From Zac Efron to Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, No Star Was Unseen
So… you may have heard that there were some celebrities here in Toronto recently… (thank you Tiff) and that’s pretty frickin awesome on the best of days. So to celebrate we’ve created a look book of celebrity sightings and cool-ass parties that only a few people were privy too.
In the next few pages look at all the celeb shot candid and otherwise from news sources and twitter users alike. the shows weren’t the only thing people waited through the rain for… the celebs and high fashion was pretty awesome throughout the festival.
This is the celebrity flip book of flip books and Tiff 2013 has seen a staggering amount of A-list celebs. Watching them do their thing on the red carpets and swanky parties is inspiring with their flawless makeup and gorgeous fashion… amazing! With ready-to-wear dresses and perfectly cut tuxedos on every red carpet throughout the week, people waited for hours just to meet the big names.
Of course there were celebs that were pretty hard to capture but they did make an appearance including Woody Harrelson, Jason Bateman, Jacki Weaver, Jesse Eisenberg, Colin Firth, Kevin Kline and the elusive Jake Gyllenhaal who I managed to find a pic of but it wasn’t easy! The rest of them were present but photos were slim to none or so terrible they shouldn’t be shared but I tried to round up all that I could.
To start it off I’d like to show you a couple top notch A-list TIFF celebrities 2013
There are times in a young bloggers life that they get to meet people they’ve only ever dreamed of meeting. A few days ago… I got to meet a designer who was popular, when I was BORN! His designs and experience far surpass my time studying and handling fashion and therefore I have to tell you about what an honor it was to meet, Isaac Mizrahi.
He has been on Oprah, Jay Leno, Reality T.V., documentaries, comedies, and has been the host of his own show not to mention he’s been the costumes designer for four titles, producer in nine titles and has starred as himself in over sixty-six titles! His experience transcends design itself and moves effortlessly into T.V. personality where he has no doubt made himself known to the world. Hell my mother even knows who he is and she couldn’t give a lick about fashion.
By being a household name it was a no-brainer for The Shopping Channel and Chatelaine to collaborate with him to launch his latest collection and bring his vision to countless Canadians. The collection was shown live Sept. 6, at 10 p.m. and when I got to see a preview of the line earlier that evening it was sure to be a hit.
After he chatted with Taylor Kaye from Kiss 92.5 about his love of Canadian women, how his heart is situated in NYC and how the only thing left for him to do is PORN! He hopped off his chair and into my arms… well not exactly… but I did grab a few great pictures with him.
Altogether it was a privileged to meet Isaac and after meeting him I can say we are on a first name basis and that’s pretty cool… even if it is one-sided.
Last season, men’s accessories were a little more in your face and a lot more out there. Picture the neon tote, the camo scarf and the studded everything of last season. This season something a little more stylish and a lot smaller is hitting the streets… the embellished collar pin.
From Topman right here in Toronto, I picked up a few quick-add accessories that can absolutely make an outfit. For example, the fleur delis collar pin is an excellent silver detail that takes any shirt from an everyday piece, to a romantic ensemble.
The gold one was also from Topman and is quite different in design. It has a lip that sits on the collar button and your tie slips under the three gold chains. I assumed that it was only going to be able to fit a skinny tie but as it turns out you can use this type of collar pin with any width of tie. Not that thick ties are in this season but… you never know when they will be.
I don’t know that there’s much more to tell on the subject other than don’t ever do a lapel pin and a collar pin at the same time. Unless they’re outfitted together by a pro.
Have style related questions? Ask me in the comments… and Ill be sure to answer them quickly.
Attention: The following is for Canadian Audiences ONLY! The Shopping Channel is hosting the launch of fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi’s clothing and accessories line this September 6th. The show will air at 10:00 P.M. EST and you can also see the collection online at theShoppingChannel.com.
“My lifestyle brand will bring whimsical, vibrant classics, and colourful prints and patterns into the homes of Canadian women,” “I’m thrilled to be partnering with Canada’s premier home retailer, The Shopping Channel, and can’t wait to offer my Isaac Mizrahi Live! line of apparel and accessories to a new and exciting market.”
The list of celebrities that Mizrahi has dressed are as long as the Oscars red carpet itself. Of course his vision has always been one of distinct refinement and he is able to cross wear-ability and comfort with elegance. Certainly his Isaac Mizrahi for Target line was a huge hit and can attest to that.
Here’s a fun video from behind the scenes of the Fall 2013 shoot:
The prices of the collection being shown aren’t quite as high as his Ready-To-Wear line was back in the nineties. Here is a quote from the Shopping Channel’s press release which gives us a hint of what’s to come:
Isaac Mizrahi Live! line features carefully hand-selected modern fabrications and whimsical patterns that embody confidence, subtle sensuality and irreverence. Highlights of his apparel collection include timeless trench silhouettes, and colour blocking with mixed materials in flattering, feminine shapes. His footwear features affordable leather loafers and a sleek riding boot; his bags offer great quality, detail and classic styles; and his watches are fun, colourful statement pieces. The stylish-yet-affordable collection will range in price from the expansion bracelet watch for $39.99 to the stunning leather satchel for $229.00.
Tune in to see Mizrahi live on The Shopping Channel Friday, Sept. 6, at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 9 p.m. ET.
Today I had the pleasure of meeting designer Jonathan Simkhai and got a sneak peek at his Fall 2013/14 collection. His fresh approach to womenswear and being a CFDA Fashion Incubator Participant is taking Simkhai from the safety of his conceptual mind to the head of global brand and he is quickly becoming a champion of trends in the womenswear market.
Jonathan spoke of a time when his runway shows were fueled solely on inspiration (making them impractical to buyers) and that his collection rarely made it past the “samples” stage. Production was a hope and a dream and it wasn’t until he took a hiatus from having shows that he was able to create a collection that was fit for the sales floor. Of course… that doesn’t stop him from halting a road trip with friends to jump out and snap some shots of an aging barn in the New York country side, send the photos to the fabric mills in Europe and have them create a fabric that literally resembles the peeling paint and decaying wood resting on American soil.
Of course the fabric they made for him is exquisite but you’ll just have to wait for it to be available in stores come September to get a peek at it.
The rest of the pieces focus heavily on leather, lightweight neoprene and pixelated prints inspired by the album covers of ska bands. Simkhai managed to hit three heavyweight trends squarely on the head for Fall 2013/14. The fact that a designer can take a minute from “the scene” to step away and collect his thoughts then hit the ground running with a strong Spring 2013 collection and now this means he’s definitely one to watch! He’s certainly on the right track and I’ve no doubt that he’ll be a huge hit across the States and Canada.
Currently his collection is sold exclusively at The Hudson’s Bay Company in Canada and various department stores in the US as well as online.
I was en route to the Pink Tartan showroom when I saw this beauty on the street. Her hair and outfit were perfection. The fun printed boyfriend style blazer is paired elegantly with a nude toned flat with gold studs. The black pant as a grounding element to the outfit denotes an advanced sense of outfitting and I couldn’t help but snap up this shot.
Including the cherub-like hair (which I think is incredible), I feel the look could be on the cover of any fashion mag. Love it!
Right here in Toronto is one of the greatest thrills you could ever experience. It’s Sky Diving while being attached to something attached to the ground, it’s mountain climbing but urbanized and it’s as terrifying as the most dangerous stunt but… completely safe. Until someone falls. – Just kidding! The trained staff quadruple check the safety measures to make sure you’re completely safe each and every time a group hits the deck.
Can you imagine being 553 metres above the ground just hangin there with your life in the hands of the safety harness… and you thought the glass floor was terrifying!
So why then wouldn’t I do it?
The outfits of course! bleck there hideous. It’s that red orange that washes out even the most tanned individual. You’re probably thinking oh no one will see you and you’re only in the suit for a second. Um… As if you’re not going to make the pictures they take of you (and video) your profile picture on Facebook for the rest of our life!?
Then again I could just photoshop the image and swap out the color for a nice Paul Smith floral pattern… yeah I’ll do that.
Well I guess I shouldn’t have said “I’ll Never do” it because there is certainly a part of me that is dying to!
The cost is a little steep at $175 but you get a quick training, half an hour out on the tower (which includes your Superman leans (front and back)) and some images and a video of you on the rim. You also get a pass to visit the tower at a future date so that’s a pretty good value. Okay I’m going to do it. Maybe I’ll bring my own suit? Pics to come. Hopefully their flattering. no promises…
Yes, we’re doing what everyone else is and gushing over the royal bundle. What more is there to say about His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge, everyone know his weight, that he’s healthy… Attention should be paid to the pressing question of Kate’s style. Are we in for a mommy Middleton makeover? How will the mighty bonds of motherhood have an impact on the Queen to be? We’re not concerned about the father, he will – no doubt – continue the long and stale tradition of boring attire (I guess there’s something to be said for consistency??)
The Kate we know and love is poised, elegant and well put together, but she hasn’t always been so sartorially savvy. Lets take a look at Kate through he years and figure out how motherhood could look:
Well one thing certain, marriage (and everything that came with it) suits her well. As for mother hood, I imagine gone are the days of short skirts and low neck lines (sad face). If her maternity style is any indication we have near knee lengths and fitted blazers, think Chanel, lots of Chanel.
Presenting the first photo’s taken of their HRH”s three
I love mom and pop stores that uplift the economy and add to a neighborhood’s charm while delivering a great product or service. Jerome’s Menswear serves up one of my favorite pastimes on a golden platter… SHOPPING! And all while doing it while promoting some truly enterprising brands in a well-appointed men’s boutique. The wood furnishings and stylish clothing that make up most of the interior take you acquiescently from curbside and welcome you to this refined gentleman’s emporium.
Have you ever heard of a brand called Van Gils? How about Stenströms? Or perhaps Oscar of Sweden? Seidensticker? Fidelity? Well neither have I until I took a tour of Jerome’s. Being introduce to new exclusive brands in an unassuming store inspires me to shop but more importantly to share. Share their brands and their story – with you.
In an interview with the son of founder Jerome Starr, Michael Starr and Marketing Coordinator Rachel Walker we popped the lid on the family run business, a bit about the history, the story of the exclusive brands they carry and why it’s important for them to push onward as an independent menswear boutique who represents some very exclusionary brands this side of the pond.
Toronto Fashion Blog: How long has Jerome’s Menswear been around?
Jerome’s Menswear: This coming September will be Jerome’s 34th anniversary at Yonge and Eglinton.
We’ve been in the same location since we started. The store owner Jerome, decided to open his own store after several years of managing and buying at Harry Rosen. In recent years Jerome’s son, Michael, has come into the business.
Michael has extensive experience in the men’s fashion industry, working at predominant companies such as Hugo Boss and Paul and Shark. Michael along with his father Jerome bring over 50 years of menswear experience to the customers at Jerome’s.
TFB: What is the concept of the store?
JM: The concept of Jerome’s is sophisticated with a twist – but everything is quality driven. We have a great mix of dressy (suits, tuxedos, dress shirts, dress pants, ties, bow ties) items for work or special occasions with casual components (sport shirts, denim, knitwear, shorts, soft jackets, outerwear) for downtime and weekends.
TFB: What makes Jerome’s menswear special?
JM: At the heart of Yonge and Eglinton – huge influx of younger customers so we have a mixture of slim fit and regular. Our customer service is second to none – we’ve made house calls, wardrobe consultations, closet cleanings, alterations on site. Our unique eye and attention to detail when it comes to buying makes us different – fashion with a twist. All of our items are top quality, and incorporate unique and interesting details such as distinctive patterns, bold colour and quirky detailing.
We carry exclusive styles from brands from Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands and Germany. The European styles contribute to our fashion forward feeling in the store. It is important to note that we also carry several Canadian made brands.
Jerome’s Menswear is usually quick to jump on a trend and will quickly bring in the merchandise.
TFB: Who is your customer?
JM: Our customer is one who appreciates quality, wants to stand out and be unique, likes the personal attention that a boutique store offers. He’s anywhere from 25-55, works in a professional setting and travels Europe, London, the Islands and Major cities across the US. Our customer likes to be the first to have.
Jerome’s Menswear is usually quick to jump on a trend and will quickly bring in the merchandise.
Get a glimpse into the sartorially seductive world of exclusive menswear at Jerome’s Menswear located at 2480Yonge st. Toronto.
It May Be Early But The Guess Holiday Collection is Hitting Stores Soon
Time for a preview of one of the collections I know you are going to invest BIG in. Guess has a lot of fun studded pieces making it easy to hit that punk trend on the head. Of course your relatives may not approve but if they know you at all… you’ll have these pieces wrapped up under the tree.
The collection is complete with jewelery, handbags, and of course watches. I really do have a sick fascination with their watches. I wonder which ones I’ll invest in this season. Probably the one with the most sparkle.
But speaking of sparkle and shine, the shoes for this collection are mirrored and will make the tree topper take a back seat! And for all the classic gals who are reading this don;t worry the black suedette booties with comfortable looking heels and gold hardware will take the holiday dress you planned on wearing to your x-mas party and take it to a whole new level.
What do you think of the new collection? Need help wardrobing and putting the looks together? don’t be afraid of shooting us an email and we’ll steer you in the right direction and get you hooked up with a Guess store near you.