The Fashion Blows exhibit runs until November 1 at The Room at Hudson’s Bay on Queen Street in Toronto. Photo: Courtesy Hudson’s Bay
If you haven’t made it down to the Fashion Blows exhibit at the The Room at Hudson’s Bay on Queen Street in Toronto, you’re missing out on experiencing a slice of fashion history. The free exhibit, which was created by Hudson’s Bay and The Isabella Blow Foundation, showcases 55 pieces from the famed fashion director’s collection. It’s a rare chance to see iconic work from Alexander McQueen, Dior, Galliano and Deborah Milner.
There are also 15 fantastical hats from Blow’s long-time friend Philip Treacy. Last week, Treacy and fellow designer Daphne Guinness attended the gala dinner held at The Room. Funds raised will be used to send a Canadian fashion student to London’s famous Central Saint Martins College as well as support programs at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
In a touching tribute to his friend and muse, Treacy recalled meeting Blow in the 1980s and being struck immediately by her attire. “Most women who worked at magazine offices wore pearls. Isabella was wearing a transparent cobweb top with a skirt and high-heeled Manolo Blahnik shoes—she looked completely different from everyone else.” The pair were entwined in each other’s lives from the moment Blow asked Treacy to design hats for her wedding. “I was expecting a bride in white, but it soon became very clear that for someone like Isabella, this wouldn’t be a traditional dress,” laughed Treacy.
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Canadian women are a little obsessed with their winter jackets because it’s the one piece of clothing that most defines our outdoor style for five to six months of the year. So, it’s not unusual for there to be more than one of them hanging in our closets. If you’re doing an inventory—and want to pare down—here’s a way to do a good deed at the same time.
Consider giving one of your coats a second life by donating it to the annual Lolë Yellow Label campaign. During the drive, which runs from October 1 to December 1, you can drop off jackets that are less than five years old, clean and in good shape at participating stores. (You’ll receive a gift card for $50 off the purchase of any Lolë jacket worth more than $180.) The donated jackets will be sold for between $10 and $50 at “pop-up” sales at the Maisonneuve Market in Montreal on November 21, 22 and 23 and at the Brooklyn Flea Market in New York on November 22 and 23. Proceeds will go to Moisson Montreal, Food Banks Canada and, in the U.S., Ample Harvest. Before you donate your coat, organizers want you to take a photo and share why you loved it using the hashtag #LoleYellowLabel.
I dropped off this jacket at the Lolë store in Yorkville in Toronto. There’s nothing like a cozy puffy jacket to make you feel you can cope with whatever nastiness the polar vortex may throw your way.
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Albanian model Morta Kontrimaite moments before her Prada spring/summer 2015 debut in Milan.
Morta Kontrimaite’s first name may not be especially auspicious—it means “death” in Italian—but her debut at Prada this week certainly was. I caught up with the 18-year-old Albanian model while I was doing the backstage circuit yesterday. I wanted to interview a first-timer because the Prada show is known to be one of the most coveted and nerve-racking modelling gigs in the circuit. (Some models make it through the casting and fitting hoops only to be dropped moments before the show begins.) For a novice, Morta was handling the scene with surprising aplomb. “After I did Calvin Klein in New York, my booker said that Prada might use me,” she explained. “I’m feeling a little stressed, but to keep calm I’m just thinking about my family, my friends—and my life. I’m not going to think about all those people looking at me!” Gemma Ward opened the show, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Morta in that spot one day.
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