Your online guide to the shows

By Chantaie Allick

Anyone who is anyone in fashion is in Paris right now for the fall collections. Paris fashion week is the near-finale of weeks of global fashion, parties, models and luxury. A few weeks and days ago they were in London and Milan and New York. Soon they’ll be headed to LA and Tokyo and a small minority will also come to Toronto for one of the last fashion weeks of the seasons.

But, we can’t all be someone and most of us have to stay home, go to work and live out our fashion fantasy via computer, internet and magazines. But in this age of technology and social media, it’s possible to get pretty close to the front rows and the steely gaze of Ms. Wintour herself, if you know what sites and resources to reference.

That’s where we come in. We may not be in Paris and we definitely won’t be in Tokyo (at least not this year), but we can still have access to what’s coming up for fall and winter in the worlds of fashion. It’s a matter of who you know.

It’s starts and ends with style.com. What was once the fashion bible’s website (Vogue, for those of you who are unaware) is an industry porthole into the latest and most fascinating in the fashion industry. It updates regularly with full slideshows of all the shows and looks.The magazine that birthed the modern fashion industry as we know it is also a great place to start, their website and March issue have all the latest news and glossy ad campaigns meant to sell the lovely goods on display at the shows (bonus: Adele’s on the cover of this issue, also the magazine’s yearly power issue).

But then we need the blogs and the twitter feeds to fill in the blanks and offer a bit of colour to the straight news. @oscarPRgirl is famous among the twitterati and offers beautiful insights into the New York shows. @cutblog, New York magazine’s fashion twitter feed is also fantastic with links to livestreams and articles on their site. It has daily dispatches from the shows and inside information on the latest hot model or presentation. While @jeanne_beker, the host of Fashion Television, is great source for quick insider tidbits from a Canadian perspective.

Our go-to blog for the feel of the streets around the shows and the people lucky enough to have tickets or linger at the doors is The Sartorialist. Scott Schuman is a genius at capturing the whimsical, creative and beautiful in the people attending the shows.

Some of the retail sites are also a suprisingly useful resource for show information (from Berlin to Tokyo) including Pret-a-porter Magazine and Moda Operendi. Both also offer the latest items to shop (if you’ve got the budget for it)–we live in the future, where we can see the shows and almost immediately purchase the looks without having to wait for a buyer or editor to choose pieces for us.

Finally for Canadian coverage, both thestar.com and theglobeandmail.com will be your best bets for Toronto fashion week coming up March 12 to the 17th. You’ll have to go local for any other shows (Vancouver, Montreal, etc.).

Hope this helps. I’m going to dive back in before I blink and it’s all over and we’re looking at bathing suits in September again.

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