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Toronto fashion week: Get a runway-ready manicure at home

- March 18th, 2014

The first day of World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto was a mix of toughness and softness: Biker jackets and tight midi skirts in pretty pastel colours at Mikhael Kale and LINE Knitwear, leather textured with a rose pattern at Beaufille, and long gowns slashed with cutouts at VAWK.

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Runway-ready: Natalia’s manicure by the Essie team at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto.

Those details were echoed right down to the manicures: Tough-girl cutout shapes at Mikhael Kale and a dark-to-light ombre looks at LINE, created by the team at Essie Canada.

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Caption this: Tbilisi Fashion Week

- April 24th, 2013

Designers and stylists have models wear all sorts of interesting accessories on the runway, sometimes – rather unfortunately – taking focus away from their designs. Which is exactly what I’m doing here.

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Models present creations for fall/winter 2013-2014 collection by Georgian designer Ria Keburia during Tbilisi Fashion Week, April 23, 2013. (AFP PHOTO /VANO SHLAMOV)

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PETA’s human skin on the runway video won’t be aired at Toronto airport ahead of Fashion Week

- March 15th, 2013

Animal rights organization PETA was told its “Runway Reversal” parody video – featuring animated foxes wearing creations made of human body parts on the runway – was refused approval to air at Toronto’s Pearson Airport ahead of World MasterCard Fashion Week kicking off next week.

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An image still from PETA’s “Runway Reserval” video. (PETA)

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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: By the numbers

- October 25th, 2011

Before aching feet have fully recovered, and have eyes de-pouffed, here’s a look back at Toronto’s LG Fashion Week (makeup and hair by L’Oreal, water by Smartwater, curls by Rowenta and hangover by Peroni – did I miss anyone?).

The final tally:

A zillion – Bottle blondes in the front row (myself included).

A glimpse at the exclusive front row seating during the Holt Renfrew show on Oct. 17, 2011. (Mark O'Neill/QMI AGENCY)

A glimpse at the exclusive front row seating during the Holt Renfrew show on Oct. 17, 2011. (Mark O'Neill/QMI AGENCY)

37 – Fashion shows, both in the big runway room and the smaller studio room. Read more…