FASHION WEEK: The new class

One of my great pleasures during Fashion Week is discovering up-and-coming talent. Usually I find it in womenswear, but on Monday, it was the Service Electro collection, a men’s line designed by Freda Audrey Tam (above), that caught my eye. Shown as part of the Ryerson School of Fashion show, it featured crisp bell-hop jackets, tailored pants, bold colour and rich textures. Freda and I talked this week about what’s new and what’s next.

Who would you like to see wearing your clothes?

“The creatives: artists, actors, musicians. Any age range—men who are inspiring and inspired by my work.”

What are your favorite colours?

“I love two combinations: hot pink with purple and sky blue with primary red.”

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FASHION WEEK: Things we liked on Wednesday, part I

All photography by Natalie Castellino.

1. Taryn Davidson as the “bride” at Pink Tartan. The Canadian model could be adding “super” to her professional moniker soon, having been featured in W, Paris Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar…. Last night, she looked radiant in an outfit that highlighted her natural loveliness. (Love the hair too.)

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FASHION WEEK: In the bag

Photograph by Jonathan Loek.

Jennifer Campbell, FASHION Magazine‘s online editor, is one of the funniest, most down-to-earth people in the business. We caught up with her yesterday at the shows, where she was carrying a rather large bag. (Most of the pros are packing this season, in part because the on-site food is pricey and not altogether delicious. Nathalie Atkinson even brought homemade cookies last night.) Jenn gave us a peek into her bag and an itemized list of its contents. Continue reading

PORTRAIT IN STYLE: Greta Constantine

Photograph by Natalie Castellino.

Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong are free of the stress plaguing the rest of the fashion scene this week—the Greta Constantine designers showed their Fall 2010 collection before LG Fashion Week kicked off. The Toronto fashion favourites like to cut their own path—they stage their shows at off-site venues so that they have complete creative control from start to finish. They answered our Portrait in Style questionnaire.

What are the top three items on your inspiration board?

“Just one—an image from a comic book of a man leaping across the roof of an urban city skyscraper.”

Who would you love to see wearing your collection?

“Megan Fox.”

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Photography by Natalie Castellino.

Have you ever walked into a room and experienced tunnel vision? You know, the room goes black except for a spotlight on a particular individual? That’s what happened last night to me and Natalie, The Style Notebook photographer, when we saw model Marie-Hélène backstage after the Lundström show. Calm, soft-spoken and stunning. And on the runway…

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“I always try to make sure that everyone knows they can only double-kiss me once for the whole week, because it just gets super awkward as you always bump into the same people over and over and over again. If we’re really good friends, we don’t have to do that fashion people kissing stuff ever as far as I’m concerned.”

—Danielle Meder, fashion illustrator and blogger,

FASHION WEEK: Behind the Scenes

All photographs courtesy of George Pimentel.

When a design duo who have worked together for 10 years—capturing the attention of celebrities from Britney Spears to Rachel McAdams—ask you to execute their first ever fashion show in their hometown, how do you pull it off? That was the challenge facing PR maven Ashley McIntyre who this season was tapped to work with Toronto-born LINE Knitwear designers John Muscat and Jennifer Wells. Continue reading


All photography by Natalie Castellino.

Official LG Fashion Week kicked off on Sunday night with IZMA, a new line from designer Izzy Camilleri and Adrian Mainella, who is best-known as a stylist and TV host. The show drew a strong line in the fashion sand. As on the international Fall 2010 runways, IZMA declared that fur is back with a vengeance. Continue reading