Toronto Fashion Week 2016

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With my blog having been on the back burner with school and work, not only was my Mexico post up later than intended, so is this post from Toronto Fashion Week that was back in March. Better late than never though, right?

Anyways, this was my first year attending Toronto Fashion Week and I was over the moon to have been invited to two shows. Tuesday night Jason and I attended UNTTLD and the Friday evening my friend Shelly and I attended the Stephan Caras show.

This post contains a little bit of everything—photos from both shows, as well as what I wore in regards to fashion and makeup.

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The event was at David Pecaut Square and had the same sponsors as World MasterCard Fashion Week ranging from Maybelline to Swarovski to NeoStrata—to name a few.

The downside to not being a professional photographer means that I have a really hard time photographing inside because of the lighting. It casts a horrendous shadow on everything and I have no idea how to get around it—tips would be greatly appreciated! Anyways, apologies for the quality.

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For my makeup I went with a bolder brow and a beige toned lip. I really loved my makeup the first night, so much so, that I ended up wearing all the same products the second night and just changed up the lip colour.

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Face

I primed my skin first with The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur 5-Action Perfector and The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Eye Primer. I’m such a huge fan of the eye primer that I had to try the face primer as well and it’s so good. It gives my skin such a smooth, flawless base before applying the rest of my makeup. I then applied the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream in ‘Vanilla’ which gives me just enough coverage without the heaviness and gives my skin a healthy glow. For extra coverage I reached for the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in ‘Light Neutral’ which I love the formula of and the fact that it does not crease under my eyes. To set all of that I used a combination of the bareMinerals Touch Up Veil in ‘Translucent’ to control any oil and my much loved Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in ‘Ethereal Light’ to give my skin even more of a glow. For bronzer, blush and highlight I used the Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette which I had forgotten about in my collection and have been loving for the past couple of months.

Eyes & Brows

For a bolder brow I used the Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake in ‘Motto’ which is a darker taupe shade and this powder has no fallout and stays in place. To set that I used my trusty Elizabeth Mott Queen of the Fill Brow Gel, which is, sadly, almost empty. I am so boring with my eye makeup, so no surprise I applied my MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in ‘Painterly’ all over the lid and then lined my upper lash line with the Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner. For  mascara I used Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara, which I don’t think I have mentioned on the blog yet, but I am a huge fan of. It gives me that dramatic false lash look that I love and plenty of volume thanks to the brush on it. You do need a light hand with it though, as it can clump. On my waterline I applied a little of the Illamasqua Eye Colouring Pencil in ‘Vow’.

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Lips

I have been loving beige toned lips lately, so that’s what I went with for both nights. The first night I lined my lips with the Lord & Berry Ultimate Lipliner in ‘Nude’ which is quite dark and applied my MAC Lipstick in ‘Jubilee’ over top which complimented the liner perfectly. The second night I went with my pride and joy, my Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine in ‘Nude in Private’ which is a spicy warm beige shade and just such a luxury to wear.

IMG_8042Top – Nasty Gal, Leggings – Victoria’s Secret, Ankle Boots – Zara, Crossbody – H&M

For the first show I went with a sheer blouse tucked into a pair of shiny high waist leggings and my new Zara boots which has a patent toe. For a bit of colour I added my fog blue crossbody and since it was a chilly night I also had my long, black SheIn coat.

This show was for UNTTLD‘s Fall/Winter 2016 collection. The Montreal designers, José Manuel St-Jacques and Simon Bélanger, were the winners of the Mercedes-Benz Start-Up contest and also won the Star Wars fashion competition during World MasterCard Fashion Week. Though their Fall/Winter 2016 collection is described as ‘Renaissance sovereign’s court’ the vibe I got was much more extraterrestrial—from the music and the green background to the models slicked back hair and dark, vampy lips. Regardless, the pieces were absolutely stunning and dominantly black (which is probably why I liked it so much), with earthy greens and amazing gold chain detailing.

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IMG_0851Top – Zara, Trousers – Zara, Heels – Steve Madden, Leather Jacket – Urban Outfitters, Handbag – David Jones, Sunglasses – Marc by Marc Jacobs

For the second show I went with a roll neck top tucked into a pair of loose trousers and my super comfortable nude heels. I threw on my leather jacket and grabbed my David Jones handbag to complete the look.

Having attended the Stephan Caras Spring/Summer 2016 show at World MasterCard Fashion Week (you can find that post here), I was excited to see what the father and son duo had designed for their Fall/Winter 2016 collection. This collection was titled ‘BlueMagic’ which was fitting as royal blue was the dominant colour here, along with black and a bit of pink thrown in in the floral pieces. The models were even rocking a blue lip that gave the overall look a bit of edge alongside their formal updos. After attending their Spring/Summer 2016 show, it was clear that they like to mix patterns and textures and that was evident again in this show. Florals, sparkles and sexy criss cross cutouts were all intertwined in the pieces that ranged from loose and flowy to structured and skin-tight.

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For more professional pictures from both shows, check out George Pimentel’s photography here and here.


Again, I cannot express enough how thankful I am to have been invited to attend two beautiful shows at Toronto Fashion Week. I had an amazing time and definitely want to attend more shows next year!

ellerow.

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