Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fashion Week: Day 2 Highlights.

Day two, fashion people! The craziness continues. Today, I was able to catch three shows, Bustle, Melissa Nepton, and Target! They were all lovely shows, however I have to say that Target was my favourite! I have been watching Target's shows every year and they never ever disappoint! They always put on a super creative show, with tons of fun! The models are always bubbly with big huge smiles on their faces, and they even include adorable, little kids in the show. Absolutely loved every bit of it!

Here are some of my snapshots from today! (Remember, no fancy camera!) Starting the night of was Bustle!

You can always count of Bustle to bust out the summer colours! Loved the pops of colours and patterns I was seeing throughout the show. 

Next up was Melissa Nepton, whose show, to be quite honest, was not my favourite. I felt it to be a bit dull. The pieces really didn't catch my eye. It was a chic meets sporty collection, which was a nice idea, however I just felt as though it was lacking the 'wow' factor. 

With my dear friend, Daniel Pillai!

Lastly, Target's show!

The finale.

My outfit of the night. Full outfits will be up on the blog next week, so be sure to check in. 

Hope you all had a fashionable Day 2 of fashion week! See you all tomorrow. Don't forget to keep up with me @marquiskim on Twitter!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Fashion Week: Day 1 Highlights.

Toronto Fashion Week is always a crazy, fun time in the city! You see all types of fashion, talented designers, and meet some amazing people. In no way do I actually see all the shows, but considering I do get a media pass, I try and see as many shows as I possibly can. Throughout the week I will post some of my favourite snapshots from the day, just captured with my Samsung. (No fancy camera!) 

Here are some highlights from today. I just caught two shows: Pink Tartan (one of my favourite Canadian designers), and the Mercedes Benz Start Up show, which consists of five Canadian designers who battle it out for the top prize.

Sporting my most favourite Kate Moss sequins jacket!

Creative Director of IMG speaks about the Mercedes Benz designer competition. 


The five designers that were competing in the Mercedes Benz Start Up competition were:


And the winner is...Sid Neigum!

Congratulations Sid! He did an amazing job!

That's a wrap on Day 1 folks! Be sure to follow me at @marquiskim on twitter for my fashion week tweets, and I always want to hear what you have to say about #WMCFW! Tweet me your fave and not-so-fave shows!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

'Politics of Fashion' Exhibition at The Design Exchange.

Curated by fashion icon, Jeanne Beker, the Design Exchange holds a spectacular exhibition on the Politics of Fashion, where visitors embark on a stylish political journey from 1960 to present day. The exhibition showcases different designers and specific collections that show how dress can define self-expression. 

The exhibition showcases 200 works and explores the numerous ways fashion has helped ignite political awareness and at the same time, how politics have dictated style throughout the decades. Canadian fashion designer, Jeremy Laing created the exhibition display. 

PETA “Murder” Coat (2010), worn during anti-fur protest.

PETA's most iconic advertising had models posing nude with the slogan, "I'd rather go naked than wear fur..."

FEMEN, a radical feminist group that began in Ukraine in 2008. FEMEN Activists stormed the runway during Nina Ricci's fashion show in 2013, making headlines everywhere.

Jeremy Laing's parachute dress. (2002) The dress is a representation of a bridal gown of a young, sacrificial, virgin bride who was sent off to war. The brides train is fashioned by the ropes of the parachute. 


British designer Mary Quant, introduces the mini shift dress in 1960. Bored of the teen fashion of the fifties, Mary Quant dropped the frills and petticoats, and introduced colourful tights with the mini shift dress which became the symbol of an entire generation. 

1960 - Hippie Culture. 

Avant-garde designer, Rudi Gernreich, sparked both controversy and acclaim in his collections. He pushed the boundaries of clothing design, introducing new radical concepts. The photo on the left is his iconic Monokini, the one piece bathing suit. (1964)

American designer, Patrick Kelly, who collected items of black memorabilia displayed racial stereotypes later used in many of his designs. He was known to spray paint a large heart on the wall at the end of every one of his shows. (1988)


The Artisanal Couture line of Maison Martin Margiela. All about reusing and up cycling. Some pieces took up to 18 hours to handcraft. (2013)


Jeremy Scott's The Arab Spring Collection was all about the misconceptions of the Middle East. He incorporated exotic fabrics, sequinned burqa, and a metal chain-dress which dangled with gold machine gun charms. 

That sums up my favourite looks from the exhibition. Do check it out as there is still so much more to see! The exhibition runs till January 25th, 2015. Purchase your tickets here.

Special thanks to the Design Exchange for the complimentary passes. 

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