Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Intercontinental Hotel
Foreign Press Welcome

L'Oréal & Karmen Cheng
[L to R: Isabelle Randez (L'Oréal Canada); Celine Lis (Marie Claire France);
Claudine Hesse (Madame Figaro); Karmen Cheng (Faze Media)

L'Oréal Fashion Week 2008 welcomed the foreign media on Sunday, March 16th 2008 at the downtown Intercontinental Hotel. In attendance were media and industry icons all the way from the United Kingdom to France, Italy to Japan. The evening was filled with tons of yummy hors d'oeuvres, beverages, desserts, sushi (see below), and speakers from Toronto Tourism, the Italian Chamber of Commerce as well as the FDCC.

Karmen Cheng & Carolee Custus
Karmen & Carolee pigging out at the sushi table and CAUGHT on CITY TV NEWS!

Foreign Media
Toronto Tourism meets the Italian Chamber of Commerce meets the FDCC

Robin Kay
Robin Kay, president of FDCC



DAY 1:
Monday, March 17th, 2008

Media Cocktail

To officially kick off Fall Fashion Week 2008, media, designers, and guests gathered at the flagship Holt Renfrew store on Bloor Street West to mingle, be seen and listen to opening speeches made by Caryn Lerner, Robin Kay, Elio Fiorrucci and a few others. Speeches were short and sweet and overall, welcoming. In attendance were a few members of the cast of Degrassi: The Next Generation, MTV Canada Icons, Nada Shepherd of NADA, and much more...

Robin Kay addressing the media

Caryn Lerner
Caryn Lerner, CEO Holt Renfrew

Elio FiorucciGuest speaker, Founder of Italian Design House Elio Fiorucci

Javier San Juan
Mr. Javier San Juan, President & CEO, L'Oréal Canada

Degrassi Girls
!!!Look what the Faze Team found!!!
The gals from Degrassi: The Next Generation
(L-R): Charlotte Arnold, Paula Brancati, Shenae Grimes

Degrassi - Adama Ruggiero Degrassi - Adamo Ruggiero
And of course, the ladies from Faze Magazine
found Adamo Ruggiero, also from Degrassi =)

Carolee Custus, Karmen Cheng, and Nada Shephard
Carolee Custus, Karmen Cheng, Nada Shepherd (NADA)

Karmen Cheng & Natalie Deane
Karmen Cheng stops for a chat and a pic with
ET Canada producer, Natalie Deane

Toronto Bloggers Sonja Andic, Rachel Schwab with Faze's Carolee Custus
Toronto Fashion Hero Sonja Andic, Toronto Street Fashion Publisher Rachel Schwab, and Faze's Carolee Custus stop for a pose.
Ladies from Travel Alberta
The ladies from Travel Alberta: Taryn and Hilary

Jesse Cruickshank & Karmen

Jesse Cruickshank

Left: Faze's one-time "RANT!" contributer and MTV Canada Girl, Jesse Cruickshank with Faze's Karmen Cheng

Above: Apparently the first pic was too normal and at the advice of Paul, Jesse did some weird funky pose...

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh Style
After the Holt Renfrew media cocktail party, guests moseyed on down to the tents to see the highly anticipated show, Joe Fresh Style. Designed by Joe Mimran, Joe Fresh has a reputation for simple yet fun clothing at affordable prices.


A few Faze Friends that we bumped into at Fashion Week...

Fashion Week Day 1 - Ashley Ebner & Carolee CustusMiss Universe runner-up and former Faze Intern, Ashley Ebner catches up with Carolee Custus

Fashion Week Day 1 - Sacha Columbia & Tiffany Aita
We see these gals at every fashion week: Sacha Columbia & Tiffany Aita, Ryerson Fashion Students. HI GIRLS!!!
Fashion Week Day 1
(L to R) Faze friend, Super Seamstress and Fashion Student Rina, and Super Blogger Anita Clarke
Fashion Week Day 1 - Jian & Karmen
Jian Ghomeshi, Karmen Cheng

Anik Gagnon
L'Oréal's Director of Communications Anik Gagnon
with Carolee and Karmen

C Lounge and Ultra Supper Club

Apparently the shows and media cocktail party were not enough for the Faze Team as they frolicked over to the official after party of Fashion Week at C Lounge featuring the sounds of DJ Samantha Ronson.

Fashion Week Opening Party @ C Lounge Carolee, Karmen, and Selina

After a while, the Faze Crew needed a change of scenery and decided to head over to Ultra Supper Club where they watched the Lacoste Fashion Show and danced the night away...

Ultra - Lacoste Fashion Show Ultra - Lacoste Fashion Show

L'Oréal Fashion Week 2008
This is how much fun we had at Day 1 of
L'Oréal Fashion Week Fall 2008.
Please note how SMALL the picture is. Nobody wants to see
Karmen, Selina, and Carolee posing like clowns!



DAYS 2-4:
March 18th - 20th, 2008

Remember the picture @ Holt Renfrew with Carolee, Karmen and Nada Shepherd? This was NADA's show...such pretty designs :)


The Fab Jewellery Gals:

Above: @ the Melissa Clemente Designs booth with Karmen, Jenny Kim, and Melissa Clemente

Right: @ the Susie Love booth with the lovely Susie Love herself along with Carolee

Carlie Wong & Caitlin Gauthier
Faze's Graphic Design intern, Caitlin Gauthier with one of
Project Runway Canada's finalists, Carlie Wong.
Photograph taken by Corinna Matteliano

:Hibebe by Salem Moussallem Fashion Show offsite @ Cheval::

The designer himself, Salem Moussallam with a few pieces from his Fall 2008 Collection, shown below


Faze's Karmen with Glen Baxter, co-host of Fashion Television trying to pose for a picture before Glen dashed off to conduct a series of what did Karmen end up doing?

Glen Baxter & Karmen ChengCLEARLY we were not ready for this shot...

Glen Baxter & Karmen Cheng
Shot #539781

The only logical thing! She ended up finding a jewellery designer, a stylist and a Toronto Street Fashion blogger to watch the GSUS show:

L'Oréal Fashion Week Fall 2008
(L-R): Susie Love, Karmen Cheng, Carolee Custus, Tiffany Ing

:DUSSAULT MOTEL by Jason Dussault @ Century Room::

Jason Dussault Jason Dussault Jason Dussault
J Diggz

Swollen Members, Cory Lee

In attendance included friends and family of Jason Dussault (top left), hip hop recording artist JDiggz (left), recording artist Cory Lee, Prevail of Swollen Members (above) and many more...

Jason Dussault



The last picture taken on the last day of L'Oréal Fashion Week Fall 2008:

Super stylist Sarah-Jay chowing down on a cheddar baguette. Don't worry, our Carolee got her hands on food as well. Why do you think she's grinning like that? lol

Stylist Sarah-Jay

And so concludes our Fashion Week journey.

Til next season...