Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – April 11, 2014 Edition

Lily Nguyen of Bleed For Fashion, Vancouver

With the sun shining and the snow having melted away, spring fashion is finally emerging on the fashion blogs this week (sans goosebumps). Parkas were traded in for denim jackets, open-toe shoes started to be favoured over boots, and bare legs began to see the light of day.

Samantha rocked a pair of funky shades, Anik bared her shoulders, and Lily took her classic YSL Tribute sandals out for a spin. Are you diving head first into spring fashion too?

Samantha Beckerman of Beckerman Bite Plate, Toronto

Krystin Lee of Suburban Faux Pas, Toronto

Lisa Dengler of Just Another Fashion Blog, Toronto/New York

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The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – March 28, 2014 Edition

Amanda by Max Kopanygin for MTV Fora, Toronto

With fashion weeks taking place both in Vancouver and Toronto last week, this week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook is a particularly juicy one. Our favourite style bloggers from coast to coast descended on the two cities to take in the Fall 2014 collections in their fashion week best, serving up some serious eye candy.

In Vancouver, Ivy channeled her ladylike sensibility into a very feminine blush and black-and-white polka dot pairing. On the other side of the country in Toronto, Amanda (snapped by street style photographer Max Kopanygin) put on a lesson in metallic dressing. She also put forth a very strong case for socks with sandals.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Beckerman sisters. The Simpsons-adorned denim jacket, yin yang handbag and bright yellow knits they sported to World Mastercard Fashion Week are proof that no one has as much fun as they do with fashion.

Ania Boniecka of Ania.B, Calgary

Gracie Carroll of Gracie Carroll, Toronto

Krystin Lee of Suburban Faux Pas, Toronto

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Street Style

Spotted from the Backseat: Toronto Fashion Week #WashableFashion Edition

Blogger twins Caillianne and Samantha Beckerman in washable denim on denim

We’ve had #washablefashion on the brain of late. We’ve been busily sharing our own washable #ootds, oohing and aahing over yours, and even scouting World Mastercard Fashion Week for some good old #washablefashion on some of the most sartorially gifted industry insiders we know. In between shows, we snapped editors, bloggers and stylists alike, all sporting their washable best at the tents. Denim? Check. Plaid? Check. Cozy knits? Check. Washable? But of course!

Take a gander at our WMCFW street style snaps for some #washablefashion inspiration. Want to up your #washablefashion game too? Be sure to check out Pink Tartan‘s latest Washable Collection, a very stylish and practical collaboration with Tide Pods.

P.S. Thanks to all who entered our Pink Tartan x Tide Pods giveaway - you sure are a fashionable bunch! The winner will be announced shortly.

Blogger Anita Clarke in a too cool for school washable patterned moto jacket

Blogger Nelia Belkova in washable head-to-toe stripes and a furry blue friend

Wardrobe stylist Kirsten Reader in a fierce washable black and white getup

Blogger Vanessa Cesario in the most amazing washable overalls

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – February 21, 2014 Edition

Lily Nguyen of Bleed For Fashion, Vancouver

This week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook is an eclectic mix of looks – there’s some feminine Valentine’s Day ensembles, fierce New York Fashion Week getups and some darned good “I’m freezing but I’m going to werk it anyway” outfits.

Lily donned a stunning red-on-red-on-red look for V-day with an unexpected pairing of a Kenzo tiger sweatshirt with a tulle skirt and glittery peep-toe pumps; the Beckerman sisters killed it as per usual with their unconventional yet incredibly endearing styling and toothy grins at NYFW; and Alanna looked impossibly cool in a vintage sweater and leather dress combo as she road-tripped in Oregon.

Samantha and Caillianne Beckerman of Beckerman Bite Plate, Toronto

Justine Iaboni of Jetset Justine, Toronto

Jill Lansky of The August Diaries, Vancouver

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The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – February 14, 2014 Edition

Sonya Esman of Class Is Internal, Toronto

New York Fashion Week has been in full swing this week, and our favourite Canadian style bloggers have been serving up a constant stream of ultra-chic outfit snaps straight from the streets of Manhattan.

From Sonya‘s to-die-for fur-on-fur look to Vanessa‘s uber-cool biker jacket + skort combo to the Beckerman sisters’ super sporty ode to DKNY, Lookbook regulars definitely brought their sartorial A games to the Big Apple.

P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

Jill Lansky of The August Diaries, Vancouver

Lily Nguyen of Bleed For Fashion, Vancouver

Samantha and Caillianne Beckerman of Beckerman Bite Plate, Toronto

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The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – February 7, 2014 Edition

Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/Beijing

This week, Canadian style bloggers across the country had a serious case of the blues. We’re hypothesizing that displeasure with the frigid temperatures and abundance of snow finally manifested itself in, literally, some very blue outfits. Wearing their feelings? We totally get it.

Vanessa H. rocked a beautiful baby blue coat we’re obsessing over, Vanessa C. paired an uber-chic navy coat with leather jogging pants, and Samantha donned a monochromatic getup from hat to leopard print scarf to psychedelic taffeta pants.

You know who wasn’t feeling blue though? Ania, who was sporting a pretty little printed romper while in Los Cabos, Mexico. And now we’re seeing green.

Krystin Lee of Suburban Faux Pas, Toronto

Vanessa Cesario of The Brunette Salad, Toronto

Liz Clark of Elizabeth Victoria Clark, Toronto

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Inside the Inaugural Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards: 70 Red Carpet Photos of Coco Rocha, DSquared2, Jeanne Beker and More

Model of the Year winner Coco Rocha with multiple award winners DSQUARED2′s Dean and Dan Caten

On Saturday, February 1, the inaugural Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) were held at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, where a venerable who’s who of the Canadian fashion industry flocked to honour its brightest stars. The first of its kind in our fair nation, CAFA’s raison d’être is to recognize outstanding achievement and emerging talent in the fashion community, and this past weekend’s incredible awards gala was certainly a long time coming.

Emerging Talent Award winner Sarah Stevenson and Elisha Cuthbert

In between comedic interludes by master of ceremonies Gerry Dee and a musical performance by JRDN, the first ever CAFA winners were revealed at the highly-anticipated awards ceremony. Congratulations to all the immensely talented winners and nominees:

Womenswear Designer of the Year: 

  • Christie Smythe & Andrea Lenczner, SMYTHE
  • Denis Gagnon
  • Jeremy Laing – Winner
  • Kimberely Newport-Mimran, Pink Tartan
  • Kirk Pickersgill & Stephen Wong, Greta Constantine

Menswear Designer of The Year: 

  • Davidson Manaloto, wings + horns
  • Philippe Dubuc
  • Philip Sparks
  • Travis Taddeo – Winner
  • Shawn Hewson, Bustle

Outstanding Achievement: 

  • David Dixon
  • Dean & Dan Caten, DSQUARED2 – Winner
  • Denis Gagnon
  • Lida Baday
  • Marie Saint-Pierre

Accessory Designer of the Year nominee Jenny Bird and Stylist of the Year winner George Antonopoulos

Accessory Designer of The Year:  

  • Dexter & Byron Peart, WANT Les Essentials de la Vie – Winner
  • Ela & Martin Aldorsson, Ela Handbags
  • John Fluevog
  • Jenny Bird
  • Maryam Keyhani

Canadian Style Award: 

  • Coco Rocha
  • Joe Mimran – Winner
  • Lisa Tant

Image Maker of the Year:

  • Chris Nicholls – Winner
  • Stephanie Mark, Jake Rosenberg, The Coveteur
  • Gabor Jurina
  • Max Abadian
  • Tommy Ton

Vanguard Award honouree Jeanne Beker and Stacey McKenzie

International Designer of the Year: 

  • Dean & Dan Caten, DSQUARED2 – Winner
  • Erdem Moralioğlu
  • Jeremy Laing
  • Jason Wu
  • Mark Fast

Stylist of the Year:

  • Cary Tauben
  • George Antonopoulos – Winner
  • Liz Cabral
  • Peter Papapetrou
  • Susie Sheffman

Model of the Year: 

  • Coco Rocha – Winner
  • Daria Werbowy
  • Yasmin Warsame

Suzanne and Chloe Rogers

Emerging Talent Award: 

  • Beaufille
  • Eliza Faulkner
  • Laura Siegel
  • Martin Lim
  • Sarah Stevenson – Winner
  • Sid Neigum
Emerging Talent Award winner Sarah Stevenson, who also won the 2013 TFI New Labels competition, took home a $10,000 cash prize sponsored by Atelier Swarovski, an exclusive mentorship program with Joe Fresh, and a Spring/Summer 2015 look book produced by THE COLLECTIONS. The inimitable Jeanne Beker was also recognized with the Vanguard Award for her 27-year run as the host of Fashion Television, a strong influence on so many in the room that night and around the world, as well as her many other pursuits in the industry over the years.

Sylvia Mantella with Greta Constantine’s Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong

Canada’s top fashion talent was celebrated both on stage and off, and we were delighted to be surrounded by stunning red carpet ready creations by homegrown designers. With the likes of Coco Rocha, socialite Suzanne Rogers, sponsor Sylvia Mantella and model Stacey McKenzie leading the way in DSQUARED2, Erdem, Greta Constantine and VAWK respectively, the Canadian fashion set absolutely turned it out for the industry’s biggest night of the year.

Accessory Designer of the Year nominee Maryam Keyhani

Check out the gallery below for 70 – yes 70! – style snaps from the inaugural Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards. Congrats to all the 2014 CAFA winners and nominees, and to the CAFA team for an outstanding first year!

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – January 31, 2014 Edition

Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/Beijing

The love affair between Canadian style bloggers and faux fur continues. Last week, it was Stephanie in stripes. This week, we’ve got Vanessa and Liz, one in the most perfect shade of green and the other in a winter white shearling. Both looking incredibly chic (and warm!). We’re officially obsessed.

You too? Get the look with these 15 fabulous faux fur jackets we found just for you.

Bianca Venerayan of Kastor & Pollux, Toronto

Samantha Beckerman of Beckerman Bite Plate, Toronto

Liz Clark of Elizabeth Victoria Clark, Toronto

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The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – Best of 2013!

Started in 2012, The Canadian Street Style Lookbook really hit its stride in its first full year, and it was all thanks to the very fashionable style bloggers we featured from coast to coast. With over 400 looks served up in our weekly round-ups in 2013, one fact became abundantly clear: we’re one stylish nation. From the Pantone colour of the year emerald green to leather everything to that inescapable Zara skort, our favourite bloggers rocked all of the year’s biggest trends, but they also marched to the beat of their own style drum.

Over the last 12 months, established stars like Samantha, Caillianne and Chloe Beckerman of Beckerman Bite Plate and Nelia Belkova of Style Blog continued to awe and inspire us, Lookbook mainstays like Ania Boniecka of Ania.B, Ivy Xu of This Is What We Do and Krystin Lee of Suburban Faux Pas took their sartorial games to the next level, and newcomers like Sasha Exeter of So Sasha and Vanessa Cesario of The Brunette Salad arrived on the scene with a fashionable bang.

With week after week of ultra-chic ensembles, selecting just 10 of our favourites was an impossible task…so we chose 20 instead. Thank you to all the ladies and gents we featured in 2013 for a year’s worth of blog fodder – we bow down to your sartorial talents. We can’t wait to show you lovely readers what Canadian style bloggers from across the country, including Lookbook regulars and new faces we’ve yet to discover, are wearing in 2014!

Alexandra Nikolajev of I’m A Little, Toronto
A fresh, preppy take on the Canadian Tuxedo, which made a triumphant return to the style scene this year. Done with gold accessories and a touch of leopard, double denim never looked better.

Alyssa Lau of The Ordinary Peoples, Edmonton
The statement coat doesn’t get much bolder than in this metallic hue, styled to perfection with neutrals by Edmonton’s fashion blogging golden girl, a Lookbook regular.

Ania Boniecka of Ania.B, Victoria
This Calgary native served up chic look after chic look all year. This effortless, head-to-toe black getup stole our hearts, but we could have easily included another handful of Ania’s outfits in this year-end round-up. She’s just that good.

Anik Lacasse-Richard of Montreal In Style, Montreal
Leopard print and burgundy leather are a match made in style heaven, and we’d expect nothing less from this fierce Montrealer. She never fails to impress with her non-stop stream of edgy ensembles.

Anonymous by Ania Boniecka of Ania.B, Calgary
The classic black-and-white colour combo was a huge trend this year, but done with a strategically placed pop of orange (and the most amazing round bob!)? A standout look.

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Retail Therapy

Shop Like A Style Blogger: 20 Cozy Sweaters To Keep You Warm This Winter

Samantha of Beckerman Bite Plate sported the coziest looking cardigan in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook, and we’re not going to lie: we were a tad jealous of her Isabel Marant. But rather than waste our time seeing green, we instead chose to channel our efforts towards finding ourselves some equally chic knitwear.

The results? 20 super cozy and very covetable sweaters we’re dying to get our hands on, stat. Because as the temperatures continue to drop, we want to stay cute and warm, and we bet you do too. Check out the gallery below for all our sweater picks and happy shopping!

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