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What to wear to an art party: 10 partygoers prep for AGO Massive Party

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DJ Filthy Gorgeous

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After last week’s epic induction at Holt Renfrew, spring party season ramps up with the Art Gallery of Ontario’s annual Massive Party this Thursday. In its 10th year, the bash is a stylish, sexy night at the museum, complete with installations, performances and open bars a’plenty. And while our RSVP status is most definitely “yes,” our outfit selection is a little less set in stone. To help us with some inspiration, we turn to 10 Massive Party organizers, performers and partygoers for tips on what to wear.

Wanna come? Massive Party tickets are available for purchase at ago.net!


Street Style, Toronto: 20 shots of stylish city folk outside the first day of fashion week

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Street Style Toronto Fashion Week

Photography by Stefania Yarhi

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Just when the international Fashion Weeks wind down, Canada revs its engines. Last night, the unofficial pre-cursor to Toronto Fashion Week, The ShOws, kicked off with presentations from Bellevance and Steven Tai. As the city’s industry insiders rejoiced in the 24-hour teaser of warm weather, light spring jackets in mostly neutral palette of blues, beiges and greys were spotted on the street outside the shows. Not wanting to tempt fate however, others layered up, ready for whatever Mother Nature decided to dish out. (Cue today’s blizzard.)

Canadian model Liisa Winkler brought a little bit of rural chic to the city, donning a mid-length lightweight black jacket, paired with a denim ruffled midi skirt and black Chelsea boots with socks. This is how you country in the big city, folks. Holt Renfrew’s Brittany Barkwell and Blaire Borins looked perfectly chic. Barkwell opted for a matching patterned top and trousers finished with lace up heels and a wide collared camel coat, while Borins looked cozy a fuzzy knee-length coat finished with big buttons, adding a raspberry red bag for a well placed pop of colour.
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Carte Blanche: Toronto fashion hits Miami in this all-white exclusive photo shoot

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Miami Photo Shoot Renata Kaveh

Photography and art direction by Renata Kaveh. Fashion direction by Dwayne Kennedy of THE COLLECTIONS. Make up and Hair by Aniya Nandy at Plutino Group. Model, Linnea at Next Models Miami. Dress, Matthew Gallagher. Bracelet, Cuchara. Earrings, Swarovski.

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If the frigid temps in our neck of the woods weren’t reason enough for an ample dose of wanderlust, Miami Art Basel (on through Sunday December 8) has us fantasizing about hitting the beach. Last month, Toronto-based photographer Renata Kaveh and The Collections fashion director Dwayne Kennedy did just that, bringing some of our best talents to the tropical metropolis for an all-white photo shoot premiering exclusively on our site. Check out these breathtaking images featuring the likes of Greta Constantine, Lacerda and Matthew Gallagher on the white sands of Miami.


Ones to watch: Two local designers make their Toronto Fashion Week debut for Spring 2014

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Photographed by Sean Merritt Penhall. Fashion direction, Dwayne Kennedy. Hair by Taca/REDKEN. Makeup Janine Holmes/Maybelline. Models, Kaitlin/Elmer Olsen and Nikita/Push Model Management

In the age of pop culture fashion, we’ve all become hyper aware of the fashion competition. Whether on screen or IRL, Project Runway concepts promise a knockout throw down between up and coming designers vying for fame, fortune or just a little financial boost. The fashion competition is real exciting for those on the outside, but it can often be insurmountable pressure for all designers involved—especially those who don’t win anything. Thus became Threshold, a Toronto Fashion Week showcase of burgeoning designers who can launch their collections sans struggle.

“I have worked with many designers who have participated in competitions in the past and although I do think there are many benefits from being part of them, I also feel the disappointment of not winning can be very demotivating and hard on a new designer,” says Dwayne Kennedy, The Collections fashion director and one of the brains behind this showcase. “We want Threshold to be a positive experience from beginning to end and to equip designers with the tools to succeed season after season.”

This Wednesday at World MasterCard Fashion Week, Threshold will premiere with Paria Shirvani and Axel Kohler, two Toronto-based designers with skills to spare. Here’s a little preview of what’s expected for Spring 2014.
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Inside JNBY’s pre Toronto Fashion Week party: Models in Miley buns toast the Chinese label’s Canadian debut

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JNBY Pre-Toronto Fashion Week Party

Photography by Kayla Rocca

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Amidst the homegrown talent, one very cool and far away brand will be making its Canadian runway debut next week during World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. JNBY (Just Naturally Be Yourself) is big in Japan…and Thailand and Singapore and France as well as China, where it hails from. A week before its reveal at fashion week (and we’ll save the oohs and aahs till then), JNBY previewed its Spring 2014 collection to an ultra trendy crowd at a pre-fashion week party hosted by The Collections. The stellar clothes were shown alongside a large photo print by Cory VanderPloeg of a model wearing Laura Siegel‘s spring collection..

Regular scenesters like Amina Said, Sarah Magwood, Parris Gordon, Jay Strut and The Collections threesome Dwayne Kennedy, Mel Ashcroft and Brian Richards lined the walls as well as fresh faced models in Miley buns and off duty sweaters. As with any cool kid party, there were plenty of new faces to creep in true Cinderella form. We’d like to crown a new style princess, but we don’t know her name. You! Got the other glass slipper?
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Poor little rich girl: We take inspiration from Edie Sedgwick’s later years in an exclusive photo shoot

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Edie Sedgwick Photo Shoot

Photographed by Renata Kaveh. Styled by Dwayne Kennedy/THE COLLECTIONS. Model, Bojana at Elmer Olsen. Makeup by Claudine Baltazar/MAC Cosmetics/Plutino Group. Hair by Jorge Joao for Redken/Koi Hair Salon. Nails by V. Luciano. Fashion assisitants, Krysta Leigh, Ivana Grahovac and Rabia Dhanani.

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Examine Edie’s impact on trends »

From her platinum blonde bob to her itty bitty mini dresses, everyone’s been exposed to the everlasting effects of perennial sixties It girl, Edie Sedgwick. Literally or loosely, her style has inspired countless collections, most recently for both Spring and Fall 2013. Last month, we set out to tribute the late fashion icon with a luxe and louche photo shoot masterminded by stylist Dwayne Kennedy. Shot by photographer Renata Kaveh at Toronto’s storied Windsor Arms hotel, the photo shoot depicts Bojana as a later-years-Edie strewn across couches and carpets in designer duds as we image she’d have been.
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Toronto’s golden boys: Jeremy Laing and stylist Dwayne Kennedy collaborate on an exclusive photo shoot

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Jeremy Laing Dwayne Kennedy

Photographed by Corey Goodyear. Styling/Art Direction by Dwayne Kennedy of THE COLLECTIONS. Hair and Makeup by Vittorio for Redken/M.A.C Cosmetics/Plutino Group. Model, Shelby Elmer Olsen. Style Assistant, Arden Castillo.

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If Canada’s latest crop of cool has taught us anything, it’s that the ultimate creativity comes from collaboration. Take the sister act behind the newly renamed label Beaufille (formerly Chloé Comme Parris) for example, or the creative team behind Toronto’s go-to nail mecca, Tips Nail Bar. The best results are often a team effort.

It’s with this pretext that Toronto-based stylist and fashion director Dwayne Kennedy operates. Along with his many collaborators, most notably his The Collections partner Brian A. Richards; he’s been responsible for much creative and young gun business around town, including the up-and-coming designer specific portion of Toronto Fashion Week, which has boasted the impressive likes of Rad Hourani and Sid Neigum.
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Inside The Room’s Viktor & Rolf party: 31 photos of fashion’s who’s who coming out of hibernation for spring

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The Room Viktor Rolf Party

Photography by George Pimentel

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Viktor & Rolf’s love affair with Toronto began last night with a fittingly springy fête at Toronto’s Hudson’s Bay Queen Street flagship. In town to celebrate their recent collections as well as to do press spots for their upcoming Dolls retrospective exhibit with Luminato this summer, designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren sported matching embroidered jeans (Horsting’s featured sunglasses while Snoeren’s featured moustaches) and matching thick rimmed frames, making them the ideal models for Toronto’s new eyewear-specific blog, The Spectacled.

In keeping with the Dutch duo’s eccentricities, The Room was transformed with newly papered walls featuring the Fall 2013 runway room’s eerie black and white floral print, a string quartet playing instrumental takes on pop music and strapping waiters, who passed many a prettily-decorated Perrier-Jouët champagne flute while wearing V&R-esque (and maybe even a little Denis Gagnon) glasses.
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