If You Thought Toronto Fashion Week Was Over, You’re Wrong

By Janelle Tyme

We can all relate to the shock and outrage that was felt at the cancellation of Toronto Fashion Week (TFW) when IMG, the former premier sponsor of TFW, announced that they would be pulling funding from the largest fashion event in the country.

Sponsored by Yorkdale, CAFA and Sephora, FashionCan is Yorkdale Shopping Centre’s latest response to the cancellation of TFW and it may just be what we need to re-animate TFW and bring it back from the grave — or at least something like it.

The two-day event, running from Oct. 16th to 17th, is being touted on the Yorkdale website as “an exclusive runway showing off the latest collections from leading and emerging Canadian designers.” Showcasing Spring/Summer 2017 ready-to-wear, the impressive event will be taking place in the much-anticipated-yet-never-seen expanded wing of Yorkdale, with shows starting at 11:30am and ending at 7:30pm on both days.

Those set to be featured on the runway on Oct. 16th are Mackage, NARCES, Stephan Caras, The Feral (formerely Sons of Odin), Bustle, Paul Hardy, Daniel Christian Tang, Lucian Matis and Mikhael Kale.

Oct. 17th brings Maison Marie Saint Pierre, Jennifer Torosian, UNTTLD, SØSKEN Studios, Christopher Paunil, Pink Tartan and Greta Constantine.

The featured designers are already giving vibes reminiscent of the typical TFW designers.

A pop-up shop will also be one of the highlights of the event, where attendees can purchase ready-to-wear pieces from each designer label.

If you weren’t able to get tickets, don’t miss the livestream! Tune in on the Yorkdale FashionCan website on Oct. 16th and 17th from 11:30am to 7:30pm

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Costumes in Your Closet: Simple Halloween Costumes with Clothes from Your Closet

By Janelle Tyme

I must admit, I’m a sucker for an elaborately planned and well thought-out Halloween costume, but even I know from firsthand experience that there are sometimes when those just don’t work out, leaving you a frustrated mess on Halloween Eve. Or, on the other hand, you may just be strapped for time. The solution might be closer than you think — in fact, it might be in your very own closet! We’ve provided a range of costumes below with a mix of both high-end and affordable items that you might just be able to find in your closet (or items just like it) for twists on our fave TV show characters and celebrities.

Cher Horowitz from Clueless

Ugh, as if! Who wouldn’t want to be Cher? Dressing up as this 90s teen icon is a must (at least once).

Above: Pink Queen Yellow Charming Women’s Long Sleeve Turndown Collar Blazer ($25); Pink Queen Yellow Vintage Ladies Plaid Fashion Pleated Skirt ($14); Pink Queen Women’s Thick Warm Cable Knit Medium-long Floor Stockings Beige White ($7); Boohoo Violet Peeptoe Block Heel ($70).


Karl Lagerfeld

Despite some of his controversial statements, the head designer and creative director of fashion houses Chanel, Fendi and his self-titled label, Karl Lagerfeld, is a design genius. Take on his trademark look for a night.

Above: Derek Lam 10 Crosby Notch Peplum Hem Blazer ($495); Wear All Mariah Straight Leg Trousers ($17); Karl Lagerfeld Embellished Fingerless Leather Gloves ($149); 3.1 Phillip Lim Acetate Cat Eye Sunglasses ($390).


Wednesday Addams from the Addams Family

The Addams family is a definite must on Halloween and we all know that this outfit will be a breeze for you with your one hundred and one million black clothing items (don’t deny it).

Above: Wear All Lina Collar Swing Dress ($31); MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Stallion ($25); Dr. Martens Women’s Drench Waterproof Combat Boot ($100).


Kim Possible

A fairly simple costume that’s easy to pull together the night before. The real concern is — can we call you, beep you if we wanna reach you?

Above: Valentino Cropped Virgin Wool and Cashmere Pullover with Turtleneck ($1,419); Current/Elliot Cargo Relaxed-Fit Trousers ($142).


Sandy from Grease

I’ve got chills, they’re multiplying! Halloween night is bound to be a chilly one; we live in Canada, it’s inevitable. This costume is not only stylish, but it’ll keep you fairly warm as well.

Above: Saint Laurent Lambskin Biker Jacket ($4,990); Alice & Olivia Ashlena Off the Shoulder Bodysuit ($275); Miss Selfridge Black Shiny High Waisted Leggings (21); Jimmy Choo Katrin Suede Platform Sandals ($983).



Baby girl — better known as Aaliyah (RIP). Her style was always effortless, casual and comfy yet always on trend — so ’90s.

Above: Tommy Jeans for UO ‘90s Tee ($50); GAP Original 1969 Vintage Straight Jeans ($63); Tommy Hilfiger Hilfiger Bold Boxer Brief ($17); Tommy Hilfiger Lassie 2 ($56).



The character who taught us the importance of reading and friends, simultaneously. Bonus points for getting your friends to dress up as the whole gang.

Above: ACNE Studios Saara High-Neck Wool Sweater ($380); Chuck Taylor All Star Hi Top ($84); H&M Boyfriend Low Ripped Jeans ($40).


Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl

Dressing up as the Queen B of NYC should give you a get-out-of-jail-free card to be as mean as you like for the night…right? This is another costume that could spawn off into your friends dressing up as the whole Gossip Girl clique as well.

Above: PINKO White Bow-Embellished Cotton Shirt ($263); BOOHOO Aya Basic Scuba Box Pleat Skater Skirt ($16); Aeropostale Ribbed 2Fer Over-the-Knee Socks ($6); Jennifer Behr Simple Pearl And Lace Headband ($138).


Boo from Monster’s Inc.

Boo is a simple and colourful costume to pull off. Just grab a pink sweater and purple leggings and remember — don’t look under the bed!

Above: Agnona Cashmere Pullover ($531); Fendi Tech-jersey Ski Leggings ($800).

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Vic Brocca of Vic Brocca Beauty, Toronto ON — StyleCircle Interview Series


By Janelle Tyme

At only 21, Vic Brocca is doing it all — between running a successful professional makeup artistry business; being a beauty vlogger on Youtube; being featured on the Kylie Cosmetics instagram page; and splitting her time between King City, Vaughan and Toronto, she’s an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with. ( Psst! She’s also a Ryerson alumna with a B.A. in Fashion Communications!)

After watching just one of her videos, it’s easy to see why her subscribers love her and why clients want to work with her – her down-to-earth infectious personality shines bright.

She sat down with us to answer some questions we’ve been dying to get her take on.

StyleCircle: YouTube and blogging are all about creating engaging content to keep people interested. So, how do you manage finding inspiration to keep your audience engaged?

Vic Brocca: The great thing about being a makeup artist is that I get to create and develop new ideas on my own, with no guidelines or rules and restrictions. Being a naturally self-taught artist, a lot of my inspiration comes from a compilation of looks that I taught myself growing up, and adding new colors and techniques to make it more modern. For example, a smoky eye doesn’t have to be black all the time. I tend to stray away from the expected colors that we tend to gravitate toward when we hear a certain style of makeup. I love to create colorful smoky eyes, using warm browns, nudes, and sometimes even pops of color like blue and green. It adds a very edgy, editorial vibe to the makeup and I think my audience loves that about my work. They don’t get “the norm” with me and that inspires them to try new things too!

SC: How does it feel to know that you reach so many young women who can relate to you?

VB: It feels amazing! I used to be the girl on the other side of the screen who would look up to these bigger Youtubers and bloggers and their advice meant so much to me and helped me a lot when I was growing up. To know that I’m doing that exact same thing for thousands of women (and men) makes me feel very blessed. If I can help just one person, I feel like I’m doing my job correctly.

SC: What is the hardest thing about working in the fashion industry?

VB: The hardest thing in my opinion would be the negativity and the competition. If everyone would be respectful of each other and supportive, I think the fashion industry would be much easier industry to work in!

 SC: What lessons have you learned since starting the Vic Brocca brand?

VB: I’ve learned to always stay true to myself no matter what opportunity is given to me. I was raised in a very humble environment and I would never change that! I also learned that patience is everything. I let my brand grow organically and there were times I tried to force it to expand and it’s just not beneficial.

SC: What are some beauty products you cannot live without?

VB: Ahhhh — this is a hard one. I’ll give you top 3 beauty products I can’t live without. Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil, concealer and mascara. Those are the basic products to a gorgeous face.

SC: What is your number one beauty tip?

VB: My number one beauty tip would be to take care of your skin! I always exfoliate my skin at least twice a week, sometimes more if I feel that I need it. You have one skin for your whole life, it’s so important to take care of it. You’ll thank me in 30 years from now, haha!


You can find her on Instagram @vicbroccabeauty and on Youtube @VicBrocca.


All photos courtesy of Vic Brocca’s Instagram.

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Neha Lobana of Vana, Toronto ON – StyleCircle Interview Series




With a successful blog, an internship at ET Canada, a freelance position at the Huffington Post, and over 30,000 Instagram followers, Neha Lobana is doing pretty well for herself; especially considering she is still in school, being only 21 years old.

As the founder of the blog Vana, Lobana is recording her journey into the media industry while also exploring her interests in beauty and fashion. She sat down with us to discuss the future of Vana, her thoughts on the Canadian fashion industry, and the secrets to her success.


StyleCircle: Why did you decided to start a blog and what inspired the name?

Neha Lobana: I’ve actually been blogging for six years now. I started my first blog way back in 2010 when I was in grade ten – those were the days when I was really into nail art. I even got one of my designs featured in Harpers Bazaar and I think from there I got really intrigued by what the possibilities could be if I actually blogged about something I was passionate about. From there, I created two other websites. One was mine, and the other was shared with my sister. They were both misses as they were just all over the place and I was never consistent.

Through trial and error, I finally decided that I needed to take a break and figure out what I was really going to do with my life. I knew I wanted to blog, but about what? Well that took about a year to figure out. Fast forward to 2015: Vana was created with a vision in mind. I’m lucky enough to be entering a unique field that not many are able to explore – journalism – so I wanted to tie together my personal journey with my interests in beauty and fashion.

Regarding the name, which I get asked about a lot, I learned that Vana meant vein in Italian and I became obsessed with the idea of naming my new website that. For those who don’t know, I’m currently enrolled in my last year of j-school (journalism school) to become, well, a journalist. So for me to hear that it meant vein instantly resonated with me solely because writing and storytelling are in my blood. However, here’s the catch: When I looked it up on Google Translate, it turned out that Vena is the correct word for vein and Vana actually means vain. I wanted the symbolism and connection behind Vena but I absolutely hated the way it sounded. It just wasn’t appealing to me and that was a problem, because if I didn’t like it, I was 100% sure my readers wouldn’t either. So, I went with Vana instead. I’ve received so many funny reactions from people when I tell them this story because I know what’s going on in their heads. They must be thinking, “Wow, this girl must be vain herself,” but that’s not the case at all. It all came down to what name would attract people’s attention the most.


SC: What is the purpose of your blog? What is your mission and future vision for growth?

NL: I began Vana with the goal of having a platform to show readers, one: the life of a young adult entering the vigorous media industry and all the adventures that come along with that journey, and two: my passion for all things beauty and fashion. I really wanted to tie in the two and just have a space where I could write whatever I felt. I have to say though that this past year and a bit has really made me realize how far I can go with my platform, and I’m extremely grateful for that. I’ve thought a lot about the future vision and growth of Vana and if you read my blog, you’ll see that I’ve even discussed quite openly with my readers that I’m in the stages of rebranding the website and am working on a few projects to bring forward.  I can’t really say much about what my plans are for the future, but I will say that the wait will be worth it. There are a couple of things going on – from a partnership opportunity with a Canadian brand, to a project that’s been coming together for about a year now which involves two people I’m close to. Things are finally being put into gear so within due time I’ll be able to introduce them to you guys. Until then, all I can say is that it’s definitely going to play a huge factor in Vana’s growth. Whatever you’ve seen on the blog up till now is honestly only just the beginning.


SC: How long have you had the blog and how has it aided you in your career/personal development?

NL: So I have had Vana for about a year and seven months now and it’s very surprising to see how much growth and support the website has received. I never imagined doing the things I have been able to do through Vana and I’m beyond grateful for that. Career-wise, this has allowed me to network with a lot of individuals such as designers, educators, editors, reporters and even celebrities. Also, it helps that people are aware of my background and how journalism is what I’m pursuing so through that, I’ve been able to interview well-known personalities and go to prestigious events that I never thought I could ever get into. Personal development-wise, it’s changed my mindset a lot. I always used to think, “This is just a blog, this isn’t really going to take me anywhere,” but within the first year, I realized that wasn’t the case at all because this time around, I actually cared and have been putting in the hard work and effort and the results have been shown.  I’ve collaborated with over 40 cosmetic brands my first year with Vana so I think that speaks for itself. What people fail to realize is that all these “glamorous” opportunities that bloggers and YouTubers receive, don’t appear out of thin air. I have had too many people say to me, “You’re so lucky,” and I can’t stress how much that irritates me because no, it’s not luck. It’s hard work and perseverance. If only you guys knew how much time and effort that goes into creating even one post. It’s all up to you and whether or not you have the drive to go after it. For instance, I juggle being a full-time student, a freelancer for the Huffington Post, starting a new opportunity interning for ET Canada, and being the founder of Vana and putting out posts at least three times a week (and that’s not including whatever projects I’m working on or my social life). If you want to see results, you need to learn how to balance out your schedule and put your priorities first.


SC: You have a huge following on social media, how do you continue to create content to ensure your followers get an authentic and unique glimpse of your brand?

NL: Well, in terms of my Instagram account, which is home to close to 30 thousand followers – I absolutely refuse to stick to a theme. While that may work for some, that totally clashes with my personality. Like I’ve mentioned previously, I like to mix it up by showing my life and my interests so you’ll see everything from event coverage, beauty product pictures, make-up of the day posts, personal adventures, and occasionally, even a picture of my dog. The one rule I have when it comes to social media however is that you will never find me uploading a picture of me with my friends or family. I’ve written about this on my blog, but seeing how 80% of my life is public (due to the career I’ve chosen and the fact that I’m a blogger and influencer), I feel like I’m already sharing enough. I draw the line at showing images of me with the people in my personal life. In reality, I’m a very private and low-key person and those who are in my life are extremely special to me. I just don’t think it’s necessary to share who they are because I feel that it’s an invasion of their privacy. It’s just a personal preference at the end of the day and I value whatever privacy I can have.

Now Vana, I can say is an accurate representation of my personality and me. My family and friends know that I’m a genuine person who is very blunt and honest. I’ve never held back my opinion and absolutely hate beating around the bush or sugarcoating things. This is why if you take a look at my website and read any post, you’ll see my personality reflected through it. I think that’s what makes my brand and me authentic. You don’t really see that too often because people are afraid to voice their opinions. For instance, when’s the last time you read a blog talking about a beauty product or anything for that matter that they didn’t like? It’s rare, I’ll tell you that much. People want the truth, they don’t want to read the work of someone who says everything they’ve been sent is good. Furthermore, if there’s no personal connection, the reader never gets to know the individual who is creating the content. I’ve created that connection with my readers by merely talking about my life with them – from the struggles I may be facing or how I’m wanting to change my lifestyle – I try to keep them updated on my journey. That connection is everything and I truly believe that it’s played a huge role in the growth of Vana.


SC: What are your thoughts on the current Canadian fashion and lifestyle sphere? How do you think our industry can further advance and what part do bloggers such as yourself play?

NL: Personally, I think that we still have quite a long way to go with the Canadian fashion industry. Compared to a few years ago, we’ve definitely climbed up the scale, but not by much. There is still a lot of work to be done and a lot more recognition to be received. I have come across so many talented Canadian designers and have even sat down and spoken to a few but the thing is, their work has yet to be recognized in Canada and it doesn’t help that the only huge fashion event that we had, Toronto Fashion Week, is no longer with us. The industry needs to start looking at different methods of promoting their lines, it’s not enough to merely showcase their collections to editors here. Collaborating with social media influencers – whether that be a blogger, YouTuber, or someone with a significant but message-worthy following on Instagram – is the best way to get their name out. They can attract an international audience and the thing is, you never know who may come across your work on social media. A celebrity stylist may fall in love with one of their pieces and the next thing you know, Beyonce or Kim Kardashian can be rocking their look.


SC: How do you continue to grow your blog in a time-poor society where readers react more to striking images than to wording?


NL: You see, I’m not sure if I agree that readers react more to striking images as opposed to wording. Yes, an image definitely catches more attention nowadays (depending on what the image is exactly, and honestly, I feel like that’s only on Instagram) but words have and will always be more dominant. It’s unexplainable, but there’s a certain connection you get when you read something that really resonates with you. As I mentioned earlier, I don’t strictly blog about fashion and beauty, I’ve allowed myself to make a personal connection with my readers by sharing snippets of my life. You’ll find posts where I discuss the struggles of balancing all the chaotic things that occur in my life or even explain how I started my self-care and self-love journey in the New Year. These are things that everyone goes through in life and sometimes, we all just need the reassurance that it’s okay to go through certain situations and we’re not alone. That personal touch has spoken to a lot of individuals and I only say that because I’ve received emails and met people who read my blog who have said that they’ve really connected with me through my personal posts.


SC: What is your response to those who perceive blogging/fashion commentary as a tapped market? And your response to the beliefs that the market has little growth?

NL: Personally, to be completely honest here I’ve never been one to believe what people have to say about any industry. The reality is, at the end of the day you’re going to hear that the fashion industry is a hit or a miss, and that journalism is extremely cutthroat and very difficult to get into (If I had a dollar for every time I heard this, I’d literally be rich) but I just take that in one ear and let it to go out the other. The reality is that yes, I’m aware that both fashion and journalism are extremely cutthroat, but you know what? So are the medical and business fields. No field is easy and in order to become the best, you need to start from the bottom and work your way up. Yes, you’re definitely going to come across people who say it’s extremely difficult to get to the top, and some will even say you’re not cutout for the industry. I’ve always believed that it’s up to you to determine that. If you’re really passionate about something then you need to accept the fact that you’re going to start from the bottom and work your way up. You’re going to stress out and you’re going to have sleepless nights, but if you put in that time and effort, you will see results. It’s so easy to give up and listen to negativity and think that you’re not going to go far but once you have that work ethic and motivation set up, you’ll see how rewarding it is. At the end of the day, the way I see it, you can either trust yourself and determine your own outcome, or allow others and their opinions to influence you and your life.


SC: Tell us something unique about Vana; what makes you different and how do you continue to stay that way?


NL: Vana….Vana is me but on a platform and I think that’s what makes it different. I’m the type of person who refuses to follow trends. I’m not going to do something or write about something just because it’s a trending topic. I don’t believe in that and I’d much rather do my own thing. It’s all authenticity and staying true to who I am and you can see that in my posts.  Like I’ve previously said, my posts are written exactly the way I talk if you were to meet me in real life. I don’t add unnecessary details; I get straight to the point and tell you what I think and why. Besides the beauty and fashion content, there’s a personal connection on there that you won’t find on other blogs. I’m a very strong-minded individual who found her niche all by herself. I’ve never been the type to examine someone else’s work-ethic and say, “Hm, maybe I should do that on my blog.” That just isn’t me. So me letting my readers in on my personal life and my journey into the media industry while posting content about interests in beauty and fashion was my decision and is what sets me apart from others. I want that connection with my readers. I want them to come along on my journey with me and see where I end up five years from now in both my career in journalism and my blog. And I’ll continue to do this because well, being me and showing my personality is the only thing I know how to do, as I’ve never done anything but that.



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Loriana Savo of The Blissful Brunette, Toronto ON – StyleCircle Interview Series

Interviewed, written & creative direction by Naomi Brearley


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There is something to be said for the effective multi-taskers in the world. They juggle, they balance, they sacrifice. They often take on more than they can handle because for them living life to the fullest is about trying everything possible (at least once).

Admirable isn’t it? I would tend to think so, because I am one of these people. All of us here at StyleCircle are these people to varying degrees. Come to think of it, these days it seems more and more of us are labeling themselves with the term multitasker. In fact, I think there’s more to be said about those who aren’t multi-taskers. Wouldn’t we all love to be able to do one thing at a time, really really well, and feel complete peace before moving on to the next thing? I know I do. And so does Loriana Savo of The Blissful Brunette.

Like the rest of us here at StyleCircle, Loriana is a Ryerson student. This means, the girl is hella busy! As Loriana knows from being a Business / Human Resources student (and previously a psychology major), this glamorous Ryerson student life comes with a lot of work; copious amounts of assignments, readings, more assignments, and exams. There is also work work – as in girl’s got to pay her bills. There’s the social scene – Loriana is young, she’s trendy, she lives in downtown Toronto – hello she’s cool! And being cool means being busy – going places, meeting people, catching up and most definitely, being seen.


So take all of this and then throw a growing, dynamic, content-intensive fashion and lifestyle/wellness blog into the mix and you start to wonder, when does this chick have time to sleep!? According to her, it’s not much and it’s not often. But that’s what life is like up here in the Six; and we love it. And we most definitely wanted to know more.

Check below and find out what else made Loriana Savo, and her passion project The Blissful Brunette, show up on the StyleCircle’s radar.

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Favourite Finds: Back to School Bags

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When September is near, the familiar questions of school-bound students are never far behind. The chorus of questions ring around campus; will I like my classes? How much will textbooks cost? And most importantly, what bag will I use? Okay, so maybe the vessel you tote your books in isn’t the biggest worry to focus on, but it can be tricky to find just the right one. We’ve found some bags perfect for the upcoming semester so you can cross this off your list of back-to-school concerns. Click the photos to shop and let us know what finds are your favourite.







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Favourite Finds: Sunglasses

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Summer may feel like it is drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean we can’t revel in the sunlight – with well protected eyes, of course! Sunglasses are a warm weather essential, but they are an every-other-season essential too. Listed below are some shades to keep you covered, no matter the weather. Click the photos to shop and let us know what finds are your favourites.



































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First Year in Fashion: Course by Course Tips!

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So courses have hit you like a heard of flying bricks, but don’t be worried my fellow fashion friends! Our fabulous writers Joanna Lupker and Hannah Dobbie put together their first year wisdoms and provide class by class insights on some in-class must dos.

FSN 101 Textiles (Semester 1)
Make a friend in this class. This is a good idea in general, but in the lab portion of this class many of your quizzes you can do with a buddy. Keeping your lab notes nice and neat is also key when it becomes time to study for the exams! This class is a lot of work as it has both a lecture with a textbook, a hands on laboratory component, a midterm and a final exam, but the amount of information you learn…and actually remember is so helpful, especially for design students.

FSN 120 Fashion Design (Semester 1 & continued in 2nd Semester)
If you’re an optimist like myself, then you would’ve thought that the school provided lots of supplies for students to use and share. However, I was disappointed that this was not the case. Come to class with all your sewing supplies! Only thread and machine accessories come in the sewing kit that you are highly recommended to purchase from the school. Be prepared to jump right in; you will start drafting patterns and working with the sewing machines right away (with little introduction or time to mentally prepare yourself). Stay on top of your projects! If you miss a class or don’t come in on your own time, you will fall behind and it can be very difficult to get caught up. Also, try to dress in lighter layers. The labs can get very hot especially in the winter. Be prepared to spend money on materials for projects in this course. Having good quality materials will save your sanity and reward you in the long run.

FSN 121 Fundamentals of Design & Colour (Semester 1 & continued in 2nd Semester)
Do not procrastinate! Projects for this course can take much more time than anticipated so stay on top of the course schedule. Don’t leave things until the last minute, especially printing. It’s the 21st century, yet there are always printing problems. If you can, print your projects the day before it’s due so you have time to fix any mistakes. Get ready to become a perfectionist (if you aren’t one already). Craftsmanship takes time and presentation is key, it is a huge aspect of how professors evaluate you in this class.

FSN 122 Illustration (Semester 1 & continued in 2nd Semester)
Don’t be intimidated by your neighbour’s work. If you’re like me and don’t have a background in fine art, then three hours of drawing a week can be a bit daunting. But don’t let this scare you! In fact, compliment your classmates if you like their work and ask them for tips and techniques. Explore your creativity and don’t get caught up in technique. Just try things; you might be surprised to see how well they turn out! Illustration quickly became a class I loved because I could really see the progress I had made as artist at the end of the school year. Scan or photograph all of your projects (from all classes). Not only will this help you to keep track of what you’ve done, but it will be a major time saver when your end of the year portfolio is due.

FSN 123 Introduction to Fashion (Semester 1)
In this lecture class it is extremely important to keep up with your textbook readings as exam questions are very specific! You should always pay attention during lectures, but listen up carefully in this class because sometimes instructions for projects in other courses will be reviewed which also makes it a great time to ask any questions you may have. Also many cool guests will give talks in this course. Research them ahead of time as they may work in an area of fashion you’re really interested in. You’ll even have time to go up to them personally and get the opportunity to network with them. And don’t think that having guests means less work, you’ll have to take notes on them for the exam as well. That being said this is a fun class with a great professor–Dr. Lu Ann Lafrenz. She makes an effort to get to know all the first year students so don’t be shy to visit her during office hours just to say hello.

FSN 132 History of Art (Continued in 2nd Semester)
Do not fall asleep in this class…seriously. There is a ton of material to cover and not much time to cover it. Be diligent about taking notes and make sure you can actually recognize different works and know where, when, and by whom they were made. This course sounds like tough work, but it is truly fascinating learning about art and architecture from all over the world throughout history. Knowing this information will make you a better designer and help you see how others before you have used the design skills you are fostering. Plus, you can impress your friends if you are one day lucky enough to see some of these famous pieces.

FSN 223 Fashion Concepts & Theory (Semester 2)
This course is similar to FSN 123 in 1st semester with weekly readings, guest lecturers, and an enthusiastic prof. That being said there is also a weekly participation component via Twitter! If you don’t have a Twitter account already, my advice is to get one now. You may be thinking you don’t want tweets for school on your personal account, but this will show people how truly invested and thoughtful you are about the fashion industry and it is also a great way to network, perhaps even with the guest lecturers that you’ll meet.

Lower Liberal Elective (Semester 2)
This is your chance to break out of the tight-knit School of Fashion to make friends from all sorts of different programs. It’s also an opportunity to learn material completely opposite of anything in the fashion industry. Don’t be afraid to branch out and try something new. (Editor’s note: you’ll be much happier learning about something of interest to you rather than cramming for a final in a “bird course” you care nothing about.) Don’t get me wrong the fashion students are great, but there is a whole university to discover outside of the communication and design faculty, so be sure to familiarize yourself with it!

Still have questions? Join the Facebook Group: Ryerson Fashion Class of 2020! Or send us an e-mail at stylecircle.org@gmail.com.

Good luck! Xo

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Favourite Finds: Travel Essentials

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Is there any better way to spend summer days than travelling to exciting places? We don’t think so. Whether it be a day trip to the beach or a a month long journey through Europe, your excursion deserves to be excellent. Listed below are a handful of the basics that you need to make your adventure the best it can be. Click the photos to shop and let us know what finds are your favourites.








































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Welcome to the School of Fashion: Part 1

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Joanna and Hannah’s Fashion School 101: Must Knows for the School of Fashion!

Looking back on my first year in the Ryerson Fashion program, I couldn’t be prouder; a feeling I’m sure you will all experience after your first year too. Although I came into this program pretty naive, I still managed to make it out unscathed, there are definitely some things I wish I had known beforehand which is what I’ll gladly share with you.

Be Prepared For Anything
As many fashionistas already know, studying fashion isn’t just about sewing. If you haven’t already experienced the world’s lack of understanding about this, you undoubtedly will after going through the first year of the Ryerson Fashion program. Be prepared to try lots of new things in first year…and have your professors expect you to be good at them! If you’ve never tried your hand at life drawing, threading a sewing machine, using Photoshop or drafting a pattern, my advice is to spend some quality time with Youtube tutorials and learn as much as you can. In this program you’re expected to do it all!

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It’s a Digital World

The term “digital world” is cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less true. As young creatives it is so important to establish yourself right from the beginning and be well versed in fashion innovations around the globe. In fact, one course in first year requires you to use Twitter to stay knowledgeable about fashion news. Get a head start by reading about as much fashion news as you can and commenting on them through social media. Consider starting your very own fashion blog. Blogs and social media are also fantastic ways to showcase your work and keep a record of the many projects you’ll complete in first year. Vogue, Business of Fashion and Law of Fashion are great places to start your research.

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You Get What You Give
You absolutely benefit more from this program with the more effort you put into it. This may not seem true when you’re pouring over lecture readings while your friends are having a ball watching Netflix…but trust me, it is. This saying doesn’t just go for studying or adding the final touches on a project, it also goes for getting involved. Ryerson’s Fashion program requires each student to fulfill 400 internship hours, but don’t be shy to go above and beyond! Attend events like TOM* Fashion Week, Fashion Art Toronto, join the Fashion Union, go to tours of the Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation and attend any other fashion events you hear about. This will put what you learn in class into context and it will enhance your first year experience tenfold.

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Get Inspired
This post may have frightened you just a little bit, but don’t forget why you applied to study fashion at Ryerson in the first place or the feeling you got when you were accepted. Don’t forget your love of fashion and the great things you are setting out to do this fall. Get excited about the four amazing years to come and what you can do with them. A great way to find inspiration is flipping through the pages of The Book. The Book is a fashion magazine run by StyleCircle which features examples of the extraordinary things students of the School of Fashion can achieve in their time Ryerson. Pick up your copy of The Book at the Ryerson Campus store and eagerly await for first year to begin.

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