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Fashion Jobs – Two-Pieces You Can Wear to the Office This Summer

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

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Summer style is effortless, fun and most of all comfortable, which is definitely needed especially on those hot and sometimes humid days. A seasonal favourite of most women poolside and also that’s become a big style trend this year on the fashion streets are two pieces. From bathing suits to top and pant sets, two pieces are dominating this summer’s style picks for all sorts of events like festivals, weddings, beach trips and even brunch. But with most two pieces being cropped or short sets, it can be a little hard to take this trend into the office. You know we love making the hottest trends work appropriate, so of course, we had to share our list of two pieces that you can wear to the office!

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Little Ray Of Sunshine
Bring the sunshine into the office while you’re stuck inside for most of the day with this deep yellow pantsuit from Zara. The blazer is a peplum style, a great alternative to your classic blazer paired with a skinny trouser sitting at mid-waist. This set can be paired with nearly everything from a blouse or t-shirt to heels or a white sneaker and is a great investment as each piece can be worn both together or separately.

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Casual Co-ord
Casual Fridays don’t have to be boring with your typical t-shirt and jeans, and you can have fun with your outfits while still adhering to any dress codes. This casual two piece set from Boohoo is the perfect pick to wear not only to the office on Fridays but depending on your office culture can be dressed up with heels and accessorized to create a more polished look for the rest of the week.

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Another great power suit, combining a classic cut with one of our favourite pattern trends, is this one from Topshop. This is definitively a suit that you’ll keep in your wardrobe for years to come with its timeless style. The only downfall is this isn’t available at Canadian Topshop inside Hudson’s Bay, and will need to be ordered off the UK Topshop site. But between the perfect grey check pattern and the versatility of this set, we guarantee it’s worth it!

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Flowy Florals
We’re all about sets that look just as great with your closet staples as they do together, and this kimono and wide leg trouser set from Pretty Little Thing could almost be the poster child for versatility. Putting aside all the outfits these could make with other wardrobe pieces, together alone you can get totally different looks by wrapping up the kimono to leaving it open with a top. The light chiffon material makes it perfect for those warm days while still being appropriately covered for the office.

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Perfectly Pieced Together
Looking for a co-ord set that’s a little different from a two piece suit? Then this striped combo from ASOS is a must-have! A button and tie-up shirt which even though are cropped works perfectly for the office when paired with something high waisted, like it’s matching culotte bottoms. This cozy co-ord set is perfect for those Mondays where you’d rather wear your PJs into work and is sure to be a favourite summer long!

 

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Product Info:

  1. Zara Peplum Blazer & Skinny Trousers, $99.90 & $49.90
  2. Boohoo Kelly Tie T-Shirt & Rainbow Stripe Co-ord, $62
  3. Topshop Checked Double Breasted Suit & Trousers, $200
  4. Pretty Little Thing Nude Large Floral Kimono & Wide Leg Trouser, $110
  5. ASOS New Look Stripe Tie Front Top & Trousers Co-ord, $48

 

By: M.J. Elle, Toronto, ON, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – The Five Floral Pieces You Need this Spring

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

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A wise woman once said, “Florals for spring? Ground-breaking.” Yet each year, florals continue to be one of the hottest patterns for spring both on the catwalk and in-store. Florals can brighten any outfit and add a unique twist on how you style them. This pattern should not just be seen as the go-to because of the season, but also as a pattern that can be transitioned into your wardrobe year-round. Here are SNTF’s top five floral pieces we think you need to invest in this spring.

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Floral Jacket
There is no better way to make a statement this spring than with a chic, floral jacket. What is that old saying? April showers bring May flowers? Make sure you’re covered for all different weather with this piece. Styled with dark skinny jeans and a plain white v-neck or even over a sleek, slip dress and sneakers, a floral jacket is exactly what you need this season to stand out in a crowd.

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Floral booties
When it comes to boots, booties are perfect for spring because they can be styled with just about anything from dresses and jeans to skirts and shorts. This spring, swap your go-to black booties for a pair of playful floral booties for an instant wardrobe refresher. Floral booties can effortlessly play up a little black dress and dress up your jeans, not to mention they’re just fun overall.

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Floral Dresses
When the sunshine comes out, throw on a flowy, floral dress for an instant spring-approved look. Whether you’re headed to work, out for brunch or you’re planning on running errands, floral dresses are extremely versatile and can be worn dressed up or down. Our favourite ways to style a floral dress for spring is casual and styled with a pair of white sneakers and a leather jacket or dressed up with a pair of pumps or wedges.

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Floral Trousers
For those days when it’s just too cold to wear a dress, or when jeans just aren’t dressy enough, floral trousers will be your wardrobe saviour. Style with a plain or graphic tee and you’re good to go for the day. Getting dressed for work? Style a pair of floral trousers with a sleek blazer in a neutral colour and a chiffon blouse for a fashionable yet office-appropriate look.

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Floral Bag
For those who aren’t quite brave enough to try out a bold floral pattern all over, adding a floral bag is just your answer. A floral bag is the perfect pop of colour and playful addition to your look that everyone will stop and ask you about. And plus, with handbags, you have so many options to choose from. Grab a big tote, clutch or small cross body bag with a playful, floral print, and you’ll have the ultimate go-to bag for spring and summer.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – Fashion News Recap

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

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Is Anna Wintour Leaving Vogue?
Rumours have been swirling around the acclaimed fashion magazine after Page Six reported that Anna Wintour may be gearing up to retire as Editor-In-Chief at Vogue. Wintour has been with the magazine for 30 years – it’s hard to imagine Vogue without this iconic sunglasses-clad, Chanel toting maven. Sources from Condé Nast have denied these rumours, so as of now it’s just gossip.  

 

Miniso Planning to Open 500 Canadian Locations
The expansion is happening quicker than anticipated for this Chinese retailer. After the company opened its first stores in Vancouver last spring, Miniso is now expanding into Quebec, Toronto and Edmonton later this year. The multiple stores in Quebec are expected to pop up in malls and a flagship location on Montreal’s Sainte-Catherine Street. 

 

John Galliano and InStyle Magazine Hop on the Fur Ban Wagon
Laura Brown, editor-in-chief at InStyle Magazine, has announced that the magazine will no longer endorse or photograph fur. Brown took to social media on Monday saying “I want to be clear that InStyle does not photograph fur – nor do we accept advertising from fur brands. How thrilling it is that the fashion industry is beginning to embrace fur-free alternatives.” Following this announcement, Maison Margiela’s John Galliano is joining the fur-free movement as well. An encounter with senior vice president of PETA, a recent switch to vegetarianism and his adorable dog Gipsy inspired this change of direction. With so many alternatives, fur is becoming an unnecessary material to be manufactured into clothing and represent luxury. Many designers such as Gucci, Versace and Michael Kors have recently gone fur-free by opting out of using any real fur in their fashion houses. We hope to see many more designers, magazines and consumers follow in these footsteps.  

 

Don’t Miss MUJI’s 10 Day Customer Appreciation Event
Japanese retailer, MUJI has been killing it runs with their Vancouver customers. With two existing locations on Robson Street and Metrotown, plus another one opening this spring, the store has gained momentum and seen a lot of success. The event beginning Friday will include member discounts, the launch of their French Linen line, workshops, style advisors (at the Robson Street location), sales and giveaways!  

 

Gosha Rubichinskiy Set For New Adventure
On Wednesday morning, the Russian designer left the mysterious message, “We will stop Gosha Rubichinskiy brand as you’ve known it. We will have no more seasonal collections. Instead, something new is coming” on his Instagram, leaving us all to ponder what this new endeavour might entail. Rubichinskiy’s isn’t the first designer to opt out of showing seasonal collections, although his recent stellar collaboration with Burberry has fans hooked enough to follow whatever he may do next.  

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

Fashion Jobs – A Review of the Mikael D Show

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

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One of the most anticipated runway shows of Toronto Women’s Fashion Week (TWFW), Mikael Derderian’s showcase of his Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection was definitely one to reminisce. Homegrown models graced the runway while flaunting heavily embellished ball gowns and cocktail mini dresses with cuts that are completely fresh to the common eye. The two-part show left everyone in awe and somewhat visionless due to the heavy dazzles and glitz of Mikael D’s distinguished pieces but in a very good way!

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The first part of the show focused on light-toned dresses, primarily beiges and off-whites. The pieces consisted of silhouettes that are typical but are iconic due to their intricate beading and lacing. My favourite look from this segment would have to be the dress shown above. Apart from the stunning embroidery, the incorporation of both lace and silk was a delightful move because it exhibited two different textures and occasions in one dress.

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The second part of the show was introduced by a storm clip in the background along with a model’s mini acting. This foreshadowed the styles that we were about to observe, which included mostly dark-coloured ambitious pieces with hefty sparkles. The line either made people speechless as they were constantly recording each piece with their phone or tremendously vocal with their neighbours about the wonderful clothing features. I did not have a personal favourite because all of the pieces were jaw-dropping but I’d say there were some slight stand-outs amongst others including the caped romper (?) with a very low-V neckline.

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Toronto Women’s Fashion Week certainly saved its bests for last. As one of the shows to conclude the biggest fashion event in the city, Mikael D’s line was truly a definition of the nation’s value of being on the international stage; and the jam-packed runway room was a proof of that! His craftsmanship, which has been embraced by many A-list figures, completely justifies the incomparable talents underpinned by the evolving minds and technology in the Canadian fashion industry.

 

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By: Franz Tabora, Mississauga, @phranzzzz

Fashion Jobs – Weekly Recap

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

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Now that March is coming to an end, we wanted to kick off the start of the new week by recapping all our favourite Style Nine to Five articles from the week prior, just to ensure we’re all on the same page when it comes to the world of SNTF fashion. From transitional pieces for spring to embroidered jackets, here are the top articles of the week.

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Top 5 Transitional Pieces for Spring
The arrival of spring generally denotes shopping for a new wardrobe particularly for fashion fanatics. The tendency, however, is that we lean towards more summer-y pieces than transitional clothing once the positive temperatures hit. In other words, we tend to disregard that spring comes first before summer! Although many retail stores begin selling bare and lightweight pieces at the beginning of March, this doesn’t mean we have to splurge on such styles right away. We need to be more selective when it comes to buying spring pieces because not all countries experience a consistent positive temperature streak once the spring months hit. Here are five transitional pieces that are practical when the weather becomes bipolar. Read the full post here

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Embroidered Jackets for Spring
Embroidery is coming in hot for spring, as the trend continues to be seen on everything from outwear to handbags and even shoes. Jackets are a huge must-have for spring and a favourite item of most style enthusiasts as unlike winter coats or summer shorts, jackets get a wide range of use in later winter through to spring, and then again in the late summer until the last days of autumn. What is fun about embroidery is there are so many different materials to play with like beading, sequins and stitching. If you’re looking to bring the embroidered trend onto your spring outwear, our embroidered jacket picks are sure to get you swooning! Read the full post here

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Fashion News Recap
Each week we will highlight all the major retail news stories from coast to coast. This week’s roundup included a review of Canada’s first Nordstrom Rack location, Saint Laurent’s new Toronto boutique, and more. Read the full post here

 

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Canadian Brands to Shop Now

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

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It’s easy to think of all the big designers who show at Fashion Week – the ones whose covetable pieces make it onto each season’s “It” list of must-have items. For this reason, it can be tough for new or local designers to make it into the mainstream. If you’re looking to support home-grown talent, there are plenty of amazing local designer that deserve just as much attention as the larger fashion houses. For exactly this reason, we’ve rounded up five up and coming Canadian designers to watch this season and beyond.

Lesley Hampton

Lesley Hampton

Lesley Hampton is a Canadian First Nations designer based out of Toronto. In her designs, you’ll find embellishments like stones and beadwork, lace, and graphic cut-outs. Hampton’s collections focus on women’s eveningwear, but she also designs chic athleisure as well. Most important though is Hampton’s use of diverse models in her fashion shows – hers are clothes truly created for women of every shape, size, and ethnicity. Available at: http://www.lesleyhampton.com/robust/

Hayley Elsaesser

Hayley Elsaesser

Hayley Elsaesser is another Toronto-based designer that has been gaining momentum in the Canadian fashion scene in recent years. Known for her bold and quirky prints, her line caters to men and women looking to stand out in a crowd. Her colourful designs have been spotted on the likes of Katy Perry, Lilly Singh (aka. IISuperwomanII) and Miley Cyrus. Most recently, the brand has collaborated with Annabelle Cosmetics for a capsule collection of lipsticks that are as colourful as Hayley herself.  Available at: https://www.hayleyelsaesser.com/collections/all

Triarchy

Triarchy Denim

Triarchy is one of Canada’s top premium denim labels that just happens to be leading the way in sustainable luxury. Every aspect of their denim production has been altered to be more sustainable, from the low water consumption wash cycle, to the nickel-free buttons used, to the recycled leather used to create labels on the jeans. Their creative use of vintage denim results in one-of-a-kind pieces that make a bold (and environmentally-friendly!) statement. Available at: https://triarchy.com/collections

Fellow Earthlings

Fellow Earthlings

Based out of Prince Edward Island, this eyewear company specializes in custom frame sunglasses. You’re able to completely customize the lenses, frames and shape of these sunglasses to create a personalized look. Each pair is made to order in Fellow Earthlings’ PEI factory, ensuring that no-one else will be seen wearing your design. Available at: https://www.fellowearthlings.com/shop/

Sentaler

Sentaler

Beloved by international fashion favourites like Kate Middleton, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, and Meghan Markle, Sentaler is definitely a Canadian label to watch. The brand has been featured in Vogue, Elle, USWeekly, InStyle, and Vanity Fair for its timeless designs that have caught the attention of high-profile fans. With prices that start at $1000, these outerwear pieces are definitely an investment – but be prepared to wait! With all the recent media exposure, many styles are back-ordered and will only be delivered in the months ahead. Available at: https://sentaler.ca/collections/all-items

 

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By Kate Mendonca, Toronto, @kate.mendonca

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Fashion Jobs – Top 5 Transitional Pieces for Spring

Monday, March 19th, 2018

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The arrival of spring generally denotes shopping for a new wardrobe particularly for fashion fanatics. The tendency, however, is that we lean towards more summer-y pieces than transitional clothing once the positive temperatures hit. In other words, we tend to disregard that spring comes first before summer! Although many retail stores begin selling bare and lightweight pieces at the beginning of March, this doesn’t mean we have to splurge on such styles right away. We need to be more selective when it comes to buying spring pieces because not all countries experience a consistent positive temperature streak once the spring months hit. Here are five transitional pieces that are practical when the weather becomes bipolar.

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Basic Crew Sweater
You can never go wrong with a basic knit such as the crew sweater. It’s an easy go-to piece for the office or just for a casual day or night out.

 

Shop the look: Knit Sweater, $17.99, available at H&M

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Knit Culottes
These bottoms are perfect for those who are completely over “fabric overloading” in winter but are also thick enough to withstand those sudden temperature drops in spring.  

 

Shop the look: Izabelah Pant, $229.50, available at Club Monaco

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Knit Dresses
Knit dresses provide you with enough skin coverage and sensuality for a date or those spontaneous meet ups at the nearest bar. They are also appropriate in the office!

 

Shop the look: Ribbed Dress with Polo Collar, $79.90, available at Zara

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Trench Coats
Generally regarded as the best outerwear for spring, trench coats are both versatile and functional, providing a composed look anywhere you go.


Shop the look: Ellayne Trench, $229, available at Club Monaco

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Chelsea Boots
These boots are great staples all year around because of their convenience and style.

 

Shop the look: Pointed Toe Chelsea Boots, $45.90, available at Forever 21

 

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Product info:

  • Knit Sweater, $17.99, available at H&M
  • Izabelah Pant, $229.50, available at Club Monaco
  • Ribbed Dress with Polo Collar, $79.90, available at Zara
  • Ellayne Trench, $229, available at Club Monaco
  • Pointed Toe Chelsea Boots, $45.90, available at Forever 21

 

By: Franz Tabora, Mississauga, @phranzzzz

Fashion Jobs – Weekly Retail News Recap

Friday, March 16th, 2018

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Asics Opens First Canadian Flagship
The Japanese athletic brand, widely recognized for their footwear has started global expansion by opening new flagship locations. Following the opening of a flagship in Manhattan in December, Canada is joining the Asics crew with a 4,400 square foot, two-level Asics store on Queen Street West in Toronto. Sports-geared brands are becoming more prominent on this popular Toronto Street. The new Asics store is surrounded by the likes of Lululemon, Adidas and Reigning Champ and will be joined by a new Mountain Equipment Co-op location later in 2018.

 

Canadian Beauty Brand Launches into Retail
Toronto-based beauty guru, Brittny Robins has teamed up with retail expert, Bonnie Brooks to launch her skincare brand, Flawless by Friday into retail. They will be participating in 14 different pop-ups across Canada this month in popular areas in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg. Since 2015, when Robins founded her beauty brand, Flawless by Friday has been sold in approximately 100 retailers across North America, but this will be the first time the brand is stepping out on its own. Flawless by Friday combines effective skin-care ingredients with the simplicity of use to create confidence and “flawless” looking skin.

 

The World Waves Goodbye to Hubert de Givenchy
A great loss was felt in the fashion world this past Saturday when legendary designer, Hubert de Givenchy passed away in his home at age 91. The founder of the iconic fashion house, Givenchy, was famous for his elegant designs, his quintessential take on the “little black dress” and his creations worn by his friend and muse, Audrey Hepburn. Who could forget Audrey’s classic on-screen wardrobe from films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Funny Face? People will continue to look at his respected masterpieces and career as inspiration for years to come.

 

Kit and Ace Decreases Store Count in Canada
After closing all of its international locations in spring 2017, Canadian brand Kit and Ace has decreased its store count to just six locations and one coffee shop. Vancouver-based Chip Wilson and wife Shannon Wilson, the family that also owns Lululemon, founded Kit and Ace in July 2014 and took on a fast-tracked expansion internationally, bringing the store count to more than 60 stores globally. In March of last year, that number decreased to 41 stores around the world and the announcement came a month later in April 2017 that only nine Kit and Ace stores would remain open. Since then, locations in Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto have closed their doors as well. The six remaining stores are currently operating in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Oakville. 

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay

Fashion Jobs – Weekly Retail News Recap

Monday, February 26th, 2018

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MUJI announces Richmond store opening for April
As the Japanese retailer continues to see success throughout Canada, MUJI announces a third store opening in the Metro-Vancouver area. The new location in CF Richmond Centre is set to open in April of this year following Scarborough Town Centre opening next month in Toronto. The latest Richmond store will span across an 8,100 square foot space in the mall, right next to Victoria’s Secret. Given the prediction that MUJI will have between 15-20 Canadian stores by the year 2020, we can expect to be hearing more of these announcements very soon.  

 

Saks Fifth Avenue Calgary Unveiled
The American luxury department store has opened a new location in Calgary, marking the brand’s third Canadian store thus far. Saks’ beautiful new 115,000 square foot space in Chinook Centre is two floors, a huge upgrade from the last occupant, Target. The third full-line Canadian Saks has some noticeable differences from the 2016 Toronto locations. The accessory boutiques around the perimeter of the store aren’t decorated specifically for the brands contained in them and are being set up as “soft shops” rather than the designer specific boutiques in Toronto. They also seem to be missing some of the key higher end brands from the women’s designer section that are present in Toronto such as Azzedine Alaia, Oscar de la Renta, and Dior. This may be to target a more contemporary market. However, even with these differences, Saks Calgary offers personalized services, a rustic Italian restaurant and exclusive brands all grandly presented in an opulent shopping atmosphere that is sure to impress. 

 

South Asian Fashion Week to Debut in Vancouver
The Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam will be hosting a 3-day event for South Asian Fashion Week from March 2nd to 4th. This is the first time this event has been represented it Vancouver. There will be a gala and private viewing to start, followed by two days of runway shows, meeting the designers and browsing the SAFW showroom. The event will celebrate and showcase South Asian fashion designers and give a chance for people from every culture to experience upcoming trends first hand.   

 

New Manolo Blahnik Exhibition makes last stop in North America
Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes will be taking place at Toronto’s esteemed Bata Shoe Museum from May 16th, 2018 to January 6th in 2019. This will be the final stop on this exhibition’s tour after being showcased in Milan, Russia, Prague, and Madrid. The Bata Museum will have a beautiful display of Blahnik’s shoes and art, representing his important and remarkable five-decade career.  

 

Highlights from London fashion week

  • Queen Elizabeth the II and Anna Wintour make history together by sitting front row at the Richard Quinn show – the first time Her Majesty has ever attended London Fashion Week. 
  • Christopher Bailey’s celebratory exit collection for Burberry creates a note-worthy statement about his teenage life and a strong, proud and free stance on the future of the LGBTQ+ community. 
  • Erdem delights with an Adele Astaire inspired array of romantic and rich dresses and coats.  
  • J.W. Anderson shows off extremely wearable, street-style-photo worthy collection after his recent collaboration with Converse.  
  • Timeless fall trends are revisited in new ways: metallic, plaid, jacquard, florals, embellishments; creating a sense of optimism for the future of creativity and business for British fashion. 

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Christina Remenyi Founder of Fortnight Lingerie

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
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I first heard of Fortnight while working as a junior lingerie buyer and was immediately drawn to the beautiful clean lines of Christina Remenyi’s designs. Not only are her pieces made to enhance our curves, they are also made locally, in-house, right here in Toronto. Christina has built a brand that empowers women to be their true selves and a brand that is made to be a part of our daily lives. She shares with us her experience from launching the line, advice for new fashion designers and how she finds inspiration.
 

SNTF: There are so many different aspects of the fashion industry; Why did you decide on pursuing a career as a lingerie designer? 


CR: There’s something very unique about lingerie that captivated me early on.  The relationship women have with their undergarments is incredibly fascinating to begin with, but then there’s also the element of function and design needing to co-exist in this very small, very tailored garment.  At the same time, I was becoming disillusioned with what was happening with the lingerie market at the time I was starting – big box brands ruled, applying a throwaway mentality to something so special and intimate.  Size assortment was also shockingly narrow. The only way to find cups above D and back sizes that included 30 or 32 was to import them from Europe. I thought this was a problem that needed some serious attention.

 
SNTF: It must be fun and exciting to create pieces! Can you describe your creative process and where you get inspiration from?

CR: We’re lucky to work with (and for) incredible women, having the privilege to create pieces that improve the way they feel every day.  It’s a challenge we are honoured to accept and is hugely inspiring. The challenge to create pieces that are built to last – that use fabrics and finishings that are delicate but powerful is also very inspiring. That’s where our creative process begins.  The beginning stages are quite intuitive and free. Once development and sampling come into play, the challenge of problem-solving sets in and the balance of finding the perfect materials, seam placement and construction begins.
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SNTF: How would you describe your brand? Does it change as you evolve as a person? 

CR:  The Fortnight brand is about quality, timeless style and the functionality.  Our mood is always evolving with each season the company grows, but our mission stays the same. To help women feel comfortable, confident and most like their true selves.

 

SNTF: What has been your proudest moment so far?

CR: Being on the cover of Vogue Italia was pretty surreal. As was working on a recent collaboration with model and body positive activist Candice Huffine.  She is an incredible person who is shaking up the fashion industry’s vision of beauty.
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CR: I have a family of entrepreneurs who are a great source of inspiration and cheerleading. My man is also a huge source of support.

 

SNTF: What is your favorite part of your job? What is the most challenging? 

 

CR:  Without a doubt, my favourite part of the job is getting a chance to interact directly with the women wearing our product. One of my other favourite parts of the job is also probably our biggest challenge – finding the perfect fabrics.  Because our garments use so little fabric, it’s often difficult to meet the hefty minimums of some mills.  But we’re lucky to work with some incredible mills who are flexible.

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 SNTF: Running your own line must keep you pretty busy, how do you find your work-life balance?

CR: It’s a constant work in progress that’s for sure! But I’m making strides to allow things to flow and not try to force things anymore.  I’m learning to look at what’s truly important, focus on the essential and let go of the rest.

SNTF: What skills are essential to working in your role? Do you think having an industry niche is important? 

CR: Patience, determination and resilience are all important. Having a niche is also important and feel that comes naturally when creating something with true passion.  That passion is reflected in the product and gives it an element of uniqueness all on its own.
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SNTF: Do you have any tips and advice to give fashion students, as well as young designers that are just breaking into the industry?

CR: Start small and don’t try to take on more than you can handle right away

SNTF: And finally, what do you wake up looking forward to? What’s next for Fortnight Lingerie?

CR: There are a few things I can’t talk about yet – but we’re working on some new items to expand our core essentials wardrobe. Stay tuned!

 

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By: Regina Molina, Toronto, @regmarie

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