Winter Fashion 2012

You know it is getting cold in Toronto when you see all the empty tree branches. Winter of 2012 is here. This year’s fashion trends consist of:

– Bright Neon: those futuristic bright neon green, yellow and pink are making a statement in accessories, skirts and tops.

H&M Bag $ 29.95

-Wild animals: I don’t think animal prints ever go away. This year’s animals are going all out from fur vests to snake skin purse and leopard print cardigans.


-Dark ruby red: one of favourite colour is making a comeback.

– Over waist belt with lots of details

-Showing off waist and hips dress

– Leather pants and skirts. Particular baggy leather pants, but not everyone can rock that

– Over baggy coat

– 70s prints

– Something cowboy inspired

– Big knit sweater

– If all else fails just wear something shinny

The Little Black Dress

This was a collaboration project directed by Festina and Tara Conrad. Make-up by Émilie Coquelin. Models were Festina, Naima and Tyanna.

The project was called “The Little Black Dress” promoting black talents in the fashion industry.

I went to Humber Collage and contacted the program heads by email in the fashion and cosmetic program. In the email I said that I am a 4th year photography student and I would like to meet students who are interested in building their portfolios with me.

I got a couple of replies and I contacted these people meet them at school and talk about the project. I contacted the Emilie by email. Only meet her on the day of the project, however, I gave her a brief of what is going to happen and pictures of the concept we were going for.

On a Sunday morning, we arrived at school at 9:30am. Emilie started on the make up and I start to set up the equipments at 10am.

I used 3 lights. Since I knew it was going to be three models. I needed 3 lights to make sure no one was in the shadow. I had one light pointed up using 1200 welts with a large soft box. Then I had the other two lights at 800 welts with large grids.

I had 3 cameras with me. I shoot the group shoots in the Hasselblad on a tripod because I know when I crop into it the quality will stay. I have a Nikon D9000 with a 105mm micro lens for the close-up beauty shoots. And my Nikon D7000 with a 18 to 55 mm lens to shoot the editorials, because I know there is more movements involved.

We started shooting at 11am and finish at 2pm. It took longer because of wardrobe changes. It was like two sessions in one with 2 wardrobe changes.


What's In for Fall 2011?

With fall just around the corner, it's time to put away your flip-flops. Designers have come up with some exciting fall collections and trends.

Here are the following trends for Fall 2011:

 Long and Lean with Belt Finish

The purpose of accompanying long and lean tops and pants with a thin belt finish is to break up the body, which makes the top appear longer and also gives the bottom a slimmer look.

left: Anna Sui - Caroline Trentini right: Anna Sui - Fei Fei Sun

2D Flower Prints

Something about feminine flower prints just never go out of style. This fall, the flowers are becoming 2D paper cut outs, looking like it's been pressed flat onto the garment. It has an airy chic feel. If you don't want to be a walking flower pot, a bit of 2D flower print is enough.

2D Flower Print
left: Givency - Mariacarla Boscono center: Jason Wu - Dorothea Barth Jorgensen right: Givency - Karen Elson

Navy, the New Base Colour Splashed Neon Colours for Accent

For the past years, we have been using black as the base colour to go with everything. Well, now it's navy's turn. Navy has been used as black's substitute in evening wears for those who do not want to wear black to a wedding. Navy suit those with fair complexion whereas black is too strong for them. The neon yellow contrasts with navy, creating a look with a strong statement.

Anna Sui – Jac

Fur Fur Everywhere and Anywhere

Fur can only be a coat, right? Wrong. Furs are now everywhere. Belts, hoods, skirts, scarves, collars, it doesn't matter. Fur can be any colour as well. This fun add-on can keep you warm through the season and will dress up any garment and benefit you greatly by making you an eye-turning fashionista in an instant.

left: Alexander McQueen - Fei Fei Sun center: Christian and Dior - Karmen Pedaru right: Prada - Marike Le Roux

 Off the Shoulder with Bling

Off the shoulder style is back! Although it's mostly seen in dresses. However, on one shoulder, it often has gems, jewels or buttons as detail. This style makes the neck appear longer and the hip appear smaller. In addition, the revealing shoulder draws attention away from the hip.

 Winter Whites

White is often seen in summer but rarely seen in fall or winter. This season, white has managed to make its way into the fall trend. Snow is white so I suppose we are also able to wear white for winter.

McQueen - Maddie Kulicka

Futuristic Metallic

The silver is in. A mysterious and cool feel to these metallic garments. Floweriness is added to both of these designs in order to play with the contrast as silver is usually solid. Now, it has allowed the body to become soft and flowy.

left:Alexander Wong - Daphne Groeneveld right: Armani - CoCo Rocha

Release the Animal Within You

Animal prints are definitely in season, especially leopard print. Get ready to release the wild animal inside you.

Chloe – Jac

Grey – Another Big Player

We are starting to see a mixture of grey with black or a lighter shade of black mixed with grey. They are all in the same family but playing with the black shade scale is so much fun.

left:Chanel - Samantha Gradoville right:Chanel - Karmen Pedaru

Patch Work

Different colour blocks patched together has the ability to put different colours together even though it's not easy. Experiment with bold fall colours to add some liveliness for the season.

Chloe - Zuzanna Bijoch


Not surgery, not bags, but tops and skirts – all plastic. The futurist plastic material is now seen on tops and skirt. It's good for fall since the weather will still be quite warm. It gives such a dressy look and it makes you stand out from the crowd of course.

Louis Vutton - Danielle Zinaich

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Which trend would you love to rock?