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Toronto Fashion Week

Backstage at ATTITUDE Jay Manuel at LGFW 2011

Posted by Istoica / April 1, 2011

Attitude Jay ManuelOn Wednesday night Sears showed off their new ATTITUDE Jay Manuel line at LG Fashion Week. While we skipped the runway, we did sneak backstage to get an up close and personal look at some of the clothes. See our photo collection below.

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TAGS: Sears
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Sunny Fong shows knits, coats at LGFW 2011

Posted by Briony / April 1, 2011

Sunny Fong may have went astray last season, but his fall/winter 2011 VAWK collection was one of the best I've ever seen on the runways of Fashion Week here. It was that good.

Coats were the main focus of the collection, and DAY-UM, were they ever spectacular. There was leopard-print ponyhair coats trimmed with white leather and worn over nothing at all ("I WANT THAT COAT" was scrawled across the length of my notebook), fur-trimmed leather car coats, a double-breasted maroon coat with military buttons and a fur-trimmed hood, teal shortie jackets, wool coats adorned with a bold chevron of fur
marching up and down the circumfrence....The creativity with fur and trim was astounding.

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TAGS: Sunny Fong, VAWK
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Sid Neigum is dreamy in debut at LGFW

Posted by Paul Aguirre / April 1, 2011

Sid NeigumIn the opening scene of the movie Black Swan, Natalie Portman's character is dancing feverishly in a dream (or nightmare, in retrospect) with a feather-clad, evil twin brother/swan master of some sort. And so began Sid Neigum's fall/winter 2011 collection - with a similar dude, in a similar coat - entitled, ironically, Wake Up. For the first two minutes, all I kept thinking was, "Bird monster! Bird monster!"

But don't get me wrong, Sid was so good. Coming to Toronto via New York (where he's studying at the Fashion Institute) via Edmonton, Sid's the kind of guy who you can instantly spot in a crowd or, as it seems, on a runway. His cool minimalism - so cool that I'll only refer to him by first name - and stark black palette give strong indications that things will be this way for a while, and he's okay with that.

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TAGS: Sid Neigum
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Lucian Matis takes over the Design Exchange

Posted by Daniela Andrews / March 31, 2011

Lucian Matis Design ExchangeThis year during LG Fashion Week Lucian Matis decided to embrace Bay Street. His show, entitled CHAOS, was held on the historic trading floor of the Design Exchange, in the middle of the Financial District. But it felt more like the centre of Paris or Milan, as Matis showed a collection worthy of Europe's biggest fashion capitals.

Gold. Black. Silver. A steady stream of statuesque models came down the runway in this glamorous colour palette, which Matis combined in exquisite designs on blazers, coats and dresses with exaggerated shoulders and figure-flattering folds. Chunky knits were paired with intricate beading to create unexpected combinations, like the sexy one-shoulder mini-dress with a black knit bodice detail that had the cozy feel of one of my grandmother's sweaters, but paired with an insanely short beaded hemline of which my dear old Granny would most certainly not approve.

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TAGS: Lucian Matis
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Despite rumours, David Dixon shows at LGFW (Video)

Posted by Dayna Winter / March 31, 2011

David Dixon kicked off last night's show - after over an hour delay and swirling twitter rumors of a possible cancellation - with a retrospective of his 16 years as a designer. While I don't begrudge anyone a proper Sweet Sixteen celebration, I wonder, did Dixon really need two? And did we all really need to be invited?

This initial part of the show was hodge-podge and overly sentimental - narrated love letters between his grandparents, old family photos, a cheesy intro video featuring an uncomfortable-looking Dixon. It was a digital scrapbook trainwreck. I'm a fan of taking runway shows to a multimedia level. I love props. And celeb cameos. But not when they distract from the real purpose of the show (the clothes, duh).

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TAGS: David Dixon
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LGFW, swimwear edition (Video)

Posted by Istoica / March 31, 2011

It didn't feel like fall or winter, but that didn't stop the crowd watching the Shan swimwear runway presentation from enjoying the show. It was tough denying that the floppy hats, string bikinis and full piece suits looked good on the models - with hair and makeup done just so. More visual evidence below.

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TAGS: Shan
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