Style Guide: Summer to Fall Transition

With the days getting shorter, it’s almost time to say goodbye to summer and embrace the best of fall fashion. While crop tops and beachy maxis can be packed away for next year, transitioning into autumn doesn’t have to involve a complete wardrobe overhaul. Pairing a few on-trend pieces with your existing staples can easily bring you up to speed and prepare you for fall’s most anticipated trends. This season, we’re introduced to a new colour palette filled with shades of grey, rich jewel tones and high-contrast black and white pairings. Take a look at some of the key trends and must-have pieces for the summer to fall transition season.


One of the most notable trends for fall/winter 2013 is oversized outerwear. Thanks to designers like Céline, Carven and Alexander Wang, roomy coats and thick, chunky knits are a go-to choice for cooler days.

While transitioning from summer to fall, bundle up with Toronto-based DylaniumKnits’ fall line of statement accessories in burgundy, cream and black. “My absolute favourite piece is a super heavy long scarf with fringe on either end,” says designer Dylan Uscher. “It’s huge, creates such a statement and help keeps the wearer very warm. This particular wool works on everyone.”

For a casual yet luxe look, opt for Seattle-based designer Paychi Guh’s Two Way Cozy Cardigan in a versatile geometric print, which can easily be paired with Fluevog ankle booties and a Franco Vernica Milano Leather Tote.

Fall 2013 Style guide

1. Paychi Guh Two Way Cozy Cardigan 2. DylaniumKnits Rowen Mobius Scarf 3. Franco Vernica Milano Leather Tote 4. Fluevog Garden of Enjoyment Ankle Booties

Punk Accents

Coinciding with the Met’s Costume Institute punk exhibit, designers like Givenchy, Rodarte and Moschino have shown the fashion world the chic side of plaid, leather and punk-inspired embellishments. If you’re not ready to go all out with grommets and studs, try to subtly incorporate punk elements into your wardrobe with leather accents and mixed metal accessories. Seattle-based Joanna Morgan’s Talisman collection serves up bold Krystallino rings in brass and sterling silver that can complement a plaid statement skirt.

Style Guide Fall 2013

1. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Tartan Leopard Arena Skirt 2. Joanna Morgan Designs Krystallino ring 3. Givenchy Obsedia Leather Shoulder Bag 4. Alice and Olivia Weston Straight Skirt With Buckle

















Practical and chic, layering is a no-brainer for autumn. This season, multi-length pieces layered the right way can create an effortlessly cool ensemble. ”When you transition from snowy streets to hot bar or restaurants I would love you to be wearing one of my silk separates under that coat,” says New York City-based designer Alex Koutny. In unpredictable weather, start with a base that’s versatile, such as a washed silk black tank. Complete the look by layering a pair of Skinny Sweats’ leggings with a tunic and a Mackage leather motto jacket.

Style guide fall 2013

1. Skinny Sweats Arrowhead leggings
2. Mackage for Aritzia Paula Jacket 3. Alex Koutny Lo Tank

Black & White

Black and white combinations have been trending all year and are still going strong for fall/winter 2013. Update the look this fall by opting for a black and white dress in a geometric print, such as a Pink Tartan Hexagon Dress. For a menswear-inspired look, embrace a tuxedo style ensemble by pairing Joeleen Torvick’s black and white shirt with an on-trend pair of tuxedo pants by Skinny Sweats.

Style Guide Fall 2013

1. Skinny Sweats Tuxedo sweats 2. Pink Tartan Hexagon Dress 3. Philip Lim 3.1 x Target black and white dress 4. Joeleen Torvick Black and White shirt

Article written by Julia Eskins.

Julia Eskins is a Toronto-based writer and features editor at FAJO Magazine. You can follow her on Twitter at @juliaeskins

Featuring B.E. Shields

B.E. Shields is an exciting new label that features the creative mind of Toronto based fashion designer, Theresa Ibbetson. Theresa has spent most of her formative years in Europe and drew inspiration from years of travelling to launch B.E. Shields upon her return home in Canada. The designer is formally trained at the prestigious College LaSalle, fashion design program in Montreal.

B.E. Shields is about simplicity, life, family and friends.

B.E.SHIELDS is a line which focuses on understated elegance and originality. With a strong attention to details, fabrics and cuts, Theresa built a brand which is both classic and elegant, which still remains edgy and modern. B.E. Shields’ most recent show was during Fashion Art Toronto week, for which she received raving reviews. We look forward seeing many more from Theresa, and if you want to get a peek into her new collection, make sure you register at

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Introducing Franco Vernica

Franco Vernica is a notable fashion designer, with a passion for exotic animal leather accessories including handbags and shoes. His brand was launched in 2013 and the designer soon became best known for his handmade luxury handbags. The designer remains committed to carefully upholding the principles of quality and integrity that define his brand, carefully and ethically sourcing his materials.

Franco is launching his private collection of luxury bags exclusively on Luevo. All of his items are manufactured under the highest quality standards in Italy and they all come with a certificate of authenticity. Details and exquisite craftsmanship can be found in all of the Franco Vernica products.

We are excited to have Franco on our platform, as he brings a legacy of luxury through all his products exclusively to our customers. If you want to be first in line for his exclusive limited-edition luxury bags collection sign-up on for  your personal invitation.

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Featuring Alex Koutny

Based in New York City, Alexander Koutny designs stunning garments with clean cut lines, drapey designs and raw cut hems. The clothing he creates are both sophisticated and edgy, smart and definitely make great topics for bloggers and fashion editors around the world.  The Alex Koutny pieces are great for a layered look in the fall or wearing solo in the spring, making these garments not only fashionable but versatile and seasonless. The designer uses high quality fabrics such silk crepe de chine, silk organza, and poly with stretch mesh for an airy summer look or textured fall feel. His pieces are developed out of a study of the interaction between urban function and an alternative style of the present .

There is no doubt that Alex Koutny is paving the way for a new era of chic and timeless look  and we are excited to be part of his journey. Sign-up today to get a peek into the latest Alex Koutny collection and be the first in line to pre-order their products.

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Introducing Lois Laine

Lois Laine – instant favourite clothing – creates playfully chic clothing for the modern superwoman. Lois Van Koughnet is the designer behind the independent label and her design couples architectural elements with feminine subtlety to transform comfortable clothing into timeless pieces. She has spent years studying pattern drafting and after an inspirational trip to India she began her self-titled eco-friendly line in 2011. The Lois Laine garments are made of quality eco-sensitive and natural fabrics including organic cotton, silk, wool, bamboo, hemp, recycled polyester, and production bolt ends. This designer has the unique talent of bridging the casual and dressy allowing the garments to be worn in multiple settings. All her pieces make a statement but at the same time have a certain degree of subtlety.

Lois has had great success selling at some of the largest events in Toronto, most recently at The One of a Kind Show  and the Green Living Show . You can find some of her designs in the Notion Style boutique in Toronto and with her eco-label she is a member of Fashion Takes Action .

We are very excited to have Lois as one of our designers and she is now working on a new collection that will be available for pre-ordering on Luevo. Sign-up today to have exclusive access to her timeless pieces here.

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Featuring Joanna Morgan Designs

Joanna Morgan of Joanna Morgan Designs is an independent jewellery designer, passionate about creativity, beauty and objects with personality. After a career in banking and finance, Joanna decided to follow her dreams and launched her first collection in 2010.

Focusing on creating a unique, versatile, timeless and stylish jewellery was her ultimate goal, pieces that can be worn everyday and part of a modern wardrobe. Each piece is handmade and produced in small quantities using silver, brass or gold fill, semi-precious and precious stones. All pieces are completed in the USA and are truly the icing to any outfit.

Recently, Joanna won the 2013“Seamless in Seattle” Best Accessories designer competition. If you can, make sure you pick up a copy of the September issue of the Seattle Magazine and read the interview with the designer and enjoy a gorgeous layout with jewellery from her Talisman Collection.

Joanna will soon launch new designs on Luevo, make sure you request your exclusive invitation here so you can be the first to see these!


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Featuring Miss Kinsman Swimwear

Based in Los Angeles, Miss Kinsman is a unique swimwear brand that pushes the envelope in poolside luxury, exemplifying the dramatic combination of sultry lingerie and high end swimwear. Each piece is carefully hand sewn with the utmost attention, to design distinct, intricate swim separates.

The collections have been featured in many magazines, including Runway Magazine, Fashion Faces and Mariner Magazine. As well, popular online sources such as, Yahoo News, Hollywood Newswire and Lingerie Today had featured Miss Kinsman collections.

Raised on the east coast, designer Joanna Kinsman knows no limit to delivering only the finest Brazilian cut bikinis to a highly fashionably refined clientele. The name Miss Kinsman is synonymous with uncensored fashion and impeccable fit for bikini lovers everywhere.

We are really excited to have Miss Kinsman on board and to feature their new and unique designs soon on Luevo!

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Introducing Joscelyn Himes

Joscelyn Himes is an artisan that specializes in custom dyeing for both fashion and interior design. With the precision of traditional Japanese patterning, tying, hand painting and digital translations, dyeing can be beautifully done on silk charmeuse, silk dupioni, linen, cotton, wool and cashmere.

The designs on these fabrics have been incorporated into collections of prominent design houses, including Urban Zen by Donna Karen, Vera Wang, Donna Karen collection, Bill Blass and Colleen Quen. The designs have also been featured numerous times in the Kansas City Star, KC Magazine and Verge magazine.

Now, Joscelyn is getting ready to launch new collections that will soon be featured on Luevo. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of owning your first original Joscelyn Himes item, sign-up on Luevo today.

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Designer of the day – Dylan Uscher from Dylanium Knits

Dylan Uscher of Dylanium Knits is seriously revolutionizing the way people view knitted fashion. Reclaiming knitted goods from the seniors home, Dylan makes hand made pieces and custom made knitwear. Beautiful knitted sweaters, scarves and socks as well as less conventional knitted items such as rings (yes, knitted rings!), skirts, shirts and bracelets. The fall collection is an assortment of muted colours with bold designs, easy to incorporate seamlessly into any fall wardrobe. The talent Dylan possesses and unique view of knitted goods allowed him in 2009 to become ‘the knitwear guy’ which eventually led to him launching Dylanium Knits in 2010.

In such a short time, Dylanium Knits has been recognized in FAJO Magazine, FASHION Magazine, CBC News, The Globe and Mail Online, Front Row Mag and on the Fashion Arts Toronto Blog – just to name a few. Dylan is continuing to showcase his talent and designs in the 10th Annual White Cashmere Collection, where he will be the only designer to ever knit an entire dress in the event’s history.

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Article written by Bhreigh Gillis. Featured photo by Polk Liang.

Skinny Sweats – Comfort & Chic

Skinny Sweats are lazy, sexy, cool and comfortable clothing that are a casual and chic hybrid for work or an evening out. A line designed by Adrienne Butikofer of Toronto, Canada, she aims to create a look of polished comfort with fashion forward styling.

The Skinny Sweats designs have been featured on popular blogs such as Chic Toronto, Urbanebloc, Keeping It Fancy and Strolling the City in Heels receiving rave reviews on changing the way we think about fashion and comfort.

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Article written by Bhreigh Gillis. If you want to be featured on our blog make sure you sign up as a designer on our homepage.