Monday was day one of Toronto Fashion Week, and I was there with a curious eye to how fashion inspires thought.
Style has little to do with cash. Take your cues from the runway, but don't think you have to wear couture to be cool. It's only a tiny percentage of the population that can afford what comes down the catwalk after all. So borrow ideas from the fashion stage but interpret them for yourself by shopping smartly from shops that cater to your price point. And be okay with that.
I woke up to the most beautiful day: the sun was shining, it was kind of warm and I was ready to rock some shorts for the finale of an inspiring World Mastercard Fashion Week! I was able to sleep in and relax for awhile, then I headed out to surprise a group of students that I met when I attended their school to speak earlier this year.
I woke up with a lot of anxiety this morning. I was nervous, anxious, excited and believe it or not, scared of my return to the runway in my hometown, strutting exclusively for designer and Farley Chatto. Although I've had the privilege to walk in other shows around the world, Toronto Fashion Week is always near and dear to my heart.
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.
Day two of fashion week was all about LOVE! Trying to recuperate from day one, my original plan was to chill out until the evening shows began. However, true to the unpredictable nature of the fashion industry, I got booked last minute for a photo shoot and that trumped all of my plans!
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!
Last week I attempted to cover Toronto Fashion Week while completely unplugged from modern technology. It was a challenge of sorts, to see what would happen if I disconnected myself from all things digital while attending one of the biggest fashion events in Canada.
Before I made my way to the first show of the day, I stopped by one of Canadaʼs most famous designer duos, Greta Constantine! I absolutely love those guys! Not only are they cool and down-to-earth fashionistas, buy they're GANGSTA when it comes to their designs.
The Red Dress is the official symbol of The Heart Truth campaign. It symbolizes strength and confidence, and represents women's courage, passion and their power for change. By making incremental changes, women can reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 80 per cent.
When I was first approached to create a dress made from the glass of Baileys Irish Cream bottles, I was inspired by the challenge of doing something that had never been done before. The dress took 125 hours and a team of skilled workers to create. I'm excited for my audience to see the craftsmanship in person.
Ariel Garten, co-founder and CEO, InteraXon, a thought-controlled computing company based in Toronto, has managed to beautifully blend the worlds of science, art, business and technology. Often referred to as the "Brain Guru," her innovative technology harnesses the power of brainwaves to control objects and create experiences, from gaming to making a chair levitate.
The lack of "style" was definitely the case with Allistyle. If this had been a non-specialty size collection, it probably wouldn't have even been shown at World MasterCard Fashion Week as is, unless the designer was already well known to those who are familiar with the Canadian fashion industry (e.g. Joe Fresh).
This Toronto Fashion Week, Paraezo Couture's latest collection, headed by former wedding salon creative director, Bruce Dang, showed a series of gowns with amazing detailing (you have to love the beading, lace, feathering and architecture of each of these pieces) that surely fits the bill of a princess wedding. However, the princess wedding we're talking about is more 2008 than 2012.
Since it's spring -- or at least, feeling spring-like -- I'm going to start today's roundup with the announcement of a new feature you'll see sprouting in our blog rail this coming week. It's called "Change My Mind": Two bloggers will debate a topical subject and readers will be able to vote on who won.
In other news, it was the week that started -- and ended -- with the Kony 2012 video. Unless you have been living under a rock (or, come to think of it, on the lam in an African jungle), you could not avoid being aware of the controversy surrounding the viral video made by Invisible Children.
One of my Toronto Fashion Week highlights was the Greta Constantine show last Friday night at the Arcadian Loft. I've always loved how their jersey fabrics drape in a way that works for all body types and sizes. Clothing you can wear and still enjoy a burger... with cheese!