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A Twist on Linen…..Whitney Linen @WMCFW

GP4_0926-1Whitney Linen is an on-line shopping boutique focussing on linen from fashion & clothing, to table linens and bedding.  We design and manufacture all our products, using raw linen from the Baltic States, one of the largest exporters of linen in the world.

“Linen is one of the world’s oldest fabrics.  It is made from the flax flower (Linun Usitatissimun), which grows wild in the Baltic and now, under cultivation, in endless fields in the countryside.” 

Whitney Westwood, founder of Whitney Linen, has been involved in the fashion world for almost two decades. Westwood got her start in the industry as an international model with Elite, and has worked in fashion representation, event planning, marketing and PR over the years. More recently she worked as a partner in an online fashion and lifestyle magazine. As a result, she has had the opportunity to work with such fashion and entertainment icons as Gucci, Hermès, Valentino, Lenny Kravitz, P Diddy and Maxwell, to name a few.

Her deep well of experience and boundless dedication to fashion provided the passion to launch Whitney Linen. “My love of fine garments and timeless classics started when I was a child.  My parents brought the first Hermès store to Toronto and ran it for 15 years.  I grew up with Hermès, so to speak, and the colours and textures of the beautiful silks and leather goods have had a profound influence on my own design aesthetic,” says Westwood. “I have spent a lot of time in Europe and am always fascinated by the elegant men and women, dressed in linen, walking the cobbled streets of France and Italy. The more linen is worn, the better it looks. I want to introduce the comfort and confidence of this image to North Americans, but with a twist that’s decidedly ‘Whitney’,” she says.

Franciska Veress, designer for Whitney Linen, immigrated from Hungary to Toronto in 2001 where she worked towards establishing herself in the Canadian fashion industry. She got her start as a fashion show production assistant with Monarch Events Group, and there she gained invaluable experience learning the ins and outs of the inner workings of fashion in Canada.

In March 2010, Franciska founded her own fashion design company, Veress Couture, and launched her “Corset Collection” at a fundraiser event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. Her designs were an immediate success, and led to the production of a Fall/Winter collection of real fur accessories in both 2010 and 2011. Her designs have been featured at events like Catwalk Cure and Bell Celebrity Gala. Whitney and Franciska paired up to design the couture collection for Whitney Linen because of their mutual love for the fabric. “I’m passionate about pushing boundaries and creating the unexpected with linen,” says Veress.

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I had the pleasure and honour to meet both beautiful ladies at World MasterCard fashion Week and fell in love with their infectious energy. It is so refreshing to meet strong-minded business women who live life in the moment. These two designers share their passion and creativity to produce breathtaking comfort.

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

WW~  I have always been involved in the fashion industry. My parents brought the first Hermes store to Toronto years ago so I was surrounded with beautiful things since I was a baby and this opportunity sort of fell into my lap close to two years ago so I went with it….

FV~ I knew that I wanted to be a designer since I was about 3 years old, when I was drawing the same princesses but always with different dresses and details on the dresses.

BB411~ If you weren’t a designer and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

WW~ I am so happy being a designer presently this is it for me right now.

FV~ My dream was always to become a high-end fashion designer, so being anything else would be settling for something that is not my dream. I guess the next best thing for me would be an opera singer.

BB411~ Which designers did you admire growing up?

WW~ Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld to name a few.

FV~ All of them! Mostly Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci , Versace, Roberto Cavalli, later on John Galliano, Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen.

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

WW~ Yes it’s a part of me.

FV~ Yes. You know that you have love for fashion when your last thoughts before you go to sleep are imagining models walking down the runway in new designs, and your first thoughts of the day are remembering the clothes that you dreamt of during the night.:)

BB411~ What kind of person does your line represent?whitney-linen-ss-2013-2-mpi-jpg

WW~  Elegant, chic, Strong, intellectual and fun-loving individual.

FV~ Whitney Linen represents a woman who is well established, knows and appreciates quality and luxury, and likes to set trends instead of following them. When wearing Whitney Linen, a woman feels beautiful, sophisticated, chic.

BB411~ Who is your favourite celebrity to dress?

WW & FV~ Gwyneth Paltrow she is a perfect muse for WL.

BB411~ What was your favourite moment from showing Spring/Summer 2013 at World MasterCard Fashion Week?

WW~ Fav moment being backstage and seeing our first piece strutting down the runway on the screen wow it’s 4 Real!!

FV~ When we were backstage during the show, and watched the models walk down the runway on the monitor, Whitney and I were holding hands, and were ecstatic, as every single model looked as gorgeous as we envisioned them to be.

BB411~ What was the inspiration behind the Beauty Looks during the show (make up & hair)?

WW~ Sun-kissed Mediterranean sexy beauty.

FV~ Chic European ladies, walking down St. Tropez. We went for a sun-kissed, natural look, to enhance the natural beauty of our models.

BB411~ What is your favourite season to design a collection for?

WW~ Spring/Summer because of the nature of the fabric, but we are working with some linen blends for our first Fall/Winter Collection coming up which will be challenging but exciting.

FV~ Spring / Summer, due to the nature of linen. However, we are looking into designing linen clothing for Fall/Winter, which will be a challenge as linen is a very summery fabric. We do love challenges, so I think designing a linen collection for fall/winter is going to be a lot of fun!

BB411~ What do you look for when creating each collection?

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WW~ Inspiration and pieces with timeless elegance.

FV~ I dream about the designs, inspiration and ideas just pop in my head out of nowhere. However, the collection needs to be wearable as well, so sometimes I have to tone down what I come up with. The overall look is always very ladylike, with a lot of class.

BB411~ Favourite colour?

WW~ Don’t have one there are way too many beautiful colours and hues in this world to have a favourite.

FV~ I don`t have one. Love all of them.

BB411~ What are the 5 staple pieces every woman should have in their wardrobe?

WW~ Great sexy pair of jeans, a WL classic blazer, a crisp White linen WL shirt lol, a kicking pair of stiletto boots and an amazing purse.

FV~ A little black dress, a beautifully tailored blazer, a pencil skirt, a tailored pant, and jeans.

BB411~ Describe your style?

WW~ Pretty much the above is my style~ natural,sexy and elegance

FV~ I am very girly, love wearing dresses, skirts and high heels (always high heels). I always have a few backup heels in my car as well.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

WW~ Inner beauty it has to come from within and shine out in order for it to be true beauty for mewhitney-linen-ss-2013-mpi-jpg

FV~ Someone who takes care of themselves is beautiful to me. I think that there are also a lot of people who have an inner beauty that shines through , just because they are wonderful people. It doesn’t matter if someone is a size zero or size 16, a woman who is confident in herself is gorgeous.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

WW~ Pleasure, love, happiness, excitement and passion.

FV~ I am lucky as I am surrounded with wonderful people, who inspire me to always be better. To be a better person, better at my job, in my personal life, to try to help as many people as I can. Erika Larva (my role model) has been one of the biggest inspirations for me both personally and professionally. She is THE Top fashion show producer in Toronto, a busy business woman, who does everything she does to perfection, and is also the kindest, most caring and amazing person that I have ever met in my life.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

WW~ Windfall Basics, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Free The Children.

FV~ Yes, Windfall Basics, Raise the Rhythm (Helping autistic children).

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

WW~ Giving your time, patience, love, forgiveness and understanding.

FV~ I strongly believe in Karma, so I help everyone I can , whenever I can. I also never forget how hard it was to start out in the fashion industry, and how much help, kindness and advice I received from a group of people who I worked with throughout the years. I always try to help people who are just starting out and have a vision but don’t know how to bring it to life with my advice and connections. Basically anything they need help with. That is my way of giving back.

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BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

WW~  Be true to yourself….

FV~ Keep believing in your dreams, keep working hard, it will happen!

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you

WW~ Loving, Joyful and a big optimist.

FV~ Honest, loyal and living life to the fullest.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

 

WW~ I use Soya products from the Soya Boutique. My best friend owns the line and it’s all natural, amazing for your skin and makes it glow.

FV~ L’oreal day cream every morning, L’oreal night cream every night, Nivea for sensitive skin for the rest of the body every morning.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

WW~ Soya Boutique lip balm, Evian spray and Dior black Mascara.

FV~ Nivea handcream, L’oreal lipbalm , and L’oreal hairspray.

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

WW~ Mascara

FV~ Perfume (love Issey Miyake, Hugo Boss, Escada).

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favorite fragrance?

WW~ Amazone perfume by Hermes, my mum wore always and I love patchouli.

FV~ My favorite fragrance is different every year, right now I love Issey Miyake, it is light, fruity, a beautiful scent. Versace Red Jeans definitely reminds me of my childhood.

BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?

WW~ Less is more and smile all the time, be genuinely happy!!

FV~ It was always Nivea for me, and I still swear by it.

BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

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WW~ Can be very very silly…..

FV~ I am a bit of a chameleon. I love going to the Opera, and watching Ballet, and also love electronic music. I love to read books at home, but also to snowboard off of huge cliffs, do bungee jumping, horseback riding. I used to do figure skating and ballet for 15 years, but also love going to a hockey game , or just a girls` night out in town. I am interested in everything, and I believe in living life to the fullest, so I am never afraid to try new activities and love challenges.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

WW~ “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.”Ambrose Redmoon

FV~ Have lots, but can’t think of any right now.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

WW~ Make sure it’s something you love to do and have passion for. It’s not easy and you will be hopefully doing it for the rest of your life if you’re lucky you got to be happy with what you choose to do!!!

FV~ If you believe in yourself, don’t give up, it will happen. Don’t expect things to happen overnight, and be prepared to work 24/7 for it. Always have morals and don’t step over people. Don’t focus on the money, focus on giving your best at all times, and the money will follow. At the end of the day, it is only worth it, if you wake up in the morning (and all you had time to sleep was four hours), but you still have a smile on your face when you say to yourself “I am going to work to achieve my dream”.

To keep up to date on Whitney Linen follow them on  Twitter, Become a Fan on Facebook and Visit their Website.

You can also see Whitney Linen collections from World MasterCard Fashion Week Here.

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KORHANI home Pushes the Envelope @WMCFW

KirstenKorhani_KorhaniHome_CreativeDirectorCanadian label KORHANI home returns for its fifth season at World MasterCard Fashion Week, debuting the latest Fall/Winter 2013 collection for the North American market. Following their international expansion into Europe, KORHANI home recently premiered its European collection on the runway at Berlin Fashion Week receiving rave reviews.

Kirsten Korhani, Chief Designer and Creative Director at KORHANI home, has been leading the way in merging style and fashion for home with her innovative designs. Her inspiration for both fashion and home derive from her European flair and keen eye for detail. Her creativity has driven the brand to produce products that have become statement pieces in homes across the globe.

I had the chance to see the KORHANI home runway show at World MasterCard Fashion week and was blown away by the innovative designs. The way Kirsten uses texture and fabric is brilliant and so creative. It was such a pleasure to have the chance to not only meet Kirsten but to see her designs come to life and transform the runway with beautiful storytelling.

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

KK~ Since a young age – I’ve always been surrounded by design and fashion.  My mother used to create custom one-of-a-kind pieces for me when I was in elementary school.

BB411~ If you weren’t a designer and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

KK~ A millionaire matchmaker!

BB411~ Which designers did you admire growing up?

KK~ Karl Lagerfeld.

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KK~ KORHANI home is a luxury brand with a take on affordable pricing to give everyone the opportunity to decorate their space in style. To me this is important because everyone should be able to celebrate their favourite styles without sacrificing quality.

BB411~ Who has been your favourite celebrity to dress?

KK~ If I were able to dress a celebrity in our carpet couture looks it would be Elton John.

BB411~ What was your favourite moment from showing Spring/Summer 2013 at World MasterCard Fashion Week?

KK~ The show wrapped with the reveal of our limited edition ready-to-wear tunics.  The prints were inspired by our Tropical Paradise theme and fans have fallen in love with the prints in our home collection every season, this time I wanted to bring them something to incorporate into their own wardrobes as well as their home.

gp4_1753BB411~ What was the inspiration behind the Beauty Looks during the show (make up & hair)?

KK~ From soft, Parisian inspired designs, to the ritzy ‘20s, to bright vintage inspired prints, each collection had a distinct feel and it really came through in every detail from the beauty looks to the designs.

BB411~ What is your favourite season to design a collection for?

KK~ Fall.

BB411~ What do you look for when creating each collection?

KK~ I want my collections to be innovative, unique, edgy – and sometimes risky. I like pushing the envelope.

BB411~ Favourite colour?gp4_1603

KK~ I love shades of green, so I was especially happy when Pantone announced the colour of the year – Emerald green.

BB411~ What are the 5 staple pieces every woman should have in their wardrobe?

KK~ A nice colourful scarf, a cashmere sweater, leather pants, a fur coat and a little black dress.

BB411~ Describe your style?

KK~ I keep it fresh. I reinvent my style every season.

gp4_1065BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

KK~ I believe there is truth in the cliché, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

KK~ I’m inspired by nature – I have always loved the Canadian outdoors. Autumn is my favourite season because it is full of the most incredible colours. I love my family cottage, which we escape to as often as possible. Also, I travel often and constantly am picking up inspiration for my collections.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

KK~ There are many that are dear to me. We all have a soft spot for different causes. I’m always looking for different ways to give back to my community.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

KK~ I wouldn’t tell my younger self anything that would change the past. My experiences make me the person I am today and I live without regret.

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BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

KK~ Creative, driven, fast-paced.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

KK~ I like to make time for one facial a month.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

KK~ Blush, moisturizer & hair serum.gp4_1577

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

KK~ Tinted moisturizer.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favorite fragrance?

KK~ Anais Anais by Cacharel.

BB411~ I love this fragrance, it reminds me of my Mom.

BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?

KK~ Don’t get less than eight hours of sleep a night – though I definitely break this rule during Fashion Week!

BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

KK~ I will watch a horror movie over a chick flick any day.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

KK~ (laughs) “The early bird gets the worm.”

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

KK~ Believe in yourself – the fashion industry is cut-throat and if you don’t believe in yourself, you can’t expect others to.

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To keep up to date on Kirsten Korhani and KORHANI home~ Check out Twitter, Become a Fan on Facebook and Visit the Website.

You can also see KORHANI home collections from World MasterCard Fashion Week Here.

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Essie at WMCFashion Week ~ Day#1

MVsmZlNCHF8qvzn_YSG-mzKnrXdyJqREfNEZdP4Vb6MWorld Mastercard Fashion Week kicked off in high gear and essie is giving you the inside look.
Backstage at MIZ by Izzy Camillieri, essie Canada’s lead nail artist Rita Remark created a mix-textured french manicure using two coats of Licorice, one generous coat of Matte About You and swipe of No Chips Ahead on the tip of the nail.

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Models rocked the runway at Chloe Comme Paris sporting a nail look with No Place Like Chrome, Trophy Wife, Over The Top, Midnight Cami and Sexy Divide swirling together to create an oil spill effect.
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For the last show of Day 1, Pink Tartan kept things sleek and sophisticated with two coats of sand tropez followed by one coat of matte about you to create a contemporary nude nail look.

For images from MIZ by Izzy Camilleri, Chloe Comme Paris, Pink Tartan and other essie partnering shows be sure to check them out on Flickr

Reporting straight from the tents, so stay tuned for the latest essie TOFW news!

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Wearable Art with Paraezo Couture @WMCFW

floressa_aParaezo Couture, designer wedding gowns, was established in Toronto, Ontario in 2009 by lead designer Bruce Dang, with the first bridal collection launching in 2010, Paraezo Bridal designers combine European style and high fashion runway couture to create pure and original wedding gowns for the modern bride. The brand uses only the highest quality materials and never shies away from elaborate detailing so that every gown evokes feelings of elegance and beauty. In 2012 Paraezo Bridal launched the Paraezo Couture and Wish by Paraezo collections. Paraezo Couture amps up the haute couture design elements creating wearable pieces of art.

Dang’s interest in bridal fashion was sparked while working as creative director for a local wedding boutique. From there, Dang has created seven bridal collections under Paraezo Couture. For the Spring/Summer 2013 collection (entitled “Essence”) at World MasterCard Fashion Week, Dang took inspiration from natural elements, the simple beauty of flowers and foliage, to design wedding gowns with sensational curves, thoughtful embellishments and sharp contours, transforming the pieces into wearable art. He continues to pursue his dream of becoming a world-renowned bridal designer, and to grow Paraezo Couture to become among the most desirable brands in bridal fashion.

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In designing this collection, I found myself inspired by the novel The Secret Garden,” said Dang. “The themes of growth and rejuvenation illustrated in this classic tale captured my attention. Since weddings celebrate joy and new beginnings, I wanted my designs to reflect the optimism inherent in a budding flower. My hope is that brides who chose Paraezo Couture will feel like they have stepped out of a modern-day fairytale, thanks to a combination of European and haute couture influences and indulgently feminine details. The Paraezo woman is one who appreciates sharp cuts and style, but still believes in romance and happily ever after.”~ Bruce Dang

Paraezo was inspired by the Spanish word paraiso, which means paradise, mountains and the garden of eve. The brand defines Paraezo as a place of complete bliss, peace and harmony.

As I sat awaiting the show at WMCFW, I was mesmerized and intrigued by the studio runway decor (especially the wall which was draped with orchids). The gowns were beautiful and dreamy, I honestly had so many favourites. I had the opportunity to meet Bruce backstage and express my love for his designs. With such pure beauty gliding the runway, I jumped at the chance to feature Paraezo Couture on Beauty Buzz 411. If you’re a bride-to-be, this is a designer you must check out. See how the “Secret Garden” inspired this collection and how his pieces are true works of wearable art.

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

BD~ It was my sisters 16th birthday and with my mom I had designed a gown for my sister. The moment she had tried on the gown and seeing how happy my sister was, made me realize that this is the feeling I want all of my brides to feel. Then I knew that this was something that made me happy.

BB411~ If you weren’t a designer and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

BD~ I actually would love to be an artist and have a gallery somewhere in Toronto.

BB411~ Which designers did you admire growing up?

BD~ Karl Lagerfeld, Monique LhuillierAlexander McQueen and Elie Saab

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

BD~ I always loved fashion even though I didn’t realize it until later on being older. But I have always notice how people dressed and I criticized and thought how they could have dress differently.

_MG_8381BB411~ What kind of person does your line represent?

BD~ Someone who is a romantic and traditional but yet loves the new things in life.

BB411~ Who would be your favourite celebrity to dress?

BD~ I love Victoria Beckham, she is so sexy, daring and I would design anything for her!!

BB411~ What was your favourite moment from showing during Spring/Summer 2013 at World MasterCard Fashion Week?

BD~ The moment at the end when everyone claps, I thought to myself that I have come so far and it feels really good.

BB411~ What was the inspiration behind the Beauty Looks during the show (make up & hair)?

BD~ For the makeup I thought bridal needs to be soft, light and whimsical hence my inspiration for my s/s 2013 collection is “the secret garden”. For the hair I wanted to throw in real flowers to show the pureness of each bride, a different trend rather than a tiara and veil._MG_8232

BB411~ What is your favourite season to design a collection for?

BD~ I would say Spring and Summer collection, because I love using natural elements.

BB411~ What do you look for when creating each collection?

BD ~ I try to stay with the trend and maybe set a few trends whenever possible, but the main idea behind my collection is how I would see my perfect bride go down the aisle.

BB411~ Favourite colour?

BD~ I love blue and blush pink. Pink I have used in a few of my gown designs already but would love to do some blue in the near future.

BB411~ What are the 5 staple pieces every woman should have in their wardrobe?

BD~ I would say black pumps (something classic), a black dress, accessories, hats and a few different dresses with different necklines.

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BB411~ Describe your style?

BD~ I like to be preppy, love wearing suits.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

BD~ Everyone is beautiful in their own way and naturally they are a beauty.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

BD~ I get many compliments from my clients and brides who had seen or bought one of my gowns and that really keeps me going but other inspiration comes from movies, books, nature or simply other people.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

BD~ I would love to be a part of Make a Wish Foundation & The Breast Cancer Society.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

BD~ To me I feel that Fashion is a part of life and I am designing to make people happy when wearing my designs. So designing quality and fashion forward dresses is giving back.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

BD~ Never be afraid and never give up.a21r1386

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

BD~ Fun, Silly and Creative.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

BD~ Well my skin is very oily so I was my face 2-3 times a day with a skin cleanser. I keep an acne cream on hand just in case I break out.

BB411~ Three beauty products you carry with you always?

BD~ I love the foaming cleansers, nail clippers, and floss.

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

BD~ A good face wash/cleanser.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favourite Cologne?

BD~ I have always used CK Eternity and Euphoria, love the smell and gotten used to it.

BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?

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BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

BD~ I love movies more than reading, which I am very ashamed to say.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

BD~ “Imagine the world you want to live in and then dress that way” -Paul Crik

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

BD~ To never give up and remember the reason you are designing in the first place! Your Motivation!listing_Paraezo Couture

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Sealed with a Kiss @ WMCFW…….Christopher Bates

1Trained in Milan at legendary Istituto Marangoni, Toronto-based Christopher Bates is an intrepid designer achieving a meteoric rise in the fashion industry. His eponymous menswear line is gaining traction with retailers, consumers, media, stylists, and celebrities.

In 2009, Bates was featured as one of the top six leading menswear designers in Canada (Sharp Magazine, September 2009). Since he launched his brand he has been selling in leading Canadian boutiques including Toronto’s high-profile Gotstyle Menswear.

Bates’ unique style signature evolves from the following elements: contemporary tailoring, stylish fabrics and trims, clever details, a modern-edge, quality construction, a tasteful colour palette with injections of boldness, and a unique blend of Scandinavian and Italian influences. He designs quality, lifestyle-oriented pieces with a distinctly European flair. Focusing on the smart-casual contemporary market, his dashing urban looks are perfectly suited for evening, weekend, and transition wear. His inspirations are diverse and include: living, studying and travelling in Europe, asymmetry, the 80`s, architecture, street-style, Depeche Mode, and style icons, such as David Bowie and Freddie Mercury.

Bates designs for dynamic, stylish individuals who possess a cultivated appreciation of designer fashion and a sense of adventure in their life and dress. The line is perfect for confident men in their prime who want to stand out from the crowd. Born and raised in Canada, trained in Milan and inspired by the jet-set lifestyle, Bates’ approach to design is truly global and his line appeals to the growing numbers of fashion-conscious men in cosmopolitan cities around the world.

Bates’ ultimate goal is to create a leading international designer fashion brand.

“Your work is a breath of fresh air! Very tasteful, with thoughtful little design touches – a real modern take on classic menswear.” Bernadette Morra, Editor-in-chief, FASHION magazine

Christopher Bates had an elegant men’s wear line with a James Bond theme. “I have no doubt at all that that guy is going to make it.” Jeanne Beker on myETVmedia.com8c

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Christopher this past October at the Spring/Summer show at World MasterCard Fashion Week. His collection was classic, sexy and romantic all-in-one! There was one piece that I absolutely fell in love with~ the Romeo dress shirt with the signature kiss print on the collar. It’s funny how such a small detail can have such a strong impact. From the moment I met Christopher Bates I knew that he had something special. Not only is he incredibly charming, he is very humble and genuine.

Upon talking with Christopher, I began to realize that he incorporates his appreciation for life into everything he creates. I appreciate so much his dedication and focus to his work and brand. Christopher is strong-minded and when it comes to business he is focused, driven and determined. Even when I approached him for this interview, he took no time on delivery and made it happen. When he puts his mind to something he gives it 1000%. This designer is one to watch out for, big things are to come in the near future (mark my word). It is my pleasure to share this up close and personal interview with all of you on the man behind the suit~ Christopher Bates.

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

CB~ In 2005. It was during my second tour of Europe. I was in Stockholm, surrounded by the most stylish people I had seen in my life. It was then that I knew there was a market out there for the ideas for clothing I’d be having since I was a kid.

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BB411~ If you weren’t a designer and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

CB~ Professional soccer player.

BB411~ Which designers did you admire growing up?

CB~ Dolce & Gabbana, Dean & Dan Caten, Giorgio Armani.

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

CB~ Yes, since I was in elementary school. My mom bought some pretty cool clothes for my brothers and I. Clothing was powerful for me. It reinforced how I felt on the inside, which was very energetic.

BB411~ What kind of person does your line represent?

CB~ A cultured and international individual who appreciates the finer things in life. He wants to be like James Bond.

BB411~ Who has been your favourite celebrity to dress?

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CBCharlie Carrick. He’s a friend and we play for the same soccer club: Annex FC. He’s an upcoming actor who has major potential. He’s tall, slim and handsome so he looks great in the clothes.

BB411~ Who is a celebrity you haven’t worked with but would like to?michael-fassbender

CB~Michael Fassbender 

BB411~  What was your favourite moment from showing Spring/Summer 2013 at World MasterCard Fashion Week?

CB~ Watching my show on a TV monitor backstage. The guys did such a great job. It was flawless.

BB411~ What was the inspiration behind the Beauty/Style looks during the show (make up & hair)?

CB~ We opted for a clean and modern look to compliment the collection. The collection had a James Bond theme, so the hair (Jorge Joao from Redken) was slick and the make up (Grace Lee from Maybelline) was minimal.

BB411~ What is your favourite season to design a collection for?3

CB~ Spring. I love using colour and lot’s of white. I also love lighter weight fabrics. I would dress for Spring year round if I could.

BB411~ What do you look for when creating each collection?

CB~ What’s not readily available in the market. A lot of clothes are over-designed or over-embellished. My goal is to update classic pieces and keep them clean. My focus is on fit, fabric, colour, cut + interesting details.

BB411~ Favourite color?

CB~ White.

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BB411~ What are the 5 staple pieces every man should have in his wardrobe?

CB~ Every man needs: a pair of fitted black jeans, a tailored sports jacket, a lightweight wool topcoat, crisp white dress shirt and a fitted leather bomber.

BB411~ Describe your style?

CB~ A cross between Milanese flair and Stockholm minimalism.4b

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

CB~ Having a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

CB~ Music, movies, art, fashion, architecture, automotive, literature, food and wine, and travel.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

CB~ The Jade’s KIDS Foundation. Jade lives to inspire kids to choose creativity over drugs. His story is incredible.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

CB~ To help people any way you can.

BB411~If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

CB~Follow your passion.

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BB411~3 words that best describe you?

CB~Energetic, Ambitious, Imaginative.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

CB~I use an Kiehls exfoliator in the shower and a St. Ives face moisturizer every morning and night.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

CB~Vaseline (for my lips), eye drops, water.

BB411~#1 beauty product you could not live without?

CB~ Water.

BB411~ What is your go to hair products?

CB~ Kiehls shampoo, Herbal Essences conditioner, Messed Up fibre putty

BB411~Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favorite fragrance?

CB~Dior Fahrenheit. This was my first cologne. It was an extremely distinctive scent. Any time I smell it, it brings me right back to high-school.

BB411~Do you have a best kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?

CB~Drink lots of water.

BB411~ How do you stay fit?

CB~ I go to the gym and do a mixture of cardio & weights + play soccer. 7 days a week I exercise. I also eat healthy.

BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you

CB~I’m a massive 80’s music fan.

BB411~Favorite quote?

CB~“What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail.” (Dr. Robert Schulfer)

BB411~ Where do you see your self in 1, 5 and 10 years?Main-13

CB~ In 1 year I’d like to have my menswear line selling coast to coast in Canada and in a few good stores abroad. In 5 years I’d like to be based in Europe and starting to open my own mono-brand boutiques. In 10 years I’d like to be evolving my fashion brand into a lifestyle empire including: hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, electronic music, furniture, film, and a modelling agency.

BB411~What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

CB~Create a budget then double or triple it. And, be brave.

BB411~ When you look back what do you want to be remembered for?

CB~ Living a great life and building an exciting lifestyle empire.

BB411~Favorite food?

CB~ Hamburgers

BB411~#1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

CB~ Sail around the world in a tall ship.

BB411~ When I say the word #lovethis , what is the first thing that comes to mind?

CB~ Life

10I can’t tell you what an absolute pleasure it was to do this interview with Christopher! I look forward to seeing all the success that is to come for this amazing designer. I will keep my fingers crossed that one day he may venture out and design a classic woman’s suit~ There is really nothing like having a perfect suit that fits like a glove. I’d be happy to be his test model (spokesperson) and would wear that suit proud!

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Eye Catching Design with DUY @WMCFW

Duy Portrait B&W-1DUY, the eponymous Montreal-based high-end ready-to-wear line created by Duy Nguyen in 2001 has won numerous fans for its sharp tailoring and impeccable cuts. Duy has always experimented with the best in quality fabrics and pattern-making. His unmistakable precision, his mastery of cut and his high precision tailoring have created a unique tailoring approach that has become his signature. His timeless pieces have made him a favourite amongst women looking to be beautifully dressed, no matter the time of day or the season and with fashion editors and industry players who have been rightfully impressed with his edgy contemporary styling.

Born in Vietnam, raised in Montreal, Duy studied fashion design at Collège LaSalle and has worked with some of the biggest names in Canadian fashion design. Duy is the winner of the 2012 edition of the Mercedes-Benz Startup prize.

Clothes should be simple but well thought. I love menswear for its tailoring qualities and womenswear, because it makes me dream. Great style happens when it really reflects who you are. My clothes are edgy and innovative yet very wearable. They have a refined sensibility with unexpected details to catch the eye says Duy.

I had the pleasure to watch Duy win the Mercedes-Benz Startup show at World MasterCard Fashion Week in October. I met with him backstage after his win and he was so lovely to chat with. Here is a look at our interview and the inspiration behind the brand~DUY.

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

DUY~ After reading American Vogue March 1994 issue.

BB411~ If you weren’t a designer and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

DUY~ A restaurant owner or a florist.DUY_Feb062012_0432

BB411~ Which designers did you admire growing up?

DUY~ Cristobal Balenciaga

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

DUY~ Yes, when I was young, I shampooed my sister’s dolls.

BB411~ What kind of person does your line represent?

DUY~ Confident and individualistic people.

BB411~ Who has been your favourite celebrity to dress?

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BB411~ What is your favourite season to design a collection for?

DUY~ Fall/winter. I love jackets and coats

BB411~ What do you look for when creating each collection?

DUY~ Interesting new details or silhouettes.

BB411~ What was your favourite moment from showing Spring/Summer 2013 at World MasterCard Fashion Week?

DUY~ Winning I guess.

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BB411~ Favourite colour?

DUY~ Light grey

BB411~ What are the 5 staple pieces every woman should have in their wardrobe?

DUY~ Wool pantsuit for fall/Silk suit for spring, a white shirt, a black shirt, a cocktail dress and an evening gown. KEEP everything basic and simple but very well cutted.

BB411~ Describe your style?

DUY~ Chic, classic with a twist.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?7438583.bin

DUY~ That you are comfortable with yourself.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

DUY~ People who keep challenging themselves.A2NmSJlCAAAoK1j.jpg-large

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

DUY~ Helping homeless people

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

DUY~ Help people in any way when you can.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

DUY~ Everything happens for a reason.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

DUY~ Easy going, obsessed (with work) , honest (with myself).

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

DUY~ I just wash my face twice a day with a cleanser with a citrus smell and use a moisturizer when my skin is dry.

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BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

DUY~ Lip balm, a small size eau de toilette spray and wipes.

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

DUY~ Lip balm

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favorite fragrance?

DUY~ Ariel, a famous detergent sold in France. I wear Jil Sander for men

BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?

DUY~ Good sleep.

BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

DUY~ I am a very shy guy20110330-DUY23

BB411~ Favorite quote?

DUY~ Be rich or have a lot of friends.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

DUY~ Marry rich or make a lot of friends.

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Backstage Style with Redken @ World MasterCard Fashion Week Day#5

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Hair by Redken

Fashion Runway Trend: Modern

Designed for every woman, VAWKKIN styles are easy to wear with a fashion vibe, and Redken translated this into runway ready hair that is easy to create, giving a modern but still stylized look. To create make a centre part then let hair lay in natural fall position. Take vertical sections and spiral wrap around a 1″ curing iron work your away around the head. Once the set has cooled down rake apart with finger and rough the ends for texture.

Redken Products Used: 
Iron Shape 11, Fashion Work 12, Powder Grip 03

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Fashion Runway Trend: Futuristic Geisha

A small triangle horseshoe section was taken and clipped away. The remainder of the hair was tied off into a high ponytail just behind the crown. Then we backcombed the horseshoe section at the root for volume and brushed back to combine with the ponytail. Now take existing ponytail and loop it at the end with a hair tie and pin it to the nape. Spray and sculpt for final effect.Redken Products Used:  

Fashion Work 12, Shine Flash 02

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