A whole lot of fashion magic happened over the past two weeks as some of Canada’s best designers launched their SS18 collections on Canada’s longest runway on Canada’s longest street. TOM* and TWF seamlessly settled into their new home and famous address, 1 Yonge Street, the fabulous Toronto Star building.
MixMatch Marketing had the privilege to talk a little bit with Jeff Rustia, the Founder and Executive Director of TOM* and TWF. He is as kind as he is stylish and we all know Jeff has some serious style. A fashion icon with a heart of gold, Jeff has raised over $75K for Easter Seals Canada in memory of his inspiration, his late son Kohl. Kohl’s legacy lives on through the Kohl Hope Foundation, helping children with disabilities. #Fashion4Hope
Shelli Oh ‘Les Flaneurs’
Our schedule didn’t permit us to attend most of TOM* but we simply could not miss Shelli Oh’s ‘Les Flaneurs’ SS18 Menswear collection and loved every second. Shelli’s attention to detail leaves every piece looking lux and highly covetable. Clad in stripes, jacquard, prints and check, impeccably dressed gents graced the runway with style and refinement.
Caroline Neron ‘A Bohemian Spirit’
We were fortunate to preview most of the SS18 collections at TWFW. Fashionistas and celebrities lined the runway ready for a show, and show is what they got at Caroline Neron. The Montreal based jewelry designer and actress captured the audience’s full attention with a beautiful acrobatic yoga performance. ‘Glamour with A Bohemian Spirit’ adds that special “je ne sais quoi” to any look. Celebrating uniqueness, passion and spirit.
Wallo ‘Stand Up’
Quebec designers are taking the world by storm and at the forefront of it all was the Wallo ‘Stand Up’ collection. Wallo ruled the runway! An army of elegantly suited men and women graced the runway in stunning prints of flowing stretch silk and silk chiffon, reminiscent of an ethereal eastern dream…. art in motion.
Both the men’s and women’s lines are inspired by the pictorial and digital artwork of Marie-Andre and celebrate the strength of feminine expression. All pieces are printed on high quality silk using only durable water-based inks.
Marie-Andre Wallot, artist and designer is just as beautiful, balanced and charming as her collection. Her passion for art is immediately apparent as she has immaculate personal style, even amidst the busy hustle and bustle of backstage. Her warm, expressive energy and vividly colored kimono act as a magnet attracting a line of eager fashion enthusiasts, all waiting for their moment with Marie-Andre (us included). She and Jean-Pierre Simard, General Manager, took the time to speak and connect with everyone and were both a complete delight.
Wallo is also featured in a collaboration and fusion of fashion and interior design. The KHL Canadian Designer Living Chair Project exhibit features nine custom made chairs inspired by the Canadian Rockies, honoring Canada’s 150th birthday and was on display for lucky fashion week attendees.
Pascal Labelle ‘United by our Differences’
Pascal Labelle is a Montreal based designer with a definite rock n’ roll flair. The United by our Differences collection rocked the runway in edgy, ready to wear, high end pieces. Sparkles, fur trims, leather and lace detailed many of the must-have pieces. Models, Paul Mason and Eve Salvail worked the runway with high energy and mass appeal.
Lesley Hampton ‘Sticks and Stones’ Collection – Diversity is our strength
Lesley Hampton is a First Nations fashion designer based in Toronto. Her designs are elegant, beautifully constructed, classy and so is her message. Lesley celebrates diversity, encourages pushing boundaries and features all skin colours and body types. A parade of beautiful women of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities made their way down the runway. A breath of fresh air.
Featuring celebrity guest Adrianne Haslet, Boston Marathon survivor, model, dancer, blade runner, and global advocate for amputee rights. There isn’t anything she can’t do, a gorgeous inspiration inside and out.
Lesley also was the presenting designer in the Women’s Fashion 4Hope charity show. Featuring Canadian celebrities, raising money for Easter Seals Canada through the Kohl Hope Foundation. Is it even possible to love her any more than we already do!?!
Montreal designer Claire Lemaitre-Auger enchanted all with her signature designs,fresh, fanciful and full of feminine charm. Feminine pieces straight from a modern fairy-tale left show goers captivated in charm and whimsy. Claire is a predominantly self-taught designer and influenced by both urban and rural life which really gives her designs a unique edge. We are already excited for her next show!
Hendrixroe ‘Florescent Adolescence’
Sold out, standing room only! Hendixroe is on a whole other level! Designer/Creative Director, Jordin Erin Mckay (JEM), is completely talented and charming. Everything about her exudes art. Her Florescent Adolescence SS18 collection was one of the most anticipated show and rightly so. Barbie Girl was one of the opening songs, Kardinal Official walked the runway and the audience was up off their chairs in dance. Vivid prints, florals, furs and fringe created a cultivated rock chic theme, adored by celebrities, the fashion, film and music industries alike. JEM also has amazing music taste – everyone wants her runway show playlist!
Stephan Caras ‘Eden’
Romance was in the air! It was showstopper after showstopper at Stephan Caras ‘Eden’ as intricately crafted haute couture pieces beautified the runway. Soft and feminine, delicate and strong. Ruffles, sheer florals and lace! It’s no secret nor surprise that Stephan Caras is on everyone’s favourites list, frequently seen on celebrities, television and entertainment shows around the world. This is the stuff fashion dreams are made of.
150 Years of Canadian Fashion Tribute
Happy Birthday Canada! Designers contributed to an epic red and white tribute celebrating Canada’s rich fashion history in true haute couture form. This show brought to life and magnified how lucky we are to live in such a diverse, talented and unique mecca for design and opportunity.
Already looking forward to TOM* and TWF FW18!
Janice Ronan – MMM
Cirque Du Soleil definitely knows how to throw a party! The MixMatch Ladies had the honor of attending the Toronto VOLTA Premiere, the latest adrenalin rushing, extreme sports focused show by Cirque Du Soleil. Celebrities, artists and media gathered in celebration, enjoying delectable VOLTA themed treats as they sipped delicious wines by Kim Crawford. No detail was left undone, making it a truly surreal evening.
VOLTA is jam packed with the same magic, audiences have come to know and love, synonymous with the whimsy of the Cirque Du Soleil experience. You can expect the unexpected with thrilling, awe inspiring, jaw dropping performances by elite, global athletes and performers.
The creative genius behind Volta is Bastien Alexandre. He both wrote and directed the show. A game show premise exuding an electric, 80’s look and feel. A pop – electronic score by M83, costumes and choreography intertwine creating the perfect synergy. Glow in the dark double dutch skipping, BMX bike tricks and a beauty suspended only by her hair are only glimpses of the mesmerizing acts that will entice and captivate you.
Embrace your eternal youth, find your free and prepare for an extraordinary night out. VOLTA runs until November 26th at The Port Lands – 51 Commissioners Street, Toronto.
Book today! Follow the link to receive a special MixMatch Marketing discount of 15% off tickets:
Janice Ronan – MMM
Upon first encountering Jakob Metz, The Activation Guru and Daniel Carson, The Director of Creativity, you will instantly feel like you’re amongst old friends. These professional, fearless, friendly and stylish guys are the mavericks behind Event Circle. A Toronto based, interactive, visual production, branding and activation photo agency.
As a bon vivant about town you may have already experienced the good fortune of being photographed at an event the EC crew has covered. From Bar Mitzvahs, and major sporting events to Toronto’s most high profile occasions, Event Circle has graced the grounds of some of Canada’s swankiest soirees. Affiliated with Magen Boys Entertainment, they form a rare and unique team that’s second to none.
Jakob and Daniel literally bring to life unique, unparalleled installations not just aesthetically but through state of the art, innovative technology. It’s no secret that quantitative content collection and data analytics produce measurable results – with a team of over twenty five devoted staff – engaging the crowd is their forte. With a charismatic, non-intrusive approach, forming trusting bonds is fun and easy – enabling the collection of concise insight into exactly who a brand’s customer is.
You may notice flamingos are a bit of an EC mascot, popping up throughout the EC website and office. Jakob & Daniel possess a bit of an affinity for the world’s most stunning and social birds. This is the perfect metaphor for the EC team! Living, thriving on and embracing challenge, while enjoying the freedom of creative expression. These guys are true trailblazers with their no limits approach.
Thus, giving a whole new meaning to the old adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” While positive brand impressions are left to sink into the customer’s minds, fond memories are rooted in their hearts. Event and brand elevation at it’s finest.
Janice Ronan – MMM
Instead of bratwurst, you can munch lettuce wraps and cauliflower buffalo wings at Toronto’s newest Oktoberfest event. Why? Because this one is 100 per cent vegan — prost to that!
The event, hosted by Veg Heads and MixMatch Marketing Inc., isn’t just about celebrating Bavarian culture, beer and vegan delicacies; it’s also a fundraiser for the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank. Tickets are on sale now for $15, but they go up in price on October 1.
Along with beer, music by DJ Gudrun and a photo booth, there will be plenty of vegan food vendors on site, including big names like Doug McNish. He’ll serve sausages and salad. And yes, there will also be soft pretzels available thanks to Dolled up Dessert because what’s Oktoberfest without a good sausage and pretzel?
Here are the vegan Oktoberfest vendors:
Photo by Mandeep Flora in the blogTO Flickr pool.
Read the original post on BlogTo, written by Amy Grief
Gather up your lederhosen and make sure your yodeling is on point!
Veg Heads, a team of plant based foodies supporting the local culture of sustainable, delicious nutrition, is throwing the best party in town! A fundraiser in support of The Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank. Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank – TVFB
Join us Saturday, October 22, 2016 in a celebration of great friends, 100% vegan fare, music and beer at Vegan Oktoberfest 2016. We are honored to showcase some of the city’s best and brightest local vegan vendors (to be announced soon). Held at a very cool venue, Nest, 423 College Street.
Stuff your face, and dance the night away to tunes spun by our amazing DJ Gudrun. Snap up fun memories with our vegan themed photo booth provided by Event Circle and don’t forget to hashtag #vegheadsto & #VegFoodBank in all of the night’s photos. Most importantly Prost! (That means Cheers! in German)
Play a mean accordion? Are you a Polka King or Queen? Want to be part of our event? email us at email@example.com to be considered.
Vegan or non-vegan, you won’t want to miss out! EVERYONE is welcome! Doors open at 7:30PM until we can’t yodel no more!
Tickets are selling fast, follow this link to get yours!
Last year around this time: the internet was abuzz with great reviews and friends raved about the fabulous time they had at the Mac’n Cheese Festival.
Wait a minute, Mac’n Cheese what? Where was this? How come we didn’t know about it? Next year will be different, we promised as we swiftly entered reminders into our calendars to keep a close look out for this fabulous event.
June 3 – 5, 2016 was booked and this year was different! The typically health conscious, calorie counting, salad seeking MixMatch Ladies joined forces with thousands of foodies on a delicious adventure. A taste of heaven at the Mac’n Cheese Festival held at Ontario Place.
Suddenly we were surrounded by oooey, gooey goodness created by some of Toronto’s best and brightest chefs. With so many delectable dishes in close range, what’s a girl to do? Sample EVERTHING of course! Luckily, the MixMatch Ladies had been saving room in their tummies all week, we were prepared. We ate, then ate some more, and some more. You get the picture.
The best part is that you don’t have to wait for next year’s festival to indulge in our absolute favorites of the festival.
The truffle mac’n cheese created by the chefs of Prohibition Gastro House, was to die for. It left us craving more and more. We were so happy to hear that this dish is a staple on their menu. Prohibition, we have a feeling we will be seeing you very soon. Be sure to check them out at 696 Queen St. East, Toronto!
Dessert? Yes, please!
We have fallen in love with the perfect palette cleanser and summery dessert – The Pop Stand Ice Pops! A gourmet, all natural treat popping up at farmer’s markets, events and fairs all across the city, when we spot their adorable cart we race to get our hands on one. So coveted, it’s not uncommon to sell out of their most popular flavors. The Blueberry Lime & Mint is a must try. Follow @popstandtoronto to keep tabs on where they may pop up, or contact (647) 625–5708 for inquiries or to place custom orders.
Was it worth the wait? Definitely!
Family friendly and fun with over 75 food, drink and artisanal vendors. Who doesn’t love craft beer, carnival games, rides and live entertainment all set on a warm summer’s night along the beach? Free admission and shuttle buses are always a bonus too!
Already looking forward to next year’s festivities, mark your calendars!
Janice Ronan – MMM
It’s official, the MixMatch Ladies have crowned the Chef Life Chefs the “Kings of the Sliders.”
We were fortunate enough to run into this super charismatic trio of amazing chefs not once but twice! Initially, a few weeks back at Midnight Market and just this past weekend at The Field of Dreams Market in support of the Jays Care Foundation. The Cheflife Chefs were serving up delicious, mouth watering, mini sliders, a definite crowd favourite. How perfect!
It’s no secret, the MixMatch Ladies love to eat and definitely have a soft spot for burgers! Natural angus beef jam-packed with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and crispy onion strings topped with their own very special Showtime sauce. All on a lightly toasted baby bun. We simply could not resist! It was melt in your mouth deliciousness!
A really great group of guys, so hospitable and so much fun. You can catch them lighting up festivals across the GTA and beyond or at their awesome restaurant, Showtime Bistro 2761 Markham Rd. Toronto
Janice Ronan – MMM