Monsieur Gagnon took a structured approach to leather jackets.

Project Runway Canada season two winner, Sunny Fong debuted his clothing line Vawk's French Polynesian-inspired Spring 2010 collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Detailed leather and fuschia decals with an array of cream coloured separates came down the runway.

If you still haven't got a chance to get tickets to the tents, no need to fear! Consumer tickets are available to purchase on-site, click here.

If you want to go to one of the most hottest LG Fashion Week after parties, be sure to check out The Official presented by the F-List. Tonight the party will feature a designer spotlight of Heidi Ackerman and a Vibgyor installation. It's a $20 cover with free entry if you bring your LG Fashion Week laminate. For more information, click here.

'Til tomorrow.......

Amanda

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mind, Body and Sole: Do it Yourself Aldo Style!

Have you ever walked into a shoe store and thought, "The boot would look really good if it had a little fringe"? Maybe you thought,"If only that shoe had a few studs, I would rock it".

For all you aspiring shoe and accessory designers out there, here is your lucky chance to express your creative side in the form of a shoe or autumn accessory. Canada's favourite shoe store, Aldo in partnership with Teen Vogue, is currently holding a DIY contest that allows you to personalize your favourite autumn shoe and accessories.

Break out the bedazzler, some fringe or florals and start decorating your autumn accessories whether they are tall boots or "shooties" ( stiletto meets bootie, term courtesy of uber-stylist Rachel Zoe), clutches or hobos.

The lucky winner will get to collaborate with the Aldo team on a design for their Fall/Winter 2010 Collection. Hurry up with those designs as the contest ends October 30th, 2009 the day before Hallowe'en.

For more details, click here!

Enjoy!

Amanda

The September Issue Comes Up North


The september issue of any fashion magazine, as we all know, is the most coveted issue of the year. What other month's issue is an inch thick filled with photos of chunky knits, tall boots and jewel tones, assisted by hundreds of tips of how to put it all together? Does any other issue inspire you more? Does any other issue have you dreaming of walking on a crisp fall day, smack dab in the middle of a fashionable land where peacoats, leather jackets and fur vests rule?

Canadian fashionistas (and fashionmistas) it is time to rejoice! The much-talked about fashion documentary, The September Issue is about to come up North! On Friday, October 23rd, 2009 none the less, the last day of LG Fashion Week. What better way to end a week at the catwalk?

Finally, we Canadian fashion lovers can really see what's like to translate the favoured fall fashion season onto print. For a sneak preview, click here for the trailer and here for show times.

Amanda

Monday, October 12, 2009

Where Fashion and Art Collide: The Photography Exhibits

If you are looking for the perfect fall afternoon excursion, why not visit the Royal Ontario Museum or the Art Gallery of Ontario? Each are currently hosting exhibits honouring fashion photography from now until January 3,
2010.

The ROM is showing Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008 presented by the Bay, in celebration of Vanity Fair's modern version 25th anniversary and its older version 95th anniversary. The exhibition is a collection of 150 iconic photographs from Vanity Fair including portraits of old Hollywood celebrities such as Cary Grant, Louis Armstrong and mommy dearest herself, Joan Crawford. For more modern photographs, check out Prince William, Liza Minelli and Madonna from her Evita phase. This exhibition is definitely a must-see for art goers and fashionista's alike.

Next stop is the AGO, which features the work of the photographer who revolutionized fashion photography in the 1920's and '30's, Edward Steichen former chief photographer of Vanity Fair and Vogue. The Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Conde Nast Years, 1923-1937 exhibit features over 200 photographs of Steichen's work including a 1932 cover of Vogue and a photograph of several models wearing Chanel circa 1928. If you would like an early look of fashion photography from one of fashion legends, this exhibit is the place for you!

Go on and get out! Celebrate fashion's greatest pieces of photography! Whether it be for inspiration, an history lesson or pure imagination make sure to see these iconic exhibits, for cold weather is never an excuse to not see what the fashion world has to offer, especially with all the fabulous fall clothes to choose from.

Enjoy!

Amanda

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Nuit Blanche Doin' it in Style: Art of Fashion Iconic Power Competition



It was a cold and rainy night for 2009's Nuit Blanche and all the fashionista's were in the Fermenting Cellar of the Distillery Disctrict. 

What was happening on this night you ask? The Art of Fashion 2009 Design Competition. This year the theme was iconic power and the top ten design finalists debuted their fiercest designs. At first glance the Fermenting Cellar appear to be black, feathers and velvet galore but after a closer look the designs shone through. Each designer was required to submit designs that symbolized iconic power and this theme was interpreted in very unique ways. Here are some of my personal favourites:

1) Pink Ladies, a design duo who were inspired by the iconic Canadian artists, The Group of Seven. The ladies chose six iconic paintings from the Group of Seven and recreated them in the form of an outfit fit for a futuristic warrior woman. 

2) Harsh Crystalis, a clothing line created by Ryerson University Fashion Design Grad, Kelly Henderson. Zap! Pow! Kabam! Bright yellow, blue, red, green and purple, this collection is for women on the hunt who is ready to fight justice.  Sparkly accents, avant-garde lines and a slight Parisienne influence, this collection instantly stood out. 

3) Maybe, the up and coming clothing line by Toronto's Sarah Catalfo featured lace, lace and more lace. Catalfo took inspiration from her 2009 collection, Bandits in Bows and showed that just because the temperature has dropped, it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. Using heavier fabrics for the collection she created a beautiful kimono inspired black silk taffeta jacket and a purple sequined mini dress.

Clothing design wasn't the only feature of the Art of Fashion event, accompanying the design booths was a trunk show featuring Canada's jewellery design talent. Slashpile is a unique jewellery line by twin designers that take moments in their lives, whether it be overcoming addiction, genetics or their aspirations and express them through jewellery. My favourite piece was a pair of earrings that slightly resembled an atom. There was also LAG Concepts which creates beaded statement necklaces and floral arrangements, a very intricate and unique concept indeed. 

It was a joyous evening, a fabulous evening. In attendance were designers Zoran Dobric, Project Runway Canada's, Jessica Biffi and competition judge, David Dixon. It was truly a place where designers could support designers, something that this Toronto fashionista certainly approves of.  

Amanda

Monday, October 5, 2009

Chanel on the Big Screen: Coco Avant Chanel


If you were as frustrated as I was when you could not find the movie listing for one of the biggest fashion movies of the year, Coco Avant Chanel fear not my friends. 

On the film's official website ,you will be able to see full listings for the film, which at this point appears to only be showing at the AMC Theatre right by Yonge & Dundas. The show times for the film appear to be from today until Thursday with the last film showing at 9:35pm, so hurry up and get there!  

Amanda

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Razzle, Dazzle Me :The Fall Clothing Show



This past weekend was The Fall Clothing Show. A famous affair where designers, vintage connoisseurs and craftspeople extraordinaire come together under one roof and sell their best pieces. 

This year there was something for everyone: an abundance of wool pieces including cloche hats and shredded wool shawls, popular feathered headbands and mix 'n' match clothing from House of Spy. There was an excellent selection of vintage clothing ranging from 1940's to 1980's, full of fur coats, plaid shirts, leather boots and evening dresses, this section of the event certainly had you covered for the chilly season. 

Although this was The Clothing Show, I must say it was the jewellery and accessories that took centre stage. Colourful feathered head pieces were everywhere, eclectic layered and charmed necklaces could be found on nearly every table and almost every vintage booth had an assortment of classic quilted bags (Is it just me or is Chanel in the air?) and interestingly, bright yellow pumps.

Between my mother and I, the only items that we picked up were a beautiful selection of vintage jewellery including, a cameo necklace, a diamond brooch, a pearl necklace, a gold plated anchor charm bracelet, cream quilted bag and gold chain link bag. 

I guess this all goes to show that you that cannot judge a book by it's cover (in this case a title) because you never what little treasures you may be able find. 

Amanda