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!
At LG Fashion Week, a few new young designers made admirable efforts and stylish stalwarts received their regular reviews, but the only designer that really got people talking was Denis Gagnon.
Gorgeous, opinionated and wise beyond her years, plus-size model Crystal Renn is shaking some sense into the fashion industry and showing everyone that bigger is indeed beautiful.
Effervescent young designer Jessica Biffi is fresh off Project Runway Canada and already designing three different lines for stylish women of all shapes and sizes.
Fashion insiders and online voices are fixated on Canadian design stars who have no intention of staying at home -- because they can't survive without wooing the rest of the world.
I was lucky enough to catch the imitable high priestess of Canadian fashion, Fashion Television host Jeanne Beker, for an exclusive one-on-one chat about Toronto Fashion Week spring/summer 2010, Canadian designers and the future of fashion.
Friday arrived far too soon but featured some wonderfully creative creations and the Dare to Wear Love show wrapped up the week with a blowout show that proved fashion and philanthropy are just as beautiful, glamorous and meaningful as ever.
Toronto's Liberty Village is the new home to fashion week and it was packed to the rafters with fashionphiles biting at the bit to dive right into the week's fashionable fabulosity.