Loewe Spring Summer 2016

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Images via Vogue.com

Chloe Sevigny for The Edit

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Photography: Thomas Whiteside
Styling: Natalie Brewster

I can’t even deal with the hotness. Chloë Sevigny looking stunning and stylish in the current issue of The Edit, Net-a-Porter’s web magazine. I especially love all of the denim pieces, including the Sonia Rykiel denim overalls and the light denim culottes.

Click here for the full interview with Leandra Medine of Man Repeller.

London Fashion Week AW15 RTW: Best Of

Fashion week is exhausting. OK, so I haven’t actually attended any shows yet and all I’ve had to do so far is keep up with the media coverage, but trust me, looking at collection after collection in my web browser gets very tiring after the 50th collection. I am excited to switch things up and see some clothes in person tonight, as I will be attending Toronto’s pre-fashion week show, The Collections, highlighting the best in up-and-coming Canadian designers. If I’m being honest, both the intimate setting and the quality of the designers make the Collections far more exciting to me than fashion week itself. Stay tuned for coverage from the shows in the next few days.

Until then, check out my picks for some of the best Autumn Winter 2015 collections from London Fashion Week. As a sidenote: London has become the fashion week each season that I look forward to the most. In many ways, the subversiveness and innovation of the designers who show here are comparable to what I’ve seen in Paris, but with more youthfulness and I-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude. As such, I also find the collections in London to be the most polarizing. Let us know which collections you liked/disliked the most!

Caitlin Price for Fashion East

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London Menswear 2015

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The London Collections: Men came and went during the second weekend of January. How blessed we are for it. I have been stressing over an ungodly amount of post-holiday work while battling a silly but persistent cold, so blogging has, sadly, taken a bit of a backseat. You can imagine my happiness in seeing collections like the ones included here—why, the posts just write themselves!

For J.W.Anderson‘s ridiculously good menswear collection, there would no doubt be a word or two about the 70s style references. Just look at the teddy bear mohair coat, the velour lounge suit, the flamboyantly-hued leather, the cropped shearling jackets….sorry, I’ll stop. I could mention the dandified swagger of the models, equal parts Dorian Gray and Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch. An unusual combination, no doubt, but this was an unusual collection for an usual man, unafraid of bending the sartorial rules a little. Shall we take bets on how long before Kanye makes a public appearance with Kim in that insane gradient coat in the last look? Bonus points if he wears the whole look.

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Nasir Mazhar came up around the same time as everyone in the fashion world became obsessed with logos, high performance sportswear, and streetwear, which is no coincidence since his creations had a huge part in this tide change. For FW15, I was relieved to see that he’d moved on from the logo obsession. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, and a visionary knows when to move on. I like that he worked with classic sportswear shapes, but manufactured them with high-shine and metallic fabrics, even playing with proportions in the quilted puffy jackets. The looks are masculine and rugged, made more for an underground club than a bottle-service lounge. But in spite of its ruggedness—like almost everything Nasir Mazhar has produced so far in his career—its appeal doesn’t speak to only men. I (and lots of other women too) would absolutely wear everything here.

Images via style.com

2014 British Fashion Council Awards

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More than New York, more than Milan, and yes, even more than Paris, London is the global epicentre for bold, directional fashion design. No wonder our most exciting homegrown talents keep ditching Canada for these far more adventurous shores. Some of my most beloved designers in the past few years have paid their dues in London, which is also home to one of the most influential fashion institutions in the world. Even their bloggers are cooler than ours.

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And so it was with great excitement that I perused this year’s winners of the British Fashion Awards, presented at Central Saint Martins and by the British Fashion Council today. Canada has a lot to learn from the British government in the process of cultivating a vibrant and economically viable local fashion industry. After all, the biggest winner of the night was Montreal native and Ryerson grad, Erdem (Moralioğlu), who was named Womenswear Designer of the year. The British fashion industry must be doing something right to not only attract a designer of this calibre, but to also help him grow the international brand that Erdem is today.

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The Pack’s favourite Marques’Almeida won the award for Emerging Womenswear Designer of the year. It seemed like everybody and their grandmother was wearing the brand’s trademark distressed denim this year, so there was no doubt in my mind that they’d win by a landslide. Well deserved! ❤

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Simone Rocha was named the winner of the New Establishment Designer award, which is given to “a British womenswear or menswear designer that is taking the global industry by storm”. I’d say that’s pretty accurate. You can read our coverage of the designer’s stunning SS15 collection here.

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Named British Designer Brand of the year, Victoria Beckham’s success and contribution to the British fashion industry is indisputable (albeit pretty surprising). Although her clothes aren’t the most innovative, they’re always expensive-looking and very wearable.

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No surprise here. J.W. Anderson is one of the world’s most forward-thinking ready-to-wear designers, in both womenswear and menswear, so it was nice to see him get recognized for his contributions to British menswear design.

You can peep the full list of nominees and winners here. For photos of guests and select red carpet looks, click after the jump!

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Resort 2015

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The Resort 2015 collection reviews were littered with dissenting commentary about the tradition of releasing lines of clothing meant to be worn on winter vacation. These collections will hit stores in mid-October of this year, when most are dressing for fall, and very few are buying specifically for getaways. This explains many designers’ push to label their Resort collections “pre-Spring” and to design them as the bridge between their last Autumn collections and upcoming Spring lines. Even the likes of Oscar de la Renta went so far as to proclaim that “Resort means nothing” this season. I understand the sentiment and the economic incentive behind labeling a line as pre-Spring and by extension, shoppable, but I do still enjoy the idea of Resort.

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L: Prabal Gurung / R: Emilio De La Morena

 As per its namesake, Resort can range from the luxurious and unattainable to the super trashy and all-inclusive. Naturally, I relish in the latter and being that I’m also on a serious turn-of-the-millennium fashion tip lately, I ate up a lot of the asymmetrical hemlines, off-putting metallics, and unflattering ruffles that designers brought out for Resort. I want to pack my bags with each of these weird and weirder outfits and wear them while drinking daiquiris at an outdated-looking pool bar on a Blau Resort right now.

(Stay tuned for upcoming Resort Trend Watch posts – we did take it kind of seriously).

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FW Trend Watch: Layered Bustiers


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L-R: Jacquemus; J.W. Anderson; Marni

Bustiers layered over or inlaid in modest tops were a mini trend seen prominently at J.W. Anderson, Yang Li, and Iris van Herpen. Each of the designers matched this pairing with long, bulky, monochromatic skirts for a commanding overall look. At Jacquemus and Marni the layered bustiers and bandeaus were one-offs, but styled in a strikingly similar way with baggy skirts and practical shoes. The  usual vampy sex appeal of corseting details is absorbed by layers of rigid  fabrics in each of the designers’ efforts. Even Jaqcuemus’ more youthful rendition sees a sheer fabric underlay take the form of a billowing turtleneck that does not distract from an overall  minimalist slacker vibe.

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Favourite looks so far: AW 2014

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New York and London Fashion Weeks have come and gone and Milan Fashion Week ends today. I’ve had the opportunity to view and obsess over a ton of exciting and truly beautiful collections, as well as some uninspired and poorly-executed ones. An attempt was made to cull the most fashion forward and personally appealing looks from the shows so far and present them to you here.

The looks seen above were chosen from one of my favourite collections from NYFW, by American designer Jeremy Scott. Tapping into the as-popular-as-ever sportswear trend and infusing it with his trademark  tongue-in-cheek style, the collection is varied texturally and looks super fun to wear, even for the non-Kpop star crowd. Cozy is the name of the game this season and I’ve yet to see anything I’d rather drape myself with than those bomb-ass fuzzy sports jersey knits.

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