The best of [FAT]: We recap Toronto’s Arts & Fashion Week with the 5 top talents

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Photography by Jonathan C. Hooper for Fashion Art Toronto

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Arts & Fashion Week Toronto, otherwise known as [FAT], is now in its ninth year and continues to has a reputation as the city’s best contemporary fashion and design showcase, as well as being an unofficial cool kid hangout. Known for its innovative fashion shows, live performances—this year had some seriously talented modern dancers—films and wicked art installations, each year the weeklong extravaganza focuses on exploring our modern relationship to fashion and clothing. This year’s theme of Infashion/Unfashion was spread out over five nights, each taking on a different pair of contrasting ideas (masculine/feminine and grit/glamour being just two of them). Designers in turn interpreted the night’s theme within their collections and the results range from totally wearable to beyond provocative. Read on to see some of the top looks from [FAT] 2014 and our favourite designers from the week. Read more »


No royal sister-in-law for Kate Middleton: Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas have broken up

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Say it ain’t so! People Magazine is reporting that Prince Harry and his boho style-loving girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, have broken up. The pair have been dating for over two years and those obsessed with all things royal (ourselves included!) were pretty sure that an engagement announcement was forthcoming.

Then again, remember when Prince William and Kate Middleton broke up in 2007? Their separation was short-lived and according to many, actually prompted the couple to decide they were meant to be. Coincidentally, today is the third anniversary of that royal wedding, so perhaps Harry was feeling the pressure to make things official? Read more »


Is it sandal season yet? 5 Style Panel tips for breaking ‘em out, warranted or not

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Sandal Weather Style Panel
As winter reluctantly releases its stranglehold on the weather, we are left to figure out how to dress for two new seasons: extra-winter and the infamous pre-spring psych.

In our dreams, the end of April is sandal territory. As temperatures rise so do hems, layers begin to shed, and toes come out of hibernation. During this unpredictable and unseasonal weather it is easy to get caught in inappropriate footwear. Many have experienced the heartache caused by starting the day dressed for a certain type of climate only to find the elements have done a 180 by lunch-hour. After this years unending winter and slushy spring, when is it time to wear sandals again?

Inherited Jeans’ Stephanie Koch suggests that maybe open-toe is the way to go until a more stable spring climate is reached while Mikki Fox of Centre Street Style says it’s definitely sandal season, as long as winter pieces are still in the mix.

Question 101: Is it sandal season yet? Read the answers now! »

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Afternoon delight: Cut down on your blow dry time with this magic primer potion

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Redken Pillow Proof

You know how in old movies, women would decline dates by saying that they’re staying in to wash their hair? Call it old fashioned, but there’s no denying that the whole shampoo-condition-blow-dry-style routine takes up a hung chunk of time. Well, get some of that time back with Redken’s Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer spray. Shake the bottle, spritz it on just-washed, towel-dried hair and prepare to be amazed. This product doesn’t just add a nice layer of heat protection: it gives you an extra kick of volume and, best of all, actually makes your hair dry a whole lot faster—up to 50%! Plus, if you’re one to go days between washes, this primer will keep on working in tandem with anything else you might apply. Bada bing, bada boom, you’re done!

Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer ($20, at salons)


Are Birkenstocks cool? How they made it from slacker to staple for the second spring in a row

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Are Birkenstocks cool

Left: Birkenstocks on the Celine Spring 2013 Runway. Middle: Kate Moss in the Face via The Blow. Right: Opening Ceremony’s Spring 2014 Magritte Birkenstocks.

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We can credit the genius of Phoebe Philo for bringing back the Birkenstock out of grandpa’s closet and onto our must-have shopping lists for spring. Céline’s fuzzy, fur-lined sandal kicked off the third coming of the comfort shoe legend last year. After a year in the spotlight, Birkenstocks have returned for a second year with practically every hip label, from Givenchy to Zara, has some sort of a version just waiting to make you look orthopedic.

When it was introduced to North America in 1973, Birkenstock’s two-strap “Arizona” men’s sandal was the antithesis of the decade’s bare chested machismo ideal. It didn’t take long to be adopted with outdoorsy types, becoming a go-to for camping and campus-ing alike.

Its launch, however, didn’t inspire the fashion crowd until the now-infamous 1990 The Face editorial, featuring teenage Kate Moss, shot by the late Corrine Day, wearing rolled up jeans with white Birkenstocks, and not much else.


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Beauty Fix: How to get flawless legs, your new favourite sunscreen and more summer beauty prep advice

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Beauty Fix

Every week our Beauty Fix columnist takes on your questions about makeup, skincare, hair and more. Have a beauty question we haven’t answered? Email us at beautyfix@fashionmagazine.com.

I love under-eye concealer, but I’m worried about the reverse raccoon look showing up in photos. Help?
The most common culprit of the dreaded reverse raccoon look is a concealer that’s light-reflective. Sure, it’s great for bouncing light into the darker undereye area, but less so in flash photography as it can reflect back the light in a pretty extreme way. A more natural finish is your best bet to skirt this issue. Instead, try a satin finish, like Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(Marc)able Full Cover Concealer ($38, sephora.ca). This conceraler will provide you with coverage that looks just as flattering in photos as it does in person and the formula is nourishing for skin, containing shea butter and coconut extract. Bonus: the pinky-peach undertones of the concealer act as a brightener and concealer in one, giving you a two-in-one effect in a single product. Read more »


The Outnet celebrates 5 years with a limited-edition designer collection

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Chanel Iman Roland Mouret O'Hara Dress

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Discount designer haven The Outnet turns five tomorrow, whilst making our wee fashion fantasies come true with a limited-edition collection launching on the same day.

The 17-piece collection features greatest hits from some of fashion’s biggest darlings. Think Chloé wedges, Balmain tees and Alexander McQueen clutch and more. It also includes Rouland Mouret’s O’Hara dress, a mainstay silhouette for A-listers.

The Outnet will also be rolling out a national campaign starring none other than maga-babe, Chanel Iman. To boot, fashion insiders like Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine, Harley Viera-Newton and model Jessica Hart wax poetic about birthdays in an online short.
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How to fill in eyebrows: 4 techniques for blondes, brunettes and more

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how to fill in eyebrows

Model photography and makeup by Dallas Curow

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Eyebrows have long been an over-groomed feature, having been waxed, plucked or threaded into oblivion over the last few decades. Recently, inspired by the natural features of celebrities such as model Cara Delevingne and starlet Lily Collins, full brows have made a full resurgence in the beauty zeitgeist. Read more »


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