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DREAMING OF A NAM XMAS – Party at Atelier Dec 18th, 2008

NAM Personal Management

An Event Not to BE MISSED!

Event Info Host:
Norwayne Anderson & Sunshine

Date and Time:
Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 10:30pm – 3:00am

Location:
Atelier Private Club
508 King St West

More about Nam Personal Management here.

MUSIC BY SIAMESE2HEARTS

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December 17, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Strange clothing that make you look twice…

Click on the pictures to visit the site:

Converse Extensions by Daryl van Wouw

Converse Extensions by Daryl van Wouw: How do you remove your shoes without removing your "pants"?

Han & Brikauski present the Hood Thong(tm).

How practical is this "Hood Thong"? When will you show the thong part?

December 15, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Mackage Coat Fits The Fashion Forward Woman

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Mackage is a Quebec, Canada success story.  Elisa Dahan and Eran Elfassy are the design duo behind this label.  Having started their fashion careers at the young age of 20, their talent, eye for trend- setting looks, and attention to fit and detail, continues to impress all.

The Mackage line is well-known to fashionistas in Canada and US for its durability (you do get what you pay for) as outerwear and for fantastically cut leathers. Mackage has no age.  It is made for the fashion-forward, svelte woman. The line is renowned for creating silhouettes that are sexy, sleek and highly  sought after.

We at W4W Toronto own several jackets and coats by Mackage, and as they get more loved up every year, they look and feel even better.  They are a Canadian label that oozes style.  An edgy, yet classy alternative to the oh so staid winter coat and the superior tayloring and fit make a Mackage purchase worth every penny.
Check out all their gorgeous outerwear on their website.

Buy:  If you can get to Montreal you’ll save up to 50% off after Christmas up until June.  Otherwise wait for Holt Renfrew and Aritzia to have their January sell-offs on Mackage items.

December 8, 2008 Posted by | fashion, Reviews, Toronto | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chanel’s Toronto Fashion Show Helped a Great Cause

Chanel presented the Karl Lagerfeld cruise collection with a fashion show that replicated an event held in Miami in May.  It marked the designer’s first major Canadian runway show in 10 years, and served to benefit the SickKids Foundation.

More than 600 guests attended the Chanel fashion show at the Direct Energy Centre’s Heritage Court on November 30th to benefit HealthyKids International, a new initiative by the SickKids Foundation at the Hospital for Sick Children, dedicated to improving children’s health around the world . Mafalda Caruso, CTV’s executive director of special events, worked with the luxury retailer to replicate the presentation of Karl Lagerfeld’s 2008-09 Chanel resort collection, which was held poolside at Miami’s Raleigh Hotel in May.

There was a live auction for Chanel vintage items, of which the highest bidder reportedly paid $40,000 for a 1955 Chanel purse!  The show included 35 models, six of which were local, and what looked like the entirety of Chanel’s 2008/2009 cruise collection.  A runway-length pool of blue, six inches deep, was erected in the middle of the dining hall, and topped with a meandering black path similar to the one in Miami. Projected blue ripples floated across enormous screens on the walls to give that watery, poolside “Miami” feeling.

The models wore knitted beach cover-ups with curved sleeves, pastel-striped swimwear, pink tie-dye logo T-shirts, jackets pairing vinyl and tweed, and one stunning white dress that had the midsection material removed to revealing a bed of red roses. Just watch the show on Chanel’s site and you’ll get the idea.

Pictures from BizBash

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Linda Loudermilk – The Eco Conscious Designer’s Style Offerings

Linda Loudermilk is passionate about the earth and its people, and she is making her mark on the eco-movementwith stylish products that inspire people to “think about the world and how we can make it a better place for all inhabitants”.

Many years ago she began researching and experimenting with products that were sustainable while still modeling on the runways of Paris.  What Loudermilk discovered was a world of design that could be blended with eco-responsibility in an practical, yet exciting way.

She trademarked the term “luxury eco™”, becoming the first designer to create a luxury+eco lifestyle brand under one umbrella.  Guilt-free organic fibers and eco conscious fabrics are what her line of clothing are all about.

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We love Linda Loudermilk’s Fall 2008 Collection

A sexy lace dress, fitted black suit, and an event dress.  Makes all those hours in the gym and watching
what we eat totally worth it.

Not available in Toronto, but you can get it in Quebec:

La Vie Sportive

600 Bouvier
Quebec, G2J1A7
Canada

Phone: 418-623-8529

November 18, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CRYSTAL 09 NEW YEARS EVE AT THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM

NEW YEAR’S EVE FALLS ON A WEDNESDAY THIS YEAR AND IT’S
TIME TO CHOOSE YOUR PARTY DESTINATION…

Guaranteed to be a unique New Year’s experience. Plan ahead, plan early, and purchase
your
Royal Ontario Museum New Years tickets ASAP to ensure entry.  This party promises
to have a more mature, “sophisticated”, and stylish party crowd.  It will be where the
Rockwood Monday’s, Lobby Wednesday’s, Ultra Friday’s, and This is London Saturday’s
crowd go to ring in their New Year.
This event will sell out, as will many of the NY Eve parties W4W Toronto will recommend.
Don’t be a last minute girl and then get stuck partying with the lackluster bar crowds.  They
don’t know how to dress, or dance and you’ll bring in the New Year with some schlep talking
your ear off.

Music: Classics, House, R&B

November 17, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why We Love Winter in Toronto…

Yes it gets cold in Toronto, but not colder than a New York winter, and certainly not as blustery cold as Chicago.  So with that in mind, the night life never ends for those willing to step out in their stylish best.

We love winter in Toronto because we get to wear fabulous looking coats, the following being prime examples.

Winter Coats 2008/2009

Flattering, warm enough, and practical for getting in and out of the car.

…and deliciously sexy shoes and boots that set off any outfit

Shoes and boots 2008/2009

Bring a couple pairs to the club, so that you can switch up when your feet start hurting!

…and of course they are all in your basic black! The only color for winter that matters.  These pieces are worth the money, because you will able to style and profile in them for several winters.

So get them here:

bluefly.com

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frockonline.com

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brownsfashion.com

viecouture.com

November 14, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What We Want Right Now – A Nixon Watch

A Nixon Chalet style watch to be exact.  It’s the little things that we obsess over once it catches our eye, and commands our attention.  That’s what takes a product from an object – to object of desire.

Locations in Toronto:

BOATHOUSE
316 YONGE ST.

BOATHOUSE
25 THE WEST MALL

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November 11, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The 2nd Annual Green Gala: Midnight In The Garden

The Green Gala: Midnight In The Garden

The second annual Green Gala will once again feature 10 of Canada’s top fashion designers each creating 3 outfits made from sustainable fabrics, coming together in a memorable fashion show. Our first Gala was labeled the “Greenest Fashion Event in Canada”, and we will once again be taking great measures to reduce our eco-footprint and lay claim to this title with this year’s theme “Midnight In The Garden”.

From the cosmetics and hair care products used on models, to our printing process, food and beverages, décor elements, lighting and energy source, The Green Gala aims to inspire other event planners to lighten their footprint, while at the same time shining a spotlight on the potential that sustainable fabrics have to make evening wear and couture clothing.

The event will be bolstered by a silent auction, live performance by Tara MacLean, and will also feature media personalities and celebrities modeling the clothing on the catwalk! This year’s event will be hosted by MuchMusic VJ Hannah Simone.

See event highlights for more details.

Presenting Sponsor Samsung, committed to environmentally sustainable business practices, will be accepting old cell phones at the event. Recycling cell phones reduces greenhouse gas emissions, keeps valuable material out of landfills and incinerators, and conserves natural resources. Be sure to bring your old cell phone in for safe and environmentally friendly disposal.

Guaranteed Seating available (limited tickets) $85 – SOLD OUT
Advance General Admission tickets are $75 – online sales is now closed.
Limited Tickets will be sold at the door for $100.

Sat, Nov 8th, 2008

To see highlights from last year’s Green Gala please click here.

Venue

This year the event will be held at Fermenting Cellarin the Distillery District, 55 Mill Street, building # 6 and #7, Toronto ON.

Designers

Thien Le
Project Runway Canada winner Evan Biddell
Zoran Dobric
Nada Yousif
Carrie Hayes
Eugenia Leavitt
Jason Meyers
Aime Luxury
Damzels in this Dress
Thieves

Celebrity Models

City TV’s Anne Mroczkowski
City TV’s Liz West
Cosmo TV’s Jacqui Skeete
SUN TV’s Tara Slone
The Hills After Party host Jessi Cruikshank
Fashion Television’s Mary Kitchen
Jazz artist Larra Skye
Recording artist Lily Frost
Rogers TV’s A Greener Toronto’s Host Candice Batista
Fashion expert Moe Kelso of CBC’s Steve and Chris Show

November 8, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

119 Corbo – One Stop Shopping for the Fashionista on the Go

Linda Perisa’s store stocks: Demeulemeester boots, five-inch stilettos by Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney slouch boots, Lanvin bags and necklaces, Miu Miu bodysuits, stretch-leather leggings by Haider Ackerman, and Rick Owens coats.  And these are only the the beginning of your adventure.

119 Yorkville Ave, Toronto

Click on the picture below to go to their site.

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November 7, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trend Watching: Eliseo Shoes

Eliseo Shoes are not in stores yet, but I could easily see this designer’s artistically hand-painted shoes on the runways of Betsey Johnson, Gsus, Heatherette, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.
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November 7, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Usher’s Official After Party at This Is London – Nov 8th, 2008

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Usher is performing in Toronto at Kool Haus, and the after party promises to be a sexy affair.  The One Night Stand Ladies Only concert tour kicked off this weekend in Atlantic City.  For this tour, Usher has been given a fashion makeover by DSquared2 with clothing ranging from super crisp tuxedos, to a silk robe and slippers!  The promoters of this event at This is London say he is going to be hosting it.  That remains to be seen.  However, with DJ Chris La Roque spinning Mash Up House, R&B and Rock, you are guaranteed to have a great time!

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Toronto DJ - Chris LaRoque

Contact TIL to get on the guestlist here

The promoters of Ink Media here

UPDATE:

Usher came through Ultra Supper Club on Saturday in a lumberjack shirt and hoser beanie-hat.

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Louis Vuitton Bags & Essentials at eLUXURY.com

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Authentic LV.

Launched in June 2000, eLUXURY.com is the premier online fashion retailer, offering designer apparel and accessories, beauty and children’s collections, and an exclusive Louis Vuitton boutique.

Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has been synonymous with the art of travel. What started as a family business has expanded internationally and is now the symbol of elegance and refinement. Timeless and prestigious, Louis Vuitton has constantly evolved and adapted to become the world leader in luxury.

Currently, eLUXURY ships strictly to the contiguous 48 U.S. states, plus Alaska and Hawaii.  Shipments to international destinations and U.S territories (such as Puerto Rico and Guam) are unavailable.  Howver, if you are flying to New York and have a good friend who will recieve your shipments, eLUXURY will save you money on LV products.

November 5, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Halloween Costumes and Christian Louboutin

Running out of time to make your Halloween ultimate costume?  Never fear, there are enough party stores in Toronto to give you what you need.

What about the ultimate fantasy costume?  What if you got a dominatrix outfit and paired it with these Christian Louboutin killer heels?

The super stiletto heel, dominatrix spikes, and polished black leather are the hottest item not available in time for Halloween, and not for those without celebrity and financial status.  The Rodarte Christian Louboutin’s were featured in black, gold, and white (all with the trademark red soles) during Rodarte’s 2008 fall fashion show.  No word on when they will be available online if at all, but one can only dream of the possibilities of next year’s Halloween outfit.

I’m sure Ms. Jackson already has her outfit together!

JJ rocks Christian Louboutin's For Rodarte

October 28, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gsus SIndustries Spring/Summer 2009 Collection at L’Oreal Fashion Week

Check out the videos of Gsus SIndustires Spring/Summer 2009 Collection on our W4W Toronto YouTube site.  It was a funky, wild, and creative show as usual.

Read about Fashion Week organizer Robin Kay’s much talked about faux pas on opening night Monday Oct 20, 2008, and see the video here

October 25, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holt Renfrew Yorkdale – Get a free Juzd bag…

JUZD (pronounced “juiced” or ‘joost”) is the planet’s first bamboo designer label, and most recently picked up by Holt Renfrew. We are talking Ed Hardy and Von Dutch meets eco-consciousness, take a good thing and make it the same but better. Torontonian Jing Liu is the creator of Juzd clothing and the lead designer for the urban streetwear line. “I just woke up one day and decided start it up and just focus on doing this”, states Liu on the origin of Juzd in April 2007.  The computer programmer turned designer, came up with the idea for Juzd, after repeatedly hearing the media reports on “juiced” up baseball players who injected steroids. Although aggression is part of the brand identity of Juzd, there’s an element of nature and environmental friendliness to the line. “Organic aggression”, Liu says, is what the brand represents.

Interesting to note, Liu has no formal training in fashion or design; no work experience in the business, nor an art background, but has managed to find a niche product that a store such as Holt Renfrew is willing to back.   Nice going, but the proof is in the pudding, and to touch, feel, and wear a Juzd “Tee” the customer will have the final say on if it beats the pants off an Ed Hardy “Tee”.

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October 8, 2008 Posted by | Toronto | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Sport of Shopping Invite – Sept 10th, 2008

Register on the main floor of HBC (Queen Street) on the day of the event.

September 5, 2008 Posted by | Fashion Design, Toronto | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TIFF 2008 Style

New Tie-Ups belts have been spotted on some very chic Toronto hipsters during the first day of TIFF.  Made in Italy, they are cut to fit, come in 12 colors, are washable, 100 % recyclable, “resist UV rays, saltwater, bacteria and tortion”.  Did we mention that they are also pretty?  Furthermore they are pretty hard to get your hands on, so if you will be visiting Italy, Greece, Spain, Australia, or Saudi Arabia in the next few weeks, buy some and sell them on eBay.

Word is, you will have to wait till December to buy them in Toronto, and then only at select stores.  Email us for details.

September 5, 2008 Posted by | Reviews, Toronto | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

July 12th – “Miami Sunset Sessions” with JoJo Flores and Mat Chrysdale

461 King Street West

Why have the CD launch party at Brassaii Resto Lounge?  I suppose so that partygoers could converge and chat in the front courtyard over cigarettes and libations with the faint sound of house-music over the loudspeaker.  The inside of Brassaii certainly wasn’t packed, and although there were some die hard housers on the floor, the ambiance and overall “it” factor was really lacking.

For starters the $20 cover price with a guestlist that was closed at 11:30pm was incredibly greedy for a place like this.  Even Ultra does not charge this exorbitant amount, and Ultra is so much more chic and fabulous.  After being corralled into the narrow confines of a line in which to pay in front of the courtyard, we were ungraciously shoved by not one, but two apparent drunken males as they exited the club. Immediately upon entering, we noticed the setup.  It was hard to feel festive when most of the “in” crowd was outside.   Which is why one would have to become intoxicated, or take some other type of stimulant.  The “in” crowd being those individuals familiar with the Toronto party scene all seemed to be at this event along with some local TV personalities.  The sound system was decent enough inside, but we got there at just after midnight and the DJ was spinning some really unfamiliar and unspectacular tunes.  At 1:45am we finally heard the kind of house we came to hear, was it JoJo perhaps?  Who would know, the inside of Brassaii was so dark and lackluster, it was hard to see what was going on beyond a few feet in front of you.  I also had no idea where the DJ booth was.  As a matter of fact we did not see any release CD’s or signage of what the night was even about.

Overall, an overpriced, unspectacular event, terrible choice of venue, and not enough of the really good recent house tunes to move the crowd from the courtyard to the inside.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 7 People – 7 Ambiance – 3 Love factor -5

July 15, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ultra Katwalk Tuesdays…

The only patio you have to be on every Tuesday night in Toronto.  Presented by

Pictures from the Ed Hardy fashion show June 2008, video here.

W4W TorontoWe are there.

June 24, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Fashion Design, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

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

L’Oreal Fashion Week Spring 2008 – October 22nd through to October 27th, 2007

The Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) will host its fourteenth season of L’Oreal Fashion Week Spring 2008 – October 22nd through to October 27th, 2007 at Nathan Phillips Square for the first time.

The motto? “Who Are You Wearing?”

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REVIEWS

Paul Hardy

Calgary designer Paul Hardy didn’t think his regular ready-to-wear collection would be compelling enough for the runway so, with only 12 days and his staff already up to their necks, he conceived, cut and sewed a capsule collection himself.

Upping the drama quotient is a European tradition, and a trick more Canadians should follow. “I designed each piece with the intention of making myself smile,” Hardy said after the show.

The billowy duchess satins, a way-off-the-shoulder trapeze, shimmery jacquards, plunging Grecian goddess dresses and light-as-air knits will make Hardy fans, including actress Kate Hudson, smile too.

Tevrow + Chase

Fashion is having a love affair with the art world. Marc Jacobs collaborated with artist Richard Prince for his spring collection for Louis Vuitton and Stefano Pilati had some Jackson Pollack-like splashes of paint on dresses for YSL’s resort collection.

Here in Toronto, designer Paul Sinclaire used the colour-blocked canvases of Joe Bradley as an inspiration for his Tevrow + Chase label, shown informally in his studio and retail space on Adelaide St. W. Solid blocks of bright colours were printed on the legs of white jeans and the sleeves of white blazers. Dresses were also entirely made of grids of colours.

Other stellar collectables: Palm Beach bright cropped pants, a rubber ducky yellow coat and a sharp looking white suit piped with black trim. This severely chic, yet accessible, line is sold at Saks in the U.S. and Harvey Nichols in the UK. It would be great to see Tevrow + Chase stores around town. Our answer to J. Crew.

RUDSAK

The Montreal outerwear and accessories brand went on a safari sojourn with a palette right out of Africa — taupes, beiges and corn. Urban jungle dewellers will do well with the safari jackets and sexy short shorts, and the short jackets with trenchcoat details. And they can act out their own fantasies of soaring over the Serengeti in the awesome washed leather aviator jackets. Another outstanding item was a dress with the stiff cowl neck and collar. Obviously they are placing bestseller hopes on this item, since they sent it down the runway numerous times in every shade of the desert. With two stores in Toronto and another two on the way next month, the label continues to offer great leather bags, with styles for next spring that are a bit more structured. However, the recently launched footwear has quite a way to go to catch up with the bags in terms of quality and chic factor.

PINK TARTAN

Designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran is a supreme classicist. Not one to feverishly follow the changing winds in fashion, her spring collection for Pink Tartan, staged during a luncheon in the Avenue Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel, hit on all the classic items in a woman’s wardrobe. There was the immaculate shirt (worn with the new Pink Tartan cufflinks), the crisp shirtdress, the perfect pencil skirt and the simple shift. Some of these items were punched up with bright colours, which looked fresh and could be work-horse items for professional women on the go. But the overall ’60s flavour put the collection in an era that has been exhaustively mined in recent seasons. And the cinematic flop Factory Girl pretty much nailed the door shut on that archive.

COMMON CLOTH

Hamilton-born sisters Melanie Talbot and Kristina Bozzo of Common Cloth have a cool Queen St. W. store and a following to match. They do men’s and women’s wear, and a dog collection named Fetch, but it was just the women’s spring ’08 designs that came down the runway to the raucous rock band Famous Lovers live onstage. The spring collection’s strengths are its dresses, including the floor-length mustard jersey wrap that opened the show, the simple, loungey hostess gowns, and the summery frocks that knotted between the shoulder blades like scarves. The grey jerseys also worked, in a romper, a one-shoulder gown, and quirky T-shirts. It’s such dashes of spirit that will keep Common Cloth basics like cuffed shorts and skinny jeans from looking run of the mill.

GRETA CONSTANTINE

It was an anxiety-inducing prospect, a 10 p.m. show at an extravagant new hot spot. But one of the several enclaves at Circa made a shining, convivial setting for the spring ’08 presentation of Greta Constantine, above, a line buoyed by the sassy personalities of its designers, Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong. There were boys, too, in the latest male swimwear, which has come back to brief, as in bikini styles in colourful jersey that made clear why poet Patti Smith might once have compared men’s crotches to lilacs. The guys punctuated the procession of nervy women’s wear that included a romper suit in black, a very short dress of white jersey that was not made for getting in and out of cars – or maybe it was – and jersey gowns, in red or burnt orange. Some had twisted necklines, wrung from the fluid cloth. Others were strung so the body of the garment was suspended like draperies. There were also a couple of short, stretchy numbers in bold blocks of colour that were two of the best of the million dresses unveiled in town this week.

FRANKE

A former model and current contestant on Project Runway Canada, designer Kendra Francis staged her spring runway show for her label Franke at the Spoke Club. The lineup featured tropical-hued silk dresses, white suitings, and swimsuits in delicious, metallic colours. Speaking after the show, Francis said she was inspired by something that happened on an episode of the reality show. Without going into details – other than it involved the phrase “French Vanilla” – the designer said she started researching how the French brought the essence from Madagascar. Inspired by the native dress of the islanders, she experimented with innovative folds and pleats on her trousers and shorts, and sari-like draping on those silk dresses. But perhaps Francis should have focused her energy on those beautiful drapey dresses, which could be retail hits. Aside from a standout saffron-coloured coat, it was the dresses that really captured the exotic flavour of that sunny island in the Indian Ocean.

Andy Thé-Anh

The gleaming white Para paint used on the runway might boast to be non-scuffing but the slick look proved treacherous for the models, sending one poor thing tumbling several times. Such are the workplace pitfalls of the professional catwalker. But Montreal designer Andy Thé-Anh strides confidently. His spring collection was a showcase of the width and depth of his strong dressmaking skills – sharp tailored suits, high-waisted pencil skirts and enough eveningwear to dress an entire red carpet procession. For next season, the designer opted for a washed-out desert palette – beige, taupe, sand, putty – a departure from his usual love of bold colour. But the details were there in cascades of ruffles, tiers of frills and a bounty of rosettes. While there is never anything wrong with his collections, there are no surprises or challenges, either. He serves exactly what he knows his customers will like. And therein lies the danger. Even the most faithful will get the itch to look elsewhere for excitement.

BUSTLE

Not just horsing around, Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow, the get-around couple behind Bustle, went to the track and boldly put their money on tailoring. First out of the gate was a suit, with a double-breasted, double-vented jacket, flat-front trousers and bow tie. Of striped cotton, it was a leisurely suit that, like most of the clothes, paid off on the quinella of cloth and colour, though bets on cut were not so well-rewarded. The models’ built bodies were part of the problem. Biceps bulged in jacket sleeves like meals in a snake, making it difficult to tell deliberately shrunken looks from those that simply didn’t fit. Big uppers arms also seemed to interfere with the way jackets hung, not just relaxed but indifferent to the contours of the torso. Double-breasted pea coat styles and double-breasted vests over printed shirts were snugger and more successful.


October 28, 2007 Posted by | L’Oréal, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , | Leave a comment

L’Oréal Fashion Week Fall Collection-March 13th through March 17th, 2007

The Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) hosed its thirteenth season of L’Oréal Fashion Week Fall Collections recently in Toronto.

‘PEACE’ was our fashion week tagline”, says Robin Kay, President of the Fashion Design Council of Canada.

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Highlights:

TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2007
Mackage
How can anyone not like Mackage coats? They’re gorgeous.

The show was visually entertaining, and there were so many beautiful coats. I have a 3 year old Mackage leather jacket that just gets better with time. I could have watched the clothes all night. But perhaps there were too many coats on display as the audience was visibly restless as time went on. Apart from that, I thought the show was well organized, from guest list to seating, to styling, and accessories.

Holt Renfrew Media Cocktail

We were pleasantly surprised to receive an invitation to Holt Renfrew’s Media Cocktail party. So what happened at the exclusive event? Networking, networking, networking. Plenty of tasty hors d’oeuvres, eye candy and pleasant conversation.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2007

L’Oréal Fashion Week Review:
Andy The-Anh

Smoke machines at a fashion show?
The idea was good in theory, and fit with his heavy-metal inspired designs and show music, but there was so much smoke, you couldn’t see the first few outfits. I quickly lost interest therereafter.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2007
David Dixon
My favorite designer by far. However his show was disorganized this season. There were no announcements that David’s show was not in the main runway room, but instead in the very cold outdoor courtyard. There was a huge bonfire and front row seats were covered with Hudson’s Bay blankets. Other standing guests and media were offered blankets as an after thought. The show was unusual, but clever. The clothing fabulous. See the video here.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2007
Izzy Camilleri
An awesome leather presentation if that is what you are into. beasutiful cuts and design. The show just started without a sliver of announcement though. I have no idea why Fashion Week organizers haven’t learned to manage guest lists and traffic flow after 13 seasons. Would it kill them to have a PA system at door entrances and in the media lounge? I nearly missed this show.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2007
Joeffer Caoc
Joeffer’s shows are templates for consistency. He knows his target market and caters to that woman. Fit, timing, music, and accessories were perfect.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007
Joe Fresh Style
J. Fresh offers well-made, basic styles for affordable prices.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007
GSUS
Young, flashy, energetic clothes. Great show, good looking models, nice clothes (but less than conservative). See the video here.

March 18, 2007 Posted by | L’Oréal, Toronto Nightclubs | , , , | Leave a comment