Friday, August 31, 2012

Akiko: Retro Cool


Akiko likes to shop at second-hand stores for 50's and 60's styles. Here, her cool retro look effortlessly stood out as she peddled through Yorkville traffic.



Thursday, August 30, 2012

Kailey: "It's Not What You Wear, But How You Wear It"


"I like to mix old with new. It's kind of on the contemporary level, but it's still taking influences from past decades. I'm into high-end fashion. I think print mixing is interesting. It's all about how you accessorize. It's not necessarily what you wear, but how you wear it."


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Charles: Wicked Style


"I'm a fan of 50's and 60's fashion. Jerry Lewis is a big influence. He has wicked style in The Nutty Professor as Buddy Love -- his suits are perfectly tailored and have great colour."


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Brigith & Molly: Vintage EX-perience

It's been many years since I've been to the Canadian National Exhibition or The EX (as it's fondly coined).


When I was a kid, nothing made me happier than bumper cars, ferris wheels and cotton candy. This year, visiting the EX brought back all those great memories and to help us get into the nostalgic mood, we brought along Brigith & Molly with their cool vintage street styles.



Molly: "I’m fairly certain that you only live once, so why not make every trip to the grocery store count? Have some fun, dress it up and try to create a bit of a character. When I was 14, I grew 5 inches in one year. Hiding in a crowd was no longer an option, so I decided to embrace it and my style got progressively louder over the years.

My vintage style wasn’t really deliberate. Like a lot of my friends in the late 90's, I went through this hilarious 'street' phase in high school -- fresh kicks, track pants, huge hoop earrings, drawn on eyebrows etc. Then I woke up one day and realized that that had nothing to do with my personality. When Value Village used to be cheap, I'd kill an afternoon looking for prints and shapes that really stuck out. You used to be able to do some serious damage with 10 dollars! I loved finding pieces that were obviously sewn at home by someone else. Often in really gaudy curtain fabric with crooked seams. There always had to be an element that was tacky or just not right. I also really liked the idea that there was no one else on Earth who had that same piece...and probably for good reason!"


Brigith: "I always had a strange nostalgia for fashion. Back then, everyone always looked so proper and ready to go regardless of the time of day. Vintage designs are more whimsical and have more colour.

My friends are used to my vintage style now. They often point things out for me or they purchase antique pieces because they know I love it. People always compliment me on my style. Recently, I was wearing a vintage mini-dress with knee high boots and somebody started singing Nancy Sinatra's These Boots Were Made for Walking. It was such a nice compliment."




Brigith: "I like fashion from many different eras. It's hard to explain. Compared to contemporary styles, vintage clothing always take things further. Specifically, my inspirations are Diana Ross, Grace Kelly, Twiggy, Tina Turner, Coco Chanel, Pucci and vintage YSL.

Toronto has great vintage shopping. I visit several vintage stores in the city -- especially on Queen West. Also, there 's the occasional great find in places like Value Village or The Salvation Army. I especially like picking up vintage pieces when I travel through Europe."


Molly: "Whether it’s some sort of street-fighter get-up or a fortune telling muumuu, I sometimes get slack jawed staring from onlookers, but I choose to take it as a compliment. On the whole I get a pretty great reception because I think it’s obvious that I’m having fun.

Don’t worry about how you’re being perceived. If you want to wear something or say something, do it and make it count. It has a lot to do with confidence.""




Molly is a fibre artist and will be featuring her piece, Wolverina, at The World of Threads Festival held at gallerywest in November. The group exhibit is called Where Were You When Amy Winehouse Died?


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pedestrian Sunday Street Style Part 2


This gentlemen caught my attention because people in the street were instantly drawn to his charisma and warmth -- many taking pictures with him.

He also made an impression on me because his hip street style had a strong 70's vibe.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Pedestrian Sunday Street Style Part 1


Every 'Pedestrian Sunday' in Kensington Market brings out the most interesting styles & personalities -- and that certainly includes these two gentlemen.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Luisa Duran: Cheetah Street Style


Luisa has appeared on TorontoVerve before, modelling vintage styles for The Fashion Collective.  Currently she's on set of a feature film in BC, serving as the lead make-up artist.

For more info on Luisa and her creative work, be sure to check out her website.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mathilde: DIY Style


"I'm an aspiring designer.  I make all my own clothes. Cities and people inspire me."


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Banner Day for TorontoVerve!

I'm so excited to debut our latest banner, featuring some of the most fashionable people I had the pleasure photographing over the past few years, each of them possessing their own unique and incredible street style.



For an hour, we took over the closed streetcar tracks on Spadina Avenue and the bustling streets of Kensington Market.  Crowds started forming to watch our guerrilla photo-shoot, which reaffirmed that I assembled the perfect cast for this ambitious project.


Here are just a few of the stunning photographs from the shoot.  To view the entire photo gallery, check out TorontoVerve's Facebook Page here.


A BIG thank you to the following talented and fashionable people:



"The word that best describes me is Dapper."




"Androgynous"





"Own It"





"Two-Spirited"





"Maverick"





"Leading Lady"





"Sultry"





"Presence"







[The Banner]

View the cool video from our shoot with music from Love & Rockets Haunted When the Minutes Drag.




Please share your comments about our new banner!

- Nigel

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sue: "Classic with a Twist"


My style is 'classic with a twist'.  The twist being the addition of a "statement piece" - be it retro clothing, a funky accessory or the way I do my hair that brings an element of originality and fun to my outfit.  I think it's a mistake to take clothes too seriously.  You gotta have some fun!

My style influence is so integral to my life.  I was most influenced by my Mom.  She was always "put together" and created beautiful clothes for herself when money didn't allow for shopping -- many of which are my favourite "statement pieces" to this day.

Sue is a model, on-camera host, script-writer and voice-over artist.  For more information, check out her site here.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Brooke Marie & Renard: Dinner Date


Brooke Marie: "My style is intricate and unique."

Renard: "I like to keep it classy, but I also like mixing up edgy pieces.  Alexander McQueen is a big favourite of mine."