Monday, September 22, 2014

The Mid Autumn Moon Festival celebrates the harvest moon and families gather to eat mooncakes, light lanterns, listen to music and participate in many other cultural activities, here at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden.  On Sunday, September 7, we toured every space, each lit up with candles and lanterns.  Every view of the garden is different: a pagoda, stone tiles, ponds, courtyards, rooms, and tiled roof against a skyline of new towers.  Everything and everyone is reflected in waters stirred by brilliantly colored Koi fish.  A mighty dragon waits to add a breathy fire to greet the moon.  Ceremonies in the garden surround us with incense and ritual and young children, especially are fascinated and drawn in.  Music by the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble extends the magic of the evening.

Photos by Luke and Colleen


Sunday, September 21, 2014

CAFTCAD Celebrates Costume! While TIFF was in full swing, media professionals and guests of CAFTCAD gathered at the Spoke Club to celebrate costumes from film and TV. On display for the evening, were 16th century period garments from CW's show Reign, costumes from the vampire horror-drama The Strain, wardrobe from the historically based adventure movie, Pompeii and finally, costumes from the crime fighting hero film The Masked Saint.

CAFTCAD has been successful in promoting Canadian talent in film and television, both in Toronto and around the world. This annual event was an opportunity for media and guests to get a behind the scenes feel for the costumes, characters and influences on the costumes. Since its first event in 2009, CAFTCAD Celebrates Costume at TIFF, continues to grow with over 200 film, TV and media professionals in attendance each year. A fantastic event! 

Some of my favorite costumes of the night. Very dramatic and a great experience to see them up close!

For more information on CAFTCAD visit the CAFTCAD website. There is also going to be a big sale on October 18th. Save the date!

Space Janitors

The Masked Saint




The Hazing Secret

Via the CAFTCAD Gallery 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Our very own Toronto Joe Fresh is hosting Nicky Hilton, style icon, model and designer, this evening! She will be signing her new book 365 STYLE. In 365 STYLE Nicky shows readers how to take an item from ordinary to extraordinary, how to tailor personal style and when to avoid or invest in items.  She will be interviewed by stylist Erica Wark in front of a live audience at Joe Fresh Maple Leaf Gardens, 60 Carlton Street, 6-8pm. Hope you can make it!

Monday, September 15, 2014

For this fantastic three day event at Harbor Centre, Vancouver, 100% of the monies went directly for a great cause: funding towards providing women in need, entering or re-entering the workforce, with "professional attire, career development tools and a network of success".  A two dollar entry fee got shoppers into a very well organized, attractive space featuring loads of designer clothing and accessories.  Brightly lit dressing rooms, cheerful d├ęcor and lots of enthusiastic volunteers to help out, made this an experience well worth repeating.  Shopping for a cause is always the best!

A black and white satchel by Rampage was perfect for packing in my white and black Ribkoff jacket with matching black and white collared and zippered vest.  Bright pink clutch is a standout with any outfit.  Navy blue skinnies from Loft (label and tags attached) and a navy fancy hat by Julie Ng, are going to get a lot of wear, this year.

The shoes, the shoes!  Love the Lola Ramona black and whites with red heels and pink soles.  The Guess peep toed, polka dot bows will look stunning for a 40-50's Dress Exhibit Gala opening, Sept. 17 at the MOV!  The red booties will be coming with me to Toronto and New York.  And the jewels, well, real or not, they do provide glam and glitter.  Pearls, yes not plastic, are for a certain someone with the initial A and the orange earrings, a wow for me.  The hand that writes this blog, now is sporting that magnificent two finger, orange and flash ring.  Priceless!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I've been taking part in water sports more than ever this summer. I recently completed sailing lessons and thought I would try something without sails for the Toronto Air Show! Here are a few adventures from my trip across Lake Ontario to Toronto Island! What outdoor adventures did you get up to this summer?

Ready, set, paddle!

Safety first!

From afar

Amazing coordination!


I try to keep it color coordinated :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

This is a shoe design coloring book, a starting point for creative ideas around the fashion and style of shoes, accompanied by a great quote for each. "All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking." Friedrich Nietzche.  "Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world." Marilyn Monroe

"I have enough shoes."  Said no-one ever!  This is a soft cover black and white edition with bright red binding that instantly draws your eye, and invites you to see what's next. The images draw upon history, architecture, sports, space, literature, geography and more.  The shoes can be anything you can imagine on feet and on the ground, and they can take you onto the runway and into everyday. 

This 2014 incentive to dream, draw, create and color, is by Seymour Chwast, notable artist and designer and Carol Chu, graphic designer with a passion for shoes. 

Who doesn't love a good shoe?  Said no-one ever so what's your idea.  Color and show!

This is all about the fun and artistry of fashion. It's about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.  100 pages of what could be and your version of what that looks like.

To explore next...Carol Chu's "The Fashion Coloring Book" and more of Seymour Chwast's work at Push Pin Studios.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

With the close of every summer, comes the Greta Constantine summer poolside party at the house of Krystal Koo and Michael Cooper. The animated designers, Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, mingled and greeted guests as the sun set, and we eagerly awaited the always exciting fashion show. One of the things I love about Kirk and Stephen's shows is that there is always a fashion show and afterwards, the models mingle with the guests, it gives guests a chance to see the designs, first hand. This exhibition's theme was "Fine Young Savages" and featured a show that stopped the music and commanded everyone's attention.

This year also featured a raffle to raise funds in honor of Susan Alvaro, in support of Rethink Breast Cancer. The lucky winner was thrilled to win a custom Greta Constantine dress. Another great show this year with a great cause. Thanks for having us!

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