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Style: try the square scarf trend

Yet neck ties and square scarves have become the most sought after accessory of the spring/summer 2015 season.


It may be a nod to the 1970's fashion seen on nearly every catwalk in the last year.


Whatever the reason, delicate neckwear has never been so stylish.


At Gucci, the fashion house's famous prints were tied under denim military jackets, or worn in the style of a retro air steward's uniform.


Meanwhile, at Saint Laurent each model sashayed down the runway wearing a long strip of printed chiffon.


Even Tommy Hilfiger got in on the act by dressing models in a long thin scarf draped across the decollage.


Luckily the trend has filtered through to the high street and we're now seeing lots of choice when it comes to scarves.


It is also worth investing in a high quality silk scarf. Try young Scottish designer Karen Mabon for a scarf you'll wear forever.


This pond scene scarf has just the right amount of fun about it.


For a classic take on the trend, head to high street giant Topshop for a well-priced Paisley print neckerchief.


To channel French style wear with Breton stripes, like the model pictured here, or wear with a grey or white Tshirt to jazz up a plain outfit.



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Supermarket brand F&F continues to showcase a fantastic range.


This seaside-inspired scarf is just £8 and is a fun way to get on board with this trend.


Another store to try when shopping this look is Oliver Bonas, in Byres Road. Their selection of scarves is wide-ranging and you're sure to find a design that catches your eye.


The scribble heart scarf, pictured in our line-up here, will add a stylish edge to any outfit.


If you're looking for something grown-up with a vintage look about it, head to up-market high street store Jaeger.


They have an extensive selection of silk scarves at the higher end of the price range.


We love their colour palettes, including this orange, pink and black one, as well as the London print scarf.


Don't forget to try French online firm La Redoute, which is stocking this unusual green coloured piece, which is bound to brighten up your accessories wardrobe.


If the high street isn't for you then head to Glasgow's wide range of charity shops to find one-off scarves.


Vintage boutiques including Mr Ben's and The City Retro, both in the Saltmarket, also have a wide selection of unusual prints.


Tie your scarf round your neck, wear it loose - or even try tying it round your wrist or handbag. The most important thing is to have fun with this classic trend.

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Toronto Fashion Week: When celebrity meets style

When Academy Award winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow told the Canadian designers behind the Montreal-based Mackage label that they made "the absolute best leather pants," it wasn't quite the equivalent of getting a Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA) Award. But it was close.

"It was incredibly flattering to hear her say that and to see her wearing our clothes," says Elisa Dahan, the co-creative director of the label along with partner Eran Elfassy.

The designers, known for their slick down jackets and leather outerwear met with the star in Los Angeles to launch a fall capsule collection for Paltrow's websiteGoop.

Whatever you might think of the star's "lifestyle" website (she insists with much public skepticism that she is a "common woman" after all), celebrity moves product.

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Mackage showcases its fall 2015 collection on March 25 at World MasterCard Fashion Week at David Picaut Square in Toronto. The designers didn't have trouble with inspiration for their show since this was one of the coldest Canadian winters on record.

"It will be visually what you were feeling this winter with all that snow and ice," says Elfassy. "And of course, there will be glamour."

"Suits" star Meghan Markle — famous for her character's Zac Posen pencil skirts — is expected to attend the Mackage show.

And they are not alone. Other Canadian designers are eager to invited celebrity fans to sit in their front rows.

In Canada, the star system isn't so entrenched. This is not Paris Fashion Week, so no one expects "Zoolander" stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson to pop up on the runway as they did earlier this month at Valentino.

At Toronto fashion week, City TV reporters have been touted by some public relations folks as "celebrities" as have former Toronto Argonauts and CBC radio hosts.

But as the venue gets bigger, so do the stars. A runway show is about theatre. And the audience is an integral part of that experience, providing a validation of the worth of the designer through their celebrity.

So far this week, along with the fashion flag bearing socialites Suzanne Rogers and Sylvia Mantella, designers captured the attention of: "One Big Happy" sitcom star Elisha Cuthbert at Soia & Kyo; "Orphan Black" star Amanda Brugel at Kania; musician FeFe Dobson at Rudsak and "Rookie Blue" star Rachael Ancheril at Farley Chatto's show.

CBC's "Strange Empire" star, the talented Cara Gee is the definitive "It Girl" with the most scheduled appearances at shows from Pink Tartan, to Klaxon Howl, Malorie Urbanovitch, Stephan Caras and Mikael D.

"Growing up in Bobcaygeon … watching fashion on television, it was my favourite thing. I could really escape into that world," Gee said at the Pink Tartan show. "Fashion is an art form that is really valuable and important and I really respect what these people do to make it come alive."

She discovered designer Caitlin Power at Toronto fashion week and wore her dramatic, low plunging red dress to the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Gee is also a fan of Toronto-based 3rd Floor Studio which specialized in Canadian designs.

With the media attention on celebrities, getting your work associated with the right star is key. Fashion is about exposure. It's no surprise that Vivienne Westwood hat-sporting musician Pharrell Williams will receive the CFDA Fashion icon of the year award in June.

Perhaps the best made-in-Canada example of the power of celebrity is when Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wore her Canadian-made navy blue Smythe blazer like a uniform during her visit in 2011, launching the small company into the celebrity-sphere.

Still, if you are a small Canadian firm playing in the same space as a giant luxury firm such as LVMH, it doesn't hurt to level the playing field by having your clothes associated with celebrity.

Mackage, with relatively little promotion, have been at the forefront. More recently, Madonna was photographed in Switzerland on vacation wearing a Mackage fur collared jacket. Halle Berry, Blake Lively and Eva Mendes have been seen in Mackage as well.

Dahan will sometimes turn on the television and be reminded that the brand has become a small part of pop culture. Recently, "Law & Order SVU" star Markiska Hargitay wore one of her jackets.

"I'm a huge fan of 'Law & Order' so it was great to see that she was wearing it on the show," says Dahan. "We still get really excited when we see someone in one of our creations. It's a real affirmation."

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Tokyo Fashion Week

Tokyo Fashion Week opened Monday on a floral, fairy tale-inspired note, as a popular brand from Thailand turned the catwalk into a labyrinth strewn with petals.


Organisers of the line-up chose Thai label Sretsis - “sisters” written backwards - for the opening display in the trendy Shibuya district, in a bid to underline Tokyo’s leading position in the Asian fashion scene.


With whimsical chiffon dresses, a fox-shaped hoodie-shawl and hand-crocheted fruit earrings, creative director Pim Sukhahuta told reporters after the show that she wanted to create “treasurable, not trendy, but timeless pieces”. “It’s my own imagined labyrinth,” she said of her Autumn/Winter 2015 collection, which is filled with “flowers, fruits, strawberries, grapes and strange monsters that are also friendly”.





The show heavily featured a large-scale “fantasy labyrinth” print on silk chiffon and a German-made wool-blend that looks like fur and is used in Steiff teddy bears.


“I like something young and cute and playful but at the same time with a more sophisticated sense,” she said, summing up the idea as “fairytales for grown-ups”.


Sukhahuta began designing clothes for her sisters, who are also involved in the Sretsis label, which launched in 2002. It is the first of 52 brands exhibiting at Tokyo this week, six of which are from outside Japan.


Akiko Shinoda, director of international affairs at Japan Fashion Week Organisation, said each brand featuring on the runway would be “completely different - there’s no one theme or concept”.


Tokyo Fashion Week is largely seen as a launchpad for edgy young designers, not yet attracting the big names seen at Milan, Paris, London and New York.


Established Japanese designers such as Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe and Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garcons, all show their collections in Paris.


Shinoda said Tokyo maintained its position at the helm of Asian fashion thanks to its strong street style, which is “edgy and punk”, but she warned that other regional centres were catching up.


“The Thai government has invested so much in fashion,” she told AFP, calling for more “incubation programmes” to develop new Japanese talent. “At the moment Tokyo is number one, but we have to keep up the effort.”

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