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Fashion News | Archival Toronto Fashion Pop-Up: Fall 2017

Walking into Archival Toronto’s second-ever fashion pop-up event was like walking into a candy store as a kid. Showcasing rare and unique pieces from innovative fashion labels and designers including Helmut Lang, Martin Margiela, Raf Simons, Yohji Yamamoto and much more, the team at Archival Toronto created a space to educate young people about fashion, its history and ground-breaking designers that are influencing the fashion...
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Men’s Style Guide | Sock It To ‘Em

Who would have thought something so simple, could make such a huge statement? For a few years now, I have been making an observation around, yes, believe it or not – socks. Now, don’t call me crazy but somehow it has captured my interest to see a well dressed man opt for some funky socks! I’ve seen some really outstanding changes in men’s fashion, particularly...
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Fashion News | Stephan Caras: Spring/Summer 2018 Collection

Where do I begin? For someone who has appreciated fashion for as long as I can remember, attending Fashion Week was an opportunity I thought was only meant for my dreams. But I thought wrong. Thanks to the lovely girls here at Designer Swap (SHOUT OUT TO YOU!), I attended the Stephan Caras show at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week and was amazed and floored by...
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Fashion News | An Interview with Marie-Andrée Wallot of Wallo, Art On Silk: Creative, Luxury and Empowerment

As we prepare to wear our velvet blazers and plaid skirts for fall, I had an opportunity to see the colours and designs of the Spring & Summer Toronto Women’s Fashion Week. There was a great opportunity to meet and greet some the designers from Quebec as part of the Cabinet Éphémère showcase. One of my favourite lines for colour and creative design was Wallo,...
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Fashion News | TWFW SS18: Canada 150 Fashion Show

What better way to celebrate 150 years of this gorgeous country than a showcase of the talented fashion that defines it? The Canada 150 Fashion Show at Toronto’s SS’18 Women’s Fashion Week featured some of the best Canadian designers to truly encapsulate this country’s cultural mosaic. With an introduction against a flowing Canadian flag, the longest runway on Canada’s longest street paid homage to influential...
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Tips & Trends | Fall 2017: Styling A Pantsuit

What’s sexier than a woman who is bold enough to wear whatever she wants? Nothing. There’s nothing more engaging than the woman who takes chances, especially when it comes to fashion. I find it so intriguing to watch women of all ages and sizes cross the lines that society draws up in front of them to hold them back. I love that in 2017, you...
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Beauty Tips & Trends | Five Beauty Products You Need This Fall

Our wardrobe isn’t the only thing changing with the season. Our skincare routine and makeup products also need a little tweaking. Protect your skin and stay on trend by snagging the five beauty products below. Korean Beauty Brand’s Sheet Mask Korean beauty brand 3CE may not be available in Canada, but one US retailer has made it slightly easier to buy. Try one of their...
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Fashion News | The Best of London Fashion Week SS 2018

It’s September, which not only means that fall is upon us, but fashion month is in full swing. With New York and London having wrapped up, and Milan and Paris coming up next, some definite trends are beginning to emerge. London often hosts the most fun and avant-garde fashion week, and they did not disappoint this season. Here’s a look at some of the top...
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Fashion News | Best Dressed at the 2017 Emmys

On September 17, the 69th annual Emmy Awards took place to celebrate the achievements of those in the TV industry. Many prestigious actors and actresses were in attendance, each showing off their own unique styles with the newest creations from famous designers. Here are our picks for Best Dressed at the 2017 Emmys! Nicole Kidman (Calvin Klein By Appointment) Jane Fonda (Brandon Maxwell) Yara Shahidi...
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Beauty Tips & Trends | Lipstick Colours To Try This Fall

Every season there is something we can look forward to – the heat of the summer, holidays in the winter, spring blooms in April, but our favourite season to get excited about is fall. Not only is fall the season of the pumpkin spice latte, but fall is also a brand new time to pull off trendy new lip colours. Whether it is barely-there nudes,...
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Fashion News | Nordstrom Canada Celebrates the Launch of its Third Toronto Location

West-end fashion lovers now have another reason to celebrate (and to hit the mall!) with the opening of Nordstrom’s sixth Canadian location. With a crowd of shoppers gathered outside the store entrance, opening day took place on Friday, September 15th at CF Sherway Gardens, located in Etobicoke at 25 The West Mall. This new opening marks the department store’s third location in Toronto, following behind...
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Tips & Trends | The Best Of New York Fashion Week SS 2018

1. Kaia Gerber It’s enough that she’s the daughter of the iconic supermodel, Cindy Crawford, but at the age of only 16, New York Fashion Week was Kaia Gerber’s week. She was one busy girl, making her debut on the runway with Calvin Klein, and later walking for the likes of Alexander Wang, Fenty x Puma, Coach, and Marc Jacobs. Literally “walking” in her mother’s footsteps,...
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Tips & Trends | 5 Timeless Style Icons

Audrey Hepburn Graceful and chic, Hepburn’s elfin beauty continues to inspire women everywhere. She didn’t wear ground-breaking attire; she simply knew how to dress for the times, as glorified in past photographs. Hepburn carried a grace in even the simplest piece of clothing. Favouring clean lines, slim fits, and plain colours, she looked sleek and sophisticated no matter where she went. From the iconic Givenchy...
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Outfit Of The Day | Featuring Our Christian Dior Clog Heels

It’s sad to say goodbye to our short summer this year but we’re also excited for fall, especially during the transitional wardrobe period where you can still wear some of your summer clothes pieces! For today’s post, Linh and I will feature one of our favourite vintage Christian Dior clog heels that can be worn in the summer and fall. One of my go-to style...
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Tips & Trends | Who said school bags cant be stylish?

It’s that time of year again… bright yellow buses rule the streets, and your school is flooded with new students wearing lanyards draped around their necks and over stuffed Jansport backpacks weighing them down. The bag you use at school is an important pick for us ladies – it has to fit all of our needs, i.e. cute, versatile, stylish, and most importantly, it has...
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Fashion News | Best Dressed at the 2017 VMA’s

Every year, the Video Music Awards embraces individuality and diversity, with celebrities making a statement through the outfits they wear. This year was no different, with our favourite actors, actresses and musicians confidently strutting their unique styles. Here are Designer Swap’s picks for the Best Dressed at the VMA’s. Katy Perry (Stephane Rolland) Julia Michaels (Christian Dior) Hailee Steinfeld (Atelier Versace) Heidi Klum (Dundas) Demi...
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Tips & Trends | Back To School 2017: First Day Outfits

Ahhh, it’s almost here ladies and gents! The coveted first day of school. I’m an expert at them by now, which is why I am here to share some outfit inspiration. I’ve treated the first day of school differently each year, but confidence is always the best thing to wear. I know everyone is trying to make a great first impression, but just be yourself!...
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Tips & Trends | Fall 2017 Top 5 Must-Have Pieces

A new season is around the corner, and the last thing you want is to be caught off-guard without a fall wardrobe. Stay stylish this autumn by adding these five pieces to your wardrobe. Slouchy Boots A roomy style, whether in distressed leather or suede, makes these shoes the must-have boots of the season. Saint Laurent’s glittery boot might not be the best ready-to-wear look,...
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Tips & Trends | Seeing Red

Bright red has been hands down one of the most popular colours of the summer, and it shows no sign of going anywhere anytime soon. This powerful hue easily transitions from summer to fall, and it transforms any outfit into a bold statement. Here are a few ways to soak up the last few weeks of summer in red and how to rock it in...
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Tips & Trends | Top 10 Wedding Shoe Brands

Wedding season is officially in full swing! From a bride’s perspective, one of the most important decisions (I mean aside from the dress, venue, photographer, DJ, and florist) is choosing a stylish pair of shoes that will be comfortable enough to wear for the long day ahead. Here are 10 popular shoe brands that will keep you looking fabulous while giving you that much-needed comfort...
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Tips & Trends | Back To School Must-Haves: The Essentials

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, for those going back to school, perhaps not. HOWEVER, there is no better way to get excited about getting back on campus than being prepared. I know, I know. I can’t actually do the whole school thing for you but I can most certainly give you some tips on survival. I have finally finished school forever...
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Featured Favourites | Canada’s First Asian Beauty Subscription Bag!

We’ve recently discovered a brand new subscription service that brings you Asian beauty products every month, and thought you all would love to know about it! Moonbow Co. is a Canadian based company that sends you all the great Asian beauty brands that have been making waves in the beauty industry. Brands like Etude House, Innisfree, Tony Moly, and Skin Food are favourites amongst the...
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Fashion News | Vetements x DHL Capsule Collection

In a move that left the Internet wondering whether or not it was being trolled, cult-brand Vetements has officially announced its capsule collection with logistics giant DHL. For the fashion-defying imprint to partner with one of the world’s leading logistics company not only recognizes the importance transportation plays in shipping its items to valued customers, but it endorses DHL as a recognizable and global brand....
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Featured Favourites | Michael Kors Black Selma Studded Messenger Bag

This month, we’re featuring the Michael Kors Black Selma Studded Messenger Bag. Match this purse with an all black ensemble, and stack lots of gold jewellery for the ultimate rocker chic look. You’re ready for a summer festival! Michael Kors | Black Selma Studded Messenger Bag Designer Swap is Canada’s online luxury consignment shop and Toronto-based fashion blog. Find gently-used and pre-loved authentic designer pieces...
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Tips & Trends | More Of Rihanna’s Best Street Looks

There’s never (and I mean never…ever) been a time where I looked at Rihanna and didn’t like what she was wearing. I’ve talked about her many times but I truly appreciate what she stands for as a woman and as a style icon. She’s a fashion chameleon on stage, on the runway and on the streets. She is continuously evolving year after year, giving women...
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Tips & Trends | Your Guide to End of Summer Parties

As unfortunate as it sounds, summer is soon over. Fall is on its way and real life starts back up in preparation for the new year. Thankfully, we still have one month left to dazzle in summer dresses, spend late nights’ patio hoping with our friends and enjoy the summer suns heat. August is among us, and that means we have to hit as many...
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Beauty Tips & Trends | Green Beauty Essentials

If you read my recent post on The Detox Market, you’ll know I’m already a huge fan of green beauty and skincare. I love trying out new products and have already gathered quite a collection of go-tos. I thought I’d share my top recommendations with the Designer Swap community, so read on the see my top picks for natural beauty and skincare products! Favourite Cleanser:...
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Lifestyle | Where to Go & What to Wear: Workout

From classic workout stores to celebrity lines, the athletic wear empire allows us to look surprisingly fashionable despite breaking a sweat. Look stylish and stay fit in this edition of Where to Go & What to Wear. Spin Class Sweat-wicking clothes are your friend. While spin shoes are recommended, they’re not required, so, pull out those new gym shoes you bought but still haven’t worn....
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Tips & Trends | Beauty Essentials for Camping

Most of us have been there, stuck in the middle of the forest fighting to stay cute in the midst of all the mosquito bites, poison ivy, and maybe even a potential sunburn. Even if you love the outdoors, it can be a struggle to love all the natural enemies that come with it, but lucky for you, I have comprised a list of essential beauty...
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Community | The Detox Market Toronto

In the busy heart of downtown Toronto, you’ll find the cutest makeup and skin care shop for all your beauty needs. The best part? Each and every one of the items in the carefully curated product selection is made up of all-natural ingredients and is free from any harmful chemicals. The green beauty industry is quickly growing as more and more people are becoming aware...
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Fashion News | Karlie Kloss x Express Collection

Earlier this year, one of our favourite celebrity supermodels Karlie Kloss teamed up with Express to release an exclusive 17-piece collection. According to Kloss, “the collection is made for everyday women – the strong, dynamic, on-the-go achievers among us” (The Fashion Spot, 2017). This affordable, chic and versatile line is made up of wardrobe essentials including maxi dresses, pencil skirts, bomber jackets, graphic tees, and...
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Featured Favourites | Fashion Blogger and Entrepreneur: WeWoreWhat

Danielle Bernstein, better known by her IG handle @weworewhat, is more than a fashion blogger: she’s a designer, style-influencer, and collaborator. A face consistently obscured by aviators has fans and followers itching to know more about her. This NYC-native has taken the fashion-blogging world by storm with her mix of vintage, classy, and street-style looks. Bernstein turned her street-style blog WeWoreWhat into an entire brand,...
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Featured Favourites | Christian Louboutin Nude Pigalle 100mm Patent Leather Pumps

If you’ve been looking for the perfect goes-with-everything shoe, these Christian Louboutin nude patent leather 100mm Pigalle pumps are it! The sleek, classic design paired with the quality of all Louboutins mean that not only do they truly go with anything, they’ll also always be in style. Summer is often packed full of weddings and parties, and these shoes can be your go-to since they’re...
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Tips & Trends | Wedding Season Outfit Guide

Ah, summertime. Also known as the time of year when our weekends are filled with wedding festivities and celebrations galore. With so many occasions to plan for, things can certainly get a little hectic, and deciding what to wear can fall to the bottom of our to-do lists. No worries though, Designer Swap is here to help! We’ve chosen some of the most common types...
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Tips & Trends | Shoe of the Summer: The Mule

I work in a shoe store that supplies on-trend choices at any price point you could imagine. When our spring and summer changeover was upon us, I couldn’t wait to see what would fill our store. The one style in particular that caught my eye was the mule. They come in all kinds of colours, heights, materials (I’ve seen denim ones that gave me Barbie...
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Lifestyle | Where to Go & What to Wear: Liberty Village

As we all know, Torontonians take an extra amount of pride in where we lay our heads at night. The neighbourhood to the Toronto native is not only where we sneak away for Sunday morning yoga, or where we stuff our faces with the best local burger. It’s not even only where we meet our best friends for monthly cocktails – neighbourhoods are home to us...
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Lifestyle | Pack like a Pro for Your Next Weekend Getaway

From cottage weekends to city vacations, nothing says freedom like a quick getaway in the summer. Regardless of an overnight or weekend trip, it’s hard to narrow down clothes, especially when you’re trying to pack light but can’t decide between your favourite pieces. There’s nothing worse than mindlessly throwing clothes in your bag only to find out nothing you packed matches. For your next weekend...
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Fashion News | Kate Moss Stars in Miu Miu Fall 2017 Campaign

If you’re looking for your next vacation inspiration, look no further than Miu Miu’s Fall 2017 campaign. In it, models Kate Moss, Adwoa and Kesewa Aboah, and actress Naomie Harris (who plays Moneypenny in the latest James Bond films) take in all that New Orleans has to offer. Famous jazz clubs of New Orleans set the perfect backdrop for the Fall/Winter 2017 collection. In the...
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