VAWKING AT TIFF

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Each September, Toronto transforms into cinema central as the city hosts the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Founded in 1976, TIFF is now one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, screening between 300-400 films at approximately 37 screens to an audience exceeding 250,000. In 2007, Time Magazine noted that the festival had “grown from its place as the most influential fall film festival to the most influential film festival, period.”

photos | TIFF Alliance Party- Kira Crugnale  |  TIFF YSL Party – George Pimentel  |  FT 25th Party -  Peter Bregg

For 2010 edition of TIFF, we were delighted to dress celebrated Canadian actress Tara Spencer-Nairn in several looks from our Spring/Summer 2010 and Fall/Winter 2010 collections for various festival events, including the 25th Anniversary Party for Fashion Television. Tara is best known for her work on the television series Corner Gas, in which she played police officer Karen Pelly, as well as other noted Canadian film and TV productions, including New Waterford Girl and Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled.

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LUNCH WITH MARY

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

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Who is Mary?

Well, Mary’s a charming young lady, who has a Blog. She invites a wide range of different people, from a Food Columnist to a Seismologist for lunch. Basically she has lunch with whom she “can learn something from” and share it with everyone.

This is what she learned about me (Sunny) >

Bon Appetit!


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BEYOND THE RUNWAY

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Browse through Spencer Xiong’s exclusive front-row and behind the scenes shots of Canadian journalists, fashion heavy weights, designers, stylists, artists, bloggers, socialites and fashion purveyors.

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Photos by | Spencer Xiong

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OUR PHOTOGRAPHER: Spencer Xiong

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

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Spencer Xiong is a Toronto-based portrait and event photographer and designer. Born in China, a gift of an SLR camera by his father at age sixteen confirmed his passion in photography and the creative field. Experience as both a designer and photographer provides a unique and powerful perspective that is founded in balanced parts of aesthetic, design and inspiration. Spencer holds an honours degree in Design from York University and has also graduated from the Digital Multimedia Arts program at Seneca College. He is the recipient of the Harlequin Award for Book Design and the Applied Arts for Editorial Design.

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FINISHING TOUCHES WITH MARLU

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

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Marta LeClair and Monika Sammut are the sister design duo behind MARLU, Toronto’s up and coming day-to-evening jewellery line. Based in Toronto, MARLU draws inspiration from an all-inclusive prerogative to look and feel fabulous capitalizing on a modern, feminine sophistication of eye-catching style.

We collaborated with MARLU to create signature runway pieces that draw on the textures and silhouettes of this season’s collection. Marta is not a stranger to the VAWK family having played an integral role in the creative stages of all of VAWK’s previous collections that is why we didn’t hesitate to team up with the talented and incomparable sisters. We’re certain that MARLU will bring a fresh element to our clothing while remaining faithful to the inherent spirit and integrity of VAWK.

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OUR STYLIST: Tricia Campbell Hall

Saturday, March 20th, 2010
Photos by (clockwise) | lily&lilac, javier lovera, arkan zakharov, joe saraceno, zoe bridgman.


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For the second season, we are thrilled to be working with the multi-talented Tricia Campbell Hall (Ford Artists) as our show stylist. Tricia coordinates the pieces – the shoes, accessories, and garments – to create the perfect look for each outfit. Educated in visual arts and fashion design at George Brown, she has extensive experience working with both commercial and editorial clients. She has worked with HSBC, The Bay, Canadian Tire, and Zellers and is currently a regular contributing Fashion Editor for FILLER Magazine. She also enjoys expressing her creativity through photography, poetry, knitting, and her must-read blog


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HAIR BY SALON DANIEL FOR VAWK

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

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We are excited to announce hair by Salon Daniel for our Fall/Winter 2010 show. Born and raised in France from Italian parents, Daniel Fiorio has lived in Toronto for over 30 years. His hair artistry has been published in leading fashion magazines, including British Vogue, Flare, and Canadian Living. His hands have coiffed stars like Eugene Levy, Sarah Polley and Cindy Lauper. Daniel and his team have provide hair services for many high profile fashion events, including the Hugo Boss Fashion Show for Sick Kids, Toronto Fashion Incubator and Elle Magazine New Labels show, and the upcoming Oscar De La Renta fashion show presented by Suzanne Rogers.

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MEET OUR SHOW DJ: Jeremy Khamkeo

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Hailing from Vancouver, Jeremy Khamkeo is one of the most innovative talents on the Canadian DJ scene and has cemented a reputation as a DJ not to miss.  He has performed at the PRISM Festival during Toronto Pride alongside world-renowned talent, including Hector Fonseca, Juanjo Martin & Isaac Escalante, as well as at Divers/Cité festival in Montreal with Yinon Yahel and David Morales.

He regularly burns up the decks as resident DJ at Fly Nightclub and Straight Boutique. Music is Jeremy’s passion; he says spinning a perfect set is based in deciding how and when to place both cutting-edge tracks and seasoned crowd favorites to create that special moment of Goosebumps on the dance floor. We cannot wait to experience the energy, momentum, and atmosphere that his talent and passion will bring to our Fall/Winter 2010 show.

To learn more about DJ Jeremy Khamkeo, please visit: www.jeremykhamkeo.com

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OUR SEARCH FOR MATURE WOMEN

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

VAWK is committed to featuring models that reflect the variety of our consumers’ ages and body types in our fashion shows and campaigns. We want our consumer to see herself in VAWK, to authentically imagine how beautiful she will look in our collections. For our fall/winter 2010 show, we have been searching for a mature woman with gray or white hair. This task, however, is more difficult than one might expect because most modeling agencies do not represent models over age 30 – let alone over 50.

We have thus taken to our online social network, with multiple Twitter posts and Facebook status updates, to ask for referrals for such a woman. Editors, photographers, and stylists sent us some exciting recommendations and a few tenacious women, who despite never walking a runway before, submitted themselves. We are currently meeting these fantastic ladies to see who would best represent VAWK on the runway and showcase our fall/winter 2010 collection. Here are two of the fantastic ladies we met in our studio last week.

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