12 Awesome Looks for Fall – by Canadian Designers!

Our popular Style Profile on our blog is our chance to show the world the wonderful women in our community.  We love to showcase these women and what they’re up to, and we LOVE to feature our outfits on gorgeous ladies that our customers can see themselves in.  If you have something to share with the world, love supporting Canadian fashion and would like to be featured, get in touch with us!

karen collage

Name: Karen Shopsowitz
Occupation: Film-maker
Age:  :-)
Lifestyle: Busy but casual

Look 1: All three dresses are from Studio Fresh for this Style Profile!  Shop the circa dress in grey and black as shown, grey and white or in all black.

Look 2:  Boho dress and you can shop for it here.  Look at the cute details like the top stitching, the contrast cuff and the contrast lining.

Look 3:  Boxy Patch dress from Studio Fresh.  This one is a best-seller this season because of the comfy coziness of it, and the ease of fit!  Fun fact: It was featured on Fashion Canadiana as one of the best dresses for Fall from a Canadian designer!


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Name: Margaret van Velthuyzen
Occupation: Food Blogger
Age: 38 and owning it
Lifestyle: Growth-oriented. Also food-oriented.

Look 1: Shop this fabulous Rosette Dress by Toronto fashion label Mandala Design here.   Note this is a sleeveless dress with a sheer long sleeved top underneath.

Look 2: Shop this great Deer head tunic by Desserts and Skirts here and shop all tunics here!  Shop these High Rise Luster Yoga Jeans here and all Yoga Jeans here.

Look 3: Shop the Wren Wrap Dress by Toronto fashion label Mandala Design here in Pollack Red (as shown), Morocco Marine, Morocco Slate, Houndstooth, Pollack Blue, Rain Orange, Vintage Floral, Zig Zag BlueMorocco Crimson and Zig Zag Burgundy.

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Name: Lesley Edwards
Occupation: Dating Expert & Relationship Coach
Age: 33
Lifestyle: Crazy in love with the love of my life 🙂

Look 1: Shop this navy shirtdress from Montreal designer atelier b. here and browse all dresses here.

Look 2: Shop this dress by Toronto designer Mandy Armstrong of Mandala Design here. Shop Real Flower necklaces by Love, Montreal here. This bag by Matt & Nat is sold out but you can shop the current Matt & Nat selection here.

Look 3:  Buy the Sparkle Sweater by Montreal designer Elena Wang here. Shop more sweaters here.  Shop the Tuxedo Leggings from Toronto designer Brenda Beddome here.

Shop lockets here.  And all jewellery here.

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Name: Diana Condolo
Occupation: Web Producer and Social Media Officer by day, Blogger by night. I’m also the gardener for my department – we have two workplace garden plots which I tend to during lunch time.
Age: I’m around 7 in cat years.
Lifestyle: Eclectic busy

Look 1: This dress is called Boxy II made by Toronto label Studio Fresh.  It comes in another variation as well here: Boxy Patch.  The shoes are called Etta by Miz Mooz and are currently ON SALE!


Look 2: Robe Bolero by Montreal fashion label Cherry Bobin available online here.

Look 3: This Ori dress by Toronto fashion label Studio Fresh is available in 2 options: floral with striped sleeves as above and solid black with teal sleeves.



Meet the Fresh Collective Designers – Shelley Yu of Kabuki Designs

Name:  Shelley Yu
Name of line: Kabuki Designs
Description of what you make: women’s ready-to-wear
Number of years in business: 3.5 years


Where and when you’ll find me most days: I’m usually in my home studio @Yonge/Eglinton all the time, or I may walk around in the streets for the whole day!


What a typical day at work looks like for me:  

I never get bored of these things even though I do them almost every day:

  • searching online the trendy colours, styles, and fabrics, etc
  • watching movies of 50’s or 60’s where I usually get inspiration for new designs
  • illustrating designs
  • making patterns
  • draping, sewing samples
  • correcting patterns and samples…
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Reggie dress: the fabric is so stretchy there’s no need for a zipper – just slide it on with some heels and you’re ready to go! It features convenient invisible pockets and is light enough to comfortably wear under a jacket or blazer! (Available in navy, purple, teal, SML, $189)

My favourite part of the job:  When I hit upon a new idea, I start to make a sample, try it on myself in high heels and correct it bit by bit till I am satisfied.  I just love to see the idea come together!

The most challenging part of being a designer is…. To find fabrics matching the designs. Besides, it’s still hard for me to find out what styles may attract more customers since the western and eastern aesthetics are so different.

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Reggie top/skirt: The fishtail curve of the skirt creates a very elegant shape. The top is very versatile-it looks professional paired with slacks or a skirt, but looks great with a pair of jeans too! (Available in navy, purple, teal, SML, top:$139, skirt:$98)

Something I’m really great at is…. Thanks to my medical study background, the knowledge about anatomy helps me make better fitting patterns.

Having my own business is…  To bring my dream into reality!

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Audrey A-line: This dress is a classic look of Audrey Hepburn who inspires me of most of my designs – a cute cowl neck or high round neckline with a A line knee length skirt. The houndstooth pattern is forever trendy and looks perfect on everybody! The dress gathers at the back to keep a great feminine shape. Keep it simple for a great daytime look or dress it up for night with bold accessories and heels.
SML, $189

My hopes and dreams for my fashion career: To dress up more and more people.

What I do when I’m not at work:  Walk around in streets and watch what people are wearing, spend time in a library, learn new recipes for cooking, make crafts, hang out with friends…

My earliest fashion memory: My mom sitting beside me and making me a new dress.

My inspiration as a designer comes from…Anything that attracts my eyes.

Growing up I thought I’d become….A doctor or a fashion designer. Then I studied medicine and became a designer finally.

What I like to do to relax: Look at clouds or the moon and imagine anything I can, or randomly draw something hits my mind. What I also love is to observe ants and am always admire how powerful and hardworking they are.

Why I love working with Fresh Collective: Both the staff and fellow designers always kindly encourage and support me and honestly give me suggestions to develop my line.

Favourite social media platform: I don’t have passion for computers, so facebook page (www.facebook.com/kabukikabuki) is my favourite so far although I know there are tons of platforms.

Anything else we should know about you:  My part-time job? I am writing and translating articles about health for a Japanese monthly magazine.

Meet the team – Vanessa Hughes

Vanessa is my newest co-worker here at Fresh Collective on Queen St. I often refer to her as my protege because it’s my goal to train her on everything I know and have her rise up in the company. What I love so much about Vanessa is our very similar backgrounds and shared passion for local designers. We both have a fashion design background and are very conscious of what it takes to be a designer competing out there in the world. I love how she lights up when new pieces come in and eagerly shares the joy of Fresh Collective with customers and everyone in her life. She has a bright future here with us! – Jane Haselgrove, Store Manager at Queen Street West / Product Partner Coordinator at Fresh Collective



Name: Vanessa Hughes (aka Vanessa Petey)
Position at Fresh Collective:  Style Coach at Fresh Collective on Queen Street West

 Where and when you’ll find me at FC: Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at FCQ

My favourite part of the job: Finding the perfect look for someone and knowing their day has been made better by their visit.
My hopes and dreams for my fashion career:  I love working as a stylist!  I would love to make a career out of dressing people and photographing them for ads, magazines, etc.

What I do when I’m not at work:  I’m attracted to creativity!  I spend a lot of time looking for new music, seeing live shows, discussing film and literature and celebrating the arts in every way possible!

My earliest fashion memory:  Watching Jeanne Beker on Fashion Television every day all summer when I was eleven years old.

What I like to do to relax: I like to go for walks around the downtown core – seeing the sights, being among the people and taking in the city around me.

Why I love working at Fresh Collective:  My whole life I’ve been very passionate about supporting the Canadian Fashion Industry, so I can’t think of a better job!  I get to meet lovely people every day and support local designers while I do it!  Amazing!

Favourite social media platform:  I use Facebook a lot, like most people.  But I much prefer Twitter & Instagram.  I find they’re less convoluted and more direct.

A surprising fact about me:  I’m also a barista!  I can make a mean latte or cappuccino!

Anything else we should know about you: I’m from Windsor, Ontario.  I worked in theatre and visual art when I was in University for Art History at the University of Windsor.  I also attended the International Academy of Design for Fashion Design.