FRONT ROW MAG’S EXCLUSIVE FASHION WEEK COVERAGE
Every Fashion Week we’re engrossed in the forward thinking looks on and off the runway. We sat down with three of Toronto’s front row females to chat about their sartorial inspirations, and how to make it through a week of working all day, and witnessing the new collections all night.
FRONT ROW PAPER DOLL SERIES
Marissa Bronfman, writer, The Huffington Post and a variety of other publications. Bronfman has reported on style, entertainment, and the environment from New York City, the Hamptons, Los Angeles, Barbados, Toronto, Whistler and most recently, India. marissabronfman.com
From our perch last season, we quickly became enthralled by an extremely stylish girl sitting across from us at the shows. We found out later her name was Marissa Bronfman, a reporter for The Huffington Post. We fell in love with her bold dark lips, sparkly jackets and leather leggings. And of course, sky-high heels. A little bit rock ‘n’ roll, and all style, Bronfman’s look is playful and fashion forward, as are her picks for her FRM Paper Doll.FrontRowMag: Who are your favorite designer’s?
Marissa Bronfman: Balenciaga and Chanel are my absolute favorites but I love what Alber Elbaz has done at Lanvin. And the boys at Proenza Schouler have sent out some really cool collections. Don’t even get me started on label-less vintage and Louis Vuitton for luggage.
FRM: How would you describe your personal style?
MB: Simple and classic with a downtown edge. I tend to favor classic silhouettes, black and white. And I love wearing leather. I’ve been trying to incorporate more color and prints into my wardrobe these past couple of years. An all black outfit with one burst of color is a great way to do it.
FRM: What’s one item in your wardrobe that you would die without?
MB: Generally I can’t live without a great handbag, it makes an outfit. My silver studded black Balenciaga has definitely been a favorite accessory these past couple of years.
FRM: Is there one trend that you’ve worn that you now regret wearing?
MB: I may have spent some time in Uggs and Juicy Couture tracksuits about five years ago, but I don’t want to talk about it.
FRM: Who are you inspired by when it comes to fashion?
MB: I love the model off duty look, how young women are interpreting high fashion for the street. Victoria Beckham is so utterly confident and fierce in her fashion choices, I love that. I admire Kate Moss’s seemingly effortless look of skinny jeans, blazers and fur (though mine are faux. Real fur is cruel).
FRM: What draws you most to write about fashion?
MB: It’s never dull! I’ve always loved fashion’s ability to inspire and it’s exhilarating to write about what’s going on in fashion, as it happens. Trends are constantly changing and there’s always something new and hot around the corner.
FRM: How do you survive fashion week each season? What is your strategy and are there any tricks that you can share?
MB:– Drink lots of water! Staying hydrated will keep you alert and looking fresh-faced in the front row.
– Take notes during the shows on your Blackberry. Long days and so many looks make it virtually impossible to remember everything from every show. When I get home at night I go over the notes I took and compile my reviews.
– Stay positive! It’s fashion week! Never complain about spending a week with fabulous clothes, inspiring designers and beautiful models.
Paper Dolls Illustrated by Jill Monsod