“Are you going to fashion week?” is almost always followed with, “What are you wearing?”
My biggest question mark is always about handbags. For me, fashion week is a fabulous frenzy of runway shows, writing, editing, schmoozing and social media and I need a handbag that will take me from a long day at the office to a night out at an after-party and everywhere in between. For the Fall 2013 collections, I test-drove three handbags from Canadian brands:
The Bag: Ela Editor’s Pouch in Rose Gold, $198, at Holt Renfrew stores, elabyela.com
The Event: Holt Renfrew Fashion Week Kick Off Party at Holt Renfrew on Bloor St.
How I wore it: I kept my jewellery to a minimum and let this bag be my main hit of sparkle for the evening. I wore a black jersey Greta Constantine one-shoulder jumpsuit and a pair of oxblood pumps from e-shop Shoe Mint. I was floored when Kirk Pickersgill, one-half of the Greta Constantine design duo, noticed me posing for a picture and complimented my outfit: “Really nice jumper—and great bag!” he winked. I was so flattered I was beside myself. Then, we posed for a picture. #bestdayever
Why It’s Great: Simplicity. Designer Ela Kowalewska really knows how to make great handbags that are functional yet fashionable.
The Bag: Danier Pink Leather Bowler Bag, $129, at Danier stores, danier.com
The Event: Joe Fresh Fall 2013 runway show and after-party at Storys
How I Wore It: While it was the first day of spring, the snow, wet and wind didn’t let up one bit. In rebellious spite of the forecast, I wore my flowery pants from Topshop, a loose silk black top from my friend Jennifer Park’s Toronto store Tabula Rasa and my black Rockport crocodile-printed boots—super comfy and totally runway appropriate. “Ooh! You’re matching!,” said Joe Fresh senior PR manager Alison Lawler-Dean as I waited backstage to interview Joe Fresh creative director, Joe Mimran. The colour of the Danier bag complemented my Topshop pants, perfectly. “Love the pink,” she cooed.
Why It’s Great: This bag held all of my essentials (makeup, phone, keys, gloves et al.) as well press releases and looked great with my outfit. I also had room to stash a complimentary mini bottle of Henckels sparkling wine given out after the Korhani runway show. Thanks Korhani!
The Bag: Sneha Varma leather NYC mini satchel, $228, snehavarma.com
The Event: Toronto Fashion Incubator’s press and buyer’s brunch at David Pecaut Square
How I Wore It: For the brunch, I kept it cool and casual: I wore my Joe Fresh pink silk top with a Zara bib necklace, blazer and multicoloured pants (I’m crazy about Zara right now). I finished off my look with black Nine West shoe booties. They’ve got a comfy thick heel perfect for lots of walking.
Why It’s Great: This bag is a shiny crocodile-printed black so it goes with nearly everything. It’s structured and has lots of functional pockets. I underestimated my hoarding, however. At the brunch, I was introduced to several up-and-coming Canadian designers who all had lovely little pamphlets and lookbooks for me to take back to my desk. By the end, my bag was near-bursting. I’d opt for the larger Sneha Varma tote in black. While I really like the compact size of the mini-satchel and croc finish, Sneha Varma’s larger one would have been the perfect size for this event.