4 SEASONS

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More and more designers are manufacturing capsule collections opposed to seasons. If you’ve ever made a resolution to live more ‘green’ one of the places to start is in your closet. Think of the fashion waste that comes from just one individual season to season, let alone an industry in its entirety.

When I turned 30 [not that long ago..] I started making a conscious effort to purchase special pieces that could live and grow with me, not dependant on any particular season or trend. Now, still, I buy better, less, and have a wardrobe filled with all of my favourite pieces ready to go regardless of the fashion emergency.

Here are some of the key things I do myself and with clients to live seasonless:

Slip dresses and sleeveless pieces layered with turtlenecks, athletic sweatshirts, and go to t-shirts are a win win. The layering completes this look making it comfortable with an edge, refined with luxe fabrics; the gathering in the fabric is part of the style.

Light jackets become immortal - wear them with a lighter weight top and a heavier winter coat, except ditch the heavier coat while indoors. I call this look ‘warm and chic in a cold restaurant.’

Put on a pair of trousers. You can literally wear a great pair of pants with anything, including all of the dresses you wore in August. And what about those cropped trousers? Sporty black leggings underneath, a pair of trainers, and an over the top blouse is one of my winter day to days.

You don’t need new shoes, you need new socks. A pristine pair of socks takes those backless slides into colder temps. Give your ankle boots a break and mix it up with a more sophisticated shape.

Evening gloves made a comeback not that long ago. Swap out your tired winter gloves for a statement evening glove when you don’t have to brave the outdoors for a long period. Better yet, keep them on indoors because you missed your manicure due to that snow day.

Pictured above: light jacket as top, Photography Calope, Style Joelle Litt, Beauty Robert Weir, Model Kyla at Plutino, Jacket Toga Pulla, Skirt Rejina Pyo, Footwear Dries Van Noten

UP/DOWN

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Photography MANU AND PASCAL Fashion JOELLE LITT Beauty MANU BELTRAN Model MONICA JOY [ANITA NORRIS]

Featuring Alexander Wang, MSGM, Mo & Co, Brit Wacher, UNTTLD, Loeffler Randall, Markoo, Gorjana, Rails, Frances Valentine, Melanie Auld

10 REASONS WHY I LOVE EVAN BIDDELL

1) We met on the set of Project Runway Canada

2) He hand delivered his pieces to me in NYC in a snowstorm

3) He's from Western Canada (everyone from there is nice)

4) He posts about spinning (I don't do it but he makes me feel like I should)

5) His name sounds good when you say it

6) He loves leather; I love leather

7) Accessorizing is an intentional statement

8) He is self-taught

9) Texture. No explanation necessary

10) Biddell's most recent collection shown at Toronto Women's Fashion Week in partnership with Eco Fashion Week and Value Village, transformed 81lbs of second-hand materials from Value Village, to reflect the average 81lbs of yearly discarded textiles per average North American. This video clip is game changing:

Runway images by Jonathan Hooper

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FUEGO

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Photography JAVIER LOVERA Fashion JOELLE LITT Fashion assistant EMILIE LACOURSIERE Beauty NISHA GULATI Model KELLYANNE BILODEAU [CHANTALE NADEAU]

Featuring Shop ShadeAtelier Wonder, Hayley Elsaesser, Eliza Faulkner, Joao Paulo Guedes, Pony MTL, Moschino, Kenzo, Loeffler Randall, MSGM, Simons and Dennis Merotto


COAT CHECK

Canadian winter 'nuff said.

L to R Jennifer Torosian, Markoo, Atelier Wonder, UNTTLD, Malorie Urbanovitch

Mid season is prime for retail therapy because a) a new coat can get you out of hibernation mode and b) they are likely on sale.

Two factors to keep in mind: statement and quality. A statement piece is something to get excited about. The idea is to feel rejuvenated in the dead of winter, and a black peacoat is no fix. Quality is key; a fast fashion piece is basically just that, fast. It may be easier on your bank account but will never stand the test of time.


Here are my top 5 Canadian coats to get you feeling the rest of winter:

Jennifer Torosian A midi plaid complete with mohair belt for the ultimate geek chic. Available at jennifertorosian.com ($725 end of season $435)

Markoo Legit update on the moto. Their Electra Moto is uber sleek with the right amount of detail in the right places. Available at markoostudios.com (price available on request)

Atelier Wonder Camo made a comeback this season and everyone needs a proper bomber jacket minus embroidery. Available at atelierwonder.bigcartel.com, SOOP SOOP, Deux Lions ($319 end of season $220)

UNTTLD They call it the Cocoon fur coat. The name alone should give you positive vibes. Available at reiastudio.com 866-297-9722 ($1990)

Malorie Urbanovitch A classic trench is a no brainer and the two-tone takes it up a notch. Available at urbanovitch.co ($675)