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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…

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: sultry beginnings

- March 29th, 2011

Toronto Fashion Week had a sumptuous start last night, with Holt Renfrew‘s collection of beloved Canadian designers and IZMA‘s grand parade of furs.

Canada Goose jacket at the Holt Renfrew show. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI AGENCY)

Canada Goose jacket at the Holt Renfrew show. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI AGENCY)

The Holts show featured up and coming brand Greta Constantine, a few old favourites like Lida Baday and Pink Tartan, and some pure Canuck style thanks to some Canada Goose jackets (the very ones that flooded TTC this winter).

Some trends that were big in New York – like a ’70s aesthetic, jewel tones, long skirts and all shades of red – have clearly made their way north and I have a sneaking suspicion that by the end of Wednesday night, I’ll be clamouring for another way to say “floor length,” “scarlet,” and “disco-era”. Read more…

New York Fashion Week style trends

- February 14th, 2011

Hearts may be filled with flutters – and tummies may be stuffed with chocolate -today, but in New York. fashion week is over-the-hump (it ends Thursday) and some key trends have certainly emerged.

Here’s a round-up of what’s worth knowing:

The ‘70s are back

Jill Stuart, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Tommy Hilfiger fall winter 2011 collections during New York Fashion Week. (Jessica Rinaldi/Eric Thayer/Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Jill Stuart, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Tommy Hilfiger fall winter 2011 collections during New York Fashion Week. (Jessica Rinaldi/Eric Thayer/Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

When Pink Tartan models strutted down the runway to disco tunes during Toronto Fashion Week  in Gucci-esque orange suits last October, some editors thought the label missed the mark – turns out creative director Kim Newport-Mimran was ahead of the trend.

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