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It’s summer! 27 perfect dresses under $100 to celebrate everyone’s favourite season


Summer Dresses

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The best day of the year is finally here. Or at least one of them. With the promise of rising temps, sunshine and outdoor activities nearly ready to deliver, we thought we’d get you sartorially prepped. Shorts, crop tops and overalls may make keep you cool in the hot sticky weather, nothing beats a pretty summer dress. (Plus, it makes deciding what to wear in the morning that much less stressful.)

Whether you’re hitting summer’s first pool party enjoying an iced latte with on your neighbourhood patio, we have you prepared to look cute and flirty for any event this season. From floral prints to lace to sexy cutouts, we’ve got you summer ready with 30 of the sweetest summer dresses. Oh, did we also mention they are all under $100? You’re welcome.
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From the May issue: Spring’s black-and-white trend gets the Op art treatment with our “High Contrast” photo shoot


May 2013 High Contrast Photo Shoot

Photographed by Chris Nicholls. Styled by Zeina Esmail. Hair and makeup by Greg Wencel for Girl. Hair and makeup assistant, Cody Alain foré Hair Care. Manicure by Leeanne Colley for Prop styling by Jason MacIsaac for Fashion assistant, Eliza Grossman.

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Welcome a punch of black-and-white graphics to your spring wardrobe with zig zags, checkers and Op art inspiration. Like a page out of Diana Vreeland’s mid-sixties book, photographer Chris Nicholls and stylist Zeina Esmail proved that a relative absence of colour doesn’t mean you can’t make a statement, combining some of Spring 2013′s greatest standouts from Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors with Twilight Zone style backdrops in this May 2013 issue photo shoot. And that hair? Eat your heart out, Vidal Sassoon.
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From the March issue: Spring 2013’s busiest prints mix and mash in this electrifying photo shoot


March 2013 Busy Bodies Photo Shoot

Hair by Ryan Taniguchi for Bumble and Bumble. Makeup by Lottie for the Wall Group/M.A.C. Manicure by Casey Herman for Kate Ryan/Julep. Set design by Danielle von Braun for 1+1 Mgmt. Fashion assistant, Eliza Grossman.

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With colliding prints and clashing patterns ruling the runways, Spring 2013 is the time to mix and mash. In this electrifying photo shoot from our March 2013 issue, we blend all the brightest trends from the runway—florals, checkerboard print and photo prints just to name a few—and blended them against backdrops designed by Danielle Von Braun. No need to pick a favourite, you can have everything at once!
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Spring Fashion 2013: 199 runway photos of the top 15 trends for the season


Spring Fashion 2013

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Get ready to peel back those layers, kids. Here comes the sun. Spring 2013 is finally upon us, and with it comes an onslaught of new fashionable desires. To prep, we’ve distilled a month long of fashion shows from New York, London, Milan and Paris and have brought you the top 15 trends you’ll need bookmarked.

From Marc Jacobs’ 1960s Edie Sedgwick infatuation to Dries Van Noten and Phillip Lim’s ode to 1990s grunge, believe us, we’ll have plenty of Spring 2013 fashion goodness to work from. Aside from the various time stamps, designers found inspiration worldwide this season: Japan (Prada, Haider Ackermann and Etro were all Asian-inspired), Italy (Proenza Schouler and Altuzarra put heels on the gladiator sandal), the US West Coast (beach prints reigned supreme at Victoria Beckham), the travelling music festival (Coachella 2013 brought to you by Tory Burch and Isabel Marant?) and even underwater (say hello to Seapunk, your newest fascination).
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Spring 2013’s top fashion week moments: The 28 shows, models, parties and trends we’ll never forget


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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Joe Fresh Spring 2013 look book: 48 items that are sure to be your new must-haves


Joe Fresh Spring 2013

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Joe Fresh may have turned down the colour palette for its Spring 2013 collection but that’s not to say the collection was anything less than visually striking. Metallics, black and white prints infused with pops of yellow came together to create a sixties-inspired collection that was completely modern and ready for 2013.

Now that the rest of the collection for spring has been released, we’re excited to see these retro-inspired designs take form and be mixed in with what we’ve grown accustomed to from Joe Fresh—coloured sweaters, bright oxfords and bold pants.
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Top 10 Fashion Trends, Spring 2013: We distill over a month of runway and street style photos into 100 of the season’s strongest moments


Top 10 Fashion Trends Spring 2013

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It’s official, Spring 2013 fashion month is over. And after receiving a daily dose of street style photos and runway updates, it would be silly for us to ignore the trends that we saw day after day (after day, after day). It’s hard not to fall victim to sensory overload, but thankfully our street style photographer, Stefania Yarhi, made it easy for us to pick and choose which trends we know we’ll be seeing all spring long. With hundreds of photos from Paris, Milan, London, New York, and Toronto at our disposal, we just couldn’t ignore the countless graphic tops (a day without a Balenciaga sci-fi sweater sighting was a total shocker), exposed bellies, suits, and mixed prints—so we didn’t because we’re positive they will be huge come Spring 2013. We’ve selected 10 of the biggest fashion trends from the streets and the runways and put them together in one place, so gets to clickin’. The leaves may just be starting to fall, but it’s never too early to plan for spring, right? (RIGHT!)

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Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013: The season closes out with a new check at Louis Vuitton, bees at Alexander McQueen and more summer fur at Miu Miu


Louis Vuitton Spring 2013

Photography by Peter Stigter

Editor-in-chief Bernadette Morra rounds out the Spring 2013 season with her review of Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen and Miu Miu.

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Experience has told us that a Louis Vuitton collection usually follows a similar theme to the one Marc Jacobs explores for his own label. This season was no exception. Marc Jacobs zeroed in on graphics for Spring 2013, but where he mostly riffed on stripes back in New York, for Louis Vuitton it was all about the Damier check. Traditionally in a brown/beige checkerboard, Louis Vuitton’s Damier has seen recent popularity in a white/grey print for summer totes. So why not take that as a hint loyalists might be ready for more?

Showing, punctually, in a tent at the Musee du Louvre, Marc Jacobs had artist Daniel Buren create the set: a bank of four escalators that the models descended and ascended in pairs. They wore checks in yellow/white, beige/white, green/white and more. There were big checks, little checks and checks in between. They came on ‘60s car coats, boxy jackets over midi skirts and column gowns with patch pockets. The shiniest pieces were cover in what Jacobs promises are the tiniest sequins ever produced to give a metallic fluidity. Texture came from a flock-like pile similar to dense carpeting.

This is the first Vuitton collection not to feature the LV monogram. An interesting test. But then, unlike the regular folk who buy the odd Louis Vuitton bag, maybe the brand’s wealthier clothing customer doesn’t need a logo to show her status?
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