Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: Sept 17-23

Fashion books at BMV, Bloor and Brunswick, September 16, 2014
Fashion books at BMV, Bloor and Brunswick, September 16, 2014

How do you know you’re a grad student? When you realize at 7pm that you’ve been wearing your leggings backwards all day. I sat through two classes and dinner at the Bier Markt before realizing this. Yes, even the stylish make the occasional fashion faux pas.

While I love grad school, I wish I wasn’t so busy because this week is full of fun fashion events! The Women in Clothes book launch at gravitypope includes a storytelling twist on a clothing swap, while the Politics of Fashion/Fashion of Politics exhibition opens on Wednesday with a cool soirée at the Design Exchange. For those who want to get their learning on, George Brown’s Evolution of Fashion class starts this week, while the ROM is hosting a lecture by Patricia Harris, a founding member of the Friends of Textiles & Costume. Finally, the JCMH Music Festival Flea Market caps this busy week off with vintage clothing and other goodies to be found.

Oh, and in case you haven’t notice, it’s freezing in Toronto! Last week I went from wearing a sundress with sandals to bundling up in a trench coat over a long skirt, boots, tights and button-down shirt. Dressing for Canadian weather is a constant challenge but I say bring it on, Mother Nature! My inbox has been filling up with fall fashion imagery from all the shops, and I’m feeling particularly inspired by this look from Anthropologie.

Anthropologie fall 2014 look
Anthropologie fall 2014 look

Quick style tip: skip the polyester and go for a skirt that’s wool or wool blend. It’s like wearing a stylish blanket, and extra-snug when paired with leggings and tall boots for when the weather really drops down. I’ve seen lots of knee-length skirts at second-hand shops for a fraction of the price of this one, which isn’t even lined. Cheap fashion at high prices; now that’s a major faux pas!

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Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: Sept 10-16

Display at the Fashion Follows Form exhibition, Royal Ontario Museum, August 21, 2014
Display at the Fashion Follows Form exhibition, Royal Ontario Museum, August 21, 2014

West Queen West must be feeling especially cool this week. According to Vogue US, it is among the 15 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World, alongside Canal Saint-Martin in Paris, Bushwick in New York City, and Tiong Bahru in Singapore. Although the criteria isn’t exactly clear, I’ve attempted to decode Vogue’s fashion speak. I think it is based on the neighborhoods that best embody the “new street style,” which steps away from attention-grabbing getups and moves towards a more utilitarian, practical but still hip look. Whatever that means, we’ll take it. Heck yeah Toronto!

It’s a quiet week for fashion events because really, who wants to compete with TIFF. Although personally, I’d pick the runway over the silver screen any day. However, the coming weeks are chock full of stylish goodness! Take a look at the list of upcoming events below and start making space in your calendar. To help you out, I’ve listed my top three picks for the rest of September:

  1. Women in Clothes: A Conversation. A Clothing Swap. A Book Launch, gravitypope (1010 Queen Street West), September 18, 7-9pm
  2. Politics of Fashion/Fashion of Politics (guest curated by Jeanne Beker), Design Exchange, September 18, 2014 – January 25, 2015
  3. Etsy: Made in Canada Day, MaRS building (101 College Street), September 27, 10am-4pm

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Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: Sept 2-9

Louis Vuitton bag and Converse high tops, St-George subway station, August 4, 2014

Toronto lovelies, it’s that time of the year again when we put away our shorts, bid summer a fond farewell and gear up for another year of … the Toronto International Film Festival!  TIFF is starting up this Thursday and it’ll be 10 days of red carpets, film screenings, and walking around Yorkville in dark shades, pretending to be a celebrity. I do not have your gala invite (or mine, for that matter) but Trove and Hush Puppies are co-hosting an event with free manicures and a chance to win tickets to the TIFF pre-festival soiree! Plus you can scope out the new Hush Puppies collection, which includes cuties like the Mindset Chukka and the Erike Lonna. Nothing like a fun and practical bootie to warm up the Canadian fall/winter season.

Hush Puppies Mindset Chukka - Black
Hush Puppies Mindset Chukka – Black

 

Hush Puppies Erike Lonna - Black
Hush Puppies Erike Lonna – Black

The big fashion to-do this week has got to be INLAND. INLAND is brand new event in the form of a shopping marketplace with clothing and accessories for men and women from over 80 Canadian designers whose collections are all made in Canada. Sounds like a True North fashion lover’s dream! Unfortunately I’ll be out-of-town this weekend, but let me know what sweet scores and new designers you discover if you go!

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Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: August 26-September 1

Bata Shoe Museum, Bloor and St-George, August 6, 2014
Bata Shoe Museum, Bloor and St-George, August 6, 2014

If you were planning to check out Fashioning the Intangible: the conceptual clothing of Ying Gao or To See & Be Seen: T-Shirts from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives at the Textile Museum, this week is your last chance! Both exhibits close on Monday. Ying Gao just presented her spring/summer 2015 collection at the Festival Mode & Design Montreal. Her interactive, futuristic clothes are amazing! Just look at her (no)where (now)here dresses in action below. Want to go to the exhibit but trying to save some dough? Here’s a tip: the Toronto Public Library offers free passes to the Textile Museum and other Toronto attractions through the Museum + Arts Pass (MAP) program. Find a branch that offers a pass for your desired destination and check it out with your library card.

Also this week is Curated Style first-ever pop-up shop and social! To celebrate the launch of my blog, I will be hosting the event which will include drinks, free samples, second-hand clothing and accessories for sale, and more! Sorry kids; I wish I could invite everyone but this is a private event as it will be chez moi. But I will be posting pictures of the event and looking for public venues to hold future events, so stay tuned!

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  • event: 11 Wellesley Market, 11 Wellesley Street West, August 29, 11am-4pm
  • event: Curated Style Pop Up Shop and Social, downtown Toronto (private event), August 30, 11am-8pm

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Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: August 19-25

Toronto is a lovely city, but some weekends call for a day trip! Me and the lovely gals from Real Life Real Eats (a fun, local food Instagram) hit the road in search of farmers markets, antiques and fashion! Delicious pies were consumed, old treasures were found, and a fashion exhibit was explored. If you are ever in Kitchener, I suggest a stop at the Waterloo Region Museum. Housed in an impressive building, the museum is home to Street Style, an exhibit co-presented by the Fashion History Museum. The exhibition displays fashion from the mid 19th century to today, making connections with architectural trends in the Waterloo region. I put together a little slideshow with highlights from the museum’s collection and Street Style. Oh and be sure to watch the video above, which was featured in the exhibit!

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In other news, Cycle 21 of America’s Next Top Model debuted this week! ANTM is definitely my guilty pleasure. Normally this has nothing to do with Toronto (R.I.P. Canada’s Next Top Model) but one contestant is from the good ol’ Tdot! She’s gorgeous and seems pretty cool. All the best to her this season!

If reality television is not your bag, you might want to check out the new Yves Saint Laurent movie. Released on August 15, this movie is playing at one theatre in Toronto and has English subtitles, so it might not be available for long! Go soon if you want to see it on the big screen. And how lovely is the movie poster?! I’d love to have a copy to hang in my future office.

Yves Saint Laurent movie poster
Yves Saint Laurent movie poster

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Local Love: TC Vintage Addiction

I spy with my little eye ...
I spy with my little eye … TC Vintage Addiction, Yonge and Charles, August 13, 2014

Basic rule of life: when you see a vintage shop painted pink with white polka-dots, you go in, even if you, like me, are not a girly girl. Especially if said shop is located above a store selling bongs and payday loans, because then you know its got character!

TC Vintage Addiction is new to the Toronto second-hand scene and sells “vintage with a modern flare.” Located on Yonge street just north of Charles, this brand new shop is fully stocked with vintage and contemporary finds. Store owners Terry and Christine have amassed an impressive collection of clothing and accessories from every possible decade. There’s everything from a 19th century beaver top hat to a 1950s wiggle dress to a ’90s pouffy prom dress. It’s clearly a labour of love for Terry and Christine, as they pull out favourites and speak fondly of where they found it and who owned it before. The formerly white rope handles on a Louis Vuitton bag had turned a pale sand colour because the previous owner had used it as her beach bag! Terry kept the brooch on an early 20th century coat that had been added by a wearer as he liked the look of it, even though it wasn’t originally part of the garment.

1950s outfit styled by Christine
1950s wiggle dress styled by Christine

Terry and Christine have put a ton of work into this new location (their first is around the Danforth and specializes in furniture) and it shows!  Chandeliers glint from the ceiling and old-school art, vintage lamps, and throwback photographs can be found throughout the store. The dressing rooms were my favourite feature, with plush Chanel logo carpets and purple brocade curtains. The aforementioned polka-dot exterior paint job was their doing; apparently the landlord wasn’t too fond of it but had given them carte blanche. It’s definitely eye-catching and injects that stretch of Yonge (which includes an odd mix of Spring Rolls, the Brass Rail and Kitchen Stuff Plus) with some much needed fashionable flair.

you definitely want to visit
Inside TC Vintage Addiction. You know you want to shop here!

Their selection is amazing and the best thing is what you don’t notice; the shop is refreshingly free of the musky smells usually associated with second-hand shops. Every piece is cleaned before it comes out on the floor. They take pride in keeping a beautiful and tidy store.

My TC Vintage Addiction picks? The long 1910s wool coat would be perfect with dresses for fall (or even now, with this cold weather!), the Vince Camuto graphic print heels are fun, and the green leather skirt would be a great addition to any closet. And I may have to return for the Betsey Johnson bulldog key chain, an uncharacteristic girlie touch for me.

my shoe crush: Vince Camuto heels
My shoe crush: Vince Camuto graphic print heels

Put TC Vintage Addiction on your must-shop list. I know I’ll be back for a few lovely treasures. One visit and I’m sure you’ll be hooked too!

 

TC Vintage Addiction is located at 685 Yonge Street on the 2nd floor, north of Charles street. Please note that at the time this post was published, their site was not updated with their new location.

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: August 12-18

Lulu & Lolie clothing rack, Harbourfront Centre, August 3, 2014
Lulu & Lolie vintage clothing rack, Harbourfront Centre, August 3, 2014

Fresh Collective fans, August is a stellar month for you! A collective of three Toronto boutiques specializing in woman’s wear by local designers, Fresh has announced three events happening this month. First up? Tea Time with Terri-Leigh! Hosted by the adorable Terri-Leigh, tea, treats, discounts and deals await you every Monday in August from 4-7pm. So if you’re one of those lucky bunnies with a free Monday, hop on over to their Kensington Market location. First time Fresh visitor? TRY to resist their amazing selection of dresses! I kid you not. I’m a lady who loves her dresses. I saw this Annie 50 dress on the Fresh website and am in love!

Annie 50 Fall/Winter 2014-2015 dress (source: http://the-booklet.com/look-annie-50-flying-through-the-clouds/)
Annie 50 Fall/Winter 2014-2015 dress (source: http://the-booklet.com/look-annie-50-flying-through-the-clouds/)

If you’re looking for something a little different but still sartorial, check out FASHION: A Night of Live Storytelling. WORN Fashion Journal and Racounteurs Storytelling are inviting people to share their stories about what clothing means to them. The criteria? All stories must be true, have happened to the teller, and be 7-10 mins long. More details can be found at the event link. Oh, if you’re reading this, I’m sure you have a few style stories to tell. I would talk about my collection of concert t-shirts; each one comes with a fun anecdote! They are currently sitting at the bottom of my closet, waiting to be made into a patchwork quilt. One day you WILL happen, quilt, one day.

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Out and About: The Leslieville Flea

Display of shoes for sale at the Leslieville Flea, Harbourfront Centre, August 3, 2014
Display of shoes for sale at the Leslieville Flea, Harbourfront Centre, August 3, 2014

Sunday was my first ever visit to the Leslieville Flea. The Flea runs twice a month throughout the summer and early fall, alternating between two sites. This one was at Harbourfront Centre, right in front of Power Plant. It’s a fun place to browse vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and, of course, fashion! 

There were many treasures to discover! Here are a few of my picks, in no particular order.

  1. Paracita:  Paracita is a collaboration between two artists who make gorgeous clothing using a Japanese tie-dying technique called shibori. I especially loved the shape of the trapeze tops with the rounded open backs. I would wear their stuff in a snap. They are officially on my radar and wish list!

    Paracita shibori tops, Leslieville Flea, August 3, 2014
    Paracita shibori tops
  2. Casa Lovina: Angelique of Casa Lovina had the globe-trotting bohemian look down with her selection of clothing and accessories. I was eyeing a teal hamsa print top and a white slit back trapeze top. Also, check out the Aztec Bib necklace!

    Aztec Bib Necklace at Casa Lovina
    Aztec Bib Necklace at Casa Lovina
  3. snkrbox: I’m no sneakerhead (although I love my Converse!) but the colourful kicks of snkrbox caught my eye. Jason Burke is the Trend Director of snkrbox which is an online shop and blog. His blog is worth a browse. The man’s got style!

    Bright sneakers at SNKRBX
    Bright sneakers at snkrbox
  4. Revolucion Jewelry: If you like your jewelry big, bright, and bold, Revolucion Jewelry is right up your alley! Abby Eugenio has got a great eye for picking pieces and displayed her wares beautifully, with an inspiration board display and mexican skulls. One of her biggest inspirations is Frida Kahlo.

    Revolucion Jewelry's inspiration/display board
    Revolucion Jewelry’s inspiration/display board
  5. PRINTVINTAGE: A popular vintage clothing shop on College and Ossington, PRINTVINTAGE brought two racks of gorgeous clothes to the Flea and shared a space with snrkbox. They also have a great Etsy shop. I’m digging their LOVE ring based on Robert Indiana’s famous image and sculpture.

    Cute dress at Printvintage
    Cute dress at PRINTVINTAGE
  6. Muizee: And finally, Muizee offers some adorable and affordable jewelry from different designers. Being a fan of bold jewelry, I zeroed in on the colourful geometric triangle necklace. For those who prefer more delicate pieces, there was no lack of dainty charms in the shape of wishbones, origami cranes, and storm clouds.

    Silver necklaces at Muizee
    Silver necklaces at Muizee

The next Leslieville Flea is on Sunday, August 17 at the Ashbridge Estate. Check out more photos below from this Flea one and get inspired for your next fashion treasure hunt!

 

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar

Hello Kitty coin purse in Guess handbag, July 31, 2014
Hello Kitty coin purse in Guess handbag, July 31, 2014

Fashion lovers, here’s a tip. If you’re going out to an arena concert or big outdoor show, remember when packing your cute crossbody or canvas tote that security will probably ask to look inside your bag before letting you in. I forgot this and proceeded to turn a bright red when a nice security guard at the ACC complimented my bag, then asked to see inside. Does it get any girlier than a Hello Kitty change purse (see pic above)?! I don’t think so. Any semblance of being a cool, mature woman was bust. He laughed, I blushed. But it was a cute moment.

When I’m not randomly exposing my love for Hello Kitty, I’m usually at a museum. Today was a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum for The Forbidden City exhibition which turned out to be surprisingly fashionable. The exhibition features artifacts from the world’s largest imperial place, located in Beijing, that now serves as a museum. Among the stunning treasures were gorgeous embroidered silk robes, a silk and sable riding jacket, jeweled hairpins, fierce ceremonial armour, silk military rank badges, and an empress’s court boots. Personal highlights were a pair of intricate nail guards (women of the court would grow their nails up to 15 cm long!), a dark blue silk informal sleeveless coat (kanjian) carefully embroidered with gold thread, and one of the Twelve Beauties paintings featuring a Beauty sewing by candlelight. Also, fun fact: when Empress Dowager Cixi would approve a robe design, it could take up to 450 craftsmen to create it! Yes, that’s four hundred and fifty. Not a typo. The Forbidden City is on display till September 1st, so get to the ROM soon! Unfortunately photography is not allowed, but I have to share this photo from the ROM’s website of silk robe made for a dog. Yep, even the dogs were styling.

Imperial silk dog robe, Royal Ontario Museum, August 5, 2014 (source: http://www.rom.on.ca/en/forbidden-city/view-the-treasures)
Imperial silk dog robe, The Forbidden City exhibition, Royal Ontario Museum. (source: http://www.rom.on.ca/en/forbidden-city/view-the-treasures)

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Out and About: Jack White Concert

Calvin Klein heeled sandals paired with MAC “Something About Pink” nail polish
Posing in the street, St-George and Bernard, July 31, 2014 (photo by Mark Orchard)

Jack White played the ACC last night. It was my first arena show in a long while!

Concert dressing has always been funny for me. In my twenties, I wanted to project this image of being part of the scene. I’d wear my ‘rock’ outfit, usually jeans, a dark, fitted, sleeveless tank, some chunky jewelry, and dark eyeliner. Or for a ska show, I’d do low-slung skater pants, a white tank, and a studded leather arm cuff. That’s changed. In my thirties, a concert or any other event is an awesome excuse to bust out my fancier duds and just have fun with whatever I feel like wearing.

Jack White, Air Canada Centre, July 31, 2014 (photo by David James Swanson http://jackwhiteiii.com/live-photos/)
Jack White, Air Canada Centre, July 31, 2014 (photo by David James Swanson http://jackwhiteiii.com/live-photos/)

So for Jack White, I dressed up. I admire his carefully styled aesthetic. He’s a genius musician but also understands the importance of the visual. His style, the stage, the merch … everything was crafted to a T. He even wore a pin stripped suit with suspenders on stage! Thus, in honour of the bluegrass influences in his music and pulled together look, I debuted my new Sarah Ball shirtdress. This is one of my recent and current favourite second-hand finds. It’s from a 2012 collaboration between Anthropologie and American photographer Sarah Ball featuring three garments with Ball’s work printed on the fabric. I snapped it up at the Kind Exchange in the Annex for about 1/10th of its original price.

Sarah Ball for Anthropologie shirtdress (source: http://styleandcheek.com/2012/05/25/pretty-in-prints/)
Sarah Ball and Anthropologie shirtdress (source: http://styleandcheek.com/2012/05/25/pretty-in-prints/)

Actually, my whole outfit is from the Kind Exchange (or KX for short)! The cute Guess handbag is also from the Annex location and I found those comfortable Calvin Klein heeled sandals at Queen and Bathurst. The KX has upped my style game this year. But I’ll talk more about them in a future post.

Dress: Sarah Ball for Anthropologie Bag: Guess Shoes: Calvin Klein. All items are from various Kind Exchange locations
Dress: Sarah Ball for Anthropologie, Bag: Guess, Shoes: Calvin Klein. All items are from various Kind Exchange locations. (photo by Mark Orchard)