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Fashion News | Virgil Abloh’s Inaugural Collection With Louis Vuitton

“There are people around this room who look like me; you never saw that before in fashion. The people have changed and so fashion had to.” -Virgil Abloh Picture this: It’s Thursday, June 21st, 2018, Paris Fashion Week. The hot Parisian sun is shining over the Jardin du Palais-Royal for Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2019 Collection. The runway is set. The seats are filled. The front...
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Fashion News | A Tribute to Kate Spade

The Designer Swap team was saddened to hear about the tragic passing of Kate Spade. It is always a pleasure to sell designs from her namesake brand, and we will continue to remember the inspiring woman through the legacy she left behind. Two of our writers today have written a tribute to Kate Spade. Donna-Marie and Anisa write about how Spade and her brand has...
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Lifestyle | Jetsetting to… Zurich, Switzerland

When you think fashion, you don’t necessarily think Zurich. But the more I explored this beautiful city, the more I witnessed the fashion and style in restaurants, museums, and streets all around me. My first stop was the Kunsthaus: Museum of Modern Art which was featuring an exhibit entitled “Fashion Drive: Extreme Clothing in the Visual Arts”. This exhibit showcased how fashion of 500 years...
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Fashion News | Heavenly, Holy, Divine: Met Gala 2018

There’s Christmas. There’s Fashion Week. Then there’s the Met Gala, which effortlessly makes my top 3 list of favourite seasons. This year’s theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” encouraged attendees to wear their Sunday best…and did they ever!  Pictured: Rihanna in Maison Margiela, Kate Bosworth in Oscar de la Renta, Ariana Grande in Vera Wang Flirting with controversy, Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton...
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Lifestyle | Where to Go & What to Wear: Toronto’s Instagrammable Backdrops

Nothing completes an Instagram picture like the right scene. Take a fire Instagram photo in front of these city backdrops—with the outfit to match, and wait for the likes to roll in. Street Chic at Crown Flora’s Pink Wall Toronto’s favourite millennial floral shop may look perfect for channeling your Olsen boho vibe, but the trendy Parkdale postal code makes street chic the appropriate take....
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Tips & Trends | Spring 2018 Shoe Trends

Spring is upon us, there is nothing like waking up in the morning, smelling fresh air and hearing the birds sing. With that being said, now that spring has arrived we all should be emerging from our cocoons and spreading our butterfly wings and embracing Spring fashion! One of my favourite aspects about spring fashion is the footwear. I LIVE FOR SHOES, no matter the...
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Featured Favourites | 5 Canadian Beauty Brands to Start Using

Canada’s makeup gurus have invented products that are definitely worth copping. From skincare to lipstick, here are five distinctly Canadian brands to add to your make-up bag and skincare routine. Bite Beauty Bite is ridiculously good at one thing: lipstick, and most girls would agree that you can never have too many. Known for their best-selling lip products and Queen West lab, they make handmade...
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Tips & Trends | Styling Rain Boots For Spring

If you panic on a rainy day, asking yourself how to stay chic and stylish, I’ve compiled some inspo just in time for those April showers! When I was studying at McMaster University, I remember seeing a lot of rain boots on campus, even on days without rain. I noticed that they can go a long way to complete an outfit in a unique way....
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Featured Favourites | 5 Toronto-Based Designers You Should Know

Toronto is brimming with cool restaurants, shops, and bars, but it isn’t often thought of as the birthplace for anything—the city seems to simply be taking part. These Toronto-based designers are changing that perception. Familiarize yourself with these stylish names, coming right out of our own backyard. Jenny Bird This jewelry designer hails from small-town Elora, but now calls Toronto home. She aimed to fill...
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Tips & Trends | Style Muse: Madeleine Bitici

She’s a mommy, she’s a blogger, she’s a YouTuber, she’s a badass and she’s my style muse. I’ve been following Madeleine Bitici on social media for quite some time; captivated by her fashion forward, relatable and modern approach to blogging. The most notable quality that she embodies and exudes is her fearlessness. Every role she plays in life is done with grace, a bit of...
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Fashion News | Joseph Tassoni Takes Us to a Winter Garden Fantasy

Last week, I was able to attend Joseph Tassoni’s 2018 Fall/ Winter collection debut at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week. This beautiful collection was inspired by Joseph’s “Canadian queen”, aptly named Winter Garden, Colours Frozen in Time. To me, the pops of bright colours that he used in his collection reminded me of spring and the little signs of spring that we start to see in...
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Lifestyle | 5 Ball Caps for the #Hypebae Girl

It’s true: The baseball cap is cool. Perfect your #hypebae vibes and create a fresh spring/summer look with any one of these caps. For the throwback gal: Champion’s Logo Cap Champion’s cap has won the battle of “logo-mania” by emblazoning their iconic logo around the entire piece, in addition to including a sewn logo on the front-side. This cap goes best with your favourite denim...
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Fashion News | Xian Brings the Edge To Toronto Men’s Fashion Week

Xian’s G.W.T.X collection showcased at TOM provides a taste of his Chinese roots with a strong streetwear aesthetic and goth influence, contextualized within a ‘Rick Owens’ type philosophy that black brings “sharpness and punctuation.” Colours were accentuated by the dominant black, sharpening the black even more. The outerwear in this collection was the main focus point, including faux fur, leather and parka jackets. My favourite...
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Fashion News | TWFW Fall/Winter 2018: KQK

The last day of Toronto Women’s Fall/Winter Women’s Fashion Week opened with a mellow crowd patiently awaiting the start of a late afternoon show. Slow beats and monochromatic violet lighting filled the reception area, where plenty of well-dressed fashionistas were immersed in their phones. KQK opened as the second act on the last day of TWFW. The next generation of talent graced the stage at...
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Lifestyle | 5 Items We Can’t to Wear Again This Spring

Ice-cold temperatures and dark, snowy winter days have us yearning for warmer weather—we can’t ditch our toques and parkas fast enough. In anticipation of the upcoming season, here are the five items we can’t wait to resurrect this spring. The Trench Coat The trench coat is a timeless stylish item, creating a look that continues to move seamlessly across decades. On a fresh spring morning...
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Fashion News | Riccardo Tisci Appointed Chief Creative Officer At Burberry

NEW CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER ALERT! Burberry just found it’s new fashion fusion king in Riccardo Tisci. News broke out about this exciting new partnership with the former creative director of Givenchy a few days ago, sending shockwaves all over the fashion world. In a series of posts on Instagram, Tisci announced he would call London his home again. Representing Burberry is a big deal, not...
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Featured Favourites | Must-Follow Instagrams: Toronto Influencers

Instagram is filled with influencers from around the globe. While that Parisian lifestyle blogger might be your go-to for #OOTD flair, you don’t have to look that far for style inspiration. These local influencers all call the6ix home. @chermycloset Toronto-based Cher Bai is a blogger with a colorful feed, regularly showcasing her looks of the day in front of familiar city streets. With the ultimate...
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Featured Favourites | The City’s Best Consignment Shops

Don’t let high-fashion envy bring you down. Toronto’s eclectic consignment shops will have you looking fabulous at a fraction of the cost. Here are the best spots to shop for pre-loved designer duds. Common Sort Multiple locations provide easy accessibility—regardless of what neighbourhood you live in. Find men’s and women’s premium brands, designer, and vintage items in clean condition. The store’s organized interior and hand-picked...
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Tips & Trends | How To Make Sneakers Chic

Well, winter is here to stay (cue the tears). HOWEVER, style never dies (woo-hoo!!!). With that being said, the BEST way to get through the season is to think about what’s to come (positivity over everything ladies and gentlemen). Spring is one of my favourite seasons, simply because of what it represents: new beginnings and a fresh start. As I mentioned in previous blogs, I...
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Tips & Trends | 5 Statement Pieces Worth Investing In

Fast fashion might feel like the norm, but sometimes, a girl needs to splurge on a few wardrobe essentials. The items below are worth the money spent. 1. A Timeless Time Piece Stop checking the time on your phone. Treat yourself to a sophisticated watch with a minimalist face, with either a simple black leather band or links. An elegant watch makes a sharp statement...
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Tips & Trends | Style Muse: Kim Kardashian West

Mrs. Kardashian West is in the building! Ever since she’s been rocking the blond locks, Kim has been serving some earthy toned, cozy, relaxed-chic realness! I usually always love what she wears anyways, simply because her style is authentically her. It speaks to her personality and makes a statement…but lately, she has been taking her style to new heights. I’ve compiled a number of my...
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Men’s Style Guide | Top 5 Nike Collabs in 2018

With winter in full effect and boots still being worn every day, there is something to look forward for the 2018 sneaker season – Nike collabs. Nike is my favourite shoe brand of all time. It’s not a surprise that 2017 was very successful for them, collaborating with major streetwear brands (OFF-WHITE, Supreme, VLONE), celebrities (Travi$ Scott), and influencers (Sean Wotherspoon). 2018 will be even...
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Lifestyle | Stay Warm with These Winter Accessories

Canadian winters present the interesting dilemma of dressing to stay warm while looking fashionably cute, and this January has been no exception. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the best winter accessories that do both. A Pair of Chic Yet Sturdy Boots There’s no denying this: You need to keep your feet warm. This winter has witnessed a massive throwback to the Timberland brand, with...
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Featured Favourites | Foley & Corinna

While browsing the Designer Swap shop to check out the new additions, I immediately noticed these Foley & Corrina bags. I love that they’re simple, sleek, and understated. The tote bags are versatile and I’m sure can fit everything a gal would need, but I’m lusting over the Cognac Croc Dione Satchel Bag! It has great construction and design, but still great for every day...
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Lifestyle | New Year, New Workout Gear

Let’s face it, a conversation about getting motivated to go to the gym can sometimes be cringe-worthy. Well, for me anyway (lol). My trick to get motivated, and this may sound absolutely absurd, is to treat myself to a new piece of gear. It can be anything pertaining to fitness but I’ve somehow trained my mind to associate this with motivation. Listen, I’m human and...
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Beauty Tips & Trends | Gorgeous New Year’s Eve Hairstyles

New year, new hair style. Whether you’re rocking long, glamorous waves or a high top-knot, there’s no shortage of elegant, playful hair styles suitable for ringing in the New Year. Side Braid with a Wavy Pony Braids are not the juvenile style of years past. A well-placed plait evokes elegance and awe, adding glamour to any look. For this look, braid hair on one side...
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Tips & Trends | The (Faux) Fur Coat

So, I have a story for you. This year for Halloween, I dressed up as Nicki Minaj for one party and Cruella De Vil for another. Both costumes required a fur coat, so I found one while browsing Forever 21’s website and it was a dang STEAL (regular $70 and I got it for $22…it’s small victories in life like this that keep me going)....
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Beauty Tips & Trends | Keep Your Hair Healthy This Winter

The snow might look pretty, and you might appreciate a chill December morning, but the winter weather can wreak some serious damage on hair. Keep your mane healthy all season with these helpful tips. Cover Up Protect your hair from the elements the same way you protect the rest of your body: Cover up. Before venturing outdoors, tie your hair back under a hat, slipping...
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Lifestyle | Where to Go & What to Wear: Holiday Party Outfits 2017

‘Tis the season for holiday parties! Whether it’s bae’s family dinner or the annual work shindig, expect a vastly different dress code. With these looks, you’ll look fabulous and well-attired—no matter what party you’re at this season. Your Office Holiday Party The office holiday party might be a time to—kind-of—let your hair down, but it’s not the time to try out any new trends. It...
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Tips & Trends | 2017 Holiday Party Style Guide

RSVP to those party invites, ladies and gentlemen! The best way to ring in the holidays is with style! I have conveniently provided you with 3 guidelines of what’s looking to be the most trendy this 2017 holiday season. Now, if you’re a rebel like me, you may not feel inclined to follow these closely, but it would be super sweet if you did. I...
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Lifestyle | Best Gifts for Bae – Holidays 2017

Purchasing gifts for your sibling might be a breeze, but shopping for your significant other isn’t always so easy. Surprise the guy who has it all with one of the gift ideas below. The Apple Watch: Series 3 For guys who have to have the latest tech gadget, the Series 3 is a must. Unlike Series 1, Series 3 takes it up a notch with...
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Men’s Style Guide | Chunky Sneaker Season

If you follow fashion accounts on social media, you may have seen sneakers with large, obscure, stylized soles that can be described as “ugly” or “dad”. Chunky sneakers, as they have been termed, has seen a mainstream rise in 2017 ever since the release of Balenciaga’s Triple S sneaker (Image above). Designer brands such as Gucci and Acne Studios are hopping on the trend, including...
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Tips & Trends | Our Favourite Shoe Trends This Fall 2017  



Some say a diamond is a girl’s best friend, I say they’re wrong. Yes, of course, diamonds are sparkly, beautiful and of course, timeless but let’s be real here girls, most of us millennials aren’t looking for forever right now. We’re looking for in the moment, outgoing, expressive pieces that show off who we are even better than words can describe and what better way...
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