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The new midlife crisis
Is the Numero Magazine shoot too controversial?

Source: Numero Magazine is known for having controversial photo shoots, and their new shoot for the October issue is no exception. Shot by Greg Kadel and styled by Patti Wilson, it is set in the wilderness and features French model Constance Jablonski wearing blond and brunette afro wigs, and takes on the motherly role to a black child. Wearing glittery sequined dresses, big furs, and floral dresses, the model looks great, but has the magazine gone too far? Or should magazines work harder to create more of these statement making shoots?*sorry for some of the big gaps between the photos*
The new midlife crisis
Art of Fashion: La Belle Epoque Design Competition

Source: On Saturday, the Art of Fashion Foundation hosted its 12th annual design competition during Nuit Blanche. The design competition brought 10 emerging fashion designers together to showcase their designs. The designers were to create a collection of garments based on their interpretation of this year’s theme, La Belle Epoque, and were judged by seven judges, to compete for the title of Most Promising Designer and Best Exhibit. I can't wait to find out who won as there were some great designs, but until then check out pictures of the event below.
Judge Melissa Austria, founder of Gotstyle Menswear
Stephanie Mahserejian
Amber Watkins
Stefanie Ayoub
Georgia Varelas
Corinne Monique
Fuy-Na Tse
Natalia Cuervo
Juliana Carlucci
Mark Aguilar
The new midlife crisis
Designed To Give Charity Fashion Show

Source: Designed To Give is our charity fashion show that will be held on October 12 at the Bata Shoe Museum with proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society!The event will feature designs from local young designers, and will give guests a chance to see the Museum, all five floors of the museum will be open exclusively for the guests of the Designed To Give Show. The best part, The Bata Shoe Museum will be gaining a new exhibit just days before the event, giving you a chance to be one of the first people in the city to check it out!Come out see a fashion show and have fun while supporting a good cause.*UPDATE: This event is now SOLD OUT! Thank you all for your support!*
The new midlife crisis
Launch Party for The Bay's The White Space

Yesterday, The Bay and Fashion Magazine celebrated the launch of the The White Space, a new women's contemporary department at the Bay's Yorkdale Mall location. The celebration had raffles, Dior makeup makeovers, a candy bar, and a fall trend presentation by Fashion Magazine editor Sarah Casselman.The designer of ADAM, Adam Lippes, was supposed to be at the launch. Unfortunately the designer hurt his foot and was unable to attend, but there was a presentation of looks from the ADAM collection. The White Spaces department features lines from ADAM, Free People, See by Chloe, Halston, BCBG MAXAZRIA, and Sandro. The White Space is now open, so come over to Yorkdale Mall to see it in person, and check out the pictures from the party below.
The Bay's Natalie Williams
The F-List's Leesa Butler

As Spotify declare that 42 is the age people start listening to chart music again, we examine the new rules of having a midlife crisis. How did we swap the Ferrari for Taylor Swift?

Wear it dry, and you’ve got your standard dusting of color—classic and predictable (in a good way). But wet! Wearing it wet opens a whole new world of opportunity. “What you’re doing is bringing out the pigmented nature of the shadow,” makeup artist Vincent Oquendo says. “Whenever I wet an eye shadow, it’s when I really want it to pop—but it really has to be a special kind of product to be able to blend after it sets. Because a lot of the times when it sets, you get streaking.” Nobody wants that. In order to avoid any wet shadow mishaps, follow these guidelines:


Midlife crises are still alive and well.
Midlife crises are still alive and well.

First, go with the obvious: any eye shadow labeled wet-to-dry. The Nars Dual-Intensity line is the standout—the singles come in 12 different shimmery shades, and there’s a corresponding brush (then there’s the newly released Dual Intensity Blush line, which was all over Fashion Week—but that’s a product for another post). Burberry also makes a few very versatile shades specifically for this in their Wet & Dry Silk Shadows. And the technique-specific eye shadow category isn’t just a ploy to get you to buy more product. “You can’t just use any eye shadow for this,” Vincent says. “Certain ones will harden up on top and become unusable because they’re not made for this.”

Baked shadows are also fair game—we’re fans of Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Colour Wet/Dry and Lorac’s Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in particular.

For more advanced players, Vincent suggests moving on to straight pigment (MAC or even OCC’s Pure Cosmetic Pigments). With the added moisture, they’ll become easier to layer with other products. For a look with more depth, try using a cream shadow as a based before swiping with a wet powder shadow. “It’s like insurance,” Vincent says. “You’re doubling your wearability.

This all depends on exactly what you want to do. “Mind the resistance,” Vincent says, particularly if you’re looking for uniform color across the lid. “I tend to recommend a blender brush, which is the brush that looks like a feather duster. If you do it with a stiff brush, you’re defeating yourself before you even start. The joy of a wet-to-dry is you have to get it right amount of product loaded up, and then it blends itself. If the brush is too stiff, it will leave the shadow streaky and then much harder to control.”

However, if tightlining or waterlining is in the cards, a much thinner brush is required accordingly.

Do not, repeat, do not put eye drops, water, or any other sort of liquid directly on your eye shadow. This’ll screw up your product for later use. “Lately, I’ve been wetting the brush with the Glossier Soothing Face Mist, but Evian Mineral Water Spray is good for sensitive eyes,” Vincent says. If the top of your powder does get a little hardened by wet application, there’s a trick to remove it: Get a clean mascara spoolie and “exfoliate” your compact, Vincent recommends. This won’t crack the compact and will make it ready to go once more.

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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