What can I say about this collection? It’s on fire for one. For two its bold, sexy and confident, all the things I love in a collection. Matis collection showed on the 3rd day of Fashion Week, and as I still couldn’t make it to the tents I never saw the show in person. I again had to rely on the pictures and can I tell you I am blown away, I love this collection. Please tell me the Silver Sequin pant suit is not EVERYTHING! The prints, and colours used were unexpected and choosing to construct them into maxi dresses and jumpsuits, was just brilliant. This collection gave you everything all wardrobe options were covered, from day to evening you could do no wrong.
Check out the pics…
Photos Courtesy Paul Ross for Opique…
Kim Newport-Mimram is my go to designer for Fashion week. I wouldn’t say I get overly excited to see her collection every season but that’s just because I feel like for me she is the Michael Jordan of Fashion Week. She always executes amazingly well. Her collections are always cohesive, they are always well styled, they are always on trend, and they are above all else wearable. I rarely if ever have anything negative or critical to say about her collections and to be perfectly honest when I’m having my strutting down Bay street day dreams I’m wearing her Green peplum jumpsuit from Fall/Winter 2012. It’s usually summer in my day dreams…But she does not disappoint….
Photos courtesy of Paul Ross for Opique
Pavoni landed on my radar last season. I never actually saw the show only the video review and that was enough to be kicking my own butt all over the tents. But this season my schedule didn’t allow for me to get into the tents to see this show on the opening night either, which I accepted with some sadness but accepted nonetheless. I did however have the gift of a live feed so I was able to watch the show from start to finish. Of course I wasn’t disappointed the collection was flawless and gorgeous shimmery and effervescent. Everything that I have now come to expect from this design team. The colours were kept simple, tans, blacks and gold with a pale sea-foam green thrown in, in places. Lace in both black and metallics added some sex appeal. The evening gowns were red carpet perfection and would hold their own with many of the designers we see worn on the carpet during award season. Then there are the Ball gowns; there is no other designer currently presenting during fashion week who does a Ball gown like Pavoni yeah I said it! Check the pictures they say it all….
Photos courtesy of Mirian Njoh for Opique
This post is dedicated completely to the stylish individuals I see at the events I attend during fashion week including the shows. This season I took particular notice to one Blogger who I am friends with Sharad Morhan. Sharad always looks great but these past two weeks I loved every outfit he rocked I thought you might too. I chose these three looks because they show you how different his style is and how he switches it up. He is one of the funniest people you’ll meet and his blog is strictly for the dudes, so now yall know where to go to step your fashion game up! www.freshlyeducatedmen.com First pic goes to and my choice for best dressed Sharad Morhan.
Some more fashionable peeps…
Glen Baxter In Fashion
Melissa Nepton, Kreesha Turner, and friends
Lolitta Dandoy rue de mode
Salem of Remix clothing
Angie Smith fashion producer from ET Canada
Bonnie Yam Of Roxx
Septembre Anderson and friends at Lovas
On Day 1 of World Master Card Fashion Week I headed to the tents for one show in particular, Korhani Home. I knew that the Pavoni show as well as the Holt Renfrew presents show was happening that evening but I was relaxing in the Korhani lounge after the show, filming and shcmoozing…there was a lot of schmooze that night. So I had no idea that beautiful couture gowns, cocktail and party dresses were coming down the runway. Truth be told I’d never heard of Pavoni before and had no idea what I’d missed until the following evening when I was standing in line waiting to check-in and the video from the shows the night before were playing I caught just a quick glimpse of the Pavoni show before I began slowing walking towards the monitor, not focusing on the fact that there was a desk between me and it, and I wasn’t even aware that I’d been drawn in. I started looking around for someone I knew so I could ask them whose show it was. My word! I thought that perhaps it was a show from Paris Couture week that I was watching but rational thought concluded that they wouldn’t be showing a collection from some other fashion week. Well they weren’t; someone finally told me that it was the Pavoni show from the night before and regret immediately set in.
I couldn’t wait to get the pictures because the few seconds that I had seen had me convinced that I just missed magic on the runway.
One of the things that was a pleasant surprise this season at Fashion Week was the return of the Red Carpet gowns, several designers had evening length and Red Carpet gowns as their closing looks; notable mentions go out to Lundstrom whose final three looks were gorgeous Red Carpet worthy looks. But this Pavoni collection was Red Carpet overload and had gowns of an ilk not normally seen during Toronto Fashion Week. Truthfully the last time I saw gowns like this was during S/S 2011 Ramona Keveza collection and I swooned all the out of the runway room when that one was over.
Okay I am done gushing take a look at the pics, and I will try to find out more about this label for yall or for myself! LOL
Photos Courtesy Paul Ross for Opique.com
The Greta Constantine show has been taking place off site for the last several seasons and this season the show took place on the Friday before official World Mastercard Fashion Week began; actually they’ve been doing the show on the Friday before for a while now.
In any case I took two days off from the pre-fashion week shows and didn’t attend this show I just know that the collection was well received. So no review from me I’m just posting the pics for us all to enjoy at the same time.
Photos courtesy of Marian Njoh for Opique.com
Entering the tents on day two had me in two states simultaneously, exhaustion and excitement. I think that most bloggers and editors alike feel this way when it comes to any fashion week that they are covering, but to feel this way on Day 2, only leads me to believe I went a lil too hard on Day 1. So I dragged (really there was no dragging involved), myself into the tents for Day 2 all set to watch Soia & Kyo. No real expectations but secretly I hoped it would be different from Mackage, another outer wear collection that I recently saw, and it was.
Soia & Kyo managed to deliver an “every mans” collection. What do I mean, well their collection could be seen on and worn by everyone. Literally everyone, there wasn’t a style that wasn’t represented in the collection. In other words it was the perfect collection for those people who want their outer wear to be a cohesive part of their outfit. Not to have it stand out in any way but just to pull the whole thing together nicely. With the way that the collection was styled it showed that each piece was totally capable of doing just that.
We’ve seen a trend toward less bulk in outer wear over the last several seasons and Soia & Kyo’s F/W 2012 collection stayed on trend. The collection was composed primarily of tans, camels and browns, with hints of grey and some black with occasional pops of mustard. I was a fan of the mustard bomber jacket with knit cuffs and collar.
I would recommend this collection for anyone who is looking for a reliable well cut coat that you can take from day to night.
Check out the pics below….
Photos courtesy of Marian Njoh for Opique.com
If you have been following my blog and reading the coverage from the past seasons you will know that Korhani is a home furnishing company that has been presenting at Toronto Fashion Week for the last few seasons. To their credit they have been out doing some of the conventional designers. Specifically in their execution, and style of show that they present. As such they have quickly become a must-see show.
This season was no different, except that they had the daunting task of being the show that opened Fashion Week. Now having seen the previous two seasons from Kristen Korhani I knew that this show would be unique, that there would be as much show as there would be fashion and there would be a surprise; I was not disappointed.
The Korhani home collection took us around the world and back again. Their opening section featured Oriental inspired looks from the hair and make-up to the styling; imagine a carpet kimono. Who but Korhani could do that? We were taken to Mongolia with a quick stop in Russia before we were dropped smack dab in the middle of London at the height of its punk revolution. I know I’m telling you what happened but all of this was done with carpet if you can believe it. Finally we landed in Venice at a masquerade ball where the tapestries were not hung on a wall but were worn by the guests. The show was marvelous. Inventive and as exquiste in the design and detail as I expected. Oh and the models coming down the runway with the pot belly piglets didn’t hurt either..that was the surprise.
Check out the pics below…
Photos courtesy Paul Ross for Opique.com
My first introduction to this line was at the request of a potential client in regard to a look he wanted for a photo shoot. I didn’t know anything about the line except that they were a Canadian label and designed outer wear, pretty extensive knowledge base huh…rolls eyes…So when I got the invitation for Mackage I was quite excited to go; I love outer wear and think that it’s just as important as what you have on underneath; I was expecting nothing though.
The show was in the distillery district and I had never been there before and might not have made it that day either if it was up to Mapquest they would have had me in Scarborough, No Bueno! I made it to the show with more than enough time to schmooze with the Blogger Brigade as I like to call them, grab a cotton candy flavoured drink and head to my seat. The show was a highly anticipated one as it featured international model Heather Marks and tattoo model Zombie boy.
Overall the collection was edgy to a fault complete with military inspired head pieces designed by Banoo by Mesa a Toronto based headwear design duo who are making their own name for themselves and was extremely well styled. There was a range in pieces from casual to dressy; fabricated in wool, nylon, and leather. I could see Rooney Mara’s character in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo wearing any of them. As a matter of fact at the time I hadn’t seen the movie yet but I kept thinking that there must have been some inspiration from there.
Check out the pics below and you decide…
Photos courtesy of George Pimentel
Hope you enjoyed I know I did
Below is some of the footage and interviews from the Nella Bella Fall/Winter presentation April 2011. Check out my interviews with the designer Tarek and see what Julio editor of www.fashionights.com has to say about the collection.