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LG Fashion Week is the biggest fashion event in Canada and takes place twice a year – in March and October. Last month's event in Toronto attracted some of the most talented Canadian designers and top models.

Izma Fall/Winer 2011; Photo by Eva Fydrych

Fashion duo Izzy Camilleri and Adrian Mainella presented their ultra-glam '70s inspired collection on the opening night of LG Fashion Week in Toronto.

Decadent with a disco flair, sexy and fun, the designs showed on the runway were very feminine and full of interesting details like crystal trims and leather accents. Think: Old Holywood and Studio 54 feel, and fashion icons like Bianca Jagger or Jerry Hall. Elegant mixture of luxurious textures: fur with silk and velvet with a touch of glimmer. Rich colour palette. Looks like '70s Glamour continues to be the look-of the-moment.

For more information about the designers, visit their official website:

Izma Fall/Winter 2011; Photo by Elle Canada

Joe Fresh - the most accessible clothing line in Canada - showed a bright, simple collection on the second day of the show. Stylish and versatile looks influenced by the seventies, lots of miniskirts and bold colours. The collection will be available in stores across Canada in September.

Joe Fresh Fall/Winter 2011; Photo by Elle Canada

Shan - stylish and luxurious designs; classic black & white colours, pink and blue floral patterns; interesting accessories - strappy wedges, round hats and statement handbags.

Shan Fall/Winter 2011; Photo by Filler Magazine

LOVAS was founded in 2008 by Wesley Badanjak - a talented designer with a distinctive style and interesting vision. Inspiration for his designs comes mainly from music, history and his Croatian heritage. This year collection entitled "Sisters" was inspired by his mom and aunt, their experiences of immigrating to Canada and adopting to a new culture. Elegant, classic pieces; modern silhouettes with detailed finishing; excellent tailoring and use of good quality fabrics. The modern look created by Badanjak is sophisticated and fashion forward, yet wearable and unpretentious.

LOVAS designs are available in Toronto at Apoline (2892 Bloor St W), Eleven Boutique (116 Cumberland St) and Puh Nash (2420A Bloor St W).

LOVAS Fall/Winter 2011; Photo by Stan Behal/QMI Agency

Wesley Badanjak (LOVAS) Fall/Winter 2011; Photo by Stan Behal/QMI Agency

Floral patterns, geometric shapes and vibrant graphics - simple and very feminine - were the highlights of the Comrags Fall/Winter 2011 collection shown on Wednesday. Judy Cornish and Joyce Gunhouse (the design duo behind the Comrags label) presented classic, timeless silhouettes and clean, elegant lines; stylish, but modest at the same time. Main colours included mustard, olive, turquoise and black. All the designs from the latest collection called "Wrest" were simple and wearable, not tied to any particular era or season, and not overdoing the major trends.

For more information about the designers and to see their previous collections, please visit the official website:

"Wrest refers to the process of extracting information which is part of the back and forth process that goes on between us as we create our designs." - J. Gunhouse

Comrags Fall/Winter 2011; Photo by Bernard Weil/Toronto Star

Rudsak, Canada's leading fashion brand, showed its "city-chic biker look"collection on Thursday. Edgy, motorcycle-inspired designs. Main colours: black, camel and white. Leather jackets and coats with stunning fur collars were paired with fashionable footwear and stylish handbags. More info:

Rudsak Fall/Winter 2011; Photo by George Pimentel

Designer Evik Asatoorian (Rudsak) – backstage; Photo by George Pimentel


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