O!O!

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Images via OiOi

Sequin Covered Swans

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Images via Lukasz Wierzbowski

Empowering Imagination

On Tuesday, Kering and Parsons awarded two emerging designers top honours at this year’s 4th annual Empowering Imagination Fashion Design Competition. Selected from a roster of 12 finalists, the two winning designers received a trip to Italy for a learning expedition to the Kering Materials Innovation Lab, a mentorship with style.com,  as well as the opportunity to display their pieces in participating Saks Fifth Avenue windows. The judging panel included industry giants like Alexander Wang, Giovanna Battaglia, and style.com’s Nicole Phelps. The two winners, Lucy Jones and Blair Moore, both presented collections that were fashion forward and technologically innovative. While Moore focused on functional layered designs ideal for travel, Jones designed a collection exclusively made for “seated individuals” who may be confined to wheelchairs and have difficulty dressing on their own.

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Lucy Jones – Winner
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Ellery Girls

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It’s safe to say that at this point, flares have wedged themselves (once again) into the collective “Want” list of the fashion world. While I think they’re flattering and it’s nice to see more of a variety in the shapes of women’s pants, I still prefer the unfussiness of skinny or relaxed trousers for daily wear. For dressier occasions, however, flares are pretty much perfect (especially in a beautiful coral brocade).

One of the things I believe strongly about trends is that when a trend cycles back in style, there has to be something modern and new about it. Otherwise you risk looking outdated and retro. That is why the flares of now I especially love are cropped (5th row from the top, right). Yep, cropped loose pants are everywhere right now (just say no to your tight capris from high school, guys), and I liked that Ellery took this and added a big ol’ flare to it. You know, I never thought I’d say this, but I’m pretty into wearing some pants that make my legs look like brooms. ❤

Images via style.com

Fernanda

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As a bottle blonde Asian, I’m especially impressed with the fact that Fernanda has been dying her own hair since she was 15. Ummm….I can barely cut bangs, much less not setting my scalp on fire. What is your secret, Fernanda?

Images via Vanessa Jackman, Instagram, Tommy Tom, le 21eme, and i-D

Contentment

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May Fuhr

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Young Maya is only 25 years old. You can see more of her work on her Instagram, her website, or in the pages of almost every major fashion mag out there.

Images via Maya Fuhr

Dirtbag

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In the perfect world, I would be dressed like Tilda Swinton 365 days of the year. But in reality, there comes a time when you are stressed out, you have a full workday plus errands, and all you want to do is dress comfortably and succumb to looking like a dirtbag.

A dirtbag, to me, is a person who abandons societal norms in order to pursue their chosen lifestyle. I chose to wear basketball shorts to work and not touch up my roots. Same difference. It’s not a bad thing, per se. Some might argue it demonstrates a singular vision in the person to pursue the life they want. I guess, in this case, I wish for a life where I don’t have to put on a skirt suit to go to the office and I don’t have to get up before noon on a Saturday to get my hair did. Both noble pursuits if you ask me.

I’m wearing a very special sweatshirt produced by the people at The Editorial MagazineThe editors from Montréal recently came down to Toronto and held a launch party at D N S, which coincidentally is also my hair salon. With it, I’m wearing leather shorts by Northbound, vintage backpack, and shoes from Durumi.

 Images by The Pack