Thursday, December 29, 2016

Top 5 Age-Old Cancer Myths Debunked

Top 5 Age-Old Cancer Myths Debunked

Working in the field of cancer research have attracted many people coming up to me and ask: “Is there a cure for cancer yet”, “I heard meditation would help heal the body from this disease” or “Have you read this article about this therapy that would put drug companies out of business”. The last one I’ve seen a lot in particular, and it sounds like a click-bait link that wants to make you to believe treating cancer is that simple. To help better understand where we are at scientifically, and current knowledge and treatment for this disease, I thought I repost this “Top 5 age-old cancer myths debunked” article from Leap Magazine last winter. As a scientist, we are doing our best to uncover some of the unanswered questions about cancer, in hopes that our discovery can one day be translated for clinical use, and innovate better treatment to fight this disease. Here are the top 5 most common myths about cancer and the actual facts behind them.

1.     Cancer is a modern and man-made disease.
In reality, cancer has existed as long as humans have. Egyptian and Greek researchers wrote about it thousands of years ago, and researchers have since found signs of cancer in a 3,000-year-old skeleton. Michaela Binder, a PhD student at Durham University, found the hole-riddled skeleton, which dates back o around 1,200 BC, at the Amara West site in northern Sudan. Binder’s finding is of particular interest as it is 2,000 years older than the previously confirmed instance of the disease. The fact is, the biggest factor for contracting cancer is age – because more people are living longer, and we have eradicated many infectious diseases, the DNA in people’s cells gets damaged over time, leaving them more susceptible to getting cancer.

2.     Cancer cells like sugar.
Some people believe that cancer feeds on sugar, and therefore it should be removed from all patients’ diets. In actuality, all cells, whether cancerous or not, use glucose for energy. The body does not choose which cells get fuel, but instead converts all the carbohydrates we eat to glucose, fructose and simple sugars. Tissues then use them for energy as needed. Researchers are currently working to discover the difference in energy use of cancerous versus healthy cells, and are trying to use the data to develop better cancer treatments. Experts say that while limiting sugar is part of a healthy diet. It’s not accurate to say sugar in our food specifically feeds cancer cells.

3.     They have found a cancer cure.
While everything from coffee enemas to cannabis has been touted as a miracle cure, no such salve has been proven to eradicate cancer. Often, success are difficult to discern – not knowing the “patient’s” medical diagnosis, stage of disease or even outlook, if they have actually been cured or even had cancer to begin with. There is also no mention of the people who may have tried the “cures” and died. Researchers say thi sis the reason why peer-reviewed, rigorous lab research and clinical trials are necessary – to determine whether a prospective treatments is safe and effective, and that this is the standard to which all cancer treatments should be held.

4.     Drug companies are keeping the cure a secret.
Almost everyone has heard the claim hat a cure for cancer has actually been found, but pharmaceutical companies are making so much money off the disease, they are suppressing it. But logic would say that it would be in pharmaceutical companies’ best interest to reveal the cure or drug, with huge sales of the antidote sure to follow. And one can’t discount the fact that people who work for pharmaceutical companies and doctors are just that: people. They can and do get cancer, and some have even die from it. To say that they are the ones behind a cure being revealed is a bit difficult to believe when viewed in this light.

5.     Cancer treatment kills rather than cure.
It’s true that the side-effects of chemotherapy, radiation or surgery are real and unpleasant, but it’s important to remember that they are designed to kill cancer cells. Unfortunately, that sometimes means affecting healthy cells too. The later the stage a cancer has reached before attempting treatment, the less a chance that it will work. Surgery is still considered the best treatment for cancer, but it needs to be diagnosed early enough to be effective. Radiotherapy is known to cure more people than cancer drugs, but drugs and chemo do play an important part in cancer treatment, whether it’s to prolong a life or, in some cases, cure the disease.


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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Getting To Know City & Style Blogger Nicholas Trobiano - An Interview

Getting To Know City & Style Blogger Nicholas Trobiano
An Interview
(photos: Nicholas Trobiano)
 
I've arrived at my first stop, Tampa Florida to pursue an exciting cancer research career ahead of me. Many have asked before I left Canada if that means I am putting my passion for fashion behind. After all, Florida isn't exactly the place I want to be to work in fashion. But HEY, if I could make it in Canada, I can probably make it anywhere. My appraoch? Is to first discover like like-minded and unique aesthetic individuals around the area. Through doing some research on different blogs and social media, I found Nicholas Trobiano, a city & style blogger based out of Tampa Bay. As a "GQ Insider", he's definitely the guy to go to here if you want to discuss about gentlemen's fashion and luxury lifestyle. I've had the opportunity to interview him; My very first interview segment in this new adventure in Florida.

Who is Nicholas Trobiano?
I am a city and style blogger in Tampa, Florida. I grew up in South Florida before moving to Tampa in 2008 to study marketing and journalism at The University of South Florida. I first started my blog, nicholastrobiano.com, as a creative outlet of my job in marketing. I needed a space where I could create and tell stories that reflected my vision rather than someone else’s. At the time, very few bloggers wrote about life in Tampa Bay, so I saw it as an opportunity to uncover the interesting, architectural, and sartorial places around me. So far, it has worked.

How would you describe your style?
My style is simple and monochromatic. Most people who know me think I only wear all-black. But in truth, I think all black makes me more creative. Sure, it is easy to match the color, but to combine unique cuts or interesting fabrics and hardware is much more interesting. That is where I get creative.

Do you have a particular favorite brand(s) or designer(s) and why?
Tom Ford is my biggest inspiration and is incomparable, in my opinion. But other designers including Kris Van Assche, Olivier Rousteing, Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior.

What is the fashion scene like in Tampa?
Tampa style is hard to pin down. It’s a mix of Urban Outfitters, lululemon, and J Crew. There is an overwhelming preppy-vibe that is heavily influenced by leisure and athleticwear. In my opinion, Tampa men have some work to do. As convenient as gym shorts may be may be, wicking fabrics shouldn’t dominate anyone’s closet.

Do you find it difficult to exhibit personal fashion in sunny places such as Tampa all year round?
I certainly yearn for options since being outdoors in anything other than a swimsuit and tank top is typically a chore, but fortunately, I rarely leave the air conditioning. So I am able to wear my self-imposed “uniform” of a all-black shirts, denim, and boots all year.


If we were to travel to Tampa, what would is the first thing you recommend (shopping or food)?
Coffee. It is a bit of an unknown secret, but Tampa has a vast coffee scene that continues to grow. My suggestions would be Buddy Brew Coffee in Tampa or Bandit Coffee Co. in St. Petersburg. Both serve great brews and have exceptionally friendly staffs. Plus, their music selections are always spot-on.

Between New York, London, Milan and Paris, which fashion week(s) do you like the most?
I love the city of New York, but I would have to say London Fashion Week Men’s is my favorite of them all. I am most excited to see what happens in London, not necessarily for the ready-to-wear pieces because quite frankly I am not sure how much of them I would wear personally. But unlike the other cities that venerate suits, top coats and traditional menswear garments, London champions the non-conformists who push the limits of menswear. Just look at what Bobby Abley has done over the past few seasons. Can you imagine him showing his collection alongside Hermès or Saint Laurent? I cannot.

Do you have upcoming projects you like to share with my readers?
I am working closely with some exciting partners to bring you my favorite products of the holiday season. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, NICHOLAS TROBIANO, and Instagram, @nicholastrobiano, for photos, stories, and maybe a couple other surprises.


xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
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Friday, December 9, 2016

Designer Feature: Filip Bjernebo, South Lane Stockholm

Designer Feature: Filip Bjernebo, South Lane Stockholm
(Photos: associated press)
Combining avant-garde aesthetic and traditional Scandinavian minimalism, Filip Bjernebo’s South Lane Stockholm accessories label pulls together his inspirations from travelling the world. As such, the latest AVANT collection propels the brand into the world of high fashion, redefine the meaning of a true cosmopolite.
 
The 28-year old Swedish designer grew up in Sweden, then moved to the UK and now resides in my hometown of Hong Kong. In 2008, he launched his first web-only accessories brand. Slowly it became more elaborate as he traveled to even more destinations, and taking elements from these places into his works.

The foundation of all designs contain Scandinavian aesthetics (very clean and minimal), then propelled by details such as Parisian architecture, the excitement of NYC’s urban flavor and East London’s street-savvy vibes. The 2016 AVANT collection is comprised of 10 timepieces. Because each watch plate is individually hand-scratched, resulting in a raw, industrialized and avant-garde detailing, hence each one is considered ‘unqiue’ and ‘one-of-a-kind’.
Currently, Bjernerbo’s collection can be found in department stores, such as Harvey Nicols, Luisa Via Roma, and many boutiques in Europe, USA, Asia and the Middle East.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Survive Holiday Traffic With CrossIron Mills' 2016 Holiday Shuttle

  Survive Holiday Traffic With CrossIron Mills' 2016 Holiday Shuttle
http://www.myebus.ca/cross-iron-mills-holiday-shopping-shuttle
 
Hey friends! As many of you who follows my social media will know that I will be relocated very soon. In the midst of my packing and moving, I still have to shop for my friends and family this holiday.

Shopping during the busiest season of the year can be overwhelming especially over traffic and parking. Well Calgary, CrossIron Mills will get that all covered. Between November 25th to December 26th (exception December 25th) Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH at CrossIron will have the 2016 Holiday Shopping Shuttle up and running. The shuttle will pick up guest at the following three locations:

- Red Arrow Downtown Depot 101, 205 9th Ave SE (East of Calgary Tower)
- Northwest Brentwood LRT Station (Brentwood Rd NW – Transit Stop by Co-op)
- Calgary International Airport Arrivals Ground Transportation, Lane 11, 2000 Airport Rd. NE

To make your travel more convenient and enjoyable, the 48-seats shuttle is equipped with Free WiFi, priority seating for seniors and disabled passengers and 7 TV screens. The shuttle cost only $5 ($10 round trip) – definitely worth it for all the hassle you save ‘beating the traffic’.

For shuttle schedule please visit www.crossironmills.com/tourism/shopping-shuttle and be sure to reserve seats online.
 
 
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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Hudson’s Bay And Saks Fifth Avenue 2016 Holiday Windows Unveiled With Special Performance by Mariah Carey

Hudson’s Bay And Saks Fifth Avenue 2016 Holiday Windows Unveiled With Special Performance by Mariah Carey
photos by: George Pimentel, Getty Images
On November 3rd 2016, Hudson’s Bay x Saks Fifth Avenue kicked off the holiday season with an incredible window unveiling. This is the first time such an event takes place at the shared entrance to Hudson’s Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue at CF Toronto Eaton Centre.

In addition to the special appearance of John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, Richard Baker, Governor and Executive Chairman of HBC, Jerry Storch, CEO of HBC, Liz Rodbell, President of Hudson’s Bay and Marc Metrick, President of Saks Fifth Avenue, perhaps the most exciting of the evening was the special music performance by the legendary Mariah Carey! Wearing a gown by Anna Maier, Mariah performed two holiday hits that evening before the unveiling ceremony.
Hudson’s Bay’s iconic holiday windows include five distinct windows along Queen Street. Inspired by the spirit of an Enchanted Forest, the windows portray scenes of a winter wonderland filled with 34 hand-sculpted, cheerful holiday animals, with over 350 sq ft of LED walls to enhance each vignette.

On the other hand, Saks Fifth Avenue’s holiday windows take audience to a Land of 1000 Delights – An enchanting landscape of colorful candy and festive fashion. The windows display scenes set in fantasy music boxes, containing hand-painted mannequins twirling atop wind-up pedestals. Each of the nine mannequins wears a one-of-a-kind handmade costume featuring a confectionary hoop skirt made of giant candy canes, gingerbread men, cakes and icing, or hundreds of hard candies, among others.

 

xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

#QuietLuxury Weekend w/ Lincoln MKZ

#QuietLuxury Weekend w/ Lincoln MKZ
photo by: Paul M. Lee

I had the opportunity to take the latest 2017 Lincoln MKZ for a ride to the beautiful Canadian Rockies past weeked. If you have checked my IG stories last week, you probably have watched my review. The latest edition has many amazing features that speak the definition of what a modern, powerful and yet ‘quiet luxury’ means. Can we first talk about the seat massage function? And the ability to sync your smart phone and answer text messages from there? I am particular drawn by its safety features, which you’re the vehicle goes to ‘park’ itself if you forgot to do so before turning off the engine. Let’s not forget to talk about the biggest sun roof you’ll find in any luxury car this size – It was perfect for star gazing in the middle of the blue-nuit night at high altitudes. I am also amazed how it performed on fuel (~9.9L/100km). Here are the rest of the specs:

MKZ Reserve AWD, 3.OL GTDI TC V6 Gas Engine, 6-Spd Auto Trans 6F55

Exterior:
Daytime running lights
Glass, solar tinted
Grille, chrome surround
Headlamps, H.I.D
LED tail lights
Mirror driver autodimming
Miirrors, duel power heated folding with memory

Interior:
Ambient lighting
Blis with cross traffic
Floor mats, premium
Seats, 1st/2nd row leather
Seats, front heated/cooled
Seats, front/rear, heated
Seats, rear 60/40 splt fold
Illuminated scuff plates
Steering wheel, tilt/eles
Sirius sat radio w/6 mth pre-paid subscription

Functional:
Abs, power 4-wheel disc
A/C, duel zone electronic
Advance trac sability sys
Easy fuel
Electr stability control
Embedded modem
Engine block heater
Intelligent access
Lincoln drive control
Mykey
Navigation
Remote vehicle start
Steer WHL, with audio control
Sync*3
10.1” LCD cluster

Safety/Security:
Latch child restraints sys
Personal safety system
Securilock
SOS post crash alert syst
Tire pressure monitor sys
Airbags, driver and pass
Air bags, side

Warranty:
4 yr/80,000 km basic
6 yr/110,000 km powertrain warranty, roadside assistance 24 hr


xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
Binzento Vincente: A Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Binzento's Coffee Interview Series: An Interview With Aviation Blogger/ Aviation Expert Pilot Patrick

  Binzento's Coffee Interview Series
An Interview With Aviation Blogger Pilot Patrick

The beauty of the blogosphere allows people to share a variety of topics they are knowledgeable about. Try typing in any keyword or hashtag on Google and you are bound to find someone somewhere writing about it.

To be honest, there are tons of shit posts out there. With so many opinions and so many loud noises, one can only take anything on the Internet with a grain of salt.  

My definition of a ‘quality blog’ or ‘blogger’ perhaps is defined by consistency and info validation. Not only they have to have their own voices, but should show they’ve done some research and their opinions are backed with facts. Earlier this fall, I came across an aviation blog – It’s very much different than what I usually read about, but that doesn’t stop me from learning.

For the second Binzento’s Coffee Interview series, I sat down with pilot Patrick B, who also runs a successful aviation blog. The 28-year old pilot is currently living in Barcelona and Berlin and is the First Officer for a private aviation company. Taking passengers and flying them to all over the world has also given him the opportunity to sight see many destinations. Now with his expertise

Patrick’s blog entails his technical knowledge about aircrafts, the aviation business and travel adventures. With his day-to-day documentation and photos, whether it’s at the airport, at the cockpit, or in a destination, we feel like we are flying with him. Though I have almost zero knowledge about aircrafts, I have to say I’ve learned a few things while following.
What makes you decide to become a pilot?

Who did not want to become a pilot when they were young? It was definitely a process over many years, which finally led to the decision of becoming a pilot. It is more than just a profession; it is a passion for me. I could not imagine something cooler than an office which takes to beautiful places. Additionally you get to meet interesting people and you need sunglasses all year around!

For a more detailed answer check out my corresponding blog post.

What do you like most about flying?

Aviation is fascinating me over and over again! Great technologies have been initiated in the former decades and great inventions to come. Flying means for me that I connect places and people in a minimum amount of time. This feels like freedom.

You must have flown to many destinations in your career, which are your most favorites, where do you want to travel next?

So far I have been flying within Europe, Russia and to some countries in North Africa.  One of my most favorite destinations is Lisbon. It is an amazing city with so many good vibes. Lately I had a flight to Iceland for the very first time. This was exciting since I have not flown this northern route before. Unfortunately we did not stay overnight. But now it is on my travel list. Next city I am traveling to is Vienna in Austria.
Tell us about your aviation/travel blog? When did you start it?

I am really proud of having my own blog since this summer. It has been and amazing project and has been a lot of fun but also a lot of work.

What do you hope to achieve in your blog and the kind of message do you want to deliver to your readers and fans?

In the first place I want to thank all my followers for the great support on Instagram with this blog! I noticed that many of my aviators, that is how I call my followers, had a lot of aviation related questions. In my opinion this is the best way to answer their questions and to reach as many as possible to help them eventually with their career.

Additionally I want to give a genuine in sight view of my life as a Private Jet Pilot. The Business Aviation branch is still quite unknown and therefore really interesting. Besides my travel advices I want to show that it is possible to life a healthy lifestyle even when traveling as much as I do.

How would you describe you sense of style?

It is a chic streetwear style. I like to combine basic clothing with stylish accessories. I rather like to wear dark clothes but I here in Barcelona I definitely dress differently. More colors and a style which is related to to the Mediterranean lifestyle.

Do you have a particular fashion designer(s) or label(s) you like most? and why?

Not in particular. I like to buy clothes because I like them and not because it is a certain brand. For me is the quality and the production location really important. Brands that I like are for example. The Kooples. I like their fashion because it is classy and modern at the same time. They pay a lot of attention to details and quality. Diesel Black Gold is also a great brand because they pieces are sometimes really high fashion but I do not like that they start to care less where they produce.

Flying long hours could be energy draining, how do you keep yourself motivated and healthy?

A big motivation is always to have the best office view I can imagine. Even when it is grey on the ground I will see the sun after departure. To stay fit I choose my food wisely and do enough sports. The schedule during summer can be quite tight so I try to get up early for a morning workout. Sometimes I convert my hotel room to gym and use my TRX and do bodyweight exercises. 20 minutes can be enough. During duty I am usually gone from home for a week, so I pack organic and healthy food in my suitcase. I recently published a blogpost about me being a Foodie Pilot.

Want to share with us any upcoming plans, projects or gigs you are working on?


My blog is still really young and I am looking forward to sharing some aviation related posts and also about my private lifestyle. Next Sunday I will have my very first interview with a big newspaper. Something absolutely new to me!

Want to know more, follow Patrick’s adventure via social media

Instagram: @pilotpatric
Facebook: @pilotpatrick
Snapchat: pilot_patrick
xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Coffee Date With Amy Darling – An Interview

  Coffee Date With Amy Darling
An Interview


It’s been little more than a year since I sat down with Amy Darling, a film producer and friend, over a cup a coffee. I remember our last coffee date was shortly after we attended Cannes Film Festival in 2015, and even this time we still discuss about our crazy experience and berserk schedule we had that year.

Our coffee talk was more than just a ‘catch-up’. It was about congratulating Darling’s upcoming screening of her film VIOLENT on October 13th 2016 in Calgary. “Yes, it’s finally happening”, said Darling as we tried to comfort ourselves with warm cups of coffee in our hands while watching the snow fall through glass windows.

VIOLENT is a Canadian-Norwegian film created by Vancouver-based band We Are The City, and the project coincided the band’s album of the same name at the time. The film follows Dagny Backer Johnsen, a young woman longing to escape small town life and move to the big city. While in the city, her mother arranges her to work for a family friend. At the midst of a catastrophic event, Dagny recalls recent memories of the five people who loved her the most.

With a small budget and team, which sometimes consists of less than 5 people at a time during shooting, VIOLENT conducts beautiful imageries and exercises the magnificent natural landscape of Norway.

What is interesting to me is that even though the film is mostly in Norwegian, none in the crew speaks the language. And because of it, there is that raw connection between the audience and the film; knowing beforehand this is a Canadian production from people close to home and yet having the sense of curiosity perceiving the story as a foreign tale.

The film has received critical acclaim by many film critics. It has been shown at Cannes Film Festival in 2014, and won numerous international awards including Best Feature Film at Leo Awards, Best Canadian Feature Film at Vancouver International Film Festival and Canada’s Top Ten at Toronto International Film Festival.

Darling’s commitment and expertise as a producer to this project played a big role in the international success of this film. It’s her passion to facilitate a vision for incredible talented Canadians, especially for people like the guys in We Are The City, who took the project entirely outside of Canada. One of her goals is to bridge the gaps between Canada and the rest of the world. “I want to reinvent what we think of Canadian films,” said Darling, “I am interested in Canadians working on international projects and foreign language films”.

For someone like myself who work for the fashion industry would understand, being a part of Calgary’s art and culture scene seems forever challenging. As a filmmaker, Darling has a different perspective: “Calgary is the forth largest film centre in Canada. Work as a filmmaker here proven to be difficult since we are less diverse and smaller community. There are advantages though, such as no one can hold you back, and no one would tell you ‘no, you can’t do this’. I try very hard to stay here as I feel I owe everything to this city. Calgarians here have a unique, quality of life where they can fly and travel wherever they want. When I’m in a big city, I feel like you always have to fake it till you make it, but over here people come to up to you to show their support. I feel grateful when people come up to me and say they’re ‘happy for you’ or ‘proud of you’. It makes finishing a film even more a triumph.”

I certainly agree to Darling’s analogy of staying in Calgary to pursue something you enjoy doing. I also owe this city a great deal when it comes to support. Having a big vision for a place with a niche market is not easy, but the success coming out of it is ten times more rewarding. It feels like you are one of the pioneers that drive the community forward. Like Darling, we both think that the “just do it” mentality influenced by the root of this place is the culture that gave way to Calgary --- I picked up my cup and took another sip of my light roast and Darling bit into her expensive eight-dollar ham and cheese croissant.

Click HERE to purchase tickets to watch VIOLENT on Oct 13th
Movie Trailer

xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Binzento's Journal: PARKluxe 2016

Binzento's Journal
PARKluxe 2016
Photos by: Hayden Pattullo


First I like to thank Hayden Pattullo from Style Out Here for sharing the images from this event. You can also read his recap of PARKluxe here.

Past weekend was PARK’s annual Canadian fashion show – PARKluxe 2016, presented by Bankers Hall. Many aspects of this year’s installment have triggered my attention. Let’s begin with the things I liked.

The first thing to mention is the location – at the newly built Studio Bell – Home of the National Music Centre. It’s indeed an ambitious choice for a local organization such as PARK to host a fashion show housing hundreds of guests in a multi-level venue. We need to appreciate the fact that they are the only organization in Calgary that consistently produced fashion shows seasons after seasons, providing a platform for local fashion talents to showcase. And we need to give them credits for their tremendous effort trying to execute something better each time.

Live music performances for the runway show - was a great component to include at this year’s PARKluxe event, and I am glad that they did it. From band sound to classical music, each presenting collection was enhanced by an additional artistic element.

Like many PARK fashion shows, the pop-up shop/trunk show is fantastic. This is the part where I feel designers have the opportunity to make real connections with consumers. On top of that, it’s great to see other local businesses

This year’s main event showcased collections by: Okakie, Paul Hardy, Lauren Bagliore, Urbanovitch, Atelier By Ensemle Style, House Of Nonie, Year Of The Ram, and Marie Saint Pierre. I thought the addition of Marie Saint Pierre this time is refreshing. Beautifully crafted coats, and signature dresses that outlined femininity gave Calgarians a closer glimpse of the work of art by one of the first luxury fashion houses in Canada.
Paul Hardy’s finale was the most sophisticated of the evening. A showcase mixed with classic gothic Lolita-vibe, dark draped dress and fur stole, with modern knitwear cardigan and large chain accessories. Each model was holding a ‘monster’ plush doll, which reminded me of something coming out of a Tim Burton tale. Though you could see some of the looks were incorporated with pieces we had already seen in the past.
 
I thought the lingerie portion by Year Of The Ram was out of place. As much as we try to appreciate the designer’s handcrafted lace and under garment details, the fitting was just off and you could sense the models not completely comfortable walking in them.
 
Overall PARKluxe was a success what they set out to do. The execution of the program was great, but I can’t say this season’s show was amazing. Big part of it was because I felt the collections showcased by the designers were a big déjà vu.

Recently I gave some thoughts about the Canadian fashion industry, especially after having conversations with buyers, designers and editors in other parts of the globe. In Canada, we are still running the formula that fashion shows are parties that rely heavily on ticket sales. We have to be diligent about the purpose of having these shows. I am not saying that we shouldn’t have any, but we need to clearly define what the end goal is – Is it for press, or for entertainment, or something to do on a regular night and be seen, or help designers to generate business?

We have designers that are showing the same pieces for, at least, the past three seasons. But I can’t blame them – the fashion community is extremely small here and I feel that Canadian talents are lacking the institutional and general public support to sustain. Until we are able to ignite interests from buyers to come to these Canadian shows, designers are better off doing made-to-order, local pop-ups and spend more time to strengthening their brands via e-commerce.


xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
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