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Affordable couture? Fall 2014 runway-inspired outfits that won’t break the bank


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Fall 2014 Couture week has officially wrapped in Paris, and we’ve been daydreaming of the Pinterest-worthy dresses ever since. Although there are times when the designs are truly too outrageous for everyday wear and at a price point that is way above an average person’s budget (mainly the latter), we can’t deny our love and lust for these runway masterpieces. Thanks to celebrities and some very lucky street style stars, we can get a glimpse of couture in all its high-fashion glory. But before you raise your white flag and think couture is only for the elites, we’d like to let you know that you too can get on the action. How? As we round up our 10 favourite dresses from Fall 2014 Couture week, we scour our fave e-commerce sites and tracked down 10 couture-inspired designs for everyday wear. You’re welcome. Read more »

Now trending: 12 perfect pink perfumes that will have you smelling like everyone’s favourite spring hue


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On Wednesdays we wear pink… you just can’t always see it. Warmer weather brings with it a sense of hazy nostalgia and longing for simpler, sweeter times, and that goes for scents as well. We’re putting down the bold, androgynous fragrances that we’ve been infatuated with, and are taking a look at some of the pretty perfumes that always manage to leave us feeling as carefree as ever.

With the exception of the satin jacket uniform that belonged to the Pink Ladies of Grease, pink (especially light pink) has never really been considered a cool-girl staple. However, thanks to the reemergence of the ’90s that’s infiltrated the fashion and beauty world for the past few seasons, baby pink is back in a new way and this time, it’s badder than ever. While the pretty shade once belonged to the likes of teenaged Britney and Christina, these days it’s being accepted by the cool kids, including the original bad gal herself, RiRi.

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Top Fall 2014 Trends: 226 runway and street style photos of fashion month’s 10 biggest moments


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Your first time at any international fashion week will teach you a valuable lesson: You need a fur. And not just any Margot Tenenbaum style granny hand-me-down. A fur so intricately patterned, multi-layered and artificially coloured, that it has to be designer. Given its place at the apex of the top Fall 2014 trends, you’d think recessionary times were long gone—it’s virtually everywhere, from a hyper colour mink at Altuzarra to a fluffy red dress at Prada. Wear it with caution or as Dior prescribes, dangle it over your arm like it’s no big d. Let the fur fly, scruples or otherwise.

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Spring Beauty 2014: 109 photos of the top trends and must-have products this season


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Photography: Runway by Peter Stigter; Product by Carlo Mendoza

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Ready to refresh your makeup bag? The beauty trends for Spring 2014 are all about colour, texture and letting your skin shine. Gone are last season’s moody berry shades, deep lips and velvet skin finishes. For Spring 2014, the top beauty trends include popsicle-orange lips, eyeshadows in every pastel shade under the sun and a whole lotta love for gold pigments. For those less inclined to pile on the product, good news: the no makeup makeup look is also trending this season. Read more »

Spring 2014 shoes: 55 favourites we’re already itching to get our feet into

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Alexander Wang Spring 2014

Photography by Peter Stigter

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With Paris Fashion Week ending our month long preview of all things Spring 2014, it’s time we gushed over the shoes that accompanied all that we are dying to wear in the coming season.

Femininity reigned supreme on the runway through Balenciaga, Dior and Roland Mouret’s take on the stiletto. Dior’s complexly inter woven straps would make any shoe addict salivate. At Balmain, our impending full coverage boots will shed a few layers and appear as heeled boots with varying dotted sheer and embellished cage finishes. While we saw Saint Laurent’s fall styles embrace the studded and spiked appeal of punk’s aesthetic, Junya Watanabe clung onto the trend for his Spring 2014 shoes with a menacing ankle boot. Enviable green snakeskin heels and platform chunky heels were seen at Gucci and Michael Kors respectively. Spring is incomplete without feather embellished flats as seen at Rochas.
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Paris Fashion Week: The top 6 trends in the works for Spring 2014 from Céline to Stella and beyond


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There’s only two more days of Paris Fashion Week Spring 2014, but the trends are already clear. There’s plenty to satisfy the street fashion stars who have an endless appetite for flamboyance. Here are the top trends:
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Inside Big Bang Bash: 20 photos from the surreal Viktor & Rolf Dolls party at the ROM


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Photography by George Pimentel

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Last Saturday night, the arty A-list gathered to celebrate the opening of the Viktor & Rolf Dolls exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. As the pre-emptive kick-off to the Luminato arts festival, which officially begins today, patrons, planners and performers came out en masse including the formidable foreign trio of Marina Abramović, Willem Dafoe and creative director Jörn Weisbrodt. To match the quirky aesthetic of the night’s satellite guests of honour (the designers were unable to repeat their May visit to Toronto), the ROM’s crystal lobby was tricked out with curiously interactive decorations like a sky-high mannequin whose dress gave out jewellery when guests placed their hands inside, a conveyor belt of treats and a literal piano bar which thrilled with its makeshift Prohibition vibe. Everything about the event seemed as if part of a surreal dream, which culminated in the fabulously fringed navy coat belonging to a one Suzanne Boyd catching on fire. With a few ceremonious pats, the fire was extinguished, leaving the glitzy gossipers with something especially titillating to talk about.
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We sit down with Viktor & Rolf in advance of the duo’s designer dolls exhibit at Luminato in Toronto


Viktor Rolf Dolls Luminato

By Sarah Casselman

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Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are mild-mannered and scrupulously polite, yet they’re anything but boring. When the three of us meet at The Room at Hudson’s Bay in Toronto (the store held a VIP cocktail party in their honour in April), the look-alike Dutch duo’s off-the-wall wit is apparent the moment seating commences, with Horsting on one side of the six-foot-plus sofa and Snoeren on the other. A perfectly executed spontaneous stunt done with mirror-like precision—that’s just how Viktor & Rolf roll.

After graduating from the Netherlands’ Artez Institute of the Arts in 1992, the designers began working together, and by the following year they had relocated to Paris to launch their collection. Known for blurring the lines between art and fashion, Horsting and Snoeren specialized in highly conceptual couture design until they shifted into ready-to-wear in 2000. Signature details like pussycat bows, shirt frills and flowered corsages brought a whiff of reality to the label’s eccentric art house-style surrealism. In Fall 2003, Tilda Swinton took the runway followed by an army of clones made up in her likeness; in Fall 2005, model Lily Cole opened their bedroom-themed show wearing built-in bedding; and in Spring 2012, Barbie-esque babes in dresses with exaggerated stitching made their runway entrance, and exit, through a larger-than-life tulle skirt-turned-curtain.
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