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Our top five fashion stories of 2022

From TikTok fashion trends to style moments on the runway, it’s been an incredible year for fashion in the city. With everyone venturing back out to socialize, people wanted to know how to walk the streets of Toronto with style this year! Here are the top five style stories that caught your eye in 2022.

5. The Blokecore fashion trend

At the height of popularity for this unique and timely fashion trend thanks to the World Cup, we wrote a guide to the trend and spoke to some Torontonians on why they love it. Recognized by some combination of a (ideally vintage) football (soccer) jersey with baggy or straight-cut denim and some type of classic Adidas sneaker, the fad blew up and was aptly named “Blokecore” as a playful mockery of British football fans.

4. A guide to streetwear culture in Toronto

Streetwear style has been a staple in Toronto for years, and nowhere is that more clear than the abundance of incredibly innovative and successful streetwear brands coming out of the city. This comprehensive history of the style in Toronto and beyond coupled with a guide to many of the Toronto-based streetwear brands for eager shoppers was an indication that the demand for street-savvy clothing isn’t going anywhere.

3. A Q&A with Toronto designer Ellie Mae

For the second year in a row, Ellie Mae has made the cut for Streets of Toronto’s most popular fashion stories. This time, it was a Q&A with the popular Toronto designer that delved into everything from her fashion influences from L.A. to London, the value of sustainability in her brand to the inspiration for the company’s new vintage line.

2. Jeanne Beker’s guide to fashion-forward trenches

Jeanne Beker’s monthly fashion columns sharing the best of fashion Toronto has to offer are always popular, but this story on trench coats with a twist really made its mark with the spring fashion crowd. From a sleeveless iteration of the classic trench from Toronto designer Hilary MacMillan to a stunning scalloped Chloé coat with an equally stunning price tag, these funky trench coats offer something for everyone.

1. Saks Fifth Avenue’s major transformation

At the beginning of 2022, we reported that Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton would be exiting luxury department store Saks Fifth Avenue on Queen Street, readers were curious to know what had convinced these brands to move out of one of Toronto’s most popular luxury shops. Our November update shared some more details about the changes happening at Saks, including Christian Dior and Burberry also departing, and the four brands being replaced by Alexander McQueen, Moncler, Ralph Lauren and an expanded Balenciaga shop. This game of luxury musical chairs earned the top spot on our list.

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