There is no shortage of crafty love here at WORN, hence our current crush on Montreal’s Smart Design Mart team. Made up of a bunch of close friends all running their own creative businesses making diverse items like moustache clocks, fringe necklaces, UFO snakes and ladders, leather books that look like wood, and dead rabbit rings, they come together a few times a year to present their very own curated independent art and design show: Smart Design Mart. Vastly different from other Montreal shows, Smart Design Mart allows contributors enough space to build their own tightly curated mini boutiques that focus on high quality, original work. The show will also include a live art instillation, a full bar, and great music for those not in the shopping mood. In the holiday spirit, the five have been gracious enough to each design a fantastical Christmas sweater reflecting their style, from gothic and minimal to lovably tacky.
There’s a certain glamorous aspect to being at a fashion show –- any sort of fashion show. As long as there’s pulsating music and the flash of the photographer’s cameras, I’m sure you could parade a line of models down the runway wearing nothing but cardboard boxes and it’ll still have the feel and excitement of Parisian haute couture. So I was excited when I found out I was going to the Ryerson School of Fashion show at Toronto’s LG Fashion Week (and no, I am pleased to report that none of the designers used cardboard). I attended the show with Worn Crush, Norwegian Wood’s Angie Johnson (who was recently recognized for her fringe necklaces in this weekend’s National Post), and my old friend, Erica, who, in her own words, “likes fashion, but doesn’t really follow it.” It was interesting to attend an event with two women of very different fashion industry perspectives (although I can safely say we were all equally fawning over the Barbie exhibit taking place just outside the show – Holly Golightly Barbie, anyone?)
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