Renata Morales takes over the Phi Centre

Renata Morales

If you know anything about the fashion scene in Montreal, then you will not miss Reneta Morales’ June bash. And if you don’t, you’ll still want to be there, too.

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Get Back in Brow Shape

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If you haven’t resolved your eyebrow issues, then it’s time to get them back into shape as the healthy, bushy, and well-groomed brow trend is gaining steam with each passing season.

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Philippe Dubuc S/S13

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Philippe Dubuc’s newly released video is a teaser of his spring/summer 2013 collection.

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Sustainable Fashion

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Eco Fashion Week begins in a just under two weeks, bringing fashion and sustainability together in an event that mixes education and style.

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Hats Off!

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A fashion exhibit of hats and headpieces takes over the McCord museum this summer.

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Global Fashion

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The fashion world, at times, has tunnel vision when it comes to some of the top fashion week’s around the world, but there are plenty of other cities, besides the major ones, hosting great fashion weeks with unique talent.

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Saint Laurent, is that you?

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Is Saint Laurent’s latest advertising campaign by Hedi Slimane a vision going unseen or is it a train-wreck in the making?

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Formichetti Is Rebooting Diesel

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If you thought that Diesel’s vision was already over the top, then we should all brace ourselves because NicolaFormichetti
will be joining the ranks of the provocative Italian label.

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Black Is The Colour of UNTTLD

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UNTTLD, the brand behind Montreal’s José Manuel St-Jacques and Simon Bélanger, showed their fall/winter 2013 collection at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. A monochromatic dream, the pieces were the epitome of simple elegance.

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La Dolce Vita

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Dolce and Gabbana go the royal route in their embellished, mosaic, and crown laden collection, taking cues straight from Italy itself.

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Fun House

Fun House

Bold prints, pattern overdoses, and mixes of colour reign in this house, where dress up never ends and the party is just getting started.

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H&M at Paris Fashion Week

H&M Paris Fashion Week

H&M debuts their Autumn 2013 collection in their first ever catwalk show at Paris Fashion Week.

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Mercedes-Benz Start Up

Mercedes-Benz Start Up

Mercedes-Benz Start Up, an initiative set to help aspiring designers make their mark, is searching for the next big Canadian talent.

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Diesel Black Gold

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Diesel Black Gold collection mixes leather and lace in a biker chic collection.

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Backstage at BCBGMAXAZRIA

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An inside look at BCBGMAXAZRIA.

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Eastern Edge

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BCBGMAXAZRIA fall/winter 2013 collection is New York meets Istanbul.

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Montreal Fashion Week: Pedram Karimi

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Amidst the backstage chaos before Pedram Karimi’s show at Montreal Fashion Week on Monday night, a model remarked about the mile-high flatform’s she was wearing, “they’re actually more comfortable than the high heels we usually get.”

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Boutique Oxford: Livres et Chaussures

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Lancée le cinq octobre dernier, la Boutique Oxford se distingue rapidement de ses principaux concurrents et devient en quelques mois l’une des bonnes adresses de Montréal.

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Melancholia

Melancholia

Equal parts the seductress and the dominatrix, red lace and black leather form a darkly sweet mélange. Every rose has its thorns.

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Emotional Rescue

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Le Charme Discret

Le Charme Discret

Lithe bodies and feline poise spell seduction. With flashes of skin, sensuous straps, and shapely curves, these undergarments are the glamorous uniform for contemporary coquetry. The cat’s out of the bag – this lingerie is made to be seen.

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Liaisons Dangereuses

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James Bond may be a spy with style, but the real essence of mystique and seduction is the infamous Bond girl. No matter the time or the place she always packs an arsenal of glamour. An homage to the smoothest siren on the silver screen

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Stand by Me

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David Beckham Bodywear at H&M

David Beckham Bodywear at H&M

Superstar soccer player and male style icon, David Beckham has teamed up with director Guy Ritchie for Beckham’s latest H&M underwear campaign.

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Georgia May Jagger for H&M

Georgia May Jagger for H&M

If fashion and rock’n’roll were to have a child, that child would be Georgia May Jagger. The 21-year-old model and youngest daughter of rock-legend Mick Jagger and supermodel Jerry Hall has fittingly been chosen as the new face of H&M’s spring collection campaign.

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Divine

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If God is in the details, so too is style. From intricate lace, to appliqué to beading, exquisite embellishments create a playground for the senses. Complementing sleek silhouettes, texture and bold colour take control.

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Fatal Attraction

Fatal Attraction

Opulent femininity, sexy and dangerous curves, you can forget about the less is more philosophy. If to be a woman means to be “generous” then some women have more than enough for the excesses of luxury. What item of clothing hugs and celebrates the body more than fine lingerie.

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Diamonds Are Forever

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Hunting High & Low

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Pump Up the Volume

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Christopher Bates

Christopher Bates

A man with the belief that love is the most powerful force in the universe and with the ability to design men’s clothing accordingly is certainly worth listening to. So, when Toronto-based menswear designer Christopher Bates said, “Love is my core inspiration and a central theme for my brand. Not just romantic love, but love for life,” it was impossible not to take note.

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Designer Duo: Tavãn & Mitto

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We met up in their boutique/workshop located on Saint-Laurent boulevard in Montréal. While sipping their espressos, Payam Tavan and Mike Mitto reflect on the notion of love, the day’s topic. “Love of women,” they sigh in the same voice. “What can you do,” explains Tavan, “we love women! It’s for them that we design. There’s a reason why we installed our workshop above the store: we wanted to be able to observe our clientele when they first come in so that we can get a feel for their energy and find what they’re looking for. To see them evolve is a source of constant inspiration.”

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Designer Duo: UNTTLD

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“We spend all our time together, 24 hours a day,” confides José Manuel, who is now sporting a noticeably shorter ‘do since our last meeting. Since then, Simon Bélanger also stopped by the hairdresser. Makes sense: “We do everything together, absolutely everything!” A quote that says it all.

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Designer Duo: Martin Lim

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Danielle Martin and Pao Lim fused their two family names to launch their very own label. It’s a definite sign of boundless love. “The night that we met, Pao had bleach blonde hair and I was wearing a wig that I’d bought in the Patricia Fields boutique in NYC, the stylist from Sex and the City,” confides Danielle Martin, who at the time was a young fashion enthusiast fresh out of Cégep. “Danielle told me, “You have nice hair, you know!” And that’s how it all started,” adds Pao Lim, who was then himself just finishing a bachelors degree in psychical activity and sports science. “That’s where he gets his sport/chic inspiration from,” jokes Martin.

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Elie Saab: The Prodigy of Love

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To speak of fashion and Love with a capital “L” without mentioning Elie Saab would be heresy in the greatest form. That’s because, intrinsically, the style of this Lebanese designer, who rubs elbows with red carpets and haute couture clientele, is an ode… to love.

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Monocle Shop

Monocle Shop

The Monocle media brand is expanding its global reach with the recent inclusion of Toronto as their fifth retail shop among select few international locations (New York, London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong).

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Mark Your Calendar: Montreal Fashion Week

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While we are all eagerly anticipating the upcoming winter holidays, the Montreal fashion community already has its eye fixed a little further ahead in the calendar. Planning is well under way for the 24th installment of Montreal Fashion Week, which will be taking place from February 4th-7th, 2013.

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Gravitypope’s Designer Shoes & Apparel Heaven

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Gravitypope is a big name among the fashion-savvy in Western Canada, which Toronto will now get closely acquainted with. The independently-owned high end men’s and women’s boutique (first opened as a footwear boutique in Edmonton in 1990) stocks some of the finest brands today: Acne, A.P.C., Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marni, Maison Martin Margiela and Rag & Bone.

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Alain Mikli

Alain Mikli

In the world of optics, Alain Mikli is a legend. He has become the symbol of a revolution that has changed both perceptions and codes of the international eyeglass trade. As grand creator, he has designed glasses for a number of celebrities from Grace Jones to Kanye West, not to mention also some of the biggest designers such as Issey Miyake, Jill Sander, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Philippe Stark. To meet Alain Mikli is to discover a universe where philosophy and passion are intertwined.

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Gotstyle in Distillery District

Gotstyle in Distillery District

This dapper menswear style shop is expanding to a second, larger location (at 7,000 square feet and two levels) in the heritage Distillery District, with the official opening in January.

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Seduced by James Bond

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Fifty years later, he is still an icon for men and an object of desire for women, or vice versa for both genders. He is at the heart of the longest-running film franchise; a pop culture icon that transcended the world of cinema. Blame it on his effortlessly cool and classic style coupled with that British charm. I am talking about Bond, James Bond, of course.

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The Chanel Constellation: Diamonds

In November 1932, Coco Chanel revolutionized the world of jewelry in debuting her collection Bijoux de Diamants (Diamond Jewelry). The press immediately flocked to her hotel showroom on Faubourg Saint-Honoré street to admire the dazzling collection, a collection that captivated based on its modern and audacious touch.

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Sharp Like Strellson

Sharp Like Strellson

Although The Bay has carried some items from this Swiss menswear brand for some time, we’re glad nonetheless that a Strellson flagship shop has recently opened at Bloor and Avenue – the first in North America.

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Tiger of Sweden/Jeans: Paint it Black

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No one does the Scandinavian minimalist look as sharply as Tiger of Sweden. It is a go-to brand (whose heritage traces to a small town on the west coast of Sweden in 1903) for contemporary “24/7” suits for men and rock-chic collections for both sexes. And more recently, Tiger of Sweden has been accumulating quiet yet significant praise for its Tiger of Sweden/Jeans denim line.

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PARAGON by WOUDENBERG at Nyood Lounge

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It takes that extra level of creativity to create something truly unique in the world of jewelry design, where almost everything has “already been done”. The trick is to find something beautiful no one would have thought to look at, an idea Emily Woudenberg is no stranger to. The young designer brings out the beauty of architecture with her S/S line of elaborate statement jewelry… By Elayne Millar

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Irina Rock’n Roll Muse

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Irina has porcelain skin, a heart-shaped mouth, and doe eyes. She also has a blossoming career: she’s part muse for the biggest luxury brand names, singer, and musician. Irina Lazareanu brings fire to the stage! This is the voyage of an atypical star standing on top of the world! By Elsa Vecchi

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Greta Constantine and 5 Gum

This October, the Toronto fashion world was shocked to hear that designer duo Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, the minds behind the Toronto-based brand Greta Constantine, where not on this season’s Fashion Week calendar. The pair did their own thing this season.

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Nicolas Hamel, Lunetier Vintage

Collectionneur passionné de montures, c’est en observant un manque important dans l’industrie de l’optique qu’il décide de lancer sa propre compagnie, convaincu qu’il pourrait répondre à la demande toujours grandissante. [article in French] Continue reading

Converse Cult

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Oversized logos, sculpted silhouettes, iconic campaigns — More than one-hundred-years after their creation, Converse shoes have become king of street style and urban design. There are big plans brewing for the all-stars, which are continually reinventing their style with each season.

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Private Life

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The superstar is always dressed up and always on display. Fleeing the paparazzi she drags her bodyguards to the Ritz. Escape in luxury.

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Chromatics

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With the release of their latest album, Kill For Love, Chromatics has solidified their place as a pillar of modern electro music. The following is an interview with the Montréal group.

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Night Clubbing

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Toronto Book

Toronto Book

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Perfomance

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From Prince, to Tokyo Hotel, rock n’ roll has always blurred the line between the sexes. After all, if you can play more than one instrument, why not play more than one gender? With a heady dose of androgyny, we flout expectations.

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Success

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Rock is Chic

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Glam Rock

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The Sound of Style

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Tiger of Sweden Jeans have never been scared to dare. Like the world of emerging music, the brand is continually looking for originality and audacity.There’s a lot of fire behind this centennial label and it’s far from going out of style.
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Black Celebration

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Goth culture has always had one big love: black. But with lace, length, and alluring silhouettes, we take the macabre romance a little further, striking an indulgently somber tone.

Photography Lily & Lilac
Styling Nadia Pizzimenti

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New Wave

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Photography Yann Ostiguy
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Montreal Fashion Week SS13: Pedram Karimi

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Arsenal’s smaller Salle Galerie was packed tight before the presentation of Pedram Karimi’s highly anticipated second collection. The talented young designer caught our eye last year with his strikingly minimalist debut, which explored androgyny and architectural shapes he referred to as “hunches.” It was highly indicative of Karimi’s approach to fashion – he’s a designer who trades not only in clothes, but also, and perhaps more importantly, in concepts.

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Interview: Christian l’enfant Roi

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Christian Deslauriers is a Montreal-based menswear designer who’s label, Christian l’enfant Roi, has garnered media attention and a devoted following of some of the city’s most stylish gentlemen. After he announced that he would be moving to Copenhagen, Denmark this summer, I sat down with Deslauriers to find out what the move will mean for him, and his work.

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Greta Constantine Spring 2013 collection and 5Gum collaboration

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Greta Constantine step out of the Toronto Fashion Week mold with a collection of forward Asian-inpired pieces.

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Paradis Blanc

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City Limits

City Limits

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Spécial Sport

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Simply Desirable

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Caprice

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Paris Montréal

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Designing the Body: Mr. Pearl

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Mr. Pearl’s corsets have legendary shape in the world of fashion. As a corsetier (corsetmaker), Mr. Pearl practices an art and skill that was long thought to have died. The beauty of corsets have captivated him so much that he’s been wearing one since the age of 30, giving him a slender waistline of just 45.7 cm. His work is admired by the biggest names in fashion: Galliano, McQueen, Westwood, Lacroix, Mugler and Gaultier. The following is a rare interview with the man of the shadow.

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Eco Fashion Week

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Creator of the very first Eco Fashion Week in the world, Myriam Laroche is above all a free spirit, audacious and passionate, who takes her convictions seriously. More and more, she teaches her eco-style to fashion and planet Earth lovers in hopes of educating, motivating, and affectionating them towards eco-friendly design.

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Shan: Above the Wave

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Chantal Lévesque is a woman who always looks towards the future. Smart and creative, for over 25 years she has dared to push boundaries and markets. After conquering the States, France, Spain and further east, such as Russia and Ukraine, Lévesque now has her eyes set on Asia.

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Chloé Comme Parris

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Chloé Comme Parris’ brand new studio has opened in perfect timing, as the label is soon to be in high demand. Following an impressive Fall 2012 collection shown at World MasterCard Fashion Week, the designer duo has wasted no time in their new studio space working on new clothing and jewelry.

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Coco’s Closet

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Coco’s Closet may as well be named Consignment Treasures. Aptly located in the Bloor West region of Toronto, the designer consignment store is a must-shop. Though the boutique is small, the selection is more than noteworthy. The stock is carefully selected, as not to overwhelm the customer à la Kensington Market.

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RAC Boutique

RAC Boutique

Yorkville’s RAC Boutique is home to a long list of international, emerging, and undiscovered designer collections. Often the first place to find the hottest up-and-coming designers, RAC’s shelves are currently filled with pieces by Stine Goya, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Caitlin Power, Greta Constantine, Camilla Skovgaard, Mandy Coon, Pamela Love, Sass and Bide, and more.

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Oliver Spencer

Oliver Spencer

Since opening his first Canadian boutique on Queen West, British tailor Oliver Spencer has fit right in—right between the shops of Fred Perry and Ruins, to be exact. With other locations in New York and London being a bit out-of-reach, Torontonian men who fancy exquisite craftsmanship with a heritage sense of style have been keeping this location absolutely bustling.

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Designer New Wave// Valerie Dumaine

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A graduate of Montreal’s LaSalle College in 1997, Valérie Dumaine started her career as an illustrator, pattern maker, and designer for various companies in Montreal. After a stint in England alongside designer Gail McConaghie, she made her way to Berlin to soak up the underground spirit of the renowned German city…

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Designer New Wave// Anastasia Lomonova

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Born in Odessa, Ukraine, the dark haired-beauty studied at Toronto’s Ryerson University. After some time spent in the ateliers of Montreal designers Valérie Dumaine and Nadya Toto, she dove head-first into the waters of independence, standing alone at the helm of her own Montreal-based label since 2006…

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Designer New Wave// Thomas Tait

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“The next big thing in fashion,” the British media repeats again and again. At age 24, Montréal-designer Thomas Tait has become the it-thing of the day with his beautiful collections that are destined to someday equal the classics…

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Designer New Wave// Lucian Matis

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Years later, and after studying at Toronto’s Ryerson University, he is still designing, and has already garnered numerous awards.

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Designer New Wave// Ezra Constantine

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Years later, and after studying at Toronto’s Ryerson University, he is still designing, and has already garnered numerous awards.

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Designer New Wave// UNTTLD

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José Manuel and Simon Bélanger launched their womenswear line in January 2011. The two followed fairly disparate trajectories leading to this mutual end: José studied fashion design at Montreal’s Lasalle College, as well as at the prestigious Domus Academy in Milan, while Simon is a recent graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts at another Montreal institution, Concordia University.

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Designer New Wave// DUY

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A graduate of Montreal’s Lasalle College in 2000, Duy is one of the rising stars of Quebec’s fashion industry. After detouring to London and Paris, and working with large commercial brands, he took the next logical step forward, and began his own line.

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Marie Saint-Pierre

Marie Saint-Pierre

After 25 years of creation, with no less than 50 collections under her belt, Marie Saint Pierre is growing into a style ever more refined, focusing her creative energy on the simple placing of fabrics and a seamless stitch.

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Philippe Dubuc

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“Like a building, clothes are built. Like a skyscraper, my style is a reflection of urban civilization and cosmopolitan culture,” says the Montreal designer, Philippe Dubuc, of his line. The pieces are minimalist and chic, always a little “rock”, with mineral tones, structured and, more and more, deconstructed. “I have to warn you that the more time passes the more I like to deconstruct the meticulous side of my earlier designs.”

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Denis Gagnon

Denis Gagnon

“The most classic and pure lines possible,” says Denis Gagnon of his fall/winter collection for 2012/2013. Fashion is and has always been a question of being able to see into the future, always two seasons ahead. “Women and men, it’s the same battle… because, yes, it’s all about masculine looks for next winter!”

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Bold Ambitions: Arthur Mendonça

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Arthur Mendonça’s designs have been labeled with every synonym of the word “bold” under the umbrella, and rightly so. But they are also definitively elegant, sexy and sleek – just revisit his Autumn/Winter 2011 presentation for a taste of the plunging necklines and the rich violet and cobalt colours. And with the recent Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, you can add another descriptor to his design esthetic: risqué.

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Stripped to the Minimal: Jeremy Laing

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Jeremy Laing has been consistently receiving praise from such style authorities as WWD, Vogue and Style.com, and successively refining his showings at New York Fashion Week. So the next big feat for the fellow Canadian is capturing the Paris crowd, with his unique take on minimalist wear.

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Elisa Sednaoui

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A fairy appears to have blessed the day this French-Italian actor and model of 24 years, Elisa Sednaoui, was born. Niece of photographer Stéphane Sednaoui, and goddaughter of the famous shoemaker Christian Louboutin, Sednaoui has become the muse of great designers: Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, Haider Ackermann, and Rad Hourani.

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Jared Leto

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Costume or canvas? Decked in Ran Hourani, 40–year old, aesthetically infamous actor / musician / producer / director / and-sometimes-model Jared Leto unbuttons his thoughts on fashion and design, the intersection and importance (or lack thereof) of the two.

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Rad Hourani

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Rad Hourani, Quebec designer of Jordanian origin, has two collections under his belt: his ready-to-wear line, “Rad by Rad”, and his self-titled upscale line, “Rad Hourani”. Hourani is 29-years-old — five of those years spent as a designer — with a strong interest in architectural concepts. He is a rising star of design, a multidisciplinary artist, and lifts the veil on people around him from across the four corners of the world. From friends to close partners, Hourani has captured them all wearing his designs.

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Cult

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Under Your Spell

Under Your Spell

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Venus

Venus

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Daydreaming

Daydreaming

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Every You Every Me

Every You Every Me

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Glam Doll

Glam Doll

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New Kid on the Block: Gio Diev

New York has a new young prodigy of the shoe: Gio Metodiev. This is the portrait of a designer who dreams of heels drowned in luxury, high in class, dressed in colours and all in centimeters.

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The Room

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Arc’téryx

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Luxury is more than a product: it’s an emotion, a sensation and also an experience and the one we want to share merits first a little detour. A meeting at the summit with Arc’téryx, the famous Canadian clothing company…

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