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I would not consider myself someone who has a well rounded collection of accessories. My closet is much more of an all or nothing situation. If I am feeling the statement necklace, suddenly I have five, the same goes for mini handbags, waist belts and stud earrings. While I was attending University, I accumulated more statement earrings that one person needs in a life time. They now sit, untouched, in Tupperware containers, buried by mountains of scarves.

I suppose that it is no shock that with all of the amazing trends we are seeing in rings these days, that I want to load up my digits with knuckle dusters. In this case, more really is more.

I pulled these images from Pinterest - clearly I have been hit with “pinspiration” as of late!

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WMCFW Photo Diary Day 3

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Last Wednesday marked Day 3 of World MasterCard Fashion Week. We saw the Mackage show, which I reviewed last Friday, Matis by Lucien Matis and Korhani Home.

Turtlenecks are back in a big way for Fall 2013, and Lucien Matis was all over the trend, showing long-sleeved turtle neck dresses. This is a look that I am excited to rock come fall. Matis by Lucien Matis, is the second namesake like of the designer. This affordable collection is aimed at the career woman who wants trendy, office appropriate pieces that transition from day to evening.

The Korhani Home show is always a spectacle. Korhani is actually a rug company, and all of the garments on the runway are made from their rugs. It is truly unbelievable to see the art that they bring to life every season at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. This season was no exception.

I hope you enjoy all of my favourite looks from the runway.

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*Photos 4-13 credit to George Pimentel via Flare Magazine

Mackage Fall 2013

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Mackage is a hot ticket at Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week, and on Wednesday evening, the tent was packed, buzzing with anticipation for the spectacle to come. Designed by Elisa Dahan and Eran Elfassy, Mackage is known for their stylish outerwear and leather jackets.

The parkas and leathers that walked the runway on Wednesday did not disappoint. I was particularly fond of a burgundy fur coat with black leather sleeves. Mackage often mixes fabrics, adding textural interest to their garments. Unexpected furs were also a huge component of the Fall 2013 collection. Fur sweaters and skirts put a unique spin on Canadian winter staples. Another oh-so-Canadian element was the red and black “lumberjack” tartan, which added a great pop of colour to the mainly neutral collection.

Wednesday evening also marked the premiere of Mackage’s handbag collection. A mix of exotic skins and leathers, these bags are sure to be on every Canadian girls lust list come fall. I am personally coveting the cobalt blue snakeskin cross-body bag!

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WMCFW Photo Diary Day 2

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World MasterCard Fashion Week has been flying by in a haze of knits, leathers, feathers, sequins and furs. Tuesday was a big day of shows. We saw Klaxon Howl, Line Knitwear, the Mercedes Benz Startup: DUY, David Dixon and Sig Neigum.

Klaxon Howl and Sid Neigum both sent their models down the runway to live music which was very cool. The big topic trending on Twitter however, was not about the clothing or the live tunes, but the hair trends that were making bold statements on the runway. It seemed that just about everyone in the “Twittersphere” had a comment to make about the “hair tuck” at Line Knitwear. I would just like to take this moment to say that while I do not often wear a turtleneck, I am frequently guilty of tucking my hair into the necks of my sweaters, scarves and jackets. I thought all girls with long hair knew this trick…. no knots!!! Apparently, this is a major fashion faux pas. You win some, you lose some right? But I for one, will continue to tuck. The next hair raising topic (I had to go there), was the “lollipop” hair at Sig Neigum. ‘Nuff said. Kids, don’t try this at home.

All in all it was another phenomenal day for fashion. Amazing, rugged menswear at Klaxon Howl, elegant knits and my personal favourite, a woven leather jacket at Line. DUY showed really cool chunky knits and maxi skirts and Sid Neigum perfected minimalistic chic, if not the updo. It was David Dixon‘s show that really brought down the house with it’s pumping “girl power” anthems and messages of equality. His garments took us through the closet of the Modern Woman, from the sleekest of office looks, to the most exquisite evening gowns. I have included some of the highlights from the shows for you to enjoy. Now, back to the tents for Day 4!

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*Photos 8-12, 17-26 Credit to George Pimentel via Flare

Pink Tartan Fall 2013

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Pink Tartan is one of the biggest runway shows every season at Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week. Designed by Kimberley Newport-Mimran, one half of Canada’s most powerful fashion couple (her husband is Joe Mimran, the man behind Joe Fresh), the Pink Tartan presentation is sure to draw the biggest crowds and the biggest names in the city. Monday evening’s show was no exception.

Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie, Newport-Mimran transported us back to the early 1960s. The show opened with our main character, a woman in a blonde wig, approaching a house. As she knocks on the door, the audience sees the door open, a baseball bat, and the screen goes black. The show begins. Models donning the same wig, presumably meant to be the woman from the film, take to the runway. Perhaps our protagonist is a wrong woman seeking revenge. Whatever the case, she is well dressed and on a mission.

Swing coats, capelets and shift dresses dominated the catwalk. Everything and I mean EVERYTHING was trimmed or accented with fur. The entire collection could easily be plucked off of the runway and put straight onto the backs of Toronto’s top fashionistas. Once again, Pink Tartan has captured the Canadian woman’s desire for high fashion and practicality.

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*Photo credit to George Pimentel