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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Four Simple Holiday Cocktail Recipes

With Christmas just days away, Here are some simple recipes or tips and tricks to carry you through the holidays and NYE.

Bright yellow alcohol cocktail garnished with rosemary and cinnamon set on fire on black background

Something About Christmas 

1.5 oz. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye

0.5 oz. Amaro

1.0 oz. Cinnamon Honey Syrup

0.75 oz. Fresh Lemon

Muddled rosemary

Garnish with toasted rosemary and cinnamon stick

Pour cinnamon honey into a shaker tin and gently muddle it with the rosemary. Add all other ingredients and ice. Shake to dilution and double strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.

French 75 

2 oz Death’s Door Gin

1 tsp Simple Syrup

0.5 oz. Lemon Juice

5 oz Champagne (or sparkling wine)

Add all ingredients except the champagne into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a champagne flute.  Top with champagne and garnish with a lemon zest.

Mulled wine with spices and christmas decoration on wooden background

Uncle Jack’s House

1.5 oz. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye

0.5 oz. Herradura Reposado Tequila

0.5 oz. Earl Grey tea / Passion fruit/ Orange sports drink reduction

3 oz. Tropical Blend Juice

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Top with Ginger Beer

Add all ingredients and ice into a shaker tin, shake and pour into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer.

Jackoriander 

1.5 oz. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye

2 oz. Apple juice

0.5 oz. Passion fruit syrup

0.75 oz. Lemon juice

Fresh Cilantro

Ginger ale

Pour passion fruit syrup (available at specialty grocery stores) into a shaker tin and gently muddle it with the cilantro. Add ice and all other ingredients except ginger ale. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale.

Best & Worst Fashion Moments of 2017

Like everything else this year, fashion had its ups and downs. On the one hand, we had some very interesting moments worth all the celebration in the world. However, there were far too many downs than ups this year, what with the death of an icon, the celebration of utterly forgettable collections and designers, and the spewing out of horrible trends. The fashion world felt like a rollercoaster this year, and not a very fun one to be completely honest. Here’s hoping 2018 turns the fashion world around and gives us all something worth cheering about.

One of this year’s great fashion moments had to be when the original Supermodels Naomi, Claudia, Cindy, Carla, and Helena closed the Versace ss18 show which paid tribute to the late Gianni Versace. Seeing these legends together on the runway again gave us life! – Drew Brown, Editor-in-Chief

Christopher Kane and Demna Gavasalia at Balenciaga trying to make fashionable a thing is definitely my pick for worst fashion moment of 2017. If you are not a doctor or chef, then crocs should never be worn no matter the price tag or designer attached to them. – Drew Brown, Editor-in Chief

In 2017, Monnaie de Paris presents a series of Face Value Coins depicting France seen by Jean Paul Gaultier. In the collection named “France by Jean Paul Gaultier”, the cities, the provinces or the regions are seen through the eyes of the French fashion designer and are presented on silver and gold coins of 10, 50 and 200 euros. Aurore Evee, Fashion Contributor

(Photo by WWD/REX/Shutterstock) Naomi Campbell closing Azzedine Alaïa Couture Fall 2017.

The fashion world was dealt a major blow this year with the death of beloved designer Azzedine Alaïa in November. While the entirety of Mr Alaïa’s career needs to be celebrated, I want to give a nod to his Fall 2017 Couture collection, which was shown this past summer. It had been six years since the designer’s last couture show, and he delivered hugely on high expectations. The collection could serve as a representation of Alaïa signatures: the presence of the incomparable Naomi Campbell, clear examples of the designer’s skills with balance and weight and the sheer beauty of the clothes: each serving as a love letter to the female form. Mr Alaïa, you will be missed, but thank you for leaving us with one last show. Natasha Grodzinski, Contributor

Photo: The Fashion Awards

It seems that today’s luxury fashion consumer and fashion industry pros have both taken a liking to the idea of ever-changing trends, rather than solidified and long lasting style. It seems everyone is losing their minds over the constant pumping out of trends that’s become synonymous with high fashion in the last two years. Instead of celebrating forward-thinking designers who create garments meant to last and inspire, the fashion world has become infatuated with the stunts, shenanigans, and the smoke and mirrors of some designers who consistently throw together collections for the sake of shock value (ahem… Vetements) rather than fashion and art. This new found infatuation with fast luxury fashion has become so ingrained in today’s fashion world that many of the “trendwear” designers that have sprung up over the last 3-4 years are now being hailed as geniuses and being heavily rewarded for their work. While true artists are looked over far too often. However, there is hope. Earlier this month, fashion’s wunderkind Jonathan Anderson took home two awards at this year’s Fashion Awards celebration. Anderson was awarded Accessories Designer of the Year for Loewe and British Womenswear Designer of the Year for J.W Anderson, which was both well deserved and well earned. Hopefully, Jonathan’s recognition, as well as the recognition and awards that were given to designers Raf Simons and Stella McCartney may be a sign that fashion is slowly starting to veer away from the spectacle of trendwear and finally get back on track to celebrating strong, lasting fashion. – Christopher Zaghi, Fashion Editor

Photo: My Shoe Bazar

With the all that good that comes with fashion, there is an immense amount things can just become the absolute worst. A good example of this is sock heels. It seems every designer and their grandmother felt like designing some type of sock heel for their collections. It was as if you couldn’t get away from them. The cam with block heels, round heels, lucite heels; they came in denim and stretch lame. They came in ankle length variations, thigh high, and even as pants/boots. The options were endless, but no matter how well they were made or how cheaply they were made (I’m looking at you DIY lovers who cut holes in Nike socks…) the sock heel is by far one of the ugliest creations to gain prominence in 2017. Please make it stop. And that’s all that needs to be said about these abominations. – Christopher Zaghi, Fashion Editor