Canada Fashion

Bad Sex Doesn't Sell Porn -- Or Fashion (NSFW)

Erika Lust | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada
Erika Lust

Abercrombie & Fitch has been peddling billboards of apparently-naked men for decades and it seemed to work okay. American Apparel shocked and titillated with its early campaigns: using sex appeal to sell such sundry basics as t-shirts and socks. My theory? BAD sex doesn't sell. And this is one similarity between the porn and fashion industries.

These Laos-Based Designs Are the Opposite of Fast Fashion

Kristen Marano | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Style
Kristen Marano

When I shop, I want to know how the pieces I like are made. I look at the tag. I ask where the fabrics are from. I read about the designer. These details reveal the process of a piece that earns a hanger in my closet. This is what separates Heather Smith's designs of Laos-based shop Passa Paa from fast fashion retailers and puts a value on owning her pieces.

Hot Summer Fashion Trends Ready For Your Closet

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

As my fashion sense continues to evolve, summer should be included as part of my journey to becoming a fashionista. Well, OK, not quite a fashionista. I would be happy to be dressing a little on trend and feeling comfortable.

The Three Key Elements of Looking Great

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Today I'm covering the three key elements of looking great -- colour, proportion and fit. Know and understand these elements, combine them with the first two steps, and there's no way you'll look anything less than fabulous. Guaranteed.

10 Hot Shoe Trends For Summer

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

I was so happy to hear that one of the major trends for summer footwear is comfort! The major trends revolve around comfort-chunky heels, wide straps and thick soles. This goes hand-in-hand with the '90s revival that is currently happening.

Keep Gender Stereotypes Out of Raising Kids

Jenn Neilson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jenn Neilson

With kids growing up surrounded by advertising, movies and TV, toys, books, and clothes that tell them that some things are for girls, and others are for boys, we're already fighting an uphill battle if our goal is to raise girls who know that they can solve tough, real world problems, and boys who are interested in collaboration, not just competition.

Get Off Your Hamster Wheel and Make Something

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada
Sarah Vermunt

By the same token, he says you shouldn't feel bad about creating stuff that doesn't sell. Your art doesn't have to be what pays the bills. Also, getting really good at something requires iterations. Maybe your stuff won't sell at first, but keep at it. You'll get better.

As a Disabled Person, Maya Angelou Taught Me To Feel 'Phenomenal'

Amber Rehman | Posted 05.29.2014 | Canada Living
Amber Rehman

Those words secretly worked magic on me. As a disabled person, I had an extra swing in my waist that never bothered me. The joy in my feet was something far more powerful than anyone could understand. The flash in my teeth, were vicious to those that fed me negativity,  and the same flash was a brilliant smile that won the hearts of those that I cared about.

Two Minutes With Shauna Ireland

Shannon Skinner | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

Shauna Ireland is a woman who radiates beauty, warmth and femininity. She runs a successful Toronto-based public relations company and somehow manages to find time to teach yoga. Though it is her personal radiance that, in my mind, is her true marker of success.

How To Look Hot In Jeans After 40

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

Trying on jeans can be a really positive experience or a not so great experience. With those bright fluorescent lights in the change room and the sales person asking from the other side of the door, "how are they fitting?" Purchasing jeans can be a roller coaster of emotions.

Loops and Change: Vancouver Eco Fashion Week Welcomes H&M

Jenica Chuahiock | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Style
Jenica Chuahiock

H&M's attempt to practice the closed-loop fibre strategy is a needed initiative in fashion sustainability. It is an interesting solution, not just for its environmental benefits, but also for its commercial and economic potential.

How to Look Like a Celebrity in Sweats

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

The celebrities seen in magazines give me more focus on how to take my lunch time sweat style up a notch. You never know who you will meet in the grocery aisle.

How To Complete Any Outfit With This Chic Accessory

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

Let's start with the fact the scarf is a great finishing touch to any of our basic wardrobe pieces. It will add some personality to our basic monochrome wardrobe- black, white, navy, blue jeans, etc. It is becoming more and more for every season that accessories are steering the ship. Clothes are the accessory to the accessory.

What Meeting With Victoria's Secret Taught Me About Dedication

Ashley Diana Morris | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley Diana Morris

Victoria's Secret wanted to meet with me -- I almost fainted at the thought! It was a girl's dream come true. I barely slept and I woke up with the world's largest pimple, probably the biggest one I have ever had. I was told to strip down and stand against this white wall where multiple photos were taken of me while these two ladies went through my portfolio.

At 74, This Woman Is Re-Inventing Her Business

Shannon Skinner | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

As Tripi continues to impact the lives of many women and men in Toronto, and solidify her legacy, at the heart of her passion is a desire to inspire our city's youth to not only look and feel their best, but also to be empowered and follow their dreams.

Top Tips For a Perfect Pedicure

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

Recently, I noticed that my toes could use a makeover. When I was at the pool for my weekly swim, I noticed other women having such pretty toes, polish in every shade and colour. In an attempt to have dazzling feet for the summer, I spoke with the regional manager at absolute spa.

I Stopped Dressing Up For Fashion Week, and I've Never Been Comfier

Chloe Tejada | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Style
Chloe Tejada

I hate that now, part of the job of a fashion editor somehow means that you have to dress as if you're a model on the runway. This Toronto Fashion Week, I decided to rebel. This time I wasn't going to panic and buy new clothes. This is what I wore: flat riding boots, black leggings, an oversize "Battlestar Galactica" T-shirt I got from Toronto ComicCon, a Roots "Heart Canada" sweater.

Owning My Flaws On Day One Of WMCFW

Stacey McKenzie | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Style
Stacey McKenzie

Toronto Fashion Week is here! Usually this event is one I look forward to every year, but this time things were different. Due to a severe case of eczema that covered both my arms and legs, my insecurities were at an all time high. Then I decided: forget it! I can't miss the hottest week in Toronto fashion over a silly insecurity!

How I Became Hipster Kryptonite

Josh Bowman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada
Josh Bowman

I hope I can ride this one out. I like my plain t-shirts, and I'm getting to old to try to find a new thing. I guess I will be "normcore". A fashion rebel. An iconoclast, thumbing my nose at those consumerist sheep. I will wear my khaki pants as a badge of honour, my t-shirts as a flag of allegiance to the state of bland.

Hottest Style Trends for Spring 2014

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 05.10.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

I am becoming more fashion forward. Still, I can get flustered easily and overwhelmed with clothing options so I spoke with an expert. Cate Rodrigue, Brand Manager at Orb Clothing shared with me some good news. There is plenty of casual, comfy (mandatory) and earth-friendly fashion this spring.

Why Dress For the Life You Want? Because it Works

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada Style
Sarah Vermunt

If you've ever watched an episode of What Not to Wear, you can recall fashion expert Stacey London telling women to "dress for the job you want, not the job you have." I'm not sure who first coined that phrase, but it's a good one.

Making an Investment in Yourself

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Some people have no problem investing in themselves -- taking much needed time to recharge, spending a little extra on the things they love. Others find it extremely difficult, making everything else a priority and finding out that at the end, there's nothing left. Take it from someone who, for years, didn't even make it onto her own priority list -- it ain't easy.

Does Anyone Look Stylish in Extreme Temperatures?

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Sun, wind, heat, cold -- they can ruin the best look. Clothes and outfit aside, the easiest way to look good while enjoying the great outdoors is to not actually partake in the outdoor activity for which you are outfitted. Staying indoors would be even better.

When Did We Start Calling Racism Fashion?

Julia Brucculieri | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Style
Julia Brucculieri

Earlier this week, a photo surfaced online that featured Dasha Zhukova (a white, female fashion editor) sitting on top of a chair made to look like a semi-nude black woman. If the chair was art, why did I find it so offensive? Since when did the fashion world become so racist? It's almost as though these fashion editors do it on purpose, just to get people talking. But as someone who loves fashion and art, I often find myself conflicted.

The Ugly Truth About the Beauty Business

Kim Smiley | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

Like the ancient Greek poet Sappho, I revere women. Rubenesque. Skinny. Tall. Short. Old. Young. Hourglass. Pear. Every woman. But when I contemplate fashion's cult of perfection and the rise of eating disorders and so-called "fat-shaming," I think beauty standards have become a form of tyranny.