(10/22/2012) Opique is back in Toronto to cover World MasterCard Fashion Week from (10/22-10/26). We are working with a number of great outlets and people to bring you great daily coverage of everything going on at the tents. The first day of fashion week kicks off with three exciting shows:
Holt Renfrew: Hot @175: Runway (7 p.m.)
PINK TARTAN: Runway (8 p.m.)
PAVONI: Runway (9 p.m.)
If your not able to attend World MasterCard Fashion Week, don’t worry thanks to the Fashion Week Live Channel on You Tube brought to you by Maybelline New York you can catch up on the shows daily and even recap FW 2012 collections: Fashion Week Live: Click Here
Over the last few months the best and the brightest have been vying for the chance to be apart of the Mercedes-Benz Start-Up. It is a program similar to the Vogue Fashion Fund. Where designers who have been in business less then five years obtain the chance for mentorship and business development to help take there business to the next level.
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz Start Up Recipient: Martin Lim
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz Start Up Finalist:
2012 Edmonton Finalist: Malorie Urbanovitch
2012 Halifax Finalist: Dreamboat Lucy
2012 Quebec City Finalist: DUY
2012 Ottawa Finalist: Caitlin Power & Christopher Bates
I want to say good luck to two Finalist who have shown Opique a lot of support over the last few years, Good Luck Duy and Caitlin Power. I know you both will do amazing during World MasterCard Fashion Week this October.
FDCC and World MasterCard: Canadian Catwalk FW 2012
(08/09/2012) Today I woke up to a surprising email announcing the sale of Toronto Fashion Week to Fashion power player IMG. The Toronto Fashion Community has been talking about this development all day. As an American who covers fashion week I have my own worries and concerns. I feel like I have a lot to get in order and make sure I have all my ducks in a row before Fashion week in October. I have really enjoyed covering Toronto Fashion Week and I hope to continue in the future. We all are nervous and excited for the changes.
FDCC and World MasterCard: Canadian Catwalk FW 2012
01/26/2012 the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) announced that World MasterCard will sponsor Toronto Fashion Week. The event will still be held at David Pecaut Square, but now with the sponsorship of a world class company. MasterCard offers a number of unique insentives for its card members, as seen during last season’s fashion week, and I expect more from the company this season.
For more on F/W 2012 Toronto Fashion Check out these sources:
A great blend of pieces for a number of looks and styles
The Attitude by Jay Manuel show began in a cloud of smoke as the first model entered the runway. A blend of retro, boho and safari, the collection is comprised of simple, versatile and well-styled looks. Commercial by nature, the brand once again proved that fashion lovers don’t need exorbitant budgets or outlandish tastes to look chic when the summer months come back around. The supremely stylish accessories definitely strengthened the collection and forecasted some upcoming trends. Woven hats, headwraps, chunky arm candy and feathered jewelry garnished jumpsuits and separates made with bold colors and rich textural prints. This was definitely a collection with vast market appeal.
Pops of color, with edge style and sophistication.
Total was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the S/S 2012 collection from Joeffer Caoc. His line was clean, yet bold with pops of color. From the bright oranges to the hot pinks, you saw his take on color blocking going into 2012. He then successfully mixed styles from dark to metallics, to sheer to sky blues. The two key aspects that made the show was his ability to mix separates, from dress to shorts and pair them with great shoes. Each look was complete and strong. The Joeffer Caoc woman is young, confident, and wants a strong, clean look that can be worn at any time and anywhere. For every occasion, Joeffer Caoc has a complete look from head to toe.
While doing my S/S 2012 post on LOVAS i had to find out there website. I was impressed with the site and how clean it looked so i started checking out each section. To my surprise my work with one of favorite fashions blogs was showcased on there site. Anita Clarke and her site iwantigot.geekigirl.com is one of the premier fashion blogs in Canada. I really appreciate Anita for giving me a chance and always being friendly and kind when i see her during Toronto Fashion Week.
Here is the Gallery of my work from the LOVAS F/W 2011
Well tailored Caribbean and Indian inspired pieces
Wesley Badanjak’s Caribbean inspirations are apparent in his SS’12 contribution to LG fashion week. A cast of ethnic models strutted in well-tailored garments that were infused with a breezy, tropical flavoring. Rambunctious ruffles, pretty pleats and sophisticated shirring highlighted the cool and carefree femininity of the show. Beaded necklaces, wooden bangles, and open-toed sandals were the perfect accoutrements for the stylish Island girls who sported messy braids (sometimes accompanied by feathers). Whether she’s sipping coconut milk on the beach or heading to a carnival party, the Lovas girl of SS’12 is always effortlessly well-dressed.