Beaufille FW16

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More after the jump.

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Cos & Effect

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Sadly if you live outside of Toronto or Montréal, you’re out of luck as the store currently does not ship in Canada. But for everyone else, you can peep their fall winter 2015 collection right now at participating Canadian locations.

Images via Cos

Last Minute Ballers

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Last Thursday I attended, for the second time, Toronto’s largest and glitziest annual art gala, the Power Ball. As a massive fundraising event for the Power Plant‘s art programming, the party has become a hugely influential and innovative party, attended by artists and supporters of artists (from the worlds of fashion, film, media, finance, advertising, and music) alike. The food and cocktails are usually a highlight for me, as I’m the type of woman who feels more at home at a pizza bar or a techno dungeon than a fancy fashion party, and this year was no different. Still I, along with my companion Karolyne Ellacott, made the best of our surroundings, reclining in vintage chaise lounges, posing for the paps, and splashing around in kiddie pools of rainbow balls.

Images by The Pack

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

Sprung

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In honour of the gorgeous spring weather we’ve been finally getting here in Toronto—*cue prayer hands emoji*—I present to you an hour of warm weather house tracks selected and mixed by me. Good music knows no season, and if I’m being honest, a little snow never stopped me from indulging in Balearic grooves in the middle of February. But when the sun is shining and the breeze smells like fresh grass, the music is transformative. Like getting my back rubbed on a lawn chair set in the middle of the dance floor.

Accompanying this mix is a series of photographs collected from The Ardorous photographers. Started by Petra Collins, the web collective is entirely made up of female artists and photographers. Any moment when you’re in need of some inspiration in your life, or if you just feel like looking at kickass work, hop on over to their site (linked above). Good luck not sucked in for an entire night like I did.

These photos were selected for their girly, warm weather appeal. The irony is that today’s mix, unlike my monthly radio show on TRP, actually includes no female producers at all. It wasn’t a conscious decision. But as I’ve come to learn, decisions of this nature have already been made for us.

Listen to ‘Sprung’ here.

WMCFW: Days 3 & 5

DSC_0433 DSC_0438 DSC_0446On day 3 of World Mastercard Fashion Week, I checked out Mackage‘s Fall Winter 2015 collection. Having just attended the Marques’Almeida/TOME/Kaelen party at The Room, I was already a few wines deep and halfway to happytown. This turned out to be a good state to be in while attending a fashion show. Despite being underwhelmed with the predictable procession of outerwear, I still enjoyed myself immensely.

mackage-1 mackage-2 mackage-3Designers Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan have built a successful brand on a foundation of well-made but stylistically unremarkable coats. This is not a diss necessarily. As a commercial brand, the ability to move merchandise in large numbers should be top priority. And when it comes to coat-shopping, wearability and practicality are major determinant factors. For their Fall Winter 2015 collection, there were lots of motifs we’ve seen from past seasons in New York and Paris. Trends like fringe, shearling, and fur were all touched on. I was especially impressed with the quilted parka and trousers, which looked both cozy and stylish.

mackage-4 mackage-5 DSC_0511The Malorie Urbanovitch FW15 collection was a pleasant surprise. A new presence at the tents this year, Urbanovitch’s colourful, playful knits were a welcome respite from the monochrome/leather/eveningwear that seem to flood Toronto Fashion Week season after season. I liked the all over knit sets and obsessed over the orange suede skirt and turquoise coat & skirt set.

3.Paradis was also a new player at this season’s fashion week, and their brand of edgy menswear was appealing, albeit somewhat derivative. The leather bomber with white fur across the front was beautifully made, and the tailoring on the monochrome looks were impeccable. Where the collection faltered, in my opinion, were the striped ensembles. Done sparingly, it lent the garments a graphic pop of colour. But when applied all over, it felt cartoonish (and also UK flag-ish) in its execution. I also wasn’t a fan of the oxygen masks. Not only has this clinical accessory been used better many times before, its presence in the 3.Paradis show also felt like more of an afterthought. In press releases, designers Emeric Tchatchoua and Raymond Cheung talked about lab coats and dystopian hospitals as influences for their collection, so I get why the masks are there. I just wish they looked less slapped on and more integrated into the ensembles.

Click after the jump for photos from the Malorie Urbanovitch and 3.Paradis shows!

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Feels

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83780006 83710009 83680035It’s another sunny but abnormally cold day in Toronto. But being inside affords me the luxury of pretending it’s as warm outside as it looks in this editorial. Featuring Toronto native and L.A.-based model Roxanna Dunlop in a series of guerilla-styled shoots in Miami’s hidden backyards and roadside hotels, the photographs pack a sense of freedom and a lot of sun. I’m looking forward to a warm May when I can wear cropped long-sleeve turtleneck tops with denim skirts everyday, and just in general, not freezing my bums off even in jeans and a sweater.

Images via Oyster

Local Inspiration: Muttonhead

Lauren Mitchell is a feminist, mega Drake stan, and my long time bb. When she’s not rippin’ up comedy clubs in the 6ix, or dropping knowledge on her Drake podcast, she finds time to write a regular column for The Pack. You can check out her hilarious Tweets and read the rest of her writing for The Pack here.
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When I was in my early 20s I went through a phase where I tried really hard to only buy ethically-sourced clothing. And it was really hard. On top of which, I would always find excuses to eventually own H&M or whatever other cheap, stylish stuff I could get my hands on. I love thrifting, and so I could always use that as an excuse, like, I didn’t really give Corporation XYZ any of my money, so I’m off the hook. Either way, they way in which my clothes are made is still always at the back of my mind, which is a large part of the reason I was so initially attracted to Muttonhead, a Toronto based clothing company that designs and makes all of their clothing right here, in the 6ix.

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On top of being sustainably made, Muttonhead also designs clothes that I really like. They make sturdy, genderless basics that are classic and sharp at the same time. They stick to what they are good at: similar styles done in a variety of colours, but not an overwhelming selection. This is not fast fashion, Muttonhead isn’t trying to keep up with the latest trends, and by doing that, they’ve managed to create a refreshingly timeless aesthetic. And to be honest, in a day and age where more well-known Canadian designers, like Dquared2are doing stupid, offensive, and incredibly tone deaf shit like calling their most recent collection Dsquaw, Muttonhead’s gimmick-free philosophy is pretty inspiring.

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Bonus: Me, wearing my fav Muttonhead piece that I own, plus a few other coveted pieces sold in Muttonhead’s online shop

Images via Muttonhead

In the press

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Guys, we made it. Remember that Thom Browne cocktail party I went to back when the temperature was still above zero? Well, my super lowkey, extra baggy outfit was photographed and ended up on the pages of Fashion magazine’s February issue. I’m pretty surprised, but not for the reason you’d think. Neither myself nor Karolyne are socialites, unlike most of the ladies photographed on this page. Our backpacks (not pictured) cost less than $50 total from the local thrift store. My raw-hemmed top was frayed by myself.

But what we lack in expensive duds, we more than make up for in creativity and panache. Thank you, Fashion mag, for recognizing it too!

Images via Fashion magazine