TOM*FW Day 3

TOM*FW Day 3 wraps up with renowned designer Christopher Bates

Well, that’s a wrap on the fall/winter edition of TOM* Fashion Week. What a delicious week it was – beautifully crafted clothing, a fantastic runway, gorgeous friends, endless drinks, good beats, too many photos… I could probably go on and on.

I want to thank Hilary MacMillan for dressing me up so nicely on day 2 and 3 of TOM*! I loved my outfits. Also, a big shoutout to THEIT Bags for providing me with the best way to carry my camera – a Bossi Bag – and to Shilango Jewelry for decking me out in (my favourite) the Monaco set.

I only made it to see one show on Day 3 and that was Christopher Bates – and what a show it was! Scroll down for a recap and slideshow of the handsome collection.

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Designer Joao Paulo Guedes during his final walk.

Day 1 at TOM*FW feat. shows by Just Ta and Joao Paulo Guedes

I started out the week at Toronto Men’s Fashion Week by seeing collections by Just Ta and Joao Paulo Guedes – both captivating yet entirely different (we’ll get to that later). I was annoyed with my work schedule only allowing me to see the final shows of the day, but you know what they say, save the best for last. 

For Day One I wore a dress that I made for my final collection at Pacific Design Academy some 3 or 4 years ago and layered two trench coats on top – one light beige one from H&M and one burgundy leather one from W&J Wilson. I wore Kate & Mel heels from Town Shoes and carried The Bossi bag from Theit Bags.

My friend and menswear accessories designer Sultan Sandur of Just Sultan teamed up with Pekota Designs to create a line of steel bow ties that were launched on the first day of TOM*FW as well. They’re the coolest bow ties I’ve ever laid eyes on! I definitely see one of those in my #OOTN future.

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HD Homme. Photo by Shayne Gray Photography.

TOM*FW Day 2 feat. a textured and stunning HD Homme collection

I was in such a pinch for time getting to Day Two of Toronto Men’s Fashion Week. You should have seen me – jumping into my metallic mules on the sidewalk, frantically hailing a cab and jogging into the College Park doors in my gold snakeskin print outfit by Hilary MacMillan. It was probably quite a sight. Luckily, the show was running behind schedule and I didn’t miss a second of the HD Homme collection.

I took Ryan (The Leopard Cub) to Hilary MacMillan’s downtown studio earlier that day to pick out a couple looks for TOM*FW. She had a fabulous time running around the studio checking out all the beautiful garments Hilary is currently working on, excitedly yelling “What about this one? How about this one?” She ended up helping me choose 3 looks – one of which I wore tonight.

I also wore my furry Jeremy Scott coat but it was like a sauna in there so I couldn’t keep it on for too long! What I really wish I wore was the fur and black leather trench coat HD Homme sent down the runway. My Face Of Australia painted lips fell wide open when that number came down the runway (scroll down for photos).

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TOM*FW welcomes GQ Brasil to Toronto for Day 2 of Men’s Fashion Week

Last night Toronto’s fashion community welcomed GQ Brazil’s fashion editor Sylvain Justum to TOM*FW for a night of blackberry cocktails, good beats and even better company. Everyone who is anyone in the Toronto fashion scene was there and it was great to catch up with people I rarely have a chance to mingle with between fashion weeks.

I had the chance to have a great chat with TOM director Jeff Rustia about the future of menswear, thank Christopher Bates for sharing my article on his Facebook (in turn he thanked me for covering his collection) and meet the up & coming designer behind the menswear accessories label, Precious Pocket (photos of my friend Stephan sporting a Precious Pocket pocket square below).

Recently I’ve teamed up with Theit Bags as a brand ambassador and rocked one of their Bossi Bags out last night. At first glance it looks like a regular – yet incredibly stylish – bag, but take a closer look inside and you’ll see it’s a camera bag! I bet it’s the coolest camera bag you’ll ever see. The rest of my outfit was head to toe Club Monaco.

Today the menswear shows finally kick off and continue for the next two days. I’ll be there tonight for the last 2 shows and then off to Parlour for the post show celebrations. See you there!

XX Melina Morry

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Toronto Men’s Fashion Week kicks off at the Audi Showroom

Last night, the second ever Toronto Men’s Fashion Week kicked off with a fabulous launch party at the Downtown Audi Showroom. I arrived perhaps a little fashionably late at 9pm with a few of my blogging girlfriends – truth be told, that’s when the party was really getting started. It was deathly cold outside and I almost froze before getting there, but the dress was worth it. (Or am I crazy?)

I wore a vintage emerald green suede dress that I bought at The Patch in Victoria, BC. I paired it with my signature leopard print Wittner heels and minimal jewelry – some rings and a necklace that says TOMFW – as to not distract from the presence of the dress. I got a ton of compliments on my vintage ensemble but there were so many fabulous outfits and gorgeous people there that I doubt my dress was the only one noticed.

We danced, mingled and drank champagne in toast of another fantastic menswear week here in Toronto! I’m so excited to see what the rest of the week has in store.

Here are some photos taken on my precious camera – I think it inspired a few to purchase a camera instead of settling for blurry camera phone pics too. Enjoy!

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The top 10 best dressed on The Oscars 2015 red carpet & Vanity Fair’s after party

I’ve heard through the grapevine of social media that the Oscar’s red carpet arrivals didn’t sparkle as much as they have in the past. I would have to disagree. I found is difficult to narrow it down to just 10 best dressed as I thought everyone looked pretty stunning. Well, maybe not everyone but definitely for the most part.

It may or may not come as a shock that Lady Gaga didn’t make my red carpet list (however, she’s on the after party list). I loved her make-up, her dress, her hair, but you know what? I just can’t do the gloves. Sorry (not sorry). Just, no.

Here are my top 10 faves from the red carpet.

Rosamund Pike in Givenchy.

Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford.

Jennifer Aniston in Versace.

Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent.

Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad.

Chloe Moretz in Miu Miu.

Emma Stone in Elie Saab.

Marion Cotillard in Dior Couture.

Zoe Saldana in Atelier Versace.

Rita Ora in Marchesa.

Of course, no awards ceremony is complete with out a massive and fabulous after party. Check out my top picks from the after party on The Lady-like Leopard’s Facebook page here.

XX Melina Morry

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Fashion Friday: Modular by Christopher Bates coming to TOM*FW

In one week today I’ll be sitting at Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (AKA TOM*FW) watching the new Christopher Bates collection come down the runway – probably oohing and ahhing at all the fabulous pieces. It will be the first time that the Fall/Winter 2015 collection is seen on the runway and the closing show of the week. Talk about going out with a bang!

The collection was inspired by da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man and takes into consideration the principles of proportion, mobility, geometry, architecture and anatomy – and of course, only uses the finest of fabrics.

“I design to complement and enhance the male form stylishly and comfortably,” says Christopher. 

This collection was also 100% designed and produced in Italy and we can except to see exotic elements such as lamb suede, laser perforated denim and custom printed cotton shirting – recurring details in Bates collections.

Looking forward to seeing the show next week! Who else is attending?

Check out more from Christopher Bates here.

XX Melina Morry