Top trends from Toronto Fashion Week’s fall/winter 2013 shows Some of the more interesting trends to emerge at World MasterCard Fashion Week a few days ago in Toronto? Biker jackets, for one. And wearing white for winter is another. And we’ve got a bunch more that’ll scratch your style itch, with a full gallery of pieces from the shows. [Chris Young/Canadian Press]
Coco Chanel once said, “there is never a bad time to look pretty.” Generally, cycling spandex isn’t all that pretty but Vancouverite David Phu believes that cycling is simply another opportunity to look your best, and that a cyclist’s wardrobe should not be limited to things that are tight and stretchy. Promoting cycling as a regular daily activity is important to Phu (an avid cyclist himself) and taking it beyond athletic wear has been an integral part of that.
Hats that pay tribute to Elsa Schiaparelli’s surreal style
Karyn Gingras, the milliner behind Lilliput Hats, explains the ideas behind a few of the styles (modelled by studio staffer Tina) in her new capsule collection homage to Surrealism, Elsa Schiaparelli and sometimes, just plain silliness.
These days motifs like wrens and finches are for the birds. Instead, Canadian entrepreneur Amy Kwong opted for a zig-zag take on a pop culture moment with her Smitten Kitten line of gifts and stationery. The line’s new ‘Put a Burt on It’ stickers – Burt, as in Reynolds – are her cheeky 1970s-inspired twist on a favourite Portlandia episode and are for sealing her new letterpress greeting cards.
And for writing the quip inside, Kwong has revived an old-school grade school staple: the #2 pencil ($10 per 5-pack at Bookmark: The Library Store in Vancouver, Vanderburgh Flowers, Kid Icarus, the Drake General Store and Nathalie-Roze in Toronto; and in Smitten Kitten’s online store). Each wooden pencils is engraved and riffs on a group theme, from Zombie lore and Woodys (Allen, Guthrie) or Chuck Norris’s killer moves to break-up clichés (“I need some space”) and recent Twitter hashtag memes (#potentiallyawesomesupergroups and #winnning). It adds up to a stationery kit that’s so irresistibly retro, we’ll all be putting pencil to paper this season. Canada Post should be sending her a thank you letter.
The news of Fashion Television’s cancellation was first tweeted Wednesday afternoon by its iconic host, Jeanne Beker. “So surreal. This dream is over: After 27 glorious years, FT production ceased today.” A statement from the show’s parent company, CTV Bellmedia, soon followed. For the rest of the day it made headline news crawls in office building elevators nationwide.
Why was this lifestyle news trending on Twitter across Canada ahead of Charles Manson’s parole denial? Because when it launched in 1985, Fashion Television was a series ahead of its time that shaped a couple of generations of fashion cognoscenti and civilians alike, and made a name for itself well beyond our borders.