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Catch the wave: 5 Canadian swimwear lines that have earned their place in the sun

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Though our friends south of the border still like to refer to us as the Great White North, we’re turning up the heat with 5 Canadian-made and runway-ready swimwear worthy of some seriously sunny attention.

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Kicks Start: Could the high-end sneaker trend be the death of killer heels?

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Photography by Peter Stigter

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A designer’s runway bow rarely generates buzz—that is, unless it’s Phoebe Philo’s. Since the 39-year-old British fashion phenom took the reins at French luxury house Céline in 2008, she has been popping out post-show in Paris to thunderous applause for her stunning minimalist-driven collections. But lately it seems all eyes have been focused on her feet. Adidas Stan Smith trainers, Nike Air Max 90s in pink—when it comes to game-day dressing, Philo prefers to rock a pair of runners rather than a haute pair of heels. So does Kristen Stewart. At the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, she appeared on the red carpet in a body-skimming, floral-embellished Zuhair Murad dress paired with black stilettos, which she quickly ditched in favour of her Barbara Bui leather high-tops. First Lady Michelle Obama has slipped into metallic cap-toe Lanvin sneakers to carry out her White House duties. Even fashion’s favourite street-style star, Italian clotheshorse and editor-at-large of Vogue Japan Anna Dello Russo, who is never spotted without her five-inch spikes, was photographed wearing sky-blue New Balance trainers in Milan in January.

This spring, kicks are taking a walk on the wild side on runways, including Junya Watanabe, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Ruffian, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Ashish, and at luxury footwear labels like Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo and Pierre Hardy. At $500 and up, these new sartorial stars won’t be clocking any time at the gym, but they might give your wallet a workout. Surprised? Don’t be—this shift toward high-end sneakers hasn’t exactly snuck up on us. Running shoes first emerged as status symbols during the 1970s. “They were worn not just in the gym or to do athletics but for shopping and on your leisure time,” says Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior curator at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and for its latest exhibition, Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture (April 25, 2013 to April 22, 2014). Mixed-media and graphic designer Karim Rashid, famous for colourful, eclectic designs that range from furniture to footwear, also knows a thing or two about retro sneakers. As the creative vision behind this exhibition, and an avid runner, he believes that “the running shoe [conjures up] nostalgia” and that currently, “there’s a big revival going on.”
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Pavoni Fall 2013: 24 red carpet-worthy looks that brought Hollywood to Toronto Fashion Week

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Pavoni Fall 2013

Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

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Judging by the parade of glittery mini dresses and glam floor-sweeping gowns at Pavoni’s Fall 2013 fashion show, it’s little wonder that A-listers like Katy Perry and Mariah Carey have fallen head over heels for this Montreal-based label’s red carpet-worthy eveningwear. This season,

Designer Mike Derderian and co-founder Gianni Falcone were inspired by the Golden Age—think gilded embroideries, laser-cut lace and clouds of tulle and taffeta. Peek-a-boo sheer panels added a sexy flash of skin to luxe column gowns, while boudoir-inspired nudes gave a provocative wink when paired with black. Here, dramatic silhouettes and second skin body-con dresses reign supreme but it’s the beautiful embellishment that leaves a lasting impression. Studs on lace; beaded fringe and ruffled peplums—sure, there’s a whiff of Marchesa woven in but Pavoni’s superior craftsmanship sparkles all on its own.
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Jeremy Laing Fall 2013: Toronto’s golden boy brings a bright collection home for fashion week

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Jeremy Laing Fall 2013

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Jeremy Laing knows how to churn out cool-girl clothes. For fall 2013, the Toronto-based designer, who also shows at New York fashion week, delivered a strong 31-look collection that focused on languid layers, colour-blocking (mustard is having a moment) and experimental fabrics like gold laminate seersucker. Known for his architectural shapes, Laing sent out a chic quilted cocoon coat–a key outerwear trend for fall that said snap-me-up; while his painterly smocks and shirtdresses nailed the concept of effortless dressing. As for this artiste’s palette, muted shades of grey, cream and rust ruled, though the occasional flash of gold (primarily splashed on jackets) lit up the runway. A graphic black and white stripe-and-cross print also ran throughout the line-up–a collaboration with friend, and artist, Vanessa Maltese. Looks like cool girls everywhere will be lusting after Laing’s latest hits come Fall 2013.
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New York Fashion Week: The top 5 trends for Fall 2013

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Buh-Bye Big Apple, hello London! The New York Fashion week collections are done for Fall 2013 but the fashion set has already packed up their Goyard and Louis Vuitton luggage and jetted across the pond for the next leg of this month-long sartorial journey. Before we fall in love with all things British–Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, Peter Pilotto–we’ve rounded up the hottest trends from New York Fashion Week Fall 2013. Start your shopping list now.
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New York Fashion Week: 5 Fall 2013 wardrobe updates via Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, Reed Krakoff and more

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Michael Kors Fall 2013

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As much as fantasy rules the runways during New York fashion week (hello Marchesa) if you peel away the layers of D-R-A-M-A there’s often a few very wearable (translation: work-to-weekend) pieces thrown into the mix. And we’re not just talking bags, though accessories tend to be the bread and butter of ready-to-wear brands. At the end of the day, or rather the start of it, women want to go into their closets and pull out something cool, classic and chic. A simple silhouette; an easy-to-digest colour palette; pieces with serious day-to-night endurance. There will always be a time and place for a knock-your-socks-off frock but most days we crave fashion that says me, only better. Here are 5 ways to wake up your wardrobe for Fall 2013.


New York Fashion Week: Embellishment reigns supreme at Rodarte, Narciso Rodriguez, Jenny Packham and Tory Burch for Fall 2013

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Rodarte Fall 2013

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New York Fashion Week is full of sparkling moments, and any magpie worth her shiny nest knows how to spot them. Take Tory Burch’s Fall 2013 show, held in one of the opulent salons at The Pierre Hotel. Crystal chandeliers, gilded sconces and the plushest of carpets made for a very luxe start to the day. Over at J. Crew, Julianne Moore, looking oh-so-radiant sans makeup and sporting an effortlessly cool topknot, seemed to leave a trail of stardust as she glided through the room. The star power continued over at Dennis Basso’s 30th anniversary show with a double dose of Joan (Rivers and Collins). And judging by the rest of the well-heeled attendees, the 3F’s–furs, fine jewels and facelifts–were out in full force to celebrate this luxury brand’s milestone. At Rodarte, swirls of kaleidoscopic colour updated the go-to summer staple–the maxi dress–but it was the illuminated set, inspired by the Santa Cruz boardwalk, where the Mulleavy sisters grew up, that shone like a beacon when the lights went down. Want to turn up the flash factor in your closet? Fall 2013’s runway collections are filled with glittering looks and decorative details. Here are 5 fresh ways to wear embellishment:
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New York Fashion Week: 5 coats to covet for Fall 2013

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Donna Karan Fall 2013

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Sitting in mixed media designer Karim Rashid’s Technicolour boardroom on a grey, drizzly morning is the fashion equivalent of a doppio espresso. The floor is swirled with a kaleidoscope of colours; the shelves are filled with his designs–most of them cartoon-y bright. Next to Mr. Rashid, who’s sporting his signature hot pink hue, I look somewhat less adventurous in my black ensemble. But, there’s just something quintessentially “New York” about a black-on-black look. It’s timeless; it evolves with you. Post-interview (psst, you can read all about our interview in FASHION’s May issue) I hurry over to the Donna Karan show, and almost bump into Broadway star Bernadette Peters with my pink and black polka dot umbrella. The space at Cedar Lake is so dark that show-goers use their iPhones to light the way to their respective seats. The noir theme continues when the show begins–the first 10 looks are all as dark as night, though anything but basic. It’s all about the details: cutouts, texture and sheer inserts. Very urban. Very Donna. Her show notes highlight the power of being a woman “with multiple passions, constantly on the go.” Outerwear, a highlight of the show, is a major developing trend for Fall 2013 (go figure) with so many coat styles to covet that it was hard to narrow them down. Here, however are 5 of the best.


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