What I Wore: WMCFW

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Toronto Fashion Week has come and gone, and while I am incredibly thankful to have been able to attend some amazing shows, witness backstage magic first-hand, and meet so many interesting (and oftentimes talented) people…I have to say that by Day 5, I was wiped out. Even three days of fashion shows combined with my 9-5 was enough to require a weekend of R&R, which is exactly what the doctor prescribed. I’m the doctor, in case you are wondering.

And while I’m still working on my #WMCFW coverage, I thought I’d share my fashion week outfits. From my red ALDO shoes, to my Joe Fresh coordinates, to my fave falconwright clutch, I tried to infuse Canadian and Canadian-made pieces into my outfits for each day of fashion week, as captured by the amazing street style photographers Mauricio Calero and Max Kopanygin. Thanks, boys!

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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: Street Style Looks Part 2

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Watching New York Fashion Week attendees battle the elements this February was interesting…to say the least. Piles of snow, layers of icy slush, and frigid winds didn’t stop the stylish crowds from bringing it. And while I kinda gave up on fashun after a particularly cold day at the tents, these awesome street stylers certainly didn’t. From stunning outerwear, to  creative layering, to eye-popping accessories, great looks were on display all over the place, and I was right there to capture it all for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy, and let me know which outfits you like best!

Also, if you still haven’t, check out NYFW Street Style Looks Part One!

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NYFW Fall 2013: Street Style Looks Part 1

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NYFW is passing by in a whirlwind of appointments, shows, and snowy sidewalks. But apart from seeing some beautiful designs up close and personal, my favourite part of this experience has definitely been street style. Watching people come out of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents, in sometimes immaculately styled, sometimes batshit crazy outfits is never boring, and has kept me entertained all week long. So here are a few of my favourite street style looks that I spotted in New York this season. From the Smurfette-worthy clothes and hair, to fun pops of neon, these street stylers might just inspire you to try something new this winter.

Are you liking any of these outfits? Share your favourites in the comments.

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Style Fille: Miroslava Duma

As always, am in love with Tommy Ton’s street style photos from Fall 2012 shows for Style.com…or rather his photos from outside of the Fall 2012 shows. After clicking through the lot of them, I spotted a few photos of my fave Russian Style Fille – Mira Duma, in a variety of amazing looks. From office-ready, to winter-cozy, to perfectly 70′s.

I love that this girl can pull off pretty much ANY look, without looking like a fashion victim. I also love that Balenciaga leather jacket of my dreams (below on Mira’s friend), and the fact that I have the same vintage Chanel backpack as Mira. I don’t know why it’s even important, but for some reason it made me happy. 

So, what do you think of Miroslava Duma’s fashion experiments? Which look of hers is your fave? And how in the world can I get my paws on those awesome leather overalls? If you know, share in the comments.

Photo Credits: Tommy Ton for Style.com

Style Fille: Liz Cabral

Last night, I attended my first Spring 2012 show in Toronto, spotting a bevy of stylish editors/bloggers/socialites hanging out at the venue. Since I was camera-less, I didn’t attempt to snap anyone’s pic with my phone (how unprofessional!), but I did check everyone out.

The one person that really stood out to me last night was Liz Cabral, wearing a maxi skirt, with a Roots varsity jacket draped over her shoulders just so. Simple and chic. These photos of Liz at New York Fashion Week were taken by Tommy Ton for Style.com, featuring the same effortless vibe that the stylish editor usually exudes, and which I adore. And now that it’s fashion week time in Toronto, I can’t wait to see what this Flare Mag editor will wear next. And this time, I’ll have my camera at the ready!

Photo Credits: Tommy Ton for Style.com

Style Fille: Jenna Lyons

Tonight, Toronto welcomes Jenna Lyons – President and Executive Creative Director of J.Crew at the company’s first official store opening in Canada! If you still don’t know who Jenna is…well, she’s the woman behind the brand – the J in J.Crew,  she is Jenna from “Jenna’s Picks”, and the reason why so many of us want to achieve the effortless-chic-look featured in the pages of J.Crew’s lookbooks and catalogues.

It is not surprising then, that this woman, who is a pro at high-low styling, is a huge style inspiration to many, with her easy-breezy cocktail of feminine and masculine styles, and her endless love for sequins and furs. She wore a freaking sweater over her gown to the Met Gala! Now that takes some serious style-chops to pull off.

What do you think about Jenna’s style? Are you as obsessed as I am? Let me know in the comments.

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Style Fille: Miroslava Duma

Mira is a woman after my own heart, whether wearing the shit out of her scarlett 3.1 Philip Lim trench, rocking an H&M shirt/dress without any shoes, or sporting one of my favorite Christopher Kane galaxy dresses, she always looks like a million bucks. If you’re a fan of this tiny style fille’s fashion sense, make sure to check out her latest venture – Buro 24/7. If you’re a Russian-speaker like me, you’ll be happy to read some great fashion articles, and for the rest of you, there’s Mira’s daily outfits to keep you clicking. Either way, it’s a win-win.

Photo Credits: Buro 24/7

Organic Style: LG Innovators’ Ball

Last week, le boyfriend and I attended the fifth annual LG Innovators’ Ball - “A Night of Sensory Deception” Gala in support of the Ontario Science Centre. Chef Tawfik Shehata prepared a sumptuous menu that intrigued the senses of taste, smell, touch, sight, and sound, with the first course served in complete darkness.

Thanks to the stylish guests that attended the gala over the last four years, LG Innovators’ Ball raised over $1.4 million in net proceeds to support the Ontario Science Centre’s community access and outreach initiatives, which keep programs affordable and accessible to all members of the community.

As for us, we danced, photographed stylish attendees, and tried to guess whether a cake in front of us was really a cake or a slab of cheese (it was the latter). If you’ve never attended LG Innovators’ Ball before, make sure not to miss it next year. Supporting a wonderful cause has never been this much fun!

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When Tommy Met Anna: Anna Dello Russo and Tommy Ton at The Room

With such industry boldface names as Jeanne Beker, Liz Cabral of Flare, The Room’s Nicholas Melamphy, socialite Suzanne Rogers, Shinan Govani of the National Post, designers Jenny Bird and Sunny Fong, and many others, partying alongside Vogue Japan’s Anna Dello Russo and Toronto’s own (via Oakville), Tommy Ton at the “When Tommy Met Anna” exhibit gala - The Bay was the place to be last Wednesday night!

Dello Russo, who reportedly changed 6-7 times throughout the day, wore a variety of outfits by designers available at The Room – from the artful Mary Katrantzou dress and skirt, to the girly bandaid frock by Giles, to the elegant Erdem shift (with a feather coat by Wayne Clarkfor some added drama, of course)…Anna was once again a one-woman fashion show - surrounded by giddy fashion lovers and photographed all night long. Other pieces seen on Dello Russo were shoes by Charlotte Olympia, Alaia and Brian Atwood, dresses by Wu, Prabal Gurung, and Giambattista Valli…safe to say – eye candy galore! Toronto’s stylish set, agonized over WHAT TO WEAR for weeks prior, also did not disappoint in their best à la Anna attire – making it one of the best parties to people watch in a while.

The next day, Dello Russo, sporting a custom-made HBC Canoe on her head (Mr. Canoehead, anyone?), and Ton with golden eggs on his noggin, came back to The Room to sign autographs, shake hands, and kiss babies  pose for photos with eager fans - the final hurrah of ADR’s first whirlwind visit to her “guru’s” home country, and an event that will surely be discussed for weeks to come.

If you missed your opportunity to meet the street style icon in person, you can still check out the showcase of Tommy Ton’s best ADR photos at The Room, which runs until this Friday, April 29th. We will also be giving away an Anna Dello Russo paper doll by Danielle Meder very soon. Stay tuned!

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