There’s no question that the rise of street style has brought with it the rise of outlandish outfits designed to catch roving photographers’ attention—and there were peacocks aplenty at last week’s runway shows at David Pecaut Square. The looks that we most admired, however, showed their wearers’ personality without being over-the-top. Here, 10 ensembles that still work outside the fashion bubble.
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The interval between summer tees and winter coats is short, leaving just a few brief weeks for one of our favourite items: the light jacket. On a recent visit to Rosedale, denizens were taking full advantage of the fleeting window in smart blazers, leather biker jackets and other seasonal layers. Here, our favourite looks from the upscale ‘hood.
Twice a year, the city’s buyers, style editors and bloggers convene at The Shows, a two-night-long prequel to Toronto Fashion Week. While the clothes on the runways are focused on the season ahead, perusing the industry-heavy crowd always offers a crash course in the biggest trends right now. This year, our favourite l
ooks had an in-your-face toughness that channelled both bikers (sunglasses, black leather, ass-kicking boots) and the military (sunglasses, army green, ass-kicking boots). Here, the best of the bunch.
After snapping the Eaton Centre crowd, it only seemed fair to check out Yorkdale’s increasingly high-end corridors. What we found: women pulling off jumpsuits, guys killing it with casual layers and enough chic bags and shoes to make us want to stop shooting and start shopping. Below, our favourite looks. Read the rest of this entry »
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Blue skin, fuchsia hair and eight-foot-tall Chewbacca costumes are hard to forget, which may be why of all the street stylers we spotted last month, we can’t stop thinking about the cosplayers at this year’s Fan Expo. Even more memorable than the rainbow-hued locks: the complete commitment to their roles. If personal style is about finding a look you feel passionate about, we’d say these mega-fans have it down pat.
Kensington Market and tattoo enthusiasts have a shared creed: both communities prize individuality, artistry and a rebel spirit (though neither the market nor tattooing are quite so alternative anymore). Here, the results of a recent search for some seriously cool body art.
Cabana Pool Bar’s turquoise pool, curtained cabanas and heart-pounding decibels have lured thousands of oiled-up PYTs—and one teenaged pop star—to the new lakeside lounge since it opened last month. An amorphous “style code,” meanwhile, keeps ratty tees and mismatched bikinis out. Here, some of the most memorable looks from a recent sweltering Saturday.
Judging by the crowd at The Stop Night Market, the ingredients for a perfect foodie event outfit include: a denim shirt, a smattering of black leather, a pair of insouciant sunglasses and—naturally—a shoulder bag that leaves both hands free for snacking. Here, our favourite looks from the summertime taste-fest.
Bloor Street’s high-low mix of luxury brands (Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel) and mass-market giants (Gap, H&M, Winners) means casual U of T students and edgy shopgirls are as much a part of the street life as diamond-wearing, it bag-toting society types. Here, our favourite looks from a recent visit.
The Financial District is loosening up. Just as stuffy power restaurants have given way to trendy, cocktail-fuelled eateries, stiff suits and dour dresses have been replaced by unbuttoned collars, floral prints and statement accessories. After all, in the modern office, professional no longer necessarily means staid. Here, our favourite looks from a recent trip to the downtown core.
The hordes of shoppers at the Eaton Centre are a study in Toronto sociology: a utterly heterogeneous mix of loitering teens, buttoned-down office workers, gawking tourists and commuters just trying to get into the subway. Here, our favourite looks from a recent trip to the mega-mall.
With winter finally over—please, let it be over—Torontonians have now started the annual task of remembering how to dress when a body-swallowing wool coat is no longer part of the equation. Although it’s a bit early for sundresses and boat shoes, we did spot a few tentative signs of spring on a recent sunny stroll: a floral pant here, a Crayola-coloured stripe there and everywhere, vintage-inspired sunglasses. The most obvious clue that spring has finally arrived, however, were the dozens of park-goers sitting with their faces turned toward the sun.
Cheery florals return in some form every spring, and judging from the runway fans at Toronto Fashion Week, this season’s incarnation is all about blown-up, smudged or otherwise distorted prints that border on the abstract. Holt Renfrew’s Moira Wright maximized the rich tones of her structured tunic with red lips and shoes, while fashion fashion blogger Lolitta Dandoy opted for black-and-white blooms (proving it’s possible to pull off two trends at once). Meanwhile, marketer Jenny Jovanovic’s coat is a great example of the “flamo” (that’s floral + camo) trend. Below, more garden-inspired prints from the tents.