One Of A Kind Spring Show and Sale 2015

One of a Kind

It may still feel like winter but at the Direct Energy Centre, spring has sprung for the biannual One of a Kind Spring Show & Sale. With over 450 Canadian artisans, the OOAK Show showcases an array of homemade goodies including food, clothing and accessories, body care and houseware products. Since 1975, One Of a Kind has given Canadian artisans, makers and designers a chance to sell their one of a kind pieces to Torontonians. Novella always supports local shopping and it’s a great way to buy some cool pieces that won’t be found in other stores.

Here are a few of Novella’s favourite things:

LKPR Headphones – Booth O29


Move over Dr. Dre, LKPR Headphones are in town. Unlike other headphones, LKPR is an ecofriendly product that recycles skateboarding parts, instead of using the generic plastic that has become increasingly bad for our environment. The ear cups are made from skateboards and other products used to create this musical masterpiece include maple, natural leather, steel and alum. They are extremely comfortable when blasting music and the sound is amazing; pure quality, which you can thank their vintage RCA plugs for that. If you’re a music buff, then these headphones are for you. Choose matte black or brown leather and pair them with your choice of headband, which include black, clear or red. An anodized hardware 1.25 cable is included. Listening to music will never be the same.

Jeff Turner Photo – Booth E39


What Torontonian doesn’t love a piece of their city and neighbourhood in their home? The popular photographer’s pieces are showing up all over the city. Some of the pieces are coated with resin and mounted on wood, while others are 3D collages in a shadow box, ranging in size from petit coaster snap shots of the subway platforms and street signs, to large scale landmark prints. These prints make for great home décor.

Dreams on Paper – Booth N46


Laura Velasquez launched Dreams on Paper in 2013. After working in graphic design, she desired an outlet to reveal her true artistic capabilities. Products are handmade using Laura’s artistic skills with watercolour paint and are sold at stationary shops, pop-up shops and her online store. Dreams on Paper offers an array of personalized greeting cards and will include art prints, stationery and postcards for 2015. Laura lives in the eclectic Kensington Market neighbourhood where she draws inspiration for her work.

Sires Crown Eyewear – Booth C14


Sire’s Crown Eyewear brings Los Angeles to Toronto. This eyewear company specializes in wood frames. Their frames are hand crafted with woods from across the world with flexible wood pulp substrate and cotton fiber and custom fitted to each person’s different face shape. A must have for spring and summer!

da lísh Cosmetics – Booth M13

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Enrich your true beauty with da lísh’s all natural and organic ingredients. Da lísh products are full of antioxidants, shea butter and are rich in fatty acids. The cosmetic line also offers other skin benefits, which include soothing and repairing of scars, safflower oil, which softens texture. Da lísh has an array of cosmetics available including face, eye, serums, toner as well as deodorant. Da lísh is also animal cruelty free!

Imagine Wood – Booth E44


Based out of Combermere, Ontario, Imagine Wood creates a unique spin on kitchen utensils. These unique maple wood pieces are hand carved, sanded and oiled. Their utensils range from the every day knives and spatulas, to their unique butcher boards. Imagine Wood brings a rustic spin in our every day kitchen appliances.

La Ferme Québec-Oies – Booth C23

Located between Mont-Sainte-Anne and the Massif de la Petite-Rivière-Saint-François in Québec, this booth specializes in goose liver products, including foie gras and pâtés. Goose is sought after for its refined taste and delicacy and La ferme Québec-Oies delivers an unbelievable product at an unmatched price point. Bravo!

The One of a Kind Spring Show & Sale runs from March 26th to the 29th at the Direct Energy Centre located at Exhibition Place. Tickets are available online or at the door. Make sure to hashtag #OOAKS15 #novellamag to show us you favourite booths and trinkets you purchased. Happy (local) shopping!

Hayley Elsaesser Showcases Vibrant Collection at WMCFW

Article by Lauren Martin 

Colourful and risky! Two words to describe this fun and flirty show that left a lasting impression on the audience. From the music to the visual presentation, Hayley Elsaesser showcased a vibrant performance, displaying her Fall/Winter 2015 collection at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto.

Photograph - Lauren Martin
Photograph by Lauren Martin

Hayley Elsaesser is a Canadian based contemporary fashion label, which focuses on luxury street wear. Her collections continue to make big success overseas in Asia-Pacific and now she’s focusing on the Canadian market, providing a new and daring brand that I personally applaud her for. Her label was established in Australia and is known for her bold graphics, loud prints and beautiful fabrications.

Photograph - Getty Images
Photograph by Getty Images

During the show, Elsaesser’s vibrant collection showcased neon animal prints, camouflage, vibrant lime-green and clementine furs and her signature snake graphics. The styles were lively proving that Canadian fashion has the opportunity to breakout into bolder and riskier styles. That being said, Elsaesser has given fashionistas the chance to experiment on prints and vivid colours, which is much needed during the Canadian dark and winter months.

Photograph - Getty Images
Photograph by Getty Images

Elsaesser has presented two successful collections with IMG at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, which includes Sydney and at World MasterCard Fashion Week, where she was humbly welcomed to last night.

Photograph - Lauren Martin
Photograph by Lauren Martin

Elsaesser’s brand showcased her true creativity exuding her “wild side” and vision for her label. This was the first time I had the chance to witness her designs at her show and I noticed how much her pieces and excellent performance spoke to her audience. The street-style was something to appreciate and she nailed it! Overall, it was a great experience, and I loved the sock giveaways at the MasterCard gift box. I don’t think I’ll ever forget her name, brand or signature style. It was original and I look forward to seeing her future work.

Cover photo by Lauren Martin.

World MasterCard Fashion Week: Mackage

Photography by George Pimentel/Getty Images

Yesterday, Mackage’s co-creative directors, Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan, closed Day 3 of the World MasterCard Fashion Week with a Fall/Winter collection that took us to an arctic landscape.

The philosophy behind Mackage is that a coat isn’t just part of an outfit but an outfit itself, especially for colder climates. Last night’s designs showcased the perfect reflection of the notion that outerwear isn’t only meant to ‘cover’ you up anymore, but it’s also a way to make a fashion statement.

color palette

textures and fabrics

The designs had an expected colour palette for a Fall/Winter collection (dark browns, burgundy, black, grey and off white), which were beautifully made out of an array of textures and fabrics  including leather, fur, wool, even lace and tulle, proving that Mackage’s spirit is anything but being a conformist.


leather panels

Capes and oversized scarves with long leather fringe finishings were some of the key statement pieces spotted on the runway as well as carefully tailored leather panels that added a futuristic touch to jackets, jumpsuits and skirts.

To sum up Mackage’s collection, the theme was balance where consistency meets reinvention, and trendy means wearable.

David Dixon Celebrates 20 years in the Canadian Fashion Industry

Article by Lauren Martin

Toronto based designer David Dixon has continued to sell his innovative designs across Canada, and now he’s celebrating his 20 years in the Canadian fashion industry. This season at World MasterCard Fashion Week marks his 40th collection, which he specially dedicated it to all his supporters who have been following his fashion journey over the years.

Photography by Lauren Martin
Photograph by Lauren Martin

This season, David’s collection exuded a dark-edge, or dark age Celtic influence. The collection was presented at World MasterCard Fashion Week, for his latest Fall/Winter 2015 season that left the entire audience speechless, and honoured him with a standing ovation. The collection appeared to have a gothic influence, with his use of liquid-black leathers, metallic-jewelled chains, leather belt-corsets and flowing chiffon capes. The style this season was “Very Sexy”, and a little avant-garde. The key pieces throughout the show that I personally loved were the Tibetan lambs-wool wraps and vests, modular liquid-black dress and leather-sequined skirts and dresses. Each outfit exhibited class, and truly showcased the designer’s dedication and vision for his brand.

photograph - Getty Images
Photograph by Getty Images

The garments were made beautifully and they were definitely something women could wear on a night out or to a fancy event. The clothing was trendy and injected some sex appeal for the Fall/Winter Canadian fashion scene. His timeless details and work really have paid off over the years. With his 40th collection reign, he continues to create fresh and elegant styles for women each season.

photograph - Getty Images
Photograph by Getty Images

photograph - Getty Images
Photograph by Getty Images

Cover Photo by Lauren Martin. 

Novella X Chris Smart: WMCFW Street Style Day 2 & 3

It got a little warmer on the second day of World MasterCard Fashion Week and then, boom, a chilly rainy day took us back to the gloominess of winter. Spring, please stop teasing us. However, trendsetters and fashionistas didn’t let the weather stop them from looking their best. From feminine vibe to high-street chic, and from innovative pairing to classic layering, we’ve seen it all both on and off the runway. IMG_3748 IMG_4180 IMG_4363 IMG_4461 IMG_4669 IMG_4786 IMG_4905 IMG_4908

Follow Chris Smart‘s instagram at @CSmartFX for more street photos. If you didn’t spot yourself or a friend here, you might find it there.