Being a Ted Baker ambassador

Earlier this morning Ted Baker opened the doors to its first Canadian store at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Ted Baker’s first Canadian boutique is a part of Yorkdale’s $220,000 million dollar upgrade and it’s a playful space filled with menswear, womenswear, footwear, accessories and gift items.

As a long time fan of the coveted Brit fashion label, I was honoured to be asked to act as a brand ambassador at yesterday’s exclusive shopping experience and media preview. My Ted Baker ensemble? Well, I picked out a fitted purple two button blazer (Samchek) and navy bow tie from Ted Baker’s fall/winter 2012 “Survival of the Fittest” collection.

Ted Baker and the other retailers included in Yorkdale’s expansion opened for business early this morning. Try and swing by this weekend (November 16th – November 18th) for the in-store picnic… shoppers will have the chance to enter to win a $2,500 shopping spree!

www.tedbaker-london.com

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Interviewing Alexandre Despatie

I made a brief (like blink and you would have missed me brief) appearance at Montreal Fashion Week earlier this week. Fortunately I had a chance to see a few fantastic runway shows (including Denis Gagnon’s incredible s/s 2013 collection) and even sat down for an interview with Canadian Olympic diver (and Gillette spokesperson) Alexandre Despatie.
Of course, he was amazing.

Hola, Barcelona

Recently I had the opportunity to go on a press trip to Barcelona. Hard life, right?

In all of my travels, I’ve never been to Spain, so I definitely tried to soak as much “modernism” as I possibly could during my few short days there. The highlights? Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and the Parque Guell were awe-inspiring. But… the food! We had the opportunity to eat in some of the most phenomenal restaurants (7 Portes, Bimba’s, Bestial and the Torre de Altamar) and I briefly wanted to turn into one of those tourists who take a snap of absolutely ever morsel that’s put in front of them.
I will return. Hopefully… sooner than later.
A truly amazing experience. I’m very lucky.

Start Up in Ottawa

This summer I was asked to get involved with the Mercedes-Benz Start Up, a national program that provides mentorship and platforms for emerging fashion designers across Canada. I was invited to be a guest judge on the Ottawa panel and travelled to Canada’s capital with a group of industry experts for a few fashionable days.

Ottawa’s semi-final event came to a stylish conclusion on Tuesday August 14th, when it was announced that Caitlin Power and Christopher Bates, would continue on to the final round. In total, eight finalists from across Canada will head to World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto this coming October to compete for the Mercedes-Benz Start Up’s grand prize.

Here’s a few of my fave photographs taken at Ottawa’s runway event.

[Above: The panel of judges for the Ottawa semi-finals (left to right) - Patricia Gajo, Jarrad Clark, Robin Kay, Regine Paquette, Christopher Turner, Katie Frappier, Hans Koechling and Joanne Caza]

[Above: Self portrait Tweet time with Patricia and Hans]

[Above: Post runway show snaps with Hans and Jarrad]

For more information on the Mercedes-Benz Start Up competition, visit www.mercedes-benzstartup.com