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Behind-the-scenes of our eccentric fashion shoot

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Behind-the-scenes of our eccentric fashion shoot

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Behind-the-scenes of our eccentric fashion shoot

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The Setting Our two-day fashion shoot took place at the magical home of Nancy Phillips. In the mid ’70s, the Toronto philanthropist, writer and artist purchased a dismantled vintage carousel and brought it back to life in her backyard. READ MORE: Why is eccentricity a major trend this season? Has fashion lost its marbles?

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The setting Nancy’s salons were legendary for their guest lists and their banter. When she was having a party, she always put a scarf around the neck of the two stone dog statues located beside her carousel. READ MORE: How to tie an Hermes scarf

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The setting This Georgian-style home—with its exquisite symmetrical design and classic lines— was the perfect counterpoint to a fashion story dedicated to breaking all the rules. READ MORE: 11 eccentric fashion pieces to add to your wardrobe this fall

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The first shot Our first shot of the day was with Liisa Winkler in the brilliantly—and slightly off kilter—environment created by prop star, Suzanne Campos. "My mantra is: be yourself; because an original is worth more than a copy." READ MORE: Find out the most eccentric thing about Liisa. It will surprise you.

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The props It’s not a party without a gazillion balloons and colourful streamers. READ MORE: Watch our behind-the-scenes video of the shoot.

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The second shot! Fashion director Denis Desro joins models Liisa (far left), Hannah Donker and Juliann Hergott for a little onset pre-shot coaching session. It took our Executive fashion editor-at-large Juliana Schiavinatto more than three weeks to research and source the 350+ pieces for the shoot. "It was the most complex editorial I have ever done. The goal was to be current while creating a whimsical timelessness to the shoot." READ MORE: What wacky fall 2015 runway looks inspired our OTT eccentric shoot?

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The hair Hair stylist Susana Hong tapped into her quirky side and dreamed up the most inventive twists on classic looks. Case in point: This frontal bun on Hannah! “This shoot was epic!” said Susana. “Epic. It could have gone so wrong, but it went so right!” READ MORE: The most OTT beauty looks from fall 2015 haute couture.

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The baubles This butterfly sparkler bib necklace from Rita Tesolin is the perfect match for the silk-brocade and Mongolian-goat shearling coat from Mikhael Kale that Hannah is wearing. #want READ MORE: One to watch: Canadian designer Mikhael Kale.

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The baubles Inspired by the jeweled ponytails at Prada, Susana dipped into the accessories on set and pulled out this crystal piece from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. READ MORE: What's been Juliann's most adventurous fashion moment?

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The baubles Even Sam Freedberg was “baubled.” He wore a silver necklace from Dior Homme and a brass brooch and vintage crystal ring from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. READ MORE: 10 Instagram accounts to follow if you love antique jewellery.

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The makeup  Temporary facial tattoos are one of the biggest beauty trends for fall. Makeup artist Simone Otis did a little faux ink on Juliann for our shoot. “I used a stencil and Makeup Forever cream colour in black to create the basic shape and then I painted them in a bit more to customize the look. The tattoos on Giambasti Valli runway were a key influence.” READ MORE: The best celebrity tattoos

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The makeup "We got to play with the makeup looks, which was great," said Simone. "Another highlight was getting to know a bit about the owner through her son. She sounded like a truly fascinating person. We were so lucky to shoot there.” READ MORE: Five beauty looks that caught our attention at NYFW Fall 2015

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The breakout star Schiavinatto scouted Judith Maria Bradley on Instagram.“I felt like I was invited to the Mad Hatters’ party—and I was all too happy to accept the invitation,” said Judith. Photographer Owen Bruce was smitten with her. “I loved having such a  multi-dimensional character like her on set,” he said. “Judith brought a presence and a depth.” The shot of Judith turned out to be Denis' fave. “There is so much emotion in the picture of her. For me, she is a real eccentric lady!” READ MORE: Are you an eccentric? Take the quiz and find out

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The breakout star Judith said she never felt like she’s an eccentric, but added she’s always known that she was different from most people. “But we all should be different! I had magnificent parents who encouraged me to just be honest to my heart and let heaven take care of the rest.” Juliana said that she noticed Judith because her Instagram pictures had a “fresh spirit that was intriguing." READ MORE: Where have all the eccentrics gone? The rise of the fauxcentric

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The carousel Nancy once told a reporter that her carousel was a metaphor for her life, which she described as a “wild and wonderful journey full of crazy animals.” It took a while to find the ideal angle, but Owen eventually got the perfect shot of Liisa and her daughter Stella having a fashionable merry-go-round ride. READ MORE: What runway looks inspired our OTT shoot?

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The carousel Aside from horses—which you’d expect—Nancy’s delightfully zany carousel had unexpected creatures, like a cat with a fish in its mouth, a rabbit, a rooster and this charming little pig. READ MORE: What Canadian designer creates eccentric baubles for Rihanna and Kelly Osbourne?

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The crew Birds of a feather… Denis said he was once a real club kid with crazy hair and makeup. “Now I’m more eccentric in my thoughts!” READ MORE: Top stylists tips on dressing eccentrically

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The family portrait Campos said it took three days to pull 200+ props for this shoot. “Usually when I’m on set people ask me to dial it back,” she said. “I love that you guys just told me that more is more! I've always wanted to do a shoot like this and was so happy to be a part of it with such a great team.” READ MORE: Novelist Emma Hooper imagines the backstory behind the characters in this shoot.

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The family portrait We asked Owen if he was an eccentric: “Absolutely!” he said. “My interests have always been varied and unique, and when I find something I like I get 100 percent involved.” Case in point: Owen picked up a brush and started painting this picture. READ MORE: 5 Canadian artists you need to know

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The family portrait Stella picked up where Owen left off. After the shoot, Stella was off to a real birthday party. READ MORE: Is it your birthday today? Here’s what to expect…

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The family portrait   “When I think about that day, I think how proud I am of the team,” said Owen. “They all did amazing work. A 20- page portfolio itself is a challenge.” For Denis, the biggest challenge was having six models in one image. “Oh, and meeting the deadline was the other challenge!” he added. READ MORE: Who’s the most stylish member of the Kardashian-Jenner family?

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The family portrait Judith worked these Christian Louboutin heels like any top model. “As a child I always asked to have a little heel on my shoes. Being able to balance is a reflection of one’s health: the balance of soul, mind and body moving together. I also have complete faith and confidence in my presence in this world without a concern over what others do or say. I guess I own my life.” #lifelesson READ MORE: How to walk in high heels in five easy steps

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The family portrait More is more: Judith is blinged out in crystal and rhinestone cuffs and pewter and rhinestone rings from Rita Tesolin. The pièce de résistance? The vintage rhinestone clutch from Archives. READ MORE: 30 amazing accessories from the Fall 2015 runways

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The family portrait Hannah insisted that these rhinestone stunners from Rita Tesolin were more comfortable than they looked. READ MORE: Rock stars: Why you need to raid your great aunt’s jewellry box now!

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The family portrait It was pretty tempting not to eat the props, including this cake from Nadia & Co. READ MORE: The 12 best cookies in Toronto

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The beauty shot Art director, Brittany Eccles, puts the “behind” in “behind-the-scenes.” READ MORE: How do introverts cope in an extroverts’ world

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The Rapunzel shot It was a beautiful day for the shoot, which was great, but it also meant there was no wind to gently lift our ribbons. Dusty Parr came to the rescue with his trusty fan. READ MORE: Once upon a time: The allure of the fashion fairy tale

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The powder room Eccles and EIC Noreen Flanagan just about lost their index fingers tying up a hundred or so balloons. After the shoot they desperately needed manicures—and yes, a little helium was inhaled in the making of this shoot. READ MORE: Check out how Elle Canada’s new beauty vlogger recommends you rock red nails this fall

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The powder room Flanagan snapped a little selfie inside the balloon-filled power den. “This room was a little taste of girlie heaven,” she said. READ MORE: 9 spots in Toronto to take your next fashion Instagram

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The powder room Liisa faces off with Owen for the last shot of the shoot. READ MORE: The most inspiring Instagram accounts that will make you want to travel

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Party's over! It’s a wrap! READ MORE Now that you’ve gone behind-the-scenes. Check out the final pictures

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