Location, Location, Location

It’s the week before the fashion mega-showcase known as LG Fashion Week beauty by L’Oreal, and fashion crowds are taking in Rogue Fashion Week. The various venues say as much about a designer as the clothes themselves. Kicking off the week at the Burroughs Building, Sparks’ works has a similar kind of historic charm – given his interest in heritage tailoring it’s not a surprise. The former F. C. Burroughes Furniture Company built the original 639 Queen Street West as its flagship retail department store in 1907. I like to think Philip is inspired by the building.

Later in the week we hit the flip side. The almost-complete Trump Tower at Bay and Adelaide provided a great backdrop for the modern flourish of Mark Fast, Mikhael Kale and Arthur Mendonca, and the pre-opening timeslot was edgy enough to warrant men in hard hats as ushers. 

Paul Hardy’s romantic collection and meticulous detailing were on point at the National Ballet School – sorry, bad pun – and I found the bowling shoes a fun disruption. The Greta & Ezra Constantine show closed the week at Audi with a slick show like a shiny new hot rod.

It’s not easy hosting a runway show off site, but these are not new kids on the design block. These are some of our top designers, the ones about whom you will say, “I knew them when…”  And in reviewing the collections, I thought it more fun to see how they looked on Twitter to the people who watch all the shows, no matter where they are:

Philip Sparks
Myth busting evening.  Backstage at Philip Sparks and the models were eating PIZZA.  
Yes – greasy slabs of pizza pie. How bloody refreshing. (@SarahEWaldock)

Lusting after that soft maple print cocktail dress from Philip Sparks tonight. 
Dresses more fun than light fixtures. (@k_cleveland)
Philip Sparks Fall 2011, photos by Jenna Marie Wakani
Mark Fast & Mikhael Kale 
Don’t remember this Mark Fast dress from his London show but dammmn do I want it. (@xoxSNP)
So the rich socialites of Toronto definitely came out to play today at 
the Mark Fast / Mikael Kale shows (@marcpiercey)
Just left the Mark Fast/ Mikhael Kale show. Incredible collections and
some fierce models. Love the attitude!  (@ExposedBlog)
Mark Fast Fall 2011, photo by Felix Wong
Mikhael Kale Fall 2011, photo by Felix Wong
Mark Fast Fall 2011, photo by Irem Harnak
Mark Fast Fall 2011, photo by Felix Wong

Arthur Mendonca
Thank God Arthur Mendonca is back designing in Canada. First exit – 
black slick trench – is brilliant. (@LisaTant)
Saw #Arthur Mendonca’s show tonight. Exquisite & sophisticated! 
Tea lovers – It was like a fine #Da Hong Pao Oolong (@theteastylist)
Arthur Mendonca 2011, photo by Dean Sanderson
Arthur Mendonca Fall 2011, photo by Felix Wong
Paul Hardy
Right on trend: footwear hitting the ground: shoes at Paul Hardy show at National Ballet school was bowling shoes. Even with evening wear. (@DerickChetty)
From Trump Hotel nouveau riche to National Ballet’s Quaker-style hall. 
Bond girls to school girls. Fast/Kale to Paul Hardy #chooseyourfetish (@amyverner)
Paul Hardy, photo by Owen E. McLeod
Greta Constantine
If you play Adele at a fashion show, I will forgive you for shining that light 
right in my eyes with every exit. (@moshamosha)
Also, for fall/winter 2011, what’s with Canadians showing chest? 
First Kale, then Mendoza, and now shirtless dudes at Ezra (@pliving)
My all white outfit choice has me inadvertantly matching Audis festooning 
dealership venue of Greta Constantine. Fashion faux pas or fun? (@suzanne_boyd)
Greta Constantine, photo by Owen E. McLeod
Greta Constantine, photo by Owen E. McLeod
Greta Constantine, photo by Owen E. McLeod

Five Reasons to Join the F-list Now

1. Each week through the end of February, we’ll pick one new member to win free stuff! Prizes include footwear, apparel from hot Canadian designers, accessories, cosmetics plus a few coveted items we’ve been saving for this occasion. (And of course, prizes are for the boys too!)

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3. Unlike Facebook, your Dad or your Grade 9 teacher probably aren’t here. (Some places are still sacred.)

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Yes, upon registering at www.f-list.ca, you’ll automatically be entered to win a prize pack from the F-list! Every week is a new prize! Prizes and winners will be announced on Twitter and here on the F-list blog. Stay tuned for more details.

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Jason Meyers Spring 2010 / Photo by Peter Lytwiniuk of StudioLit.com /

Online Shopping is Fun & Festive

Aria Boutique

Aria Boutique is a happy discovery for any online shopper.

Where else can you find Mackage’s Trixie coat, Fluevog’s Listen Audrey black patent pump or Comrags’ Ripper shirt? Aria Boutique has a sweet selection of Canadian and international labels.

Its CLUB RED membership program is perfect for a frequent online shopper who wants deep discounts and opportunities to win merchandise. For $20 a month a CLUB RED membership makes you eligible for generous giveaways ($1,500 in prizes awarded so far), valuable discounts through its 48 hour sales and invitations to private events only for CLUB RED members.

This holiday season why not treat yourself to a year’s worth of savings? Sign up for a one year subscription and receive an instant $50 gift certificate to use at any time on regular priced items (reducing your cost of membership to $190.00).

Congratulations to @melissabernais from Waterloo, Ontario who won a three month introductory
CLUB RED membership in our “Follow and Retweet to Win” contest on Twitter!

Follow & Retweet to Win!

They say membership has its privileges. Whoever they were, they were right.

Aria Boutique treats its private CLUB RED members to some serious shopping privileges, and the F-list wants to share those with one lucky winner in our “Follow & Retweet to Win” contest. We’re giving one F-list follower a three-month membership to CLUB RED. Each month, CLUB RED members get access to a 48 hour sale with substantial discounts on specific brands or a select group of items. Members also have a chance to win designer merchandise (valued between $50 – $900) monthly and a $250.00 shopping spree each season with CLUB RED giveaways.

As part of this special promotion with the F-list, CLUB RED will host two giveaways in the month of December. You could win Portolano cashmere lined gloves OR Dean Davidson jewelry! Almost $1,500 in merchandise has been awarded since CLUB RED launched this summer (see above for more prizes)! The winning membership kicks off December 2009 through February 2010.

Members enjoy free shipping on all rewards and purchases.

Here’s how it the contest works:

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