Mikhael Kale Jumpstarts this Fall’s WMCFW 2013

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The Set

This past Friday, October 18th 2013 was an unusual Friday evening for the Queen and Broadview neighbourhood because all these fashionistas appeared out of nowhere.  They were all on site for Toronto-based designer Mikhael Kale‘s opening show for Fashion Week. The venue was a raw 20,000 ft open-style loft with white pillars and dim indigo lighting. Although desolate, it is exactly what Kale wanted to give the evening drama and anticipation.


The Man Behind Everything

Canadian-born Mikhael Kale grew up in a household full of women, and so he was definitely no stranger to fashion or his mother’s sewing machine. By 19, he was already in London and admitted into the prestigious fashion program at Central Saint Martins. Kale spent some time working in Milan prior to the launch of his eponymous label in 2007.

The Collection

The show started fashionably late around 7:15PM. The first look was an orange body-con dress that hugs and tapers right to the knees. This orange distressed mohair dress was fascinatingly “secured” by a powder blue leather corset that sits just under the bust. The look reminds me of The 5th Element or some other sci-fi movie. The sheerness in certain panels of the dress gave it plenty of allure and sophistication. The other numbers that immediately followed were also on the colorful side of the spectrum. Kale showed us a selective palette that consisted of beautiful pastels, muted yellow, turquoise, orange, red, and an unexpected but stunning two-piece gold suit.


(A model wearing one of my favorites of the night: a mint and sparkling silver overlay dress with a high mandarin-collar.)

The outfits all seemed to be bright and colorful at first, but things got edgy and sleek quick when the black and leather outfits started to stream out. Those outfits were much more risqué with lower necklines, high slits, and even more bold geometric cutouts. Kale is notorious for his technicality when it comes to cutouts because he has always been focused on high-difficulty pattern-making. Kale claims his fashion sense is expressed through a careful study of the architecture of the body. For that, I truly admire his conceptual ideas and meticulous craftsmanship.



The Finish

Kale’s S/S14 collection consisting of slinky dresses, tailored power suits, complex long jackets, and chic leather ensembles was a good taster to set the standard for the rest of Fashion Week. The success of the show got everyone talking and anticipating the main calendar events.


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World MasterCard Fashion Week is Back

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There are some telltale signs that World MasterCard Fashion Week is gracing us with its presence once again in Toronto. Let me recount a few:

  • Your social media channels start to get bombarded with images of models, runways and daily outfit selfies (sorry friends!)
  • Leathers and (faux?) furs start making their appearance en masse in the King West area
  • Fashionable zombies are amongst us all and bug-eyed from the constant adrenaline of the shows, lack of sleep and partying all night (oh you brave, brave souls)


Fashionistas are greeted by the beautiful lobby at the tents


Models strutting their way down the Matthew Gallagher catwalk

In all seriousness, it’s an exciting time to celebrate industry veterans and newcomers in Canadian fashion. Having kicked off its first day on Monday, October 21st, World MasterCard Fashion Week has once again pitched its grandiose tent on King Street West at David Pecaut Square. The Spring/Summer 2014 season will showcase more than 35 shows and events by designers including Joe Fresh, Pink Tartan, Mackage, Soia & Kyo, Target and so many more.


Backstage access after the Matthew Gallagher runway

Blogging from the front lines, I’m thrilled to be attending the shows along with KJ Chen, our latest addition to the urbanebloc family! Recently returning from an adventure in Seoul, Korea, she is bringing back a fresh perspective on all things trending in fashion and beauty. We’ll be scoping out all latest fashion trends and will be reporting all the highlights you need to know!


Be sure to follow along all week by using the #urbanebloc hashtag on Twitter and Instagram and of course, you can catch up on our fashionable adventures right here on the blog. Tweet us @christinetlu and @kageee and let us know what you think! Say hi if you see us around :)

See you at the tents!

Runway Shooting – #CanonBlogtography


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Several weeks ago I was privy to taking a crash course in-studio with Steve Carty, legendary Fashion Photographer. Sauntering over to the East Side to Silverline Studios, the Canon Blogtography Ambassadors got together to learn all things runway-shooting.

The beautiful Tiffany strutted down a modified runway, as we were shouted instructions that mimicked real fashion week scenarios. Snap! Snap! Snap! Burst mode was in full effect, and we picked up subtle tips from how to hold the camera to the timing of when to fire off the shutter.

See after the jump for a full set of pro-tips on how you can better your runway pictures too!

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the shOws highlights

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On October 9th and 10th, the shOws took place at the Andrew Richards Designs space showcasing Spring/Summer 2014 collections from renowned and up-and-coming designers including Bellavance, Calla Haynes, Steven Tai and Jeremy Laing. Taking place every season, the shOws have become a highly-anticipated event in the Canadian fashion industry. The Founder and Creative Director of the shOws, Paola Fullerton, describes her noble mission as supporting Canadian designers by providing them with a platform to showcase their collections in Toronto without incurring any production costs themselves.


I was fortunate for the opportunity to attend on behalf of urbanebloc this season and not knowing what to expect, was pleasantly surprised by the entire experience. I enjoyed the level of intimacy the shOws offered, including the way the room was set up that guaranteed a great view from wherever you were sitting or standing.

Bellavance started the shOws off on a high note, showing lots of pastels, whites with their take on American sportswear over their casual luxe collection for the Spring/Summer 2014 season.


Calla Hayne‘s runway brought us back to the 90′s with the idea of “relaxed luxury” with easy to wear pieces that are fun and flirty. With her emphasis on strong print designs, the collection showcased a number of different patterns in bright and neon colours.

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I especially loved the Q&A following each runway presentation with the designer and Dr. Alexandra Palmer from the ROM. Below is a shot captured during the Q&A with Steven Tai to chat about the techniques he used including laser cutting, cross stitching and fusing layers of textile together to create another type of  material altogether.


In order to be able to truly appreciate the art and science behind Steven’s collection, you really have to see them in person but for now, below is a close-up shot of a few key pieces.


Finally, Jeremy Laing closed off the shOws with a runway collection to remember. The sporty trend promises that it’s here to stay with a nod to his childhood in the 90′s that was his inspiration. For the first time ever, he designed footwear for women and men and designed menswear, including a print inspired by Tiger Tail, an orange sherbet laced with licorice.

Amidst all the frenzy of what must go into four runway presentations over two days, there was also a feeling of calmness in the air as it was well organized with all pieces moving in harmony. Backstage was organized chaos with models getting their hair, nails and makeup done.

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Last but not least, it’s always a highlight seeing friends and meeting new people in the fashion industry including some of my favourite style icons.


With @jaynesmiles @elaishajade@hautecanada @talia_stylist at @theshowsto.


So lovely to meet @thebeckermanblog sisters that night! Loved their infectious energy and smiles :)


And finally, it was truly an honour to meet Tommy Ton, infamous streetstyle photographer and founder of JAK & JIL. #pinchme


A big thank you to the shOws for inviting us for an incredible experience, and special thanks to Stephanie Ho and MJ for the beautiful photography!

Michael Kors – NYFW S/S 2014

Oh, hello! It’s New York Fashion Week in the city of dreams, and I’m sad to be missing out. For your viewing enjoyment, have a look see at the stream below to see the Michael Kors Show LIVE. Beauty straight from the renown Lincoln Centre.



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