Spring style Revamp: Three Runway Looks For Less!

TEXT: Chris Zaghi and Claire Ball

Gone are the days when the standard polyester pantsuit or pencil skirt were the go-to for every woman at the office. The new 9-5 wardrobe should tastefully represent your personal style, as well as the atmosphere of your workplace. The same goes for your beauty routine. You want to look professional and put together without foregoing some extra oomph to your everyday makeup look.

When looking toward the weekend, most of the times all you want to do is throw on a t-shirt and sweats, but hear us out. Loungewear is great for picking up groceries, walking the dog, and laying about and watching Netflix. But sometimes the weekend calls for a little pizazz! An easy weekend solution is to keep your makeup minimal instead of your clothes. Why not amp up your weekend style with some comfy show stoppers that’ll have all your friends begging you for fashion advice and opt for a minimal makeup look?

Now evening wear and formalwear can be a bit tough. There are tons of rules and guidelines on what’s right and what’s wrong. No white at weddings, no stretch fabrics, avoid things that are too casual. All of these rules can make it almost impossible to find something that won’t be gasped at by the rest of night’s guests. Luckily, over the last few years, how we look at formal attire has changed drastically. Outfits that would have never gone over well at formal events are now slowly being accepted. And more outlandish and gaudy designs are being celebrated at events instead of being shunned. This opens up a lot of doors to what you can wear to a formal event this year. So keep your makeup relatively classic with a bit of a twist and let your outfit do the talking!

Office Ready: Chanel vs. Zara

Photos: Vogue Runway – Zara

Zara Textured Weave Cardigan &  Zara Structured Mini Skirt With Ruffle:

$135.80 online or in store

Zara has a long-standing tradition of providing the fashion-forward masses with reasonably priced and well-made clothing inspired by the world’s most exclusive luxury labels. The clothing you find in most Zara boutiques tends to lean toward a very elegant and trend-positive style. And when looking for the perfect 9-5 outfit, elegance, assertiveness, and freshness are key. For example, Zara has recently added this beautiful tweed set to their lookbook. Elegantly trimmed with a fire engine red hem and buttoned with faux pearl accents. This classic style mirrors the suits Mademoiselle Coco made famous decades ago, but with an added flirty twist. This especially helps with keeping your 9-5 wardrobe fresh and exciting (and you can mix and match the set too!)

Office Makeup look: Blush(ing)

Photos: Vouge – MAC Cosmetics

MAC Casual Colour in Hi Jinks: $31.00 in store or online

In case you were absent during the ’80s, now is the time to embrace a retro throwback in your beauty routine. The spring/summer runway was both subtly and extravagantly reminiscent of the decade and one of the most popular makeup tributes to it was bright blush and lips. Designers like Kenzo, Reem Acra, and Adam Selman all participated in various versions of the retro blush. This look from the Chanel spring/summer 2017 runway features a strong, bright coral cheek contour with a hint of coral on the lips to evenly brighten up the face. MAC has a line of creamy multipurpose lip and cheek stains that are perfect for recreating this look for the office on your own! Just trace the cream colour up the cheekbones, and around the eyes. If you’re really feeling the 80s vibes, finish it off by dabbing a little bit on the lips for an added pop of colour. This beauty look screams springtime while also keeping it professional and pretty for work.

Weekend Chic: A.P.C vs. ASOS

Photos: Vogue Runway – ASOS

ASOS Denim Crop Jacket with Ruffle HemASOS Ridley Skinny Jeans

$138.62 + Shipping

Weekend outfits often tend to lean towards whatever is the most casual (and clean) that’s laying around your room. This can lead to some serious drab moments when going out and hitting up the town. Luckily, ASOS has a slew of different dressy yet uber-casual options for you to beef up your weekend wardrobe. Now, most people don’t want to wear a blouse on the weekend. No problem. Denim is your best friend in this case. The denim jacket and jeans give you the same refined, high fashion silhouette that the A.P.C ensemble gives you, just without the high fashion price tag. The pulled in waist and ruffles paired with matching skinny jeans give this look a fresh and expressive take on your traditional Canadian tuxedo.

Weekend Makeup look: No-Makeup Makeup

Photos: Vouge – Sephora

Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20: $55.00 in store or online

The bare skin “no-makeup” look has been seen before, but this season it seems that it was more popular than ever. With designers like Isabel Marant, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, and Christian Dior all displaying a minimalist approach to makeup on the runway, there is no denying the obvious appeal of the “no-makeup” look. Radiant, clear skin like this look from the Stella McCartney spring 2017 show, is the perfect way to keep it casual, fresh, and chic on the weekend. Just apply a good tinted moisturizer, like Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer with SPF 20, to even out your skin and bring out your natural radiance with a dewy glow. If you need to cover some blemishes, just touch them up with a little bit of concealer and blend it out. To complete the ultimate natural look, brush up your eyebrows and you’re good to go!

A Beautiful Evening Out: Gucci vs. Free People

Photos: Vogue Runway – Free People

Garden Life Maxi Dress$327.50 online or in store

Evening wear can be a tricky thing to get right. With all the guidelines surrounding what to wear, most people opt for something black and that’s that. However, modern evening wear doesn’t have to end up being so uptight. One big trend we’ve been seeing are florals — explosions of colourful blooms completing outfits in exotic prints and embroidery. And that’s just the right amount of punch your closet needs to fulfill all your formalwear desires. Free People does a wonderful job of merging elegance and hippie-chic in a neat little package, and the Garden Life maxi dress does just that. Mirror the beautiful blooms seen at Gucci this season. The dress is perfect for this year’s upcoming wedding season and any other spring/summer event that requires a little evening magic. Who knows, maybe you can even turn a dull winter party into a tropical paradise if you have the guts to do it.

Evening Makeup look: The Smudgy Eye

Photos: Vogue – Sephora

Marc Jacobs Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner: $31.00 in store or online

This “still wearing last night’s makeup” look is the new smokey eye. The spring/summer runway was all about the smudgy eye. Runway looks from Rag & Bone, Christopher Kane, and Balmain featured similar versions of the black, ashy, smudged out liner look. Pairing this makeup with the floral Garden Life Maxi Dress adds an edgier vibe for a perfect night out look. The best part about this beauty trend is that you no longer have to stress about drawing a straight line! Use Marc Jacobs Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner to rim your eyes, and using a smudging brush, Q-tip, or your fingertip, smudge out the liner to create an “already worn out” smudged and smokey look.

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Model Citizen: Adam DeSouza

Photo Credit: David Tran

We recently discovered model Adam DeSouza on instagram and reached out to him to participate in an upcoming photo shoot. Get to know the Toronto-based based male model and lookout for our upcoming menswear editorial featuring Adam.

1. How did you get into modeling?

I started modelling in 2016 when I first walked for Toronto Men’s Fashion Week. Since then I’ve walked in a few other shows and shot with multiple  photographers throughout Ontario.

2. What has been your favourite modeling job to date?

My favourite modelling job to date would be any of the runway events I’ve done, in particular my first season at Toronto Men’s Fashion Week. I love these events because of all the people you get too meet.At a shoot you normally get to meet a small team of 2-5 people, whereas, with these events you’re around large group of like-minded individuals.

3. What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I like to learn about a variety of things. I am really interested in learning about the body, as I get ready to go back to school for massage therapy. I love anything fitness related.  At my core though, I’m really just a homebody.  I enjoy the simple pleasures in life like making a home cooked meal, listening to and finding new music, binge watching Netflix or just driving down to the bluffs to feed the ducks.

4. What music are you currently listening to?

Right now I find myself listening to a few artist like Joey Badass, Stevie Wonder, Chance the Rapper, System of a Down, Anderson .paak, pendulum and Tool just to name a few.

5. What has modeling thought you about yourself?

Modelling has taught me that there are many different avenues you can take when pursuing something that you are interested in. With the technology  available through the internet, we can teach ourselves about literally any subject.

Photo Credit: Henry Tsai

6. How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is the love child of Curt Kobian and John Lennon. I would describe it as “Grungy Hippie”.

7. What would surprise people about you?

Something that surprises a lot of people about me is that I train and compete in Muay Thai (kickboxing with elbow strikes, in short). I really enjoy fighting in the ring and performing for a crowd. My last fight was in Ireland last summer.

8. Fill in the Blank: I cannot live without ______________

I cannot live without music.

9. What are some of your future goals? 

My main goal for the future is starting my career as a massage therapist and personal trainer.  I want to dedicate my extra time to modelling and mauy thai and see where they can take me because they’ve already taken me to some amazing places.

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Seoul Fashion Week Fall 2017: The Highlights

Seoul is one of the best-kept fashion gems in the world. Like Japan and Sao Paulo, Seoul keeps itself pristine and pure. It rarely wanders into the realm of knock off fashion trends. And if it does resemble something we’ve seen on the runway before, chances are that the trend may have just originated there and not come in after the fact. The beauty of Korean fashion comes from its authenticity. Nothing really seems forced and that’s a horribly difficult thing to come by in today’s fashion industry. This season came with some of the freshest collections to date. The authenticity is there, the style is there, and that’s what makes Seoul Fashion Week such a joy to review — Here are its biggest stunners for fall.

Miss Gee Collection

Photo: Seoul Design Foundation

Have you ever wondered what Blair Waldorf would have looked like if she would have gone back to her old stomping grounds and became dean of Constance? Well here is your chance. At Miss Gee Collection, a clear private school influence was seen. With streamlined pantsuits accented with coloured trims and mock school crests and emblems. This collection screams Upper East Side private school couture, which, for one, I am in love with. There’s something so functional yet whimsical about collections that are based on school uniforms. It paints a story for you. You can almost see the Ivy covered walls of an elite private school neatly tucked away behind a set of giant elms and wrought iron fence when you see this collection.

Beyond Closet

Photo: Seoul Design Foundation

Now you can’t have ladies varsity style without throwing some men’s looks as well. For this season’s Beyond Closet show, models were sent out in outfits that would definitely put your local private school bad boy to shame. The great thing about this collection is that it refrains from solely showing uniform clothing; instead, a great mix of streetwear is woven in and out of the collection, giving the show a very relaxed and New York feel which works with the fashion industries’ current love for athleisure streetwear.

Kiok

Photo: Seoul Design Foundation

Berets have been everywhere this season from Paris to New York, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that the world is following suit. At Kiok, berets, Parisian flare, and strong deconstruction are all tied together in a neat little package. Many of the denim looks are outstanding and very relevant to today’s fashion trends. However, the best looks came in the form of polka dot print dresses, blouses, and blazers. The polka dots give the collection a comedic freshness that is sadly avoided in the fashion industry. Another really interesting thing about the collection is how well it’s styled. The layering between outerwear, formalwear, and sportswear perfectly mirrors what’s going on in the fashion world today.

J Koo

Photo: Seoul Design Foundation

Formalwear and evening wear are some of the most difficult pieces to design because they usually follow certain guidelines. For example, you can design a tuxedo made out of jersey, but it still wouldn’t be considered formalwear. At J Koo, the notion of formalwear and evening wear is revisited and reworked with knits and trenches. Giving the collection a very soft and casual feel without actually taking away from its elegance. Chiffon is sprinkled throughout and mossy greens break up the neutrals seen throughout the collection, allowing the evening wear to go beyond the realm of black, white, and jewel tones.

Kumann Yoo Hye Jin

Photo: Seoul Design Foundation

Herringbone is one of the greatest patterns ever invented. It’s fun, it’s bright, it’s eye-catching, and it’s elegant in its own right. So it came as no surprise when it showed up on the runway at Kumann Yoo Hye Jin. The beautiful citrine stone green pairs beautifully with the soft wool texture of the outerwear in the collection. However, herringbone isn’t the only pattern available in the collection. A great majority of the show’s outerwear is presented in sumptuous plaid wools that hark back to a more retro idea of outerwear. Denim and velvet also made spectacular appearances in the form of separates and dresses, which helped break up the various plaids and neutral tones throughout the show. Giving its would-be shoppers a wide variety of choices to mix and match with, which is a plus in anyone’s books.

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Eckhaus Latta Rethinks the Sex Sells Concept in Their Latest Campaign

Underground fashion darlings Eckhaus Latta have gained notoriety in the mainstream circuit for their none-binary clothing, uninhibited casting choices, unconventional runway shows, and material driven designs. But it’s their SS 2017 campaign that pushes the brand’s honest approach to fashion the furthest: it features a variety of real-life couples engaging in various sexual acts in the brand’s clothing.

Photos courtesy of Eckhaus Latta Instagram

For the campaign, Eckhaus Latta tapped Korean-German photographer Heji Shin, who recently took a break from shooting fashion to create a sex education book for teens.

“For us, it was really important to think of sex as something really natural and not something fabricated, hyper-sexualized, or taboo,” Eckhaus told W Magazine. “We weren’t covering people in oil — that’s actually their sweat, you know?” Latta added. “We’ve really wanted to play with the principles around advertising, but it had to be authentic and it had to be real people. If it was simulated, it would have really lost the whole intention behind the shoot.”

Photos courtesy of Eckhaus Latta Instagram

Lets be real, fashion campaigns that aren’t driven by the ‘sex sells’ concept are few and far in-between. The Eckhaus Latta campaign is bringing consumers back to reality by not airbrushing, depicting people connecting, representing all kinds of couples, and not being overly stylized. The honesty is refreshing and has created the least controversial depiction of sex I’ve ever seen in an advertisement. Maybe the reason why viewers find the ads so unnerving is the limited way we’ve been offered to consume sex: hetro, staged, dishonest, and passionless.

Photos courtesy of Eckhaus Latta Instagram

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Tokyo Fashion Week: The Highlights

Tokyo is a shinning jewel in the fashion industry that rarely gets the credit it deserves from the international fashion community. The fashionable people of Tokyo have always been at the forefront of trend creation. Over the last 20  years, Japan (and especially Tokyo) has inspired many of the world’s most interesting a colourful trends. For example, Japan was the birthplace of the now famous Harajuku and Visual Kei styles which have becoming worldwide phenomenon over and over again as trends are recycled and reshaped every year. Truthfully said,  Tokyo’s fashion scene is more of a culture than an industry. It’s different groups and cliques are easy to spot and gives the world a glimpse into the closets of Japan’s most fashion people.

Yohei Ohno

Photo: Vogue Runway

Yohei Ohno has just debuted his first collection at Tokyo fashion week, and what a wonderful surprise and triumph it was. In a world where fashion has begun to slowly care more and more about sales and appeasing the trend hungry social media hounds. It’s refreshing to see a new designer create a collection based deeply in design and beauty, rather than uninspired trend regurgitation for the masses. Yohei’s play on volume and futuristic design in evident with his space like quilted dresses and gloves, which paint the perfect picture of an 80’s SciFi blockbuster. Think high fashion blade runner!

Akikoaoki

Photo: Vogue Runway

Akiko Aoki created a fantastical fashion layer cake for her recent TFW endeavor. It was like witnessing a heavy snowfall blanket itself in layer after layer of white fluffy goodness, but the layers never blend together, which makes the Akikoaoki‘s snowstorm even more like able. Rustic design elements and modern flare merge together to beautifully express the designers vision; take the rustic dresses in soft country hues paired with Crisp black shirting and herringbone trousers for example. Another fun layer that was added to the collection are the almost comical dancer heels, which contrast the collection completely, but somehow make the collection even more young and appealing. The great thing about this collection is that even if you can’t find the beauty in the way the clothing is styled on the runway, each piece can be pulled apart and worn as a stand alone piece to make a simpler, but still impactful statement.

Growing Pains

Photo: Vogue Runway

Mademoiselle Yulia has been a star of the Tokyo and international nightlife scene for quite sometime now and from that, she’s grown into a fashion icon in her own right. So it comes to absolutely no surprise that Yulia was able to create a clothing brand that actually appeals to a high fashion audience. At Growing Pains fall 2017 show. Viewers were treated to a refined streetwear collection that looked more Prada than nada. The influence was clear. Military staples with slight fetish and streetwear twists. Latex skirts walked the same runway as military berets and aviator jumpsuits and created a fun costumey mishmash of authoritarian fetish wear that any lover of Instagram style could definitely get into.

DressesUndressed

Photo: Vogue Runway

Japanese style has a cleanliness to it that can only be compared to its fashion contemporaries in the west (think Sweden and Denmark) It’s in this clean sense of minimalist functionality that makes things simply beautiful. Think of the simplistic yet ornate beauty of the Kimono. Where a beautiful balance between ornate embroidered silk is offset but the clean lines and architectural design elements of Kimono’s construction. The same key elements can be found in In DressesUndressed‘s fall collection. The influence was clear. Stark clean lines were mixed with modern excess. The traditional 9-5 office uniform is transformed into a delicate yet excessive feat. An over-sized blue shirt is tucked into a skirt a black leather skirt to create a stunning 80’s wall street fantasy, while a long quilted diver coat is worn over a white shirt and tear away wide leg trouser, creating the perfect blue tint for the new woman’s power suit.

Hanae Mori Manuscrit

Photo: Vogue Runway

Designer Yu Amatsu took the helm at Hanae Mori Manuscrit with a daunting task at hand. How do you continue to produce collections for one of the most celebrated designers in all of Japan? Luckily, Yu did what every good designer tasked to take over a brand should do. He took the staple house codes (femininity, movement, softness, gowns) that put Mori on the map, and modernized them without completely altering the brand’s persona. For this collection Amatsu created a beautifully soft and feminine collection that doesn’t loose touch with what’s going on in fashion today. The collection looked classic but not doughty, timeless if you will. The two piece ensembles worked perfectly with with one another or as separate entities, which is always a plus design wise. But the true beauty of the collection came with the dresses. Each cocktail length dress looked soft to the touch, while the gowns moved in the most delicate and silkiest way. It’s safe to say that Madame Mori’s name is safe in the hands of Amatsu and the house of Hanae Mori will continue to prosper and influence future designers for years  to come.