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#WMCFW Fall/Winter 2015 – Mackage

Elisa Dahan and Eran Elfassy, creative directors of the coveted brand Mackage, are the only team in the world that could possibly make me look forward to winter. The thought of repeating the horrifying freeze Toronto just went through is completely unbearable with one strict exception. I was introduced that one-off miracle at World Mastercard Fashion Week, day 3. The only way to face Jack Frost again is draped in Mackage’s Fall/Winter 2015 line. Whip him away with Mackage’s long leather tassels, melt him with their deep red hues, and cast him out in from behind their dramatic, opulent furs.

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– Nicole Edwards

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#WMCFW Fall/Winter 2015: Rudsak

RUDSAK-48There’s no better combination than leather and fur, now add some wool and it’s simply stunning. Rudsak brought an edgy look to the runway with a collection inspired by the worlds most beautiful cities. The collection was exactly what any fashion lover wants to wear while strutting their way down the streets of their favourite cities.

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Rudsak is always a show we look most forward to, because let’s face it, as Canadians we need to keep warm and this is the perfect way to do so. The detailing in each piece was exactly what takes your average winter coat up a level making you feel better about having to hid your outfit. Rudsak always brings leather detailing into their pieces in a way that has you following each piece as it goes on by. From shoulder patches to elbow patches and full sleeves to half sleeves, the leather detailing in each piece keeps Rudsak lovers coming back season after season.

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As Canadians we simply can’t go a winter without keeping warm with fur weather it is a full coat or fur detailing, it’s always the best way to stay warm and cozy day after day. Rudsak’s fur detailing is always eye-catching with their iconic hoods and stunning handbags it was a great way to end day four of World MasterCard Fashion Week.

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– Vanessa Cioffi

 

 

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#WMCFW Fall/Winter 2015: Farley Chatto

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All wrapped up and ready to go, day four of World MasterCard Fashion Week brought a mix of warmth and luxury to the runway and it has never looked so good. Farley Chatto’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection created a total “wow” factor on the runway through it’s vintage feel and luxurious pieces.

The movement on the runway was absolutely indescribable, each piece looked as though they floated their way down the runway, capturing the attention of everyone watching from start to finish.

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The collection had a wide range of pieces, from bomber to full length jackets and hats to stoles, each piece was absolutely timeless. The runway show brought a vintage feel that included a piece for everyone, allowing you to focus more on what you want rather then what you’ve inherited.

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– Vanessa Cioffi

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FASHION: Warm Up In Style

I must say, as cold and tedious winter can be I do love outerwear fashion, from jackets and boots to hats and gloves, I absolutely love accessorizing and having winter pieces that you love will definitely get you more excited to bundle up and go out, even just for a little while.

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When winter calls, greet it with fur. A touch of fur is always a fashionable way to keep warm, with this up and down weather we’ve been having this season having removable fur such as a hood, is a more transitional way to wear your coat all season long.

When it comes to picking out a winter coat don’t just rush it, pick out something you absolutely love because chances are you might be wearing it for a while. This RUDSAK parka is not only fashionable with the leather detailing and fur hood, it is also down filled which is perfect for our Canadian winters.

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Always remember your accessories, they are staple pieces that you simply can’t forget. Search out a warm and functional pair of touch screen leather gloves that not only look great, they work great too and I promise you won’t be able to take them off all season long. We have been pretty fortunate this winter when it comes to snow falls (fingers crossed it stays that way) allowing us to have a little fun with our footwear without having to lug around chunky and heavy boots. On more mild days opt for a more fashionable boot and save your water proofs for when and if the snow really starts to fall. I love black, it’s classic and transitional, but for a pop of colour try adding a knit scarf or hat to keep you looking fun and fabulous.

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Wool Hat, Le Chateau // Down Filled Coat, RUDSAK // Leather Touch Gloves, Quill & Tine // Leather Bag, COACH // Suede Booties, TOMS

– Vanessa Cioffi

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TRAVEL: Redbull Crashed Ice Finals – Quebec City

As a girl with Jamaican blood, my ideal vacations involve throwing sundresses in a bag and hopping on a plane.

Except for that one time I went to Quebec City … in March. Only the event planning connoisseurs at Redbull could coax me into QC’s icy cobblestone streets at this time of year. What I found when I arrived was a totally transformed downtown core, hugged by a colossal winding track for the world championships of Crashed Ice. The competition globe trots from Helsinki to St. Paul, then to Moscow, with the championship annually in Quebec. What’s more, the brave competitors are men and women with an unusual talent. The athletes vying for first in Crashed Ice are part of the new athletic elite. They’re daredevils who shock us with shots from their GoPros, exposing uber athletic feats like the moment before a surfer exits the eye of a collapsing wave – or, in this case – when a skater sends themselves plummeting down the rolling hills of an icy obstacle course. Craning my neck to see the starting line, a horn sounds, and the tiny skaters morph to life size as they race towards us, effortlessly conquering surprise gaps and sharp turns. A well placed crash pad sits just past the track’s finish line, seemingly the only option available for breaking the skaters’ crazy speeds.  Très cool.
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QBC2 In between the heats of the competition, Redbull kept us pretty busy. First, with a sweaty party at a club called Chez Maurice, where 90s pop is the house favourite and the fog machine certainly gives the owner his money’s worth. In search of something more relaxed, we wandered out into the streets and found what would be my favourite venue on the trip: Société Cigare. I was lured by the sound of live music and the sight of a storage room stacked floor to ceiling with varieties of cigars. I opted for a classic cigar-cognac pairing, memorized why the flavors were said to be complimentary, and a few later, forgot again.

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QBC1French colonial architecture, cobblestone boulevards and streetside traditions like iced maple lollypops remind me of how beautiful Canada is from one province to the next. What better place for the world to celebrate triumph over blustery winter than in our very own Quebec City? Congratulations to Crashed Ice champion Austrian Marco Dallago for conquering the elements with style and agility at Crashed Ice in 2014! It truly did make me rethink my vacation strategy. See you next year.

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– Nicole Edwards

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