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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Pixilated Futuristic Sportorials: The ‘BlueBoys’ Image Series Celebrates Strong Style

Shot for F****** Young! Online, the ‘BlueBoys’ editorial features models Damian Kuczmierczyk and Alex in chunky knits, tech-inspired athletic wear, and casual pieces with graphic motifs. Labels Kas Kryst, UEG, Nenukko, and Reebok share the spotlight in this blue-hued series of pixilated prints that seem to tell the story of the future of sport.

Authored by John Ibbitson

Images from F****** Young! 

Friday, November 29, 2013

California Denim Collections: The HUDSON JEANS Spring 2014 Preview Revives Vintage Designs

Californian denim label HUDSON JEANS took a trip to Toronto's ultra-chic Shangri-La Hotel to host a viewing of its Spring 2014 collection. THE BRUNETTES had the privilege of checking out the label's latest line of vintage-themed jeans that varied from flared, distressed, and embossed styles. Made for both men and women, the pieces embodied the brand's effortless, rocker aesthetic.

With the launch of its Zine's NO.1 issue, HUDSON had its guests tweeting #LETYOURSELFGO: a hashtag that aims to inspire one to live their dreams and to be real while looking their best.  

After snacking on some delicious refreshments, THE BRUNETTES posed with HUDSON's in-house models and captured some of their favourite looks from the 70s-inspired collection. The dynamic collection featured unexpected elements like raw hemlines, athletic silhouettes, and tattooed textile prints that left us coveting more than one of the unique pairs. 

Authored by Jana Pijak 

Images from HUDSON JEANS and THE BRUNETTES' own collection *images from THE BRUNETTES' collection not to be used without providing a source link to this posting

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Edgy Urbanite Accessories: The Stööki x Topman Geodesic Jewellery Collection is Geometry-Infused

Lifestyle brand Stööki recently joined forces with Topman for their first-ever, collaboration collection. The 11-piece jewellery line, entitled 'Geodesic', features 18-carat, gold-plated designs that explore a theme of illusion, symmetry and mathematics. 

Inspired by complex geometries, the Stööki x Topman collection features layered metal forms that are showcased on varying pieces. The accessories range from heavy-statement rings to delicately detailed necklaces.

This covetable jewellery collection also aims to adorn and embellish everyday menswear by turning a simple, collared shirt into a luxe, streetwear garment. The label achieves this by styling Topman's clean-cut items with added button covers and collar tips. The gold accessories stand out against a monochromatic backdrop and instantly catch one's eye in this bold catalog.

The limited-edition line is only available in select Topman locations and online here. Prices for the collection range from the £20 to £60 mark.

Authored by Jana Pijak

Images from stupidDOPE

Friday, November 22, 2013

Contemporary Canadiana Couture: Tuck Shop Trading Co. Makes Clothing for Both the City and the Cottage

Inspired by both cottage country and the big city, designer Lyndsay Borschke has created a warm and cozy collection of luxurious outerwear, contemporary casualwear, and must-have accessories under her newly established Tuck Shop Trading Co. and City of Neighbourhoods labels. 

While the City of Neighbourhoods brand celebrates Borschke's patriotic love for all the hangouts that make Toronto such a happening place to live, Tuck Shop Trading Co. offers a laid-back, yet luxe, selection of cottage coats, recycled furs, and fine leather clutches that evoke a more rustic, charming, and nostalgic sense of Canadiana style.

Hip sweatshirts, toques, and tees all honouring Toronto's greatest postal codes shown in contrast—more like in compliment—to buffalo-checked wears with snowshoe insignias were just some of the pieces that we had the pleasure to try on for ourselves when THE BRUNETTES attended a private showing of Borschke's full collections at her Toronto home. Both brands seem to have a deep appreciation for Canadian heritage, tradition, and culture, which was not only reflected in Lyndsay Borschke's designs, but also in her home, her personal style, and ... her personal stories.     

Authored by John Ibbitson

Images from THE BRUNETTES own collection *images from THE BRUNETTES collection not to be used without providing a source link to this posting

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Swag Brag: World MasterCard Fashion Week Spring 2014 Edition

With so many sponsors taking part at the World MasterCard Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 tent this season, THE BRUNETTES went home with some major, swag giveaways.

Jewelry from Frida and Marilyn and Liz Palacios, faux-fur throws and festive pillows from Target, and anti-aging potions from NeoStrata were among some of our favourites. Other goodies included gift cards from designer labels and fast-fashion retailers like Le Château, laundry supplies from Procter & Gamble (not pictured here), and a jewelry billfold from PANDORA among many other freebies, making the ever-coveted seats in the front row desirable for reasons other than its prime view of the runway.

Authored by John Ibbitson

Images from THE BRUNETTES’ own collection *images from THE BRUNETTES’ collection not to be used without providing a source link to this posting

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

#WMCFW Roundup: THE BRUNETTES Reflect on Their Favourite Trends from the Spring 2014 Shows

Sleek silhouettes and neutral hues ruled the runway during World MasterCard Fashion Week. While some designers opted for tropical prints and vivid pops of colour, the majority of presenters showcased pieces in a neutral palette of black, white, taupe and cool blue. 

Whether highlighting impeccable tailoring techniques or the season's athletic inspiration, veteran labels like Pink Tartan and Joe Fresh stayed true to their effortlessly sophisticated aesthetic while up-and-comers like TRAVIS TADDEO and Axel Kholer brought some youthful edge to the runway stage. 

Other notable presentations included a retro resort wear line from Maison Matthew Gallagher, a kaleidoscopic menswear and tech accessory collection from Bustle, and a line of sustainable pieces from Laura Siegel.

Marking the end of another successful style season, World MasterCard Fashion Week's Spring 2014 presentations are remarkable proof of Toronto's emerging and established designer talent. 

Authored by Jana Pijak

Friday, November 1, 2013

THE BRUNETTES @ World MasterCard Toronto Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014

Through October 21 to October 26, 2013, THE BRUNETTES spent their days at the World MasterCard Fashion Week tent in David Pecaut Square, taking in six days of Spring/Summer 2014 shows and awe-inspiring, Canadian couture from some of the country's most-renowned designers and exciting, emerging talents.

Some of our favourites included shows from TRAVIS TADDEO, Axel Kohler, and Maison Matthew Gallagher, while sponsored booths in the tent's reception area offered enough informative, product information and activities to keep guests entertained between runway presentations. 

THE BRUNETTES had most fun playing Barbie and Ken at Barbie's Dreamhouse, trying on virtual outfits with new technologies from Sony, and posing in the Air France photo booth. Free drinks from Peroni Italy and glacéau vitaminwater kept us hydrated and the conversations flowing as THE BRUNETTES mixed and mingled with designers Sunny Fong and Matt Robinson of Klaxon Howl, model Stacey McKenzie, Big Brother Canada's Gary Levy, and CBC News host Anne-Marie Mediwake, along with  fellow bloggers, industry professionals, and other fashion personalities. 

Authored by John Ibbitson 

Images from THE BRUNETTES' own collection *images from THE BRUNETTES' collection not to be used without providing a source link to this posting
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