a week’s worth – 10-07-09

A Week’s Worth, documents what I did all week – a little peek into the life of a fashion illustrator and blogger.  Lots of good pictures this week, I think I am beginning to get the hang of the camera.

Monday night I went to see Valentino, The Last Emperor.  The Q&A was particularly interesting.  If you want to get a feel for Matt Tyrnauer’s frustration, humour and affection for a subject which seems to have found him rather than vice versa.  Curious? You can also hear Tyrnauer talking about many of the same things on his interview for Q on CBC Radio and read the Vanity Fair article that started it all.
Matt Tyrnauer talks about Valentino

Tuesday afternoon I tagged along on a shopping tour given by Wendy Woods of the ReFINEery.  We started at Tealish where I discovered the roasted almond tea is so yummy and learned about how to cold-brew iced tea.
at Tealish with Wendy Woods

We visited Preloved, Shopgirls and Made You Look and made some new friends along the way.  Here are Sonja, Wendy and Anita smiling at Made You Look.  Wendy is good natured, candid and passionate about shopping locally.  Among her upcoming projects she is hosting a night of consultation for designers offering a pro shopper’s perspective on design.
Sonja, Wendy and Anita at Made You Look

On Wednesday I attended a fall trends preview hosted by FASHION Magazine.  The editors broke down the essential trends, and designers were there with their take on Fall 2009 as well.  Here are the designers from Mercy with their designs on a rolling rack behind them
Mercy and their Fall 2009 collection

The designers and the editors seemed to agree on a lot of major trends, especially Ashley Rowe whose strong-shouldered, long and lean leather superwoman looks seem perfectly timed for fall.
Ashley Rowe fall 2009

Anita and I then headed to the French Lingerie show at the Wychwood barns.  Classic lace lingerie was accessorized to the extreme.
Lejaby at the Lingerie show

Lingerie is nice – and one of those types of fashion shows where the audience is just as fun to watch as the show.
audience at Lingerie show

There were also dancers.
ballerina
rope dancer at Lingerie show
ballerina at Lingerie show

And a very traditional finale.
bride at the Lingerie show

Finally we stopped at The Press Club for Press Pass, a social night for, press I guess.  I was tipsy and a bit of a gatecrasher as a blogger but it was fun to see some friends there.
jazz band at The Press Club

Thursday I went to Trinity Bellwoods park to make kites with the Deadly Nightshades, the girls from 69 Vintage, and other friends.  Artist Yoshinori Niwa showed us how.  Below is fashion designer Breeyn McCarney making her kite.
Breeyn making her kite

I made mine from an old silk painting sampler.  It looked so pretty but the wind wasn’t steady enough to sustain a long flight.  My kite and many others made by all sorts of people will be displayed at an opening at the Gendai Gallery this Saturday – including a flight for the more successful kites.  If you can, you should go!
my kite

I won’t be able to make it because I’m volunteering at The Peek tomorrow, which is another place I’d like to see you go if you can.

How was your week?

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6 thoughts on “a week’s worth – 10-07-09”

  1. Your kite looks so light and pretty — like a fragile piece of summer frost!

    Saw the Vancouver screening of Handmade Nation and bought more Colleen Baran rings. If the documentary travels your way, I recommend watching!

  2. I love your blog! I look forward to “a weeks worth” to get a glimpse of what fashion folk do on a daily basis.

    Also, I scored a volunteer styling gig for an event that I read about on here, so thank you and keep up the good work!

  3. I was wondering how you got to go to the Fall Trends Preview, do you have to be invited or something?

  4. Nadia – I met the girl who made Handmade Nation in Las Vegas earlier this year – totally forgot about that. I’d love to check it out at some point.

    t – thanks so much for the comment – that people are finding gigs and going to events through my blog means that its actually working! <3

    Ellie. - You do have to be invited, and its up to the lovelies at FASHION who they want to invite. I'm lucky enough that they seem to have taken a shine to me in 2009 so I often get to go to events they host.

  5. One of my nieces is a successful model – and that’s the full extent of my involvement with fashion. However, when it comes to kites, that’s a different matter! 🙂

  6. I have recently started checking out your blog – I think I found it through Worn – and I just wanted to say that it’s great to read a blog that’s so down to earth and friendly – it makes it so much more informative for people who are curious about your type of career. So thanks!

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