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L’Oreal Fashion Week Toronto- March 17th – 22nd, 2008

The motto? “Wear in the World“. Ugh, back at the 30,000 square foot tent at Nathan Phillips Square. We have to say that we are not really feeling this venue. A congested room full of people being herded into different, barely marked line-ups, with passes that are not fully explained, makes for an unhappy fashion mood disorder. The environment is chaos for the observer, until we are shown our proper seats (first come first serve) in the FDCC section. Perhaps the FDCC could look into obtaining the Metro Convention Centre, or Muzik as the next site of L’Oreal fashion Week. This fall expect the colours – blue and purple – in all hues to dominate wardrobes every where. Monday Mar 17th

Joe Fresh

joefresh.jpg The Joe Fresh Style label is… well.. a supermarket line. This entity is a product that pretends to be nothing else and is mass marketed with dripings of style. With Joe Mimran behind the label, it remains focused. For fall there was a British element in equestrian looks – slim jodhpur pants and fitted jackets. Throw in youthful rockers with flat-front tartan trousers accessorized with skinny bowties and toques and you got Burberry for the budget set. When Mimran came out at the end wearing a highow mix of those $49 tartan pants with expensive velvet loafers and a tuxedo blazer, he showed yes, it might be supermarket, but how you wear it makes it shows your personal sense of “swag”. Mar 18th

Lucian Matis

This Project Runway Canada runner-up has excellent dressmaking skills and is a talent that knows no limits. Inspired by his first visit to China in December of 2007, Matis made the serene sophistication of basic black the star of his first full commercial collection. The show opened with a ’40s femme fatale, noirish coat and then wafted into the ’70s disco era with a jersey dress, a full-skirted dress reminiscent of the ’50s and a flapperish dress from the ’20s. The ’80s were also accounted for with a glamourama sequinned dress. There are a few pieces in grey and white. Everything else is in black cashmere, silk, alpaca wool and novelty fabric blends. Known for his detailed work and Parisian-inspired flavour, Matis says, “I definitely experimented until I got the mood right. The clothes are simple, silent and subtle,” says Matis. “It’s all about going back to basics.” View video here. Mar 18th

NADA

nada.jpgnada1.jpg The ’80s soap opera Dynasty provided the inspiration behind the Toronto-based designer’s bold fall collection. However, Nada Shepherd wisely avoided the campy high-powered styles favoured by the series’ catfighting divas Alexis Carrington and Krystle Carrington. Instead, Shepherd focused on a snappy career-woman-on-the-rise feel: jewel-toned wrap dresses, sharply tailored pinstriped pant suits and wide-belted shirt-dresses. Office-smart looks for a career girl scaling the corporate ladder, one more intent on proving herself with a serious work ethic rather than sultry schemes and boardroom back- stabbing. Power dressing, but thankfully no major shoulder pads. For play, it was more punk and disco Debbie Harry: a purple charmeuse print of smashed glass with chunky, zig-zagging leather zipper tapes and lots of short dresses. Many of the looks had a repeating elongated diamond and triangle shape, colour-blocked in black, magenta and electric blue dresses or as a panel of silver disco studs inset at the waist and shoulder. Mar 18th

BUSTLE

bustle.jpgbustle2.jpg “It’s made beggars of many and millionaires of a few.” Opening with a sound clip from a 1954 television production of Casino Royale, Bustle’s Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow again gambled on tailoring in their Bustle collection of menswear for this fall. A casino table placed at the beginning of the show with the models coming out and taking a seat was cute, and so was Stacy Mackenzie playing the dealer. “We’re not talking about playing slots at the MGM grand,” says Hewson. “We’ve taken our inspiration from that high-pedigree lifestyle. From horse racing to skeet shooting, it’s the aspirational adventurer that makes this fall collection so cool.” Top Canadian model Andrew Stetson started the show off right in a dark satin, stripped suit. There many three-piece suits as well, with appealing fabrics, some nappy stuff in polar bear white, and bib-front shirts in checks. The women’s roomy legged dress pants with suspenders flowed much nicer that some of the rather stiff, and tight pieces the men wore. See video here. Mar 18th

Joeffer Caoc

joeffer.jpg Strong women wear Joeffer. A more somber colour palette and a random mix of textures a la velvet and satin, give this interesting collection a contemporary twist. “It’s all about mixing classic pieces with surprising elements,” says Caoc. “There’s a lot of black and lots of elements that allude to lingerie, but it’s Catherine Deneuve minus the hardcore S&M stuff.” Caoc’s signature, alluringly simple-looking origami folds, draped material, and one-shoulder looks are lovely. However, the lack of colour in this particular show leaves one feeling a bit gloomy. Mar 19th

Jeanne Beker, Bratz and Diesel Kids

dkids.jpgjeanne.jpgjb.jpg Jeanne Beker, not only reported on all the style happenings at this year’s L’Oréal Fashion Week – she herself was news. She walked in the “Heart Truth Fashion Show” as part of L’Oreal fashion week and on March 19 at Diesel Kids’ premiere Toronto runway show at Nathan Philips Square, she launched her second book, “Passion for Fashion: Careers in Style”. To this end, she partnered with Bratz(TM) to bring her book to an entirely new audience of young fashionistas – the Bratz DOLL fans. The new “Bratz Fashion Reporter Doll” was inspired by Jeanne, and is packaged with a copy of Jeanne’s new book. The dolls name? “Jeanne B”, what else? The book-doll combination retails for $29.99 and is available at Toys R Us, Zellers and The Bay. Oh, and let’s not forget Jeanne celebrated her birthday on March 20th at Atelier. The debut of the Diesel Kids runway show unveiled 20 or so looks from the company’s Fall Winter 2008 collection for children. Apparently inspired by early Atari video games and the great outdoors, the clothing projected “resilience and comfort” and had a vintage and folky feel to it. The children out did the clothing with their own sense of style, and delighted the “by invitation only” audience members. View video here. Mar 19th

Comrags

comrags2.jpgcomragscoat.jpg Designers Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish continued the theme of browns, various shades of blue, and grey. What was lacking of color was made up in interesting pairings. Tweedy school matron coats and Georgette dresses accessorized with bits of twig as brooches, faux fur, and custom John Fluevog men’s shoes! The finale grouping was a humorous series of floor-sweeping black coats caked in white (salt stains?), and the rubber galoshes. Bizarre, but totally Comrags. Mar 19th

Andy Thé-Anh

ata3.jpgata2.jpgata1.jpg I absolutely adored the neckpieces made of stand up collars, furry tails and/or beads. Andy Thé-Ahn’s shows are all about glamour, and are usually reeking of the rich and privileged life. He’s toned it down a bit this season. Sheer teal and blue blouses and dresses. Slim black satin pants with 3/4 length, belted mohair coats, and stilletos on every pair of feet. Brown dresses with accessorized add-on leather sleeves, or brown dresses with sheer blouses built right in. Plenty of form fitting satin dresses in black, grey, or teal, and all with high-belted waists. Gorgeous, sexy, and sophisticated, but not too over the top. View video here and here. Mar 19th

David Dixon

dd_scene.jpgcimg5458.jpgcimg5471.jpgcimg5483.jpg A snowy backdrop and a scene of a long walk through some woods bare of leaves. David Dixon’s collection represent “the urban woman”, the woman in search of peace of mind. His show was a balance of options. There was a belted fluttery little black dress that was all laser-cut petals, and a purple plaid shirt dress made of heavy wool. A couple of grey herringbone suits, with trousers or skirt, that looked comfortable and flexible for office wear and evening wear. Wonderfully accessorized with plenty of hats, gloves, scarves, and belts. View video here. Mar 20th

Gsus

cimg5521.jpgcimg5526.jpg Dutch designers, Jan Schrijver and Angelique Berkhout of Gsus SIndusties know how to put on a fun show. I am sure they instruct their models to “go out there with attitude”. The show started off with a series of gymnastic flips from one of the male “celebrity models”, a Canadian dancer whose name escapes me. Going against the grain appeared to be the theme of the show. With stripes and tights, bright printed pants, hoodies, pleather, sometimes all put together for a look that only a few in the world can pull off. View the video here and here.

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March 22, 2008 Posted by | L' Oreal Fashion Week Fall 2006, L’Oréal, Our Official Web Site, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Muzik – Oct 21st, 2006

15 Saskatchewan Road

www.muzikclubs.com

Muzik has been built in the former Horticultural Building and boasts of new and innovative design while still retaining it’s 1907 demeanour. A venue located on the exhibition grounds that serves as a nightclub on Saturdays is an ambitious adventure. How is this space going to fare in the dead of winter? Even more of a feat is Muzik’s ability to draw so many youngish, trendy, and monied people to it’s mammoth realm.

We gained entry to Muzik after uncharacteristically standing in 9 degree Celsius weather for over 15 minutes. It was the Fashion Week closing night party, and we had arrived late. The lovely Kirstie, the “go to” girl for VIP tables, managed to guide us in after we had made her acquaintance.

The cost of admittance was $20.00. Muzik recommends that you pre-book a VIP area to have the best party experience. Once you are actually inside of the club proper, you can observe that there are many VIP areas, all with a view of the patrons who are not doing the VIP routine.

There were so many people at Muzik for this closing night party that it appeared as though it was packed to capacity. The place looked like there were at least two thousand people in there give or take a hundred. Ironically, the extremely high ceilings also gave it a look of empty expanse. The dance floor, or dance area in the middle of the room took a while to get to and that was for shuffling room only. The VIP areas in the back of the club felt like they were a different entity all together. They were exhausting to find, and then even more exhausting to try and enter one of the rooms to meet with a group of our friends. We were rejected by the goon assigned to “protect” the VIP area with the excuse that the area was” full”. Our friends pleaded with him to let us in, but to no avail.

We made our journey back to the front VIP area where we had some other friends. We got in there without a hitch. The view was also good to see those who were actually coming in the club, so that you could invite them up for a drink. Once situated, we were actually able to enjoy the fabulous garage house music emanating from the speakers. The sound system at Muzik is incredible. It would have to be for such a large space.

Later on a bouncer goon showed up to guard entry to our VIP area. A few tipsy people in our immediate area where using the club decorations for props, and the goon promptly grabbed them out of their hands. What was with the hired help? They were taking their jobs way too seriously.

We temporarily left our VIP area to check out the bar scene. Getting a drink in Muzik requires patience if you wait at one of the two well-appointed bars, it also typically requires a lot of money. As for the washroom situation for the girls, it’s not too bad with about 10 or so stalls. Nevertheless a line up persisted.

Overall, Muzik is a mature rave party experience in a more sophisticated setting. If that’s what you are looking for, then you will not be disappointed.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 8 People – 71/2 Ambiance – 8 Love factor – 7

October 23, 2006 Posted by | Clubs, L' Oreal Fashion Week Fall 2006, L’Oréal, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , | Leave a comment

Maro – Oct 18th & 19th, 2006

135 Liberty Street

Off the beaten path, and far away from clubland, on a road that screams of eclecticism, lies Maro, the only club/restaurant on Liberty street.  We visited this recently opened place during Fashion Week and we were impressed with not only the decor, but with the turn out.

Maro is a large, well appointed large space with a lofty VIP section that allows you to see and be seen.  High ceilings prevent it from feeling cozy, even with the throngs of people present, but there is a glam factor to the place.  The main room was turned from a restaurant by day with table and chairs into a runway for Hibebe’s designs.   We took our time inspecting the two bars that served up various concoctions, or was it three bars?  We had free drink tickets but, we kept being directed to a mysterious bar at the end of the venue that we never did find. 

As I have already mentioned Maro was packed with industry people and party revelers alike who were there to see Hibebe’s line of clothing.  However the show was over an hour late in starting, and by that time our group had already lost interest.  We had our own party going in the VIP and things were feeling much better for us than for the rest of the people who would not budge from their places near the runway.  The sound system is decent enough, and so was the DJ, serving up a blend of house with hard rock as well!

Overall, the space has a lot of potential and we will have to go back again.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 7 People – 71/2 Ambiance – 8 Love factor – 7 

October 23, 2006 Posted by | L' Oreal Fashion Week Fall 2006, L’Oréal, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, W4WT Links | Leave a comment

Rockwood – Oct 18th, 2006

31 Mercer Street

www.rockwoodclub.com

We had gone to the opening of Rockwood (formerly Bauhaus’ 2nd floor) a few weeks before and you could still smell the paint.  Not this time.  Rockwood has become emboldened and mature.   The place is small, yet that is part of it’s charm.  Rich, hardwood floors, expensive furniture, and attention to detail is what sets the club apart and at the same time puts it in the same class as say, Ultra, Eight Below, and Lobby.  The crowd, on the other hand blows the above mentioned places out of the water.  The people that came to Rockwood that night came to dance, and dance they did…to the sounds of Jo Jo Flores.  In case you haven’t heard Jo Jo Flores is a Canadian house music DJ that has been on the scene for quite some time and is well-loved at home and abroad. 

Rockwood is the perfect venue to get your lounge on, your groove on, and your conversation on.   The building that houses Rockwood is also home to the rooftop entity called Grass, and a street level club that is set to open in November of this year.   Going to 31 Mercer Street will take on a whole new meaning after the renovations are finally completed.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 9 People – 81/2 Ambiance – 91/2 Love factor – 81/2

October 21, 2006 Posted by | Clubs, L' Oreal Fashion Week Fall 2006, L’Oréal, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, W4WT Links | Leave a comment

Andy The-Anh Spring/Summer 2007 collection Toronto Fashion Week

Wednesday Oct. 18, 2006

Andy The-Anh Spring/Summer 2007 collection – L’Oreal Toronto Fashion Week

Loved the show, loved the clothes. Celebrating sensuality, femininity and softness, Andy The-Anh’s spring/summer line did anything but disappoint. Great over-sized leather short jackets in metallic silver, sleek cut-out backs, sharply cut suits, dark drape dresses and sultry 40’s bandeau swimwear. There were also a few stunning, long satin gowns and a throwback to Gucci white suit that were all voguishly, and wearably sexy.

The collection aptly called “Andy”, started with dark pieces in line with all hues brown and black, and moved effortlessly into a bright summer with searing hot pinks, and leafy greens shades accompanying tucks and pleats. Ruffled sleeves and Edwardian-style blouses gave a feminine look to sharply cut jackets, and perfect circle clasp belts cinched the waist. Swimwear, and white one-piece dresses came up just before a parade of models in denim, sheer tops and Jacki-O sunglasses closed the show. The crowd was ecstatic as The-Anh quickly walked the runway for his bow, and he was given a standing ovation.

Cuts and trimmings aside, The-Anh’s forte is taking the colours of the season, deepening them, skewing them, playing with them, and leaving us to our own imagination about what to do with the magic he has given us.

Ms. JAG

W4W Toronto

October 18, 2006 Posted by | L' Oreal Fashion Week Fall 2006, L’Oréal, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | Leave a comment