TORONTO FASHION WEEK

Toronto is Canada’s own little cultural hub, where artists, designers and musicians come together to produce beautiful things for everyone to enjoy. One event that continues to put us on the map and has got all us fashion aficionados on the edge of our seats is World MasterCard Fashion Week.

Fellow fashion-philes, its your time to shine, and we’ve got some rare finds and a few good tips to add to your personal style this week. Whether you’re ready to go all out crazy or conservative, we’re here for you! We know that if you look good, you’ll feel good, so here are some of our styling tips for the famous week of glamour:

  • Mix and match prints and textures, don’t be afraid to clash. Try matching lace with a flannel like our Something Else lace maxi and Fred Perry flannel or a fuzzy sweater by Religion.
  • Wear some faux fur, cause everybody looks good in fur! We’ve got tons of faux fur jackets by Urban Code in stock.
  • Printed pants will make you dance! Grab a pair like our high waisted Cheap Mondays in a plaid print.
  • A little black dress can go a long way. Everyone needs an LBD. Check out the one pictured by Velour.
  • Wear comfy shoes, like our lace up Dolce Vitas or Cheap Monday wedge boots. If you’re going to multiple shows, expect  to be on your feet for a long time.
  • Pick up a staple graphic tee. Graphic tees, like the one pictured by Jool, look good with just about everything!

It’s a celebration of Canadian designers, so come visit us during fashion week at 253 Queen St West and let us deck you out in our patriotic picks; we’ve got pieces to suit every style and won’t let you leave looking drab!

– Amanda

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FROM PENDLETON, WITH LOVE

Pendleton has a long history of love, beginning in the 1800s when they decided to spruce up their virgin wool goods with better designs. Recognizing the inspired and rich culture of Native American tribes, Pendleton spokesmen dove in and learned the secrets of their creativity: the legends and history behind the designs. Now, hundreds of years later, their relationship with the tribes are still strong and true, and we like that kind of loyalty (and we can’t lie, the colours and geometric inspirations leave us googly eyed with desire).

Lucky for us, and you, the folks at Pendleton have continued to branch out to include other plush offerings (like the cute horses, pictured above) to help cozy-up your home. From patterned mugs, to bags, and throw pillows, they provide a plethora of offerings to let you choose how you want to rainbow-tribal your living space. And because autumn has finally strolled in with a strong bite of chill, we, of course, have plenty of those woolly blankets to wrap yourself and a loved one in for those long, dark nights.

Warm and unique, Pendleton is the perfect marriage of stylish practicality. We could go into the extensive production details that make a Pendleton product as reliable as it is pretty, but how about you come visit us, and see for yourself.

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PENFIELD TRAILWEAR TAKES IT OUTSIDE, JUST LIKE YOU!

As Torontonians, we’re not exactly strangers to navigating and preparing for the colder seasons. From enjoying these past weekend’s glorious leaves of change and sunshine to thoughts of trekking through the billowing winds of change and dropping temperatures, it’s now time to come into L&S and embrace your new proper layers.

We are currently stocked in the warmth, color and patterns of one of our favorite heritage brands, Penfield Trailwear’s FW12 season of down jackets, coats, knits, flannels, wool pants and denim shirts for the ladies and the gents. Plus we’ve trucked in a horde of accessories for you to choose from, including an array of pom pom toques! Oh ya, L&S loves you and wants to keep you warm.

Founded in 1975 in New England–another ice box of a place to live–Penfield jackets were made with the idea that they should be both warm and durable. Their down jackets are stuffed with an 80:20 goose down ratio, of which the 80 is the down, and the exteriors of jackets are DWR (Durable Water Resistant) treated. Each coat and jacket, as you know is decorated with the label’s little black bear and sure to help you stand the test of many chilly outdoor adventures downtown or in the wilds. Penfield truly knows how to take you outside and keep it fun, all season long.

Come to Lavish&Squalor and pick out your favorite new layers from Penfield today.

This hot stuff will go fast!

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NUIT BLANCHE FASHION SURVIVAL KIT IDEAS FROM L&S

It’s one of our favorite nights of the year to spend meandering Toronto’s urban core and succumb ourselves to the artists. Nuit Blanche is vibrant and exciting and possibly, a little chilly. We want you to stay warm tonight and cool at the same time so we’ve popped together a few survival kit inspirations from our new arrivals in Jshoes, Rokin shoes and cheap monday available now at Lavish&Squalor. Enjoy the art, the city, bundle up, bring a traveler and wear a good pair of walking shoes. You won’t want to sit this one out.