Boots Made for Walking

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Leather Weather

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How To Be Parisian

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Royal Blue(s)

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Jessica Bell x Aritzia

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One of the most frustrating aspects about being involved in the Canadian fashion industry is fully realizing how much unrecognized and undervalued talent lies within our own country. For a variety of reasons, including economies of scale, the rise of fast fashion, and issues with marketing, it’s often quite difficult for Canadian designers to build profitable, global businesses and receive recognition on par with designers from the rest of the world. However, in the always brutal arena of ready-to-wear, some Canadian brands and designers are in fact thriving. One of my favourite Canadian success stories is Aritzia, the Vancouver-based womenswear retailer that has comprised a substantial portion of my closet for several years now. While my support for Canadian brands like Aritzia lies primarily in their design creativity, use of quality fabrics, and so on, I also love supporting homegrown talent.  Given my passion for Canada’s creative industries, I was especially excited to hear about Aritzia’s collaboration with Canadian artist Jessica Bell on a capsule collection for Fall 2014.

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Tasteful Leopard

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Sportswear Trend

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Titika Active Wear

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At the beginning of 2014, I made a new year’s resolution to starting exercising on a regular basis. While I’m well aware that this is one of the most tired resolutions in existence, I was determined to actually follow through with this goal. Halfway through the year now, I’m proud to say that the longest I’ve been away from the gym since 2014 began has been 10 days – and that absence was only due to illness. Even when I visited Toronto and Washington, D.C. in the spring, I made a concerted effort to bring my sneakers with me for whenever I could squeeze in a quick workout.

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White Leather

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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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D Moment Montreal

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Last week before I left for Washington, D.C., I attended the inaugural D Moment Montreal, Montreal’s latest fashion event for showcasing emerging local designers. Organized by Montreal stylists Nancy Richard and Geneviève Allaire, D Moment Montreal debuts at a convenient time when Montreal Fashion Week, typically organized by Sensation Mode, has taken a season off to regroup in preparation for a combined Festival Mode & Design and September edition of Montreal Fashion Week in August. While this decision has been viewed as widely controversial within the Montreal fashion industry, fashionistas craving their fix made the trek out to Locoshop Angus in the Montreal borough of Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie for this event’s first edition.

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Sapphire and Silver

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 (Clockwise): ASOS Faux Fur Scarf (similar here & here), Juicy Couture Heavy Metal Cuff (white leather here & in gold here), Rings from Editorial Boutique (similar here), Tiffany & Co. Bracelet, Zara Rhinestone Ear Cuff (here & similar here)

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Gym Style Resolutions

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(Clockwise) Adidas Run Performance Jacket // Nike Sports Bra (similar here) // Urbanears Plattan True White Classic Headphones // Adidas Cover Up Swimsuit (in black and green) // Nike Free Run Running Shoes // Gap Distance Leggings //

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Balenciaga Favourites

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 Balenciaga Wallet & Bracelet

To say I have a slight obsession with anything Balenciaga – prét-a-porter, accessories, footwear – would be a gross understatement. From these covetable boots to the classic Balenciaga motorcycle bag, some Balenciaga accessories have gradually been incorporated into my wardrobe over the years, while others have remained mere longings on my Pinterest boards. Like many young girls, I was first introduced to the signature rivet, buckle and zipper combination of the brand’s bags and accessories on the arms of young celebrities in my favourite tabloid magazines. While it took several years for one of those timeless bags to be incorporated into my own wardrobe, it is unquestionably the most utilized bag I own, with a cost-per-wear soon approaching multiple decimal factors. While in Rome and wandering around Via Borgognona in December, I couldn’t resist falling fast for these purple and gold Balenciaga accessories. It might have made more sense to opt for a more traditional black and silver version of the Giant Arena studded wallet, but my gut instinct was unrelenting in its bias towards the bold gold and purple colour combination. Maybe it’s my subconscious trying to combat the winter blues, but this bold colour combination is sure to liven up any outfit this winter and for many years to come.

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Denim 2014

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The Pink Coat

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(Clockwise) Mango Blazer // River Island Pink Leopard Print Two-Tone Coat // Saint Laurent Fox Fur Coat // Stella McCartney Python Printed Coat // Topshop Fluffy Swing Coat

The pink coat trend: it has been discussed ad nauseum in fashion magazines and on fashion news sites and blogs ever since the likes of Celine, Carven and Mulberry debuted their rose-hued creations as part of the Fall 2013 collections last February and March. But despite all of this buzz dubbing the pink coat trend “the next big thing”, how many people have you actually seen wearing a pink coat on the street?

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Diesel Black Gold Spring/Summer 2014

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After an three amazing days with little sleep and plenty of excitement while in New York for New York Fashion Week, you would think that by my fourth and final day in the Big Apple I would want to take it easy. Not so – in between several meetings and packing to return home to Montreal that afternoon, I was able to squeeze in and attend one of my favourite shows out of the entire week: the Diesel Black Gold Spring 2014 runway show. Given my past work with Diesel and geniune adoration of the brand, I was especially excited to see what direction the brand would take for Spring 2014.

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Diesel Fall/Winter 2013 Collection

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You would think that as a Canadian who spends well over half of the year wearing layers, coats and boots that I would be most excited for spring collections. Given that summer is such a fleeting concept here in Canada, it seems almost verboten that every summer, I stalk Style.com looking at what beautiful jackets, cashmere pieces, and other wooly goodies will be invading stores as early as late July.

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Festival Mode & Design Montreal: Backstage with Redken Canada

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In addition to working with Maybelline Canada this year at Festival Mode & Design, I was also invited backstage by Redken Canada to see how all of the hair looks for the various shows were created.

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Festival Mode & Design Montreal: Backstage with Maybelline New York Canada

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After covering the majority of shows last year at Montreal’s Festival Mode & Design, I decided to take a different approach this year. Instead of covering all of the runway shows from the catwalk, I decided to focus more on what goes on behind the scenes of the shows – what does it actually takes to create the looks that come down the runway?

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Fashion & Technology: Are Watches Bound to Become Obsolete?

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In the age of iPods, cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices, there’s very little need to wear a watch anymore. With so many devices at our disposal that not only can tell us the time, but also what time it is in 10 other time zones and their respective temperatures, many might wonder, will watches become obsolete?

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A Day at the Martin Lim Atelier

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It’s hard to imagine that in the two years that I’ve been actively involved in the Canadian fashion industry, I’ve attended Montreal Fashion Week for four seasons. Martin Lim’s Spring/Summer 2012 fashion show was the first fashion show that I attended as part of my first internship with miss SLY!, and this husband and wife duo has remained one brand that never fails to impress me with each successive season. With so many up-and-coming Canadian designers trying to make their mark and succeed, Martin Lim stands out from the throngs of designers for a variety of reasons: immaculate attention to detail, high quality fabrics and trims, and a clear theme and cohesiveness in every collection. Not only have they charmed bloggers like myself with their directional and high-quality garments – Martin Lim was the first winner in 2011 of the Mercedes-Benz Start-Up program, a Canadian initiative meant to foster up-and-coming designers.

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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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Hold Onto Your Hats!

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Hat: Topshop (similar) // Vest: Jimmy Choo for H&M (similar here and here) // Shirt: Aritzia // Glasses: Versace (similar here and here) // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors // Gloves: Aritzia (similar here and here) // Pants: J Brand // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Gift

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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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Snow White

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Jacket: Forever 21 (similar) // Shirt: Aritzia // Scarf: H&M (similar here and here) // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Pants: Hudson // Boots: Alexander Wang // Bag: Balenciaga

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Looking Out From the Inside

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Coat: H&M // Sweater: Lord & Taylor via The Bay (similar here and here) // Watch: Michael Kors // RIng: Gift from Italy // Earrings & Necklace: Swarovski // Claw Ring: Editorial Boutique // Scarf: Zara // Shorts (hidden): Editorial Boutique (similar here and here) // Tights: Plush // Boots: Maison Martin Margiela x H&M // Bag: Miu Miu

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Alessandro Dell’Acqua and No. 21

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I’ve always been passionate about supporting homegrown design talent since I began my foray into Canada’s fashion industry. In an industry populated by mass retailers and tough economic times, local designers often face an uphill battle against such successful corporate entities that supply most of the general public with their wardrobe needs. However, I don’t put as much energy into promoting brands from Italy due to Italy’s significant success with fashion: fashion in Italy is embraced by the public significantly more than it is in Canada, and there is significantly more national pride for creating and producing fashion in Italy than in Canada.

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Collaboration: Don’t Shirk the Skirt by INeffable Fashion

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After centuries of gender in-equality, I think it’s great that women are no longer shackled to certain roles. The clothing industry kept up and has accordingly made everything from pants and suits to penny loafers and fedoras into a stylized womanized fashion that woman can wear and which look good! However, there has been a cost: women have forgotten how to wear skirts!

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Year-Round Sweater Dressing

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As a Canadian, I spend well over the majority of every year bundled up: whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, I always have a sweater at arm’s reach. Regardless of whether I’m wearing shorts, jeans, a skirt, or a dress, incorporating a sweater into my outfit is constantly on my mind.

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Montreal Fashion Week F/W 2013: The Top 5 Shows of the Week

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Montreal Fashion Week: it’s the first fashion week that sets off almost six weeks of international shows around the world. It’s the first reunion of the fashion minds of Canada, sometimes just for those four champagne-fueled days here in Montreal, or for others, the beginning of an intense closeness with other famous editors for much of the following month.

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Collaboration: INeff’s List of Classic Woman’s Fashions

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I Bleed Fashion: Have you always wanted to know what a guy wants to see on a girl? Sometimes we fashionistas can get so caught up in our fashion that we lose sight of what actually looks attractive to the opposite sex! As part of an ongoing collaboration, Joseph from INeffable Fashion is here to tell us ladies what key pieces we should have in our wardrobes.

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Michael Eardley, “REBIRTH ONE”

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Remember a long time ago – ok, more like over two weeks ago, when I wrote a post about Michael Eardley’s “REBIRTH ONE” collection at the W Hotel here in Montreal? Despite the delay in writing this post due to post-exam fatigue, here’s the review on the collection itself! Better late than never, right?

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Diesel Holiday and Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

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Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to tour the Diesel Canada headquarters here in Montreal and preview their upcoming holiday and Spring/Summer 2013 collections. Sure, most of us are still unpacking our boots and cashmere sweaters for the fall and haven’t even given a second thought about next spring, but it will be here sooner than we think! In any case, Christmas is only two months away, and I’m sure we could all use something new and sparkly for a holiday party or two.

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Montreal Fashion Week S/S 2013

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It’s that time of year again, lovelies! A new edition of Montreal Fashion Week is coming our way this week, from September 4-7th! While I’ll be blogging for miss SLY! again, be sure to check back here for what I’ll be wearing, as well as any personal comments and thoughts on this year’s big changes, like the new location, the return of Denis Gagnon, and all of new faces presenting!

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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
All above images courtesy of dresstokillmagazine.com
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
All above images courtesy of dresstokillmagazine.com
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 2

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Hello lovelies!!! I can’t believe that two jam-packed days have already sped by here at World MasterCard Fashion Week! These last two days have been an amazing opportunity to see what great potential Canadian designers have to make it to the international spotlight – hopefully others will take note of this too and help some of these innovative minds into the international scene. Adrian Wu Fall/Winter 2012/2013  
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The first show of the day featured Dior-hopeful Adrian Wu. I suspect that this show will remain the most controversial show of the entire week. While the notes from the show suggested Wu was inspired by the difference between European and North American politics for this collection, whether this was evident in the pieces that were presented remains divergent among those in attendance at the show. All models donned Guy Fawkes masks and paraded down the runway in a collection made up of exclusively micro-dot, multilayer pouf dresses amongst balloon trees and flowers. Laura Seigal Fall/Winter 2012/2013
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Laura Siegal debuted an exquisite collection full of gorgeous separates perfect for this upcoming fall. Using a variety of materials including bamboo, alpaca, eco-friendly cotton, and raw silk, Siegal mixed relaxed and structured silhouettes. Seigal’s studio show was well-received by all in attendance, including yours true – I hope to get my hands on some of her pieces for this fall, as I feel like it’s very in line with my personal style.
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Sid Neigum debuted a collection of mostly menswear, with a few standout womenswear pieces thrown into the mix. The radiating luxury of his knitwear and jersey pieces was constrated with combat boots and deconstructed leather jackets. Chloe Comme Parris Fall/Winter 2012/2013
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Chloe Comme Parris was another standout show with a tough, chic attitude evident throughout the twenty looks that the public saw coming down the runway. Oversized leather jackets, pencil leg pants with metal hardware, chiffon floral prints, stiletto shoes with chains – despite the varying elements of this collection, it all came together in a well-thought out collection. Martin Lim Fall/Winter 2012/2013
Above photos courtesy of Steve Alkok for “It’s All Style to Me” http://itsallstyletome.com
Ever since first seeing Martin Lim’s spring/summer 2012 collection at the Old Port in Montreal last September, my heart has been won over every single time with their innovative collections. Despite seeing Martin Lim’s fall/winter 2012/2013 collection mere weeks ago in Montreal, the collection seemed fresh and new thanks to the introduction of brocade floral pieces not seen in Montreal, and monochromatic styling Lundstrom Fall/Winter 2012/2013
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Lundstrom showcased a collection of prim suits and shift dresses, complimented with sixties-inspired hair bobs. The use of winter florals interspersed with brocade and herringbone created a very wearable pret-a-porter collection that will appeal to a wide range of ages. =&5=& Jacket: Mackage // Shirt: =&7=& // Pants: J Brand // Earrings and Necklace: =&9=&

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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22nd Montreal Fashion Week / Semaine de Mode de Montreal 22e: The Details

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Necklace: =&0=& // Shirt: =&1=& Jacket: =&2=& // Dress: =&1=& // Bag: Alexander Wang Blazer: =&5=& It’s amazing to think that Montreal Fashion Week is already a month behind us all, and that the final A/W 2012/2013 shows wrapping up around the world within the next week. I couldn’t resist sharing these stunning photos my friend, Dominique Lawrence of D-Construct, took of me while we attended fashion week in February. Always an artist with a lens in hand, these photos are hands down my favourites ones from the 22nd edition of Montreal Fashion Week. I’ll be off to Toronto next week for part of World MasterCard Fashion Week (formerly LG Fashion Week), so stay tuned for all the details about the events and shows! =&6=& =&7=& =&8=&

22nd Montreal Fashion Week / Semaine de Mode de Montreal 22e: What I Wore

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22nd Montreal Fashion Week / Semaine de Mode de Montreal 22e DAY 2: Kollontai, Martin Lim, Annie 50, Dinh Ba Design, Eve Gravel

For those who found Day 1 of Montreal Fashion Week somewhat sombre and dark given all of the dark, monochromatic fabrics and leather, Day 2 offered a lighter, more refreshing tone. Many collections were filled with bright colours and an abundance of prints in the forms of mod art, florals, leopard, feathers, or tapestry, all were present in some form amongst the collections seen on Tuesday. Kollontai F/W 2012/2013  =&1=& Kollotai debuted a collection of wearable, pret-a-porter pieces in a variety of traditional fall colours including olive, cranberry and grey with the occasional splash of bright turquoise among some pieces. This collection was heavy on the use of prints in the form of lace, tapestry and mod-art designs. Martin Lim F/W 2012/2013 =&1=& After last season’s breakthrough runway collection by Martin Lim, standards were set very high as to what this visionary duo would come up with for next fall. Colour-blocking continued to dominate the runway with a gorgeous mix of fuschia, teal, lavender, cream and grey colours composing a collection of dresses and skirts with lots of pleats and sixties-inspired Mondrian shirts reminiscent of Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian collection in Fall/Winter 1965. Sleek, modern dresses completed the show, which will surely land yet another cover of a magazine (one of Martin Lim’s Spring/Summer 2012 dresses graced Andrej Pejic on the cover of “Fashion” magazine’s February 2012 issue) for Martin Lim.
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22nd Montreal Fashion Week / Semaine de Mode de Montreal 22e DAY 1: Tavan&Mitto, DUY, Melissa Nepton, and Marie Saint Pierre

 For me, there’s nothing that makes me feel more alive than participating in Montreal Fashion Week each season. This Fall/Winter 2012/2013 season marked my third foray into one of Canada’s most inspirational cities for all forms of artistic expression, including fashion.

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Montreal Fashion Week: Outfit Edition

Cardigan: Mackage // Tank: Aritzia // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Earrings: Holt Renfrew // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Bag: Balenciaga // Shoes: Dolce and Gabbana

Blazer: Zara // Tank: Aritzia // Pants: J Brand // Necklace: Vintage // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Flats: Bloch

Dress: Aritzia // Scarf: Alexander McQueen // Gold Bracelet: Club Monaco // Silver Bracelet: Gift from Italy // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Jimmy Choo for H&M // Watch: Michael Kors




I realize this post is ridiculously late, considering Montreal Fashion Week was almost six weeks ago, but I couldn’t resist posting three of the four outfits I wore to the Spring/Summer 2012 shows. Looking at photos of these outfits makes me long for the warm weather of early September and the next highly anticipated edition of Montreal Fashion Week in February 2012. As I mentioned in many of my posts on miss SLY!, particpating in nearly all of the shows this past season was a dream come true, and a fantastic way to meet so many other people who have a love for fashion as great as my own.

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Martin Lim at the 21st Edition of Montreal Fashion Week

   
ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF “IBLEEDFASHIONXX” – DO NOT USE WITHOUT PERMISSION

It’s hard to believe that Montreal Fashion Week has already come and gone, after so much preparation and anticipation for this biannual event. Personally, it was by far the most amazing experience of my life related to fashion, and it made me realize a lot about myself and what I want to do in the future. While I’ve been admittedly absent from this blog, you can check out the articles I’ve written for miss SLY! , as part of my internship here and here

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Designer Profile: Rad Hourani

Fall/Winter 2011

Spring/Summer 2011

Hello lovelies,

In my personal opinion, we are living in a world no longer defined by gender roles. Sexism (in many parts of the world) has been reduced significantly, with men and women being accepted as capable of performing many of the same roles in society. In today’s evolving world, the definitions of “masculinity” and “femininity” seem to be disappearing and giving rise to one androgynous, unisex definition. And in fashion, the one man who captures this seismic shift perfectly is twenty-nine year old Rad Hourani. Not a designer by training, Rad became a hot up-and-coming stylist in Montreal almost 10 years ago and hasn’t stopped making headlines in the fashion world since.

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Designer Profile: Mackage

Hello lovelies,

Many of you know from my previous posts that I am a huge supporter of one Canadian brand, Aritzia. Personally, I have found the quality and styles of their clothes to have deteriorated over the past couple of seasons so I’ve been exploring other Canadian designers. I’m a strong supporter of the Canadian fashion industry, because let’s face it – it needs support from someone and some designers really have the designs and drive to put them on the international scene – the buzz just needs to be heard by a global audience

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What I’m Loving Right Now…

I’m currently living in black leggings, black t-shirts and thick cashmere socks and sweaters at the moment (my typical winter study outfit)…now imagine those clothes on a tired, pale, overworked girl and you really don’t need me to put in the effort to take photos

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