THE WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER TELLS US WHERE TO GO
Story by Odessa Paloma Parker
Photos provided by Jessica Mary Clayton
Designer Jessica Mary Clayton played with natural elements in both her Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter 2012 collections; the former being influenced by the Alberta Tar Sands (Clayton is from Fort McMurry, AB) – “Not necessarily commenting on it but bringing people’s attention to it and encouraging them to look more into it. Instead of [me] saying ‘Stop the Oil Sands,’ they’d educate themselves more about it” – and the latter possessing the glint of gemstones like Quartz and Pyrite which are printed on her floaty, fierce pieces.
With such interesting interplay between the elements and arresting design, we naturally thought to ask her about her favourite places to eat, shop and play!
Midfield Wine Bar on Dundas just opened their patio. Christopher has an amazing selection of wines from all over the world and he always takes the time to help you find one that suits your tastes.
Red Tea Box for delicious tea and cakes.
The Harbord Room has a beautiful and romantic back patio to go along with their delicious menu.
The Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat. I take my dogs there almost everyday to take a dip in the lake. It has amazing views of the city and I love to sit on the beach there and daydream.
Fawn. Its always been a favourite of mine so I was honoured when Kasha [Bilobram, the owner] picked up my S/S2012 line.
Deep fried goodness from the CNE. And Raspberry Lemonade from Crafted by Te Aro on Ossington.
Sarah by JT Leroy and Infinite Variety: The Life and Legend of Marchesa Luisa Casati are my favourites. I pick up my leisure reading at Type (across from Trinity Bellwoods) and for design books I head to Swipe Design.