Model Citizen – Peter Lim

Born in Korea and based out of Toronto, Peter Lim has been living in Canada for the last 13 years. Now at 27 years of age and full of inspiration, this aspiring model is off to a great start. Peter recently walked the runway for our Novella pre-launch party, and was chosen to walk for a total of eight different designers during Toronto men’s fashion week.

How did you get into modelling?

I really started thinking about becoming a model exactly about 3 month ago when I met Rani Kim, one of the EMDA designers at TOM. We met through a good mutual friend of ours. Before I met Rani, I thought about being an entrepreneur in the fashion business, where I would like to assist people with choosing proper dresses and styles for certain occasions like social networking or New Year’s parties. However, my education was heavily in biology and chemical science, so I wasn’t sure about becoming a fashion stylist. It made more sense for me to become a model for more exposure to the fashion industry, gain some followers and develop a reputation for my style. But I still didn’t have a solid plan.

After I met Rani, she invited me over to various fashion shows such as Fashion Art Toronto, and Canadian Philippines Fashion Week. Through Rani, I was very fortunate to connect with Som Kong and Benji, where their styles also inspired me to walk for their collections as well as Rani’s.

Since then, I started to look into different venues and ways to get modelling experience. My first catwalk was with Novella fashion magazine for their pre-launch event.

What was your experience like walking in the very first Toronto men’s fashion week?

My experience as a walking model in the very first Toronto Men’s fashion week was quite amazing, as the organization put so much effort and time to make this happen in Toronto. Although my personal experience was amazing, there is definitely room for improvement in communication between the casting team and the models. It is understandable to have miscommunication and delays in the delivery of messages but it was not transparent and effective as there were numerous cases of re-castings and shortcoming notices for castings call. All this in mind, TOM was being hosted for the first time and I truly believe that this issue can be solved with more time and experience in the process of preparation with implementing better communication.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Oh god, I have too many hobbies and interests that I try to do in my spare time. I really enjoy weight training, playing guitar, reading novels (LOTR & Harry Potter are my favourites) and entrepreneurship books, collecting fashion style pictures using Tumblr, and Pinterest, playing sports with friends (both indoor and outdoor), shopping at malls, or Winners, listening to 80s and 90s music (I recently got into acid house and deep house scene), trying out new food/restaurants, walking my dog on the weekend, catching up with friends, studying basic French and Italian  –  that’s pretty much what I try to do during my free time! Of course not all of them in one day.

What are you currently listening to on your iPod?

My IPod is currently broken, so the most recent song I listened to was “When fire starts to burn” by Disclosure.

What words would you use to describe yourself?

I would describe myself as an energetic, optimistic, friendly, adventurous, spontaneous, hard-working, caring and overall fun person.

5 Instagram Accounts to Follow

With the popularization of selfies, social media is being used to cast models, promotional  and convey brand messaging. Instagram, the ever so popular social media platform, allows users to reach millions and share a glimpse of their lives all with just a click on their phone. Here’s our list of people we think you should add to your feed right now (in no particular order)…

Canadian blogger extraordinaire, Jay Strut gives you access to runway shows from his front row seat and jet setting life. @jaystrut, Followers 26K+

 

Triple-threat, Renee Thompson is a Toronto based singer, model and TV host diva of Soul House Music and Fashionista to the Grave. @runwayrenee, Followers: 1,290

 

Designer Thomas Balint, not only makes great clothes but posts great pictures to his brand’s instagram account as well. @thomasbalint, Followers: 1,388

 

Bloggers Cailli & Sam Beckerman instagram account chronicles the fashion twins’ fabulous life and loveable dogs. @beckermanblog, Followers: 140K+

 

Toronto artist, Andrew Lamb has turned our city’s weathered Neighborhood Watch art by adorning them with whimsical figures from pop culture. @dcmism, Followers: 6K+

ARTATTACK! An Auction In Support of Buddies In Bad Times Theatre

On November 6th, Buddies at Bad Times Theatre most outrageous fundraising event ARTATTACK is back with a remarkable line-up of Canadian artist curated by Chris Ironside to help the support of the largest and longest-running LGBT theatre in the world. This years list of amazing artists includes Charles Pachter, Stephen Andrews, Brendan Fernandes, Tristram Lansdowne, Sonja Scharf, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Kirsten McCrea, and Brian Rideout.

The silent auction features an amazing array of design treasures and cultural excursions from The Gladstone Hotel, The Canadian Opera Company, Hard Candy Fitness, and more.

The Rock Hudson Memorial Tuck Shop will be selling on of a kind art objects and limited edition prints.

This years fabulous event also includes a for one night only Andy Warhol’s Factory pre-party. Experience interactive art installations and view the auction collection while enjoying great food by Parts & Labour, tasty treats by Frostituion, and cocktails by Corby and Steamwhistle.

For tickets and more information, visit here

10 Standout Looks at World MasterCard Fashion Week S/S ’15 Collections

 

 

World MasterCard Fashion Week has come and gone once again, and while we are just gearing up for the impending Fall/Winter season, the runways this past week have us itching for Spring 2015.

Runway shows from Sid Neigum, Matthew Gallagher, Pink Tartan, and HD Homme made it hard for us to pick one look from their amazing collections at World MasterCard Fashion Week, but we managed. Check out 10 of our favorite standout looks in the gallery to also see looks from Mikael D, Malorie Urbanovitch, Mikhael Kale, Caitlin Power, Som Kong, and Brit Wacher.

Images by George Pimentel / Getty Images

Look Book – Mélissa Nepton

Just in time for fall, Mélissa Nepton reinvented herself with a couture collection inspired by 80s street fashion, mainly sport and pop culture silhouettes. Tailored in brocade, metallic and neoprene fabrics, Nepton revisits the famed decade with flare and savoir-faire. More than ever, Nepton explores fabric, texture and colours, while creating new forms in design.

Mélissa Nepton’s ready-to-wear fall/winter collection presents a rich mix of warm fabrics and woven textiles that are central to her highly stylized take on comfortable fashion. The designer demonstrates creative tailoring by innovating neck structures to exemplify her study in composition. Nepton also diversifies her collection with slouchy trousers, A-line skirts and fitted dresses that are accentuated with neoprene for an urban chic look.