Vogue Spain did a spread this week about winter style in Toronto. I love how Dee incorporated her Indian embroidered and beaded velvet jacket from the shop!
Stefania Yarhi stopped me outside the tents on Tuesday to ask a few questions for Fashion Magazine.
What are you wearing and why?
“A 1970s silver fox collar, ‘60s blazer, ‘60s hand beaded blouse, Zara necklace, Noir spike bracelet, YSL cocktail ring, my mother’s first gold ring she got for her 16th birthday, Zara pants, vintage pony hair purse from Emporium by I Miss You, and the shoes are Boutique 9. I’m trying to go for a little bit of an unconventional fall look by incorporating some florals and really pulling my pastels into the colder weather.”
What are you doing at the tents?
“I work such long hours that I don’t often get to really see a lot of the people in my field, so it’s an opportunity to connect. I come because I love to see what the city has to offer and what the designers are doing. I take that inspiration back to my shop and it influences the way that I style vintage in my boutique.”
What do you like about Toronto fashion week?
“I love that there is such an intimacy in the Toronto community. I get to support not just the grander creative fashion world in the city but also individuals. You know that when you buy one of their pieces or go to the show that it’s going to someone who you genuinely like and respect.”
The yellow blazer is a popular item this spring and has graced the collections of Oscar de la Renta, Hermès, and Burberry to name a few. In lieu of this season’s trendy must have, we’ve listed three distinct yet equally fashionable ways to style our own Yves Saint Laurent blazer ($275), which is currently available at the boutique.
A sure way to achieve a clean and sophisticated look is to wear basic pieces that will neutralize your outfit. A yellow blazer has enough personality to stand on its own, so let it be your primary focus by layering the blazer atop a skin toned crew neck. Currently in store, we have a gold knit blouse ($55) that will allow the YSL blazer to really pop. Then, add a yellow skirt or trouser. A matching suit is a timeless must-have and, thankfully, we have a yellow Michael Kors skirt ($75) that’ll complete the look perfectly. This outfit is the embodiment of elegance and can easily transition from the office to evening drinks. Take this look a step further by pulling your hair back, adding a nude heel and a contrasting clutch.
This outfit is intended for the animated woman. Carefree and light-hearted, you never shy away from colour and you understand how to balance split complimentary colour palettes. Our 1970s hand embroidered silk blouse ($75) and turquoise skirt with back pleats ($72) are the perfect pieces to recreate this look. A helpful tip when colour blocking is to avoid pieces of the same tone. For example, we’ve used a light tinted pastel blouse as to avoid directly clashing with the blazer. Overall, this look is for the fashion conscious individual, but it can still be worn from work to play. Take this look a step further by layering chunky jewelry and keeping in trend with the funky tone of this look.
You are a trendsetter; grand entrances are your forte and you’re known for your remarkable fashion sense. Pushing the boundaries is what you do best, so why not mix prints?! Whether a graphic polka dot shirt or an ornate floral print, you are able to layer loud pieces successfully because you have the confidence to do so. This polka dot stretch top ($35) is a great print to mix with our Ungaro silk floral skirt ($249). Since the skirt’s details pick up on the hue of the yellow blazer, this outfit is coordinated just enough to be worn effectively. The next step in perfecting this look is to find a great pair of statement pumps.
Meghan from Fashion East was in town from Halifax last week and snapped a shot of me in front of the shop. I was wearing a 1950s lace blouse, 1980s suede fringe skirt, 1960s silk head scarf, 1970s gold arm snake, Woven Joy friendship bracelets (we have tons in stock), and my Industry of All Nations patent leather flats.
Not only are we great friends, but Jaclyn is an amazing fashion photographer. We’re shooting my look book tomorrow. So excited!
This picture was snapped by Sidewalk Hustle outside of the shows this past Thursday. I was wearing a 1980s rhinestone necklace, 1960s paisley jacket, 1970s Giorgio Armani silk blouse that was my mum’s, Wilfred pants, Aldo shoes, and purse from Winners.