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
Yasmin Warsame is probably one of the most recognizable Canadian Supermodels in the industry. The Somali-born Canadian has been modelling professionally for the better part of 15 years and has every right to be a complete Diva, but she soooo isn’t!
Now I am not one to become unglued when meeting high-profile people, I breezed through my interview with Jeanne Becker when I covered my first season at Toronto Fashion Week and I am always stalking Glen Baxter for his reaction to the shows; but for some reason when I met Yasmin backstage I seriously was speechless…(maybe one day I will tell you guys what happened when I came face to face with my idol Jay-z). Your girl said nada, zip, zero, zilch! I didn’t even have the presence of mind to do my job and ask her for a photo or a quick interview. Hangs head in shame…alas tis my trial, I freeze at times.
Well just a few short months ago I saw the photos from an editorial that she did for Flare Magazine’s January 2012 issue. The pictures are breath-taking and the styling and direction were exceptional. I want the Marchesa dress and I would slap my momma for them Nicholas Kirkwood shoes. Check out the pictures for yourself and see what all the fuss is about.
Yasmin Warsme for Flare January 2012 Photos by Andrew Soule Art Direction Tanya Watt. Fashion Director and Styling Liz Cabral.
I first met Roxanne on the set of a calender shoot that I did for a hair salon based here in Toronto. She was the make up artist that day and she did a brilliant job on my skin, which is tricky to match to foundation at times but she had me looking like an actual model….(y’all know I don’t model)….
So when I ran into her again on a test shoot that I was visiting I had to take the opportunity to ask her about her trade. In the midst of that conversation the subject of being an agency artist or remaining freelance came up and the following video is her response to that question. Hope you enjoy!
Roxanne DeNobrega on Agency vs. Freelance in her own words…