Isabel Marant x H&M Collection Preview


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.



Men’s Collection

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.


Women’s Collection


Isabel Marant x H&M pumps


Women’s Collection


Isabel Marant x H&M fringe boots


Men’s Collection


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?

Top Trends from Toronto Fashion Week SS14


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.

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Beautylicious 2013 - Pure and Simple, Marc Anthony


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:

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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.


You can follow me @kageee and UB’s other fashion junkie @christinetlu on Twitter to get your real-time delivery of some of the best World Mastercard Fashion Week moments!

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!

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