If you read my blog regularly you’ve definitely picked up on my slight obsession for everything black & leather, especially when it comes to jackets. – In a perfect world this look would be my uniform with the occasional pop of colour on my feet every now and then. Last week I got the chance to pop into my friend Ken’s studio to check out some of his fall/winter collection. As soon as I saw this jacket I knew I had to have it. What I love about Ken’s work is the amount of attention he pays to details and the quality of his pieces which is clearly displayed in all his outerwear. This look is dedicated to those winter days that you’re running around the city trying your best to stay warm & stylish at the same time. What I’m Wearing
Walmer Jacket – KRANE | Black Long Sleeve Tee – CLUB MONACO | Skinny Black Denim – H&M| Leather Snapback – VINTAGE |Chelsea Boots – VINTAGE
Taking it to the streets in this style post, wearing new pieces from the SS14 K by KRANE line. What I’m Wearing
Gustaf Sleeveless T-shirt – K by KRANE | Lyle Shorts –K by KRANE | Kingsley Boots – DR. MARTENS | Leather Snapback – VINTAGE |
Today’s post is dedicated to all of the warm Summer nights to come! We’re not quite there yet, but with weather like this I couldn’t keep myself from playing with this new suede-zipper tank from Canadian designer Ken Chow. I paired it with a grey graphic tank, dark skinny jeans, an on-trend hat & my favourite suede Chelsea boots. This is what I would consider to be the perfect outfit for a summer night on the town!
What I’m Wearing
Suede Zipper Tank– KRANE | Kate Moss Graphic Tank – VINTAGE| Spray On Skinny Denim – TOPMAN |Black Suede Chelsea Boots – TOPMAN | Bracelet – DAVID YURMAN |
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.
The 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.
From 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.
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!
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!
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.
Between modelling and bar-tending I’ve come to have a love/hate relationship with the all-black outfit. For all the elegant simplicity of it, I always just feel like I’m either about to go to a casting call or start a shift – definitely not something you want in the back of your mind right before a night out. To bring out the ‘edge’ of an all-black look, try mixing fabrics & materials – a little leather can add a lot of personality and keep you from being mistaken for the waiter at your next event.
This lambskin leather top by Krane Design was definitely love at first sight – the oversized fit & side zipper detailing give it a one-of-a-kind look & definitely make a statement. Paired with some skinny jeans for balance & a pair of suede boots I think it’s a great quick & easy look – just like an all-black outfit should be!
What I’m Wearing
Allistar Leather Top - KRANE | Black Super Skinny Denim – TOPMAN | Black Suede Boots – TOPMAN | Hexanchiformes Necklace |
As hard as I try to keep my looks fresh & on point, I have to say that the weather outside these days is definitely uninspiring. When I’m in the mood for something easy but elevated, it can be as easy as shedding that (ubiquitous) bomber jacket & grabbing a stylish overcoat. Paired with a simple and refined all-black get-up, this two-toned coat by Toronto’s Krane Design keeps you warm & helps you stand out in a flock of Canadian Geese.
What I’m Wearing
Jacket – KRANE | Biker Knee Denim – ZARA | Black Suede Boots – TOPMAN |Basic Black Long Sleeve Shirt – BANANA REPUBLIC | Fedora – H&M
As Toronto bundles up for a season of crisp winter weather, one thing I’ve noticed is the growing popularity of stylish varsity jackets. This particular jacket from Canada’s Krane Design continues their tradition of high-quality construction and luxe-finishes, giving nuance and restraint to an otherwise high-spirited item. While the varsity look will always be classically cool, buying a little up-market will ensure that your investment matures alongside the rest of your wardrobe and will keep you from looking a little too-juvenile at that next event.
What I’m Wearing
Varsity Jacket – KRANE | Biker Knee Denim – ZARA | Brown leather Boots – ZARA | NY Baseball Cap – NEW ERA |
Fall is such an amazing season to experience the best of Toronto – all of the indulgent & cozy classics that bring out the Canadian in all of us. This is true for fashion as much as anything else! The unpredictability of the weather makes layering a must – especially if you’re trying to carry an outfit from day to night. With this look I layered a basic grey scoop neck t-shirt with one of my favourite cool-weather pieces, a leather vest by Canadian designer Ken Chow. Tied around my waist is my ‘boyfriend’ shirt, a well-loved plaid number from Club Monaco, rocked with my favourite All Saints denim, a feathered fedora & a pair of shades courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana.
The luxe feel of leather is as exciting as it is timeless: a great leather vest is the perfect piece to add to your wardrobe this fall and have in rotation season after season. Personally, I love the added edge it gives my outfits – it’s such an added confidence boost. Let’s just say that it brings out the bad boy in me so to speak…
What I’m Wearing
Print Cigarette Jeans- All Saints | Leather Vest – KRANE | Basic Grey Scoop T-shirt | Plaid Shirt – Club Monaco | Combat Boots – TOPMAN | Fedora – Big It Up | Sunglasses – Dolce & Gabbana