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

World Mastercard Fashion Week: Melissa Nepton, Claudette Floyd, & Helmer

Hello everyone! So as I’m sure you all know, this week was Toronto Fashion Week which will wrap up tomorrow night. There was a ton of shows going on but with my busy school schedule, I was only able to make it out to three of them. Of course they were incredible, and I have lots to share with you all!

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Tuesday: Melissa Nepton at 8pm

My friend Carrie (designer of BlakBlak) and I arrived at the tent shortly after 7pm and checked in. Upon entering the premises, we were each given a Globe Style bag filled with free Maybelline goodies (pictured above). Nothing kicks off an evening like free gifts! We milled around for a while waiting for the show to begin, and as we got in line, I bumped into my friend Bobby! I hadn’t seen him since before Christmas as he’s been in Mexico, so that was a nice surprise. The show was so packed that Carrie and I ended up in the very back, so it was difficult to get good camera angles of the runway. However Bobby ended up taking a whole bunch of lovely photos, which he has graciously allowed me to share with all of you.

You can also check out his blog and see his Fashion Week entries here! http://www.bobbyraffin.com

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I attended Melissa’s show for her fall collection, so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed with her latest designs. One thing that she appears to keep consistent is her colour choices, opting for black and whites, greys and neutral tones. In the first photo, the outfit has a sort of triangular print, which had repetition on other designs throughout the show. There was a lot of tailored tops and trousers, pockets on many of the designs, and open cut-out backs in tops and dresses. Many textiles were mixed, and there were hints of mint blended into a few of the looks. Many models carried oversized clutches as they walked. Fur was another common design element within this collection. The second photo was actually my favourite piece in the whole show – I’ve always been a sucker for strapless anything, not to mention skirts and dresses that have pockets! Overall, it was a fantastic collection… but I was a little confused by the hairstyling choices. It really looked like the models’ hair has just been washed and left to air-dry in a messy pile, which didn’t complement the outfits at all. I was there to look at clothes though, not hair, and in that area I was left satisfied.

Thursday at 3pm: Claudette Floyd (Rush Couture) and Helmer

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These two designers are friends, and decided to combine their shows together in one! I didn’t take any photos at this one other than the one above, because I got into the second row this time and got an amazing opportunity to get an up-close look at the designs. Needless to say, my time was spent observing and taking notes. But I’ve included a 9-second video clip at the end that I got, so you can catch glimpses of some of the designs.

Helmer: I noticed with this collection, embellishments seemed to be a main focus. Lots of lace overlay, lots of embroidered beading, with some outfits giving the impression of being ‘patched’ with design elements. There was printed, fitted trousers along with fitted jackets, and very full skirts were another collection favourite. My favourite outfit was a supershort strapless black dress with an extremely poofed out skirt, with what appeared to be layers of sheer tulle fabric layered over many times. There were black feathers all over the dress & going up the skirt to the top, giving off a peacock style effect. It was stunning, and I definitely regretted not having my camera at the ready for that one!

Claudette: There was a golden-bronze shimmery fabric that seemed to be the main design concept of this collection. It was used in skirts, dresses, shrugs, and tops. Long flowing skirts and dresses were another consistency I noticed throughout the show. Not unlike Melissa’s pieces on Tuesday, a handful of Claudette’s designs has the open-back concept, though she also did low/open necklines as well. Given the nicer weather that is (hopefully!) on its way and the repetition throughout Fashion Week, I can definitely see this being a trend for fall 2014. There were also some gorgeous jackets featured in this collection.

That’s all I have for you guys tonight. But I’ll be checking out the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show this coming Sunday, which means you’ll of course be hearing about it soon!