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Basquiat & leather Joggers | Style Post

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Today’s style post is all about the reward that come from taking risk and stepping outside of your comfort zone.  I’ve always loved the leather-jogger look but it also seemed like it could be really hit-or-miss.  Now that I have them on I can’t imagine taking them off!  I paired them with a Basquiat screen-printed T-shirt from Hype Means Nothing, my Diesel Moto Jacket & a pair of red-bottoms… Nike’s latest Team Canada Mid Trainers.  The look feels confident & fresh.  Basquiat | christian confidentialBasquiat | christian confidentialBasquiat | christian confidentialBasquiat | christian confidentialWhat I’m Wearing

Leather Moto Jacket – DIESEL| Basquiat Tee – HYPE MEANS NOTHING| Vegan Leather Billionaire Pant –AMERICAN APPAREL |2014 Mid Trainers Olympic Edition – NIKE |

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WMC Fashion Week A/W 2014 | Recap

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This is definitely an exciting time for Toronto’s fashion scene – in every way things seem to be getting bigger & brighter!  With the excitement of World Mastercard Fashion Week behind us I want to take a minute & quickly recap some of the week’s highlights & talk about what we have to look forward to going into Fall/Winter 2014.

RideInStylexCadillac | Christian ConfidentialThe Mackage & HD Homme collections were definite show-stoppers, as was Ken Chow’s work for Krane Designs (which I had the pleasure of walking in!).  This group of Canadian designers has me planning my F/W 2014 wardrobe well in advance with a heavy emphasis on mixed materials & especially suede – in both blazer & jacket form, HD Homme made a splash with this luxe material.  While we’ve come to expect refined, military-inspired pieces from Ken Chow, his collections always impress with an urbane masculinity that I’m completely obsessed with.

RideInStylexCadillac | Christian ConfidentialRideInStylexCadillac | Christian ConfidentialRideInStylexCadillac | Christian ConfidentialRideInStylexCadillac | Christian ConfidentialRideInStylexCadillac | Christian ConfidentialFrom Europe, GSUS schooled us on how to walk the line between too-much and just-enough denim, and Toronto based LINE Knitwear let us know that Royal Blue will be in style long after Spring is over.  Designer Nikki Wirthensohn (Narces) showed a light & lively collection of ladies’ dresses, while Mikael D brought us offsite to a show at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District that was memorable for it’s intimate staging & high fashion evening wear.

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Of course it’s just as much about what happens after the shows as what happens in them and the after parties this year did not disappoint.  The week kicked off with an opening party at the Thompson Hotel hosted by Spiro Mandylor & featuring Vawk, but Toronto hotspots Lee, Everleigh & the Soho House played host to industry events all week long.  Friday night’s after-party at the Templar Hotel hosted by Jay Strut & Tony Pham was definitely a highlight!  

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Nothing beats the backstage experience – the energy & adrenaline is contagious, as is the passion & determination.  So much goes into a runway show that the audience never experiences & all together it makes for an amazing atmosphere.  You also never know who you’ll run into, and I’ll never complain for getting to rub elbows with the likes of Coco Rocha, Shenae grimes & Lisa Tant.  It’s company that I could get used to!

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Of course I have to mention Cadillac, whose generosity had Sasha Exeter & me riding in style all week long.  It looks & feels like a luxury car, and while I’m no expert it definitely was something to look forward to each day.  The car basically drives itself & sounds amazing – who could ask for anything else.

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Rose & Agassi | Style Post

Air Tech Challenge II | Christian ConfidentialSpring is finally here!  The weather is touch & go but I’m definitely making the effort to embrace a lighter colour palette in my day-to-day wear.  For this post I’ve kept it clean and casual with a white tee & cream coloured cotton pants that have the comfort of joggers but the structure of denim – talk about win-win!  To throw some colour into the mix I added this rose plaid shirt from Forever 21 & a pair of flashy Air Tech Challenge II’s to complete my outfit.  The shoes are the result of a great collaboration between tennis-great Andre Agassi & Nike – they have been a hot item since they were released in January, get them if you can – you won’t be disappointed!

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Classic Fit Plaid Shirt – FOREVER21 | Slim fit Tee – FOREVER21 |  Pants – GSUS |Air Tech Challenge II  – NIKE 

 

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Jack Purcell x Converse | Spotlight

Jack Purcell | Christian Confidential Converse has launched an update to its iconic Jack Purcell line & the results are very cool.  Designed way back in the day by the prominent Canadian athlete, these shoes are likely more appealing for their vintage feel than they are any good to me on a badminton court.  With updated colour schemes these are the perfectly playful spring footwear item that you should all run out and add to your closet.  Available now nationwide!

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White Tee – TOPMAN | Plaid Shirt – CLUB MONACO |  The Einstein Denim – GSUS |  – JACK PURCELL BY CONVERSE  | Gold Watch – Caravelle NY |

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Inspired By The Classics | Style Post

The Steps | Christian ConfidentialThe Steps | Christian ConfidentialThere’s something about ‘cool guys’ hanging out in uniform that gets me every time.  Varsity jackets, Chuck Taylor’s, crisp white tees & denim – a current rendition of a timeless style, you can’t go wrong! 

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Classic Varsity Jacket – FOREVER21 | Slim fit Tee – FOREVER21 |  Navy Blue Denim – TOMMY HILFIGER |Chuck Taylor  – CONVERSE  | Silver Watch – Caravelle NY |

 Model – Ben Fraser | Photographer – Tiffany S 

The Moto Jacket | Christian Confidential
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The Moto Jacket | Street Style

The Moto Jacket | Christian ConfidentialLast summer I did a test shoot for Diesel Canada in this beautiful moto jacket & had been craving it ever since.  It’s soft, supple & has become a mild obsession.  Needless to say, it wound its way into my closet and has started to take over my Instagram account.  The fitted cut, ribbed shoulder detailing & eye-catching, chromed zippers make this jacket a definite conversation starter.  Dressed up or down, it’s always a win.

The Moto Jacket | Christian Confidential

The Moto Jacket | Christian Confidential

The Moto Jacket | Christian ConfidentialWhat I’m Wearing

Leather Moto Jacket – DIESEL | Light Wash Denim – TOPMAN |  Black Suede Boots – TOPMAN |Portfolio Case – COACH | Silver Watch – Caravelle NY 

 

 

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The Blazer | Christopher Bates

christopher Bates | Christian ConfidentialBlue is big this Spring-Summer, which is exciting because it’s an easy colour to incorporate into most wardrobes.  More timeless than other recent bright-colour trends, blue is also a colour that you can comfortably invest in.  This blazer, by up and coming Canadian designer Christopher Bates, is an easy add to your closet that will go the distance.  It’s cool & energetic, with a light textured construction that will be much appreciated during those steamy Summer nights.  I kept it approachable with a pair of ripped jeans & tanned leather shoes from Lacoste.

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 Blazer – CHRISTOPHER BATES | Ripped Light Blue Denim – Abercrombie & Fitch  |  Tanned leather shoes – LACOSTE | Gold Watch – Caravelle NY 

 

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574 Stadium Jacket Pack | Spotlight

574 Stadium Jacket Pack | Christian Confidential574 Stadium Jacket Pack | Christian ConfidentialBuilding on the classic form & function that its 574 sneakers are known for, New Balance’s latest street wear offering is a decidedly throwback look.  Drawing inspiration from the 90s varsity craze (think Zach Morris or AC Slater), the Stadium Jacket Pack collection is both vintage-inspired & versatile, pictured here in Royal Blue & Red.  Available March 1st at New Balance & Little Burgundy, $100.

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 White Oxford Shirt- FOREVER 21 | Drawstring Jogger Pants – FOREVER 21|  574 Stadium Jacket Pack – NEW BALANCE | Gold Watch –  CARAVELLE NY

Denim & Joggers | Christian Confidential
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Denim & Joggers | Street Style

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Today’s look is all about keeping it clean & simple.  I feel like you can never go wrong with a denim shirt and I love these joggers – the standard khaki is brought a little fashion forward with the addition of an elastic cuff.  With some leg to show it was easy to choose a pair of white Chuck’s – bright & white they kept everything right.  This is a great look for a relaxed setting – brunch, a movie date or even a house party.

You can find both the denim shirt and the joggers on canada.forever21.com

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 Classic Fit Chambray Shirt- FOREVER 21 | Drawstring Jogger Pants – FOREVER 21|  Chuck Taylor – CONVERSE |