Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

So yesterday afternoon, a friend of mine and I attended the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show. They hold it twice a year in the Toronto Metro Convention Centre, once in September and once in March. I signed up for email notifications back in the fall, so a week before the show I received a coupon for $2 off admission – a perk of being a subscriber to the event. Regular admission is $10.

There were so many booths we honestly had no idea where to start. Finally we just picked one and tried to wrap a square around the room, and then weave in and out between the aisles. I was amazed at all the variety. One booth sold strictly vintage designs of famous designers – Dolce and Gabbana, Betsey Johnson, and Valentino, just to name a few. Not to mention, all clothing was 50% off the ticketed price at that same booth!

One of my favourite booths had to be one that sold almost exclusively jewelry. Better yet, it was cheap! I scored a lovely necklace for $14 and a pink glitter bangle for only $4! 

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I also came across this crazy shirt at one of the booths. I didn’t buy it, as it wasn’t my style, but this is a piece from a collaboration between Lanvin and H&M. It had all sorts of embellishments and extra details on it – the eyelashes are sequins which are partially sewed on, so you can move them around if you want to! I just found this really interesting and wanted to share it with you guys.

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Another vending was selling vintage clothing and handbags, but there was also a crate of old advertisements and magazine spreads taken from vintage issues Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. I fell in love with the fashion pages, but unfortunately couldn’t take all of them home with me! So I settled for this absolutely stunning photo featuring a sleeveless fur housecoat by Mainbocher, from the October 1937 issue of Vogue. Now all I need is to find the perfect frame for it!

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These are some photos of some of the vendor layouts, and the items they had for sale. Lots of shoes and handbags!

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I didn’t end up purchasing any clothing myself, because as luck would have it, everything I fell in love with was either too big or too small! Such is the way of vintage shopping, unfortunately. But the two items I WOULD have gotten, had they fit, were both skirts. One was a deep blue suede, pencil-skirt style, with a small slit in back. The other was a 60’s-style miniskirt, and let’s just say that ‘mini’ was definitely the right way to describe the length – it was supershort! The skirt was a lovely teal hue, and had two black squared pockets on the front. Maybe next time I’ll have better luck with sizes.

Are you guys a fan of vintage things? If so, where do you like to shop? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

Until next time! xo

RAW artists hit Toronto with their Awakening showcase

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http://www.rawartists.org/toronto/awakening

On Thursday (February 27th), I had the great pleasure of attending the Awakening event put on by RAW for an evening of great art, great music, and cutting-edge fashion. It was held at the Revival Bar on College Street, and the dress code was cocktail attire. So I donned my red sateen Dynamite strapless dress and some black heels, and headed out for what was sure to be a night to remember!

Two of my good friends were actually featured in the show, which is how I first found out about it. Breila Rose Rathlou is a skilled photographer from Guelph, Ontario, and Michael Archibald is talented painter located right here in the city. I was incredibly proud to see their work on the walls of such a busy, high-energy event. You can check out their work below, and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! 

Breila Rose – http://www.breilarosephotography.com/ 

Mike Archibald – http://www.michaelarchibald.ca/

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My favourite part of the evening would definitely have to be the runway shows! These were the three designers were featured in the fashion show at this event, along with some photographs I snapped of my favourite designs.

Lesley Hampton:  http://www.rawartists.org/lesleyhampton

Katrina Mior:  http://www.rawartists.org/totallywaisted

Rachel Chan:  http://www.rawartists.org/racheljchan

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There was even a hoop performance out on the runway.

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Overall, just a really amazing night.  I was so glad to be a part of it, and I hope there are many more RAW events to come!

-Laura

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