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Fashion & Style

The top 5 new designers at Fashion Week Fall 2014

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / March 23, 2014

Toronto fashion week designersFor some designers, World MasterCard Fashion Week isn't just another multi-thousand dollar extravaganza, another notch on their celebrated belts -- it's a way for newcomers to break into the growing Canadian fashion industry in hopes to come out on top. Like Joe Fresh's humble grocery store beginnings or Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan of Mackage's elementary school friendship, everyone's gotta start somewhere.

Last week saw several emerging Canadian designers hit the Toronto runways for the first time. Here are the most promising new designers from Fashion Week Fall 2014.

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The top 10 looks from Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2014

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / March 22, 2014

best of toronto fashion weekDespite what you may think, World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto isn't just a good excuse to wear a ridiculous hat, a great place to people-watch, or the number one hotbed for diva behaviour. Believe it or not, the 5-day spectacle revolves around the nation's most talented designers. For the Fall 2014 season, they brought all things Canadian to the table: quilted fabrics of every kind, plaids in rich hues, and a hell of a lot of fur.

Though every emerging and established name deserves a cookie for their hard work and effort, there were a handful of looks that blew showgoers out of the water.

Here are my picks for the top 10 looks from World MasterCard Fashion Week.

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This Week in Fashion: Sarah Stevenson for Target, SOOP SOOP relocates, Style Democracy designer pop-up shop

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / March 19, 2014

This Week in FashionThis Week in Fashion rounds up the week's style news, store openings and closings, pop-up shops, sales and upcoming fashion and design events in Toronto. Find it here every Wednesday morning.


This Sunday (March 23), head to select Target stores across Canada to find an exclusive, limited-edition womenswear line designed by Sarah Stevenson, one of Toronto's very own. The Toronto Fashion Incubator New Labels Competition winner brought rich hues, girly florals, and sophisticated silhouettes to the discount retail giant - with price points ranging from $30 - $60 and a major collaboration under her belt, it's all uphill from here for the emerging designer.

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Newest brand at Fashion Week started as OCAD thesis

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / March 18, 2014

Outclass Toronto fashion weekTomorrow afternoon, Outclass, a Toronto-based menswear brand launched in 2011, will make its debut at World MasterCard Fashion Week -- a huge milestone for a label that was born unexpectedly as a thesis project during founder and designer Matteo Sgaramella's final year at OCAD University.

For the first time ever, the Fall/Winter 2014 collection will parade under the penetrating eyes of potential buyers, intimidating editors, and a pit of hungry photographers ready to broadcast what's hot (and what's not) off the runway.

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Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2014 preview

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / March 14, 2014

Toronto Fashion WeekToronto Fashion Week is rearing its glamorous head once again with Fall 2014's presentations. From Monday (March 17) through Friday (March 21), fad-clad industry professionals and Average Joes alike will gather like bees at David Pecaut Square to watch the future of Canadian fashion sweep and sashay down the runway. Though the eccentric street style and diva behaviour forks out enough entertainment value to last the full week, the designers are the main attraction - and this season, the lineup is on fire.

Here are my most anticipated shows to see and why.

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The top 10 looks from The shOws Fall 2014

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / March 13, 2014

Shows Fashion TorontoEvery season, The shOws - a two-day fashion show spotlighting "the very best of Canadian talent" - doesn't disappoint. Its curated handful of designers coupled with producer Paola Fullerton's vision wows industry professionals and sets the standard high as the precursor to World MasterCard Fashion Week time and time again.

The Fall 2014 round, held at the Storys Building this past Tuesday and Wednesday, was no exception. Bellavance, Steven Tai, Kaelen, and Antonio Azzuolo brought a level of creativity and progressiveness unparalleled by even some of the biggest names in the game.

Though each designer made a name on far-away stomping grounds, Canada will forever be warm and familiar territory - and there's no better way to celebrate their very brief return than with a roundup of their best work.

Here are my picks for the top 10 looks from The shOws.

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