SANDY LIANG SS18 Collection

In her 10th collection, Spring/Summer 2018, designer Sandy Liang continues to approach her brand’s downtown roots with new, playful interpretations of nostalgic narratives and elevated experimentation with shirting and all-year transitional outerwear.

Liang also introduces color-blocked oversize knit polos, floaty eyelet and lace paired with her hallmark statement leather jackets and neck-cozying shearling.

Piece by piece and collection by collection, Liang builds strong thorough lines in her clothes that reveal a consistent understanding of her girl, as well as the riffs and subversions that make her girl reminisce and smirk.

 

 

For more information on Sandy Liang and the designer’s ss18 collection visit WWW.SANDYLIANG.INFO

Six Standout Collections at London Fashion Week: Men’s

We are giving very little time to recoup after eating until our pants split and drinking way too much during New Year’s Eve before the madness of the many fashion kicks-off. London is the first stop to see what designers have in store for Fall 2018.  Here are several of the collections that stood out from the week.

Photo Credit: AITOR ROSÁS/WWD

Designer Samuel Ross took at the look at the juxtaposition of a raw and industrial worksite alongside a traditional art gallery for his fall 2018 collection.

The designer showcased both men’s and womenswear on the runway. For his men’s collection Ross experimented with fabrics by incorporating digitally printed wools and  technical nylons as well as leather.  The collection also included thermo-reactive nylons, exaggerated pockets and logos used as graphic details on jackets.

The womenswear pieces followed suit and included a sheer white button-down shirt worn with cargo pants with utility pockets and complemented the technical apparel for men.

Photo Credit: AITOR ROSÁS/WWD

Designer Edward Crutchley explored Western culture for his fall. The collection included  oversize silhouettes for both men and women and bold prints that featured a mixing people, animals and different shapes to create abstract patterns all seemed completely wearable and cool.

Photo Credit: Vogue Runway

One of fashion’s most innovative designers Hussein Chalayan drew inspiration from the tensions around immigrant. Chalayan was able to take a serious subject and created a collection of padded coats and raincoats, suiting, pants and shirts that are completely wearable

Photo Credit: Casely-Hayford

Designer Casely-Hayford trench coat cape is one of the items that I would be coveting for next fall. The collection offered elevated men’s staples including both slim and baggy trousers and sweatshirts that felt drew inspiration past but completely suitable for the modern man.

Wales Bonner continues to be one of Britain’s rising stars. One of few women designers doing menswear, Bonner continues to show why she was deserving of the LVMH Prize back in 2016. The collection mixed aspects of black male history and identity with creole sailors for fall 2018. Bonner continues to push the image of black masculinity from a women’s prospective.

Charles Jeffrey, winner of the Emerging Menswear Designer of the Year at the 2017 British Fashion Awards, knows how to put on a show. The designer showcased a promising mix of Britain club kid and queer eleganza. Jeffrey’s main inspiration for the collection came from The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World by the American clinical psychologist Alan Downs which he considers to be a must read.

 

HERON PRESTON “SHOW HOUSE” SS18 Collection

For Heron Preston’s second collection, the designer developed pieces with a subversive sense of humor. Preston dipped into his personal history to create a graphics-heavy, referential collection inspired by kitsch and fine art, from Jeff Koons’s ceramic sculptures to the designer’s own memories of paintings in display homes in the Northern California suburbs. This season also marks the debut of Heron Preston womenswear, presented alongside the men’s collection.

For more information Heron Preston, please visit the designer’s website here

Q Esthetics Laser Clinic: The Future of Skincare

TEXT: Alexander Sauve

Located in one of the most prestigious and stylish areas of Toronto, Q Esthetics Laser Clinic in Yorkville delivers premium skincare in a contemporary and modern atmosphere. Offering a variety of skin and laser treatments, Q Esthetics is a leader in its field due to its innovative treatments and procedures executed by its highly qualified team of skincare professionals.

My treatment began with a skin analysis to detect any possible signs of photodamage beneath the skin’s surface. Being of a certain age, I wasn’t overly surprised to find that my skin indeed had a few age spots and wrinkles beginning to form just underneath the surface. Word to the wise — never tan and stay out of the sun.

After the skin analysis my skin was cleansed and prepped for the next stage of the treatment — a SilkPeel. A SilkPeel Dermalinfusion is a very light, non-invasive procedure that provides gentle exfoliation, while adding skin specific ingredients back into the skin for a healthier complexion.

There are three formulas of SilkPeels available and each is tailor-made to treat your skin’s individual needs in a variety of ways. For acne prone skin, there is the Clarifying SilkPeel, which promotes faster cell turnover through gentle exfoliation, while unclogging dirt and debris from the pores, revealing a clearer, more manageable complexion.

The hydrating SilkPeel deeply nourishes the skin with Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is often used to treat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving overall tone and texture to the complexion. This peel is often used to treat skin that is dry and in need of deep hydration and moisture.

Due to my skin’s penchant for being overly dry during the winter months (most often resembling the Sahara Desert), my SilkPeel was infused with a Vitamin C Solution. Vitamin C helps to brighten and tone tired looking skin while working as a secondary defense against further sun damage. Environmental stress, or just stress in general, along with pollutants and regular facial aging can wreck havoc on the complexion.

A derivative of Vitamin E is added to the QMAX Facial to help protect the complexion from any further photodamage, while improving the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and facial scarring. Aloe is used to further hydrate the skin, while Allantoin and Dipotassium soothes and calms the skin.

The last part of treatment was out of this world. My face was pampered with a laser procedure for 30 minutes. Various light pulses worked deeply to penetrate beneath my skin’s surface to tackle and/or destroy any complexion imperfections that may be en route to the skin’s surface. After the laser treatment, my skin was treated to various creams and serums to hydrate my skin.

Without hesitation, I would argue that this is one of the best facials currently available on the market. After just one treatment, the results were immediate. My complexion is clearer, brighter, and more even in tone. Fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration have been virtually erased and smoothed away, while my overall facial volume has been restored.

By now, you’re most likely wondering how much this anti-aging wonder will set you back. A facial of this caliber does not usually come inexpensive and will set you back $325 before taxes. But it’s well worth it. If you’re looking to knock off a couple of years. At Q Esthetics it’s not just about how you look, but how you feel.

Conveniently located in three locations: 38 Bellair Street (Yorkville) in Toronto, 802 Sutherland Rd in Mississauga and 800 Steeles Ave West in Thornhill. Further information can be found online at www.qesthetics.com

5 Style Resolutions for a Better 2018

TEXT: Peter Minkoff

It seems that that 2018 can’t arrive soon enough, what with all the bad things that have happened to the world in 2017. Every new year fills us with hope that once the sun rises on January 1st, we can get a clean slate and are able to start fresh. In order to do so, many of us still put pen to paper (or open the notes app on our phones) and create a list of all the things we’re going to change. Most of them we don’t stick to, but the more items we put, the likelier it is that we will do some of them.

Now, as awful as the year has been in many aspects, it has been a fantastic year for fashion and the runways have given us plenty of food for thought. Life is too short to stick to the same styles, and one of the best traits of the millennial generation is their refusal to conform. They mix, match and experiment with not only different cuts, patterns, textures, but also aren’t afraid of putting diametrically opposing styles into a single outfit. This year, be that level of fierce, and make sure that at least a few of these style resolutions find their way to your wardrobe.

Say Yes to Plaid

Plaid is one of the most interesting, but, for a long time, under-appreciated patterns out there. However, this pattern is a total chameleon. Why? Because it’s conspicuous, which makes it incredibly suitable for statement pieces, but still subdued enough that you can mix and match it with different patterns as well as with basics. The best part is, it looks amazing on both men and women. If you’re not sure which plaid piece to add to your wardrobe this year, a double-breasted blazer is a great way to start, although it’s a tough call since plaid pants look ultra-sophisticated yet relaxed at the same time. So, when in doubt, go for both.

Don’t Beat It, Join It

By now, it is obvious that athleisure isn’t going anywhere. The trend turned lifestyle has even made it into the official dictionaries. So, yes, it is here to stay. Some have been fighting it, but why should you keep fighting? Athleisure is all about stylish convenience, comfort, and versatility, and there is absolutely no need to shun it: Embrace it already. Start with a great pair of Adidas Gazelle sneakers — a brand like this is always a good way to go — and once you go down the athleisure rabbit hole, before you know it, you’ll be wearing your pressed button-downs with hoodies and track pants with polished blazers. Give it a try — once you go athleisure, you just might never go back.

A Show of Support

One of the resolutions that will combine your love of fashion with your social-awareness is going local. By this we mean shopping from small designers and local shops. This way, not only will you be helping local economy, but you will also allow young artist and visionaries to be more visible. It’s not just noble, it’s good for the evolution of your style. New designers and small brands offer pieces that you won’t see on everyone else. Plus, they have insanely innovative and unique designs that are bound to help you step up your style game and assert your individuality.

Show No Fear

Most people never experience the joy that comes with playing with different colors, and that’s a damn shame. Fashion is supposed to be playful, it’s supposed to bring joy and fun. So stop perceiving clothes as purely utilitarian and actually start having some fun with them. Try colors you haven’t dared to try before. Who knows, you might actually end up discovering that you ‘pop’ in colors you never even dreamed of putting on your body. After all, it’s not like a chemical experiment, so even if you fail a few times, what’s the harm? At least you dared to step out of your comfort zone.

That Being Said…

Most of the times the sentence ‘I have nothing to wear’ comes as a result of having too many options that clash with one another. Statement pieces are amazing, they are the cherry on top of the sundae of each outfit; they tell a story. But if you layer too many at the same time, they will cancel each other out and create a busy hot mess. Therefore, it’s paramount that you take the time to go shopping for some quality basics (emphasis on both quality and basics). While statement ones are the cherry, basics are the pillar of every outfit, and once you have enough you will never be pegged with the question, ‘What do I wear today?’ ever again. Shop for simple tees and sweaters in neutral hues, dark jeans, simple outerwear. This is the foundation, and you should never forget it. After all, you can’t eat the cherry on top without the sundae, right?

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