Congratulations Valerie Buhagiar! Theatrical Release of The Anniversary

A couple months back Valerie Buhagiar joined us for a Style Profile and talked about her current film project, “It’s Hard to be Human”.  She’s been hard at work on filming and getting that made, and in the meantime, her film The Anniversary is getting rave reviews and is being released in theatres.  She sent us the details to share with you.

All the information is below, and all of us at Fresh Collective want to send out heartfelt congratulations for this success and these CRAZY good reviews (see them at the bottom).  I’ve seen the film and it is really, really good.  I hope to see you at one of these showings.  – xo Laura-Jean

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We’re excited to announce the Theatrical Release of the Award Winning Debut feature film The Anniversary on Dec. 4 – 10th, 2015 at The Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St. at Yonge).

Screenings are at 2pm and 7pm.

Get your tickets at:

(Scroll down to the Coming Soon section on the site.)

If you want to come to the Gala, I suggest booking your tickets now.

The Gala includes a Q and A moderated by Thom Ernst, live music and Apple Crumble! There’s a cash bar.

I can’t wait to see you!

 xoxo  Valerie

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Here are some of the pics from our Style Profile with Valerie back in September.  And below is the trailer for The Anniversary and REVIEWS!!


UK Review: “a successful and heartfelt film about love”

June 30, 2015

The Anniversary East London Film Festival screening has already earned it some glowing reviews; including this one from Hayley Charlesworth at I’m With Geek:

“Screening at the East End Film Festival, The Anniversary, a Canadian production written and directed by Valerie Buhagiar is a film with a definite indie sensibility. It is also a film with a strong emotional centre, built on with superb acting, and a fundamental understanding of human relationships. Traversing both joy and heartbreak in the space of a single night, The Anniversary is an investing, but claustrophobic piece….It is a delightful piece, overall, with a definite soul behind it.”

Review: “an absorbing chamber piece”

April 14, 2015

From the online film blog My Film Journal, another very favourable review of The Anniversary:

“The Anniversary is an absorbing chamber piece…and a well-crafted slice-of-life drama that has many off beat comic moments. The atmosphere is thick with a simmering crisis… The performances of the ensemble cast generally feel spontaneous and improvised making for some amusing moments and writer-director Buhagiar skillfully imbues the film with a gentle charm.”

Review: “the most impressively wide-ranging film of Cinequest 2015”

March 30, 2015

“When films can play with tone, swing from one point to another on the emotional spectrum without missing a beat, that’s when movies get really good. The Anniversary is one of the best example of tonal swing, and how it makes viewing that much more impressive… Hilarious at times, and other moments deeply touching… Overall, The Anniversary might be the most impressively wide-ranging film of Cinequest 2015!”

A review for The Anniversary as part of a round up of Cinequest 2015, from Klaus at Gunpoint, a film journal.

Guest Blog: Movie Inspired Style from Kabuki

Shelley Yu, designer and creator of Kabuki Designs shares the story of overcoming the early struggles of building her own fashion line and the chance inspiration that turned it all around….


For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved fashion. Some of my earliest memories are of my mother making beautiful dresses for my sister and I. When I was 10 years old, I decided my dream was to become a fashion designer.

Many years later, Tokyo opened the floodgates for me and I took my first steps in approaching this dream. Some years after that, in April of 2011, Toronto became the birthplace of my line Kabuki Designs (which means Beautiful Clothes in Japanese).


I found my first two years in business to be quite a struggle as I worked to define the Kabuki style. I had brought over my design and pattern-making experience from the markets in Japan, and initially brought the same popular style elements to my own line, but found the Canadian marketplace didn’t seem to quite understand it. It seemed the aesthetics of eastern women and western women were not the same. This I could clearly see, but just couldn’t figure out how to bridge the gap.

“Find a routine daytime job and your life will be easier!”

“Never give up as this is the only career brings you no regret!”

There were always these two conflicting voices in my mind and it was enough to drive me mad. I can honestly say I became afraid of a new season coming because I just didn’t know what to make next.

In March of 2013, my family and I took a trip to Taiwan. On the airplane, I randomly switched the TV channels – I had no interest in any shows – I was annoyed that I hadn’t made progress or had any ideas about the new collections I was to be working on. I turned on the classic movie channel and Audrey Hepburn’s “How to Steal a Million” caught my eye.


When I first saw Audrey’s photo many years ago, I was attracted to her beauty, her elegance, and her intelligence.  That’s about the time I started to believe that God is indeed making perfect humans! She at once became my forever idol.  While watching the movie, I imagined being her personal stylist – what I would dress her in…?

Then there suddenly an unexpected idea hit mind — why not consider my customers as my idols and style them?


After the vacation, a simple but classic new Kabuki style was born along with 2013FW collections. I named all the pieces after characters played by Audrey Hepburn. And of course, the Audrey dress became the biggest hit among them!


My pattern making master Sensei Kondo, who used to work for Cristobal Balenciaga in Paris, taught me that the first thing to be considered when making a garment is to make sure the person in it feeling cozy. The fabrics and the silhouette must be not only flattering but also comfortable. I must say I’m grateful to have studied human anatomy at the medical university so many years ago – it most certainly helps me in pattern-making, crafting pretty silhouettes that move easily.


Thank you all for supporting and encouraging me and Kabuki through the years!

(This is the first blog I’ve written in English. I want to thank Laura-Jean who helped me with writing and editing!)

Shelley Yu