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Toronto Fashion on Cumberland St in Yorkville

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

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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!”

Get The Look
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.

nihan street chic Yorkville

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!”.

Get The Look
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.

Arya in Yorkville Toronto

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.

red dress 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.

Get The Look
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.

Jeannie Lottie fashion designers and bloggers in Yorkville

Street Chic in Yorkville with Jeannie Lottie

Jeannie Lottie - Pink House - Yorkville Toronto

Jeannie Lottie Pink House at 32 Scollard St in Yorkville Toronto

Yorkville is a Canadian Fashion Hot Spot

Yorkville has upscale shopping, restaurants, and the first five star hotel in Canada. Upscale boutiques include Burberry, Prada, Gucci, MAC Cosmetics, Hugo Boss, Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Holt Renfrew, Tiffany & Co., Escada, Ermenegildo Zegna, Cartier, Harry Rosen, Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Vera Wang, Lacoste, Ferrari, Maserati, Williams-Sonoma, Bang and Olufsen, Betsey Johnson, Max Mara, Montblanc, Bulgari, Birks, Coach, Guerlain, Swarovski, and other upscale designer boutiques. The Holt Renfrew store on Bloor is the luxury retailer’s flagship and largest store with four floors and boutiques.

Jeannie’s Pink House was built after the turn of the century when Yorkville was called St Paul’s Ward.  Just look at how the neighborhood has grown up over eleven decades, and matured in many other ways around this iconic fashion house.

In the 1960s, Yorkville flourished as Toronto’s bohemian cultural centre. It was the breeding ground for some of Canada’s most noted musical talents, including Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot, as well as then-underground literary figures such as Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn MacEwen and Dennis Lee.

It wont be long before this property and the one beside it are redeveloped into towering condominiums; the only thing that could prevent that from happening would be if Jeannie Lottie’s Pink House is declared a national treasure, and even then I bet it would be removed and added pink-brick by pink-brick to the facade of the new condo building.

Jeannie Lottie handbags for sale in Yorkville at Pink House, 32 Scollard

Jeannie Lottie designer handbags for sale in Yorkville at the Pink House, 32 Scollard St. Toronto.

Up in the tree house behind the Pink House, Jeannie Lottie was holding court and hobnobbing with some of the most influential and respected names in Toronto’s diverse fashion and entertainment scene. From noon to three pm there was music, wine and wonderful discussions happening at the rear of 32 Scollard.

Jeannie Lottie’s Friends Wear Her Fashions

So many stunning fashion pieces were on display, but one thing about Jeannie Lottie’s merchandise that always attracted me was her faux diamond ring key chain. This item sells for a few dollars only in the store, or used too (this one is vintage). You can see the photographer’s powder blue shirt and camera in the ‘gem’.

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Jeannie Lottie has giant faux diamond ring key chain.

Here is one of Jeannie’s purses being worn to the party by another designer Monica Frangulea of Musesa com

Jeannie Lottie square box Paris purse

Jeannie Lottie’s square box Paris purse in use at party

Monica is world class architect that only dabbles in jewelry design. She should probably take it more seriously as her art is very beautiful.

Musesa beautiful cuff bracelet

Monica Frangulea of Musesa wears a beautiful cuff bracelet at Jeannie Lottie’s party.

Above is Monica’s bejeweled cuff bracelet and below is her matching ring, also a Musesa original.

Monica of Musesa bejeweled ring

Monica of Musesa’s magnificent bejeweled ring matches her cuff bracelet.

Lastly this author must show Musesa’s Pride Week creation and contribution.

Pride week jewelry in Yorkville

Monica Frangulea’s Musesa – Pride Week Necklace bead jewelry

Below on the left is Lily Liao taking the name, number and web address of a popular fashion designer at the party. Behind her on the rail is Jeannie Lottie, and this is before it got too busy for such expansive poses.

Lily Liao mingling at Jeannie Lottie's Yorkville Tree House Party

Lily Liao mingling at Jeannie Lottie’s Yorkville Tree House Party.

Under the photographer’s feet are hundreds of complimentary Jeannie Lottie beach bags. Every guest that showed up with their paper confirmation could collect a complimentary signature Jeannie Lottie beach bag. It was all very organized. Participants were encouraged to visit the store first to collect a Love Canada invitation card, and the afterwards join the party on the tree house deck.

Canada 150 Jeannie Lottie handbags Yorkville

Canada 150 Celebrations at Jeannie Lottie

As usual Jeannie’s party was very friendly with lots of people from different backgrounds and some folks just dropping in to say hello and have a cocktail before heading back out to attend other celebrations all over town. Those of us who stayed and mingled enjoyed the complimentary wine and snacks, free makeup and anti-aging consultation by Arbonne and conversations with notable artists and fashion designers, Amy Sky, Camilla Scott and Jane Ip.

Jeannie Lottie Party in Yorkville

Jeannie Lottie with lily Lioa at fashion party in Yorkville

Here’s Jane Ip (Jeannie Lottie)  with Lily discussing the future of Street Chic magazine and how they might help each other. Below is Jane’s younger sister serving wine to guests at the tree house party.

Serving wine at Jeannie Lottie's backyard party

Jane Ip’s younger sister serving wine at Jeannie Lottie’s backyard party.

The cover photo shows the esprit d corp of fashion accessories and jewelry designers that formed by the trellis in the corner of the tree-house. Jeannie Lottie (Jane Ip) and Monica Frangulea in the back, Lily Liao from Street Chic joins other bloggers and stylists in the foreground. Everyone here was very chic.

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