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On November 12, the Canadian launch of the DISARONNO wears VERSACE event took place at The Spoke Club Gallery in the city’s King St. West district. The evening was in celebration between two iconic Italian brands. Disaronno — the world’s favourite Italian liqueur has revamped its look in collaboration with the world’s most reputable Italian fashion houses — Versace.

The design combines the classic and recognizable shape of the Disaronno bottle with the signature decadence of Versace prints; creating a one-of-a-kind collectors item for both Disaronno lovers and fashion aficionados alike. The DISARONNO wears VERSACE design takes its inspiration from the classic Versace Home Collection, draped in light blue and embellished with an opulent white and gold motif.

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As the crowd mix and mingled and took a few selfies against the Versace mural, they had a chance to sip on the night’s signature drink, the ‘Disaronno Versace Sour’. Its collaborative unique flavours of Disaronno mixed with the sour notes of lime and bitter Vermouth and sparkling Prosecco, made for an enhancing bold blue colour of Curacao, garnished with a dramatic finish of real gold leaves — it’s a cocktail made in true Versace style.

The DISARONNO wears VERSACE project also supports the Fashion 4 Development initiative; a charity sponsored by the United Nations that creates opportunities for women working in the fashion industry in developing countries. ‘Tis the season of giving and this is just one more reason to add the exclusive bottle to your collection or give it as a gift during the holiday season.

The DISARONNO wears VERSACE limited edition bottles are currently available at LCBO locations and other liquor stores worldwide. Be sure and get yours while they last!

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Posted by Christina Cheng

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It seems like every year, the Design Exchange out-does it annual ‘Intersection’ soirée. The party is a celebration of creative collisions and this year, they took their game to new heights with Intersection 2014: RISE UP!

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The organization brought us some incredible exhibitions this year including, “This is Not A Toy” and their latest, “Politics of Fashion / Fashion of Politics”, which also influenced the theme of this year’s party. Picketers were scattered across with signs saying, “Love Each Other”, “Freedom Forever” and the silent auction featured fashions by Vivienne Westwood and even the famous flag dress by Catharine Malandrino.

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DX RISE UP honoured Frank Toskan, Co-Founder of M.A.C. cosmetics who co-founded the iconic cosmetic brand more than 30 years ago in Toronto. The brand is famous for not only its beautiful pigments and high quality coverage, but for its social initiatives including Viva Glam which benefits the M.A.C AIDS Fund.

Naturally, a party dedicated to design would of course, have to be outfitted with only the best esthetics. Toronto based company PEKOTA Design, decked the place out with their industrial yet elegant furnishings, all made in Canada. We got cosy in the PEKOTA city loungers and nibbled on delectable desserts by Marigolds and Onions.

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The night ended with an epic vogue-off; Toronto VS. New York City! Voguing, popularized by Madonna, originated out of Harlem via the LBGT community in the 80s and is now recognized as one of the most iconic styles of dance to date.

For more info visit dx.org

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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Nike Celebrates Women’s Week

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The week of October 20, 2014 marked the start of an incredible, moving and inspiring week for women across the globe. Nike Women celebrated Women’s Week in New York City with a Media Launch Summit for women who are apart of the media field and apart of living a healthy and athletic lifestyle. With that being said, Nike Women was able to connect with 65 million women across the global digital community by inviting a handful of women from various cities and countries to connect with their active followers via their social media networks/handles in hopes to inspire and motivate each other by sharing their individual experience throughout the summit, and to encourage women worldwide to keep it moving!

Throughout the week, each women apart of the media launch summit was in for a treat. On October 22, Nike (NYSE: NKE) unveiled its new Spring/Summer 2015 Women’s collections in New York City at Spring Studios with 27 of the world’s top athletes, showcasing a breadth of performance and lifestyle products as well as digital services as it continues to accelerate growth within its women’s business.

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“Sport and fitness are powering a new lifestyle shift for women around the world,” says Mark Parker, President & CEO of NIKE, Inc. “Our relationship with our digital community of 65 million women, coupled with great product innovation, is driving our momentum and we expect to add another $2 billion in revenue to reach $7 billion by FY17.”

According to statistics and research, women all over the world are choosing to work out and run with Nike. The Nike+ Training Club App (N+TC) for women has been downloaded 16 million times and 9 million women have downloaded the Nike+ Running App. The Nike+ digital community is a global ecosystem of inspiration and optimism, using knowledge and community to motivate. By offering athletes at every level a better understanding of themselves, Nike serves as the direct link between the female consumer and her goals.

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Nike’s Spring/Summer 2015 Women’s collections feature new performance looks and designer collaborations catering to every element of a modern woman’s athletic lifestyle. These include new products across Nike’s running, training and sportswear categories, ranging from high-performance tights to Nike Flyknit footwear to innovative new sports bras.

“With such an explosion of creativity in sport and a growing lifestyle that seamlessly integrates her run and workout with the rest of her day, Nike has never been better positioned for growth,” says Amy Montagne, VP/GM of Nike Women. “Today we’re introducing the most comprehensive and innovative women’s collection Nike has ever created.”

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The global lineup of athletes in New York included Olympic gold medalists Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and Adelina Sotnikova; two-time tennis Grand Slam champion Li Na; and professional basketball star Skylar Diggins.

Nike also revealed its collaboration with Brazilian designer Pedro Lourenço, which meshes the latest performance innovation with Lourenço’s craftsmanship and reinvents classic women’s training styles with new cuts, shapes, and premium detailing. It’s a collection of training apparel and footwear that blends performance with a unique interpretation of style.

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After witnessing upcoming athletic apparel, over 300 women apart of the media launch summit were invited to test out some of the new gear and participate in a live NTC workout lead by Nike Master Trainers — Eva Redpath and Traci Copeland at the beautiful and historic Cipriani on Broadway. The adrenaline and energy in the space was filled at an all time high as a crowd of women joined together to enjoy a fun, electrifying, high intensity workout.

Posted by Christina G. Cheng

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Last week we attended the official launch of “The Creator Class”, a channel dedicated for those who share their passions for a living. It’s a new breed of creatives in Music, Style, Adventure, Arts and Culture that have become the voices of our generation.

The night was produced by FREE – a next generation content studio built for Creators, by Creators – in partnership with Canon. They featured the art of Camille Jodoin-Eng, the music of Dead Horse Beats, and the food of FeasTO. Everyone who attended also got the chance to get their hands on the brand new Canon 7D Mark II.

Some of the notable attendees included: Visionelie, Sean Brown, Jayscale, Jackie Beale, and many more.

With so much talent in the city, and around the world, a project like this only makes sense!

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For more info, visit thecreatorclass.com

Congrats Chris & the entire team!

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Canada Goose collaborates with Wings + Horns for a new take on the classic Canadian Parka, entitled The Decade Parka. The piece combines function and style with the timeless silhouette and classic details of a military fishtail parka, with the detailed construction and warmth of the iconic Canada Goose jacket.

The limited edition jacket (only 300 pieces to be sold), is available in two colours – Black and Olive, and is available today in stores around the world! If you’re in Toronto, you might want to check out Nomad, TNT, or Uncle Otis, before they sell out!

Previous Canada Goose collaborations include the now famous OVO Bomber, as well as the piece by Uncle Otis.

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For more info: canada-goose.com

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When you throw on your 1 Love T.O. tee, you’re making a statement. Whether you’re proclaiming love for the city or where you come from, you’re saying it out loud. This is the power of fashion.

Style has forever been an extension of our personalities and ideas. Clothes have the ability to speak volumes, evoke emotions and make a point simply depending on what you wear and how you wear it. Sometimes, the declarations you don can be misinterpreted and create chaos and confusion. Something that might bring you comfort, could be regarded as a threat to someone else; just ask anyone in a hoodie or hijab.

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The Design Exchange is looking at this relationship between people and fashion in their latest exhibit, “Politics of Fashion/Fashion of Politics”, the curatorial debut by Jeanne Beker alongside DX Curator, Sara Nickleson and Canadian Fashion Designer, Jeremy Laing.

We got a sneak peek, led by Ms. Beker, of the exhibit which is split up into five segments representing five themes: Ethics/Activism, War/Peace, Consumption/Consumerism, Campaign/Power Dressing and Gender/Sexuality. You’ll see the artisanal leather poncho from the 2013 AW Maison Martin Margiela Collection, the gold leopard print burqa from Jeremy Scott’s Arab Spring SS 2013 Collection and everything in between.

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The exhibit really hones in on the idea that fashion is one of the most powerful ways we talk to each other. And frankly, these days, you cannot downplay its impact or the role it plays in our world. Fashion mimics life and life is story; what does yours say?

Exhibit runs until January 25th 2015. For more info: dx.org

Photos by Eugen Sakhnenko

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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ShepardFairey-Hennessy

This Thursday, October 2nd, legendary street artist Shepard Fairey will be in Toronto for the launch of the official Hennessy Very Special Limited Edition Bottle/Label Design. The creative collaboration between Hennessy and Shepard follows up successful collaborations with world-renowned artists such as Os Gemeos, KAWS, and Futura. The bottle features the iconic OBEY symbol in the centre of the label, accompanied by his popular star symbol and additional illustrative design elements. The colour palette includes gold, black, cream, red, which together happen to compliment the already existing aesthetic of the cognac.

“MY INSPIRATION FOR THIS LIMITED EDITION DESIGN WAS BASED ON THE LEGACY OF HENNESSY AS A BRAND. TO ME, HENNESSY HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT QUALITY, AUTHENTICITY, TRADITION, AND ELEGANCE.” – SHEPARD FAIREY

The limited edition Hennessy V.S. x Shepard Fairey bottle is now available at participating LCBO’s across the GTA. Some locations have already sold out, so you may be on a bit of a scavenger hunt for this limited edition piece of art. For those of you who are lucky enough to purchase a bottle, feel free to get it signed by Shepard Fairey himself!

Join us on Thursday, October 2nd, from 4:30 – 5:30pm at Tattoo (567 Queen St. W) to meet Shepard Fairey. Please arrive early to guarantee entry!

*Bottles will NOT be available for purchase on site

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We’re pretty excited about this!

Etsy presents their first-ever Etsy: Made in Canada Flagship Marketplace at the MaRS Discovery District, located at 100 College St. For one day only on Saturday, September 27, from 10 am – 4 pm, you’ll be able to shop over 120 local Etsy sellers showcasing handmade and vintage goods. See the official marketplace lookbook HERE.

For more info, check out the event page HERE.

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As an official OBEY Ambassador for Canada, I’d like to share a glimpse at the new men’s & women’s OBEY Fall 2014 Lookbook. As we all know, summer here in Toronto is over, actually it was never really here in the first place. With that being said, it’s all about layering for Fall, and OBEY has a ton of options for both men and women. Check out some of the looks below or visit obeyclothing.ca

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PS: Save These Dates – October 1st & 2nd (more info coming soon…)

Previously: OBEY Hats For A Year (Contest)

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