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Toronto sample sales: December 2013′s enviable list of local designer discounts and pop-ups

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Toronto Sample Sales December 2013

Photography by Kevin Gonsalves

Just when you thought you’d take some recovery time from Black Friday, we have news of some of our favourite homegrown designers gearing up for end-of-year sample sales and noteworthy pop up shops and holiday promos. You watched their designs sashayed on the Fall 2013 runways and made notes of your favourite pieces: now’s your chance to get that wishlist into your closet at discounted prices.
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Kate Middleton wears Smythe and proves that even with heels on she can still play volleyball

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Kate Middleton Smythe blazer volleyball

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Kate Middleton’s love for athletics is no secret (hello, Olympic celebrations and field hockey antics!) so it’s fitting that today’s outing—her first solo engagement since Prince George was born—was to a SportsAid workshop for young athletes, a charity of which Kate is patron to.

Held at an arena in London’s Olympic Park, Kate wore an outfit that was virtually identical to the last time she visited the venue during the 2012 games. Her navy Smythe blazer was the focal point of the casual ensemble, which included a Breton stripe Ralph Lauren shirt, J Brand skinny jeans and Stuart Weitzman wedges. Should you think that high heels would get in the way of the Duchess playing sports, you’d be quite mistaken. While Kate turned down an invitation to try fencing and badminton, telling the press, “I’d like to give it a go but I’ve brought the wrong shoes!” she was more than eager to get onto the volleyball court, wedge heels and all. Is there a better Friday gift than a video of Kate Middleton playing volleyball? We think not.


Fall 2013 must-haves: From punk rock to ’40s glam browse 61 shopping picks that hit all the trends

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Along with the crisp fall breeze that assures us summer is winding down comes new fashion possibilities—and what better to fill the void in your closet? With fall comes a tendency for darker attire, the bold textures, edgy colours and metallic hardware—of course, these are just a few of things to look forward to this season, and don’t feel restricted to just one!

We’ve combined this season’s boldest looks to love and layer, and they’re sure to spice up your wardrobe of neutrals and remind you that more is more. We may not be shedding skin as the temperatures drop, but we sure are showing new skins, like wine-stained leathers for trenches and tops and multi-hued furs for coats. Classic camouflage prints were all over pants and pumps that came stomping down the runways for everyone from Jean Paul Gaultier to Carolina Herrera. These pieces are not for the faint of heart or the timid to trends—but keeping warm doesn’t mean letting your style go cold. Read more »


What to wear on holiday: 41 shopping must-haves for the summer’s most stylish events

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The List: Events

Summer is fast approaching and that can only mean one thing—the start of the season’s hottest events. With multiple can’t-miss functions occurring around the globe, we want to make sure your wardrobe is ready. From music festivals like Glastonbury to the U.S. Open to the Cannes Film Festival, we have your guide to arriving in style.

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A match made in Canadian fashion heaven: Smythe and eLUXE collaborate on an exclusive blazer

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Smythe and eLUXE have just teamed up to create the epitome of a chic LBJ (little black jacket, for those of you not in the know); what’s more, the femme-meets-tailored blazer will be available exclusively to Canada.

Come September, you can get your hands on the Canadian label’s covetable tuxedo-style wool blazer on eLUXE for $595, which is actually a steal if you consider cost per wear. With its slim fit, strong shoulders and gold hardware, you can make like Kate Middleton (who’s without a doubt the most famous of Smythe’s devotees) and work the chic, strong piece into your fall looks time and time again.
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Holt Renfrew celebrates 175 years with specially-designed pieces from Christian Louboutin, Bobbi Brown, Michael Kors and a special appearance by Elton John!

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We might as well pitch a tent and set up camp outside Holt Renfrew’s sleek Bloor Street entrance, because come September, it will be the place to be. Not only is Holt’s taking part in Fashion’s Night Out festivities September 6 (stay tuned for details!), but the store is also ringing in it’s monumental 175th birthday. In true Holt’s fashion, the Hot @175 anniversary will be rung in in style, with a slew of designer collaborations for sale in (what else?) signature magenta.

From its start in 1837 as a hat and cap shop in Quebec City to the go-to luxury mecca it is today, Holt’s has undeniably had a starring role in Canada’s retail legacy. To fête the occasion, everything from high-fashion designs like Christian Louboutin’s magenta-platform sling backs to fun finds like Pantone’s “Holt Renfrew Magenta” notebook will prove that even at 175, Holt’s still has it.
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Kate Middleton loves her Smythe blazer almost as much as her Team GB polo shirts

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Photography by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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After a weekend of wearing navy (and a few days away from the public eye) Kate’s back on the scene in London in her classic Olympic uniform. The Duchess watched the women’s hockey semifinals last night while wearing her navy Smythe blazer, Stuart Weitzman wedges, skinny jeans and white Team GB polo shirt—making the outfit very similar to the one she wore during her meet and greet with the team back in March. Read more »


Olympic OMG! Kate and Will hug it out in matching Team GB polos!

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Photography by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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If this doesn’t melt your heart, we don’t know what will. Kate and Will have clearly given themselves over to the spirit of the London 2012 games, and even went for a full out hug while watching the Team GB athletes at the Velodrome today! In the same matching polos they’ve been wearing all week, no less. (Here’s hoping they’ve been laundered). While the outfit details aren’t too exciting (recycled polo, recycled J Brand jeans, recycled Stuart Weitzman heels), the embrace says it all. And by it, we mean swoon.

As for today’s other recycles, Kate was spotted at Wimbledon earlier today cheering on Andy Murray in her bright blue Stella McCartney T-shirt dress and Smythe blazer alongside Will. The couple reportedly surprised fans with the un-slated appearance and even sat in the cheap seats to take in the match!


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