VAWK AFTERPARTY

December 21st, 2012

On October 26th we had our Afterparty at The Templar Hotel celebrating our Spring Summer 2013 Collection presentation at MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto.

This party was made possible by the support from:

Photos | Chris Vassalos

VAWK IN THE SHOT PART IV

November 23rd, 2012

This season Alexandra Espinosa took VAWK Fall/Winter 2012 Collection to the Darker Side

Photography: Jeffrey Carlson |  Beauty: Caroline Levin  |   Styling: Julianne Costigan  |  Art Direction: Alexandra Espinosa

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VAWK WITH GIO

November 15th, 2012

Since our collection was inspired by Madonna and Frida Kahlo, we thought it would be great to create a few graphic-T’s, giving us the opportunity to collaborate with local artist Gio Petrucci. The graphics took ques from Frida Kahlo’s  surreal vision and Madonna song titles like “Open Your Heart”.

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Gio Petrucci

Born and raised just outside of Windsor, Ontario by two Italian immigrants, Gio Petrucci was taught at an early age what really matters in life: love of family and following your passion.

That pursuit took him to Toronto’s OCAD University to study graphic design. Even before graduating, his openness to new ideas and distinct vision lead him to collaborations with several institutions and individuals including Plaid Magazine, fashion designer David C. Wigley for FAT Arts & Fashion Week, and OCADU itself.

Gio’s artistic expression isn’t limited to a single medium; it can be seen through his work in photography, print design, typography, and his signature collaging.

We were also lucky and thankful to find a local digital printer to bring our vision onto our runway.

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Photo | George Pimentel

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT VAWK SS2013

November 8th, 2012

Backstage at VAWK  SS2013 by Chris Vassalos

Photos | Chris Vassalos

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VAWK SS2013

November 3rd, 2012

Styling: Tricia Hall |  Graphic-T collaboration: Gio Petrucci |  Jewellery: Niki & Lola

Shoes: Nine West | Video: Bulldog Productions |  Photography: George Pimentel

Music: Robin Yap Young  |  Web Services: 9th sphere |  PR: Johnson Fox

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VAWKKIN SS2013

November 3rd, 2012

Styling: Tricia Hall |  Shoes: Nine West |  Hosiery: Secret |  Video: Bulldog Productions

Photography: George Pimentel |  Music: Robin Yap Young  |  Web Services: 9th sphere |  PR: Johnson Fox

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SHOOTING IN THE BADLANDS

September 25th, 2012

This season we were lucky enough to partner with seasoned fashion professionals on our VAWK Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection creative shoot. We drove two hours outside of Toronto to do a creative in the Cheltenham Badlands Trail in Caledon, Ontario.

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Chris Vassalos- Photography

Chris is an emerging Canadian photographer currently based in Toronto.

Born to Greek parents, his aesthetic has been heavily influenced by his rich cultural upbringing. He majored in Photography at The School of Image Arts and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Ryerson Polytechnic University. He has always been fascinated by faces.

Whether drawn to the complexity of portraiture or the creative freedom offered by fashion editorial, Chris’ passion for image making stems from his love for a good story.

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Ishie – Model

As a veteran model for VAWK since Autumn/Winter 2010, Ishie was our first choice for this shoot. With her razors sharp look and walk, Ishie has graced the pages of many prestigious fashion magazines and has appeared in  major advertising campaigns. Ishie is part of Elmer Olsen Model Management, which is at the forefront of “personal” model management and talent discovery and the agency behind top models like Tara Gill and Daria Werbowy.

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Tricia Hall - Style

Multi-talented Toronto based fashion stylist Tricia Hall (Ford Artists) was an obvious choice for our badlands shoot. Tricia has been the stylist for our shows at Toronto fashion week every season since our Spring/Summer 2010 presentation.

Educated in visual arts and fashion design at George Brown, Tricia has extensive experience working with both commercial and editorial clients in Canada and in the United States including The Bay, Amazon, Holt Renfrew and Dressed to Kill magazine to name a few. She also enjoys expressing her creativity through photography, and poetry.

Adrian Carew- Beauty

From Barbados to Toronto, Adrian transitioned into Toronto’s social and fashion scene in his early twenties. Adrian Carew has graced numerous publications from Chatelaine, Caribbean bride, Elle Canada, Flare, Salon Magazine, Sway Magazine and Canadian Hairdresser to name a few.

He has coiffed many celebrities from Actors Nicole Aria Parker, Rachel Nichol, Michelle Yeoh, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Jennifer Tilly to Recording  Artists Deborah Cox , Stevie Wonder,  Livvi Franc and  Beauty Queens Wendy  Fitzwilliam – Miss Universe 1998, Mpule Kwelagobe – Miss Universe 1999  as well as Canadian Super Models – Coco Rocha and Tara Gill along with  ANTM  winner  Eva Pigford.  Hair2inc is now where Adrian calls home, established in 2005, where he continues to make his clients his number one priority.

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KATY PERRY in VAWK at MMVA’s 2012

June 18th, 2012

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TORONTO, June 17, 2012—During one of the biggest nights in Canadian music, millions of viewers tuned in to the Much Music Video Awards to see which of their favourite Canadian and international acts would perform, present and ultimately take home an award in what has become Toronto’s biggest music awards ceremony and street party.

International pop music sensation Katy Perry looked stunning on the red carpet in a VAWK gown created by Toronto-based designer Sunny Fong. Known for her catchy lyrics and normally quirky sense of style, the “Wide Awake” songstress is also no stranger to more elegant show stopping looks on the red carpet.

Continually making his mark in the Canadian fashion scene, Sunny Fong has seen recent international media attention for dressing Canadian starlet Elisha Cuthbert in VAWK for the People’s Choice awards, a look which was crowned among the “Top 25 Best Dresses of Awards Season” by People.com.

Fong, who recently launched a more affordable sister collection to the luxury label, is actively growing his business. “This year is all about growing the business internationally. I look forward to continuing our strategy to take VAWK globally, and having an international superstar like Katy Perry wear one of my dresses is amazing” said Fong. VAWK is available at The Room, an upmarket boutique within Canadian retail giant, The Bay.

For more information contact media@vawk.ca

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Photos | John White

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VAWK BARBIE for TFI 25

June 12th, 2012

Photo  |  Silverlight Photography

The Toronto Fashion Incubator’s 25th anniversary gala was recently held at the Royal Ontario Museum’s Crystal on May 3 2012. As part of the celebration, designers across Canada were asked to participate in the Barbie art-as-fashion challenge. VAWK was excited to take on the challenge and designed an avant-garde garment inspired by Barbie while creating a miniature version for Barbie herself.

The VAWK dress was reminiscent of the first outfit worn by Barbie, a black and white swim suit, with a futuristic spin created by graphic lines and shapes and a splash of the signature Barbie pink.

That evening the VAWK creation was modeled on the celebrity filled runway runway by Tara Spencer-Nairn, actor of Corner Gas and The Listener.


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VAWK INTRODUCTION to VAWKKIN

April 25th, 2012

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Video | Bulldog Productions