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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Aqua di Lara

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

L'Oreal Fashion Week: October 20th - 25th, Toronto, Canada

Flaunt your ‘Fabulous’ this season at L’Oréal Fashion Week
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

Montreal Fashion Week: October 13th -17th, Bonsecours Market, Vieux Montreal

The 15th edition of the Montreal Fashion Week will showcase over a hundred companies, in twenty fashion shows and near 75 exhibitors. The largest of its type in Canada and the third largest in North America, Montreal Fashion Week is the result of many years of work and the support of the growing number of sponsors. This year, MFW will enjoy media coverage by the American, Japanese, European and Canadian press, as well ad the presence of national and international buyers.

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(, Christiane Garant (, Christian Chenail (, Denis Gagnon (www. . /denisgagnon), Bijoux Caroline Neron ( 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

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Review: The Clothing Show

By: Jacquie Burton

As a first timer at the Toronto Clothing Show, I was excited to see the Canadian talent.

First stop was by environmentally friendly Toronto line Precocious. I chatted up owner/designer Melody Cebula who was excited to see her stuff strutted on the runway for the first time ever!
Precocious is knitwear made from reworked, recycled vintage. Every piece is hand-made and one-of-a-kind. I fell in love with the sweaters and their unique but wearable quality.

7:00pm: Before checking out the rest of the vendors, I caught the small but lively runway show set to remixed MGMT and Justice.
First to strut were Melody’s Precocious creations followed by Neveran Jean, So-Fine, The Fairies Pajamas, Playdead Cult and Avendano. The show was lively and left something to be desired.

After the show, I had to be kept on pace or I would’ve just shopped the whole time.
I met Salem at his “Hibebe Collection” booth and HAD to try these black-patent, lace-up boots that were very Givenchy.

We paroused the booths and found stand-out graphic design tees by Forty Seven and Empire and candy-coloured headwear and sweatshirts by Dialogue.

I found the sweetest jewelry I’ve seen in awhile at Love of Mine . President/buyer Anna is opening a high-end boutique in a few months. Her collection includes the cutest snake pendants and most whimsical lockets, plus designer goods!

It was a good time overall and worth checking out next year. If only for the Canadian talent!

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