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.
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.
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!!
Headpieces by Canada-based Karyn Gingras of Lilliput Hats
The Canadian fashion company, PICADILLY, made it’s Toronto Fashion Week debut this season. The company is 40 years old with items available worldwide in 18 countries. We fell hard for their All White Everything looks on the runway. So Fresh, Crisp and Elegant. Featured designers included were David Dixon, Joeffer Caoc and Franciska Veress.
We’ve been involved in this industry for a long time and we’ve made some great friends along the way! Recently, we celebrated our friend Tanzanian born, Ottawa native, and AMTI model Herieth Paul who was recently announced as a global spokesmodel for one of the world’s strongest cosmetic brands, Maybelline. Not only was this an excellent choice by the brand, but it was also a smart choice, showing that the Beauty industry is making an effort to show diversity in Beauty. Herieth as a spokesperson also shows that the brand is the look beyond the pretty face and focusing on at the person’s character and personality. Herieth has plenty of both!
Dimitrios Seymour, Agency Director, AMTI: Toronto had this to say, “Herieth’s newest role as a global ambassador for Maybelline demonstrates the changing face of fashion. We’re seeing more and more models from a variety of ethnicities become brand ambassadors on a global scale.”
Herieth will be all over the place, on billboards, magazines and commercials worldwide. We chatted about her traveling schedule and let’s just say she will have circled the world well before Fall sets in.
Before the end of the evening, we asked Herieth to share some wise words, so this message is for you!
Canadian businesses have been suffering in recent years with bankruptcies and closures in recent years, so it’s refreshing and encouraging to see brands like, The Body Shop still leading and innovating their industry. The Beauty industry is a large one. It can be overwhelming for any consumer to decide what to buy. The Body Shop makes it easy for us by staying true to their commitment to the earth and environment. You can be sure that when you shop at The Body Shop, you are buying from a retailer that makes the decision to stay ethical. Recently, we celebrated the brand’s 40th Anniversary at Artscape Wychwood Barns in Toronto. General Manager, Marc-Alexandre Risch and Chris Davis, the Global Director of Campaigns & Corporate Responsibility were on hand to discuss how the brand is changing and working to become the most Ethical business in the world.
We have already started using some of the new products and we have to say, the aroma’s and moisturizing qualitiy coming from the body butters and lotions are too much! You need to stop by the store for yourself, try everything! Including Body Shop’s makeup where they will color match you! We have a fun video below so you can see how the event went for yourself!
It is the greatest phenomenon since color-blocking and it is only growing in popularity, especially in our hometown of Toronto. We’re talking about The Man Bun. Really, The Man Bun started as a form of heat relief rather than a trend, but the functional hair style became a ‘must-have‘ after actor Jared Leto sported the look in a tuxedo on the Golden Globe red carpet. After he won that throphy, The Man Bun went down into Hair Fashion History. If you love the Internet as much as we do, you will notice the dedications to hot dudes with man bun pictures, including our favorite Jack Greystone. Jack is known as the Man Bun King! And we will admit it here, his bun is very impressive. Watching the new short film, LOVE, MAN BUN, (on Buzzfeed NOW) Mr. Greystone feels that society, as a whole, doesn’t understand the work and dedication behind growing a mane and leading an army of long haired men to victory. It is Mr. Greystone’s goal to make the term, ‘Man Bun’, disappear because truly, it is just, A Bun.
WATCH LOVE, MAN BUN
WATCH US WATCH LOVE, MAN BUN
LOVE, MAN BUN CREDITS
Featuring: Jack Greystone
Directed by: Natalie Rae Robison
Writers: Jack Greystone, Natalie Rae Robison, Anna Hopkins, Clara Altimas
Everyone’s favorite go-to for easy fashion finds, H&M, hosted a huge party at their Toronto Eaton Centre location. For us, it almost felt like a Fashion Week event with all the industry friends we ran into while browsing through the store with a 20% discount on all items in the store. Even if you had a long day, the energy of the crowd would brighten your mood. Orange Is The New Black star Taryn Manning and Here songstress Alessia Cara kept our feet tapping while we all ran back and forth from the cash register line. Between Telly and I, we must have ran back and forth in that line 6 times. The highlight of the night would have to be the introduction to H&M HOME! Fun accessories for every room in your home along with fun items for the kids. When you add up H&M Beauty section, you can easily see that H&M is set to become a Lifestyle brand rather then a fast-fashion pit stop.
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