LGFW: Day One

Last night was the official opening of LGFW, an event I’ve wanted to attend since I turned 19, but the timing of the shows meant I was always preoccupied with mid terms and assignments – until now! {Full-time job +1, university 0} And yes, that’s a running tally in my head! The night opened with a speeches from FDCC president Robin Kay and title sponsor LG fashion week, both of which spoke to the bold manner in which Canadian designers take on the world of fashion. “Bold without apology” were the exact words said, and the night certainly delivered on the promise. Here are some of my favourite looks.

While all three runway shows had their standout moments: Denis Gagnon’s novelty print, Smythe’s sorbet orange blazer, lala berlin’s footwear – Arthur Mendonca’s show was by far the highlight of my evening. When I received the press release and read ‘Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra’ as the theme, I started thinking of typical 60’s trends: space age metallics, contrasting colours, brightly coloured prints. And while Mendoca’s collection had all that, it felt very fresh. Save for the turquoise eye shadow and clearly Cleopatra accessories (which were modern in their own right), the show felt inspired not just a reproduction of decade trademarks in honour of the late actress.

Denis Gagnon, Source: FASHION

Denis Gagnon, Source : FASHION

Smythe, Source : FASHION

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From the Front Row

Hi lovelies,

My sincere apologies – I have been quite MIA as of late, but that’s about to change. I started my first full-time job on September 26th, and it has been a whirlwind couple of weeks. Between learning tons, and adjusting to waking up every morning before the sun comes up, I forgot to make time for theparttimestylist. To make it up to you, I’ve been hard at work scoring a media pass to Toronto LG Fashion Week! All week-long, I will be attending the SS ’12 shows  at the LG Tents at David Pecaut Square.

I have always wanted to come to this event, but the timing has never worked. My university was two and a half hours away from the city, and Toronto’s FW always fell during mid-term season. This year’s theme is Canada Cool and features some amazing talent. I’m guilty of not spending enough time immersed in the Canadian fashion scene, a habit I plan to break starting tomorrow, but I have long followed a few brands and cannot wait to see their SS 12 collections. My “must” see list includes Chloe comme Parris, JUMA, Pink Tartan, and Mimran’s Joe Fresh.

Tomorrow’s schedule includes a showing from Arthur Mendoςa centered around Elizabeth Taylor’s portrayal of Cleopatra, and I am beyond excited. Mendoça who is known for bold, sexy, and charismatic designs, has created custom prints for this collection that promise a full technicoloured spectrum. He has a history of working with luxurious fabrics, and this season is no exception. Mendoςa will use silks, cottons, and linens to interpret the classic 1963 movie. The 60’s are one of my favourite eras, so I’m excited to see if he picks up some of the decade’s defining looks! I’ll leave you with that for now… I have a week worth of outfits to plan after all, but check back for updates from the front row (yes that’s a little bit of wishful thinking! But I’ll be somewhere among the other bloggers)

xx.

Pucci for the Fashion Win

Gwyneth in Pucci

This time next week, I’ll be frantically trying on outfit after outfit in an attempt to decide what to wear on my first day at work. When I started this blog in July, the plan was to redefine my personal style and to post my outfit each morning as I took off for the office. That’s why, when I sat down to watch the Emmy’s tonight, I vowed not to do an Emmy’s post. But then I saw Gwyneth Paltrow. In Peter Dundas for Pucci. 

I am absolutely in love with this two piece gown. In fact, I think it is safe to say that this is my favourite red carpet look! I’m such a sucker for classic, minimalist colours, so immediately I fell for this black and nude sheer outfit. But at second look, it’s really the fresh take on a red carpet dress that got me. I love the long column skirt with the cropped top – its genius in my opinion. Gwyneth’s natural straight hairstyle really played to the boho undertones in the skirt,  and made this ensemble look effortlessly chic. The black lace on nude combination added that little bit of romanticism that made it a perfect choice for the red carpet. 

While on a much more glamourous scale, this dress is similar to a look I pulled from NYFW by Donna Karan. Though completely inappropriate for the 9-to-5, I’m really loving this interpretation of a crop top. My closet is already full of them from last season’s addiction (thank you American Apparel), pairing them with a maxi-length skirt would make for an exciting remix. 

Peter Dundas vowed to bring some sex to the Pucci label when he joined, a promise which provided him with a large celebrity following. This however, is my favourite of his work to date – it definitely shows skin, but in a much more subtle and nuanced way. 

Hope you enjoyed the show -xx.

A New York Minute

Milly

Donna Karan

 It’s mid-september, and it is finally beginning to dawn on me that: (1) I graduated from university, (2) that means I’m not going back to school. Without the need to plan out a week’s worth of ‘first-day-of-class’ outfits,  my fall schedule has felt a little bit light… instead of dawning on the fact that I’m a graduate (it sounds scary old), I’ve been filling my time with New York Fashion Week photos and reviews. These looks are my favourite of New York’s fashion offerings, and I can’t wait to build them into 9-to-5 looks come spring.
 
 I love the ‘preppyness’ to this Milly ensemble. While the trend has certainly been kicking around for awhile, in all black it feels like a very fresh take on the style. With a high ponytail and a pair of court shoes, I think this will be a great look to wear on the weekend.  Always a fan of full-bodied skirt, I also really enjoyed this outfit by Donna Karan. It reminds me of a yellow strapless dress Blake Lively wore this past year, also featuring a circle skirt and a trible print. While I love it with a bandeau-styled top for the weekend, I think it would be perfect for the office with a crisp white blouse.

J Crew

J Crew

If you want to talk about chic office basics that need to reinterpretation, J Crew was definitely the show for you. While the bright colours were bold for Bay St, Toronto’s financial district, the tailoring and shapes were classic. I love bright pink and orange paired together. Both huge colours in terms of SS 12, I first saw this combination in a pair of platform heels from Zara on Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere. Amplified, this colour combination is even more endearing.  Equally as bright and daring, I like how relaxed and effortless the turquiose top looks paired with the yellow pencil skirt. Adding matching pumps to the ensemble tones down the look and makes it a little more office ready.  

Jenni Kayne

Rebecca Minkoff

Described as a cross between country-club chic and urban athleticism, this look from Jenni Kayne is a standout in my opinion. You can just tell she’s the coolest girl in the room. Perfect for a casual friday, or change the colour of the pant to a deep navy, and you could wear this look all week. I’d keep the way the hair stylist did the model’s hair – sleek, sophisticated, and simple. This candy-coloured orange blazer is equally as chic. I adore the cut and the one button off to the side. Pair over a black sheath for the office, then run home and pair with a pair of brown leather shorts and your set for the night.

That’s the round-up of my favourite looks of NYFW and how I’d adapt them for the office. And while I loved each of these individual looks, my favourite show had to be Christian Siriano! – xx.