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 stepping into the Shangri-La, Toronto you will immediately feel a zen like presence. Enchanting Eastern influences adorn this chic and inviting space. A long modern fireplace takes centre stage and haute couture fashion designs are gracefully displayed. The Essence of Shangri-La, their signature scent illuminates the air as a pianist perfects the ambiance.
It’s a great thing that Essence of Shangri-La is available for purchase at the hotel reception desk – we personally loved the fragrance so much that we took it home with us!
Polished, gracious staff are courteous, attentive and knowledgeable, as the Shangri-La houses a collection of 68 premium globally sourced teas including a few exclusive blends. Canadian Fashion Designer, Sonny Fong is the creative genius behind the absolutely gorgeous, fresh and modern Lobby Lounge Wear Collection. Luxurious Asian prints drape and embody the staff, enhancing the ultra lux hotel vibe.
The MixMatch Ladies were in for a special treat as Chef Andrea Ferrero (Executive Chef of Shangri-La Tokyo) joined the talented Bosk team from May 8 – 12th. His sweet and savoury creations are as delicious as they are beautiful. A glass of bubbly accompanies high tea; though a vast collection of wines, cocktails and spirits is also available.
We had an amazing experience and definitely will be back. Undoubtedly a #MMMFave. We highly recommend you check it out. Everyone needs to experience this urban oasis.
High Tea is served daily from 2PM – 5PM, reservation required, Dress Code: Business Casual.
Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto
188 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5H 0A3
Janice Ronan – MMM
The MixMatch Ladies couldn’t help but fall in love with this adorable, fun and functional Sili Sponge from NuYU NEW YORK.
Not just a pretty face, the hypoallergenic Sili Sponge can literally replace your bacteria harboring brushes. Your new BFF is the perfect tool for concealer, foundation, contour, highlight and a great overall blender. We love the ease of application as well as the fact that the non absorbent surface eliminates makeup waste. Less waste equals more money for new makeup shopping for all of us! Simply wash with soap and luke-warm water after each use and voila, bye bye bacteria! Perfect for all skin types and an amazing bonus for acne prone skin.
Beautiful makeup application, paraben and cruelty free, wonderful for the environment – winning all around. The NuYU Sili Sponge definitely made it in our #MMMFaves and a must have addition to any makeup bag! Visit https://nuyuskin.com to get yours!
Janice Ronan – MMM
The MixMatch Ladies found themselves in plant based heaven at Awai, a definite gem in the heart of Bloor West Village. This hot spot boasts a wood-fire oven, high ceilings, beautiful décor, candlelight and hands down the best plant based food we’ve ever had. Our taste buds definitely were taken awai on an amazing culinary adventure.
An eclectic menu features delicious global flavours with unique spice blends. Anything ordered straight off the menu is a definite win, although Restauranteur, Chef Nathan Isberg has been known to forgo the menu altogether and create custom dishes. We definitely propose you go this route as you will not be disappointed.
Savoury dishes are artfully crafted and accompanied by perfect wine pairings, served up by knowledgeable and attentive staff. Gratuity is not expected but with such great service, it’s impossible not to want to show appreciation. We left in awe and highly recommend you discover Awai for yourself… everybody deserves a night of enchantment and great food!
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
Veg Heads TO and MixMatch Marketing Inc. really know how to throw a party! Bellies were stuffed full of savory vegan schnitzel & sausage, prepared and served up by Doug McNish himself, polka kings and queens lined the dance floor excitedly eager to do the chicken dance.
The enticing smell of freshly baked soft pretzels from Dolled Up Desserts filled the air – Cheers, chants and Prost! echoed the room while Beer from Amsterdam Brewing Co. was being drunk with reckless abandon. Event Circle snapped up memorable moments with their vegan themed photo booth while patrons busily filled out ballots for exuberant raffle prizes to be won.
You guessed it – Canada’s first ever Vegan Oktoberfest took place this past Saturday night, October 22nd at Nest in Toronto! A sold out event in support of a wonderful cause, the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank.
Everyone was welcome! Vegans and non-vegans came together in celebration of beautiful, delicious plant based nutrition and products, including some of the city’s top names.
Dolled Up Desserts Baking
Sweet Teeth Vegan
Penny Candy Jam
The Pop Stand
Sweets from the Earth
Klusters, A Real Handful
Malty & Hoppy Delicacy
ANU – The Way of Shea
The event was an amazing success and the best part is that Veg Heads TO will be putting on a series of vegan events in the near future with plans to make Vegan Oktoberfest an annual occurrence! 2017 is already in the works!
A special shout-out from MixMatch Marketing Inc. to Brew Haikus for capturing the highlights of the evening in video haiku.
*Event and Veg Heads TO Graphic Design by Crrumb Design Agency
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!