WMCFW FW14 Day 3 Recap

A rainy but warmer night at the tents last night! Another 5 back to back shows to check out. Here’s my recap:

KLAXON HOWL

I first saw Klaxon Howl last fall in the studio room. An interesting structure greeted the show guests last night. The men strolled around the structure with as per usual much swagger. What I love about Klaxon Howl is that the collections and models are always so effortlessly cool. All types of hats, shades, wool blazers and suits, pants, overalls, suede jackets and jackets with leather detailing, could be seen during the presentation. A lot of the pieces had a very 30s prohibition era feel to them. Overall, a collection very representative of the hip urban men in Toronto. My favorite suit of the night is the first look below!

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Pictures by George Pimentel / Getty Images

G-SUS

It was my first time being able to catch G-SUS on the runway. The first so far this season to include a live music act. Though the performance wasn’t flawless, it added a cool vibe to the show. I can’t say that I absolutely loved every single piece on tonight’s runway but the things that stood out the most were definitely the men’s knit sweaters, the printed leggings, bold prints as well as that standout pink bomber jacket. I also loved the models’ looks with the dark black smokey eye and plum lipstick. Very grunge!

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Picture by George Pimentel / Getty Images

PINK TARTAN

Always love seeing the sophisticated designs from Pink Tartan‘s creator Kimberley Newport-Mimran. I especially loved last night’s collection because it had a darker twist to it. Some notable pieces – red houndstooth pants, all of the fur coats, plaid coats, the oversized furry gloves and clutches, the shimmery black blazers and coats and the long dresses. I like that she used a more rock n’ roll palette this time, opting for black, white and red, for most of her pieces, which is a little tougher than usual. The standout item – furry pants! See the last picture below. Honestly, a brilliant collection!

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Pictures by George Pimentel / Getty Images

JOE FRESH

I was beyond thrilled to have been selected by Joe Fresh as one of their #VirtualFrontRow bloggers for the show last night. As part of this experience, I was able to share some exclusive content on my social media networks pre and post-show about Joe Fresh’s #JoeFreshFW14 collection. Make sure you go check my Twitter & Instagram pages @melsays to check it out! In Sochi, Canada’s slogan was #WeAreWinter, I therefore only found it fitting for Joe Mimran‘s FW14 collection to represent the great (& cold!) Canadian outdoors. Many collections often present clothes that are beautiful but not as practical for winter but Mimran’s latest offering presented practical, affordable & beautiful winter pieces. For the occasion, we were offered a rad black Joe Fresh toque along with information on the collection. On the runway last night we saw lot’s of chunky knits, oversized jackets, parkas, furry toques, graphic sweaters, side lace waxed jeans and lot’s of fur pieces. The color palette went from earthy tones to Joe’s signature orange. Some of my favorite pieces of the show were: the green biker jacket, the furry oversized camel coat and those green tartan trousers. After the show, everyone was also talking about the models’ side braids, they were definitely a hit! As per usual, the models walked down the runway to a super fun and energetic soundtrack. I think that what I love most about attending a Joe Fresh runway show is that everyone is always in the best of moods, dancing around, the models seem to be having fun and also Joe Mimran always seems so happy! Props to Joe Mimran and his team for another fun presentation! You guys hit it out of the ballpark again!

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MACKAGE

Ah yes!! The perfect way to end my week at WMCFW. Leather, fur & so many dreamy pieces. Over the past couple of seasons, I’ve definitely become a HUGE Mackage fan. I was thrilled to be greeted by a seat with my own name on it, way to make a girl feel special! I loved their runway set up with colorful leaves representing the fall. The show started with some beautiful fuchsia coats with black leather detailing for both ben and women. I loved that the models were sporting some Frends headphones. We then feasted our eyes on quilted bomber jackets and skirts, fur hats, fuzzy camo bomber jackets, fur shorts and skirts, leather pants for men & women as well as tartan from head to toe. Then, all of a sudden, two men dressed in leather onesies came to the runway to sweep away the leaves and make room for the “snow” for their winter portion of the presentation, clever! They presented a handful of warmer coats with fur detailing and a bunch of rad jackets. I also loved their variety of handbags, clutches and backpacks for men and women. Honestly, too many dreamy looks to choose from. I absolutely loved it all without exception! You can witness the beauty of the show below!

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Pictures by J R Bernstein

Thank you to all the designers and organizers for an amazing and incredibly inspiring week of fashion! Can’t wait to see what next season has in store!!

 

J R BERNSTEIN

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!

 

WMCFW SS14 Day 3 #DailyOutfit

Last night I had the pleasure of surprising one of my best friends – Jacquie in Hamilton for her birthday. Not only is she a truly wonderful human being and friend, she’s also an incredibly talented artist and inspiration. Her band The Balconies are taking over the world. They’re the whole package. Not only can they write killer catchy songs, their live set is tight and explosive, they have the right attitude and are some of the nicest people in the biz. Mark my words, with their upcoming release Fast Motions, this band will be big! The band will be doing an album release show THIS Friday October 25th live in Toronto. If you are like me and can’t make it out, you’ll be able to stream their entire set online via BRBR at 10pm EST right here. Don’t miss it! Happy Birthday again Jacquie!!

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Today is day 3 of World MasterCard Fashion Week. A bunch of shows are on the menu for this evening including Klaxon Howl, Maison Matthew Gallagher, Mackage and Joe Fresh. Who are you looking forward to seeing? Last season, Mackage had been my favorite show so I can’t wait to see their SS14 collection tonight. Check back here tomorrow for a full review of my evening!

My love for all things leopard print will be on display this evening. I adore my stunning new Zara TRF furry leopard coat. So happy I added it to my closet, it’s the perfect coat for the season. I’m also wearing my favorite hat from Topshop and my Anine Bing boots. Ready for yet another inspiring night of fashion! See you tonight?!

PS. Can’t help but hear this song play in my head while I’m walking around with this outfit today… LOL

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Zara TRF Leopard Furry Coat (get it here)

Topshop clean edge fedora hat (similar one here)

Topshop snake print tunic dress (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney gold brass necklace

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Helloberry mini smoothie bracelet (get them here)

Karl Lagerfeld ’7′ Beveled Bezel Bracelet Watch (get it here)

Biko Jewellery Tall Slice Ring (get it here)

Biko Jewellery Solo Grid Ring (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney Little Ways Gold Bracelet (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney With A Tiny Tender Kiss Charm Bracelet White(get it here)

Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Anine Bing boots with silver studs (get them here)

Crystals #DailyOutfit

Can’t believe World MasterCard Fashion Week is only a few days away!! What shows are you excited to check out? Due to my hectic schedule, I will only be able to see a handful of shows again this year. Really excited to see the Joe Fresh and Mackage shows again this season!
For today’s Daily Outfit, I’m wearing a super fun new necklace from Biko Jewellery called the Kyma Necklace, which is made from rainbow quartz. I know a lot of designers have been making necklaces with crystals lately but I really like Corrine’s take on it – the way it’s wrapped, the chain she used and even just the type of crystal she opted for!
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Biko Jewellery Kyma Neckkace (get it here)
Zara TRF knit lace long sleeve shirt
Forever 21 Houndstooth print skirt (similar one here)
Biko Jewellery Tall Slice Ring (get it here)
Biko Jewellery Solo Grid Ring (get it here)
Zara laced ankle boots with block heel (get them here)
Karl Lagerfeld ’7′ Beveled Bezel Bracelet Watch (get it here)

This Is What Rock N’ Roll Looks Like! #DailyOutfit

It’s with little sleep but much excitment that I start what will probably be the longest work day of my life… or at least of the last little while. After months of planning, the day has finally arrived! Tonight is the first ever Canadian Music Week BRBR showcase “Le French Tickler“. Starting at 8pm at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, some of our favorite Canadian artists will be showcasing tracks from their latest releases. On the bill, we’ve got Eight and a Half (ex-The Stills & Broken Social Scene), Peter Peter, Karim Ouellet, Pandaléon, Loud x Lary x Ajust and Claude Munson & The Storm Outside. I couldn’t be more excited to know that the showcase is almost all sold-out! There will be a few tickets at the door and some passes/wristbands will be accepted. More info about the evening here:

The entire show will be livestreamed on our facebook page, so if ever you can’t make it out to the show, you can watch it live starting at 8pm EST here.  We’ll also be taping a special BRBR show with the artists during the afternoon that will be airing on April 1st.

My anthem for today couldn’t be more fitting and is a great pump up track by Porcelain Black!

Last night, I had a blast at Day 3 of World MasterCard Fashion Week. I went to see two shows: Mackage and Joe Fresh.

I absolutely fell head over heels in love with the entire Mackage collection. The first look, as seen below floored me. I loved the mixed leather and fur biker jacket, the burgundy leather skirt and leather leggings paired with their amazing new line of handbags and rad platform heels. I loved the red wool plaid skirts and shorts, all of the leather jackets, the fur, the long trench coats with leather trim, the schoolgirl backpacks and the little leather biker gloves. To me, Mackage’s fall/winter 2013 collection was the perfect mix between class and rock n’ roll! I can absolutely see myself wearing every single piece of the collection, it’s totally my style. I couldn’t be more excited to have seen such an inspiring runway show. Definitely my favorite this year! Now, I need to start saving up, if I want to add the new collection to my wardrobe.

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*Photo taken by the Mackage team, backstage just before the show.

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The second collection I saw was Joe Fresh‘s Fall/Winter 2013. The room was absolutely packed for the show, which started off with some lovely French indie/electro music. That definitely got my attention! Though I don’t own many Joe Fresh pieces, I’ve always respected the line for creating quality affordable and stylish pieces that can be paired up with just about anything. They’re perfect for basically any occasion. Last night’s collection, was all about black and white, shimery fabrics, biker jackets, studs and headscarves?! Yup, a handful of models were wearing headscarves over their short black bob wig. I can’t say I was a big fan of the headscarves but… My favorite items of the collection were the black and white biker jackets, the black faux fur jacket and all of the black skirts. I also loved hearing French music throughout the show. Also, not sure if it’s just me, but Joe Mimran‘s final wave at the end seemed so heartfelt. He really seems like a sweetheart! Overall, I definitely see myself adding a few of those pieces to my wardrobe.

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*Photo taken from @Hautecanada’s instagram feed.

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So for today’s special CMW show taping, I was inspired by the new Mackage collection and put an outfit together that mixes: leather, platform heels, a biker jacket, black.

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Zara diagonal zip studded green blazer

H&M graphic masquerade ball tee

Forever 21 combination faux leather skirt

Lace-Up Platform Boots (similar ones here)

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

TOPSHOP arrow necklace

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

Kitson LA leather and gold bracelet 

VERAMEAT gold brass initial ring

Day 3 – WMCFW + CMW #DailyOutfit

Happy Wednesday! Busy busy day ahead for me!

Starting off the day with a chat with one of my favorite Toronto artists Diamond Rings, who’s coming by our studio for an interview and performance. I love his super uplifting and positive electro-pop sounds! Watch “I’m Just Me”, loves it! Wanted to make sure I had a killer outfit for him today, such a fan of his style!

Following that, I’m heading to York U, to talk to the students about our CMW showcase taking place tomorrow (Just found out the advance tickets are sold out, crazy!!) and our show BRBR. Rushing back to the station afterwards to produce a live session with Elephant Stone, a great rock act from Montreal who are showcasing at CMW tomorrow evening.

This evening, I’m heading back to the World MasterCard Fashion Week tent to see two super exciting runway shows: Mackage and Joe Fresh! Couldn’t be more stoked for these two collections. I’m a big fan of both!

So today’s outfit is a mix of chic, rock n’ roll and fashionable. Perfect for all of the day’s events. VERAMEAT, Luxe Craving, Rebel and Fuss, Flashbacks & Lionette jewelry are adding sparkles to my outfit!

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Zara TRF Combination Biker Jacket (get it here)

Forever 21 faux leather trim and pleated black dress

Vintage feather clutch 

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

Flashbacks gold spike tribal necklace

Luxe Craving The Connie leather cuff (get it here)

VERAMEAT gold brass initial ring

Rebel & Fuss black and gold skull wrap bracelet (similar one here)

80%20 Callie leather boots (get them here)

Let the madness begin! #DailyOutfit

Happy Monday everyone! Today is the start of one heck of a week for me! Not only is it Canadian Music Week, but it’s also World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto.  I’ve been attending Canadian Music Week since 2006 but this is only my second season attending Fashion Week in Toronto. I couldn’t be more excited to be splitting my time between two of my biggest passions: Music & Fashion.  Tonight, I’ll be heading to the Bustle and Pink Tartan runway shows before going to see Mackage and Joe Fresh later in the week. Also this week, I’ll be hitting up conferences at the Toronto Marriott for CMW as well as doing a bunch of interviews and live music sessions with artists.  Thursday, we’re taping a special BRBR show live from our showcase at The Gladstone Hotel.  There are still some tickets left, so if you’d like to attend or for more info, click here.  Friday, I’ll also be covering the INDIES for the show.  Basically, no rest until next week!

So to prepare for a crazy week, I got a super cute manicure yesterday in Liberty Village at X-Nail & Spa. They gave me an ombré blue and green shellac manicure that changes color like a mood ring depending on your temperature. I couldn’t be more stoked about how it turned out!

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For today’s BRBR shoot and first batch of runway shows tonight, I wanted to wear some of my favorite colorful spring items I recently purchased and paired it up with my favorite Lionette jewels.

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Lionette VENUS necklace (check the site for more info)

Lionette ASHLEY ring (check the site for more info)

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

Forever 21 neon green tee (similar one here)

Forever 21 metal trim shoulder bag (get it here)

Forever 21 royal bluebasic knee length skirt (get it here)

H&M denim buttoned-up shirt (similar one here)

Steve Madden brown suede boots