LG Toronto Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 Day 5~~Line Knitwear Pics

So I wasn’t actually there for this show which is all good, considering I missed the show because I had to work.  Hey,  it happens and I knew I wouldn’t be able to see it because all of the evening shows had been running late all week so staying wasn’t an option.  In any case I did get the photos and am glad to present them to you.  This is Line knitwear the closing show for fashion week.  Considering all of the superb collections that came down the runway this season I imagine it must have been difficult to close the week.  This was one of the best weeks that I have seen with respect to designer collections.  Designers have really stepped up their game and have really, (I believe) announced to the fashion world at large that they are capable of putting together wearable, well designed, well cut, cohesive and most importantly sellable collections.  If this is where we are now, regardless of how long it’s taken to arrive here we have a bright and beautiful future ahead of us! Yay for Canadian fashion!

Here is Line Knitwear fall/winter 2011… 

Photos courtesy of John Headley

Hope ya loved it…

Cheers!

Out of The Box Interview–Elite Model Renee Thompson

 

In 2008 I sat on the couch well actually laid, and watched the replay of fashion shows happening during LG Toronto Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 collections and the collection that was coming down the runway was for Bustle.  Having never seen a collection from the team before, I didn’t know what to expect but as the first model came down the runway it was apparent that this was a menswear collection a nice change.  From the moment that I discovered that the shows were being replayed for two to three hours daily that week I was glued to my tv everyday  to watch.  It literally became apart of my daily routine and being production oriented like I am of course I was noticing what each designer had been doing for each of their collections.  As the first model came down the runway for this collection I was immediately paying closer attention.  There was a more elaborate production element to this show.  If your familiar with this collection you know that the models were primarily men and as I continued to watch the show noticing the well cut lines and colour palate used I didn’t think that anything unexpected would happen but then out struts this gorgeous female model dressed head to toe in men’s wear, stompin her way down the runway;  and she rocked the hell out her outfit, she owned it, she show cased the clothes for the photographers in the gallery and stomped it back up the runway, that was the first time that I saw Renee Thompson in all her runway glory.

Fast Forward two years later to LG Toronto Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011  and the shows are no longer a spectator sport for me.  I’m covering fashion week for my blog and looking to get some interviews and some of the backstage action.  So on day two I head backstage to see what my little eyes can see.  Who do I run into right as I walk through the curtain Ms. Thompson herself sitting for hair and makeup for the Rachel Mara show.  (This may not seem too amazing to you but I had to gather myself), why you ask;  because moments earlier I was speaking to John Headley my photographer who got me all my end of runway shots;  and he had asked me if I had an opportunity to speak to her yet,  I said “no, but I’m heading backstage to see if she is getting ready for another show”…I walk in and there she is sitting right in front of the door way, what’s even more striking is she spoke first, more background (I am 5’11 and that day I was wearing 5” OTK black leather boots, so sitting down, it looks like these leather clad legs are coming for you)…She says “I’m wondering who this is with these bad boots on”, and I say “ha just who I was looking for”  the rest is as they say history…

I’ve had some time to sit and talk with Renee, and her story is an amazing one and my interview really doesn’t do it justice, but it’s great for what it is; an opportunity to learn a little bit more about an extraordinary person (as I have come to find out)…yall should get to know her too read on…Ms. Thompson in her own words!

How did you become a Model?

I was discovered by Elmer Olsen in 1999 at an Elite Model search contest in Oakville.  (This would obviously be prior to Elmer opening his own agency)

Who is your style icon?

Shelia E.  She made being Andro (short for Androgynous) cool; she did boy things while still looking like a girl.  She played the drums, and she was the first woman to wear metallic pants like guys and the David Bowie inspired jackets.

Who is your Modeling icon?

Pat Cleveland.  She had a unique walk and never walked in order.  I had the opportunity to work with her during a Gattioni show in 2007 where the designer decided to present his collection and feature all Black models.  The theme being divas of the past and present.  So it was like, Roshumba, Yasmin, Pat Cleveland, Ange, myself, Omahyra Mota, can’t remember any more.  I was the only rookie girl there so I didn’t talk to them but I was like woow these woman are supermodels it was kinda trippy

 


Favourite item of clothing?

My Mango leather jacket.  I bought it in South Africa for a retarded amount of money but I wanted it, and I love it.

What’s in your model bag?

 A dark pair and a light pair of 6” stilettos, you never know what you’re going to wear and black doesn’t go with everything.  Mineral fusion concealer and face powder, I have sensitive skin and acne so I gotta cover that up.  My IPod, Spite lip glass from M.A.C I’ve been wearing since I was 14 and I refuse to deviate!

Favourite Designer?

Andy The-anh and Giorgio Armani, because his Ready to Wear 2007 collection was the most gorgeous collection I’ve ever seen.  There were 50 girls 102 outfits, it was Berets and tiered dresses and I swear the runway was like 200 ft it was exhausting.  The spare shoes!  Over 200 hundred pairs of extra shoes.  He also had spider woven wide brim hats and they had the make-up artists do a shadow on our faces so it appeared on the runway as if the hat was causing the shadow.  Of course there was no way the hat could cause the shadow because they were see -through.

Fall/winter or Spring/Summer?

Fall/Winter because I don’t break out in the winter.

How would you describe your personal style?

By day as comfortable as possible and at night anything less and I would be a stripper I mean….that’s what they do in New York…LOL

Favourite trend for this season?

Rain boots and big long wool coats, we are going back to warmth over style, you can wear them open if it’s not that cold but bundle them up when it is.

Favourite experience favourite person you’ve met?

Ellen DeGeneres, I went to the Richie Rich show(one half of design duo Heatherette) to see my girl walk, so I get back stage and I see Richie sitting for hair and make-up so I walk over and I was like I have a bone to pick with you.  He was like what tell me, so I say I have been casting for your show for years and your bogus production team has never picked me.  He immediately starts calling for wardrobe and makeup and hair to put me in the show.  I’m like ummm okay, so off I go whisked away to walk in this show.  So Richie always has celebrities in his shows. His show is more of a production than anything else it’s a show more than a fashion show.  So I’m dressed and in the line-up and I see Ellen and as I’m getting closer and closer I’m freaking out a lil more cause she’s right there in front of me.  So I finally work up the nerve when I’m right there and say you’re @#$%^ awesome and she says no you’re @#$% awesome and I was like OMG you just said the F word!  (She’s ballsy no?)

 
 
 
Renee on The Runway…

That conludes my interview with Renee, I hope you enjoyed it and got to learn a lil something about this ambitious young lady.

To contact Renee through her agency email: matti@elitemodel.com

On facebook: Renee Thompson

LG Toronto Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011–Runway Photos

So it’s taken way too long for me to do this and I’ve been talking about it for a few weeks now but I’ve gotten the pics that I was looking for and the ones that I wanted to share with you.   So here are the other collections that I didn’t post and some of the end of runway shots that I didn’t have when I was covering the shows daily. 

Okay so that was the official final post for my LG Toronto Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 coverage.  I hope you enjoyed it! ( Photos courtesy of John Headley)

LG Toronto Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 Collections Day 1

 

It’s officially day three of fashion week but only day two for me, and I am here poised at my laptop banging out a post before I have to get dressed and head to the venue to do it all again.  This is my first Fashion Week that I’m covering for my blog so obviously I am extremely excited.  I want to see it all and talk to people and revel in the irreverence that is fashion in this city.  It seems that everyone has the same ideas with respect to what you can find or expect from Canadian designers and what they have to offer.  Which;  is that they are all extremely talented forward thinking individuals who have the potential if not the desire to be on the international stage. 

Okay so let’s get started…

 

The Venue…

Shows are taking place at Heritage Court on the CNE grounds in downtown Toronto, and they managed to make a large hall look like it was the appropriate setting for this city’s most fabulous to be hob nobbing with each other.  Walking into the venue you find the presentations, these are for those designers who aren’t doing a runway show but still want to get exposure for their work.  Check out the pics!

 

Cherry Dewar

Colette Harmon necklaces and accessories

 

Cydelic By Choryin

After the presentations there was a beauty section where you could get your hair and make-up done.  There were sketch artists in the DHL booth; you could get your picture taken on a LG Toronto Fashion Week backdrop, and do some shopping in the Attittude by Sears booth.  Then finally top it all off at one of the bars before you headed in to see the shows.  Oh yeah how could I forget the life-size Ken dolls….can we say drool!

  

                                                   

                

  

  

The shows…

I saw Pink Tartan, Jessica Jensen + Alexander Berardi, and Line Knitwear.  All of the shows were great, and considering that I had never heard of Jessica Jensen and or Alexander Berardi before yesterday; I was very pleasantly surprised with the looks that came down the runway!  The Pink Tartan show was hands down my favourite which is what I expected,  it was full of colour, completely wearable and the shoes were to die for!

 

PINK TARTAN

                                        

 

Star Sightings….

Pictures speak volumes

Me and my Canadian Fashion idol Jeanne Becker Host of Fashion Television

 

 

 Me and Editor in Chief of Flare Magazine Lisa Tant

That concludes the end of my first day of LG Toronto Fashion Week waaaaaay more pics to come! (p.s I know I look slightly crazy in this pic with Lisa Tant but cest la vie I post anyway)

Time to get dressed…….