WMCFW SS14 Day 3 Recap

A busy night at the tents for me last night! I’m really happy I was able to catch almost all the runway shows.

My night started off with a refreshing show by Klaxon Howl. It was nice to see a lot of music folks in the crowd for the show. I loved their “mise en scène” for the presentation of their collection. The park bench, lamppost and bicycle were all nice details. I rarely get to see a mens only line, so it was a nice change. The models were either clean shaven or had big beards (so trendy right now!) and a variety of hairstyles. I really appreciated all of Matt Robinson’s dress shirts: the colors he chose, the prints and the fabrics. I think he has a very modern take on workwear. I was happy to hear that all of his lines are made locally and by hand, which is something that I really respect. All in all, his designs represent to me the quintessential urban guy, the one who wants to dress with an edge but also be fashionable.

 

My night continued with a showing from Maison Matthew Gallagher. I loved his opening show projection – a dreamy beach! Right away I was transported into the warmth of summer. The show started off with beautiful white dresses with sheer and light fabrics. I really liked that he incorporated light prints underneath the white on certain designs. My favorite pieces came a little later on in the show, I loved the colored crop tops and fitted long skirts. I credit him for using an interesting mix of fabrics. All of the designs he presented were very feminin and suit the models really well. I liked that they didn’t overpower his designs too much with lot’s of jewelry and accessories. Promising for someone in his late 20s!

All Maison Matthew Gallagher photos taken from: Michael Ho Photography

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I had really been awaiting the third runway show last night: Mackage! As I’ve mentioned before, their FW13 show last season had been my favorite. Right from the beginning of their 15-minute presentation, I was in full lust mode! I particularly liked their choice of earthy colors that were so well coordinated with either shorts or skirts, simple black pumps and their stellar line of bags. I really liked their idea of adding metallic belts and neck pieces as accessories (um hello gold runway!!). Their jackets are as stunning as ever and seemed very lightweight. I loved this season’s combination trenches and also all the effortlessly cool pieces they had created for men (who said ready-to-wear and comfortable pieces couldn’t be hot!). Their crop tops and sheer tops were awesome. Props to Mackage for making bold coral orange jackets, skirts and bags. My hat goes off to these two designers again… What a sexy line! I would wear every piece in the collection! Now I better start saving up, SS14 is right around the corner!

All Mackage photos taken from: Michael Ho Photography

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To finish off the night, I headed to the most crowded show of the week: Joe Fresh. It’s always nice seeing so many people show up for his presentation. Elisha Cuthbert, Jake Gold, Kreesha Turner, Jian Gomeshi, were amongst the many local “celebrities” in attendance for the show last night. Props to  Joe Mimran and his team for continually picking a killer soundtrack. Last night’s show tunes included Grimes, You Say Party and Britney‘s new track “Work B**ch”. I kept bobbing my head throughout the entire show! I was delighted to see a lot of navy blue and white pieces come down the runway (I need to start wearing more navy, I know it goes really well with red hair ;)), followed by some bright orange and red pieces (a reoccurring color for the ss14!), blue snakeskin, blue camo and a few black and white looks. My favorite look was the red faux leather pants and shimmery v-neck tee. The animal print clutches also caught my eye. It’s hard not to feel excited about a Joe Fresh line because it’s accessible, affordable and always contains some really fun pieces.

All Joe Fresh photos taken from: Michael Ho Photography

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All in all, a memorable night at the tents! What were your highlights from last night’s shows? Who are you excited to see tonight and the rest of the week? I sadly won’t be able to go to more WMCFW shows this season due to work commitments but I spent two very inspiring nights at the David Peacaut Square again this season!

 

Making A Bing! #DailyOutfit

Last night my boyfriend and I went to watch Elysium, the summer blockbuster everyone’s been talking about that features Matt Damon & Jodie Foster. Though I didn’t like the movie nearly as much as I thought I would, three things – the fighting scenes are pretty rad, Jodie Foster’s French is remarkable and I wish healing machines would actually exist… Ah!!

Yesterday, I found out that the new AUX TV series that I recently contributed to called AUX Innovators was now online. I had a pleasure visiting my old stomping grounds to talk about some of my favorite Canadian artists: Grimes & Tegan and Sara. You can watch this great new series here: http://www.aux.tv/shows/aux-innovators/

For today’s outfit, I’m decked out in all kinds of Bing, Anine Bing that is! Wearing my brand new silver stud boots and my oh so comfortable boyfriend jeans that I got in LA last week. I’m also wearing my rad new “A” ring that I got at Urban Outfitters in Hollywood.

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Anine Bing boyfriend jeans (get them here)

Zara wide hem t-shirt (get it here)

Zara bejeweled camo vest (similar one here)

Urban Outfitters Signet initial ring (get it here)

Bing Bang Shard Ring (get it here)

Forever 21 etched Geo cuff set (get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Verameat vampire crown ring (get it here)

Verameat Peace Hand necklace (get it here)

Anine Bing boots with silver studs (get them here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Lionette Joplin bracelet (similar one here)

B&W + Yellow + Safari #DailyOutfit

Happy Thursday! Man, this week has just flown by! Yesterday, I had the pleasure of going back to see some of my old crew from AUX TV. I was invited to take part in a new series of Canadian music documentaries called AUX Innovators. I’m honored to have been selected as one the guests on this special series. I was really excited to talk about two of my favorite artists: Tegan and Sara and Grimes. The series will be airing on AUX TV in June and will also be online and on their magazine tablet.  I will provide you with the links once they’re available. I believe this little series will be great!

Today finally feels a little more like spring in Toronto. So I decided to wear my favorite spring/summer color: yellow!!! As a kid, I was told that redheads shouldn’t wear much yellow/orange because it doesn’t go well with our skin tones, I completely disagree. I think it just adds even more color to our fiery manes 🙂 I incorporated some black and a white and a little safari/zebra print to complete the outfit. Yay for warmer weather!

Alright, I have to get back to all of this Juno Awards preparation.

Have a lovely day!
xo

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Forever 21 yellow sleeveless top (similar one here)

H&M black and white printed skirt with frill (similar one here)

H&M white quilted moto jacket (similar one here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Lionette the JOPLIN bracelet (check the site for more info)

Forever 21 spiked and rhinestoned bracelet (get it here)

Stella & Dot gold renegade cluster bracelet (get it here)

Lionette HARLEM necklace (check the site for more info)

 

2013 Juno Nominees

Yesterday I attended the 2013 Juno Nominations in Toronto. Like every year, I’m really happy with some of the nominations and unhappy with others.  This past year was without a doubt a stellar year for Canadian music at home and abroad.  Here are some of my favorite categories this year:

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND RADIO STARMAKER FUND)

Cold Specks Arts & Crafts*Universal
Elisapie Pheromone*Fontana North
Grimes Arbutus*F>A>B
Kira Isabella Sony
The Weeknd Republic*Universal
I’m really happy to see such variety in this list. I had voted Grimes’ album Visions as my top pick for the Polaris Prize this past year. I absolutely love Elisapie’s latest record Travelling Love, an album that really put her on the map in the rest of Canada and rightfully so. She’s such a talented singer and songwriter. I’m also a big fan of Cold Specks’ voice and can admit that I listen to The Weeknd probably on a daily basis.

BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND RADIO STARMAKER FUND)

Hey Ocean! Universal
Monster Truck Dine Alone*Universal
The Pack a.d. Mint*Outside
Walk Off the Earth Columbia*Sony
Yukon Blonde Dine Alone*Universal
The band that I’m beyond stoked to see in this category is Hey Ocean! I’ve had the pleasure of working with them in the past, they’re some of the most hardworking individuals and most positive people I know. They’re so refreshing to be around.  They’ve worked really hard to be where they are today and I’m glad they’re finally getting the recognition they deserve. Go get’em guys!

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SIRIUSXM CANADA)

Afie Jurvanen Brushfire*Universal
“Be My Witness”, “Caught Me Thinkin”, “Lost in the Light” BARCHORDS – Bahamas
 Arkells Universal
“Michigan Left”, “On Paper”, “Whistleblower” MICHIGAN LEFT – Arkells
 Hannah Georgas Dine Alone*Universal | Publisher: Hannah Georgas
“Enemies”, “Robotic” – co-songwriter Ryan Guldemond, “Somebody” – HANNAH GEORGAS – Hannah Georgas
 Kathleen Edwards MapleMusic*Universal | Publisher: Potty Mouth Production/Peer International Ltd (Canada)
“A Soft Place to Land”– co-songwriter John Roderick, “Chameleon/Comedian”, “Change the Sheets” VOYAGEUR – Kathleen Edwards
 Leonard Cohen Columbia*Sony | Publisher: Old Ideas LLC
“Amen”, “Going Home”– co-songwriter Patrick Leonard, “Show Me the Place” – co-songwriter Patrick Leonard OLD IDEAS – Leonard Cohen
I was really happy to see Bahamas, Kathleen Edwards and Hannah Georgas alongside Leonard Cohen in this category. Barchords, Voyageur and Hannah’s self-titled record are three of my favorites in the past couple of months. All three of these songwriters are some of Canada’s finest. If I had to pick one favorite, I’d pick Hannah, just because I think her new record positions her as a force to reckon with and shows a lot of maturity (plus she’s a ginger… well sorta and so is Kathleen sorta ;))

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY LONG & MCQUADE)

Hannah Georgas Dine Alone*Universal
Hannah Georgas
Japandroids Polyvinyl*Outside
Celebration Rock
Metric Metric Music International*Universal
Synthetica
Said The Whale Hidden Pony*Universal
Little Mountain
Stars Soft Revolution*Universal
The North
Also happy to see a lot of these names here. I don’t think Metric’s last record is their strongest, neither is Japandroids’ in my opinion. Said The Whale are a great up and coming band from B.C. but I really think that the strongest album in this category is Hannah Georgas once again! Do yourself a favor and listen to her track: “Robotic”

FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Amylie Audiogram*Sélect
Le Royaume
Avec pas d’casque Grosse Boîte*Sélect
Astronomie
Lisa Leblanc Bonsound*Sélect
Lisa Leblanc
Louis-Jean Cormier Simone*Sélect
Le treizième étage
Marie-Pierre Arthur Bonsound*Sélect
Aux alentours
It’s only normal that I talk about this particular category.  Though I think most of these records belong in the list, where is Peter Peter? Fanny Bloom? There are a handful of other stellar records that could have very well been in that list.  That said, I believe Louis-Jean Cormier might win because he might be the most known in the rest of Canada, because of his work with Karkwa but I’d personally like Avec pas d’casque or Marie-Pierre Arthur to win.  They released two excellent records and are all-around great artists.

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ROLAND)

Crystal Castles Last Gang*Universal
(III)
Daphni Merge*F>A>B
Jiaolong
Grimes Arbutus* F>A>B
Visions
Purity Ring Last Gang*Universal
Shrines
Trust Arts & Crafts*Universal
TRST
Thank god I’m not in charge of picking the winner of this category because I’d have such a hard time. I honestly believe that the electronic category is probably the strongest it’s been in years. There were so many strong electronic albums that came out of Canada this year, I definitely think the scene is thriving more and more. I’m a fan of all of these records!
To see the complete list of nominees, visit the Juno Awards’ website: http://junoawards.ca/nominees-winners/
Stoked for this year’s gala! See you on April 15th live from Regina 🙂

This Week’s Ear Candy

I was back at work this week after more than three weeks off. Though there aren’t many releases coming out during this time of year, I was still able to discover a handful of new tracks over the week. Here are my favorites:

I had the pleasure of working with Ottawa-native and now Montreal-resident Leif Vollebekk back when I was doing publicity for Audioblood. He’s an extremely talented folk singer-songwriter. His last release Inland, which came out in 2010, buzzed around Ontario, Quebec and even Europe. He’s probably one of the nicest and funniest artists I’ve met over the years. He’s also a skilled songwriter and has one of the dreamiest voices. This week he finally released a brand new track entitled “Off The Main Drag” from his upcoming follow-up called North Americana, which is due out February 19th in Canada.  You can listen to it below, it’s a little gem! He’ll be doing a bunch of tour dates in February and March. Do yourself a favor and go see him play, you’ll totally fall under his charm as well!

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Each week for my show, I’m asked to review three records.  This week I had to prepare a review for Claude Munson & The Storm Outside. I had never heard of the band before and was pleasently surprised. It’s no secret that I don’t always like every record I review but this one was pretty exceptional. I love the textures on this record, the stories that Claude Munson tells and the overall mood. Below is their first video for the track “Driftwood”. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.

Found a great little remix of Grimes‘ stellar track “Skin”. The track was remixed by the UK musician Four Tet. When I spoke to Grimes this past summer in Quebec City, she told me that she’d be spending the next little while working on a new record while she’s in LA. I’m really hoping we’ll be hearing something new from her in 2013.  In the meantime, enjoy the remix!

To finish off this week, one of my favorite artists Coeur de pirate released earlier this week a lovely video for her track “Place de la République”, my favorite on her latest effort Blonde. I fell in love with the song the first time I heard it. The lyrics and music just touch me. I’ve even teared up watching her play it live a few times (yup, I’m a total suck!).  It was her first time directing a video and what a great job she did. The video totally made me nostalgic and reminded me of how great of a time I had in Paris. Also, as I was leaving Paris to go to Lyon last month, I passed in front of Place de la République. It’s a truly beautiful area of the city.  The video totally made my day when I saw it, so I hope it will make yours too!

Have a great weekend!
mel xo