Written Alexia Antonio – Miss Teenage Toronto 2017
All photos by Alexia Antonio
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” —Coco Chanel.
Fashion Icon Coco Chanel had a major impact on women’s clothing and in the fashion industry. The quote expresses staying true to one’s self and style – because every woman is truly one of a kind.
This quote’s meaning embodied us this weekend while in the heart of Toronto fashion hub – Cumberland Street in Yorkville. The street was selected due to its unique style and fashion diversity. Its home to a wide range of styles from everyday streetwear to top designers such as Tania Health and Kate Spade. The mood surrounding the street is created and displayed with bold colors, creativity and unique designs. One particular area of the street showcases and celebrates femininity with the use of pink roses draped over walkways and embroidered on window displays.
The street’s style is also reflected by the clientele and visitors in the area – who are always dressed stylish and on trend. The three muses selected were my inspiration for the selection of the Yorkville area and selected based on their unique style and individuality. I photographed and interviewed the ladies and found a commonality with all three – they all used fashion to express themselves and their individual style. The full interviews are available to watch at: missteentoronto.com
Cool Girl meets Chic
Emily is 18 years old student attending Western University. She’s going into her second year studying Psychology and American Studies. Emily is a fan of designer Jeremy Scott and his cool and smart style clothing designs. She confidently strolls in Yorkville wearing a velvet tanned button up short skirt, paired with a black short sleeve turtle neck. Her footwear is tanned stiletto tied up boots and carries a black leather purse. She completes the look with her signature “E” Necklace, which she never leaves the house without.
Emily describes her style as “edgy” and loves to mix and match with “nude beige and black colors”. Emily’s outfit is the definition of Cool Girl Chic. I asked Emily, if she could speak to thousands of young Canadian girls about their fashion choices, what would she say to them? Emily without hesitation responded by expressing “Whatever makes you happy, whatever makes you feel comfortable, is the best!”
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Top, Randy – $30.00
Skirt, Nasty Gal, $60.00
Purse, Kate Spade – $158.00
Elegance Meets the Modern Day Gal
Nihan is 17 years of age just and recently graduated from high school. She dreams of having her own fashion clothing line. Nihan describes her fashion style as “Lazy Chic” as she aims for her outfits to look “Organic” and “Natural” and have an overall effortless look. She accomplishes this look by wearing black Levi jeans, a black bralette with a sheer top overlay.
She adds a jacket over her shoulders and wears a pair of white sunshades. She gravitates to classic black and white colors and sheer materials. “I love things that are sheer!” she expresses. Accessory wise, Nihan always wears her Pandora silver ring as it has sentimental value to her. I asked Nihan, if she had the opportunity to create her own shoe line to empower young women, what message would she write under the shoe to them? Nihan said “I would write I”, “You need to feel like your true self and make sure it’s comfortable!”.
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Levi Black Jeans – $60.00
Costuming Black Books – $100.00
Sheer Shirt, H&M – $30.00
Black Bralette, Urban Outfitters – $25.00
Cream Jacket, Mango – $200.00
White Sunglasses – Guess, $150.00
Classic Rock Meets The Future Girl
Arya is 28 years old and is working as a successful Stage Actor while completing her Theatre degree at York University. Arya explained her style fluctuates “It varies day to day depending on how I feel”, “But usually I would say it’s very edgy with a Boho kind a feel to it”. Arya is a fan of designer Alexander McQueen and carries an open-minded attitude towards fashion and embracing various styles much like the late designer.
She’s wearing a white star top, black jeans, black boots and completes her look with the classic black leather jacket. She’s finished her look off with multiple accessories. Her signature style is her bold hair color and seeks only perfection when it comes to her styling. When asked what type of accessory she would design to promote the empowerment of women, she replied “It would be a black leather cuff, in the front of it would be two silver sterling hands holding each other”. This accessory is a reflection of Arya and represents the strength of women.
Get The Look
Black Shoes, Nordstrom – $120.00
Black Leather Jacket – Le Chateau – $199.00
Necklace, Aldo – $20.00
Skull Ring, Aldo – $20.00
Black Cargo Jeans, Marshalls – $39.99
White tank to with stars, Marshalls – $19.99
Your classic Modern Girl (Me!)
I’m 19 years old and going into second year at York University in the AMPD (Arts, Media, Production & Design) program. My passions are with photography and writing. Some of my recent awards include Outstanding Achievement for Film & Editing and my recent accomplishments include writing a children’s book which reflects my platform and girl empowerment. I describe my fashion style as modern with a mix of 50’s chic. I enjoy wearing bright colors and pieces that convey confidence.
I’m seen here photographing Emily, Nihan, and Arya for Street Chic Magazine. I’m wearing a one piece jumpsuit in a bright hot pink and black heel shoe.
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Hot pink jumpsuit – Zara – $150.00
Steve Madden shoes – $100.00
With all my wardrobe selections I aim to project a confident style while staying true to my individual style. If I were to have my own shoe line, the message conveyed would be about the empowerment of girls. Under the shoe, the message would state my platform’s campaign “Find Your Beauty Inside”.
The purpose is to inspire all girls to positive; to be confident; believe in themselves; to be FEARLESS; and they will accomplish everything they set their minds to and accomplish their dreams.