LG Toronto Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 Day 3

Hey fashion lovers and fashion followers.  Day three was just awesome!  I met June Ambrose, we were  hanging backstage talking, laughing and  taking pictures,  #nobigdeal.  LOL…I also had the coolest interviews with Dani winner of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 6 and Aminat also from America’s Next Top Model Cycle 12. They were both funny and down to earth.  On top of which they also stomped it down the runway. 

I’m not sure about anybody else but the show that I was most looking forward to seeing was the Attitude by Jay Manuel at Sears.  Boy he did not disappoint! As we entered the runway room we all wondered about the blueish looking runway that was in the room.  Turns out it wasn’t blue at all it was jet black and shiny.  He was the only designer to use a non-white runway.  It was also a  packed house and I along with everybody else was anticipating what was about to go down.  The show opened with Super model Yasmin in an all white pant suit, which set the tone for the flawless collection that was to come.  I’m not going to give away anymore details though,  as they say a photo is worth a thousand words.  Now the photos will be in the following post as I feel they need to shine on their own.   So here are the pictures from the day.

Backstage Beauty…Attitude by Jay Manuel for Sears and pictures of what was going with all of the fashionable people.

Photos courtesy of Paul Ross 

Stay on the blog for the Attitude pictures….you won’t regret it!



LG Toronto Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 Day 2

I’ve been commenting that the collections coming out of Toronto Fashion week this season are fantastic.  I mean, that may not surprise some of you but I expect to not like at least one or two shows that I attend.  How could every single designer present a collection that is totally me?   It sounds ludicrous even when I say it out loud.  In any case that is exactly what’s happening I have yet to be disappointed.  High points for me as expected; Pink Tartan the show was awesome just flawless in its execution colour palette and fluidity. Chloe Comme Parris was also great and even the Korhani Rug Runway show had its points.  The day closed with Bustle which was also a great show that featured dog sleds and snow!

 I was backstage today and got to interview the designer from Korhani, as well as take a picture with the adorable pink poodle from the show.  She was so sweet and well-behaved.  The dog not the designer.  (LoL)  You’ll be able to see that interview on TGIF TV as well as the footage I got of Glen Baxter of In Fashion giving me his opinion on Chloe Comme Parris.  Overall it was a day filled with good design and fashion fever from the crowd attending!

Check out the pics from the day below.

Backstage Beauty…Pink Tartan

Around the venue…

Angie Smith ET Canada

Joe Mimran aka Joe Fresh backstage pre-show press

hot ass shoes

Louis "my Czar" love his style

Julio aka Mr. Fashionights

closeup on the shoes


Lolitta Dandoy fashion and beauty blogger


Fav show of the day Pink Tartan…(not the full show)

Photos courtesy of  Jenna Marie Wakani via fashionmagazine.com

So that concludes day two coverage.  I am a day behind so check back for Day 3 tomorrow.  Oh it’s good it’s soooooo good!


LG Toronto Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 Day 1

Monday was the first day of fashion week here in Toronto and I have your scoop on what the venue looked like and a sneak peek of the shows from last night. 

So far my favourites are the looks from the Pink Tartan portion of the Holt Renfrew show and pretty much the entire IZMA collection.  If this is any indication of  what the other collections will be looking like this season then we will be experiencing some amazing  clothes!  A fashionista’s heaven!  Every major fashion personality was in the building last night and Jeanne Becker had the great pleasure of introducing Robin Kay who opened the evening with warm remarks. In any case check out the pictures below and check back here daily for your LG Toronto Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011  scoop!

Around the Venue…

Holt Renfrew Presents…





Now it’s time to do it all over again! Follow me on twitter for the latest fashion week updates @backstagelife!

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What’s Alexxuss Doing?~~Two Girls in Fashion Update!

The last few months have been incredibly busy for us and we are so excited to keep bringing you updates on what we are doing.  On March 14th we launched twogirlsinfashion.com and just this past Monday March 28th we premiered the first webisode for TGIF TV.  

The first webisode is all about our Sway magazine “On the Verge” story that we directed for the “People with Sway” section of the magazine.  I haven’t been able to post some behind the scenes pics yet but that is just what this post is for.  So to compliment the webisode and to prepare you for the magazine to hit stands check out some of the on set pics. 

Big thank you’s to A-game, Regular Robb, DBS studios, my co-host and co-director Renee Thompson, Dj Lissa Monet, make-up artist extraordinaire Asha Emanuel and our wardrobe stylist who works miracles Donovan Whyte.  Last but certainly not least our amazing photographer Kwaku Kufuor.  Also thanks to Darcy Hoover, Chelsea and Anastasia. 

 Enjoy the pictures!

What’s Alexxuss Doing?~TwoGirlsinFashion.com promo shoot

Sneak pic

In my last What’s Alexxuss Doing post I told yall about the Sway magazine photoshoot I am co-directing with Renee Thompson, the fantastic thing is that we have also established a creative direction/production company and blogcast called Two Girls in Fashion.  Twogirlsinfashion.com will launch officially on March 14, 2011.  In preparation for the launch of the site we have had to take some necessary steps like directing a photoshoot that we are also the subjects of.  Well,  we did just that this last Friday.  We got super lucky the weather was gorgeous (during the day anyway)  so we were able to execute our outdoor creative without freezing our kneecaps off. 

We were blessed with an awesome crew, we were photographed by Erwin Loewon, assisted by Kiley Ayla, stylist Salem of Remix clothing Co. assistant stylists Cynthia Spitz and Sonia Torsan, and videographer Julie Hong.

We had so much fun and I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.  I can’t wait for the site to go live!  Check back for updates on what we are doing.

Between shots at the corners of Bathurst & Queen


Oh Oh lashmergency

sneak pic


Doing my makeup.


Kiley Ayla photography assistant


Erwin Loewen photographer and Kiley assistant


sneak pic

What’s Alexxuss Doing~~Sway Magazine “On the Verge” Shoot

It’s a totally excititng time right now, its also frustrating, challenging, mind numbing and exasperating…ah such is the life of a director. So this is the part where your wondering what’s so exasperating, challenging, blah, blah, blah.  It’s this;  I’m co-directing a photoshoot with my lovely co-director Renee Thompson.  So what does that mean?  That means that we have come up with a photo story and pitched it to a magazine, they loved it and now we are in execution mode, meaning pulling together the team to bring the creative story to life.  Oh yeah the magazine is Sway.  You know,  the premiere black magazine in Canada.  It’s been awesome but also crazy at the same time. 

As a director there are tons of elements that you have to consider before going forward.  You have to think budgets and subject matter, and photographer and wardrobe stylists and make up artists.  You have to make sure that it will all work together.  I honestly don’t know how people who don’t have previous project management experience pull this off all of the time;  because even with my experience it is still nerve wracking.  Right now we are past the point of casting and pulling together the team.  We have a great group of people working with us and we are super excited to do the shoot which is coming up soon. 

So who’s it gonna be, our photographer is Kwaku A Kufuor, fashion stylist Michelle Lyte and make up artist Roxanne DeNobrega.  The photos will appear in the people with Sway section of the magazine and will feature A-Game, Regular Robb, Lissa Monet, and DBS studios.  

In prepartion for the shoot we needed to get everyone together to have their measurements taken and to discuss looks as well as  inspiration for lighting and shot composition.  Overall it was a great day, check out the pics from that day and stay tuned to see the pics from behind the scenes at the shoot!

Photos are by our amazing photographer Kwaku Kufuor.

What’s Alexxuss doing?~~Maximillian Model Management Model search

So here’s a quick post for yall to give you the heads up on what I’m up too.  (yeah I know you wanna know).  So one of the opportunities that I’ve been presented with is hosting a model search.  The model search will be taking place this weekend December 18.  A few notes before I give you guys all the details there is a demand for East Indian or West Indian models as well as for plus size models.  Plus size meaning a size 10 to size 16 so if  you know any girls who thought that they can’t get work because of their heritage or because they are on the fluffy side tell em I’m looking for em.  Details below…


Maximillian Model Management Model Search on Dec. 18th 2010.
Happening at Salt & Pepper 82 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON. From: 10am-5pm.
Women: 13-23
Height: 5’9” +
Men: ages 16-27
…Height: 6” +
All models under the age of 18 Must be present with a legal guardian. No exceptions!
All models Must be wearing a blue shirt for the audition. This is in cooperation with Canada’s Anti-Bullying Day, on Dec. 17th. 

Maximillian is a boutique modeling agency located in downtown Toronto. Their models have booked shows for LG Fashion Week, Elle Canada Fashion Shows, and FAT fashion shows, to name a few. If you wish to save a spot, you may pre-register on their FB page Maximillian Model Management under events, or by replying to their Discussion Post “Become a Model”.Follow them on Twitter and/or join their FB page!  Twitter: Maximillianmgmt  Come and show us what you’ve got!!!

I hope to see all of you aspiring models there!

Check out pics of  Phillenne,  Maximillian model who opened the Baby Steinberg show at LG Toronto Fashion Week Spring Summer 2011. 


For more information on Maximillian check out their website www.maximillianmodel.com