Photo credit: Stephanie Ho
Admiring from afar, I’ve always been a fan of the creative work done by Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong that make up the coveted Greta Constantine brand. With a usual edgy, sophisticated and dark motif, it was interesting to see how they would apply their craftsmanship to a spring/summer 2014 collection, and they did not disappoint.
Photo credit: Stephanie Ho
Photo credit: Stephanie Ho
Set up in a presentation format, the dynamic duo welcomed Toronto’s fashionable crowd to a stylish evening with cocktails provided by Stolichnaya Premium Vodka at Malaparte. Models mingled with the crowd and unveiled the latest by Greta Constantine that had a vision of female grace undone. Balancing smoldering sexuality with elegant sophistication, body skimming silhouettes were on display in contrast to the flared skirts, ruffles and bows. The models looked chic with their slicked back hair, as if they emerged from a dip in a pool that was hidden backstage.
More pics after the jump!
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Isabel Marant pour H&M collection preview hosted at Malaparte. With Michael Jo in tow (who took our fabulous photos that evening), we were delighted to see the collection up close and personal before its official launch in stores on November 14th starting at 8am ET. Drawing inspiration from the most beloved and iconic pieces from her career, Marant has assembled an eclectic wardrobe of must-have urban staples with a trademark Parisian flair. An electic mix of boho elegance with a certain laissez-faire attitude, Marant has designed pieces for the contemporary women, to the playful teen and for the very first time, a compact wardrobe for men.
The quality is soft and supple to touch, and I was impressed by how androgynous the collection was. I have my eye on a few pieces from the men’s collection which can easily be worn by women for the extra baggy look. From everyday wear including T-shirts and sweatshirts, to tailored outwear to dresses, and chunky knits to sexy boot sand bohemian accessories, there’s something for everyone.
Isabel Marant x H&M pumps
Isabel Marant x H&M fringe boots
Love this knit sweater!
So nice to meet @lorettachin @artemina@primandpimp that night!
Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek! Will we see you in line on November 14th?
From October 22nd-26th, David Pecaut Square housed 5 full days of excitement and fashion pleasure during World Mastercard Fashion Week . Now that it’s finally come to an end, it’s time to review and take a closer look at some of the notable trends that were on the runways.
Beautylicious is here again – arrived alive all over the Bloor-Yorkville area. I was lucky enough to select two services from the menu to try out, and here are the findings:
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 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.
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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