Travis Taddeo Fall 2013 WMCFW

So last Friday I lost my Fashion Week virginity! (oh ya). I was lucky enough to attend  Travis Taddeo, whom I adore. His collections are always strong and demand attention. Just take a look at the images below, you’ll see what I mean.

LaSalle College graduate Travis Taddeo presented a  furry unisex collection last Friday at Toronto Fashion Week .

Taddeo’s 2013 fall collection  maintained  a minimalistic yet edgy nature through the incorporation of leather, sheer fabrics and an abundance of fabulous furs. The collection was sponsored by NAFA (North American Fur Association) so racoon, coyote and  beaver fur were all incorporated into the clothing,  Simple slinky tanks and dresses got a touch of sexy with sheer materials and high slits. Bright and vibrant hues were absent, although they weren’t missed – the collection was mostly an all black affair, something to be expected from Taddeo, with some ivory and cream added into the mix.  My favourite? The long maxi dress, that screams “Don’t F*** with me!” Looks like something Lisbeth Salander from Girl With The Dragon Tattoo would wear. No?

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fashion: spring/summer 2013 trends

Milan, Paris and London are home to some of the world’s most iconic fashion houses – Chanel, Guicci, Burberry – just to name a few.  So, it’s no wonder that fashionistas from around the globe keep a close watch on the European runways to see which trends we can expect in the new season. Although the current  weather in Toronto (hello SNOWDAY!)  is a far cry from Spring… I  can’t wait to start building my spring/summer wardrobe.

So, I asked five fashion bloggers in Toronto to share their favourite Spring  trends from across the pond  and tips on how to incorporate the trends into your daily outfit.

KRYSTIN

KRYSTIN from http://suburbanfauxpas.blogspot.ca
Trend: black and white monochrome

“My favourite trend from the European runways for the Spring/Summer 2013 season is a Monochrome look. Bold black and white ensembles were sent down runways in London, Milan and Paris with playful nods to an influence from the 1960s. It truly is a trend that anyone can make their own and works great as a transitional look from spring to summer. You’ll find me sporting the look with some bold pattern mixing of stripes with dots and a bold dash of color be it a bright pink lipstick or a cropped blazer.”

Krystin’s tips on how to wear the trend:

Tip #1: For the brave at heart, a fun-loving printed pant or skirt would pair beautifully with a bold hue on-top such as chartreuse or fuchsia.

Tip #2: A bold-print black and white blouse can easily be tamed with a black pencil skirt or cropped black trousers for a look that’s clean and crisp.

Tip # 3: Looking for a quick and easy way to sport this trend? Consider a fun manicure that incorporates a bold monochromatic look.

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Steph Update

STEPHANIE from http://www.stephaniesterjovski.com
Trend: lace trench coats

“I think the city girl will love this look, because it can take her from day to night. A lace trench is both work and evening appropriate, and looks magnificent worn over a dress. It offers an interesting element, and modern update to a timeless piece. A lace trench would look lovely dressed up or down, whether it’s a pencil skirt or jeans – heels would be a must for me! Love this look for the spring, in rain, wind or shine!”

Stephanie’s tips on how to wear the trend:

Tip #1: For a standout look, pair your trench with a statement necklace, think sparkle! The texture and glitz go together effortlessly.

Tip #2: I love mixing high and low, as much as I love to play dress up, boyfriend jeans, and a striped T look fantastic when juxtaposed against a trench.

Tip # 3: I’ve always loved the look of coats over the shoulders, without your arms in the sleeves, and just letting it elegantly sway on your back.

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DEANNE

DEANNE from http://threadbare-dm.blogspot.ca
Trend: All white

“What strikes me most about this trend is the duality of it: it is the perfect marriage between simplicity and complexity. Even in the most structured pieces, this look is delicate and feminine. Starchy-boyfriend-esque button down shirts paired with boxy shorts or a skater skirt sounds like a literal summertime dream to me.”

Deanne’s tips on how to wear the trend:

Tip #1: Cream is not the same as white – be strategic in the way you pair your whites and off-whites.

Tip #2: Please avoid tight, white pants. They will do you no favors, I promise. Designers are showing a great deal of loose-fitting yet feminine whites, so stick to those.

Tip # 3: Layers will add a level of complexity to this trend: throw a white cardi over a white v-neck over a white button up and you’ve really got something going.

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Alexandra

ALEXANDRA from http://imalittle.com
Trend: Tomboy shorts

” As a self-proclaimed style savant, there is nothing I love more than a trendy take on an effortlessly comfortable piece. And what screams Spring & Summer more than a fashion-friendly short that is also easily taken from day-to-night? This is certainly one of the best trends to incorporate in to your season’s wardrobe and it’s an added bonus when you feel as cozy and collected as your look represents.”

Alexandra’s tips on how to wear the trend:

Tip #1: For the day try this with a soft and striped button-down or a light chambray shirt tucked in with a thin animal print belt.

Tip #2: Pair with a set of loafers or if you’re a heel aficionado like myself, try a comfortable pair of wedges or espadrilles.

Tip #3: What I love the most about this androgynous look is that you can add a bit of subtle sex appeal to your evening wear. Try your Tomboy Shorts with a low cut metallic tank and a pair of bright, strappy heels. Using a bit of subtly with your shorts paired with an overtly sexy tank adds a flair of juxtaposition to an already stylish look.

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Marla

MARLA from http://www.trendstruck.com
Trend: Shimmering metallics

” Although metallics can be worn in a bold way they don’t necessarily have to be and I think that’s the approach Toronto will take with this trend.  Some trends completely alter the shape or structure of pieces, like peplum for example, therefore it can take some time before we feel comfortable with them.  Metallics on the other hand are a finish to things we already wear and since it’s not too far off from sequin I think in small doses this trend will be accepted.  I especially see women embracing metallic brocades since a print creates a more subtle approach to the trend.”

Marla’s tips on how to wear the trend:

Tip #1:  If you are looking to make an obvious impact wearing metallics then go bold with either silver or gold.

Tip #2: To implement metallics in your everyday style neutralize the trend so it’s not overpowering.  Last summer both bright colours and pastels were huge and this summer they will continue to stick.  To change things up this season you are just looking for those same colours but adding some high shine to it.  The impact of your outfit is your metallic piece so nothing else should compete with it.

Tip # 3: For those who aren’t too daring when it comes to trends yet still love the look then complete your outfit with a metallic clutch or a pair of shoes.

What trends are you excited to try this spring/summer?

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Toronto: Underground Sounds

The end of the semester is just around the corner, which means I’m super busy completing end of the semester assignments. Sure, I’ve had plenty of time to get them done, but I am a hardcore procrastinator. I start off the semester strong, but somewhere along the way I lose all focus and determination.  Ah well. That’s what caffeine is for.. CAFFEINE POWERS ACTIVATE!!

Anyways, I thought I’d share the videos I’ve been working on for a class. My focus was musicians that play in the subway. Specifically the Toronto subway. These guys are so incredibly talented. True artists. Unfortunately, my editing skills are nothing to write home about,so please try to ignore the choppiness and just enjoy the music. You can check out the rest of the project here








shop talk: kind exchange

Kind Exchange 611 Queen Street West ♠ 647.349.5463 ♠ www.kindexchange.ca

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Courtney Callahan to talk shop. Here’s the scoop.

The Place: In October 2011, Jeffrey Wexler and Courtney Callahan, a boyfriend/girlfriend team (who live above the store) opened Kind Exchange after moving to Toronto from Chicago. Jeffrey, a Toronto native,  has been working in the re-sale industry for over 10 years , while Courtney’s background before Kind Exchange was in selling wine. “It’s a total departure for me, but so far so good,” she says. The store is a treasure trove for budget conscious fashionistas offering an assorted inventory that is reflective of its vibrant location.  The store also strives to give back to the community by offering a “Skip-A-Bag” program, which encourages people to bring in their own reusable bags. This option is both environmentally friendly and charitable, as they match the bag cost and make a 10 cent donation to one of the three charities they are working with.
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shop talk: haute classics

Haute Classics ** New location: 1454 Yonge St.**   ♠ 416.922.7900 ♠ www.hauteclassics.com

Images taken at previous location: 946 Yonge Street

I had the pleasure of chatting with Jina Han, co-founder of Haute Classics, and Erika Hrycun, the store’s manager. As I walked through the door I honestly felt like I was entering a celebrity’s closet. I should clarify: I’m talking about a chic celebrity, think Victoria Beckham, not Ke$ha.  Here’s the scoop. 


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