Toronto Fashion Week: Fall 2014 Roundup

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I suppose it’s not a bad thing that spring is taking its sweet time getting here, because last month’s Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2014 shows feel as relevant as ever. Even if I am getting quite fed up with my winter clothes, I wouldn’t mind wrapping myself in some covet-worthy leather jackets, beautiful printed dresses, and fuzzy mohair sweaters that I saw on the runways in March. This season, thanks to Best Buy Canada and VIVA Beauty from Best BuyI was fully prepared for the craziness of fashion week – my survival kit included a fancy Canon DSLR camera, complete with a brand new SD card, and some beauty goodies to get me through the week looking fresh – it was a lifesaver! This season, I also didn’t attempt being in several places at the same time, but selected a few days and a few designers to support, and I have to say that it really worked out well for me. I didn’t feel as burnt out as usual, and I still got to see and shoot some amazing Canadian designers at work.

One of the highlights of my week was Beaufille. The latest collection from Chloe and Parris Gordon was full of standout pieces worthy of a good catfight. Loose silhouettes, paired with cleverly placed slits and hook-and-eye embellishments, embossed leather and of course the piece that stole my heart – the red moto jacket of my dreams – it was all very wearable, modern, and oozed the cool factor. Definitely my favourite collection from the Canadian sisters. The only thing I hate about this is the fact that I’ll have to wait forever (6-8 months) to get my hands on my fave pieces.

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As usual, the Joe Fresh show was complete and utter mayhem. Even without a top model headliner, the show was packed, with people spilling out of their seats, and for good reason too. Once again, Joe Mimran showed a collection of affordable pieces that still managed to get hearts racing, and that will pretty soon be available not only in Canada and the US, but in 23 other countries worldwide! Not too shabby for a brand that began at a grocery store, non?

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But despite the big expansion news, Joe Fresh Fall 2014 collection was as Canadian as they come, what with a ton of cute jackets (wool, moto, puffers, you name it!), intarsia sweaters, and faux fur dominating most of the looks. But perhaps because winter and I, we are done professionally, my personal faves were the lovely dresses printed with ethereal images of landscapes and nature. Once these hit the stores, be prepared to fight me for them. Elbows up, ladies!

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Pink Tartan Fall 2014 was another collection quite heavily influenced by Canadian winters. While Kim Newport-Mimran stuck to her signature ladylike aesthetic, she mixed in a few unexpected patterns and fabrics, making this one of my favourite Pink Tartan collections ever (with the exception of this one).

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The collection was very “glam cocktail hour at the chalet”, what with cozy intarsia sweaters, black and red buffalo check, fur stoles, and ginormous fur mittens, mixed with full skirts, metallic dresses, and leather pants. Practical and chic? I would like one of each, please and thank you.

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Always a personal favourite, Mackage Fall 2014 show definitely did not disappoint. With scattered faux maple leafs lining the runway, the models rocked some of the best outerwear pieces I’ve seen all week. Clearly, co-creative directors of the brand Elisa Dahan and Eran Elfassy know what Canadians both want and need from their winter wares – style and function, and boy did they deliver!

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Fur trims, quilted leather everything, pops of fuchsia, Black Watch tartan pieces, oh my! It was unfair how good everything looked…and also quite dangerous for my wallet. And don’t even get me started on their bags! Simply put…this collection was the bomb-dot-com.

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Styled By Nelia: Dressing for Spring

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It may be March, but it looks like Mother Nature hasn’t gotten the memo just yet. If you live in Toronto, tights and coats are still a sad necessity, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t start adding some fun spring pieces to our wardrobes! And that’s exactly what I did on the latest episode of Styled By Nelia.

Thanks to the beautiful new arrivals from Ted Baker, I was able to show Loretta how she could infuse a few cheerful spring pieces into her wardrobe to wear now, and when the weather finally warms up.

From the classic and oh-so-chic floral full skirts, to colourful ladylike dresses, Ted Baker’s spring collection is full of timeless elegant pieces that can be styled in a multitude of ways. If you’re eager to pack away your winter clothes, and start wearing your new spring pieces instead, all you need to do is throw on some tights (fleece-lined ones are my fave), put on a pair of ankle booties, layer your outfit with a cute cardigan and an even cuter coat, and you’re good to go! And once the temperatures warm up, ditch those cold weather essentials for a pair of pretty pumps, and enjoy the sunshine! It really is that easy.

So tell me, how do you deal with this year’s neverending winter? Do you live in your parka, or are you starting to embrace spring collections? Share in the comments!

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Ann Taylor Spring 2014 Lookbook

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Sorry for being MIA the last few days. It’s the new year and I’ve been totally and completely uninspired. Truth be told, after taking a holiday break from blogging, I realized that I actually missed being able to spend my evenings doing whatever I want without worrying about the next day’s post and having to write feverishly all night long. Instead, I’ve been cooking a lot, watching a lot of movies, reading, and spending time with my boys (le bf and my cat Pepper). It’s been so nice and refreshing! And while I had a few posts sitting in my drafts for weeks now, seeing this Ann Taylor Spring 2014 Lookbook is what finally made me get off my butt and get on my laptop.

Perhaps it’s because we are pretty much buried in snow at the moment, but getting a tiny peek at spring’s arrivals gave me hope that one day the snow will melt. It will, you guys! It has to! And when it does, I’ll be wearing a lot of these Ann Taylor pieces. Not only is the spring collection perfectly work-appropriate, but it’s also chic as hell. Grid coat? YES, PLEASE! White eyelet skirt? OMG! Zebra print everything? GIMME! And those shoes! Did you pay attention to the amazing footwear? The black pumps with animal print trim are thebombdotcom and I cannot wait to get my feet in them. Thanks, Lisa Axelson!

Anyway, if you are in a Januarut right now, hope this lookbook will help you snap out of it…or at least will give you a sliver of hope. Spring will come! Eventually…

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Toronto Fashion Week: Joe Fresh Spring 2014 Collection

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If there’s one thing that is certain during WMCFW is that Joe Fresh show will always draw the biggest crowd. This season was no exception. With a packed front row that included actress Elisha Cuthbert (I miss Happy Endings!) and her beau Dion Phaneuf, his Maple Leafs teammate Joffrey Lupul, Joe Mimran’s designer wife Kimberly Newport-Mimran, among others, and Canadian beauties Alana Zimmer and Heather Marks strutting their stuff on the catwalk to Britney’s latest and super catchy “Work Bitch”, this one was the best show for people-watching. And people-watch I did, from my front row seat…in the photographer’s pit.

I put my new Canon Blogtography skills to good use, and snapped away as models walked down the runway, showing off what seemed like an endless lineup of looks that will be in stores come Spring 2014. While the majority of the collection was heavy on the navy (colour, not naval warfare), my favourite pieces (aka what I’ll be stalking next spring) included the red floral dress with plenty of slits to show off the gams, silver leather (pleather?) two-piece skirt suit, red leather dress and pants, shiny black (but also iridescent) tulip skirt, Japanese-print pajama-like ensemble, and a Chanel-esque black and white jacket.

Denim was also ever-present this season. Far from plain and boring, Joe Fresh Spring 2014 denim looks included lace applique, jumpsuits, frayed hems, acid wash, as well as camo, stripe and floral print. The rest of the collection was more restrained, and delivered what most Joe Fresh customers expect from the brand – classic suiting, and work-appropriate blouses, dresses, and skirts. And while I can’t resist a new pair of simple Joe Fresh slacks each season, I do hope that most of the more intriguing runway pieces make it into production. Fingers crossed!

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Zara Woman Fall 2013 Ad Campaign

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Even though I don’t feel like summer has even begun here in Toronto, I can’t help but start thinking about fall clothes. Yesterday, on August 1st (!!!), I even bought a pair of leather leggings and a grey sweatshirt. What’s wrong with me?!

Seeing Zara’s new Fall 2013 ad campaign certainly doesn’t help with my fall cravings. I am in love with everything in the first photo – leather jackets, cami dresses, wide-brimmed hats…I want to buy it all, and wear it exactly as pictured! The rest of the ad campaign is kind of a snoozefest (just me?), but I definitely see a few pieces here and there that I’ll be picking up as soon as the temperatures start to dip…which could be tomorrow.

So what do you think of Zara’s Fall 2013 ad campaign? Are you looking forward to shopping for fall clothes or am I crazy? Share in the comments.

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Shopping: Stylish Cat Lady Essentials

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Judging by the multitude of cat Instagram photos, cat videos, and cat-related Buzzfeed links, among a multitude of other cataphernalia, being a cat lady has never been trendier. Every day I see adorable cat pics all over my social media, and you know what? I freaking love it! As a cat lover and part-time owner of an adorable black kitty, I’m all over the cat lady trend. So if like me, you just can’t get enough of cats, and aren’t afraid to show your feline pride, this post is obviously for you. I scoured the internet for some awesome cat lady essentials, and this is what I came up with! Kitty espadrilles, kitty ring, kitty hat, kitty tights…the only warning I have – don’t wear these all at once, unless you are THIS cat lady, in which case…carry on.

1. Moschino Cheap and Chic Kitty Dress
2. ASOS Cat Suspender Tights
3. Brian Lichtenberg Feline T-shirt
4. Eugenia Kim Cat Ears Beret
5. Charlotte Olympia Capri Cats Espadrilles
6. I Like Cats Sweater
7. Black Cat Eye Sunglasses
8. Cat Ring
9. Black Leopard Cuff Bracelet
10. Black Score by Simeon Farrar Black Paw Cat Raglan Tee

Toronto Fashion Week: Pink Tartan Fall 2013 Collection

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The  morning of Pink Tartan’s Fall 2013 show, I read the interview Flare’s Emily Ramshaw did with Kimberly Newport about the new collection, and was pleasantly surprised to find out that Pink Tartan’s president and head designer is a fan of American Horror Story. Such a fan in fact, that her entire fall collection was inspired by one Constance Langdon. If you watched the first season of AHS, you already know that Constance (played by the glorious Jessica Lange) was one classy lady. Well, a husband-murdering lady, but classy nonetheless. And Pink Tartan’s fall collection was spot on Constance – elegant, with a vintage flare, and just the right hint of mischief. The collection definitely felt older than spring’s Charlotte Free-inspired butterfly-printed line-up, but it also felt more timeless. Classic (and flattering) silhouettes, and statement outerwear dominated the fall show, and I found myself drooling at the sight of some pieces…like the blue fur coat, which sadly, I won’t be able to afford, but can certainly daydream about.

The wigs seemed to cause a bit of a controversy among the show-goers I spoke to, but as a huge fan of AHS, and Jessica Lange, I loved this particular styling choice, and was delighted at the sight of an army of Jessica Lange lookalikes strutting their stuff. If I squinted hard enough, I could almost imagine that it was the real deal.

All in all, I really enjoyed Pink Tartan’s Fall 2013 collection, but hope that the next show isn’t inspired by the second season of AHS, because asylum chic might be a little too much, even for a die-hard fan like myself.

What do you think about this collection? Are you a fan of AHS? Share in the comments!

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Spring 2013 Trends: In Living Colour

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After being introduced to the new Nokia Lumia 920, and the amazing range of colours these phones come in, I was reminded of New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and all the amazing spring trends I spotted outside of the tents. Naturally, this prompted me to jot down my personal spring shopping list to make sure that I’m ready not only for Toronto’s own fashion week, but for the warmer weather ahead. Not surprisingly, my list included a lot of colour. Here are some fun spring 2013 trends that I can’t wait to try this season, and hope you might like as well!

1. Graphic Black and White

Stripes, checks, dots, you name it! Graphic black and white prints are certainly having their moment. And as someone who’s obsessed with stripes in general, this trend feels mighty refreshing to the usual pastels that inevitably come each spring.

2. White Pumps

For the last few months, it seems that every stylish person out there has been obsessed with white pumps. Celebs like Kerry Washington, Carrie Bradshaw…errr…SJP and Rihanna, among others, have all been spotted wearing this trend on red carpets everywhere, and why not? Classic white pumps are just as easy to pull off as the boring black ones, but feel a lot more current.

3. Mirrored Shades

Another trend I spotted during NYFW was mirrored shades. In vibrant shades of blue, orange, yellow, pink, [insert colour here], mirrored shades come in every colour imaginable, and look cool and refreshing. I love classic Wayfarers as much as any other person out there, but this spring I will be mixing it up with a fun pair of blue mirrored shades.

4. Colourful Bags

While I may not be able to afford a Chanel bag in every colour of the rainbow, this spring I am planning to pick up a colourful clutch or two to inject some much-needed excitement into my wardrobe. If your budget allows it, Chanel spring 2013 bags are exceptional! Lego-inspired whimsical clutches and colour-blocked quilted flap bags; this is what dreams are made of!

5. Statement Outerwear

Whether you are a leather-jacket girl or a peacoat lady, this spring is all about statement outerwear! Red leather jackets, fuchsia muppet-hair coats, metallic blue trench coats – pick a fun topper, and wear it with confidence.

Whether you are into graphic prints or love a little pop of colour in your accessories, spring trends are only a guideline, not a rule. Start small, with a fun yellow phone or perhaps with a funky blue clutch, and make each look your own.

What are your favourite spring 2013 trends? Share in the comments.

Finally, a phone as colourful as you are. The new Nokia Lumia 920, available exclusively at Rogers. Express yourself with your choice of four vibrant colours – yellow, red, black and white. Visit rogers.com/nokiacolours for details.

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Rogers Wireless via Glam Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Rogers Wireless.

NYFW Fall 2013: Mathieu Mirano, DL1961, and Reem Acra…oh my!

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On my third day of NYFW, I began my day bright and early with a Mathieu Mirano Fall 2013 presentation. And though I have to admit, I’m not a morning person (<<understatement), I was really happy I made the effort to see this collection. Classic with a modern twist, Mirano’s third collection had me making wishlists as I was happily snapping away. Fox-fur coat with a sliver of unexpected mesh, luxe-looking sparkly pencil skirt, geometric patterns galore – it all felt fresh and exciting, without being forced. This young designer is definitely one to watch.

My second stop of the day was DL1961′s Fall 2013 show, where the good old jeans were transformed into drool-worthy objects of desire. Granted, my favourite pairs weren’t your regular skinnies, but still. Who knew that denim could be so haute? From quilted details and leather trims, to fun pops of colour, I loved it all. And knowing how comfy those babies are, I had no doubt that I’d be investing in another pair sooner rather than later.

I ended my day with one of my most highly-anticipated shows of the week – Reem Acra Fall 2013. I was really looking forward to seeing the Reem Acra extravagance in person, and I wasn’t disappointed. The sexy collection was inspired by Acra’s recent trip to Japan, and featured a classic palette of black, white, and red. And while the chic workwear pieces were both glam and versatile, the ones that got my heart thumping were Acra’s signature evening gowns – some delicately beaded and flowing, other sculpted and embellished. Katherine Heigl, who took in the show from the front row, was seen clapping cheerfully as the designer took her bow.

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Paris Fashion Week Fall 2013: H&M Runway Show

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Last night one of my most favourite brands – H&M held their first-ever runway show during Paris Fashion Week. Attended by stylish young things like Ashley Olsen, Emma Roberts and Chloe Moretz, the Fall 2013 show was set in a lusciously-decorated tent set at the Musée Rodin, and showcased the gorgeous fall collection on notable models like Arizona Muse, Cara Delevigne, and Isabeli Fontana, styled by George Cortina.

Apart from the unbelievably beautiful setting, the collection itself sure did not disappoint. Moody, dark, and glamorous, in fabrics like velvet, faux fur, leather, and silk, the collection was reminiscent of those wild 70′s rock stars – edgy, but feminine. “Delicacy and a sense of faded grandeur is found in pieces such as an open-backed sequin dress or an embellished and fringed shoulder piece, while knitwear is key, especially with an intricate cable knit sweater.”

I don’t know about you, but I am obsessed with at least half of the collection…and luckily for me, I can actually afford it! Yup, finally, a runway show that we can not only draw inspiration from, but also be able to afford. How novel is that?

Anyway, what do you think of H&M’s Fall 2013 collection? Are you as obsessed as I am? Share your fave pieces in the comments!

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