A Look Back at Last Year’s Show

CAISA Fashion Show (CFS) is frequently referred to as “more than a fashion show,” but what does that really mean? The term fashion show elicits an image of a low-energy runway with quiet background music playing as models walk the floor in front of an audience. This couldn’t be further from what CFS puts on every…

Best Ways to Shop on a Budget

  As University students, we don’t have loads of money to spend trying to keep up with fashion trends, or trying to revamp our wardrobes. Sometimes, we can get too carried away with how much we spend, especially on clothes or accessories, and especially when we want to “treat” ourselves. But shopping doesn’t always need…

Thom Browne On Ice

Thom Browne’s newest FW17 showing featured, oddly enough, a lot of shoes that look like ice skates. Continuing the designer’s themes of varsity and prep-inspired looks, this collection based its looks on figure skating, with models dressed in sporty socks, dress-shirt designs converted into skates, and sports coats and blazers designed with interesting plaid designs. The stage for the…

Bernie Sanders Acknowledges Balenciaga

Who would have thought that Bernie would become a fashion icon in 2017? The Vermont Senator’s signature style and presidential campaign symbolism was prominent in Balenciaga’s recent menswear show in Paris (*cough*that we covered *cough*). Some looks even seemed to be riffing off of Sander’s “Kirkland Signature” look, such as this one, which heavily draws from the…

Ultimate Canadian Men’s Shopping Guide

A Reddit user, thefireontop, has produced an excellent and thorough guide to online men’s shopping in Canada. Rewriting a guide last updated in 2015, thefireontop’s guide provides a nearly exhaustive list of where Canadian men can shop. Organized in a list, the guide even provides the price range one can expect from, the brands carried…

Maison Margiela Haute Couture SS17

John Galliano’s Haute Couture collection for Maison Margiela centred around the concepts of filters and deconstruction. Inspired by Snapchat filters, Galliano covered his models’ heads with embroidered faces, hiding their identity. These masks are seem like a perfect expression of the brand’s identity, which emphasizes anonymity both through its design (which feature logos that can be…

Everyday Diversity: Vetements for Haute Couture Paris

Haute Couture. The words themselves illicit an aura of superiority in fashion, price tags that boast more zeroes than one could possibly imagine, and outfits that the average citizen wouldn’t dream of being able to lift off of a rack. However, Demna Gvasalia has always been a rebel in his role as a Vetements head…

Milan Men’s Fashion Week 2017 In a Nutshell

By Veronica Tang Milan’s fashion industry prides itself on designers and brands that successfully balance boldness and practicality. Every year, viewers return from the runway shows full of ideas about trends and pieces that they will be sporting in a few months. Fendi Did someone say fur? This Roman fashion house has redefined mens’ fashion,…

Palm Angels: FW17 Milan Men’s Fashion Week

By Veronica Tang Calling all ‘90s kids! Francesco Ragazzi’s collection embodied the urban style of the decade, but added a modern twist. The collection was a combination of traditional preppy and rebellious streetwear. Staple collegiate pieces including polo shirts and varsity jackets were given a makeover to match the overall style of the collection. Baggy…

Giorgio Armani: FW 2017 Milan Men’s Fashion Week

By Veronica Tang Giorgio Armani is no stranger to the cold winter days of Milan, and tailored his winter menswear collection with the focus of keeping warm. Armani’s infamous signature outerwear included military-style greatcoats, velvet jackets, oversized shearling coats, bombers, and last but certainly not least, gigantic padded jackets. Interestingly, models wore gloves and “sleeve-scarves”…

Louis Vuitton x Supreme Team Up for the Ultimate Menswear Collab

Louis Vuitton, a brand synonymous with luxury, paired up with the popular menswear brand Supreme for their Paris Men’s Fashion Week AW17 Collection. Rather than being a chaotic mess of luxe versus streetwear, the collection combined these two elements beautifully and brought together “New York street style and French savoir-faire” with loose cuts and a sense…

Best Pieces for a Basic Women’s Wardrobe

Have you ever opened your closet and told yourself that you had “nothing to wear,” when in fact you had ample clothes? So have I. In high school, I had this mentality that more is better, and because of that, I never really focused on the quality of the product, but rather if it was…

Maison Margiela Men’s FW2017

Margiela’s show this season drew inspiration from intellectual movements, reimagining the styles associated with the Beat Generation and modernizing them. The collection serves as an interesting break from the brand’s minimalist associations (though Margiela’s association with minimalism has always been slightly off-the-mark). Frayed and unfinished details create a sense that Margiela’s aesthetic is straying away from the…

London Fashion Week Menswear Toughens Up

By Erinna Ma Fashion, at its best, has always been a compelling reflection of and commentary on its environment. Nowhere has this been more true than on London’s runways, which were a vessel for the political unrest and emotions felt after a turbulent year – more than a few designers nodded at Brexit as a…

It’s Fashion Month! Watch Out For These Shows

By Jen Lee Adding to your top list consisting of the always-so-great Gucci, Chanel, and Valentino, here are 5 design houses that you should watch out for this fashion month. Fall / Winter 2017 is on its way! Calvin Klein / Raf Simons (New York) Why Calvin Klein? Beloved fashion creative Raf Simons announced his…

Style Roundup: Pinterest’s 2017 Style Predictions

With a new year ahead of us, Pinterest has recently released their trend predictions for 2017 (can be found here). From fashion trends to places to travel, the compiled board has something for everyone. However, we looked over the list and compiled some of our favourite style trend predictions right here! Denim Embellishments Embellishments on…

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016

Tonight is the airing of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, arguably one of if not the sexiest night in fashion on television. The build up to tonight began over a month ago with the release of the models who will be walking in tonight’s special. The 51 model line-up included familiar faces Gigi Hadid, Kendall…

#CFSStreetStyle & #CFSOOTD Round-up: Week 2

To see how you can be featured on our Blog, Twitter, and/or Instagram check out this article ASAP for all rules & conditions. @helentiffanyc Adidas sponsor me pls 💛 #cfsootd #cfsstreetstyle || PC: @jess278 A post shared by Helen Cai (@helentiffanyc) on Nov 15, 2016 at 12:31pm PST We’re getting major model off-duty vibes with this all-black…

#CFSStreetStyle & #CFSOOTD Round-up: Week 1

It’s been approximately one week since we’ve announced the re-introduction of CFS Street Style Sundays and let’s just say so many of you brought your A-game. Be sure to follow our IG and Twitter @caisafs as these amazing #ootds will be posted throughout the week! To see how you can be featured on our Blog, Twitter, and/or Instagram check…

4 Rad Debut Designers to Watch from Fashion Month

By Veronica Tang Fashion Month is the best time of year to draw inspiration from the runways of New York, Milan, London and Paris. Not only did we get an idea of what will be in style the next season, we also saw what some new, young, up-and-coming fashion masterminds are brewing. There are a…

Prestige For ‘Lesstige’: The Minimalist Man

I genuinely believe that when movies are made about the mid-2010s in the future, we will be nostalgically remembered for minimalist style. In an era where we’ve become increasingly obsessed (perhaps even unhealthily) with streamlining and simplifying our day to day life through apps that make labour easier and food products that make eating unnecessary, this aesthetic…

Changing Creative Direction in Fashion Houses

By Erinna Ma This year has seen a generous number of designer shake-ups at several of our favorite fashion brands. Demna Gvasalia replaced Alexander Wang at Balenciaga! Meanwhile, Anthony Vaccarello brought his masculin-féminin style to Saint Laurent with the departure of Hedi Slimane. And what are we to make of the rumors about Sarah Burton…

ATTN: We’re Bringing Back Street Style Sundays

Calling all fashion-obsessed Mustangs! Are you interested in being featured on our Instagram, Blog, and Twitter for hundreds and thousands of students to see? Want your social media accounts to get more exposure with the help of us? Here’s how you can do that: Dress to impress in an outfit that represents your unique style….

Fashion Flashback: 6 Rachel Green Outfits We Love

Notorious for her amazing fashion sense, lovers of the popular TV show Friends will know what I mean when I say: I love Rachel Green. Friends has had a pretty special place in my heart for a while, and will continue to live on as one of my favourite TV shows, just as Rachel’s (and 90s) fashion…

5 Must-Stream Fashion Films on Netflix

A night in with Netflix has never been more fashionable. Here are 5 fashion flicks for you to stream in style.  The First Monday in May (2016) The First Monday in May is an all-access pass to the 2015 Met Gala. Watch the worlds of high fashion and celebrity collide on fashion’s biggest night, as Vogue and the Metropolitan…

Andrew Bolton – Curator, The Costume Institute at the MET

Andrew Bolton has been the curator of The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Musem of Art since 2006. His exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is one of these most succesfull exhibits The Costume Institute has ever showcased.His exhibitions have been recognized as the most inovative and groundbreaking collections in the Museums History. He has been…

Sarah Burton – Creative Director, Alexander McQueen

After working with Alexander McQueen for 14 years, Sarah Burton took the creative reigns of the iconic fashion house following the designers tragic passing. She has subtly shifted the houses aesthetic while keeping the spirit of McQueen’s vision alive. Burton, originally from Manchester moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins. In 1996 on she…

Spotlight: Sustainable Practices in the Industry and Why They’re Important

With rising pressures on our environment and the ever growing sustainable industry market, it is no surprise that numerous companies, (both big and small), are moving towards conscious practices (whether it be veganism, being eco-friendly, using recycled fabric, being cruelty free, etc.). Why are sustainable practices and the movement so important? Personally, I think this…

Bonnie Brooks – Vice Chairman, Hudson’s Bay Company

Appointed Vice Chairman of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 2013, Bonnie Brooks has been influential in the redesign and rebranding of the department store. She has re-vitalized the store’s sales, marketing, and merchandising revamping the iconic image of the Bay into the 21st century. Before being the Vice Chairman of HBC, she was the President…

Student Discounts for the Shopaholic

Who says that you need to wait until the Holiday season to get some great deals on amazing clothes from high-quality brands? Well, the CFS team has got you covered with an ultimate guide of student discounts from our favourite clothing stores (because there’s never a wrong time to go shopping or make the last-minute decision…

Aimee Song – Founder, Song of Style

Aimee Song, American Fashion Blogger and founder of Song of Style was one of the original pioneers of the fashion blogger movement. She has over 2 million page views per month and over 4 million Instagram followers. Her Instagram aesthetic has inspired millions of other bloggers and Instagrammers, with its soft pastel hues and collection of fashion,…

Runway to Racks: See Now, Buy Now

By: Jen Lee Social media is now an integral aspect of marketing in fashion. With the prominence of e-commerce and online marketing, digital consumers are born and shaped into an era of immediacy. With this, designers are experimenting the See Now Buy Now business model. You’ve been hearing the term See Now Buy Now recited…

The (Purported) Death of the Skinny Jean

Post By Russell Christmas   I’ve been seeing a lot of talk recently in the fashion media that skinny and slim fits are totally gauche, and that looser, baggier fitting jeans are the only denim trousers that those who are in the know will wear with pride. So is it time for ‘fashionable’ men to throw out their current jean…

Met Gala Theme for 2017 Revealed

On Friday, October 21st the Metropolitan Museum of Art revealed that next year’s gala will be celebrating the one and only Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons. This marks an important event in history for the gala as it is the first time a living designer will be the sole focus of the exhibit…

Hermès Built a City in Tokyo

This month, Hermès revolutionized the pop-up event, building a 30,000 square-foot city for one night, and one night only. The pop-up appeared in Tokyo at the Haneda International Airport. Titled the “Nature of Men,” the event featured a fall menswear show, and various art installations. The micro-city was an interplay of both architecture and technology, creating a high-fashion event lasting…

The Best-Dressed Men on Instagram

  Instagram puts fashion right at your fingertips. For your daily dose of inspiration, look to some of Instagram’s best-dressed men. Whether you swear on suits, or live life in street style, these are the masters of menswear you need to follow. @CHRISTOPHERBARK  @CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIAL @THEBIRKINBOY @ALIGORDON89 @OH_ANTHONIO @SOY_RAKA @WHATMYBOYFRIENDWORE @MATTHEWZORPAS Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram: @caisafs  …

Paris Fashion Week: The Roundup

By Eshan Shah Clearly, fashion has saved the best for last this Spring/Summer 2017 (SS 2017) season, with an 80s revival in Paris! While ‘l’affaire Kardashian’ was a sombre moment, the shows were high energy and otherwise designed to make a statement. Washed out tones may have dominated the runway, but an effervescence pervaded the…

10 Great Fashion/Lifestyle Instagram Accounts to Follow

Fashion blogging has now become such a large creative outlet on the popular social media site, Instagram. There are millions of different influencer accounts on the platform and sometimes it can be hard to choose who to follow. However, if you’re looking to get just a little bit more inspired today (or have some serious…

CFS’s Best Dressed at Obama’s Final White House State Dinner

While most of us are lamenting Obama’s departure from the presidency given the current state of US political affairs (read: nightmare), that doesn’t mean we can’t take the time to appreciate the Italian-influenced style of the president’s final state dinner. CAISA Fashion Show’s in-house fashion editors decided to give their takes on who they thought were the best…

New York Fashion Week: The Roundup

By Erinna Ma New York was abuzz with activity this season – but not for reasons you might typically think. With multiple design houses adopting the See-Now-Buy-Now model, a direct-to-consumer format that releases collections for purchase immediately after the show, fashion show attendees were treated to a variety of fall/winter collections on top of their…

KENZO x H&M

Today, Kenzo’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon are set to unveil their much-anticipated collection for H&M in New York. On November 3, the collaboration will be made available online, and hit 250 stores worldwide. In case you can’t wait, here’s your first look at our favourites from the new collection. Featured Left to Right: Bag ($129), Gloves ($79.99) Featured Left to…

London Fashion Week: The Roundup

By Roy Fu Shortly after the New York fashion week, the fashion baton was passed onto London Fashion Week, showcasing its best designers and their amazing collections. Through out the week, London has been enriched by fashionista around the globe and their youthful and new ideas. From Burberry to Mulberry, every brand and designer that…

Where Fashion Meets Charity

Fashion and philanthropy. At first, the two seem worlds apart. While charity might be selfless, fashion appears so self-centred. We are often led to believe that fashion is frivolous; a business devoid of any values, except for what’s listed on the price tag. But that’s far from the truth. Fashion is a $3 trillion global industry, employing more than 60 million…

Trend Alert: Fall Wardrobe Essentials

With the temperature dropping as we approach the halfway mark of October, it’s time to move on from our Summer favourites and into Fall fashion. Although Fall is one of my favourite seasons, I can personally vouch for never knowing what to wear (especially if it’s a long day of classes and the weather changes…

How To: Personalize Popular Trends

You may have heard the term “one-size-fits-all” and realized it’s too good to be true. This goes for fashion trends as well – 2016 was a year of witnessing the emergence of new trends and the resurgence of some classics. If you’ve seen chokers, denim-on-denim ensembles, or suede skirts at some point, you know exactly…

Ciao, Milano! 5 Top Trends from Milan Fashion Week

By Veronica Tang It’s no surprise that Italians are bold when it comes to fashion, and this season is no different. Designers of Milan showed off a few key trends including comfortable fashion and girly details, like pleats and sequins. We also noticed an abundance of logos, suggesting that the big names are dying to…

Spring/Summer ’17 Fashion Month Highlights

By Jen Lee Spring / Summer 2017 collections made their way down the runway last month. While we saw renowned fashion houses reign their well-kept heritage, we also noticed diversified business models, louder voices of independence, and a whole lot of collaborative energy. Paris Fashion week just wrapped up with a bang (with Miu Miu’s…

The Turtleneck: 10 Style Tips

It’s a staple in any fall wardrobe. The turtleneck is a fashion favourite that is both classic and versatile. But, without the proper styling, this neckline can look a little less than chic. How do you make it work? Your Thanksgiving plans are underway, and whether it’s a formal affair or a casual ‘Friendsgiving,’ a turtleneck is the perfect piece to…

Fendi’s 90th Anniversary

Famed Italian Fashion House Fendi closed the Trevi Fountain for a special Haute Couture show celebrating the houses 90th anniversary. Taking place on July 7th, attendees were ferried to Rome by chartered plane to experience the genius that is Karl Lagerfeld and Fendi. Set on top of the waters of the Trevi Fountain, the closed monument…