TFW Spring Summer 2013 – Evan Biddell

TFW Spring Summer 2013 – Evan Biddell
TFW Spring Summer 2013 – Evan Biddell

Evan Biddellwas one of my must see shows during the Spring Summer 2013 World Master Card Fashion Week in Toronto. This was my must see show of the week. I planned to drop Tuesday from my fashion week plans as it conflicted with the New Order concert but I couldn’t miss Evan. He took a break from fashion week after the amazing Kingdom collection of Spring Summer 2011. aMUSE, is the title of the Spring Summer 2013 Evan Biddell collection.

TFW Spring Summer 2013 – Evan Biddell
TFW Spring Summer 2013 – Evan Biddell

“This collection isn’t about fads or colour trends, it’s about a girl and her multi-faceted personalities.” says Biddell, “her style is bipolar of sorts, she doesn’t care what other people are wearing, nor does she care if you approve of what she is wearing.”(Source:Press Release)

TFW Spring Summer 2013 – Evan Biddell
TFW Spring Summer 2013 – Evan Biddell

The show began with a short film created by Evan and Atomic Clock Cinematic Arts Inc. I’m not a big fan of screening a short film before a show. It’s usually hard to see and people can only pay attention for so long when they can’t see. Thankfully the USB press kit included the video and I watched it in the comforts of my home. It’s one of those tweaked classical music backed, slow mo camera, voluminous and flowing fabrics with a wind machine shorts that are hauntingly beautiful when well done. I liked it, what do you think?

aMUSE is an eclectic collection featuring pop art, leather and animal prints. Most of all, it’s classic Biddell: loud prints, architectural shapes, fringe, leather and drapey asymmetry. Rita Tesolin created the jewellery. It’s massive. After the show Evan commented on how some broke due to the weight back stage. The next day I saw Stacey McKenzie rocking one of the runway looks. She created some contraception using tape to keep them on. Oh those fashion secrets.

TFW Spring Summer 2013 – Evan Biddell
TFW Spring Summer 2013 – Evan Biddell

Maybelline New York’s Lead Makeup Artist Grace Lee came up with for Evan Biddell. You can view Evan Biddell Spring Summer 2013 beauty shots on the Maybelline Flickr Page.

The collection is based on the MUSE. An individual, more refined, more grown-up club kid. Glowing skin paired with overdrawn, intense glossy red lips, creating a HUGE impact on the runway. Grace and her team used Super Stay 14HR Lipstick in Ravishing Rouge and Color Sensational High Shine Gloss in Gleaming Grenadine to create the kissable lip.(source: Press Release)

TFW Spring Summer 2013 – Evan Biddell
TFW Spring Summer 2013 – Evan Biddell

Classic Biddell isn’t something that only gets love from me. The collection needed to be bigger and it lacked the cohesion delivered in spring summer 2011. I liked his idea of a conveyor belt runway. It screwed with some photographers through.  You can see the rest of the looks from the Spring Summer 2013 Evan  Biddell show at World Master Card Fashion Week after the jump.

unScripted: Opening Night Gala Performance Party – May 13, 2011

unScripted: Opening Night Gala Performance Party - May 13, 2011

Canadian Stage Visionaries are thrilled to present unScripted: Opening Night, the annual gala fundraiser in support of Canadian Stage, one of the country’s leading non-profit theatre companies. This unique celebration, which plays on the theme of backstage drama from the 1920s to the 21st century, will be held at One King West on Friday, May 13.

The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing, as well as exciting celebrity-curated live performances and dramatic installation spaces, inspired by the glamour of opening night at the theatre.

Artistic concepts will be brought to life by a stellar roster of Canadian talent including fashion designer Evan Biddell, Republic of Doyle’s Allan Hawco, stage director Weyni Mengesha, filmmaker Charles Officer, visual artist Charles Pachter, Slice and ReVamped expert Kaitlyn Regehr, The Company Theatre’s Philip Riccio and unScripted event host, MuchMusic’s RAPCITY host, Tyrone “T-RexXx” Edwards.

Proceeds from this fundraising initiative will support the youth and community initiatives of Canadian Stage, working to make the theatre experience more accessible to future artists and new audiences.

The unScripted: Opening Night Gala Performance Party will begin at 8 p.m. The $90 ticket includes drinks, delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by One King West, door prizes and an exciting silent auction featuring a deluxe trip for two to St. John’s, Newfoundland to visit the set of CBC’s Republic of Doyle.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available at $250 per person. VIP guests are invited to join the Visionaries at 7 p.m. for a pre-show dinner, with a three-course meal prepared by One King West executive chef Samuel Fiore. VIP tickets also include entrance to the Gala Performance Party and a tax receipt for the largest allowable amount. Corporate packages are also available.

To purchase tickets please visit www.theatrevisionaries.ca or call 416.368.3110.

LGFW – Evan Biddell Fall Winter 2010 – 2011

LGFW - Evan Biddell Fall Winter 2010 - 2011

You can always expect a specific point of view from Evan Biddell. The Fall Winter 2010 collection continued with Evan’s obsession with the cocoon shape and a new fabric, cork. It was the most interesting items in the collection. He transformed cork into shorts, skirts and jackets. One jacket in particular made the wearer look like a Geiger Alien. The cork was stiff but not the point where it looked unwearable. It was more appealing to me than the PVC cocoon shapes that preceded the wave of cork pieces.

Understanding that head on images would not display any volume, Evan had the models stand at the end of the runway and face sideways to the photographer’s pit.  Fall Winter 2010 wasn’t as cohesive as what I saw with Spring 2010 at OZ Studios. The 80s prints, pvc, fringe, ruffles, animal print and cork left me wondering what direction Evan was going. It was a battle between sleek bodycon and volume away from the body. The short video that preceded the runway show was random and I don’t see its relation to the collection. Maybe there isn’t one.

It was a great show and I enjoyed myself. The sci-fi references alone had me on board. I love Evan’s inventive nature. I had a preview of the cork shorts during my visit to the OZ Studios and I thought they were great.  I didn’t expect him to make so many different cork looks, it was pretty amazing. The prints were very 80s but I loved their bright, bold nature. Evan Biddell occupies a small niche in fashion, he’s not corporate or looking for mass appeal. It’s refreshing to see his point of view. Too bad the FDCC didn’t allow him to show at his newly opened OZ Studios. I would have loved to see what he came up with.

Pictures are getting better but I still have a lot of work to do as a newbie Olympus E-PL1 user. Here are some of my favourite looks.

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OZ Studio Boutique

Evan Biddell's OZ Studio Boutique

The OZ Studio Boutique is a gorgeous space in a renovated storefront on Ossington Ave. The 100+ year old space has hardwood floors, exposed brick and 17feet ceilings. Evan and his partner Joseph Fuda stripped the place down to its original elements. There are industrial elements with exposed metal piping and just enough dilapidation to be cool. It was the talk of the launch including some envious retailers in the area.

Evan Biddell is insistent that the space is not the Evan Biddell store. It’s part gallery, boutique, event space and photography studio.

Evan Biddell's OZ Studio Boutique

Evan Biddell has partnered with photographer Joseph Fuda to redefine the boutique experience and created an artist’s showroom unlike anything Toronto has to offer – combining a modern concept fashion gallery and photo studio located on the bustling Ossington strip.

Evan Biddell's OZ Studio Boutique
The Biddell Spring 2010 collection is the first installation in the Boutique and available for purchase. The entire collection is displayed on dress forms instead of the traditional clothing rack. The Biddell Fall 2009 collection hangs off the stainless steel wall with magnets.

Evan Biddell's OZ Studio Boutique

Evan Biddell's OZ Studio Boutique
I’m in love with the bathroom at OZ. The framed mirror and sitting area is a nice touch.

OZ Studio Boutique
134 Ossington Ave.
Toronto

What fashion koolaid was Anita drinking in 2009

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Anita in custom Mi Concept leather dress at Holt Renfrew TIFF party, Sept 2009

There are some trends I got behind this year that aren’t for everyone. I’ve drunk the fashion koolaid if you will on some trends. Here are the ones that made it into my closet.

I love the strong shoulder and thigh high boot trend, but it was somethings that I never made it to my closet.

Bijouxbead Holiday 2009 Interactive Pop Up Show Community Reception

BijouxBead @ FTJCO  Pop Up Shop opening

BijouxBead @ FTJCO  Pop Up Shop opening

I attended the Bijouxbead Holiday 2009 Interactive Pop Up Show Community Reception to get a look at the collection of necklaces influenced by Canadian Designers

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David Dixon

The show will kick off with a unique interactive display of eight one of a kind necklaces, all of which happen to be eight stranded, designed to pay homage to eight Canadian Fashion Designers.

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Evan Biddell
BijouxBead @ FTJCO  Pop Up Shop opening
Paul Hardy

Each piece was a thrill to design; I studied these designer’s spring summer 2010 collections at great length, that were shown at Toronto’s LG Fashion Week. I came up with colour, texture and scale for these pieces based on my interpretation of the clothing in their collections that were most notable to me.

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Vawk
BijouxBead @ FTJCO  Pop Up Shop opening
Andy The Anh

Unlike my previous collections, this collection is exclusively glass, crystal and sterling -a big departure for me. All together, I incorporated over thirteen thousand six hundred pieces of glass and two thousand four hundred pieces of crystal into these eight necklaces.

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Amie
BijouxBead @ FTJCO  Pop Up Shop opening
Brandon Dwyer

Also, for the first time in Bijouxbead history, I will be introducing crystal and sterling earrings. Over thirty colours will be represented.

BijouxBead @ FTJCO  Pop Up Shop opening

There was a necklace dedicated to Jason Meyers, but it was sold before I arrived.

BijouxBead @ FTJCO  Pop Up Shop opening

BijouxBead @ FTJCO  Pop Up Shop opening

December 1 – 14
The Atelier of The Fair Trade Jewellery Company
523 Parliament St., Toronto
647-430-8741

Hours
Mon-Tue by appointment only
Wed-Fri 12:30pm-8:00pm
Sat-Sun 11:30am-6:00pm

TEFW – Dare To Wear Love Spring 2010

Dare to Wear Love - Pat McDonagh

There are times when I can’t find the words to talk about a topic. It can be a fashion show, event, etc. I end up sitting on the post until it comes to me and that is why this final LG Fashion Week show review on Dare to Wear Love is so late.

Dare to Wear Love - Peach Berserk

The Dare to Wear Love show, full of beautiful fashion, dance and music inspired by Africa. The multi-faceted collaboration is the largest public dare of the SLF’s new fundraising initiative A Dare to Remember. Recently launched, the nationwide initiative challenges Canadians to take on dares of all kinds to raise awareness and funds for the grassroots organizations in Africa that are on the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic.

More than 25 top designers, including Lida Baday, Brian Bailey, Brose, Pam Chorley, Wayne Clark, Comrags, David Dixon, Evan Biddell, Farley Chatto, Greta Constantine, Izzy Camilleri, Linda Lundström, Lucian Matis, Ross Mayer, Jason Meyers, Price Roman, Mercy, Thomas Chung, Ines de Santos, Peach Berserk, Pat McDonagh, Reva Mivasagar and Ula Zukowska, have committed to Hoax Couture’s dare to create luxe gowns made of rich, eye-catching fabrics sourced from African communities who work with the SLF. Each designer will be asked to have their own family, friends and supporters sponsor this dare with the goal of raising $50,000 for the SLF. Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell of Hoax Couture will also personally ask the fashion community to get involved by making a donation to this cause at http://www.daretowearlove.com.

Dare to Wear Love - Reva Mivasagar

This was one of my highlights of the week. I was really excited to see what our Canadian designers would create using super colourful African prints. I walked in to find that I was placed in the front row, yay. When I got in the runway room I saw that I was sitting next to Jeanne Beker.   I was a little nervous to say the least but it was all for nothing as Jeanne wasn’t attended. I sat besides David Livingstone from The Star. I crudely introduced myself and told him I was a fan of his work.  Totally lame I know, I didn’t know what to say.  I will say this of David, he has the best “get the hell out of a show fast” technique I’ve ever seen. He gets full kudos for that from me.

Dare to Wear Love - Price Roman

The show started with some words from the Hoax Couture boys and Stephen Lewis followed by a choir. The show started after that. It was one of those designer celeb combos that are so popular at fashion week here.  There were a few models that totally hammed it up on the runway which was hilarious.  I particularly liked Jully Black and Jessi Cruichshank turns down the runway.  Natasha Rose had the most graceful walk as she flawlessly danced down the runway, it was quite beautiful.

Dare to Wear Love - Hoax Couture

25 designers presented their garments and many were true to their style, for example David Dixon, Greta Constantine, Mercy and Evan Biddell. Some designers pushed the boundaries like Izzy Camilleri, Pam Chorley and Comrags (pictured below).

Dare to Wear Love - Izzy Camilleri

Dare to Wear Love - Pam Chorley

Dare to Wear Love - Comrags

I’m bias in my favourite dress because I’m a huge fan of Rose, the model. She looked amazing in Ross Mayer’s creation. I loved the head piece and colours.

Dare to Wear Love - Ross Mayer

Dare to Wear Love - Ross Mayer

Dare to Wear Love - Ross Mayer

We were treated to a drum performance at half time. They had colourful outfits on too.

Dare to Wear Love Drummers

Dare to Wear Love Drummers

All the looks featured will be auctioned off at a later date and the proceeds will goto the Stephen Lewis Foundation. In the meantime you can donate to the cause on the Date to Wear Love website.

TEFW – Dare To Wear Love at LG Fashion Week

Dare to Wear Love Pat McDonagh sketch
Dare to Wear Love Pat McDonagh sketch

I’m really excited about the Dare to Wear Love show on October 23th at LG Fashion Week. It’s one of my highlights.

Do you dare? For the first time ever, Hoax Couture and the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) are partnering with the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) to produce a fashion-forward, cause-driven and meaningful closing night show with Canada’s top designers at LG Fashion Week beauty by L’Oréal Paris. The goal is to leverage the power of the Canadian fashion and entertainment communities to raise awareness and funds for the SLF as it works to support communities that are affected by the AIDS pandemic in Africa.

Starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, October 23, a star-studded audience will experience the Dare to Wear Love show, full of beautiful fashion, dance and music inspired by Africa. The multi-faceted collaboration is the largest public dare of the SLF’s new fundraising initiative A Dare to Remember. Recently launched, the nationwide initiative challenges Canadians to take on dares of all kinds to raise awareness and funds for the grassroots organizations in Africa that are on the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic.

“The fashion and entertainment communities in Canada will provide a unique voice for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s new initiative with the Dare to Wear Love show,” said Jim Searle of Hoax Couture. “This show integrates high fashion and a truly important cause, and with the designers using gorgeous African fabric to create the garments, it promises to be a captivating evening.”

More than 25 top designers, including Lida Baday, Brian Bailey, Brose, Pam Chorley, Wayne Clark, Comrags, David Dixon, Evan Biddell, Farley Chatto, Greta Constantine, Izzy Camilleri, Linda Lundström, Lucian Matis, Ross Mayer, Jason Meyers, Price Roman, and many more, have committed to Hoax Couture’s dare to create luxe gowns made of rich, eye-catching fabrics sourced from African communities who work with the SLF. Each designer will be asked to have their own family, friends and supporters sponsor this dare with the goal of raising $50,000 for the SLF. Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell of Hoax Couture will also personally ask the fashion community to get involved by making a donation to this cause at http://www.daretowearlove.com .

I was send a digital package that contained some images of the prints that the designers will be using.

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Dare to Wear Love Print

Dare to Wear Love PrintDare to Wear Love Print

It also included some sketches from 4 of the 25 designers. I can’t wait to see these in person and what the others come up with.

Dare to Wear Love Ines Di Santo sketch
Dare to Wear Love Ines Di Santo sketch
Dare to Wear Love Hoax Couture sketch
Dare to Wear Love Hoax Couture sketch
Dare to Wear Love Comrags Sketch
Dare to Wear Love Comrags Sketch

The creations that the designers present will be auctioned off at a later time. The money will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

images: Courtesy of Rockit Promo

Fritz Helder & The Phantoms and Fashion Cares Presents: Platinum

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Fritz Helder & The Phantoms and Fashion Cares Presents: Platinum

Fritz Helder & The Phantoms and Fashion Cares Presents: Platinum. Fritz Helder & The Phantoms are creating a fashion frenzy with PLATINUM – a special project to help raise funds for ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto).

Combining their loves of music, art and fashion, FH&TP have teamed up with Fashion Cares, ACT and 10 very talented designers to create special edition Fritz Helder & The Phantoms concert merchandise to be auctioned off on May 22, 2009 at “Platinum (LIVE)” in Toronto to celebrate the release of their upcoming album, “Greatest Hits: Platinum Edition” on newly formed label, NELSTAR Music. Proceeds from the sales of the limited edition designs will go to Fashion Cares / ACT!

Check out the designs from Greta Constantine, Jeremy Laing, Nada, Oligarchy, Pink Cobra, Evan Biddell, Label, Franke for Chasse Gardée, Jaime Galindo and HOI BO. All modeled by Fritz Helder & The Phantoms.

It’s a way to show off the great work of Fashion Cares/ACT as well as their on-going relationship with the fashion and music communities.

Pink Cobra

The photos are so great, but I think the Pink Cobra one is my favourite.
Nada
I love this picture of Fritz and Nada.
Jeremy Laing

Jeremy's shirts are pretty neat. The patterns are tiny crystals, ironed on by hand with meticulous care. They are very cool shirts.
Greta Constantine
Everyone looks so happy in this photo, I love it. I'm also a sucker for skipping shots, it's like I'm a kid again.
Franke for Chasse Gardée
Franke for Chasse Gardée
The Team
This is the creative team that put the shoot together.

These one of a kind pieces are available for purchase, please contact info@fritzhelder.com.

See the complete lookbook shots in the slideshow, I’ve only posted my favourites.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these limited designs please contact info@fritzhelder.com

images: Photos by Justin Borbely courtesy of Fritz Helder & The Phantoms

L’Oreal Fashion Week Spring 2009 – geekigirl’s Top Collections

So I’m going to do what I never do, break down my top collections from L’Oreal Fashion Week Spring 2009. This is of course based on the shows I attended. These are the collections that moved me the most. The collections that made me thank god for attending the tents that night. The collections that make me salivate at the mouth.

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Denis Gagnon – This collection is really what my fashion dreams are made of. Hauntingly beautiful with that slightly dark twist I love. Box it all up and ship it home.

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Morales – Architectural, sculptural, colourful. Something different from every day fair.

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Evan Biddell – Streetwear done right. Finally, someone has me interested again. Streetwear has fallen off my radar as of late.

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Greta Constantine – statement dress makers. While I’m not down with the colour palette, there’s no denying those shapes.

L’Oreal Fashion Week Spring 2009 – Evan Biddell

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Evan Biddell put on a great show at LFW. I definitely enjoyed it and saw some really cute pieces. The dhoti style pants are gorgeous. He’s taken a lesson from the Japanese masters and my favourite drop-crotch makers Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto.

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The eyelet jumper looked amazing on the runway.

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I didn’t like the gingham pieces. The skirt volume was clunky and didn’t fall in line with the rest of the collection. The short shorts were a little too American Apparel for me, especially after all the amazing pants.

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I can’t say anything bad about men in skirts (no, seriously)

Overall great little streetwear collection; polished. Models were a lot of fun and it was an entertaining show.

The rest of my awful pictures are here and you can see some here .

On a side note, I’ve had discussions with some people about Biddell’s dhoti pant. While I think he’s done a great job producing them and he’s even got me eyeing a pair, the average woman is going to stay away from this trend. Most of the people who disagree with me on this point are men usually. It’s not like I don’t have facts to back me up.

The one trend most retailers agreed could go away: Harem pants. (WWD SS09 NYC Buyers Report via The Fashion Spot)

It’s an unforgiving pant that doesn’t wear easily.

Slideshow after the cut