NOW designer finalists
Over a bottle of bubbly at Boutique Le Trou on September 6, Le Trou owner Marlene Shiff , Toronto Fashion Incubator resident designer Michelle Turpin of Karamea and yours truly riffled through the sketches, samples and 3-D models of submissions for NOW's Designer Challenge . The 10 finalists we chose are Alexandra Lamontagne , Jen Woodall , Adrienne Butikofer , Irene Stickney , Robert Lieu , Elizabeth Pinter , Tracy Buchanan , Lauri-Anne Towata , Marnie Sohn and the team of Monica Sosinski and Mariko Humphrey . Stay tuned for info on where you can vote in October for your favourite creation.
Six of Canada's emerging hairstyling talents gathered at Suite 106 on September 6 to show off their coiffing skills in L'Oréal's Runway Style Competition . Contestants had two 30-minute blocks to tease, roll, foil and flat-iron models' hair into catwalk and couture looks inspired by the fall fashions of Montreal designers Nadya Toto and Sculpt Messyah . Winner Mathew Collins of Barrie's Salon Rinaldi & Spa will travel to Paris in October to tend tresses backstage at Fashion Week.
Style on the side
Day Job magazine is a labour of love for publisher James Nixon and his masthead of moonlighting stylists, photographers and writers who produce the annual local glossy fashion rag while holding down regular 9-to-5s. This fall's just-released issue is filled with bawdy shots of model men and women half-dressed in Toronto designers' and global brands. Log on to www.dayjobmagazine.com for a preview and to order your copy.
Designer Annie Thompson isn't ready to slow down now that she's reached the 25-year mark of her Toronto fashion career. She's launching a new line of cushions this fall called Koosh that mimic the look of her patchwork and overstitched collection of womenswear and accessories. The square, rectangle and bolster-shaped pillows have pieced-together covers of textured neutral- and bold-coloured silk and upholstery fabrics. They're available at the Annie Thompson Boutique (674 Queen West, 416-703-3843, www.anniethompson.ca).