Rodarte at The Room

Rodarte at The Room

Rodarte designers, Kate and Laura Mulleavy visited Toronto for a Personal Appearance and party at The Room in The Bay. The excitement was building up in the weeks preceding the event because Toronto hasn’t had any major designer visits recently (No, that Kim K person doesn’t count as a designer).

Rodarte at The Room

As with most of these events, I don’t care about what everyone is wearing because I’m touching the designer’s samples. I love the opportunity to feel the garments and examine the workmanship. Rodarte’s clothing is so well made and the materials are lush.
Rodarte at The Room

I didn’t even speak to Kate and Laura. I had no interview questions. I didn’t want to do the “I really like your work” and subsequent photo opp. I feel a bit sorry for designers in these situations as I liken it to being in a Zoo. They seemed happy to meet fans and take pictures before being whisked off to dinner with VIPs
Rodarte at The Room

I really like the Van Gogh print dresses from the Rodarte Spring Summer 2012 collection. The Fall Winter 2012 – 2013 collection didn’t invoke the same feelings but I love their shearling jackets.

Rodarte at The Room

Rodarte at The Room

Rodarte at The Room

Rodarte at The Room

Rodarte at The Room

Rodarte at The Room

Check out the rest of my photos from the event in the slideshow.

I was wearing the bright neon dress that got me spotted in Refinery29. I managed to find myself in coverage by The Backseat Stylers, Flare, Fashion Magazine and Jason Hudson.

Earlier this year I snapped some beautiful Rodarte dresses that were on display during the Anna Dello Russo event. I’ve never posted them and it seems appropriate for this post. These dresses are stunning.

Schutz Fall Winter 2012 – 2013 Preview

Schutz is a Brazilian shoe company I’ve recently discovered. I was eyeing a pair of platform wedge sandals from Schutz from eLuxe which I ended up turning into an i got. The shoe is super light and I’m really looking forward to taking them for a spin.

Schutz’s creative director is luxury shoemaker Alexandre Birman. Shoemaking is in the blood and 39 years ago his father founded the Arezzo Group. The company is made up of three brands: Arezzo (lower-priced collection), Schutz(the contemporary collection) and Alexandre Birman (luxury collection). Alexandre started designing Schutz 15 years ago and it’s finally making it was to North American markets. The shoes are all made in Brazil.

I attended the Schutz Fall Winter 2012 – 2013 preview and got a look at the extensive collection.

See the rest of my photo in the slideshow

Holt Renfrew Hosts Bruno Frisoni and Roger Vivier

Holt Renfrew Hosts Bruno Frisoni and Roger Vivier

The celebration for the launch of the Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection exhibit at The Bata Shoe Museum brought Bruno Frisoni, Creative Director of Roger Vivier to Toronto. The next day he was entertaining socialites and a few media types at Holt Renfrew for a private lunchtime event. There were many Roger Vivier fans in the audience who were loving the women’s Fall Winter 2012 – 2013 handbag and shoe collection. I’ve never seen so many buckles on shoes in my life.

Bruno Frisoni is so adorable in this video. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him and just gawked instead.

Holt Renfrew Hosts Bruno Frisoni and Roger Vivier

Holt Renfrew Hosts Bruno Frisoni and Roger Vivier

Holt Renfrew Hosts Bruno Frisoni and Roger Vivier

Holt Renfrew Hosts Bruno Frisoni and Roger Vivier

See all of my photos from the Holt Renfrew Hosts Bruno Frisoni and Roger Vivier event

Ecco Fall Winter 2012 – 2013 Preview

A few weeks ago I attended the Ecco Fall Winter 2012 preview at the Brill Communications head office. Ecco is one of those companies that responded to the changing face of the market. They noticed that customers are more style savvy and made efforts to target that market. I think they’ve done a great job in making Ecco a fashionable choice for many.

The Ecco Fall Winter 2012 – 2013 collection has three overall themes.

Active Vibration – Active Vibration illuminated the spaces where sport meets fashion. Clean and functional lines, in combination with sporty comfort and colour blocking, describe the shoes in this part of the runway. Shoes from this category are for an active lifestyle, focused on health and wellness.

Aesthetic Being -There was much focus on esthetics and elegance and a softer approach to classic minimalism in this part of the collection. “Less is more” and classics featuring fashion trends from several decades. Slow fashion, old school and even masculine styling were key words describing a number of the autumn/winter ECCO styles.

Nordic Breathing – Finally, ECCO®’s AW12 runway was offering shoes to all of us who live and breathe Scandinavian lifestyle in terms of great, natural materials – in particular leather. And leather will certainly be in the air when the leaves start falling from the trees this fall. Being one of the world’s leading leather manufacturers, ECCO will be on top of the agenda.

This season sees dark purple, saffron and amber make strong appearances in the collection. I loved the colour selections this year and the boots. Ecco boots have always interested me more than the heels. This season the short and tall boots are excellent. The photos in this post show my favourite items from this season.

i want: Roberto Cavalli “Wild Diva” Sunglasses

Roberto Cavalli

It pains me to say this but I like something from Roberto Cavalli. I’m a bit shocked to admit it but these Wild Diva sunglasses are pretty killer.

Roberto Cavalli

Skilfully crafted on the front for a second skin effect, it expresses an impetuous temperament through bold lines and strong traits, underscored by a crocodile/ostrich/shagreen print.

Bold chromatic contrasts, from the winter colours that swing from black tobacco to purple and back, to the stronger and more extreme pink, violet, yellow and acid green colours, all with matching or contrasting shaded lenses to add emphasis to the fashion essence of these sunglasses.

Roberto Cavalli

These sunglasses made their debut on the Fall Winter 2012 – 2013 runway. I’ll be including these in my fall sunglasses hunt.

images: courtesy of Roberto Cavalli

Toronto Fashion Week’s New Players

FDCC

The Fall Winter 2012 – 2013 fashion season is approaching. The FDCC has cleaned house and the event formerly called LG Toronto Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris is now called World MasterCard Fashion Week. Yes, one long name for another long name. I hate to say that both are kinda obnoxious but events need sponsors and that jazz. However, I also lament the lack of Toronto in the new name and with the event in general. I’ll probably go back to using TEFW (Toronto Extended Fashion Week) to describe our two weeks of fashion a season. Apparently, I called this new fashion week partnership way back in November in a drunken conversation I don’t remember when Danielle visited.

“World MasterCard Fashion Week is one of the world’s most anticipated fashion events bringing together established names, emerging designers and luxury brands,” said Betty DeVita, President of MasterCard Canada. She adds, “Fashion is a key element of our Priceless Toronto and global Priceless Cities initiative. Through Fashion Week we are celebrating Toronto as Canada’s quintessential destination for all things stylish. We encourage everyone to experience all that Toronto has to offer.”

In addition to the new title sponsor, the FDCC brought in Maybelline New York as the make up sponsor. Maybelline New York is part of L’Oreal Group so this is an interesting change of brands. Torontonian, Grace Lee, Lead Make Up Artist Canada will be the head makeup guru for the week.

“I am honoured to represent this amazing brand and use my experience to forecast the beauty trends for Fall at World MasterCard Fashion Week,” says Lee. “I’m most excited about showcasing new products backstage – the looks I’ll be creating with the designers will be so accessible and affordable for the consumer. Canadians will learn firsthand how to make runway beauty wearable.”

Finally, Redken 5th Avenue Canada is the new official hair sponsor for WMCFW. Toronto backstage team will be lead by Jorge Joao, Redken Global Performing Artist, professional hair stylist and]salon co-owner of KOI Hair Studio.

“Working with designers to create a memorable look that helps build their fashion story is key,” says Joao. “The Redken team is committed and we look forward to delivering new silhouettes, textures and styles for Canadian fashion.”

This is some major switching of the guards happening here and I’m very curious to see what these new players bring to Toronto Fashion Week. I’m excited about fashion week again. I like this feeling.

image: courtesy of FDCC

I want – I got’s Fall Winter 2012 – 2013 Fashion Trend Forecasting Reference – Updated December 14, 2011

Interfilière Fashion Trends Autumn/Winter 2012/13
Interfilière Fashion Trends Autumn/Winter 2012/13

I want – I got’s Fall Winter 2012 – 2013 Fashion Trend Forecasting Reference
This is a listing of fashion trend forecasting reports for Fall Winter 2012 – 2013. They are posted for reference and easy access. This page will be updated as more fashion trend forecasting reports come up.

Updated December 14, 2011 – HOME INTERIORS REPORT F/W 2012 – 2013 TREND BIBLEKID'S COLOR TREND REPORT F/W 2012-13 DESIGN OPTIONS

Updated October 30, 2011 – Pantone Color Forecast – Fall/Winter 2012/2013: REFOCUS

Updated October 27, 2011 – WOMEN’S ACCESSORIES KEY ITEMS F/W 2012-13 TRENDSTOP.COM

Updated October 27, 2011 – KID’S COLOR TREND REPORT F/W 2012-13 DESIGN OPTIONS

Updated October 27, 2011 – KID’S TREND REPORT F/W 2012 – 2013 TREND BIBLE

Updated October 27, 2011 – WOMEN’S COLOR TRENDS F/W 2012 – 2013 DESIGN OPTIONS

Updated October 27, 2011 – WOMEN’S APPAREL F/W 2012-13 CAREER TREND MPDCLICK.COM

Updated October 27, 2011 – HOME INTERIORS REPORT F/W 2012 – 2013 TREND BIBLE

Updated August 24, 2011 – WOMEN’S CONTEMPORARY COLOR F/W 2012-13 DESIGN OPTION

Updated August 24, 2011 – WOMEN’S APPAREL TRENDS KEY ITEMS F/W 2012-13 TRENDSTOP.COM

Updated August 24, 2011 – YOUNG MENS COLOR TRENDS F/W 2012-13 DESIGN OPTIONS

Updated July 31, 2011 – TOP PRINT IDEAS F/W 2012-13 TEXTILE TRENDS PRINTSOURCE

Updated July 31, 2011 – WOMEN’S PRINT FORECAST F/W 2012-13 TEXTILES TRENDSTOP.COM

Updated July 31, 2011 – MENS WOMEN’S FLASH F/W 2012-13 TRENDS TEXTILE SPINEXPO

Updated July 31, 2011 – WOMEN’S INTIMATES & SWIM F/W 2012-13 TRENDS INTERFILIERE

Updated July 31, 2011 – Color Trends Fall/Winter 2012 – Converge and Compliments vs. Algebra – Re-Do it Design

Updated July 31, 2011 – Denim Trends Fall/Winter 2012-2013 by Cotton Incorporated

Updated July 31, 2011 – Color & Surface Trends Forecast Fall/Winter 2012-13

NILIT® presents the BodyFashion and Activewear Trends for Fall-Winter 2012-2013

Interfilière Fashion Trends Autumn/Winter 2012/13

Interfilière Color Trends Autumn/Winter 2012/13

Fall/Winter 2012/2013 – Cotton Incorporated Trends

PANTONE VIEW Color Planner Fall/Winter 2012/2013

NILIT TRENDS PRESS RELEASE FALL WINTER 2012-13.doc

Oh my dior: Fashion Trends Fall Winter 2012

Oh my dior: Sportswear Trends Autumn/Winter 2012/2013

Dogi Colour Games Fall Winter 2012 – 2013