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It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Toronto Fashion Week

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This week has seen a flurry of emails and press releases arrive in my inbox as Toronto/World MasterCard Fashion gears up for its Spring 2014 showcase. Wondering what we can expect from this season’s week-long fashion-a-thon in the tents of David Pecaut Square?

Well, the first buzzed about news is the new public event that will be taking place on Saturday, October 26, aptly dubbed Fashion Saturday. Adding an extra day to its upcoming calendar with a new style event open to the public, Fashion Saturday will feature a Spring 2014 highlights fashion show on the runway, a designer pop-up market showcasing pieces created by Canadian talents, and access to the fashion environment featuring live DJs, hair and makeup installations and trials and refreshments.

Of course, this being WMC Fashion Week, the event isn’t free (heck, press passes aren’t even free) and so tickets for Fashion Saturday are $75 apiece, or $150 for the elite package. That’s something of a disappointment given the event’s aim to “give designers a platform to connect with consumers,” but perhaps die-hard fashionistas and retailers may find some value in attending.

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In addition to the new public event, Fashion Week organizers have also released the preliminary roster of designers, labels and retailers set to unveil Spring-Summer collections next month. Bustle, David Dixon, Joe Fresh, Mackage, Melissa Nepton, Pink Tartan, Rudsak, Soia & Kyo, Sid Neigum, Target and Travis Taddeo are among those slated to unveil new looks, with the latter label (Taddeo) celebrating its fifth anniversary collection with a live DJ set by Ryan Playground and new collaboration with ALDO shoes.

Inspired by the easygoing grace and vitality of a new morning, Taddeo’s upcoming Matinée collection (showing on Oct. 22) is aiming to captivate with forward-thinking designs for men and women, in line with the urban, edgy and minimalist aesthetic the designer is known for. 

“A desire to surpass my previous work while staying true to the identity of the Travis Taddeo man and woman constantly drives me,” says Taddeo. “Like the street style in my hometown of Montreal, it’s luxurious and cool without being restrictive or overdone. In honour of the fifth anniversary, I wanted to push this to the limit with a return to basics.”

Meanwhile, Stephen Caras will be closing down the week (on Oct. 25) with his collection of flowing fabrics mimicking the fluid nature of the pearl in a palette of blush hues and accentuated undertones. Inspired by the parallels between the pearl and femininity, Caras says, “My design aesthetic and style is always inspired by my deep respect and appreciation for a woman’s natural femininity. While designing this collection, I let my imagination take me down a creative path that began with the feminine nature of the pearl. Feminine, wearable, practical and innately sensual; these are key components of every one of my designs, distilled to their most simplistic form.”

While that’s just a taste of everything that’s going on, the full event schedule can now be found here. So what are you most looking forward to seeing? 

Images via WMC Fashion Week

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Miranda Kerr Gets Two-Faced for Swarovski and Mango

What PR nightmare? Is surely an apt question regarding Miranda Kerr’s recent Vuitton/Vionnet mess-up and subsequent out-of-character outburst at Paris Fashion Week. Kerr has emerged fresh-faced and irreproachable as ever, and has two new campaigns dropping in the wake: A debut for Swarovski crystals and round two of her Fall 2013 Mango campaign.

The summery Swarovski ads were shot by heavyweight Brit photographer Nick Knight. Miranda, of course, manages to make statement crystal earrings and an equally dazzling bracelet, ring and necklace look effortlessly glamorous, while any normal human would appear to be drowning in them or playing dress-up. Apparently she got her love of jewelry from doing the latter in her grandmother’s – brace yourselves – fake pearls, as she reveals in an accompanying behind-the-scenes video.

On the opposite end of the season spectrum is her new Mango campaign. The punk factor has been toned down since August (so long, plaid and creepers) and Miranda perfectly embodies Mango’s preppy, downtown androgyne in leather, shirts and slouchy trousers. She might be the quintessential modern-day housewife, but she rocks torn jeans and heavy kohl liner like a champ. Then again, this is the girl who can also pull off sexy Japanese Lipton Santa.

See Miranda’s scandal-defying versatility in the images below.  

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Another Beautiful Cover from Vogue Ukraine, with Jessica Stam

Image: Models.com

Image: Models.com

Here's another beautiful cover from Vogue Ukraine, which has been wowing month after month since launching earlier this year. The black-and-white image shows Canadian model Jessica Stam (in the forums, MyNameIs points out that using non-Ukranian models on covers is a "good way to position the magazine as a relevant publication on the international scene") photographed in profile by Chad Pitman. The cover line reads, "Epoch of Elegance: Velvet, Leather, Floral Prints."

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Miley Cyrus Is Getting a $6,000 Numi Toilet (& I Want One Too)

Image: WENN.com & Kohler/Numi

Image: WENN.com & Kohler/Numi

In a profile about the Sony-contracted pop music producer, Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald), the New Yorker included this little soundbite from Miley Cyrus, who explains why the synthpop wizard owes her a state-of-the-art toilet: 

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Image: Screenshot

Actually, Kohler's Integrated Numi Toilet is priced at only $5,978, which means you could buy ten of them and it still wouldn't add up to the cost of a Saint Laurent embellished babydoll dress. And when you consider its streamlined design, motion-activated cover and advanced bidet functionality, the Numi toilet seems like a steal.

For anyone still questioning the true meaning of luxury: 

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Exclusive: See the Gorgeous Beauty Story from RUSSH Magazine’s Fall 2013 Issue

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Cover: HANA JIRICKOVA for RUSSH October/November 2013

For its October/November Issue, our friends at RUSSH turned their lens on fashion itself, hoping to catch a glimpse of where we are now and where we're going. Along that theme, the Australian fashion publication dedicated its beauty pages to exploring a key item from one of our leading fashion houses: a sheer latex skirt from Burberry's Fall 2013 collection, originally modeled by Cara Delevingne 

"Inspired by the tan latex skirt from Burberry Prorsum’s AW13 collection, our latest beauty story plays with transparency — what you show and what you don’t," the RUSSH team told us. "Makeup artist Victoria Baron works on summer skin with tones of burgundy and tan, matched with a dark lip." 

The editorial features model Liah Cecchellero, photographed by James Nelson (styling credits go to Billie Iveson, with hair by Diane Gorgievski), and includes beauty notes, so you can achieve the sleek, dramatic bronzed look at home. 

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Image: RUSSH Magazine

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