Capital Catwalk Showcases Best of Local Fashion Designers

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All photos by Mireille Sylvester,  

Ottawa’s fashion community dressed to the nines to raise money for cancer on January 30. The University of Ottawa branch of HerCampus, an online magazine for university students, hosted its 4th annual Capital Catwalk in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. The glitzy night included a fashion show featuring eight local designers, and during intermissions guests also had the opportunity to browse local businesses, visit a palm reader and participate in a silent auction.

Held at the E & Y Centre in Ottawa’s South End, Capital Catwalk attracted hundreds of guests of all ages, who dressed up in their Saturday best to get a glimpse of what Ottawa’s fashion designers have been working on. The designs didn’t disappoint. From casual wear to evening gowns, designs by local talents Zarucci, ZARGARA, Julien George, Rebecca Rowe, Kristie Lance Designs, Julianne Buchholz and Avenir Design Studios lit up the runway. The models’ confident struts brought the clothes to life, and audience members were active participants, taking photos and sharing their observations on social media.


The catwalk wasn’t just for fashion – local artists such as Ottawa Redblacks dancers, singer Kelsey Rourke and acrobats Acro Yoga took the stage to entertain guests while the designers prepped their collections backstage. Local businesses also shone during the event, with a slew of booths selling clothes, jewellery and home products in the marketplace area.

HerCampus’ University of Ottawa branch launched Capital Catwalk in 2012, and the event has grown consistently since, with the organizing team acquiring more sponsors and more interest from local businesses each year. This year’s proceeds went to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, which supports cancer care and research.

Victoria’s Secret Show 2014

December 3, 2014 1:51 pm
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catwalkThe Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is one of the most talked about runway shows on the style calendar and the 2014 production was full of sexy and sultry looks that will have you glued to your television when it airs December 9th.

More than two years after the Olympic Games were held across the pond, dozens of sculpted physiques were in London to spread their wings.

catwalkWith 47 models gracing the catwalk – including 10 new faces and two Angels, Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima, celebrating their 15th appearances – the show was  split into six themes;  Gilded Angels, Exotic Traveller, Fairy Tale, Dream Girl, University of Pink and Angel Ball.

The show that’s regularly hailed as the sexiest on earth saw Lima and Ambrosio rocking this year’s diamond-embellished Fantasy Bras—worth $2 million each!

Don’t miss the sizzling scenes! It will appear on CBS Dec. 9 at 10 p.m. ET.

Photos by PA

New York Fashion Week: Street Style

September 11, 2014 2:55 pm

It’s a wrap! Another season, another New York Fashion Week.

Models, designers and fashion enthusiasts descended on New York for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to see the shows, meet-up with fashion friends and to take part in one of the world’s biggest fashion events.

Everyone knows that if you want to stand out in the crowded streets, you need an eye-catching look. This week, we saw a variety of styles from the quirky to polished and professional. Style photographers are always on the hunt for a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ that encapsulates the feel and mood of fashion right now.


Style-setters wore a variety of graphic prints and focused on embellishments to give the outfit some stand-out appeal. Bright colours ranging from fluorescent to colour blocking were often mixed with neutrals or small prints.


The old rule of not wearing white after Labour Day was kicked to the curb. Modelesque women wore head-to-toe soft white paired with neutral accessories or standout fall footwear to signal a transition from summer to cooler temperatures.


Of course, we couldn’t discuss New York Fashion Week without a reference to some of the bold and outrageous footwear. Biker boots, sleek and refined satin heels, architectural open-toe designs and velvet heels made us do a double take.

Designers featured their Spring/Summer 2015 collections this year. The shows ran from September 4– 11.

Win two tickets to the Mercedes-Benz Start Up

August 13, 2014 10:02 am
Win two tickets to the Mercedes-Benz Start Up event in Gatineau!! Comment under this article or one of our Facebook or Twitter posts and you will be entered into a draw to win a set of tickets! Winners will be announced on Monday, August 18th.
If you’re a fashion lover you won’t want to miss this event which will feature Canada’s premier program to discover and mentor emerging fashion designers.
Join the OLM team for cocktails and a fashion show!
Date: Tuesday, August 19th 
Time: 6:30PM

Mercedes-Benz Start Up is an ongoing initiative that provides a national platform to discover and support emerging Canadian fashion designers. Now in its fourth year, the program travels from coast to coast, identifying the next generation of rising Canadian talent and provides them access to fashion business experts to help them hone a broad range of skills. Designers gain the knowledge and skillset required to develop a sustainable career in the fashion industry, while elevating their professional profiles through unique and exclusive opportunities.



Ottawa’s Couturier of the Year

May 12, 2014 9:15 am
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Nine contestants were in the running for the top spot as they showed their collections at the Grande Premiere fashion show held by Richard Robinson at the Hilton Lac Leamy.

The judge’s panel consisted of Ottawa’s top fashion influencers:  Katherine Ellis from FAJO Magazine, Angie from Angies Models and Talent, Sophie Beaudoin from Models International Management, Grace Odumo from 613 Style, Janet Wilson with the Ottawa Citizen, Sid Cratzbarg from The Aristocrat of Scent and Alexandra Gunn with Ottawa Life Magazine.

Julianne Buchholz’s runway collection stunned the judges with Quartz crystal detailing and structured separates. The seamless collection mixed materials and patterns to delight any fashion forward shopper.

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OLM’s  Fashion Editor, Alexandra Gunn caught up with the Couturier of the Year after her big win at the Grande Premiere.

OLM: What is the vision behind your collection?

Julianne:  My vision for the collection, was melding geology and fashion together. Last summer, I fell in love with raw quartz crystals and knew I had to incorporate them in my collection. Mixing natural elements with structured pieces was an exciting experience. The trial and error of how to attach crystals to my garments was invigorating and fueled my inspiration.

OLM: Who is the client that you designed for in the designs you showed on the runway?

Julianne:   I design for an influential woman who likes to lead by example. The clothes she wears takes risks with combining colors, prints and unconventional fabrics that allow her to stand out positively.

OLM: After being named the Couturier of the Year, what do you intend on doing next?

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Julianne: Recently I have started managing a workshop for the company Confections Carcajou. I oversee the production of military wear, this includes pattern and sample making, sewing and employee effectiveness. In my personal time I am developing my next collection which I hope to show at Ottawa Fashion Week.

Credit:  Neil Robertson Photography

Grande Premiere 2014

April 22, 2014 4:43 pm

Who will be Ottawa’s Fashion Designer and Couturier of the Year? OLM’s Fashion Editor, Alexandra Gunn will be on the celebrity judges’ panel to help determine the emerging designer of 2014.

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The fashion show will feature Richard Robinson’s latest collection and the collections of the new emerging fashion designers and couturiers, graduates of Richard Robinson Academy of Fashion Designers.


Richard Robinson will be presenting a children’s collection followed by his 2014 collection designed in collaboration with his daughter Melanie.

The event will take place at the Hilton Lac Leamy on Sunday, April 27th at 7PM.

Tickets are available at Richard Robinson Fashion Academy at 447 Sussex drive.

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GIVEAWAY: OLM is giving away two tickets to the fashion show! Leave us a comment below and tell us who your favorite Canadian fashion designer is. The winner will be drawn on Friday morning.

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All images courtesy of: Richard Tardif

For the Alternative Bride: Ottawa’s First Love, Handmade Show

February 7, 2014 3:37 pm

If a Pinterest dream wedding board could come to life, complete with vintage accents, burlap decorations and personal DIY touches, then it would exist as Ottawa’s indie bridal shop The Handmade Bride. Delicate paper bunting strewn across its white-washed walls, paper flower bouquets revealing antique brooches and even an 19th century meat locker housing the owner’s office are just a few of the exquisite details that create a new experience to saying ‘yes’ to the dress.DSCF1281

“Pinterest has opened up this whole new world where brides aren’t just being told what they have to have at their weddings by their moms and wedding planners — they’re actually independently sourcing their own information and that creates a demand for unique items,” explained owner Meaghan Brunetti.

DSCF1266Since just opening up her boutique in November last year, Brunetti says business has been more than expected as her target demographic of 25 to 35-year-old brides crave a non-traditional ceremony without all the indulgent glitz and glam.

“I’ve seen both alternative and mainstream brides who are done with the same old and want something more real,” she added. “When things get recycled over and over, they get boring and Millennial brides want change.”

And change she brings, sourcing bridal and bridesmaid dresses from Etsy, the Internet and referrals from other designers. Whether vintage cut or sewn using hemp-silk fabric blends, The Handmade Bride has a variety of designs to suit the most eco-conscious bride in addition to those looking for something just different, like a rose-gold encrusted sequin plunging neckline. Brunetti says she works with eight independent designers and many dresses are customizable. What’s also important to her is the customer’s shopping experience.

“It’s completely different from other bridal stores — it’s an extremely relaxed environment for brides to hang out,” she said. “It’s a more authentic experience.”

Brunetti is also involved in the planning of a new indie bridal show this year, on April 19 called Love, Handmade.DSCF1249

“Ottawa had an indie wedding show for the last few years called Wed by Hand and it was really popular,” she explained. “They’re not running it this year and I was really excited about it as well as other indie vendors, so we were disappointed it wasn’t happening. We decided to seize this opportunity to provide a new event to the indie bridal scene in Ottawa. We didn’t want a gap this year.”

Many of the same vendors from Wed by Hand will be showcasing their wares as well as new vendors including vintage rental companies, local artisans and others selling sustainable goods.

DSCF1267“We’re basing it on whether Wed the Hand returns because we don’t want to over saturate the  market with wedding shows,” said Brunetti. “If they do come back, we’re planning something super spectacular next year that will be an evolution of the show. We’re keeping that secret.”

Love, Handmade will take place at Memorial Hall in New Edinburgh (across from The Handmade Bride). Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. To purchase or find out more information, visit

Digging for Treasure: The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show Arrives in Spring

January 10, 2014 9:51 am

It’s never too early to begin strategizing and preparing for the best deals in town. Vintage shoppers, treasure hunters and pickers will soon get their fill of costume jewelry, Chanel suits and Hermes scarves at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show happening in April. For almost 30 years the event has showcased vendors from across Ontario and Quebec selling rare finds at every price range. Now held twice a year in the fall and spring, the show is set for another adrenalin-packed day.IMG_4793

“The original woman who organized the show retired about a year and a half ago”, says Catherine Knoll of Affiliated Showsales who has taken the reigns. “It was always held in the fall which meant the focus was on winter coats and heavier items. Now we’re holding it at a different venue and providing the option for vendors to showcase the lighter end of their clothing spectrum in the spring like wedding and prom dresses.”

Over 50 vendors from a range of cities including Timmins, Toronto and Montreal will all be featured under one roof. Many do not have stores or sell online, so the show provides an opportunity for shoppers to see goods first-hand.

“As far as we know, this is the biggest vintage show in Canada,” said Knoll. “We’re also running a second show in Toronto at their convention centre in the spring.”

IMG_5082Given the immense success of the event, she added that it would grow gradually but always host vendors with specialized, one-of-a-kind items. With a demographic of people aged anywhere from 18 to 60-years-old, the show is easily accessible and still held in Ottawa’s downtown core.

“People want something different and one of a kind,” explained Knoll. “It’s a fun shopping day and we’ve seen some of the same faces throughout the entire day – there are some serious vintage shoppers in this city.”

The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show takes place on April 13 from 10-5 p.m. For more information and to get a discounted pass, visit  or for the latest news. The Ottawa Antique Show featuring vintage products is held on April 5-6 at the Carleton University Field House.


Toronto Fashion Week Wrap-up: Pavoni

March 25, 2013 11:12 am
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Canadian designers from across the country flocked to Toronto to show their Fall and Winter 2013 collections.

The tents were set up at David Pecaut Square in downtown Toronto and industry members, media, designers and fashion enthusiasts showed up for the first look at what Canadians can expect to see on the shelves in six months.

The luxury fashion label co-founded by Mike Derderian and Gianni Falcone built a collection based on romance. The collection featured exquisitely crafted garments, ornate embellishments and lush fabrics.  The expansive line had elements of slim-fit minis, peplum accents, flamboyant tulle, jeweled designs and bridal gowns.  Lace, tulle and taffeta were the grounding elements with highlights of crystal, studding and tattoo-style embroidery. A siren-red gown was a standout, along with steel-like dress that, from a distance, appeared to be almost armory-like. Pavoni also offered a couple of options for brides looking for a standout gown with romantic elements.


The Pavoni label (Italian for “peacock”) was established in 2011 and based on elegance with a contemporary edge. It has since become known as a red carpet staple for celebrities.

To cap off a fantastic show, an explosion of silver confetti from the rafters floated down around the models during the final walk – the perfect way to wrap up Toronto Fashion Week.

Toronto Fashion Week Wrap-Up: Korhani Home

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Canadian designers from across the country flocked to Toronto to show their Fall and Winter 2013 collections. The tents were set up at David Pecaut Square in downtown Toronto and industry members, media, designers and fashion enthusiasts showed up for the first look at what Canadians can expect to see on the shelves in six months. You can count on Korhani Home to bring the “wow” factor to the runway.  In past shows, we’ve seen pigs, parrots and bunny rabbits carried by models for dramatic effect. This season, creative director Kirsten Korhani displayed birds throughout models’ backcombed big hair.

Kirsten Korhani uses her fashion industry background to influence each collection and she’s become a recognized expert in transferring fashion concepts into home design. For years, Korhani Home has specialized in floor coverings, boasting a wide selection of designs and textures. Kirsten Korhani takes the floor coverings and transforms them into wearable fashion masterpieces. A favourite of fashion-goers, the Fall/Winter 2013 collection featured three separate styles. The first set of designs can best be described as Dracula meets Marie Antoinette. As well as Hollywood glam film star designs and neon Andy Warhol graphic prints to wrap up the collection.

It is safe to say that for those who attend the shows week long, the Korhani Home show is often the most anticipated.  With consistent collections each season, we can’t wait to see what Korhani has up her sleeve for next season. Did you miss the show? Watch it here!


Toronto Fashion Week Wrap Up: David Dixon

March 22, 2013 2:22 pm
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Canadian designers from across the country flocked to Toronto to show their Fall and Winter 2013 collections.

The tents were set up at David Pecaut Square in downtown Toronto and industry members, media, designers and fashion enthusiasts showed up for the first look at what Canadians can expect to see on the shelves in six months.

The longtime womenswear designer brought girl power to the runway. In David Dixon’s liner notes, he lamented the inequalities faces by women in today’s society and encouraged women to break through “the glass ceiling.”  In the lead-up to the show, Dixon played a short satirical film showing a woman who was lambasted for speaking her mind. Dixon notes that his Fall/Winter 2013 collection is driven by social consciousness and female empowerment.

The striking collection featured power suits, peplum jackets and pencil skirts, lace-adorned hound’s-tooth pants, elegant gowns, and outerwear essentials. Dixon’s collections often embrace feminine silhouettes and shapely signature styles.

Every season, Dixon designs for every woman and offers a wide array of separates to compliment a variety of female shapes, while always befitting the modern professional.

The fashion week mainstay only announced he was showing just as momentum was building for the shows, yet again produced a line that is not only wearable, but also fills the fashion gap for the driven woman who always has her eye on the style guide.

Did you miss the show? Watch it here!


Toronto Fashion Week Wrap Up: Joe Fresh

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Canadian designers from across the country flocked to Toronto to show their Fall and Winter 2013 collections.

The tents were set up at David Pecaut Square in downtown Toronto and industry members, media, designers and fashion enthusiasts showed up for the first look at what Canadians can expect to see on the shelves in six months.

Joe Fresh designer Joe Mimran took the collection in a whole new direction this season with a black-on-black palette.  The first model down the runway wore black pants and a black dress shirt – a drastic change from the bright pops of colour that are the staples of a tradition collection.  The only colour to be found was the signature orange found on the soles of models’ shoes and there were a few blue separates that made the cut.

Instead of choosing colour, the feature was on the detailing.  Sequins, patent leather, studs and moments of metallic were the elements that made the collection.  The edgy spin had many fans raving, whereas others were hoping to see a similar colour palette as the 2012 collection.

“I’m very excited about this new collection,” said Joe Mimran. “I was inspired by Paris in the early ‘90s.  That chic French girl whose style was so effortless and cool. The early days of street style.”

Key items for the season include faux leather jackets, edgy tweed blazers, airy neoprene with laser cuts, studded jeans, two-piece sweater dressing knit sets, ruffled silk blouses, as well as printed and embellished tees and sweaters.


The Fall/Winter 2013 runway collection will be sold exclusively at select Joe Fresh locations across Canada and the U.S.


Did you miss the show? You can watch it here!

Ottawa’s Absolutely Fabulous Fashion Week

October 22, 2012 12:17 pm
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By Regan Harney

I was one of the luckiest people around, last weekend; I got to attend Ottawa’s eighth fashion week. The festivities started on Friday evening at the elegant Sala San Marco on Preston Street. The main foyer was filled with beautiful, well-dressed people, but there was still a very welcoming, non-pretentious vibe. I found my front-row seat and settled in for the first of three shows. From the first night I was most impressed by Korto Momolu’s work. She made very chic and exciting dresses, blazers, skirts and pants appropriate for everyday wear.

The closing Saturday night show ended with a bang – umbrellas, gold glitter and half-naked, muscular men. Wowee!

Two designers really stole the show on Sunday (closing night): Shweta Wahi and Elena Hinke. Shweta Wahi’s collection is called Solace, and every piece has an Indian influence. The models were barefoot, adorned with big gold bangles around their ankles, beautiful gold designs painted on their faces, and clad in silky, stunning clothes. Elena Hinke had a very different style but it was equally gorgeous. Every model that came out looked like the belle of the ball – wearing gowns with up do’s that reminded me of Audrey Hepburn. One dress that made almost everyone in the audience drop their jaw was all red with a sweetheart top, a floor-length skirt followed by a flowing train, and covered in three-dimensional roses. The model was drop dead gorgeous and wore the dress incredibly well.

I spoke to Bruno Racine who told me that he started working at Ottawa Fashion Week as a hair stylist in 2004 and has worked his way up over the years. Up so far, in fact that he is now on the board of directors, along with Hussein Rachid, Paul Valletta and Ruby Cheng. The four organizers were glowing with excitement all weekend and, of course, were clad in super-stylish outfits.

The night came to an end with Prophetik by Jeff Garner followed by the UNICEF charity show. Garner’s clothes were really interesting because he uses eco-friendly fabric and materials but still design clothes that can be worn to a formal or casual event. His collection was an interesting combination of riding/farm wear and formal, black-tie dress.

At the UNICEF fashion show, Bruno Racine gave a brief thank you speech and introduced Canada’s UNICEF ambassador Solange Tuyishime, who introduced the charity show with some interesting facts about UNICEF and disturbing statistics about the number of uneducated, malnourished and dehydrated children around the world. I, along with every ticket-holder in the room, I’m sure, was very pleased that some of the money raised that week was going to support such a worthy cause as UNICEF.

Two exciting performances followed Solange Tuyishime’s inspirational speech. In the first, two salsa dancers twisted and turned down the catwalk. They danced with style and grace, getting awfully close to the audience but always maintaining control. The next performance was my favourite of the entire weekend: Measha Brueggergosman, Ottawa’s great prima donna, sang an incredible French aria. Her performance, which can only be described as truly awesome, ushered in a multitude of Ottawa celebrities gliding down the catwalk in a variety of the designers’ clothes. Every familiar face from CTV was happy to participate in the charity show and walked while the audience clapped, danced, and cheered them on.

With 22 designers, nine musical performers, and other spectacular acts, Ottawa Fashion Week was a grand show. After such a successful week, I’m already looking forward to the next one!


Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2012: Day 4 & 5

March 19, 2012 9:00 am

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Fashion was on the upswing on Day Four of Toronto Fashion Week when Pink Tartan and David Dixon showed their collections at the tents.  Twitter was a buzz with media and industry members gushing over each model as they came down the runway. Cheers were often heard as a particularly striking model came around the corner and many guests gave the shows a standing ovation.

To develop style one must always be open to change and to evolve as fashion moves forward. Kimberley Newport-Mimran the brain behind the label Pink Tartan has always redefined her muse in her various collections. The modern Pink Tartan woman is no doubt an alpha female but she is also feminine with a boho chic twist.  Her style varies depending on the occasion but ultimately the Pink Tartan woman is nothing short of stylish.

Femininity was a consistent theme throughout the collection with bold staples that will carry you through winter with flare. A bright green ensemble was a showstopper with a peplum top and boot-cut trousers. Bright pops of red emerged randomly between oversized fur coats, leather separates, patent leather and sheer skirts, and fur ankle boots. The well-rounded collections brought sophistication to a modern wardrobe for the strong modern woman.

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David Dixon is a veteran in the fashion industry. For years, he has been designing for women and has kept a certain aesthetic throughout the years. Dixon tends to remain faithful to flattering shapes that compliment a women’s figure regardless of size. The collection was separated into two parts; the first a collection of dramatic day and evening wear and the second half of the show featured his extravagant designs.

In David Dixon’s collection we notice a softer shoulder line, new lengths, and fabrics with a lot of movement. You’ll find a wide-array of fabrics in the collection from chiffon, wool, lace, houndstooth, leather, tweed, sequins and blurred jacquard.

Dixon was quick to give insight into his realm of design: “This season I found inspirations from the book by Daphne de Maurier by the same name as well of the classic film based on the short story, ‘The Birds’ by Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock has always been a muse for me. His vision on how he directed films, both thrilling, visually stunning, and a storyline that was intriguing without being so obvious. It was this mystique that I fell in love with.”

It is clear that Dixon understands what a woman wants. He gets the need for glamour, sophistication and above all, style.

Toronto Fashion Week Day5:

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Day Five of Toronto Fashion Week came to an end with a runway show to support the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Celebrities and models strutted their stuff down the ‘Canadian Catwalk’ in one-of-a-kind pieces from brilliantly hued African fabric.

Special front row seating was prepared for top donors at the Dare to Wear Love fashion show closing out Day Five at Fashion Week. The excited crowd was all smiles for the charity event and for the list of models (including Jeanne Beker, Trish Stratus, Angie Smith, Chef Jamie Kennedy and Dina Pugliese) that danced to the beat of their own drums down the runway. Dare To Wear Love is a cutting edge annual gala fashion event celebrating the talents and commitment to social justice of Canada’s fashion design community and performing artists. The Stephen Lewis Foundation puts money directly into the hands of grassroots organizations in Africa that are turning the tide on the AIDS pandemic in ways that are innovative, sophisticated and effective.

Rad Hourani’s fifth collection shown at Toronto Fashion Week was a ready-to-wear line documenting the designer’s inspirations as well as his focus on modernity.

“I’m inspired by the idea of creating something that can’t be defined by a limited category and things that have no reference from the past,” says the Jordan-born Hourani, who moved to Montreal at sixteen before leaving for Paris in 2005. “I believe the only way you can attend to this kind of inspiration is by observing everything around you.”

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Rad Hourani aims to transcend unisex boundaries with clothing that can be worn by anyone at anytime. His garments blur the line between genders with stiff fabrics, slim trousers and leather accents.  His use of stark monochromatic materials and shades of olive green and black relay his signature look for the season. The collection is void of any trend and stands out amidst the bright hues seen in other collections. The muted line speaks to both men and women looking for a solid staple to add to their wardrobe. The line would also double as the wardrobe for the modern day Star Trek.

For more information or to get involved in the Stephen Lewis Foundations visit or

Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2012: Day Three

March 16, 2012 9:06 am
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The energy was at an all time high on Day Three of World MasterCard Fashion Week with a cowboy themed collection and the much anticipated and sold out show which lived up to all of the hype.

Montreal-based designer Melissa Nepton took to the stage with her signature simplicity in cut and exquisite attention to detail. Subtle silk dresses, tunics with detachable woven necks and wrapping coats upon which textures, fibers and natural threads helped to create a web of warmness.  Nepton’s vision reflected both her personality and view of fashion: “For me, fashion is a vigorous expression that impacts women’s lives in a positive way. And in return, women bring fashion a sense of sensuality, fluidity and femininity. It’s a communication rooted in comfort, practicality and confidence.”


It was all about the wild, wild, west at Bustle. The energetic crowd hooted and hollered as the male models made their way down the runway dressed in separates fit for the Calgary Stampede. The cowboy collection featured t-shirts that read “This isn’t my first rodeo” paired with plaid button ups and fitted denim.  Bustle’s collection was inspired by the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede and with white cowboy hats, bolo ties and denim on denim you’d think that you were at a rodeo. The men’s collection featured leather paneling on the back of jackets and large belt buckles to complete the ‘cowboy chic’ look.  Needless to say, Bustle’s collection will always remain a fond memory for many fashion lovers when they look back on the hectic week.

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Closing out Day Three with a sold out show was none other than Joe Fresh.  Known for its bright and colorful array of separates, Joe Fresh received a standing ovation for its wide-array of prints, orange soled shoes, mustard-yellow pieces, knit-wear, tweed pants and faux-fur paneling. The all inclusive women’s collection stood in contrast to the men’s collection. Then men’s line featured little variation however it still featured many of the women’s trends; felt and wool jackets, houndstooth dress shirts, dark denim and chucky cable knit sweaters.  I have yet to warm up to the faux-fur detailing which appeared on both men’s and women’s separates and that seemed to be an unnecessary addition due its evidently poor quality. My favorite highlight pieces from the show include: houndstooth leggings and dresses, a graphic print jacket with matching pants (a standout piece in the collection) and colorful felt structured men’s jackets.

Toronto Fashion Week runs till Friday at the tents at David Pecaut Square.

Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2012: Day Two

March 14, 2012 4:00 pm
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It was a disappointment to many Adrian Wu fans in Ottawa when for unknown reasons he didn’t show his collection during Ottawa Fashion Week.  Adrian Wu has always made it publically known that he prefers to show his collection in Ottawa but has since only been attending Toronto Fashion Week.  This season, the studio space at David Peacult Square hosted Adrian Wu’s latest collection as the first runway show for Day Two of World Mastercard Fashion Week. Wu always brings a bit of fun to the very serious world of fashion and this year was no exception. With an apple tree backdrop and V for Vendetta masks, Wu’s collection brought a breath of fresh air to the start of day two.  The polka-dot pear shaped creations featured long gowns and thigh high billowing ensembles made for the true fashion risk-taker.

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Laura Siegel’s collection was packed with wearable knits, delicately draped translucent skirts and long shirts paired with a big messy top-bun styled by Redken.

Soia & Kyo hit the runway with consumer friendly jackets made to withstand the cold Ottawa winters. From puffy jackets with fur-rimmed hoods to shearling jackets with toggles the fall collection had a wide array of outerwear to suit your winter weary needs. The well-cut coats for men and women are a very sensible option for braving Ottawa’s winter wonderland.

I have always taken to the ‘Mad Men’ trend that has resurfaced over the past few years for the tailored and feminine silhouettes.  Why divert from a classic when the shapes have been tried, tested and remain to be flattering for most body types? For those looking to update their work wardrobe need to look no further than the designs of the Lundstrom Collection. As the first few models stepped onto the runway, the collection instantly became apparent that it was for the everyday women looking for a fresh take on a modern wardrobe.  Feminine high-waisted skirts, swing jackets, pinstripe suits, and Chanel-esque navy jackets with lace overlay played homage to the upper crust chic. Glimmering crystal-encrusted brooches accented virtually every look and fur stoles encircling the models shoulders channeled the modern day Betty Draper.


Day Two of Fashion Week wrapped with Matis for Lucian Matis with an infusion of colorful patterned shapes and prints.  The Toronto-based designer showcased his affordable collection of jersey wraps, slim-fitting sheaths and feminine separates. A drastic step away from his haute couture collection but no doubt a more wearable option.  A few cocktail dresses followed with plunging necklines and high slits for the risqué fashionista.

Day Three will consist of Eva Chen, Vawk, Cara Cheung, Line, Bustle, Melissa Nepton, Joe Fresh and the Disconnection Fashion Film Festival held at the Hoxton.

Fashion Week continues until Friday.

Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2012: Day One

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The ‘Canadian Catwalk’ kicked off Monday with designer Kirsten Korhani for Korhani Home.  The Korhani show is a favorite amongst editors and fashionistas alike with bold floor coverings made into gowns and ensembles. Every year, Kirsten Korhani creates exciting themes and transforms their renowned designs into jaw dropping collections.  With “Mongolian”-inspired capes, punk rock, and regal gowns you’d never know that these carpets weren’t couture.  The shock value of the show was when models sauntered down the runway carrying small pigs.  Stylish Canadians haven’t become tired with the collection, but rather it continues to be one of the most talked about runway collections year to year.

Holt Renfrew Line

Next up was the Holt Renfrew show, featuring designs by Dennis Merotto, Judith & Charles, Jeremy Laing, Lida Baday, Line, Twenty Cluny and Smythe.  An overall trend was apparent – versatile and muted colors dominated the runway.  There was a lot of black, grays, and a few pops of red and blue but the focus was mostly on the fabrics.  Feathers made an appearance in a few collections and bulky jackets and vets were the predominant feature.  Leather jackets, embellishments and pants were another feature on the runway making a comeback for another season.


Fashion Week closed out the night with haute couture gowns by Pavoni.  These black-tie creations are fit for a goddess.  The Montreal designer celebrated for high impact glamour and has gained popularity both at home and abroad with its collection sold in the U.S., UK, Asia and the Middle East.  Pavoni made its debut in 2010 and has since been worn by top celebrities such as Katy Perry and Fergie.  With silk organza, transparent layers, crystals and bugles these creations are a dramatic option for celebrities or even brides who are looking to make a statement.

Day Two of Toronto Fashion Week will include collections by Adrian Wu, Laura Siegel, Sid Neigum, Chloe Comme Parris, Mercedes-Benz Start up Presents: Martin Lim, Soia & Kyo, Lundstrom Collection, and Matis by Lucian Matis.

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