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Fashion, New York

NYFW: Men’s Photo Diary

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It’s been a little over a week since I’ve been back from New York for Men’s Week and sigh…I wish I was still there. For the last two years, I’ve made attending Men’s Week in Paris a priority but due to a scheduling conflict this season I was unable to make it out there. That being said, I had it in my mind to make it out to New York to check out the action over there and let’s just say it was a trip worth taking!

I love New York in general, so add Men’s Fashion Week into the mix and I knew that it was going to be a great time! The energy, the people, the culture, ugh..it just feeds my soul.

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This time in  New York I got to stay in the financial district at The Four Seasons hotel (it’s stunning and the service was on point). I attended a couple shows + presentations, some after parties and events, did some shopping, some fine dining and tried out a few fitness classes.

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One of the major highlights for me this trip was attending the Bally x Swizz Beatz party at Public. It was literally a mash up of two of my favourite things, fashion and music! Everyone was dressed well, the vibe was on another level and ASAP ROCKY (pictured above) ended up taking the stage for a quick set!

That same night, my friend Jay and I ended up heading over to 1OAK  and 2 Chainz performed as well. Honestly the nightlife in New York is just crazy and you all know, I love me a good party, especially when I’m away haha!

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This trip to New York was a complete reassurance to me that I’m on the right path to figuring out my purpose. I may not know exactly what it is as of yet but I know that it’s going to involve fashion, fitness travel and connecting with people. It’s what makes me feel alive and where I feel the most inspired and connected. Thank you for everything New York, I’ll definitely be back soon!

As always, I took some photos along the way for you guys – I hope you enjoy them and thank YOU guys for continuing to explore this thing called life with me!

Christian 

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Ps. I visited Barry’s Bootcamp for the first time and let’s just say it was hands down one of the best work out classes that I’ve taken. If you’re looking for something that’ll challenge you, this is a must try! For those of you that live in Toronto, Barry’s is opening up there first location later this year – I can’t wait!
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Fashion, New York

NYFW 17 Photo Diary


christian confidential | NYFW 17New York Fashion Week… (sigh) where do I even begin? I told you guys that I was originally set to be in New York for a cool project that I was filming that coincided with Fashion Week (Women’s). I decided to extend my stay in the city to explore, shop and see a few more shows + presentations. I’ve only been to Fashion Week in New York once before which was a lot of fun but this time around the whole experience was kicked up to another level.

One thing that I’ve learned when it comes to  traveling + work is that, it’s so important to have a great team with you and good friends (Shayna, Sean, Jay + Vanessa) – it really makes the experience so much better! From attending shows, to shooting street style, to presentations + appointments, late dinners to the after parties… there was never a dull moment.

As always, I had my camera with me + iPhone 7 (the camera changed my life, review coming shortly) documenting as much of my time away as I could. Keep scrolling down to see some of my favourite moments.

Christian

Shows + Presentations included in this post:

Club Monaco, Lacoste, Nina Tiari, J.Crew, Vivienne Tam, Chanel

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Fashion, Paris

Top Five // AVOC Paris

AVOC FW17-14Hey guys, so I’m still in the middle of going through all of my stuff from Men’s Fashion Week in Paris but I thought I’d share my top 5 looks from the AVOC Paris show with you guys! I’m really into the futuristic wave that the brand is on at the moment. I’ve attended their show for the last three season and I must say that F/W17 is definitely my favourite thus far. I love the primary colour palette they decided to use and the gender neutral pieces they’ve created, it’s totally my vibe.  Peep below to see the full round up (photos are in no particular order).

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Fashion, Paris

Rochas Paris

christian confidential | rochas parisHi guys, so the other day I got the chance to check out the brand Rochas, first ever menswear collection at their office in Paris. Clean, minimal, comfortable along with silhouettes that compliment the wearer, are key words used to describe this collection. That being said, those are also the key words I use to describe my style (aka, I was really into it)! I snapped a few pics to share with you guys, so you check them out below :).

PS. are you as obsessed with the oversized silver/grey jacket as I am? The design + stitching on the pockets give it that extra flare, I couldn’t get over it – it’s also going to be available in two additional colorways!

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Events, Fashion

Canada Goose: The First Flagship Store!

christian confidential | canada goose If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you’ve probably seen me write about my love/hate relationship with winter (born and raised in Canada and I still haven’t gotten use to it haha). That being said, there is one brand that has made a significant impact in how I function in the colder months and that is, Canada Goose. The brand has been a staple in my closet for almost a decade now and is without a doubt the warmest jacket that I own.

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the brand’s VIP opening party at their first flagship store! It’s located in Yorkdale Shopping Centre and houses the largest Canada Goose selection – including some hard to find collaborations. The space is very well curated with art and craftsmanship all paying homage to Canada – which is pretty dope!

Not only does the brand provide premium quality products, they also ensure premium service. You can schedule shopping appointments before hand with one of their ambassadors and receive in store carry-out service.

If you’re in the market for a new jacket this season, that’ll keep you warm and in style – I’d recommend taking a trip to their new store. With over 100 different styles in 40 different colourways, you’re almost guaranteed to find something you’ll  love. Keep scrolling below for a few snaps that I took of the space and the party!

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Fashion, Lifestyle

#ClarksMashup – The Big Reveal

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Last week, I had the chance to attend and co-host the #ClarksMashup big reveal. The anticipation for this event has been making a lot of buzz on social media over the last couple of months and here’s why. Clarks had a cool idea to bring together creatives from all over Toronto to create art installations, embracing both old school craftsmanship and new world technology. This concept was inspired by the brands’ Trigenic line of shoes, which embraces the same mantra.

Over the last couple of months, each group of creatives has been working to find ways to bridge the gap and create something cool to present at the reveal. Fast forward to last week and here we are. A group of media and industry professionals met on Queen Street West at a boutique  called, Gravity Pope. After being decked out in different colours of Trigenics, we were off on the Clarks Mashup Crawl! At each stop, the group was introduced to the artists followed by a brief description of the story behind their installation.

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My group was the second stop on the crawl and oh boy, did they ever do a great job (not that I was surprised)! Shaz, Amir & Simon found a way to illustrate the best of both worlds with their installation. Embracing Shaz’s woodworking skills to create something tangible, while integrating Amir and Simon’s ability to manipulate light to create a show around it. The audience was definitely impressed by their work along with the other two groups.

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We ended the night off back at Gravity Pope where the ‘Mashup’ theme continued with options of infused cocktails, music and great conversations! All in all, I would have to say the night was a success!

It was great to see an influential brand like Clarks push an initiative like this! The concept was something creative and out of the box – which is what truly attracted me to this project! It was a pleasure being a part of this experience and allowed me to meet some really cool people and learn a thing or two. To learn more about Clarks and their Trigenic line you should click here!

Until next time,

Christian

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Fashion, Project

A #ClarksMashup Story…Coming Soon!

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Hi guys, I hope that this week has been treating you well so far. I’m currently in New York, covering a few things for Fashion Week but I’m back on the blog today, to share some exciting news about a new project! Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working closely with Clarks Canada on a cool initiative, called #ClarksMashup.

#ClarksMashup is inspired by the brand’s Trigenic line of shoes, which btw is super comfortable. The project is about bridging the gap between old school craftsmanship and new world technology! We’ve brought together three cool creatives, Shaz a woodworker and Amir + Simon from Derooted , a creative tech agency to create an art installation using both mediums.

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Clarks (a leader in the fashion industry), knows the importance of staying true to their traditional roots, while incorporating innovative technology into their products. It’s very visible in their Trigenic line and they wanted to see what could be done in other creative fields if they were brought together!

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What’s my role in the project? I’ll be helping the group tell their story from start to finish! Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be in a woodworker’s studio? Or the ins-and-outs of 3D projection? You’ll be able to get a glimpse of that & more throughout this project.

Stay tuned to the blog and the #ClarksMashup hashtag on social (Instagram + Twitter) to see behind-the-scenes footage of our working sessions along with the unveiling of the art installation on September 28th!

Christian

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Christian Confidential | Armani Exchange
Events, Fashion, Lifestyle

Cocktails & Fashion: Armani Exchange

 

Christian Confidential | Armani ExchangeLast month, I had the pleasure of hosting a cocktail party for Armani Exchange! There’s nothing that I love more than a crisp glass of bubbly, fashion, music and good company. I love collaborating with cool brands that are always trying to keep things fresh and stay ahead of the game. Armani Exchange‘s latest collection definitely showcases those attributes and has something for even the most pickiest fashion enthusiast to fall in love with. I wanted to find an outfit that was a happy medium between dressing up and being super casual, which is what I think overall is the vibe of the brand. I opted for a pair of slim fit denim, a navy blazer and a floral sweater, which I absolutely fell in love with! The Christian Confidential team was all over this event and made a little video for you to get a glimpse into what went down that evening – check it out below!

Thank you to everyone that came out and helped us celebrate the brands latest collection!

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Ponte Knit Blazer – Armani Exchange | Ink Palm Crew – Armani Exchange | Slim Garment- Dyed Jean – Armani Exchange

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Fashion, Lifestyle

New Season, New Pieces

Christian Thompson | Christian ConfidentialChristian Thompson | Christian ConfidentialOut with the old and in with the new… clothes that is! Spring is finally here and with the arrival of the new season, it’s time to slowly but surely lose those heavy parkas and knitted sweaters and start replacing them with lighter more breathable clothing! With that being said, you’re probably in the market to add some new pieces to your wardrobe. Hudson’s Bay just launched their spring look book featuring a carefully curated selections of brands to match the most stylish of men’s aesthetic. I’ve recently partnered with the brand to highlight and style a few pieces from their portfolio to give you guys a little style inspiration! Continue Reading…