Day 4 was a shorter day for me at the tents but I still saw some amazing pieces on the runway.
RANI KIM & SOM KONG
Two young designers that I’ve never had the chance of seeing before. Rani Kim, who presented her debut collection made a pretty big statement with the items she presented. The show started with a contemporary dance duo followed by some loose, flowy and colorful creations for both men and women.
Som Kong undoubtedly has an interesting way of designing clothes and fitting them to a women’s body. His fabrics were all stunning, I especially liked the beautiful red number that started the show. I also liked his long sleeved grey shirt with embossed hearts. I truly believe that this young designer is very unique and has a bright future ahead of him.
Thrilled to have seen Malorie’s collection last night. The first thing that stood out was all the incredible colors she used. I very much enjoyed the mix of plum, black, forest green, lime green, burgundy and red. Her formfitting knit dresses were the bomb! I’m also a big fan of her suede type dresses like the one pictured below and at the very top of the blog. Congrats on a memorable presentation!
Those who’ve been following my blog, know how much I love RUDYBOIS. I’ve had the chance to wear some of his beautiful dresses at the GALA ADISQ, the JUNO AWARDS & the GEMINI AWARDS. I couldn’t be more proud of him. Yesterday was his first ever show at WMCFW and he KILLED IT! Rudy presented a super classy, simple yet sophisticated collection in three colors – red, black and white. The thing I love about Rudy’s designs is that he creates them with a woman’s body in mind. He knows how the body moves and what is the most flattering. I think that this will be key to his ever-growing success. Couldn’t be more proud of his runway debut. So much more success to come!
Hilary MacMillan’s first piece down the runway last night came with an awesome twist – an incredibly cool painted back piece on the jacket. Each piece that was sent down the runway was interesting not only from the front by also from the back. I loved all the extra details and attention she placed all around her creations. Great prints and colors on the runway. I think I found my perfect white summer dress!
I always love seeing menswear shows because I find them so refreshing. Christopher Bates presented last night a collection that could suit every type of man but that also had one clear and concise editorial line. I love his re-imagination of the camo print, his mix of casual shirts with dressier pants and his all-black semi-rock semi-class look.
To me, Klaxon Howl is the perfect menswear designer. He always combines classy, effortlessly cool and edgy pieces together to create unique and strong looks. He also incorporates elements from the past in his designs but gives them a modern twist. There were many things that I liked about last night’s presentation including the incorporation of a few women’s looks, some graphic shorts and pants, comfy sweaters and his classic vests and dress shirts.
Always my favorite show to watch each season. This season it was about three main color palettes – black, white and blue / yellow and white / military green and black. They also added a few pops of neon pink here and there but kept the the color combinations bold,which is very suiting for the clothes they presented. This season, I loved the addition of new handbag styles, the fringe, long sheer shirts as well as perforated leather and lot’s of layering. Whether it’s menswear or womenswear, the talented duo have got both down to a tee. I would once again wear everything that went down the runway tonight… Remarkable!
Another day at WMCFW, another outfit! Wearing my brand new Anine Bing dress. I thought it was super cute when I saw it on the racks of the brand new Anine Bing store in Los Angeles last month so I had to get it. Happy the sun was finally out yesterday in Toronto
This was my first time seeing a runway show by Elan & Castor. Her show was filled with ample amounts of stripes, knits and earthy tones with a few pops of pink and purple. The top buns and bandeau tops were also a thing. Everything she presented looked incredibly comfortable and cozy!
Also my first Narces runway show last night. The entire collection was beautiful, dainty and flirty. She stuck to a very feminine color palette – white, pink, pale yellow, seafoam green and blue. I liked the intricate beading, flower details and lace on some of the dresses. The model below totally reminded me of a modern ballerina. My favorite was the white lace doily dress below. I could totally see myself wearing it next summer!
Not your traditional fashion show but just as fun to check out. The Minnie Mouse special presentation last night was pretty magical. They had asked a handful of local designers including Sig Neigum, Beaufille, etc. to make a special Minnie Mouse inspired creation. Everyone’s piece was incredibly creative and all channeled the Minnie Mouse spirit. I loved that they had placed big posters of the evolution of Minnie Mouse throughout the decades around the studio. Everyone was smiling, champagne was flowing and Minnie ears were everywhere in sight. Last night’s presentation definitely brought back lot’s of memories of my childhood and all the times I went to Disney World.
Thomas Balint is one of my favorite Canadian menswear designers. There was a very British rock n’ roll vibe to the collection he presented last night. Some of the show’s highlights were the black and white striped pants and blazers, the loose fitting pants tucked into army boots, the orange trench coat and his really nicely structured dress shirts. Anyone else recognize Cibo Matto’s “Sugar Water” track playing in the background?
You could definitely feel the summery vibe with the collection that bustle presented last night. Lot’s of prep, color and class on the runway. It definitely fit the European backdrop, parasols and Peroni bottles they had placed as props on the runway. My favorite pieces were hands down the relaxed drawstring trousers for men and the white blazer and pencil skirt combo for women.
Mélissa’s designs totally blew me away last season. This season, it was all about presenting something fresh, clean and sporty. Show highlights: dolphin shorts, drawstring pants, sheer & white stripped garments, and the many skirt and top combos. She did a great job accessorizing her show yesterday. I’m crushing hard on all the shoes I saw on the runway. I feel like if I was wearing Mélissa’s designs, I would not only feel comfortable but also look amazing!
Target is reputed for always putting on the most fun runway shows. Last night’s show included inspiration from Paris, New York and oh yes… winter! I loved the addition of live music on the runway. Music plus models smiling and having a good time created good vibes all around! Lot’s of great knits, bags, faux fur vests, jackets, leopard, plaid and faux leather pieces. One thing’s for sure, I need the plaid coat pictured below!! In case you haven’t heard Target Canada is now collaborating with TOMS to offer a special collection that will be available across Canada on November 16th. Being a big fan of the brand, I was happy to see them on the runway last night!
For today’s WMCFW outfit, I’m keeping warm in my new baggy vegan leather trousers that I can’t get enough of, plus an oversized knit sweater. Love that red is in this season, it’s always been a color that I’ve loved wearing. Last spring, I made a custom pair of Modern Vice Dove Booties in Manhattan that are all red. Stoked to wear them with my knit sweater today.
Yesterday World MasterCard Fashion Weekofficially kicked off in Toronto. Designers are in town this week to present their Spring/Summer 2015 collections. Each day this week, I’ll be recapping some of my favorite looks from the runway and highlights from the event.
My second season seeing this young prodigy. Last night’s collection included a balance between relaxed and loose fitting garments and some more structured ones. I loved his mix of minimalist yet classy dresses, jackets and shorts. He also presented some interesting fabric cutouts and kept the colors to black, white and silver. Sid Neigum is definitely a ballsy and confident designer and I have much respect for him because of that. Here were my favorite runway looks.
Pink Tartan has been one of my favorites each season. The show started off with some beautiful black and fringe bathing suits. Last night, Kimberly Newport-Mimran showed us her go-to classic black and white color combination but also incorporated some very psychedelic prints in her ss15 collection. I loved the flared pants, bohemian style blouses, high waisted pants and jumpsuits that all went perfectly with the 70s psychedelic rock JFB & Iron Buttlerfly soundtrack. Love the pieces below!
So great to see one of my favorite designers Beaufille present this evening at the Mercedez-Benz Start Up runway show. I was happy to see a few pieces from their new collection specifically selected for the contest. I am a fan of the white cutout dresses, the black and white prints, the wine colored leather pieces and that amazing backpack! I always leave the show wanting to own every single piece.
Eliza Faulkner‘s denim style dresses, crop tops, blue and white pallet, big hoop earrings and headscarves, totally reminded me of the beach and summer. The last look she presented, as seen below, was me highlight of the show.
Blak. I is a name that I was unfamiliar with until last night. I enjoyed the blue, black and white color combination as well as his black and white pieces. I liked the fact that he also introduced a bit of leather on the runway. The long flowy bohemian style dress, seen below, that he paired with a beautifully crafted leather jacket was my favorite look of the show.
Lastly, we watched Laura Siegel present some new designs for ss15. I had seen her collection last season and had been blown away. I love the earthy, bohemian and edgy woman that she presents each time. I loved that she incorporated a lot of headwraps, silver bangles and arm cuffs to accompany her loose fitting but still incredibly flattering pieces. There was definitely a tribal feel to her presentation last night.
My first outfit for World MasterCard Fashion Week this season is a combination of comfort and class. With it being a cold and rainy day, I wanted to make sure I felt cozy! I saw someone wearing these MAJ Adidas leopard runners on the streetcar a few weeks ago and I knew I had to get them. Yes, my leopard obsession has not stopped. I’ve paired this funky sneakers with some grey trousers and my grey coat.
I have a thing for tattoos and I have a whole lot of respect for tattoo artists. Jessica Mascitti Ellis is a tattoo artist based out of Brooklyn, New York. I found her work via Instagram a year ago and have been following her career ever since. Her black and white work and all of the portraits she does are simply stunning. She has a unique way of blending colors, her detail work is amazing and has a real talent for making every tattoo look so great on the skin. In my opinion, she’s one of the top female tattoo artists in the US right now. She currently tattoos at Graceland in Brooklyn and East Side Ink also located in Brooklyn. You can see some of the beautiful work she’s done here. Hope you’ll enjoy my 5 Questions With Jessica Mascitti Ellis:
1) When did you start tattooing? What made you want to become a tattoo artist?
In June of 2008 I started my first session on my first tattoo; a back piece by the incredibly talented Josh Lord. I fell in love with the method and ritual of the art of tattooing. I had never once felt beautiful until I adorned Josh’s beautiful work on my skin. I learned then that tattoos are magic.
At the time, I was a freelance animator as well as a bartender and I wasn’t entirely pleased with either vocation. One of my closest friends, Bethany, planted the seed. She suggested trying to get an apprenticeship at Josh Lord’s shop East Side Ink. I didn’t feel worthy enough to be a tattoo artist, let alone one that would learn under the legendary artists at East Side Ink, but I thought, fuck it, what do I have to lose?
I introduced my artwork to Josh along with my intentions, and to my surprise he wasn’t against the idea! A year later I was in the shop as both Josh Lord and Patrick Conlon’s apprentice.
2) What inspires your art?
My artistic roots stem from my love of animation and comic books. Their influence never left my hand. Despite my best efforts to “mature” my style, you can always see the residue of anime and American comic book art in every piece I do. My current inspiration however is Bollywood! All those saturated colors in every shot and scene! The beautiful women!! I can’t take it!!
3) How much has the perception women tattoo artists changed over the past couple of years?
I was lucky to come into tattooing at a time when ladies started to dominate the industry. Most of my tattoo idols are women, and I share those idols with my male colleagues. I know that my lady predecessors dealt with some serious bullshit from their male peers to pave the way for the next generation of lady tattooers, and I worship them even more for it.
4) What in your opinion makes a good tattoo?
A composition that moves with the wearers anatomy and compliments the muscle structure is what creates a beautiful tattoo. Even the smallest tattoo should glide over the body like a silk scarf.
5) What have been some of the most memorable pieces you’ve done thus far in your career?
The pieces that I revisit are those that have accidentally evolved my style. It’s always the ones that force you out of your comfort zone that are most memorable.
I don’t usually share any beauty tips, finds, etc. on the blog but felt compelled to share with you my latest discovery. For quite some time now, I’ve been on the lookout for a natural deodorant that doesn’t contain any aluminum. I’ve read lot’s on the negative effects aluminum in deodorants can have especially on women. My mother is a breast cancer survivor and anything that could potentially reduce my risk of having breast cancer in the future, including not putting any aluminum in my body is important to me.
I heard of LOVEFRESH through Instagram and knew I immediately wanted to try these products because they are 100% natural and made here in Toronto. The founder of the brand Stacey Davis has created a luxurious brand of healthy products for the body using only non-toxic and natural ingredients (the deodorant I’ve been using lists only 7 ingredients, all of which I know!).
Though a little skeptical at first, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by how well the natural cream deodorant worked. It’s easy to apply, all you need is a pea-sized dab to apply under your arms. I’m someone who runs around a lot during the day so I wanted to give the deodorant the ultimate test. On the first day I tried it, I rode my bike 1hr to and from work, spent the entire day running around and went to a workout class in the evening and to my surprise, I still smelt ok. The following day, I worked 12 hours and still smelt presentable when came time to do interviews in the evening. I’ve been wearing the deodorant for over a week now and I’m really happy that I can go about my day with just one application.
My favorite scent is “Lemon Verbena“, it smells super sweet and delicate!
A little tip when trying it out: if you’re someone who wears silk or delicate fabrics, make sure you wait until the deodorant dries before putting on your garment.
The deodorant in addition to a handful of other body products like hand lotions, body wash, body butter, etc. can all be found on her online shop right here. Plus, she ships to Canada & the US.
Really happy I made this discovery… I think I’ll stick with it
Never thought I’d be a big fan of baggy faux leather pants but then I tried on this comfy as hell pants from M for Mendocino a few weeks back and decided to had to have them. Not only are they comfy but they’re also super warm. I think they’ll officially become my new travel pants. Plus you get dress them up with heels or with a nice pair of boots or even opt for a more casual look with sneakers or slip-on shoes. Would you wear the baggy leather pant?