World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014: Day 3

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After a breathtaking first two days at World MasterCard Fashion Week, people’s expectations for the rest of the week at Canada’s most prominent, biannual fashion event were lofty, to say the least. With a third day comprising of many Canadian brands that have reached the upper echelons of the international fashion industry, including Pink Tartan, Joe Fresh, and Mackage, attendees waited with baited breath for beautiful Fall/Winter 2014 collections that would make us excited for winter’s return in only a few short months. The verdict? Three collections that proved Canadian designers are more than worthy of presenting their designs and talent on the international fashion circuit.

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World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014: Day 1 and 2

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With the cancelation of Montreal Fashion Week this past February, many bloggers and members of the Canadian fashion industry have been feeling a sartorial void of sorts during the presentations of Fall/Winter 2014 collections around the world. While events like D Moment Montreal have helped soothe the lack of a formal event in one of Canada’s most creative cities, there is truly no substitute for witnessing first-hand an entire week of inspiring runway shows and presentations that showcase the best creative talent in our country. Given the scant amount of stylistic inspiration in Montreal these days, it’s safe to say I’ve been waiting with bated breath for many weeks now for a fresh, potent dose of Canadian fashion. And boy oh boy did World MasterCard Fashion Week deliver on that front last week.

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Urbanite

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Top: Aritzia // Scarf: H&M (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Skort: Zara // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Balenciaga (similar here & here

There’s something about an all-white look that’s just so irresistible in the summertime. While I’m a fan of wearing the odd white piece after Labour Day, an entirely white outfit after the first weekend of September feels out of place to me. These photos were taken on my last day in Toronto, where I had been living since May as part of my internship. My love affair with this Zara skort has been rather ongoing this summer, and while I’m excited to wear it with tights and boots this fall, I chose to go for an all-white look on one of the last dog days of summer. Wearing all-white is rather unnatural for me: between my extreme clumsiness and my natural inclination towards gothic style elements, wearing all-white always feels like the ultimate sartorial (and lifestyle) challenge to me. I couldn’t help but break up the all-white look with a few of my favourite accessories, like this on-trend camo scarf from H&M and my beloved Balenciaga motorcycle bag. Dressing entirely in white will never feel right to me, but that’s the great thing about personal style – everyone can adapt a trend to how it best suits them.

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2013 Summer IFA’shion Globetrotter: My Fashion Job

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Has it really been one year already since I participated in the 2012 Summer IFA’shion Globetrotter edition? Apparently so! This year, I decided to team up with IFA Paris again for their annual blogger collaboration to talk about my job in the fashion industry.

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World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013: Day 5

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By Day 5 of World MasterCard Fashion Week, the fatigue amongst the fashion crowds was clearly evident: many fashionistas had traded in their sky-high stilettos for wedges and boots, concealer was being liberally re-applied to black undereye circles in between the shows, and more attendees were choosing their beds over the multiple after parties offered every night. However, despite the exhaustion that naturally accompanies such a week-long event, everyone at Toronto Fashion Week was ready for another day of impressive fashion. Day 5 of World MasterCard Fashion Week was definitely my favourite day on the docket for me, with impressive collections from Travis Taddeo, Caitlin Power, Lucian Matis and Pavoni that all had the crowd on their feet by the final walk-through.

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World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013: Day 4

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After an amazing first day of mine, and third official day at World MasterCard Fashion Week, the metaphorical bar was set rather high for the presentations and runway shows on Day 4 of Toronto’s most important biannual fashion event. After a noticeably empty Montreal Fashion Week schedule this past February that had much of the Montreal fashion community buzzing about where Montreal favourites like UNTTLD and RUDSAK were, Day 4 was  an eagerly anticipated day for those faithful to these Montreal fashion visionaries.

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World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013: Day 3

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Hello, Toronto, it’s been a while since we last saw each other! While I have definitely become a Montreal girl at heart since moving there four years ago, Toronto injects a kind of invigoration into me that I rarely find in La Belle Province. Maybe it’s the skyscraping condominiums and office towers, the palpable buzz of being in Canada’s biggest city, or just being reacquainted with a city that I’ve spent years traveling back and forth from, yet never permanently living in. Regardless of the root cause, I’m extremely thankful for said buzz to have kept me moving yesterday after a hectic day of academic presentations, promptly followed by rushing for a plane in order to get me to the shows five hundred kilometres away and on time. It was all a rather deja-vu feeling from last year at this time…

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Memories of Italy

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Are we really into the second month of 2013 already? Apparently we are, according to dates for Montreal Fashion Week, midterm exams, and meetings that stare back at me from my February page of iCal. Time seems to be passing at a record speed over the last few months, so I guess I shouldn’t exactly be surprised that it feels as if I left Italy three months ago, when in reality I left three weeks ago. All of those smells, sights, and sounds seem so far away – it was if my two week stay was just a dream in another lifetime. It almost feels like I’m coming to the end of a lifetime, quite frankly, as I start to think about the future outside of being an undergraduate student, which is a fairly difficult reality to put into words. Italy, or at least Europe, will hopefully be a part of that new life after this degree, but not quite yet. Montreal will always entice me into staying in this beautiful, crazy, disorganized, yet lovable, creative and charming city.

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Style Nine to Five

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A lot of people often ask me how I first got into the Montreal fashion industry. Given that I knew absolutely no one who was involved in fashion, I inevitably had an uphill battle ahead of me in order to break into one of the toughest industries. I was lucky enough to find my first internship with Miss SLY! after just two days on Twitter, but I consider finding that opportunity to have been one of the few miracles I’ve experienced in my life.

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The Takeover of World MasterCard Fashion Week by IMG World

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Last week, an announcement was made that World MasterCard Fashion Week, more commonly known as Toronto Fashion Week, had been sold by the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) to IMG World, the largest fashion management company in the world that produces fashion weeks in cities like New York, Miami and Moscow. While this acquisition isn’t a surprising move to anyone who has attended Toronto Fashion Week (now known as World MasterCard Fashion Week in the past), it has certainly generated a lot of buzz in the media about the various pros and cons that accompany the sale of Canada’s largest and North America’s second largest fashion week.

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World MasterCard Fashion Week: Street Style

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It’s hard to believe that Toronto Fashion Week, re-named this season as World MasterCard Fashion Week, finished almost one week ago. While the madness at the shows and the long days fade from memory, the trends inside and outside the tents will live on throughout magazines and our own wardrobes. With three detailed days of runway shows featured here, here and here on the site, I decided one post was definitely due in being solely dedicated to what show attendees were wearing during the day and while outside, soaking up the rays in between the shows.   Bright colours stood out prominently among the concrete jungle that eclipsed the gigantic white tents in David Pecaut Square. Whether it was a pair of bright pants or an entirely monochromatic look, fashoinistas experimented with bold colours to different degrees. Hats were back this season at Fashion Week! Perhaps the Kate Middleton trend will hold on a bit longer, but it was refreshing to see a touch of old-school glamour appear at World MasterCard Fashion Week amongst all of the flashy neon pieces.

Funky shoes were also an accessory that received a lot of camera attention – whether super-high, super-chunky, bedazzled or studded, a wide array of styles were present over the week.

Yours truly also happened to be photographed by street style photographers outside the tents on Day 2. Read all about Day 2 and what I wore here.

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World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012/2013: Day 3

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Hello lovelies! I apologize that this post is so delayed, but it’s been a hectic few days since coming back from Toronto on Thursday morning. As I’ve been reading the reviews and looking at photos from the last two days of this season’s edition of World MasterCard Fashion Week, I’m realizing that next season in October I will most definitely have to stay for the entirety of the week.

Vawk/Vawkkin Fall/Winter 2012/2013

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Vawk debuted “Vawkkin” amongst its parent brand’s collection this season at Toronto Fashion Week. This collection featured more wearable pieces that were worn by everyday women of all shapes and sizes. Pieces from Vawkkin were more conservative compared to those pieces from its parent label, but were nonetheless stunning and perfect for taking the modern woman from the office to an evening out. Vawk, meanwhile debuted a stunning collection of mostly sexy, black pieces punctuated by gold sequins and plum fabric, completed with every model wearing a leather headpiece.   Cara Cheung Fall/Winter 2012/2013
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Cara Cheung focused on super-short dresses as the mainstay of her fall/winter 2012 collection. Her collection offered up a variety of party-worthy dresses with beautiful “armour” on them; jewel encrusted and snakeskin portions of these creations were reminiscent of breast plates on many of her dresses. Dresses ranged from short and structured to loose and flowing, allowing Ms. Cheung to demonstrate her incredible, wide range of talents in dressmaking. Line Fall/Winter 2012/2013
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Line, traditionally known for its exquisite range of cashmere and cotton knit pieces, branched out into leather and synthetic materials this season. Arguably, their best piece of this collection were those pieces done in washed lambskin (as seen in the shearling leather jacket above) and the Navajo inspired oversized sweaters. Bustle Fall/Winter 2012/2013     Bustle delivered a mostly menswear collection on Wednesday night that featured prominent ranch references as seen from the hay and cart sets on the runway, as well as throughout the collection. The ruggedness of denim-on-denim dressing was complimented with fantastic tailoring seen in the corduroy and wool suits. Stacy Mackenzie, always a joy to see walk the catwalk, delighted those in attendance by flinging her cowboy hat off to members in the audience as she would walk by.    Melissa Nepton Fall/Winter 2012/2013
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Despite having already seen Melissa Nepton present her fall/winter 2012 collection at Montreal Fashion Week, just like Martin Lim did on Tuesday, Melissa added new pieces to her runway show on Wednesday night in Toronto. The combination of chunky, oversized knit sweaters and hats juxtaposed by tissue-thin sheer pants and shirts created a collection with a streamlined message. Nepton decided to mix things up by choosing chunky grey and beige wools with neutral sheer pieces complete with a splash of turquoise or copper – a nice change from the collections this week, which have been heavy on black and traditional “fall” colours. Joe Fresh Fall/Winter 2012/2013
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Joe Fresh, as always, is one of the busiest shows at Toronto Fashion Week. As expected, his season did not disappoint in the collections or in the front row – many famous faces were in attendance in the front row including including Kim Newport-Mimran (designer of Canadian label “Pink Tartan” and wife to Joe Fresh designer Joe Mimran), Galen Weston Jr. and his wife (son of Galen Weston, founder of “Loblaws” chain of grocery stores that carry Joe Fresh), Bernadetta Mora, editor-in-chief of “Fashion” magazine and singer Kreesha Turner. This season, Joe Fresh experimented with bold colours (turquoise, mustard, vermillion) and a wide variety of fabrics, including pleather, fur, wool knit, and cotton knit. As seen at Martin Lim on Tuesday, colour blocking with colours of the same hue continued to be a major trend on the catwalk.  

Dress: Aritzia // Slip: Aritzia // Belt: Jimmy Choo for H&M // Watch: Michael Kors //  Ring: Gift from Italy // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Bag: Alexander Wang and Balenciaga // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell

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World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012: Day 1

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Hello lovelies! It’s hard to imagine that the first day of World MasterCard Fashion Week (formerly LG Fashion Week) here in Toronto has already wrapped up! After completing a presentation Monday morning in Montreal and flying into Toronto for the evening shows, this first day was an especially busy and eventful one for me.
Front row featuring Jeanne Beker (far left) and Kreesha Turner (far right)
All of the above photos are property of “I Bleed Fashion”

Due to time constraints, I was only able to attend the Holt Renfrew  and Pavoni F/W 2012/2013 shows. Holt Renfrew’s show featured prominent Canadian designers such as Mackage, Line, Jeremy Laing, Judith and Charles, Lida Baday, Dennis Merotto, Smythe and Twenty Cluny.

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A Day in Toronto, Part 1: Grace Kelly Exhibit at the TIFF Lightbox

 Jacket: Zara // Belt (worn around jacket): Aritzia // Scarf: Alexander McQueen // Sweater (underneath): Zara // Shirt: Aritzia // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Tights: Wolford // Watch: Michael Kors // Earrings (lobes): Juicy Couture // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell // Glasses: Versace // Bag: Alexander Wang

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