Profile – Georgia Esporalas

Five Questions With Photographer Georgia Esporalas.

 

What would be your theme song and why?

My theme song would be “Wild One,” by Flo Rida and Sia. I have travelled all over the world meeting different people from different walks of life. It was an honour and privilage to have photographed them and the landscapes they lived in.

What is your secret obsession?

Day dreaming with a dark chocolate crushed almond raisin. An escape a from daily routine.

If you could “Eat, Pray, Love” your life, where would you go?

Thailand.

What makes you smile?

Eating, photography, travelling and climbing… in this order!

Fill in the Blank: I could not live without ___________.

My camera.

 

For more information on photographer Georgia Esporlas and her amazing work, visit her website here.

 

Profile – Erica Wark, Stylist & Fashion Expert

 

Erica Wark: Stylist + Fashion Expert

Photo Credit: Throne Photography 

Frivolous, evolving and classy are just some words that come to mind when thinking about Erica Wark’s vibe and persona. A nationally recognized stylist, TV personality and fashion expert, her styling aesthetic is all about marrying unexpected pieces + inspiring others to look at fashion in innovative and unique ways. With appearances on CTV’s, The Social, The Marilyn Denis Show, eTalk, Steven & Chris, BT Toronto and Entertainment Tonight Canada, Erica is the epitome of ferocious fun, pushing the boundaries + ultimately helping men and women find their true-style selves! To get your style fix from a chic Canadian perspective, visit her website: ericaonfashion.com/stylist/.

How would you describe your personal style?

Haha, I’d say it’s chaotic – and by that I mean it’s always changing. I love classic pieces, but I’m also about pushing the envelope when it comes to trends. I’m always willing to try something new!

What is your favorite item in your closet and why?

Wow… there’s no way I can choose just ONE thing! There are so many things I love in my closet (hence why they’re in there haha!); I suppose right now I’m coveting my new Proenza Schouler jacket I picked up at The Room’s summer clearance sale – it’s pretty fierce!

Have you ever had a “What was I thinking” moment about something you have worn?

Oh God yes… mostly in the late 90’s, early 2000’s. I tried the ‘grunge thing’ briefly back in high school… not a good look for me!

What is your favorite fashion era and why?

I’m honestly enjoying what’s going on now – the way fashion is being driven by the consumer and by what WE want to be wearing. It’s almost as if we’re at a point where all the best decades of fashion have been compiled into the last few seasons with new and fresh perspectives – loving the versatility and options!

Where do you shop?

Anywhere and everywhere. As a stylist, I essentially shop for a living, so I’m always finding great items all over the place. I love boutiques like TNT, Mendocino, Vincent (an adorable shop in Ottawa) as well as places like Holt Renfrew, ZARA and Joe Fresh. Oh, and I love to shop online. You can find some pretty sick deals… it’s amazing.

What would be your theme song and why?

It changes with my mood… right at this moment I’d say hideaway by Kiesza – great song… plus she’s Canadian!

What are you currently coveting?

I’m loving the flat suede OTK boots that Stuart Weitzman has come out with for fall… will probably pick up a pair of those beauties.

Whose closet would you want to raid?

Diane Kruger, Zoey Saldana… Miranda Kerr, Tamara Mellon… I could probably go on and on…!

What fashion trend would you like to see go away?

Mom jeans… why are they even back?!

Who are a few of your fashion icons?
Victoria Beckham, Madonna… Beyoncé and her sis Solange are killin’ it these days. Kate Moss, Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn… once again, the list goes on!

Fill in the Blank: I could not live without ___

My man!

What is your secret obsession?

I LOVE Maybelline’s nude lipsticks – they are the perfect shade for a neutral lip!

How would you describe Toronto style?

I think Toronto has great style! There’s such a wonderful mix of people who create this amazing community of fashion-lovers! It’s incredibly eclectic and unique – walking the streets of downtown Toronto, you never know what you’re going see!

 

 

Profile: Blak.I

Images provided by Blak.I

What inspires you?

We are most inspired by everyday life, be it a song, video, art or someone we see – it usually tends to be a little more on the dark side. We love the challenge of taking those ideas and interpreting them into something more approachable for our women.

What are three words that best describe your design aesthetic?

Dark, Minimal and Sexy.

Who is the BLAK.I women?

The BLAK.I woman is a young, metropolitan girl with big aspirations. She works in an environment where she is able to express her opinions and creativity through her wardrobe. She is an outgoing and outspoken person who is ready to take on the world.

What is the biggest challenge you face as an emerging designer?

One of our biggest challenges is being able to make a mark and establish our brand, as we are up against some of the biggest international brands out there. It’s a bit of a battle as they tend to have more resources readily available, but it is definitely not a battle we are going to back down from.

What are you most proud of?

We are most proud of the growth that we have had with our brand. Something that was once just a thought in our minds and a brainstorming session in a coffee shop has now flourished into a successful brand that is gaining traction across Canada and hopefully, soon, internationally.

Diego Fuchs and Helder Aguiar are the design duo behind BLAK.I. Created in 2010 out of their mutual love for design and shared sharp edge aesthetic, BLAK.I is a lifestyle brand made to bring out a woman’s inner cool. Together they’ve created a brand that incorporates luxury and street wear. From its inception and during its continued growth, BLAK.I has been more than just a clothing line – It’s a way of life and the evolution of the individual – starting with its creators.

The brand focuses on building wardrobe foundations that can be enhanced from season to season and not simply the ever–changing trends from the world of fashion. It ranges from fashion forward, intricately cut shirts and separates to fluid dresses and cutting edge leather garments. The brand has evolved since its inception to fully encapsulate the cutting edge contemporary woman. It continues to include designer aesthetics and detail with a modern and streamlined feel.