Top 10 Instagram Moments: Winter in Toronto

We collected Toronto’s best winter moments. Our snowiest days in the city were snapped by the locals this holiday season. Here are the top 10 captures.

 

1. @sincerelyanam

 

2. @marilimabarros

 

3. @staffordable_blog

 

4. @soteeoh

 

5. @mindz.eye

 

6. @juluminate

 

7. @kozbe.jpg

 

8. @bofajardo

 

9. @riyazn

 

10. @celiafdezcarnicero

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Model Citizen: Caylen Walker

Toronto born and raised, Caylen Walker is a lovable character behind her straight model face. Having been in front of the camera since the age of fifteen, her love for modelling and the creative minds in fashion inspire her to further her career in the industry. While she’s a full-time linguistics student at Western University, she’s managed to fly out of London, Ontario to New York for castings, then back to school during Freshman Week all in one day — she says she wouldn’t give up modelling for anything.

How did you get into modelling?
I got into modelling when I was fifteen. It was something I wouldn’t have considered before, but I was getting scouted on the streets in downtown Toronto. Also, my mom was scouted as a teenager by Elmer Olsen who didn’t have an agency at the time, so she never pursued modelling. After a few instances of getting scouted on the streets, my mom took me to Elmer Olsen who is now my agent, and that’s how it all started.

What has been your favourite modelling job to date?
After a year of training, I got to be a model for a Marc by Marc Jacobs launch presentation hosted by the Beckerman sisters, the week I was finally legal to work. It definitely wasn’t a huge job, but it made it very real for me that I was a model so I’ll always remember it.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I’m busy studying at the moment for finals, but you can find me watching whole seasons of shows or live streaming shows during fashion weeks. I’m also really into yoga and running.

What are the key pieces in your wardrobe?
I like versatile monochrome pieces and denim.

What does modelling mean to you and what impact has it had on you?
Modelling has its fair share of negative reputation in the media, but it’s had a very positive impact on me. Many people warned me that modelling would have an unhealthy impact on my self esteem, but I’m happy that it’s had the total opposite effect. I’m more confident now through modelling, and this attitude translates directly into my everyday life. The people I work with in the industry are so creative and have opened me up to a field that I never knew existed before. I wouldn’t trade my job for anything, because it’s been such a good learning experience — more so than a job.

What has surprised you the most working as a model?
I don’t usually tell people overtly that I’m a model, but when I do, I find that I’m automatically stereotyped to be a snobby person in the fashion industry, which is not the case. I’ve also surprised myself through modelling, finding out how much I liked it.

How do you stay engaged in fashion?
I don’t get to model as often during the school year since I’m based in London, Ontario, but I stay engaged as much as possible through the Fashion and Lifestyle Society and Volta Magazine here at Western University. It’s my little piece of the fashion world here, surrounding myself with creative people and those who love the industry. It’s been my everything. I love getting involved in the behind-the-scenes action for Volta Magazine and to stand on the different side of production.

Who inspires you?
My agent Elmer Olsen because he’s the parent in my industry since my path starting at fifteen and up until now where we’re working to turn it into a real career for me. Their support has been unbelievable.

What are you currently listening to?
The Lumineers, because I bought their concert ticket!

What would surprise people about you?
I’m a pretty good rapper.

Fill in the blank. I can’t live without___.
Chocolate and lipstick.

What is your dream?
I want to make a name for myself. I don’t want to be the Karlie Kloss or Gigi Hadid, but I want to be successful because I love modelling so much. I want to walk for Calvin Klein — I would feel fulfilled the day I’m on the Calvin Klein runway. I was actually on hold for their Paris as well as Christian Dior after going to castings in New York last year, so I’m halfway there!

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Seoul Fashion Week Street Style Report

via GQ
via GQ

The four fashion capitals brought forward the first of spring / summer ’17 collections, and we turn to Asia for a refresher. This time, we head over to Seoul to view a contrasting mix of the capital’s fast-growing, rapid cycle of street fashion. Seoul’s rebellious, youth-driven outfits shined outside the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. It’s Zaha Hadid’s architectural masterpiece also known as “the silver spaceship”, and the home base for Seoul Fashion Week. On the streets, simplicity and comfort seemed to be at the heart of Seoul’s style secrets, but this did not translate into monotone looks. Rather, attendees and models off the runway were fully immersed in what encapsulated their eclectic, stylistic lingo.

The fashion scene in Korea is one dizzying scene. Religiously influenced by their rapid pace of technology and the entertainment industry’s fast shifting trends, consumers are conditioned to demand for fresh flows of collections on a just-in-time basis. Online retailers house flashing images, and streets are filled with low price-tag replicas, all mirroring this craze for immediacy and one-upping the past. This extreme culture of Seoul’s fashion scene even caught the attention of Vetements’ Gvasalia duo prior to the kick-off of Seoul Fashion Week this season. Holding their first ever garage sale in the rural outskirts of the capital, the capsule collection titled Official Fake held a 5-hour cult crowd frenzy at their “secret location”. The French label’s best-selling pieces were remixed into “real fakes,” as its attempt to tackle the dominant replica market, and it was only a matter of minutes before their collaboration Reebok sneakers, raincoats, and logo hoodies were swept up by campers who took this opportunity to get their hands on the collection very seriously. It was no mistake that Vetements recognized Seoul as a major street-style crazed market, and debuted exclusive pieces for the crowd. Because what they brought out was ready-to-wear on the go, just like Seoul enjoys it.

It’s only a matter of time to see what this city pushes to innovate in the upcoming seasons. A strive for growth is evident with the simultaneous tendency for extreme connectivity and disconnect with the international coverage that’s gaining momentum. There is a notable perspective of independence to take away from Seoul’s street fashion. Although known for its trend-centred culture, fashion in Seoul added a fresh insight. Mismatched patterns and impromptu accessorizing habits were seen all week, staging their energetic, electrifying originality above all. Here are the chosen ones.

Seoul-Styling

Embroidery on silks and traditional dresses- it’s a common sight in this city but it’s not to be missed.

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via Vogue
via Vogue
via Vogue

 

Hats On

Bad hair day or not, the love for hats return in the fall.

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via @streetper
via Vogue Paris
via Vogue Paris
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via Vogue

 

Stripes & Vibes

Stripes were Seoul’s absolute favourite print.

via @haenasong
via @jieonis
via Phil Oh
via @mrstreetpeeper
via @jungmu_
via @jungmu_

Comfort Code: Duo

Coordinated or not, we will never know. These duos reflect comfy-chic.

via @jihye_o3o
via @jihye_o3o
via @fukuroupapi
via @fukuroupapi
via @fukuroupapi
via @fukuroupapi

Baby Soul

Shine on, little style stars.

via Vogue
via Vogue
via @jieonis
via @jieonis

Off-Duty On-Duty

Would you: Full set, hoodie, trackpants, heels?

via @shootingthestyle
via @shootingthestyle
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via @likesnaps

Too Cool

A little off-beat, a little cooler.

via @nizinanjjang
via @nizinanjjang
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Paris Fashion Week Street Style Report

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via British Vogue

It’s always pretty in Paris. We’ve arrived at our final instalment of fashion month street styles reports, and it’s an understatement to say that Paris is fashion’s fantasy. With endearing details of lace, chiffon, a play on powerful silhouettes and spontaneous tones, Paris’ street runway lived up to all our expectations and more. There was originality and romance all around, and we’re excited to share what our top 20 favourite looks were outside the shows. Famed European powerhouses unveiled what constructed ready-to-wear visions for Spring / Summer 2017, and these individuals embodied a subtle sense of Paris’ long history of fashion all week. We saw the least outfit changes and more personal styles. So now, whether you were catching up with shows behind the screen or studying street fashion through your Instagram feed, you survived fashion month! Till next season.

Robes in Paris

Silk robes, velvet robes, making day-to-night transition effortless. Instant drama, extra special, oh so dreamy. The delicate third-piece addition to these outfits elevate classic fits altogether. A hybrid of our favourite pyjama party looks- this time, kimono-inspired.

via Vogue
via Vogue
via Song of Style
via Song of Style
via Fashionista
via Fashionista

 

Tassels! Fringe!

Twirling around in the city in their fun tassel + fringe picks. Pictured below are Alexa Chung in Miu Miu and Liz Uy in Balmain.

via @collagevintage2
via @collagevintage2
via @youngjunkoo for W Korea
via @youngjunkoo
via @stylesightworldwide
via @stylesightworldwide

 

The Miu Miu Girl Club

Slightly off-beat, go all out or nothing. Rebellious ballerinas, pearl slides, patched denim, florals, velvet coats, sparkly everything! Miu Miu marked the end of Paris Fashion Week with a 60s retro phenomenon, and showgoers were decked out head-to-toe in their very best, precious Miu Miu looks.

via Collage Vintage | @tinaleung
via Collage Vintage | @tinaleung
via Collage Vintage
via Collage Vintage
via NY Mag
via NY Mag

 

Colour Wheel

Colour wheel spotting in Paris. Street style circuits were filled with solid primary colours; outerwear, dresses, and everything in between, because you can never go wrong with the core three.

via @todayoncatch
via @todayoncatch
via @youngjunkoo
via @youngjunkoo

 

Checked in Gingham

Spring / Summer picnic staple✔️ Back to basics✔️ Unexpected pairing✔️

via @nytimesfashion
via @nytimesfashion
via Style Du Monde
via Style Du Monde
via Collage Vintage
via Collage Vintage

 

Orange is the new Black

If New York was obsessed with yellow this month, it’s orange for Paris. Orange glasses, dresses, purses paired with black. Exposed-to-light lenses have been making a mark across all fashion capitals- typically in pink, red, or yellow, but we’re seeing a whole lot of orange frames in Paris!

via Vogue
via Vogue
via British Vogue
via British Vogue
via Who What Wear
via Who What Wear

 

Paris Romance in Full Swing

What is PFW without romantic silhouettes and soft tones? Parisian light seeping through chiffon, there’s nothing more lust-worthy than these outfits floating around the city. Layers over layers of lace, it’s  their moment to shine.

via @alina.sepp
via @alina.sepp
via The Chriselle Factor
via The Chriselle Factor
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via @alina.sepp