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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Doo Ri's soft baby-blues, cascading ruffles and all-around sweetness seem to be generating buzz on the fashion blogosphere.
Check the fashionMovementz lookbook for Pre-Fall 2009. Alex Wang stole stole our hearts again! (Obviously!)
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Who: Penny Arcade
What: Launch Party for Vintage Clothing Store
Where: 1177 Dundas St. West at Ossington Ave.
When: December 12, 2008. 7pm
Toronto’s west end is getting a stylish new resident with the launch of Penny Arcade, a fresh spin on vintage retail. Opening its doors December 12 to Toronto’s fashion, art and music conscious consumers, Penny Arcade has something for everyone. Come and enjoy cocktails and hors d'ouevres while admiring the eclectic mix of art and fashion. A special guest DJ will be providing the soundtrack to your vintage experience, setting the mood for a fun night of style.
Penny Arcade sets itself apart from the vintage pack by marrying vintage trends with music, art and design. Not only will the new hot spot carry everything from rare vintage creations to coveted t-shirts and shoes, it will also showcase artwork and furniture created by local artists and designers. The store will be a place to relax and read a book while listening to new music and getting in touch with the art world. At night the store will serve as an event venue where budding musicians can share their sounds with the art community.
Rachel Sheehan is the visionary entrepreneur behind Penny Arcade’s carefully curated aesthetic. The vibrant yellow walls and antique furniture imbue the space with a sense of romance, nostalgia and fun. Dresses from the 1940’s and beyond line racks along the walls, taking the shopper on a whimsical trip through time and style. Whether you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind cocktail dress or a Friday night party tee, Penny Arcade will provide the right look.
As a graduate of Concordia’s Fine Arts Program, Rachel Sheehan has always had a creative streak that has led her from painting and illustration to fashion and design. Her personal style is eccentric and fun, mixing high fashion with kitschy finds from every decade. Rachel’s knowledge of fabrics, craftsmanship, and trends allows her to identify the best clothing, shoes and accessories at the best prices. This eye for style quickly turned her passion into a full time career.
After a brief period selling her vintage finds online, Rachel became frustrated with the lack of personal connection with vintage enthusiasts. This prompted her to create the laid back artistic haven that is Penny Arcade, a name that evokes the same sense of playfulness as her merchandise. Rachel maintains her personal touch and upholds her vision by mixing and matching seemingly disparate pieces to assemble memorable creations.
Every item of clothing in the store is hand picked and personally inspected by Rachel. She lives her passion, playing dress up with her customers; fashion should be fun!
The launch party will be a chance for the art community to connect and see the amazing artwork being created right here at home. Have a drink and check out some cool clothes at Penny Arcade. See you there!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
From Press Release
(For immediate release- November 19, 2008) Across the nation, Canadian designers are invited to express their
style savvy for the VIA Rail redesign challenge!
The Fashion Design Council of Canada and VIA Rail Canada are pleased to announce an exciting Canadian
design challenge. The contest is for the design of a fresh and exciting restyling of the VIA Rail uniform for
station and on-train employees. The winning design will be announced and revealed in style to the media,
industry and the fashionable attendees at Fashion Week in Toronto, in March 2009
The call-out to designers to compete started November 17, 2008. What’s in it for the winner? For starters,
$10,000 in VIA Rail travel credits. Beyond that, there is the honour of redesigning the uniform for Canada’s
national passenger rail service, as well as significant national exposure and publicity starting with a public
appearance at the awards ceremony during Fashion Week. Production and manufacturing of the men’s and
women’s uniforms will be done through VIA Rail, a passionate supporter of fashion in Canada.
This innovative national opportunity is open to all Canadian designers who are ready to jump on board with
their design genius for this challenging opportunity.
For information and details for entry please contact the Fashion Design Council of Canada at email@example.com or
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Almost as soon as the final pieces of the Comme De Garcons for H&M line are grabbed up, word of the next collaboration is spreading through the internet like wildfire, just as these things tend to do!
It recently was announced that Matthew Williamson will be creating lines for both men and women that will begin to hit H&M locations everywhere on April 23.
Guys -Listen up! This is a particularly exciting event, as Williamson will release his first ever menswear line. I'm predicting that these peices will turn heads and stand out in any crowded room.
Williamson is known for his bright colours and prints. Celebrity fans include the highly influential likes of Sienna Miller, Lindsay Lohan and Rihanna. Before showing first line in September of 1997 he designed for Pucci, the legendary fashion house famous for it's bold patterns and vibrant colours.
He was selected by H&M because he represents contemporary London style - which you've just got to love. H&M seems to have a major knack for nailing that mass-appeal factor.
Williamson sums up essentially what shoppers appreciate about the mega-retailer's guest designer lines: " I love the fact that H&M have created a new phenomenon in fashion through the pioneering concept of collaborating with high-end designers to create one-off limited edition capsule collections. I am thrilled that my creations for H&M will be accessible to and hopefully enjoyed by so many people around the world,“ says the talented Brit.
H&M's previous guest designers were Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld and Rei Kawakubo. Hardcore fashion fans and average teenagers alike appreciate how H&M has made these previously unattainable designers so accessible and collectible.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
This winter I'm lusting after all things studded: jackets, shoes, and even gloves.
When I saw Carrine Roitfield in a gold-studded leather Givenchy jacket, I knew I had to have something like it for this season.
The problem is, I'm lacking an Olsen-sized bank account so I had to seek out an alternative..
Black studded Supra Skytop's.
I first noticed Supra's new industrial-cool sneaks on the addictive streetwear site highsnobiety.
These things are the closest thing sneakers can get to what can only be referred to as "shit-kicker" boots. I'd love to wear them with my A.P.C denim and a gray hoodie for a casual look.
Last week I spotted them in the window at Stolen Riches. (734 Queen St. W.) I've been meaning to make a probably useless trip down there and ask if they carry or can order me a size 6 men's.
Ah, the hassles of having a thing for men's shoes and being a woman with size 8 feet. Don't get me wrong, I would not be pleased if my favorite men's shoes were suddenly produced in woman's sizes. That would diminish the special feeling I get from procurring the men's kicks I desire in a size that actually fits me. Yes, I take pleasure in knowing that other girls probably aren't wearing the same shoes as me. Don't we all?
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Kill Magazine a hot new publication produced by Montreal's most talented fashion industry folks. Kill is free, and it boasts artistic, cutting edge editorials. It features the most interesting of Montreal's fashion and art scenes. A certain stand-out from Canada's fashion magazines, Kill embodies an authentic Montreal cool that captivated fashionMOVEMENTZ.
JB: How did you get your start in the fashion industry?
PDG: I was first working as an accountant…about a year. I decided to move onto something else. I met Denis Gagnon after he came back from Morocco, he was there teaching for 3 years. I started making friends, hanging around and getting involved. By being with certain people at photo-shoots, I kind of realized that I have “the eye”. I realized that I have a talent for editing, which I didn't know before.
JB: Did any fashion magazines or media interest you while you were growing up?
PDG: I'll tell you a story. When I was young, there was a TV show on musique plus, hosted by Stéphane Le Duc who is now my chief director, so we now actually work together!
I wasn't as much into the magazine thing, more television. (The show) was young, it was hip.
JB: What inspired KILL magazine?
PDG: Well, I was there at the beginning. I met Sylvain Blais about a year and half ago and he said I have a project: “I'd like to make a magazine.” So with Ewa Bilinski and Kathia Cambron as partners, we set out to make a fashion magazine. We now have fashion editor Fritz and beauty editor Vincent Francis.
We are dedicated to promoting and supporting fashion designers and the people in this avant-garde industry. We really want to highlight the business, to show the story and people behind the images.
We aren't teaching people how to dress, it's not like that. We want to bring people somewhere else.
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Friday, November 21, 2008
When the temperature plummets, winter coats sell like hot-cakes. Before running out to grab one, check out fashionMovementz runway inspirations:
Thursday, November 20, 2008
fashionMOVEMENTZ like to draw fashion inspiration from films. We don't look only to the obvious ones like Annie Hall either. The winter weather has me looking towards both 50's and 80's juvenile delinquent movies. Channel the ripped-denim, white-tee'd, leather jacketed style from these movies and you'll bad ass AND cozy.
River's Edge, 1986
(pictured above) I adored the early 90's tapered denim, white-socks, with black boots, flannel and leather. Dig Ione Skye's luscious wavy brown locks against a chunky white cable knit sweater!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Glowing up the scene since 2005... Trevor Harris loves colour. If someone strolls by wearing a piece from his Dialogue line, chances are you'll notice. In a sea of gray scale and drab Ontario winter skies, Dialogue's fluorescents stand out. “Stand out” is almost an understatement. With colours like “highlighter yellow” draping the Dialogue skateboarders, snowboarders and fans, a more accurate description would be “glow-out”.
Wearing Dialogue, you'll stand out not only on the streets or slopes, but in the clubs. I saw for myself when I stared down at the dance floor at Circa on Friday night. One dancer was sporting the highlighter yellow shirt and he literally glowed.
Fashionmovementz' Jacquie Burton met with the determined young entrepreneur behind Dialogue after learning of the line at this fall's Clothing Show. Excited by his candy-coloured merch and impressed by his motivated yet humble spirit, Jacquie wanted to know more about the guy responsible for the line that seems an equivalent to the ubiquitous electro music of today.
JB: Why Dialogue?
TH: When I first started I was crocheting the hats myself. Everything was handmade, and it was literally just for my friends. I call it Dialogue because I had to have a conversation with each one of my customers to customize their hat for them. So everyone who's bought hats from me, it's been through personal communication The first two years I was doing this, everyone knew who I was because I would hand deliver hats to them so I'd always have to have a 'dialogue' with them.
JB: Who is involved with Dialogue?
TH: For the most part, I do everything myself. I print the t shirts myself, I do all the designs, I made the website myself. But there are a lot of people involved. I sponsor Skateboarders and snowboarders, which is actually a really good way to get your name out there. For the most part, I do everything myself, but my parents are also involved, they help me out a lot. They've basically allowed me to do what I need and I'm very lucky to have them.
JB: How long have you been in business?
TH: Officially, on September 15, 2005. But I started taking it really seriously in 2006.
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Monday, November 3, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
by Jacquie Burton
On a bone-chillingly cold Tuesday afternoon, Aqua di Lara's luxury swimwear line lit up the runway with red-hot summer heat.
A welcome suprise after standing outside in the painfully cold wind waiting to see the prior runway shows, which left something to be desired.
Models donned Peak-a-boo and cut-out piece swim suits that oozed glamour and sex appeal.
I certiainly did not expect that my favorite thing I'd seen since the beginning of the week would be a swim wear line, but I must admit that it was.
Designer Reyhan Sofraci's bikini's and monokini's excited us with bold metallic fabrics and geometric sh
Friday, October 10, 2008
Toronto, Ontario (September 5, 2008) - L’Oréal Fashion week just got a little more Fabulous and the fashion industry is taking note. Set to take place October 20th -25th, Canada’s fashion elite will soon assemble under the tented house of fashion built by the Fashion Design Council of Canada in Nathan Phillips Square. Spring 2009 celebrates the 16th season of Fashion Week in Toronto.
This season is all about flaunting your “Fabulous” through fashion. Attitudes do the talking as style mavens and industry insiders unite for the five day bi-annual event. Produced by the Fashion Design Council of Canada, the week of festivities puts the spotlight on Canada’s top fashion talent and international innovators while bringing up-and-coming designers into the media limelight. Over 50 designers from across the country unite under one roof to strut their wares.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Established in 2001, Montreal Fashion Week is an initiative recognized by Liason Mode Montreal (LMM), which brings together sectorial associations committed since 1998 to the promotion of Montreal's fashion and apparel industry on the national and international scene, and the positioning of the metropolis as a major North American production and creation centre.
MFW 08 will be packed with the Spring/Summer 09 collections of Evan Biddell(http://www.evanbiddell.ca/), Christiane Garant (http://www.mycanna.com/), Christian Chenail (http://www.muse-cchenail.com/), Denis Gagnon (www. . /denisgagnon), Bijoux Caroline Neron (http://www.carolineneron.com/) and other Canadian fashion setters.
This will be a week that Canadian Fashionistas can not afford to miss! Click here for a full list of Designers