TEFW – Rita Liefhebber Spring 2010

TEFW - Rita Liefhebber Spring 2010
I was already home and ready to start writing when I got a message that I should head down to The Black Hoof to see Rita Liefhebber collection. I put some some relaxed clothing and my Final Fashion Dr. Martens and headed out. I was so glad I did but pissed I forgot my camera. I had to use my blackberry.

TEFW - Rita Liefhebber Spring 2010

The presentation was in the back room in the restaurant. There were a steady stream of people when I arrived. I learned the kitchen was making appetizers. I was in heaven as the food at The Black Hoof is amazing, a meat eater’s paradise.

TEFW - Rita Liefhebber Spring 2010

Finally, I made my way inside the white room. Two rows of models lined two walls. They each were wearing a different look from the collection. It was very well done. I loved the colour palette of grey, black and punches of seafoam. There were a lot of pieces I would wear from the collection including the black dress with triangle panels.

TEFW - Rita Liefhebber Spring 2010

TEFW - Rita Liefhebber Spring 2010

This was an unexpected treat of fashion week, a definite highlight.

TEFW – Andy The Anh Spring 2010

TEFW - Andy The Anh Spring 2010

It was no way to view a show. There were hundreds of us packed into the Showroom at LG Fashion Week. We were here to see Andy The Anh. I wasn’t sure how anyone was going to see anything, it was packed like sardines. People were angry. I was angry.

TEFW - Andy The Anh Spring 2010

I saw a little bit of the show. Some things looked pretty nice. It was very body con with a colour palette of blue, black, grey and white.

TEFW - Andy The Anh Spring 2010

TEFW - Andy The Anh Spring 2010

TEFW - Andy The Anh Spring 2010

The showroom as a venue for a show wasn’t optimal for Andy The Anh. It would have been nice with a much smaller guest list or a static presentation.

TEFW – Barbie by David Dixon Spring 2010

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After the David Dixon Spring 2010 collection was Barbie by David Dixon. I’m gonna be honest, Barbie and I don’t get along. I don’t have the same connection to here that many people had. She awakened no particular love of fashion in me. I didn’t go in thinking that I would walk out a fan. I was right.

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I liked the first set of black and white looks and the sequined stuff. But overall it was too pink and too many polka dots. The pocket details didn’t grab me either. It was very accessible and lots of people loved it. It’s just not my style. David used coated tyvek, cotton, wool, organza, jacquard, bengaline, silk, taffeta and chiffon fabrics in the collection. The colour palette was black, white, grey, and pink of various shares. The men’s looks threw me for a loop. I liked the first look and thought the model was really beautiful. So out of the two collection I like the signature one more. It was directional and interesting to me.

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Prior to both David Dixon shows there was a little press conference for the launch of the new articulating limb Barbie. I find them kinda weird and like Barbie more with stiff limbs. To celebrate the new freedom the doll has a new dance called The Barbie was created and we had a demo. It music, Barbie Girl by Aqua. I hate that song and wasn’t a fan of the dance either to be honest. I did like the full sized Barbie displays though.

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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

TEFW – Holt Renfrew Media Cocktail

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I always enjoy the Holt Renfrew Media Cocktail and I think they might have put the best one on yet. The 3rd floor Contemporary space was more open. No more talking through the racks of clothing. The runway was nice and high so everyone could get good pictures.

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Random celebrities showed up too. I was so angry that I missed Sam Neill in the flesh. I’ve been in love with that man since Jurassic Park. I was too busy running around talking to people and getting my picture taken. The Jeremy Laing dress I was wearing caused quiet the stir. Even Lisa Tant said she liked it. It was the first time she’s talked to me. I think of it as a personal fashion milestone. Yes, I am quite silly.

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This season we saw designs from Jeremy Laing, Greta Constantine, Erza Constantine, Pink Tartan, Lida Baday, Smythe, Denis Gagnon and Mikhael Kale. They are some of our best designer talent in Canada. They are all available at Holt Renfrew. Yes, Canadian designers are available at Holt’s.

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Denis Gagnon and his stylist did some DIY madness on Aldo shoes. They are so covetable. I’ve heard the rest of Denis’ collection is to die for. I need to find pictures stat. If you know of good ones, please leave a comment.

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I’d love to step into Mikhael Kale’s brain. He comes up with some crazy stuff. He’s very inventive with the fabrication. Loved the bright blue and pink shoes.

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This is one of my favourite dresses from the Jeremy Laing Spring 2010 collection. I love how the print converges to a point on the hip. Jeremy is so damn adorable. I knew I would see him at the cocktail and that’s why I decided to make sure I was representing him by wearing one of his dresses. I couldn’t believe that many people couldn’t figure out who I was wearing. I guess I’m just a little obsessed.

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TEFW – Greta Constantine Spring 2010

Greta Constantine Spring 2010 taken by Jason Howlett
The clothing was one part of the huge fashion event put on by Greta Constantine and their slew of sponsors. The backdrop was the Audi Dealership on Bayview. That should have tipped me off to the scale of the event to come but I really didn’t think twice about it. It wasn’t until I stepped outside the cab. I arrived a little early and walked through the back entrance to the main floor of the dealership. It was full of an excited energy. people were running around everywhere getting everything set up.

I looked to the right and there was a huge wall of Greta. Huge images of Kirk and Stephen, Coco Rocha for Greta Constantine and Erza Constantine alternated with the Greta Constantine logo. I’ve gotten to know Kirk and Stephen over the years and it was a little emotional to see this display. I looked around at this massive production they have taken upon themselves and I was in awe. I was so proud and very excited to see how it played out over the course of the night.

Greta Constantine Spring 2010 taken by Jason Howlett

The crowd slowly began to arrive. It was a constant flow of fashion media, retailers, socialites, sponsors and fans. I met the old school supermodel Eve by Alan of Giovanni. I was swooning, she was so nice. She also recommended some espresso have. She was getting one at this DeLonghi espresso machine demo.

After drinks and appetizers, the crowd walked down the Holt Renfrew red carpet to the lower level parking garage. When I walked through the threshold to the runway room I laughed at the size of it. I heard the runway was 140 feet prior to the show.  I couldn’t picture it until immersed. The ceilings were enormous with exposed pipes and tall pillars. It reminded me of my youth, a rave I attended was in an empty warehouse in the west end of Toronto. The room had a vibe of secret underground party with a room full of well dressed people. It wasn’t as big as the tents at Byrant Park, but it the biggest runway room I had seen in Toronto.

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I was sitting near to Tommy Ton who just returned from Paris. I got to give him a big bear hug and congratulate him on his current success. I’m so proud of that his talent is now recognized worldwide. I got to know Tommy on my trip to NYC for the Spring 2008 collections. I’ll always remember us standing outside of Rodarte and Proenza Schouler. I’m team Tommy all the way 🙂

The show opened silently with three models that were wearing seatbelt creations walking from the photographer’s pit to the beginning of the runway. They were milling around upstairs chatting up the guests and giving people a closer look. The runway music started which was an eclectic choice of different styles. Everything was going smoothly with the show then one of the ridiculously expensive (talking six digits I think) Bang and Olufsen speakers blew. It was really loud before but I wasn’t thanking the gods when it stopped producing sound. It really added a distraction to the show. I can’t remember any of the tunes now. I blocked the music when the speaker blew.

Greta Constantine Spring 2010 taken by Jason Howlett

Female and male models walked the runway in various combinations but with no set pattern. Black, white and grey dominated both sexes on the runway with splashes of colour by way of sunburst prints, bright yellow and red. Feathers, leather and jersey were the fabrics of choice. Shirts were draped and crotches were dropped. The women’s hemlines weren’t telling you anything about the stock market because they were short and flirty or long and lean. Fringe, masks and bondage belts accessorized both men and women. The collection’s streetwear influence was easy to spot. It was interesting how that tougher style was paired with feathers, flowing prints and colourful jersey.

Greta Constantine Spring 2010 taken by Jason Howlett

I had seen a lot of the clothing in the studio and was able to touch them and get a good look. I was surprised at number of looks that were new to me and ones that weren’t shown. There were a few jersey dresses to represent their signature style but I enjoyed seeing long skirts dominate. Separates were more plentiful than dresses. More than one person I talked to after the show lamented about the lack of jersey dresses in the collection. One of the finale pieces was a silver grey silk gazar dress that billowed as it walked. It reminded me of the Lanvin Spring 2008 finale dress, GC upped the sex appeal and made it shorter in the front.

Greta Constantine Spring 2010 taken by Jason Howlett

I was drooling over all the black outfits with the white piping. The sunburst print pieces were beautiful. The grey leather jacket was refreshing, in fact I loved it paired with the yellow jersey. I need the leather shorts for women, not sure how summer friendly they would be. I do know the leather is pretty light but I still doubt it’s comfort in 30 degrees. The leather jacket paired with the feather skirt was a big win for me too. In the men’s collection featured a lot leather, sheer and draping. I felt the sleeveless hooded poncho was the standout piece of the collection.

Greta Constantine Spring 2010 taken by Jason Howlett

All the clothing was beautiful, I loved it hanging off the racks and also on the models. There were a few presentation aspects of the show that I had some issue with. I felt the presentation was a little all over the place. I would have liked to see the men and women segregated. It would have allowed us to see the cohesive nature of the Erza Constantine collection. The women’s collection wasn’t as cohesive as the men’s. I was told this was buy design. There were some themes that I would have liked to seen grouped together like the prints and pieces with feathers. These comments say more about me than Greta Constantine. I really like themes and the execution of them. Many designers don’t keep things as cohesive as I like I felt Celine and Dolce & Gabanna achieved this season. Maybe I should get over it, but something about it makes me smile.

Well, my pictures really turned out crappy because of the lighting and I didn’t have my beloved Paul Baik with me to snap the good stuff. I did borrow some photos from my friend Jason Howlett who had a great view of the runway. It’s not the full collection. He’s got some great backstage shots of the show. I’ve included my photos in a slideshow just in case you want to look.

What the Footwear Buyers are saying about Paris Fashion Week Spring 2010

I was reading the Retailers React to Paris Collections on wwd.com. It talked to some buyers about footwear trends for Spring 2010.

Givenchy Spring 2010 Wedges
Givenchy Spring 2010 Wedges

Bridget Cosgrave, Fashion & Buying Director, Matches, London
Strongest Trends:

  • Refined ethnic influences
  • Mixes of color such as red and gold with leopard print or beading
  • Lots of metallics

Directional Styles:
“The new tribute from YSL with a triangular piece across the heel.”

Ones to Watch:

  • Mechante
  • Pan e Tulipani for handmade beaten-up boots
Jil Sander Spring 2010
Jil Sander Spring 2010

Tracy Margolies, VP & DMM of women’s footwear, Saks Fifth Avenue
Strongest Trends:

  • pring boots
  • Wedges
  • Mid-heels
  • Clogs
  • Sandal booties
  • Novelty materials in shoes (for instance, stretch jersey, mesh, lace, PVC and lucite heels)

Directional Styles:
“McQueen’s runway ‘armadillo’ shoes and the Jimmy Choo sandals that light up.”

“Must-Carry” Styles from Paris:

  • Givenchy’s stretch jersey sandals
  • Camilla Skovgaard’s booties with tread bottom
  • Christian Louboutin peep toe mesh pumps

So, I’m some sort of Toronto Fashion Hero

I was honoured to be part of this season’s Toronto Fashion Heroes by Andrew Sardone in NOW Magazine. Prior to the piece coming out I had lunch with Andrew and we conducted a little interview. The next day at lunch I was standing at King and Bay with Michael Watier the photographer doing the photoshoot. That was a lot of fun. People stopped to gawk and little kids waved at me, like I was a famous person. A friend of mine, Jason Howlett, happened to be walking by at this point and snapped this behind the scenes shot.

Toronto Fashion Hero Photoshoot Behind the Scenes

It was pretty emotional to read Andrew’s words when the piece came out. The support on twitter was amazing. I want to thank all my readers and everyone who has supported me with my little blog. It’s been a hell of a year, both good and bad, with the good outweighing the bad. I have no idea how I’m gonna top 2009.

Check out the full story at NOW Magazine – Toronto Fashion Heroes – Anita Clarke.

TEFW – Philip Sparks Spring 2010

Philip Sparks was the unofficial start to what I’m calling Toronto Extended Fashion Week. TEFW for short. The venue was in the usual haunts of the Burroughs Building. This season they used the bigger section of the 6th floor. They also had a great setup for the lounge area, complete with cheese plates and a DJ.

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I had a preview of the collection when I got to sit in on the Lookbook photoshoot. The collection included some pieces that I hadn’t seen which was a great surprise. The inspiration this season was cottage life and 1950s Canadian Pacific Railways gatewya ads. The collection featured fabrics like seersucker, cotton voile and ramie. Philip worked with textile designer Kerry Croghan to create his Gone Fishing print. It’s inspired from Thor Hansen fabrics and Canadian souvenir imagaery. These prints were used in shirts and ties.

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I love the fact that Philip doesn’t shy away from his Canadian roots. He embraces them fully and I really appreciate that love for our history and culture. I’m a born and raised Richmond Hill suburb child and my love of Canadiana is ingrained. It’s wonderful to see this translated into clothing.

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Philips show was very nautical. Waders (famously worn by Agyness Dyne), stripes and trenches we major staples. Typical Sparks basics, like button up shirts and henleys, complemented the staple pieces. The hooded windbreaker brought back memories to any person that were old enough to remember the 80s vividly. I’m totally bias but Philip can do no wrong in my book. I love his vision of a Philip Sparks man. He is relaxed about his appearance but appreciates the sartorial touches. The models in Philip’s show were really hot. I felt terrible for drooling as some of them are way too young.

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My favourite pieces included the new Philip Sparks handbags. The hardware is all brass and handmade by Mennonites. I also love everything with the print that was designed by Kerry Croghan.

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Overall it was a very well produced show with great models and clothing. The runway room looked fabulous and it was very roomy. Everyone got a good look at the collection. It was the best way to start Extended Fashion Week. Next up is Greta Constantine.

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See the complete collection in the Philip Sparks Spring 2010 slideshow.

Photos Taken by Paul Baik for I want – I got, www.paulbaikphoto.com

LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris is Coming

LG Fashion Week Beauty by L'Oréal Paris is Coming

It’s that time of year again. Extended fashion week in Toronto. I will be attending Philip Sparks, Greta Constantine and a number of shows during LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris (beware loud obnoxious music autoplays) . I’m just finalizing my schedule with LGFW and will post it on the blog.

I’m having a real hard time with the name. LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris is much, much too long. I wonder how this name came to fruition?

Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear – Spring 2010


Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear - Spring 2010

The Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear Spring 2010 collection was an alien spectacle. A snake and Geiger influenced fashion moment of the finest degree. The show was the fashion jolt I needed. Yes, there is creativity still kicking around this season. McQueen delivered it and then some. I’m still in awe over this out of this world collection. What do you say but wow, wow, wow!

Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear - Spring 2010

I missed seeing the video live, but I wasn’t the only. It seems they didn’t anticipate the demand for the live stream and servers went down. I send my friend, who was sitting in 3rd row at the show, a message asking how the show was. He replied back with “STUNNING”. I knew he was serious because he doesn’t throw those words around much.

Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear - Spring 2010

The shoes were like nothing I’ve seen a fashion show but had a fetish feel to them. I thought they were great for the runway presentation but I really can’t see these shoes going into production.

Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear - Spring 2010

Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear - Spring 2010

Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear - Spring 2010

You must, must see the Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear Spring 2010 video. This collection needs to be seen in motion. You should also see the detail shots for close ups of the materials and makeup.  The NY Times is amazing for high quality images of the collection, get in there and zoom.
images: thefashionspot.com

Balenciaga Ready to Wear – Spring 2010

Balenciaga went sporty this season, with a touch of futurism. I was talking to a friend who mentioned that Nicholas Ghesquiere tends to work in cycles and we are back on the futurism loop. I don’t mind I have to admit, as long as Nicholas keep turning out collections like this.

Balenciaga Ready to Wear - Spring 2010

Balenciaga Ready to Wear - Spring 2010

Be sure to look at the high resolution images on Nytimes.com to see the incredible detail that has gone into this collection. There is an interview with Nicolas Ghesquiere with Cathy Horn talking about the collection. You get some more information on the fabrics that are incorporated in the clothing, it’s pretty amazing. You can also check out this video by style.com

images: style.com and coutorture.com

Rick Owens Ready to Wear – Spring 2010

You must already know that I would post about Rick Owens, it’s a given. The collection is a little more angular than usual.

Rick Owens Ready to Wear - Spring 2010

I was happy to see that my girl Rose was walking too.

Rick Owens Ready to Wear - Spring 2010

Rick Owens Ready to Wear - Spring 2010

Here is the video of the collection. Video is coming becoming available very quickly this season.

Rick Owens S/S ’10 Women’s from Mike Nouveau on Vimeo.

Swooning over Rick
Swooning over Rick

images: thefashionspot.com

Balmain Ready to Wear – Spring 2010

I’m usually pretty indifferent about Balmain but this season I really enjoyed it. Why? I have no idea, it surprises myself. I guess I’m just starved for something grand from a fashion month that has been pretty lackluster for me so far. The video of the collection is what sealed the deal for me. Love the soundtrack.

You can view videos from previous Balmain collections on their Dailymotion page.

So Dolce & Gabbana are giving us a sneak preview

Dolce & Gabbana are posting Pre-Show Diaries for everyone to see leading up to the Spring 2010 presentation on Sept 27, 2009. They are show 1 minute films that give you a glimpse of the goings on behind the scenes. Why did they do this, well you can read all about it in an article called Exclusive! Dolce & Gabbana change the catwalk rules on Swide Magazine.

Here is Part 1 and Part 2 but follow the Dolce & Gabbana YouTube Channel to see the next installments. I have to admit I like the idea, but I also like looking at Domenico and Stefano. I might be a little bias.

So far it looks a lot different from the cowboy look that sister brand D&G showcased for Spring 2010.

I’m not into the cowboy look but I have to applaud Domenico and Stefano for an incredibly tight collection. I love collections that have a distinct theme and the execution is flawless. There were some individual pieces I liked, but it’s not my style. They have some great models walking and I love the soundtrack.

Filippa K Spring 2010 Preview

Danielle of Final Fashion invited to me the Filippa K Spring 2010 Preview. Filippa K is a Swedish clothing company started in 1993. The company has a minimal contemporary style that is about doing the basics at a high standard.

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The colours for the spring collection where bright – Royal Blue, Coral Pink, Sunshine Yellow, Turquoise and Jewel Green. Danielle and I both loved the black blazer (pictured above). It was super light and perfect for layering. I was also smitten with the pants. I loved the use of colours and enjoyed the Coral Pink ones a lot.

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I also liked the leather motorcycle jacket. I had no idea Filippa K did shoes but here I was staring at cute royal blue heels and turquoise leather gladiators.

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There was menswear at the preview which followed the same style philosophy as the woman’s collection.

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I thought the lookbook was really well done. It had pages dedicated to colours and prints used in the collection. I’ve scanned those pages to share with you.

Filippa K can be found at the following stores in Toronto:
Corbo Studio
162 Cumberland Street
info@corbostudio.net
Woman

Holt Renfrew
50 Bloor Street West
Man, Woman

Next Door
433 Queen Street West
info@nextdoorclothing.com
Man, Woman

Nomad
431 Richmond Street West
1200 Bay Street
info@nomadshop.net
Woman – Editor’s note – I always thought Nomad was a men’s shop

UPC Boutique
128 1/2 Cumberland Street
info@upcboutique.com
Man