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Chaos Theory – Fall/Winter 2013

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Last week Chaos Theory hosted their Fall/Winter 2013 Brand Showcase. The event was held in a condo on King Street West with a view of the city as their backdrop. The models lined up in an open area sporting the collection, which was super wearable and particularly well made. The high end street wear brand is continuing to grow since their launch last year. They aim to “blur the line between street wear and contemporary fashion” and this season, they did just that. Can’t wait to see what’s next for Chaos Theory – hopefully women’s apparel!

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For more info: wearchaostheory.com

Posted by Jessica Franklin

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Muttonhead – Spring/Summer 2013

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Muttonhead presents “Good Sport, Eh”, their Spring/Summer 2013 Collection “strongly influenced by the 1970′s sporting culture and style.” This season the collection is made up of 10z denim, corduroy, coated linen, cotton twill, french terry and recycled hemp with classic sportswear cuts and modern shapes. Check out their look-book which is partially composed of a series of vintage style baseball cards.

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For more info: muttonheadcollective.com

Posted by Jessica Franklin

Previously: Muttonhead – “Great Exploration” Collection

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Spiro

If you take a peep into the fashion scene in Toronto, you are bound to catch a glimpse of Spiro Mandylor. He is the Torontonian behind itsallstyletome.com, which is an informative online magazine with blurbs on various fashion shows and events nationally & internationally. Career-wise, Spiro didn’t start out in fashion. After moving back to Toronto from England, he was perpelled into it by using his love for the art among a lengthy resume of skills (including photography, writing, marketing, etc) to create his website. Check out our Q&A below.

1. How would you define your job description and is it everything that you had imagined you would have been doing? If not, how did it change along the way?
I was working as an international marketing manager for a medical device company, living and working in London, England. I returned to Toronto in 2008 because I didn’t want to be relocated to Holland. I thought that I could find similar work here, but I was wrong. Toronto is a major hub for finance, telecommunications and automotive – but not much in medical, so finding work in my field was proving impossible. I worked a few project management consulting contracts with the Canadian government between 2008-2010 and honestly hated it every minute of it. When I saw the abuse of power and how nothing got done, I wanted out. The politics were stifling. Trying to figure out what to do next, I always had an obsession with fashion and decided to pursue it by blogging about men’s fashion in particular. It was a great way to blend my IT, marketing, branding, writing, and photography skills into one project and learn more about the industry.

2. Describe a typical work day (Duties, responsibilities, demands) and what is your favorite part of your days/least favorite part of your day?
Each day is different and naturally when it’s fashion week the insanity is around the clock. I usually filter through 40-80 emails/day and various news feeds to see what’s happening or what is coming up. I then fill my schedule with upcoming events. I write at least one post/day, sometimes more and always try to take the weekends off. I spend a lot of time on social media tools such as FB, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. Some of my day (not enough of it) is spent on business development like trying to get advertisers on board or working on special paid social media activation projects. The best part of any day is covering fashion shows and events. The worst part of my day has to be dealing with all of the junk mail and people looking for free promotion.

3. Would you say that living in Toronto influenced your career choice, if so how did/does it do so?
Well given my answer to question #1, you could say that in a round about way it pushed me in that direction. I wouldn’t use the word influenced though.

4. How do you feel about fashion in Toronto and how does it compare to other fashion cities of the world?
There is an amazing fashionable ‘subculture’ here and as far as North America goes, this has to be one of the more fashionable cities. It’s nowhere near London, New York, Milan, or Paris though. Now if you’re talking fashion industry, that’s a different story. Toronto and Canada for that matter have incredible talent in all sectors of the fashion industry. We have the best models in the world as far as I’m concerned. We also have some of the best designers, makeup artists, hair stylists, fashion stylists, photographers, journalists, etc. The problem is that both our government and our people aren’t very supportive of the industry. Most Torontonians can’t name a single Canadian designer let alone buy Canadian fashion. The system has no money. Everyone except Joe Fresh seems to be working for free.

5. What are your plans for the future in regards to your career in the city?
Honestly, my plan is to get out. It’s been a fun 5 years in Toronto and I’ve enjoyed working in the local fashion industry. I know that my future and success is firmly capped here in Toronto. If I want to grow and take this to the next level, then I need to make a move. London, New York, Milan, or Paris is where fashion lives. That’s where all the big fashion houses, retailers, and media outlets are and hence – the opportunities. Todd Lynn knows it, Jean-Pierre Braganza knows it, Dean and Dan Caten (DSquared2) know it, Joe Zee knows it… and the list goes on. Fingers crossed.

Photo by Jeffrey Chan

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Top 5 Shows At Toronto Fashion Week

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Toronto Fashion Week is almost upon us! Some of the best designers in Canadian fashion will be showcasing their Fall 2013 collections at David Pecaut Square. So it’s only fitting that we countdown the Top 5 most anticipated fashion shows in Toronto this Spring.

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#5: Arthur Mendoça
Acclaimed nationally and internationally, Toronto-based Arthur Mendoça always creates classic ready-to-wear garments with a twist. He has presented his collections in London, Montreal and Sao Paulo just to name a few and always exudes the perfect amount of tradition and modernism.
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#4: Caitlin Power
Toronto fashionista Caitlin Power is known for her sophisticated silhouettes and impeccable tailoring. There is always a youthful edge about her collections and we can’t wait to see it!
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#3: Line Knitwear
Line Knitwear is arguably one of the most wearable lines in and from the city. Most, if not all of their pieces could slide into any wardrobe making them undoubtedly a staple.
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#2: Chloe Comme Parris
The only debacle there is when combing through a Chloe Comme Parris collection is wether to focus on the clothing or the accessories. With one part of the design duo specializing in accessories and the other in RTW clothing this powerhouse came in close second.
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#1: Pavoni
Who doesn’t like to see deliciously well-made gowns coming down the runway? Pavoni at #1 is pretty self-explanatory… but just in case it isn’t, please see the above photo of Halle Berry in the black cocktail dress.
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See you on the runway!

Posted by Jessica Franklin

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Ransom by Adidas have added a new look to their Spring/Summer 2013 collection with the “Moc Runner”.

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A technical silhouette with classic moccasin sensibilities. The Mox Runner nods at the comfort of a traditional handcraft Canadian moccasin mixed with the technical running updates, the ultimate silhouette for any journey you may find yourself on. They come in Green, Poppy, Light Bone & Leather, Collegiate Royal, and Bone.

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For more info: ransomholdingco.com

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Cedarvale Ravine House

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Toronto-based Drew Mandel Architects have designed the Cedarvale Ravine House in Toronto.

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This in-fill residential project is located at the threshold into the mid-town Toronto Cedarvale Ravine.

Circulation modulates through a series of intimate and expansive spaces and courtyards to a glass-enclosed single-story volume at the rear of the property. It is the kitchen and family room and the heart of the house. Large expanses of glass dematerialize the stone building in order to engage and connect to its protected woodland setting.A cantilevered second story volume frames views, gestures to the landscape and allows the re-naturalized ravine planting to be drawn farther into the site.

This abstract structure is intent on celebrating the everyday rituals of residential life and enhancing the slow unfolding experience of a special site.

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#TBT: Vogue – Shalom Harlow (1996)

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#TBT stands for “Throwback Thursday” and it’s our newest weekly feature where we’ll be posting pieces of Toronto’s history.

Our second #TBT post features Oshawa-born model Shalom Harlow who graced the cover of American Vogue in February of 1996. With 5 Vogue covers and endless editorials under her belt, she is one of few Canadians to have covered American Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Italia and French Vogue (Vogue Paris).

Posted by Jessica Franklin

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Wild Moon By Asia Clarke

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What started out as a personal jewellery DIY turned into a full blown (aesthetically pleasing) accessories line; Wild Moon by Asia Clarke. I was fortunate enough to meet up with the designer at Pretty Freedom in Kensington Market. Like Asia, the vibe at Pretty Freedom was peaceful so it is no wonder that they are one of her stockists. During my time at the boutique Asia began to tell me her story.

Like countless others the Scarborough native became bored of the generic, mass-produced accessories that a lot of retail stores had to offer. In her quest for something more, she began creating her own necklaces. She started wearing them, friends began to inquire and from there the brand caught on. Her line now consists of necklaces and earrings and for those who seek exclusivity; most of the pieces are one-of-a-kind. Some are made up of stones with different purposes, vintage pendants or a combination of both. The free-falling necklaces are bold and the way that they move when worn is meant to give off the impression that they are alive. The mergence of cultures and ideologies found growing up in Toronto had a major part to play in expressing Wild Moon’s aesthetic, it is a “direct reflection of lived experiences translated into art form”.

Asia considers Wild Moon not only to be an accessories line but an outlet for her creative expression. In the future expect more elaborate body pieces, collaborations with other artists and even Wild Moon apparel. Just another instance of a creative mind moving around the city in a positive direction.

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For more info: wildmoonjewelry.com

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Dsquared² A Decade Ago

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It’s been 10 years since Toronto-born design duo DSQUARED² debuted their womenswear line in Milan. The “24-7 Star” show featured an abundance of extra low waistlines, baggy pants, baby tees, baseball caps and aviator sunglasses; it embodied the tomboy/super model off-duty (but still chic) look. It’s no surprise that around the same time that this collection was launched, the twins also provided the wardrobe for the Christina Aguilera “Stripped” tour – her clothing during that time practically mirrored the show.

Although DSQUARED² already had much success in menswear prior to 2003, this was definitely a memorable moment in their career and in fashion history!

For more info: dsquared2.com

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Muttonhead

Local unisex brand Muttonhead is set to showcase their “Great Exploration” Collection at the Capsule show in NYC this week. If you’re not able to attend the show, don’t worry, we’ve included some images just for you.

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Classic Dress Shirt made with Recycled Hemp

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Reverse Pocket Tee made with Recycled Polyester and Organic Cotton

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Baseball Pant made with Recycled Hemp | Utility Dress Shirt (Blue Stripe) made with Linen and Organic Cotton

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Two Tone Crewneck (Black/Charcoal) Poly Cotton Blend

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Field Jacket made with Wool

All garments are manufactured in Toronto.

For more info: muttonheadcollective.com

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