October 10th, 2012 | posted by Rachel S | Posted in News
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Torontostreetfashion.com is taking a break.
To be honest, it takes a full-time team to run a successful fashion blog and especially to be able to write and blog about all the fabulous things that are happening in Toronto’s fashion scene – time I just don’t have At this time, I am proud to say however that this is the 1069th post – added on to years of pages upon pages of photos, articles and coverage that was published before the blog days.
There really is so much more to say though – so many great fashion and accessory designers to feature, fabulous boutiques and places to shop, artists, photographers, stylists and creative people making the city a more interesting place! Fortunately there are some really great blogs these days for your T.O. fashion fix (fashion magazine, chickadvisor, torontolife,).
If I had more time, these are some of the things I wanted to tell you about (from my TO DO folder):
This is the fabulously fashionable Beckerman family via beckermanbiteplate.blogspot.com. I love it! They all seem to have such fun with fashion and maintain such creative day to day lives! Check out the blog…
I recently met the sweetest Toronto-based, Brazilian born shoe designer Perla Porto (and Fernanda shown here) at her new Queen Street West shoe boutique! The shop is awaiting its fall/winter merchandise before officially opening, and will then carry Perla’s supple, Brazilian made shoes for women. The Girl from Ipanema shoes are exclusive and affordable – Perla only has very small runs made from start-up factories in Brazil (apparently this initiative has even helped to employ some of Brazil’s homeless people). Stay tuned T.O or shop online!
Do you know these girls? They’re the amazing Deadly Nightshades – designers, artists, renegade cyclists… Cat’s AKA Big Red’s Etsy shop is empty right now but she makes this cool laser cut jewellery and fox tails (all discards from the fashion fur industry). Also if you need ANY help with your fashion business – ANYTHING, contact the girls – they can help.
These are photos of a Denis Gagnon runway presentation. If I was a big star and had to walk a premiere or awards show runway, I would definitely wear a Denis Gagnon dress and be the hottest, most fashionable babe on the block!
One of the perks of publishing a fashion blog is all the great things you get to try (mind you, you work your butt off). I received a lovely package of three Soulstice Spa vegan nailpolishes from Nailpolish Canada recently! “Soulstice Spa nail polish is vegan, cruelty-free (verified by PETA) & free of the toxins dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene.”
I love this – an online nail polish superstore, in Canadian dollars and shipped within Canada so no duties! And they have all the greatest brands (OPI, Orly, Essie, etc…) at competitive prices. Support Canadian business!
These are photos from Haute Classics (946 Yonge Street). It’s consignment, gently used Chloe, Marni, Prada, Gucci… All designer handbags, shoes, clothing, accessories. If you don’t have $$$$ to drop on a new IT bag, how about $$?!
I love this – KRANE underwear for men.
Photos I haven’t posted from a Tropical Barbie party (it was a blast!)
Wow, I was really late with this one…it’s Fort Apparel Toronto gear, but apparently this one-man operation closed up shop last fall. With a marriage, new house, other work, blah, blah, designer Trevor Crane couldn’t keep up – I hear ya brother!
I wasn’t too excited over this season’s POLKA DOT trend until I saw these Stella McCartney dresses! Love! Mango has polka dots – dresses, scarves, blouses…
I always wanted to be a shoe designer! Fashion designer Philip Sparks got that lucky chance – he designs men’s shoes for Town Shoes – very stylish, dapper shoes for men!
See what I mean – I can truly go on forever, but unfortunately don’t have all that time!
So I’ll just stop here with wishes for a wonderful holiday for everyone! Thanks for reading,
The A-list of both the art and fashion worlds get smoochy as the Group of Seven fundraiser at the McMichael gallery is announced for June 16. Stars like Thien Le, Dixon, Matis and Comrags are among the seven designers kicking off the Art Exposed fashion exhibit, as the McMichael continues to be steered to all things hip and fabulous by chief curator Katerina Atanassova.
The glass walls of the studio are appreciated by passersby who gawk at the nearly naked models parading in sprayed on denim at the Triarchy show. Rudsak dresses Venus in furs with buttersoft leather smothered in ultra luxe fox and sheared beaver bondage mittens. It’s standing (but not breathing) room only in the studio for Ezra Constantine. This is what Blackwater mercenaries (I mean security) would wear if they had a little style – intensely masculine, but styled with bobblebulk knits and a dash of washed sequins. The tailoring is so sharp in this show, it could put an eye out.
After begging for scraps from the closed Manchu Wok, (the only food in sight), I crawl through the crowds waiting for the Pink Tartan show. I’m convinced that negotiating a PT event is part of British special forces training, but I arrive alive. The audience is drenched in the fuschia and cobalt of the PT fall 2012 collection, and we’re treated to flirty houndstooth and hunter ruby red set off with slick and sexy black patent leather and brushed Mongolian lamb.
David Dixon’s superior vision begins with clips from Hitchcock’s horror The Birds. Grace Kelly is avenged with dagger pheasant brooches and rings grounded with sliced geodes. Black lace slips onto viridian green and cloud white, and sequined blues and greens shimmer like a gilded phoenix. Extravagant elegance at it’s best and the perfect close to a great day at Camp Fashion!
On the second day of fashion week, the crowds are buzzing about the gorgeous weather and Lucian Matis‘ couture collection at the Royal York. The Arab Spring has swept its way into the fashion world, democratizing access to great designers as geniuses like Matis go from couture to pret-a-porter over night. Ready to wear shifts are drenched in inky ocelot and green feathered Quetzal patterns, and the famous Matis ribbon dress is revisioned in a prismatic print. His crocodile Kelly bag gets a biker twist with foot long leather fringe and fills me with pure lust. For a full tour of the Matis collections – check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/magnetcreative/.
Lundstrom pays homage to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Bouffant bobs are kept in place with crystal hairbands, and prim leather gloves with 3/4 length sleeves are almost festishized as Jackie plays Madonna to Marilyn’s whore. Chloe Comme Parrish evolve in an accomplished collection subtly referencing the dungeons of the Spanish Inquisition, with ball bearing studs and metal gauntlets.
At times the audience was just as interesting as the clothes on the runway! Looking forward to Dixon on Thursday! Happy Fashion Week!