Have you ever been curious about designers and their thought-process before going in front of thousands of people and live television? I have! I’ve also, been reluctant to voice a question such as “what were you thinking?” for fear that my question will be received with an intense glare and angry bird eyes. In my quiet voice, a “sorry” would be uttered as I back up and run far far away.
Attending four previous fashion weeks in Toronto, this year, I was invited to Vancouver Fashion Week for the first time. For a full week, VFW Founder and Producer Jamal Abdourahman introduced me to various designers showcasing their creations – my question nagging in the back of my mind. By the fifth day, I was seated next to a lovely woman designer – Canella Hostal – whom I discovered would be showcasing her designs the following evening.
After talking for awhile and watching another runway show, I blurt out “When you are creating a collection, what is going through your head? Do you ever look at other designer collections, compare or think they are nuts?” I cringe, waiting for angry bird eyes. Canella laughs and explains “The runway is the one place where a designer gets to show off just how creative they are. Sure, you can make the designs mainstream, but on that one day, you get to show the world just how creative you are – you want to go all out. Every piece expresses an emotion, impression or feeling you were having at a particular time. Musicians express it through music, Artist with art, and Designers with each piece.”
We have become so accustomed to cheap and mainstream clothing that the thought of clothes being art never crosses the majority of our minds. How we piece each item together gives one “self-identity” but what about the cuts, fabrics, and colours? What story do they tell? Fashion week allows designers, local and internationally, to express themselves through designs and materials that are sometimes not considered by the mainstream consumer. For sure they dictate what the next trend is by including it in the overall design and it’s easy to spot, but after this conversation, I now know what to say to that person who blurts out “what is that?” while attending a fashion show.
Canella Hostal is a French-born, Dubai-living Designer and Teacher at Esmod Dubai. Lines, stripes, flowers and tropical feelings inspire her newest collection ‘Tropical Symphony’ – This is the identity for the collection.
Canella commented, “Mixing flowers and playing with the stripes were very challenging and I loved it! Flowers and stripes are quite the opposite of each other; flowers reflect spring and summer and are soft and delicate. On the other hand, stripes are straight to a point with no limits and totally free.” Canella Hostal Couture SS17 follows her authentic touch, by combining colors such as; blue, red, white, orange and pink. Her new collection includes menswear for the first time.
“The MONIKA CHIANG collection is not designed for a woman of a specific age or who lives in a particular place – it’s all about her attitude and spirit. She is a fashion-forward woman with a deep appreciation of other cultures,” Monika explains. “I design with her in mind. I want my collection to help empower women to dress with confidence and feel comfortable, without sacrificing style.”
Monika Chiang has a collection that includes apparel, handbags, shoes and jewelry. You can create an awesome style of your own with this stuff.
Artemy’s Spike Sneaker (feeling a little rebellious?)
La Prima Studded Ballet Flat, Berry (so cute!)
Sobek Ankle Bootie
Signia Shoulder Bag
Signia Gold Crossbody Bag (love it!)
Leather Legging with Suede Side Panels, Black
Leather Legging with Suede Side Panels, Chocolate (I want to get a pair of leather leggings…)
Dip-Dyed Skinny Jean, Slake/Blackberry (I love those heels)
I want everything here and more…
We all know ethics can get a little hazy in the fashion world, battling moral issues from fur production to environmental waste to workers’ rights; however, more and more designers and fashion consumers alike are recognizing that that looking good can often come at prices that rise above monetary value. Fair trade clothing and accessories (that is, eco-friendly and organic) are acquiring support and gaining momentum as fashionistas the world over have begun to defend the cause, one of them being the bewitching Emma Watson.
It’s great to see celebrities getting involved in real world issues that are easier to just ignore. Miss Watson has teamed up with People Tree, a fair trade designer in the UK, to create an eco-friendly line that’s gorgeous AND green. You go girl!
Do your part and Go Green at People Tree Online !
The Art of Re Use project in the past few years has really grown. They offer a boutique style shopping experience for thrift and vintage pieces, giving an original take on second hand shopping. The Art of Re Use is a very interesting concept because you are reusing fashion pieces therefore being more eco friendly and sustainable.
Our favourite clothes collection is coming toToronto once again and this time it’s for WOMEN!!! The Art of Reuse is opening an Ivy League store next spring for women inTorontothat would love to look stylish for under $50. With the most unique jackets, the woolliest sweaters, the sexiest dresses and accessories all at the low price of $50. Will you be checking it out??
Full-figured women often have a hard time finding stylish clothes and accessories that allow them to flaunt their curves without sacrificing fit, quality or comfort. Last month The Limited provided a solution to this problem with their new line, eloquii.
eloquii by The Limited features an array of fashions from professional to casual, all of which are designed to accentuate and compliment the plus-sized physique.
eloquii also has a “Shape My Style” tab on its website that provides personal styling suggestions based off of your body type, guiding you to the best options to enhance your curves.
I love the styles–they are fun, feminine and sexy. Check out some of the looks in their Fall 2011 Collection and let me know what you think!
I love being cheeky and literally pushing people’s buttons and boundaries. So when I saw this clothing line, I literally screamed… with joy of course.
Sober is sexy is a new fresh clothing line that is taking substance abuse recovery into a new fun way. With every purchase they donate 5% of funds to substance abuse recovery.
I want them all!!!