I know I’ve mentioned my Mackage obsession before, but after seeing the brand’s Spring 2014 collection designed by by Elisa Dahan and Eran Elfassy…my crush has totally intensified. We may be talking about love here, people! You see, Mackage does great winter coats, but that’s not all! Mackage Spring 2014 collection included beautiful leather skirts (in shiny leather, red leather, see-through chiffon), perforated leather tops, moto leather jackets in a variety of colours (my fave were in white and red), cotton and leather trench coats, and bags, bags, bags! I’ve actually been quite obsessed with Mackage’s bags since I first saw them at last season’s show, and I have to say that the new spring pieces were just as covetable. With those cool arrow closures, structured designs, and a great variety of leather finishes – those bags are (still) firmly on my wishlist.
Overall, I loved Mackage Spring 2014 collection - it was sleek, modern, and wearable, and I honestly am very excited to see these pieces hit the stores. Is it spring yet?
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Nelia, November 5th 2013 |
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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Nelia, November 1st 2013 |
Toronto Fashion Week came and went, and as it happens every October, I caught a cold. I am not sure if it’s the skimpy-ish outfits that one ends up wearing all week, or all of the hugs and kisses from the people I haven’t seen in a while (a week or longer is an eternity!), but…oops, it happened again.
This season, I did my darnedest to stay warm at the tents – I wore sensible outerwear, I kept my toes hidden, but none of it helped. Next October I will wrap myself up like a mummy in a mish-mash of blankets, hats, and mittens, and will only give hand-waves and peace signs, instead of hugs, handshakes, and kisses. This blogger is sick and tired of being sick and tired.
BUT…despite being a cold weather lightweight, I still got some pretty great fashion week mementos, thanks to Max Kopanygin, and Stefania Yarhi – talented Canadian street style photogs, who were outside all week long, shooting tirelessly rain or shine (and I didn’t even see them sniffling). I may be a weakling…but at least my new What I Wore photos look great. Silver linings, anyone?
Look 1: Cardigan, Blouse – c/o Ann Taylor; Leather Leggings – Zara; Shoes – Valentino; Bag, Brooch – Chanel
Look 2: Dress, Necklace – Zara; Coat – Topshop; Faux Fur Clutch – Prada; Boots – c/o ALDO; Ring – Jenny Bird
Photo Credits: 1, 3 – Max Kopanygin, 2 – Stefania Yarhi
Nelia, October 30th 2013 |
Earlier this month, I was invited to participate in a Toronto Fashion Week Photography Bootcamp with Steve Carty and Canon Canada. The 3-hour hands-on session was meant to give us some useful tips for shooting runway photos, prep us to deal with less than ideal lighting and less than ideal seating, and teach us a few more Canon Blogtography tricks on getting the best possible photos under (fashion week) pressure.
Well, last week all of those lessons came in handy when I attended the shOws Spring 2014! As usual, showcasing a handful of seriously talented Canadian designers (Bellavance NYC, Calla, Jeremy Laing, and Steven Tai), the shOws was every Canadian fashion junkie’s dream event of the season, and I came prepared with my Canon EOS Rebel SL1 in tow.
While I couldn’t take Steve Carty’s advice of sitting in the pit during the show (seriously, if you want the best pics without much effort – the photographers’ pit is where it’s at), I still managed to take some fun detail shots from my front row seat. If you are looking for tips on how to shoot fashion shows here are few I learned from the great Steve Carty!
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Nelia, October 25th 2013 |
By the time the 4th day of WMCFW rolled around, all I wanted to do was NOT make my way to the tents, and stay at home, wrapped in a cozy blanket watching bad TV…but if there’s one show that I simply couldn’t miss it’s VAWK, so off to the tents I went.
As usual, Sunny Fong did not disappoint. VAWK Fall 2013 collection was once again chock-full of drool-worthy coats and stunning dresses. He does those so well! Fong’s fall collection was inspired by hunting, and featured custom-made prints created by the designer himself, plenty of fur accents, as well as stag and wolf leather appliqué tops, that even the models backstage were swooning over.
I, on the other hand, was swooning (and still am) over VAWK’s outerwear and gowns. In less experienced hands, details like pleats on a coat could’ve been all wrong, but in Fong’s masterful hands, the end result was subtle, elegant, and simply stunning, making me want to rip those beautiful clothes off the models’ skinny backs and run into the night with my precious VAWK loot.
What do you think of VAWK Fall 2013 collection? What are your favourite pieces? Share in the comments.
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Nelia, April 1st 2013 |
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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Nelia, March 22nd 2013 |
Canadian designer Jeremy Laing is known for creating quietly cool clothes that are the opposite of flashy. His strength is in well-thought-out details and immaculate cuts; his clothes don’t shout, they whisper. But it seems for his Fall 2013 collection, Laing has decided to spice things up.
Most of the collection was still signature Laing, with beautifully-cut pieces, leather detailing, flowy skirts (and dresses), and classic palettes, but…added to the mix was gold lamé seersucker. Present in more than a few looks, the shiny (yet lightweight) pieces were a (good) shock to the eye, and added that certain je ne sais quoi to the designer’s fall collection. And though I wouldn’t be brave enough to wear gold lamé head-to-toe, I would certainly love to add a shiny motorcycle jacket to my growing collection of fun outerwear.
Apart from the not-so-lame lamé, I fell in love with the black and white striped print – a result of a collaboration with a Toronto-based artist Vanessa Maltese. The “broken” stripes paired with a pop of yellow was my favourite combo on the runway that night.
At the end of the show, Laing gave a quick interview, walking the attendees through the inspiration behind a few of his favourite pieces, sharing that his clothes are “hard to sew” but “easy to wear”, and having seen his pieces on cool-girls like Anita Clarke and Sarah Nicole Prickett (worn effortlessly, it seems), that statement certainly rang true.
What do you think of Jeremy Laing’s Fall 2013 collection? Share in the comments!
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Nelia, March 21st 2013 |
It’s official! Jean-Pierre Braganza is one of my absolute favourite Canadian designers. His Spring 2013 collection took my breath away last year, and I simply loved his Fall 2013 show. With Asian-inspired prints, origami-like folds, and elegant outerwear, Braganza’s fall collection was a treat to see up close and personal.
My favourite pieces included the elegant structured blazers and flowy draped gowns, and while last season’s prints were more my steeze, I appreciated Braganza’s fall prints all the same. The mesmerizing photo-print tunic was definitely something I would add to my wardrobe next season.
All in all, I was really happy to be able to take in Jean-Pierre Braganza’s Fall 2013 collection in person at the shOws. He’s an incredibly talented designer, and it’s thrilling to watch him succeed.
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Nelia, March 18th 2013 |
Joe Fresh gives good show. Everybody knows that. And though it’s been proven many a-times before, Joe Fresh Spring 2013 show in particular, was one for the history books.
First things first…Pat Cleveland is a goddess. Pat opened the show sashaying, gliding, and dancing to the beat and down the runway, past the cheering and clapping audience, looking very much like the definition of fierce (sorry, that’s the only word I could use to describe it). It was glorious!
As for the clothes, I loved it all. Bold stripes, graphic prints, and silver leather pieces from this collection will be sure to make the upcoming summer a cool one…and my closet a happy one. I already have the entire Joe Fresh Fall 2012 collection in my closet (or at least most of it), Spring 2013 will soon follow suit.
Some of my favourite pieces included a metallic dress with cut-outs, metallic jackets and skirts, and black and white everything. Come spring, there’s a good chance you’ll see me camping out at my local Joe Fresh on truck days, stalking these pieces like a lioness stalks her prey. And to be honest, I’m really looking forward to it.
What do you think of this collection? Share in the comments!
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Nelia, November 2nd 2012 |
Toronto Fashion Week might be over, but some shows are still pretty vivid in my mind. Like Lucian Matis Spring 2013 collection – my favorite of the week. This being my second Lucian Matis show ever, I sat in awe, while model after model walked by, wearing one amazing look after another.
The show opened with beautiful Moroccan tile printed dresses of my dreams, bright, colorful, flowing. With pops of blue, orange, yellow, and red, the collection was vibrant and beautiful, making me dream of a sunny vacation away, somewhere impossibly glam.
But it wasn’t all prints and flowy dresses. Matis closed the show with a few stunning croc-embossed edgy leather pieces. I imagine those will be the most expensive of the lot, but a girl can dream, right? I mean, how amazing is that boxy leather jacket?! And that skirt? Ahhh…these are the times when I wish I could rock a sample size, and score some sweet Lucian Matis loot of my own. Oh, well…maybe next year.
What do you think of the Lucian Matis Spring 2013 collection? Share in the comments.
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Nelia, October 30th 2012 |