Toronto Fashion Week: NKPR’s Top SS15 Picks

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Oh Toronto Fashion Week…that glorious time of year when the city dives deep into the fashion world and comes out a little more polished and way more fab! As usual NKPR was wrapped up in fashion all week long, whether in the audience at Christopher Bates, backstage with Mikhael Kale or on the runway with Rudsak. Even though Toronto Fashion Week is over, we’ve still got the fashion fever!

We’ve rounded up some of our top looks from our favourite designers that rocked the runway last week at David Pecault Square…

Christopher Bates

Contemporary menswear designer, Christopher Bates, showcased his Spring/Summer 2015 collection on the runway at the Fashion Week last Wednesday. Pulling inspiration from The English Patient, the collection featured whites, khakis and sand hues reminiscent of the desert landscapes seen in the film. The collection is bright yet sophisticated and edgy, capturing a safari-resort vibe that will no doubt have people planning their next retreat down south.

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Rudsak

Rudsak unveiled it’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, the new era of cool, last week at Toronto Fashion Week. Entering it’s 21st year, Rudsak paired the brand’s notorious rocker leather pieces with sport chic-inspired street-wear, creating an innovative and edgy look, perfectly embodying all that is cool. The collection, comprised primarily of Rudsak’s traditional black pieces, featured accents of oranges, reds and whites that, along with the athletic accessories, perfectly brought the collection together.

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Mikhael Kale

As one of the most highly-anticipated shows at Toronto Fashion Week, Mikhael Kale’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection was nothing short of amazing. The unique, dynamic collection featured pieces with provocative cutouts, hand-dyed organza, crystal beading and clear latex showcasing Kale’s unique ability to highlight the female form. Kale’s inventive and inspiring designs wrapped up Fashion Week on the ultimate high note and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!

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What was your favourite runway show from Toronto Fashion Week? Tweet us your thoughts at @natashakpr!

Inside NKPR’s Fashion Week Survival Kit

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Here at NKPR, Toronto Fashion Week is one of our favourite times of year. From the exceptional runways to the impeccable street style, it’s a time of sartorial inspirations and ultimate fashion moments.

As the kick-off approaches, we’ve rounded up a list of our must-have items to help you not only survive, but thrive in and out of the tents…

Saje Natural Wellness – Pocket Pharmacy

This portable kit fits perfectly into your purse and includes five of Saje Natural Wellness’ therapeutic roll-on remedies – Peppermint Halo, Stress Release, Pain Release, Immune and Eater’s Digest.

Never miss a show with Immune which helps fight germs & viruses, while a few applications of Pain Release will help those sore feet and keep you dancing until dawn.

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essie

Sophisticated nail shades are the perfect accessory for Fashion Week. As Essie Weingarten says, “fabulous colour is always in style.”

Rita Remark, essie Canada’s lead nail artist, will be specially designing nail art for the models in shows like Rudsak and Michael Kale using a variety of essie’s iconic shades and nail care products.

To prep for the show, try a few coats of essie’s Blanc or add a pop of colour with Butler, Please and you’ll look like you should be the one walking the runway.

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OGX – Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil – Weightless Healing Oil

With a photo-opp around every corner, it’s important to make sure you keep your luscious locks looking, well, luscious. Unfortunately, the endless amounts of styling, teasing and highlighting takes a toll on your hair.

OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Weightless Healing Oil is just what you need to stay camera-ready all day long and well into the night. Just a few spritzes of this nourishing formula instantly restores moisture and heals any split-ends.

After one application, hair feels healthy, looks shiny and leaves you ready for your close-up! (Inside scoop: now available online at Walmart Canada)

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Tweezerman – Mini Brow Rescue Kit

Tweezerman’s Mini Brow Rescue Kit is a no brainer – everything you need for on-the-go eyebrow maintenance, perfectly packaged into a convenient travel-size case.

This kit includes Tweezerman’s Mini Slant, Mini Browmousse, Mini Brow Brush and Mini eyehance Brow Highlighter and fits into any makeup bag. Perfect for quick touch-ups anytime, anywhere. Cara Delevingne, eat your heart out!

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bottlegreen – Cranberry & Orange Sparkling Pressé

Staying hydrated during Fashion Week is essential. For a delicious thirst quencher, try bottlegreen’s Cranberry & Orange Sparkling Pressé.

This delightfully refreshing drink is made with cold pressed ingredients blended with spring water sourced from the Cotswolds in England. It comes in an elegant glass bottle that suits any high-profile Fashion Week occasion.

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Racinne – Ultimate Hydra Perfection Contour Brightening Eye Care

Long days and late nights can leave you not looking your best, which is why Racinne’s Contour Brightening Eye Care should be in your purse at all times during Fashion Week.

This lightweight cream contains natural antioxidants and renewal properties to reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles. It instantly hydrates the skin for a firmer and visibly brighter look, keeping you fresh, well-rested!

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Eat Nākd Bars

Eating healthy is crucial to surviving during fashion week, but can be a tad difficult when you’re on the go. Luckily, Eat Nākd bars pack all of the protein, nutrients and natural ingredients that you need to tide you over until your next meal.

Eat Nākd bars are made from a cold-pressed mix of fruits and nuts and are available in four flavours – Cocoa Orange, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Delight and Berry Delight. On top of that, they are wheat-, dairy-, and gluten-free and contain no added sugars. So while you’re running around during fashion week, remember to Eat Nākd…you’re stomach will thank you.

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OURS by Cheryl Hickey – 24-hour Face Cream

Ever wonder how those models keep their skin looking so fresh and bright? We’ll let you in on a little secret…it takes some serious moisture power!

The 24 Hour Face Cream from OURS is meticulously designed to last all day and is safe to use from head to toe. This gentle moisturizer is free of parabens, fragrance and most common allergens so your skin looks healthy, silky and dewy.

Plus, if you’ve ever seen Cheryl Hickey, you know the girl’s got some seriously enviable skin…

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What must-have survival item gets you through Fashion Week? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Rudsak turns 20 with 20% off!

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Happy Anniversary Rudsak!

To celebrate this incredible milestone, we’re  giving exclusive savings to all Rudsak and NKPR followers! Simply follow @rudsakcanada & @natashankpr, visit the 315 Queen Street West location and show the invite below on your phone to redeem 20% off everything in store (yes, including spring merchandise!) from Friday, March 21 to Saturday, March 22! 

Enjoy!

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Looks we love: World MasterCard Fashion Week

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It’s the moment the Toronto fashion scene has been waiting for…Day One of World MasterCard Fashion Week set the stage for an incredible 5 days of F/W ’14 runway shows! One thing is certain: Less is more for Fall ’14. From the ‘no-makeup’ look at Mikhael Kale to the subtle ombre essie nails worn on the LINE Knitwear runway, we were left in awe after both Day One shows. Fuchsia pink is BIG for fall, as seen in the beautiful oversized shapes at LINE Knitwear and abundance of brights on the Mikhael Kale runway. We’re sharing our favourite looks and beauty trends spotted at WMCFW…enjoy!

DAY ONE

Mikhael Kale

Grommets, bold prints, unique textures & bright hues made for a stunning runway show.

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We loved the simplicity of Rita Remark’s essie manicures for the Mikhael Kale show…the Absolutely Shore shade worked perfectly with the designer’s collection.

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LINE Knitwear

LINE Knitwear’s collection wowed the crowd; the combination of luxurious fabrics, rich fuchsias and dynamic shapes channelled the epitome cozy chic!

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Rita Remark reflected the ombre look woven throughout the collection with a subtle ombre nail. The essie  ‘Bobbing for Baubles’ and ‘St. Tropez’ shades were a winning combo.

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DAY TWO

David Dixon

We loved the ethereal look at David Dixon; the lace, feminine fabrics and abundance of pearls created a unique, ‘Alternative Bride’ look!

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Rita Remark nails it again with essie Blanc, Limo-Scene and Fiji that perfectly compliments the abundance of white on the runway.

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DAY THREE

Pink Tartan

That fur! We loved the contemporary Canadian collection..plaids, winter whites and cozy turtlenecks dominated the runway.

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Such a classic look! Rita Remark opted for a winter-y, feminine nail to compliment Pink Tartan’s Canadian-Heritage inspired collection…we love that Vanity Fairest shade!

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Joe Fresh

We can always count on Joe Fresh to showcase cool, edgy yet elegant looks. What’s so great about these pieces is their ability to showcase runway style at an affordable price.

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DAY FOUR

Rudsak

The excitement over the Rudsak collection was palpable; the looks were edgy with the classic chic Rudsak touches – fur detailing, fantastic hats and signature leather pieces. One of the most memorable moments of the show was DJ/model Harley Viera-Newton closing the show!

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Rita Remark chose to reflect the 20th Anniversary celebrations with essie’s Go for Gold polish. Paired with the classic Licorice, it complimented the collection perfectly.

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What was your favourite #WMCFW show? Tweet us at @natashaNKPR!

Getting Digital with essie at Toronto Fashion Week

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We love fashion, but stunning nail art was on our mind this Toronto Fashion Week! We trotted around town with nail pro, Rita Remark, spying the sweetest new essie shades on the runways. We got to huddle in the crowded backstage areas of renowned designers like Evan Biddell, ASHTIANI by Golnaz Ashtiani, Mackage, Lucian Matis, Matis by Lucian Matis, UNTTLD, VAWK and EXPRESSall of whose stunning models hit the runway with essie-perfected digits, executed with Rita (and her team’s) gorgeous technique. We also got a sneak peek at essie’s three new collections: Sleek Stick, RepStyle and Care. Don’t worry—we got all the exclusive pictures below!

Metallic hues at Evan Biddell. Shades from left to right: Penny Talk, Licorice
Geometrical nails at Ashtiani. Shades: Master Plan, Fiji, Wicked
Essie everywhere! Matte about you, Da Bush and Sand Tropez
Minty cool shades at Mackage. Shades: Sand Tropez and Da Bush
Silver talons at UNTLD. Shade: No Place Like Chrome
Flirty essie shades at VAWK. Shades: Buy Me a Cameo, Licorice

What’s your favourite essie nail look? Tweet us @natashankpr

Fashion Week Recap

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Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week kicked off last week showcasing fashion and beauty looks for Fall/Winter. It was such an amazing week in fashion! From attending shows, hosting a fashion week pop-up and spending time with a beauty icon, the NKPR team did it all!

We were incredibly excited to meet beauty icon and essie cosmetics founder, Essie Weingarten for the second time! In town for Fashion Week, we hosted a meet & greet at our office where she shared her amazing nail tips, as well as some of the upcoming essie collections! She has such an amazing presence and the best nail advice! (Check out her tips for newsprint nails via The Huffington Post Canada)

 

In celebration of Fashion Week, essie held a pop-up nail bar in the NKPR office. (Talk about convenience!)  Guests received a free express essie manicure by Tips Nail Bar and were treated to some of the new collections including Wedding and Poppy-Razzi neons! Beverages were provided by DAVIDsTEA. We love their refreshing and delicious spring collection!

Essie nails were all the rage on the runway, showcasing nail trends at Lucian Matis, Soia & Kyo, Pink Tartan, Ezra Constantine, Rad Hourani and Travis Taddeo! Gothic glamour at Chloe Comme Paris was complemented by essie nails in Wicked with a lace design on top!

 

 

The Spoke Club hosted their own Fashion Week shows featuring Missoni, Chanel, Celine and Alexander McQueen! Beauty looks were created by Stila Cosmetics, Ardell Lashes and essie polish. Guests at the shows were gifted with these beauty must-haves and Ardell created a pop-up lash bar treating all of the attending ladies to luscious lashes for the night!

 

Kicking off the evening, SKYY Vodka cocktails were served to guests at The Spoke Club including the Ardell “Wink” cocktail and the Stila “Sweetart” cocktail!

 

Meanwhile during Toronto’s Fashion Week, fine jeweller Classic Creations was off to another iconic fashion event in Switzerland. Baselworld is the largest international watch and jewellery show in the industry. Highlights included the yet-to-be released news on the new ladies Ebel line! (We can’t wait to hear!)  A classic favourite, Chanel also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first Chanel watch by unveiling this gorgeous Première Flying Tourbillon!

 

What was your favourite moment at Fashion Week? Tweet it to @natashankpr 

 

The IT List: March 13

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This week’s IT List is all about spring! Not only are we enjoying the early sun, but we are also incredibly excited for everything that comes with the season: new fashion, beauty and Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week!

Refresh your wardrobe with a classic work staple from Jones New York. This iconic white shirt is sure to empower your style in and out of the office!  [Women of Influence]

Pyjama chic? We love these slouchy printed Mendocino pants for spring, perfect to pair with your favourite fitted tee! [Flare]

Looking to turn heads this spring? Make a statement with this turquoise laguna necklace from Lia Sophia! [Toronto Sun]

We are incredibly excited that beauty icon Essie Weingarten, the founder and president of essie cosmetics, is in town for Toronto’s Fashion Week!  Read all about essie’s 30th anniversary in the first ever issue of [Style Empire]

One of the earliest signs of aging is hyper-pigmentation. The non-invasive solution according to dermatologist Dr. Adam Geyer? Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution packed full of Vitamin C, white birch and peony extract! Don’t forget sunscreen as a preventative measure! We like Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50! [Chatelaine]