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spotted :: Flare.com street style

If there’s ever a day to be extra excited about being in the Flare.com street style post, it’s on #WearCanada day. Score.

Check out my killer Nella Bella Melbourne bag (a.k.a the bag my life exists in) and my dangerously comfy Bedo silk pants.

In non-Canadian wears, I’ve got a Diane von Furstenberg jacket, Aldo shoes and more metallic bangles than you can shake a stick at.


LGFW :: Lala Berlin S/S 2012

Joining us all the way from, well Berlin, Lala Berlin closed up the first night of LG Fashion Week with super-pretty, totally-wearable pieces. Designed by former MTV VJ Leyla Piedayesh, the line began as a knitwear offering but has since branched out into other fabrics, which we are all very thankful for.

The set of patterned dresses that closed up the show were among my favourites, along with the wonderfully fun jackets throughout. Piedayesh’s skills with light fabrics are best showcased in the floor-length, wind catching dresses, and though the knitwear did not take up much space in the selection shown, the few pieces seen prove why Lala Berlin made such an impact, so quickly.

Now we keep our fingers crossed that we get her back next year!

(My camera is not agreeing with the lights in the runway room. Enjoy this overly bright video before finding way better photos here.)

LGFW :: Juma S/S 2012

Last night, Juma‘s hyper-printed models made their way down the runway in dresses and separates that offered a stark contrast to the cold wind blowing outside the tents. Pieces were light and airy, with bright prints that are any thing but the norm. Which is exactly what we’d expect from the sister&brother team that creates unique digital prints for each collection.

The New York-based pair of Alia and Jamil have made their way around the world, and it’s easy to see this in the clothes. Styles are none-too-familiar, offering different cuts and drapes that would make any piece stand out even without the fantastic patterns.

Personal favourites included a multicoloured knit circle scarf & skirt combo, the shorter dresses (see last look above) and of course those bags! One thing I would have loved to see a better display of were the scarves. The 45″ silk twill scarves displayed in the lookbook are the perfect canvas to showcase the stunning prints created  by Juma. There are some on the website, but I highly recommend getting your hands on the latest lookbook to see the new ones.

In an interesting new bit of promotion for the year, select pieces from the runway collection are now available on The Peacock Parade until October 25th. It’s part of the site’s Off The Runway offering which should be an attractive sell to those fashionistas who simply cannot wait until Spring. And who can blame them? The wrap dress is mad-cute and totally wearable for fall.


Mercedes-Benz Start Up revs up for LGFW

Guest post o’clock. I had the pleasure of going to the Mercedes-Benz Canada / IMG announcement last week on behalf on Anthea at Clothes Line Finds. You can read all about it below and here.

Speculation came to a surprising end this week as IMG and Mercedes-Benz Canada announced their latest venture. With the two becoming the powerhouses behind worldwide fashion weeks many assumed this would mean the acquisition of Toronto’s LGFW. It would make sense after all; both could be found on the grounds during last season and Canadians are continuing to gain momentum overseas. But an acquisition was not in the cards. Instead, we have been given a Start Up.

The Mercedes-Benz Start Up program will work to discover and support new talent from within our borders, offering them mentorship and a stage to show their creations. Designers who have been in business for less than five years will have the opportunity to submit an application (though influential media, buyers and educators will also nominate designers) in hopes of being selected as one of the top 20 to head to the semi-finals. From here, 4 designers will be selected to participate in a group show during LGFW in October 2011. One will be selected to continue to the next stage, receiving 5 months of mentorship and a solo show during the following LGFW in March 2012.

“Mercedes-Benz Start Up will allow Canadian designers the opportunity to move up in the industry and provide them a guide to achievement…

The goal is to facilitate a platform for these designers to showcase their talent in a professional setting with access to key mentors from various segments of the industry.”

Peter Levy, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of IMG Fashion

The goal is certainly admirable, everyone knows breaking into the fashion industry isn’t the easiest thing to do. Regardless, questions of necessity and money were inevitable – Sarah Nicole Prickett summed them up expertly.

While the success of this new endeavour and the resulting designer won’t be seen for nearly a year, we can at least hope that this is the start of something good. It may just be the optimist in me, but we have to believe that the future of Canadian fashion will be supported here, in Canada, rather than shipped to Europe to find success.

Designer Profile: Klaxon Howl

Check our my guest post for Freshly Educated Men below and the original here.

Note: I was backstage for this show and wouldn’t you know it, Samuel L. Jackson was there to watch the show. I was convinced the models had had an April’s Fool joke played on them as I tried to spot him on the monitor, but then he strolled right on into the backstage. Politely chatting with the designer and taking photos with the models, dressers, and anyone who managed to get themselves in.


Guest Writer: Anne Cayer

LG Fashion Week is here, and to get you prepped, we’ll be featuring some of the great menswear designers showing this season.

First up, we have Klaxon Howl. A brand that found its start in the Queen West shop of the same name, Klaxon Howl now boats a full fledged ready-to-wear menswear line. With military and workwear inspirations, designer Matt Robinson creates pieces with a distinct masculine feel. From outerwear, denim, tops, knits and accessories, a guy need look no further to fully outfit himself with that perfect rugged, but oh so handsome, look.

Of particular note with Klaxon Howl is its small-scale production: all produced by hand with old construction techniques. Paired with natural fabrics and vintage notions, the result is supremely well crafted line, reminiscent of the early 20th century. Looking for inspiration in old movies, even history, leads to the creation of pieces that hold a certain timelessness, not often seen these days. The Klaxon Howl man is not here for fast or flashy fashion, he is here for superior quality. The KH team says it best:

Always adhering to our rule of style over fashion and as Sinatra said “it’s not the hat but how you wear it”.

Klaxon Howl, F/W 2011
Friday, April 1st, 6pm

694B Queen St. West
Toront,o Ontario
M6J 1E7