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The Wizard of Oz is coming to a fashion week near you!

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Wizard of Oz Fashion Week

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For all you Wizard of Oz Mega Fans, September 4, 2014 is a date you are going to want to mark in your calendars. The film’s leading ladies will be transformed high-fashion-style for the film’s 75th Anniversary. Inspired by Dorothy, Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West (we know, we can hardly contain ourselves) Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The Wizard of Oz have teamed with US-based Tonner Doll Collection, plus various designers to create one-of-a-kind 22-inch couture dolls. If you’ve ever thought a green, warty witch couldn’t be glamorous, you’d better think again.

The Wizard of Oz has influenced fashion for decades, from Louis Vuitton’s Follow the Yellow Brick Road-esque dress to Christopher Kane’s rainbow dress of Spring ’14 to Kate Spade gingham pants, the list is endless. But never before have we seen something like this- a heap of our favorite designers re-imagining one of the most popular films of all time! The fashion and costume designers modernizing the looks of the celebrated characters include Trina Turk, Donna Karan, BCBG Max Azria, Chris Benz, Jenny Packham, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, Lyn Paolo, and Anna Sui- and if the sketches are any indication, this doll collection just may be as covetable as Dorothy’s ruby red slippers themselves. Using elements from the movie, such as Dorothy’s gingham pinafore and the infamous (however, essential) tornado, the designers combined some of today’s greatest styles, including a peplum jumpsuit and eclecticism, into the sketches.
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Never leave us, nineties! Betsey Johnson launches a vintage capsule at Urban Outfitters

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Betsey Johnson Vintage Urban Outfitters

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For those who revel in the recurrence of nineties fashion, get ready to yelp like your kiddie self. Betsey Johnson a.k.a. mistress of the floral slipdress, has launched a capsule collection for Urban Outfitters which features retakes on her classic ‘90s pieces. Ranging from $89 to $350 for a pooftastic pepto prom dress, the collection is Courtney Love-meets-Kelly Taylor, which is basically our most comfortable state as of late.
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Spring 2013’s top fashion week moments: The 28 shows, models, parties and trends we’ll never forget

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Spring 2013 Top Fashion Moments

Photography by Peter Stigter

Compiled by Sarah Casselman, Zeina Esmail, Caitlan Moneta and Bernadette Morra

As we prepare to dive head first into a new season of trends to try, must-haves to buy and warmer weather to embrace, we take a look back at the weeks that started it all. Hitting the runways back in September, the Spring 2013 fashion week season brought us the hula hoop bag (Chanel), the Google glass headset (DVF), the ever-revolving designer door (Raf/Hedi/Jil and so on). Take a visual trip back to Spring 2013, as our globetrotting editors distil 28 of the most memorable moments from New York to Paris and back again.

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Online Store of the Week: Violet Crown Vintage is our new favourite Texas-based and Toronto-born Etsy shop

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Violet Crown Vintage INTRO

Photography courtesy of Lia Parsley

Check out our top picks from Violet Crown Vintage »

The low down: After living the life of a freelance writer (and awesome street style photographer for us) in her hometown of Toronto, Lia Parsley and her husband moved down to Austin, Texas where she began her Etsy shop, Violet Crown Vintage in August of this year. Parsley’s interest in fashion, styling and vintage treasure hunting made her realize that she had a perfect opportunity to find and share some great pieces from a city that is known for having some of the best vintage clothing in the world.

Parsley did her research before they made the big move and found out that in the 1800s the city became known as the “City of the Violet Crown” because of the purple glow that appears over the hills and horizon after sunset during winter. “Twilight being my favorite time of day, I knew in the name ‘Violet Crown’ that I had a particular feeling I wanted to capture for the brand,” she says. And thus, a store that provides unique and timeless vintage pieces—that are still contemporary—was conceived.
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They said/We said: Betsey Johnson may be bankrupt, but she’s still kicking

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Photography by Peter Stigter

Betsey Johnson’s company sent the fashion world into a tizzy on Thursday, having filed for bankruptcy. But not to fret—the party is far from over for the legendarily perky designer. Despite having to close 63 freestanding stores, Johnson will stay on as creative director for the brand focusing on sportswear and her moderately priced line, among other projects.

Well, we wish we could say we didn’t see this coming, but the company was in deep water after a $48 million loan evasion that resulted in a bail out by Steve Madden (Steve Madden Ltd. owns intellectual property rights to the company). The Wall Street Journal explains that the brand’s luxe prices are simply not affordable to its younger demographic and could not compete with lower-priced retailers (H&M, Topshop) targeting the same customer base. Read more »


TFW diary: Everything was embellished (and then some) at Lucian Matis

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Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

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Last night’s social schedule was jam-packed. Puddle jumping from Tiffany & Co.’s Lambertson Truex leather collab fete to the new Joe Fresh store opening at Queen and Portland (sadly missing the SPiN ping-pong club opening with investor and celeb guest Susan Sarandon—so many parties, so little time), we caught up with the fashion crowd for the second night of this pre-fashion week. Last on the list was Lucian Matis. Despite the rain, 99 Gallery was packed and the standing crowd was elbowing for a prime spot. The designer stood by his signature embellished aesthetic, decorating everything from watercolour nails to over-the-top drop earrings and copper paillette–encrusted bodysuits. Matis’s skill lies in stretching his technical muscles, employing those abilities to further his creative vision, resulting in bright woven bodices, tufted tulle, and sheer panels. Sometimes it worked, and sometimes it had us flashing back to last week’s episode of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. With an awe-inspired audience, however, he’s clearly garnered a devoted following on the Canadian scene.
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Dream collaborations

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Dream Collaborations

From the upcoming Versace for H&M collaboration to Danier’s ongoing Canadian-on-Canadian capsule collections with the likes of Mark Fast, Greta Constantine and FASHION contributor George Antonopoulos, high-low team ups are continuing to bring luxury designs to the masses. We haven’t had enough. In fact, we vote for more! Here are four mega-designers and Canadian stores that we think should get together and jump on the bandwagon post-haste.

Here are the 4 team ups we’re dreaming of »

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Calgary shop notes: Flirty under pieces from Betsey Johnson

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Betsey Johnson

Photography by Carlo Mendoza (styling by Breanna Gow for judyinc.com).

Take inspiration from the Spring 2011 runways and add a bold touch of colour to your wardrobe. This season, Betsey Johnson goes crazy for hue—even your lingerie drawer will get a lift. These flirty under pieces (from $50) are made of cotton and available in any colour under the sun. They say summer lovin’—even after the temperature drops. At Bra Topia (102A 1409 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, 403-457-1303, bratopia.ca).

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