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Fashion Week(s): By the numbers

- March 22nd, 2012

Fashion Week from an editor’s point-of-view: My semi-annual numerical round-up of  World MasterCard Fashion Week and off-site shows that bookended the event.

35.5 – Hours of work, outside of my regular gig.

30 – Runway shows over five days at World MasterCard Fashion Week.

26 – Seasons of Toronto Fashion Week (it’s official name changes with major sponsorships. ie. last fall I attended LG Fashion Week.)

19 – World MasterCard Fashion Week shows I attended.

11 – Cups of coffee, including two venti Starbucks, which should count for about three each.

10 – Whole grain, fig and fruit and nut bar-based dinners.

Off-site fashion: Lucian Matis, Jean-Pierre Braganza and LOVAS (one of my favourite dresses). (Magnet Creative, Dave Abel/QMI AGENCY, Brill Communications)

Off-site fashion: Lucian Matis, Jean-Pierre Braganza and LOVAS (one of my favourite dresses). (Magnet Creative, Dave Abel/QMI AGENCY, Brill Communications)

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Fashion Week: Trends to love (or hate)

- October 19th, 2011

Fashion Week may have felt like it launched in shaky waters, but by the second day it was smooth sailing – shows were on time, everyone knew where they were supposed to be, and collections felt fresh and sprightly.*

*making those of us jerky enough to complain about day one feel, well, jerky.

After just two days of style mania, a few new trends have emerged – but like any change, there’s the good with not-as-good.

Trends to love (or hate):

White pants

Looks from Chloe commes Parris and Joeffer Caoc. (Mark O'Neill/QMI AGENCY)

Looks from Chloe commes Parris and Joeffer Caoc. (Mark O'Neill/QMI AGENCY)

Seen at: Chloe commes Parris, Joeffer Caoc. Read more…

Fashion Week: mish mash

- March 30th, 2011

Toronto Fashion Week‘s second day was a lesson in contradictions, both between designer collections and within different lines’ aesthetics.

Switching gears was rather wearing on our day of eight shows; we saw everything from sexy swimwear to masterful art as fashion to home decor (yes, really). By the sixth display, the second had felt like it happened a day earlier.

Punches of colour at the Denis Gagnon show. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Punches of colour at the Denis Gagnon show. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

First up, Montreal-based Denis Gagnon showed his surprisingly wearable and architecturally stunning fall line. Rumour has it Gagnon came to Toronto with a key aim to sell his creations (the theme of the week is “The Business of Fashion,” after all), unfortunately, with a 1 p.m. time slot, the bleachers were less than half-full – which was a real shame, as he’s considered by many in the industry as one of Canada’s most innovative designers, if not the best.

A friend on the front row said that when Gagnon showed the same collection in Montreal “you couldn’t fit another person in the room.” Read more…

Fashion Week ripe for the picking

- October 21st, 2010

With two designers debuting shows in Toronto, a “Hamptons garden party,” and a forward-feeling show from Joe Fresh,  Wednesday was all about new beginnings at Toronto Fashion Week.

Elusive cupcakes, left, and a lovely coral frock, far right, at the House of Groves viewing. (Jack Boland/QMI Agency)

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