Thrilled at the exclusive opportunity we’ve received through The Society to attend the official Canadian launch of the Halston Heritage Collection with my fellow Advocate Miss Angela Young, I eagerly began searching online for previews. What a gorgeous collection. Each piece was so simple yet so powerful, beautifully structured and to be honest, belongs in my closet.
From a style standpoint, the 70’s were such a breathtaking era. Flowy dresses, floral, jersey and silk with soft pleats (think Bianca Jagger and a young Lauren Hutton in a backless floor sweeping gown). It was the era of high waisted trousers, disco glamour, patterns, prints (Emilio Pucci is still a cult favorite) and effortless chic.

I adore so many trends that emerged during this time and Halston Heritage revives my favourites. They perform a flawless throwback to era that oozes glamour. Every piece evokes a classic take on a Studio 54 effortless chic. Very 70s Hollywood and absolutely timeless. They do a beautiful Charlie’s Angels’ inspired halter jumpsuit in a classic black jersey and a tie dye short version that I would wear every single day this summer if I could only get my hands on one. Their dresses are simple yet anything but basic. I love the vivid blue floor length caftan with the golden belt piece and the peach one shoulder mini. What incredible items to revive from such an important time in fashion.

I’ve only been able to find bits and pieces from the collection all over a range of online shopping sources and most sites are already very limited in selection and sizes. Absolutely looking forward to seeing these in person.



Now for the major question: do we wear Halston to the launch? Since the collection is fairly small in size I’m a bit worried about showing up in an outfit 20 other women may be wearing. A better idea may be to pay homage to the 70’s glamour evoked by the Halston pieces and go vintage for an original look. Can’t wait for the planning to begin.

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Spring. That beautiful time of year where fashionistas shed their parkas, store their Sorels and dash to the shopping malls as if in a religious effort to celebrate the end of winter and the return of sunlight, warmth and the spring/summer collections of their favorite labels and designers.

With sturdy help from numerous issues of Vogue, other fashion blogs and of course, the inspiration I daily experience living in downtown Toronto as well as my own costume shop of a closet, I’ve compiled a top 10 list of major spring trends I love, including items I would recommend looking into adding to your wardrobe this spring season.

Ever the lengthy writer, I’ve divided it into two posts: clothing and accessories. Accessories coming soon.

Spring Must Haves: Clothing

1) The Military style jacket

Yes, I know this isn’t a new trend, but military style jackets are perfect transitional items from spring to summer. They add a harder edge to any outfit and look gorgeous paired with everything from structured trousers and minis to casual cuffed shorts and denim. Balmain makes beautiful high end pieces but you can find less expensive versions at stores like Zara and H&M. For a cool retro take, check out Flashback in Kensington. The lower floor of the second store stocks old band uniforms with beautiful detailing, most in great condition although would probably need to be altered for a better, more contemporary fit. (A big bonus at Flashback: if Roger, the store owner, is around, he will happily assist you, even taking you to the behind the scenes; basement or back of the store; to help you find the perfect item. True customer service.) Below: Alice and Olivia and Balmain





2) The Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are the new little black dresses. Massively popular in the 1960s and moreso in the 1970s (my 2 favorite fashion eras), they’re coming back in a big way. Must have in your closet. There are so many diverse flattering versions out there right now. Opt for a piece that is either looser on the bottom and more fitted on the top for a flattering fit and try to avoid fabrics that are easily wrinkled because you’ll risk looking like you’re in your pjs. The short versions are a great layering piece and can be worn with tights or leggings. They look chic and take the guesswork out of putting together a great outfit. Please stay clear of all over spandex, denim and most animal prints. Below: Antik Batik and DVF.



3)The French-striped boatneck

Long are the days when horizontal stripes are considered not flattering (right?). A simple long sleeved striped boat neck tee can serve as a trusty layering piece in a revolving wardrobe in any season, its magic being that it makes any outfit look effortlessly chic (showcased ever so cleverly by Audrey Tautou’s character in Coco Avant Chanel) as well as its sheer ability to never go out of style. Today’s versions offer a myriad of options. I’ve seen great ones anywhere from American Apparel and the Gap to (most recently) a trip to an army supply store selling “authentic” Russian sailor style lightly woven versions (for men, but would look great as a looser style on women) for around 40$ in beautiful clean white and royal blue stripe. Below: Audrey Tatou and Thread Social.


4) The leather vest

The new leather jacket. Find them new or vintage, distressed or shiny and new, a leather vest transcends clothing and becomes a unbeatable accessory. Go for fitted version and be careful with the hardware. Make sure zippers, buttons and snaps look structured and not overkill. Too much metal and you begin to look more punk than high street fashion. Throw them over tank tops, t shirts and even flowy dresses to balance out the hard edge. I love the updated versions with assymetrical zippers or flowing sides. Below: Barlow and Mike and Chris.

5) Anything lace and satin

Lingerie themed pieces emerge from hibernating underneath winter wool. Think pale colors; rose, taupe, cream and textures like lace, satin and yes, even mesh. Show some skin, but stay away from anything too sheer without the proper underpinnings. Looser camis and bodysuits layered with blazers and blouses are a discreet way to play up this trend. I love vintage slips and corsets worn with lots of layers and accessories. Careful buying vintage lace and inspect carefully for rips. Below: Dolce and Gabbana corset and David Lerner leggings.



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When I spoke to Lindsey Drennan while arranging the WxW filming schedule, she indicated that she had envisioned her shoot to take place in a church.
In my mind, I had my reservations. Why? Because the last time I stepped foot in a church, I went to a Catholic high school and was forced to go to mass- what, with the long flowing robes, and the worship, and the wine that only the priest got to savour ‘What gives!? I’m underage and want a taste of the sweet nectar too. Instead I have to settle for this piece of shit cracker. Boo.’ And why did I go to a Catholic high school when I was a big fat non-religious fake? They had a superior Arts program; which as you can see, is doing me a lot of good. Anyhow, for the record I took communion like a champ. Plus I think the church I was looking for was Anglican….
So I lead us to a big downtown church thinking it has to be the right church, because I don’t know many churches, and I think ‘It’s in the area’ so I don’t bother to Google map it cuz I’m known for making gross assumptions like that. Then we walk in and ask the church ladies, who look at us all cockeyed, thinking we must be all high on “the pot” or something, because “there’s no fashion shoots going on here” and they were just about to start a service. Fail. Plus I already put $4.50 in the parking meter which bought us a fancy hour and fifteen minutes at King and Adelaide, when I could have paid $1.50 down the street where I was supposed to be. Epic Fail.
Off to the Little Trinity church where we finally hunt down Lindsey Drennan and her crew for their series is entitled “Golden Graces”.
Found it. Shot it. Love it. Can’t wait to show it.

Producer: Andy Vanderkaay

Stylist: Diana Onu (Plutino Group)

Makeup Artist: Julie Lynas (Plutino Group)

Hair Stylist: Lynzee Corbett

Models: Jenna (Ford Models), Nicole S (Next)

Photo Assistants: Brendan Meadows, GP Testa



One of the most ambitious shoots that took place as a part of this season’s WOMEN x WOMEN fashion photography exhibit, was Renata Kaveh’s series entitled, “Deserter”. She and her crew of 5 travelled to Nevada to shoot an impressive series of 12 images which embodied her modern, romantic style.

Renata described her vision for the series: “In ‘Deserter,’ land and life are captured together in a liminal space between paralysis and transformation. Imprinting the charged inky swell of an unconventional and luxuriant feminine figure onto the blankness of a desolate landscape.”

Lucky for us, she also left the cold Canada temps with her Polaroid in tow and snapped some awesome behind the scenes shots.

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It’s everything you hoped for and more…

Note: Another little tasty tidbit about Renata is that she just joined the ranks of Poor But Sexy Magazine (one of our “new mags to watch”) as a photographer on Volume II. Congrats!









Art Direction & Photography: Renata Kaveh
Stylist: Dwayne Kennedy (Plutino Group)
Hair Stylist: Diana Dagher (Plutino group)
Makeup Artist: Aniya Nandy (Plutino Group)
Model: Sophie (Envy Model Agency)
Cinematographer: Christina Woerns


Last week, we set out to assist Director extraordinaire Billie Mintz of ARC (Artists Raising Consciousness), with the seemingly impossible mission to document the 12 WOMEN x WOMEN photographers’ shoots. Our travels brought us from a cathedral in Corktown, to an antiques & vintage shop in the Junction, to a tiny cottage on a lake in rural Quebec- not to mention countless spectacular studios across Toronto and Montreal. I shit you not. 12 shoots in 8 days. Eat that Anna Wintour.
I’m proud to report that I wore the same green cargo pants to every single shoot. I’m not kidding. I don’t know how it happened. Maybe somehow, subconsciously I thought I was going into the WxW playoffs and it was for good luck. Maybe I rationalized that since I was going to be graced with the Canadian fashion industry’s most striking models, that it wasn’t even worth shaking a stick at or whatever the kids are doing these days. Plus, carrying camera equipment up several flights of industrial stairs is a bitch. You try doing it in stilettos. Excuses or not, my sense of fashion fell completely by the wayside that week, and I’m sure I made quite the dazzling impression showing up sans makeup, to a set full of our country’s finest purveyors of glamour. Epic fail.
Back to the point. I had the pleasure of being on the front lines of the action this year, meeting all the insanely talented artists and industry professionals who all come together in some miraculous way to make such beautiful images. Each set told its own story. Each team had their own dynamic. Their own vision and inspiration. It was quite something.
We’ve been editing the footage down for the this year’s photographer vignettes, which will be shown along with the photographers’ high fashion editorials at the WOMEN x WOMEN exhibition as well as displayed online. That’s why it’s been a touch quiet on the blog horn as of late, but not to worry my pretties…
TONS OF VIDEO ACTION COMING YOUR WAY PEOPLE… BRACE YO’SELF.
Here’s some behind the scenes stills to tide you over in the meantime. Enjoy.
NOTE: We would like to extend a MOST SPECIAL thank you to Billie Mintz and ARC for their generous sponsorship of WOMEN x WOMEN. This is their second year of being involved with the event, and we are so appreciative of the support and enthusiasm that they have shown since day 1. Muchas gracias!

Steven Turpin (Folio) at Genevieve Charbonneau’s studio

Lindsey Drennan walks down the aisle

Lily (One part of the Lily & Lilac Photographer duo)

Arline Malakian putting on the final touches

Asha (Ford) on set with Kat Torgashev

The boys are assigned to snow removal duty at Maude Arsenault’s shoot

Jessica Lewis (Elmer Olsen) donning a veil and a gold painted hand at Malina Corpadean’s shoot
FILM STILLS BY: Billie Mintz (Director)



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