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GIANT TIGER #SHARETHESECRET

Posted on: Sunday, May 1, 2016

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Recently, we had a close encounter with the latest Spring and Summer items coming from Giant Tiger. Known as the affordable Lifestyle retailer, Giant Tiger is making a name for itself for many Canadian families and households. Giant Tiger debuted its new exclusive Women’s Wear brands - Lily Morgan, mySTYLE and ACX Active - to a packed house at The Richmond. Fashion illustrator Beckie DiLeo was on hand to document guests and their outfits through the evening. As a fabulous treat, we were also encouraged to “take a pair” from Giant Tiger’s Shoe and Purse pop-up!

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Outstanding Looks from FAT Toronto!

Posted on: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Evan Biddell

Evan Biddell dedicated his runway to David Bowie and his first lady, Iman.

Fashion Art Toronto is the perfect mixture of all three elements. Each element feeds each other and inspires each other. This season at Toronto’s alternative Fashion Week, we saw many established and new designers hit the runway with their collections. We went through every show, looking for the outstanding looks we loved and if was difficult to choose. The talent pool is Canada is so full! We have some incredible artists that dwell among us. Check out stand out looks from the shows below.

Amplify Apparel

Amplify Apparel

Dilly Daisy

Dilly Daisy

Dilly Daisy

Dilly Daisy

Du Laree Andy Jones

Du Laree Andy Jones

Du Laree Andy Jones

Du Laree Andy Jones

Elizabeth Elwood

Elizabeth Elwood

Elizabeth Elwood

Elizabeth Elwood

FionaX.Sun

FionaX.Sun

Happy Andrada

Happy Andrada

Henry Navarro

Henry Navarro

House of Etiquette

House of Etiquette

Iskon Mode

Iskon Mode

Kealan Sullivan

Kealan Sullivan

La Femme Theberge

La Femme Theberge

La Femme Theberge

La Femme Theberge

Lesley Hampton

Lesley Hampton

Luomo Strano

Luomo Strano

Lushyne

Lushyne

Marie Copps

Marie Copps

Neotenyi Apparel

Neotenyi Apparel

Nuvango

Nuvango

Nuvango

Nuvango

Ryan Alexander

Ryan Alexander

Ryan Alexander

Ryan Alexander

Starkers

Starkers

Sun Sun

Sun Sun

Sun Sun

Sun Sun

Wallace Playford

Wallace Playford

 Images taken by Jonathan Hooper

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TFW FW16: RUDSAK is BACK

Posted on: Sunday, April 3, 2016

Rudsak, outerwear fashion, handbags, coats, jackets, leather, canadian brands, design

Rudsak had everyone’s full attention at Toronto Fashion Week.

The outerwear industry in Canada is a competitive one. Because of our cold temperatures, we are expected to create the most innovative, durable, yet fashionable coats and jackets. The world is watching! Among the many outerwear brands, Rudsak has always been a favorite, not only for Fashion Insiders, but the general public who want to keep warm and fashionable. Rudsak has many locations, taking residence in most high-end, tourism malls. With the growth the company and new collaboration with Metric‘s Emily Haines, insiders figured Rudsak would take a breather and not present at Toronto Fashion Week. Insiders were wrong.

Not only did the brand present a full on collection, strong on coats & accessories, but the show captured the audience! It was a show of strength and triumph with tribal drums and dramatic music. The message? Rudsak ain’t going NO WHERE! For those of us who enjoy Rudsak accessories (we love their handbags), the designs is only getting better along with interesting separates and options for styling. Check out our fav looks below along with backstage images!

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Photo credit: George Pimentel

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TFW FW16: Coco & Breezy Take Toronto With Their Eyewear & Triarchy

Posted on: Sunday, April 3, 2016

coco and breezy, fashion, sunglasses, shades, brimz, hats, accessories, New york, Toronto

Coco & Breezy take over Brimz Hat Boutique

The first time I saw the dynamic twin duo, Coco & Breezy, I was fascinated with their shaved heads and colorful fashion sense. At the time, I too had a shaved head, so I felt a connection to them.

The stylish sisters have now launched their eye wear collection in Canada and celebrated the launch at Toronto’s Brimz Hat Boutique on Queen Street West. Over lunch cocktails we tried on some Frames, chatted with the ladies, posed for selfies and had a great time! The venue was perfect only because you can try on hats and shades at the same time! Later that  evening, the twins walked the runway for denim lifestyle brand, TRIARCHY and then hosted Fashion Magazine‘s Toronto Fashion Week After-Party at The Everleigh. Coco & Breezy had a full schedule that day, but through it all their spirits seemed high and they were always ready to say Hello and chat. Their shades are unique, but well thought in design. There are pairs meant for the minimalist to the eccentric!
Coco & Breezy Eyewear at BRIMZ Hat Boutique:
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Coco & Breezy caught in selfie mode with us HerCastleGirls. They adored that Telly and I were sisters working together too.

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Coco & Breezy Walk for TRIARCHY:

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Coco & Breezy Host Fashion Magazine’s Toronto Fashion Week After Party:

Wardrobe Change for Coco & Breezy

Wardrobe Change for Coco & Breezy

Just before we got rid of our coats to enjoy the evening while Coco & Breezy Dj'd.

Just before we got rid of our coats to enjoy the evening while Coco & Breezy Dj’d.

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 Images provided by SHEEK PR

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Concert Experience: Marianas Trench at The ACC

Posted on: Friday, April 1, 2016

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Mariana’s Trench has hit the 10 year mark as a major headliner in the Canadian music industry. When the band appeared on the scene a decade ago, many critiques saw them as a emo-rock band who would fizzle out with time. Mariana’s Trench out-did the critiques and soared to newer heights, gaining spots on adult contemporary radio and video spins on Much Music. For a band as charismatic and creative as this one, Video is one of their strongest suits.
Last week, the band, supported by Walk Off The Earth, put on a fun show at The Air Canada Centre! Now, Walk Off The Earth, who caught the public’s attention with their odd and quirky covers on Youtube, had the crowd shouting, dancing, stomping their feet. At first, we thought there would be a disconnect between the two bands, only because they are so different. Some would classify them in different genres, but after it was all said and done, the pairing made logical sense. It was pure, honest fun for the entire night. The pairing turned out to be perfect.
Walk Off The Earth

Walk Off The Earth

Walk Off the Earth

Walk Off the Earth

Highlights?
Walk Off The Earth gathering around one guitar to perform their covers of Goyte‘s Now You’re Just Somebody That I Used To Know
Mariana’s Trench entrance to the stage, complete with Miami Vice Neon Lighting (see above)
Mariana’s Trench singing everyone’s fav, Fallout
Josh, the fearless lead vocalist of Mariana’s Trench heading out into the crowded arena! He got real close and personal, playing piano to the excited concert goers
Josh flying in the air from a cord and his various outfit changes!
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Marianas Trench Set List:

Astoria
Yesterday
Celebrity Status
Burning Up
All to Myself
This Means War
Desperate Measures
Pop 101
Shut Up and Kiss Me
One Love
Fallout
Who Do You Love
Stutter
Wildfire
Cross My Heart
Dearly Departed
Haven’t Had Enough
End of an Era

 

Thanks to LIVE NATION & Strut Entertainment

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TFW FW16: Hilary MacMillan

Posted on: Friday, April 1, 2016

Hilary Macmillan, Toronto Fashion Week, Vegan clothing, womens pant suit

Toronto based designer, Hilary MacMillan presented a bold collection with faux pink fur pieces, lace and black at Toronto Fashion Week this season. The Hilary MacMillan Collection was a cruelty-free, animal-friendly collection and the brand will no longer use leather, furs, exotic skins, or feathers to create its clothing. Hilary is now a vegan and through her lifestyle, she will continue to innovate in her own way.

“Animal rights have been a passion of mine for quite some time and I wanted to transition this into my work as well.” states the designer, “I have been a vegetarian for most of my life and recently decided to become a vegan. This shift has forced me to explore more faux options and discover new fabrications. Whatever small impact I can make for animal rights is a step in the right direction for my brand, my lifestyle, and my love of all living things.”

See her collection below. We are huge fans of the pink two-piece suits and faux fur pieces.

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Photography By George Pimentel

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TFW FW16: Stephan Caras

Posted on: Sunday, March 27, 2016

Stephan Caras, Womens wear, Canadian designers, luxury, sexy

Sexy is Back because Stephan Caras said so. We’re talking about he Toronto-based father-son design duo debuted their CARAS, Stephan Caras FW16 collection at Toronto Fashion Week. Caras’ newest collection, inspired by the seduction, drama and sparkle of the night, took over the runway and thrilled over guests with its daring cut outs, plunging neck lines, asymmetric treatments and strap details. Every piece was literally a piece I could see in a dream. You know the one! The dream that takes place in Miami, on the boat with the handsome stranger?? Check out these images and you will see what I mean.

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TFW FW16: Greta Constantine

Posted on: Friday, March 25, 2016

Greta Constantine, Toronto Fashion Week, Fall collection, model

It has been 10 years since Greta Constantine duo Stephen Wong & Kirk Pickersgill stole our fashionable hearts. After a couple seasons in Paris, France, the duo has returned to Toronto Fashion Week with a serious Couture Bang! For the duration of the show, you forgot that you were sitting in a tent on King Street West in downtown Toronto, because it truly felt like we were transported to the old fashion city of Paris itself.  The presentation started with bold design and color combined reminding us of Glam Rock in the flavors of David Bowie and Alice Cooper. Then, models were transformed into Dark, Gothic Brides in confined leather and layers of black. This was a dramatic show that had the cell phones going! I know we will cherish some of the pictures on our phones for awhile. Nothing beats great design & presentation. Greta Constantine has shown us they know how to master both.

Happy 10th Guys!!

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Headpieces by Canada-based Karyn Gingras of Lilliput Hats

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Greta ConstantinePhotography By George Pimentel

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