Thursday, August 28, 2008

Real Men Love Steel and We Love Them in It

Iconic underwear designer Calvin Klein strikes steel! Since the release of the steel line the collection has been hugely successful exceeding all sales expectations. When the line was initially launched Calvin Klein stores were instantly sold out and the demand has only grown since their launch about a year ago. Steel is available in either cotton or microfiber. The cotton blend of 94% cotton and 6% spandex comes in classic white and black in addition to a range of fashion colours such as blue and red. The microfiber is a blend of 87% Tactel (R) nylon and 13% spandex. Both feature enhanced body definition and shape retention. The success of the low-rise form fitting underwear coincides with fashions trend towards fitted dress pants and skinny jeans. All men, city and suburban have taken to this latest underwear craze. Have you?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sample Sale: Eddie Bauer

This Labour Day long weekend treat yourself to some Eddie Bauer at up to 80% off. The Eddie Bauer Sample Sale is being held at The International Centre located at 6900 Airport Road, Hall 6. This sale will include: jeans, polos, t-shirts, sweaters, pants, shorts and skirts. Free Parking and Free Admission. They will be accepting Visa, MC, Debit, and Cash.
The sale is on from: Friday 10am-9pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

Monday, August 25, 2008

Chic Transitions c/o Fashion Crimes

While venturing out onto Queen Street to find some hot summer sales, our intern Elena found a goldmine of lovely dresses at one of our favourite Queen West stores, Fashion Crimes. Although the summer will unfortunately soon be coming a close, there's no reason not to stock up on some cute dresses and wear them into the cooler months.

Our friends over at Fashion Crimes were sweet enough to lend us a couple lovely dresses, jewelry, and killer biker gloves for today's edition of our Daily Thread. Pictured below, our model Karen is wearing a Fashion Crimes pretty purple floral dress, but we've paired it up with some edgy booties and legwarmers, as well as a warm leather jacket and some biker gloves. Rock this look out with tights in the evening. Here, the shapes and textures juxtaposed are so right.
Karen also sports a darker and edgier night-time dress with a chic headpiece, both from Fashion Crimes, and paired it this time with some new and hot lace up booties from H&M and her own fishnets. If you're into this look but want to be a little warmer, don't be afraid to layer some heavy knits for some variation in texture or a bomber jacket for a sleek yet cozy feel.

Hurry over to Fashion Crimes and take advantage of some of their great summer/fall transition pieces, and don't forget to check out their year-round-worthy accessories as well! The sale ends soon so get going!
Fashion Crimes and Misdemeanours
322 1/2 Queen Street West, Toronto ON M5V 2A2
(416)592-9001 • fax (416)351-9877 • info@fashioncrimes.ca

Hot Summer Sales!

Summertime is not only for the beach, barbeques and vacations (or being in an air conditioned office all day!) but a time to experience shopping at its absolute best. The transition that retail stores make from the summer to Fall/Winter lines presents an array of opportunities to fill your closet with pieces that can carry over through to next spring, or perhaps even your upcoming winter vacation to a sunny spot. To make sure you don’t overdo it, we have scouted the streets of Toronto to find the six “keeper” items to add to your wardrobe. Make a run for it!

Keeper #1 – The Long Dress
Store: Fashion Crimes
Address: 322 ½ Queen Street West, Toronto, 416 592 9001, – (BLOG) httop://
Sale: Up to 50% off
Great Find: Long dresses with floral and geometric prints – this item is a flirty, sexy must-have. The long dress will definately be making an appearance in seasons to come. Price ranges from $150- $220.

Keeper #2 – The Wide Leg Denim Pant
Store: BEDO
Address: 320 Queen Street West
Sale: Up to 50% off.
Great Find: Low rise Bell bottom dark denim. Sale price - $39.95
The seventies are making there comeback in a stylish way! The low rise bell bottom denim suits most body types and tends to give a long and lean shape. Pair it with a ruffled top and a high heel and you'll instantly have a look that can go from day to night.
For Men: A button down cardigan in Grey – Sale $24.90. Pair this item with a pair of skinny jeans and t shirt.

Keeper #3 – The Ruffled Top

Store: Lemor
Address: 282 Queen Street West,, 416 260 9020
Sale: 55% - 80% off
Great find: Sheri Boulel silk ruffel wrap top in grey. On sale for $49 from $149

Keeper # 4- Denim and Plaid Print
Store: Showroom
Address: 278 Queen Street West
Sale: Up to 50% off
Keeper #5 – The Rain Boot
Store: Scaprino
Address: 309 Queen Street West
Sale: Up to 50% off
Great find: Eco Friendly Rain Boot

Keeper #6 – The Vest
Store: Change Room
Address: 425 Queen Street West unit 112, 416 977 0088
Sale: Up to 70% off
Great find: Scotch and Soda Dress Shirt and Vest for Men $95
This slim fitted dress shirt has detailing on the button snaps with cute anchor detailing. Once the snaps are unbuttoned, the inseam has an unexpected floral print. The shirt comes with a navy stripped vest which completes the ensemble (as seen on Pete Wentz).

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hot to Trot!

While it seems like just days ago that we were reporting that gladiator sandals were hot hot hot for summer, in reality a new season is upon us and therefore, gorgeous new footwear. As we sadly part way with our gladiators (sandals with socks, anyone?). thankfully we can look forward to a great new shoe collection on the horizon for the season. While we always believe in classics (the flip flop is to summer what the riding boot is to fall), some new and improved shapes and taking the stage and will be rocking the falling leaves shortly. Warning: these shoes are not for the faint of heart.

A personal favourite here at FABRIC Magazine for the chic and cheeky is the new Michael Kors Berkeley heels. These gorgeous zip-up 4" heels are a perfect transition piece; wear them with your skinny jeans and subdued blouse for the last hurrah of summer, and when it gets chillier, pair it with leggings and a flirty fall skirt, or rock it out with a biker jacket. As soon as we saw these heels on the Michael Kors website, we knew we had to have them. Although they are selling like hot cakes, check out Brown's, Capezio, Icon, B/2, or the Michael Kors store if you want a piece of the hottest shoes for the fall. They go for $158.

As much as we'd love to wear our gladiator inspired heels well into the cool months, winter (and thus, snow) is a harsh reality of our climate. Hence, the bootie.

The bootie is a boot meets shoe style that has been in evolution for years. What we particular love about booties these days are the little details that pull them apart from the masses. While it's always safe and sexy to go for a black closed-toe bootie, we suggest straying from the pack and trying a peep-toe, or something with a little detailling; zippers, buckles, straps, studs, textured leather - we love 'em all. Below are a couple of pairs we are creeping on from Nine West this season, but shop around soon because the bootie call won't last forever!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Caught On Queen - Part 4

On this beautiful Wednesday, we caught Liam, 18, shopping on Queen and looking good. It looks like Liam's got a good grip on the trends of the season and has accessorized accordingly with hyper cool sunglasses.

Liam is wearing shoes from Lacoste, jeans by G Star, and a t-shirt from pauls boutique. Liam finished his look with accessorizing with Fendi glasses, a Nixon watch, and a Christian Audigier hat.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Caught on Queen West - Part 3

Our second and third victims (we kid!) for Caught on Queen West were these two lovely ladies pictured below, walking around the Queen and John area. We loved their messenger bags and dresses and snapped up some photos of them. These two ladies live in England and are just in town for a wedding, so of course all of their chic clothing is from England - but we love it regardless.

Lucia, 27, on the left, was wearing a dress from a marketplace in England, Reef Flip Flops, and sunglasses from H&M.

Hilary, also 27, on the right, was wearing a dress from Topshop, the bag is vintage, and the shoes are from Winners.

Caught on Queen West - Pretty in Florals

Our first Caught on Queen was spotted doing some afternoon shopping, and as she was stepping into Mendocino (dress sale!) we scouted her for our first official Caught on Queen blog.

Karla, 24, is wearing:
Zara Dress
Le Chateau Earrings
Shoes were a gift

Caught on Queen West!

Today marks the exciting new start of an era for The Daily Thread. We work on chic Queen West, in the heart of one of the busiest and most fashionable areas of Toronto, and constantly see hip and fresh guys and girls walking by, dressed in some pretty rad outfits. We decided to open a new section of our Thread featuring some of the sweetest outfits we could scout, along with a description of what the trendster was wearing and where we found them. After scouting for about half an hour and taking some great shots, we thought what better way to introduce this onto our blog than showing you what we're wearing today in the office? From Left to Right,

Cora (Managing Editor of FABRIC Magazine):
Dior Homme Sunglasses - $90 at a SAKS outlet store
H&M tank top - $19.90
Talula Babaton Pants - $125
Transit shoes - $50
Necklace, Earrings, Bracelet, Ring - Tiffany & Co.

Sean (Creative Director of FABRIC Magazine):
Joe Fresh Shirt - 29.90
H&M Tie - 19.90
Club Monaco belt - $70
Armani Watch - $1200
Urban Planet Sunglasses - $2
Aldo Shoes - $65

Leah (Special Projects Director):
Sunglasses - Marc by Marc Jacobs (Holt Renfrew)
Urban Outfitters - $38
Lux Jeans at UO - $89
Michael Kors Shoes - $158 (Capezio)
Bracelets - a combination of Tiffany ($250), from Italy, and Antique/Vintage

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Men in Women's Clothing: Mohr for Jacobs

At FABRIC Magazine we know that we can always count on fashion favourite, Marc Jacobs, for the wild and unexpected. While we've already commented on some of his more wacky designs, such as his reverse heel, it seems as though Jacobs is taking a step in a new and definitely interesting direction with his Fall 2008 ad campaigns. In the past, Jacobs has made some interesting and off-beat choices for his womens' campaigns, including White Stripes drummer, Meg White, and young actress Dakota Fanning. This season, friend of Jacobs', Juergen Teller shot male model, Cole Mohr, for both the upcoming men's and women's lines. For the women's campaign, Mohr is shown in a little black dress, with Breakfast at Tiffany's style jewelry to accompany. As one can imagine, Mohr's appearance in the latest Marc Jacobs ads have sparked quite a bit of buzz and hype. Isn't all publicity good publicity?

Rampant Rumours: Agyness Engaged!

Rumours are running wild that supermodel and style icon Agyness Deyn is now engaged to her once boyfriend, Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. Although Deyn's rep had no comment about the engagement, a source 'close to her' revealed that the two were indeed engaged this past week and that have been nearly inseparable for months. Congrats to the happy couple!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Spy Worthy Sunglasses

There are certain pieces that have always played a vital role in the fashion scene. One of these style pillars is sunglasses. Making waves in the hottest trends season after season, sunglasses as the new ‘it’ accessory are here to stay. From aviators, Onassis inspired frames, to Wayfarers, sunglasses are a must-have accessory for every fashionista from Toronto to Bombay. Move over, square shades, as the oversized bug eyed glass have made a strong comeback. Accompanied with bright colours and faded lenses, reminiscent of the favourite Chanel half-tints, these hot shades can be seen on every celebrity, arguably made most popular by the ever stylish Olsen twins. For a twist on the aviator look, try a bold frame to set you apart from the crowd this fall.

Sunglasses courtesy of: Spectacle Eyewear / 752 Queen Street West / 416-603-0123 /

Photography by: Geoffrey Knott /

Make-up: Leah Commisso

Model: Julia Porter, Stylus Canada Model Management