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Fashion stylists in Toronto are the unsung heroes behind countless glossy magazine shoots, runway looks, and celebrity red-carpet hits-and-misses. Designers make the clothes, makeup and hairstylists whip the wearers into shape, and models and celebrities work the look with everything they’ve got. But when it comes to creating daring pairings, finding just the right accessory to go with that gown, or taking a rack full of clothing and telling a beautiful story over several magazine pages, you’ve inevitably got the keen eye of a stylist to thank.

Many of Toronto’s top stylists work freelance, or for major agencies, while others are in-house talent at magazines and TV shows. All of them are responsible for making a carefully-chosen mix of influences, pieces and aesthetics look seamless and effortless.

Here are my picks for the top 10 fashion stylists in Toronto.

Odessa Paloma Parker
Before she was the fashion editor at the Globe and Mail, Paloma Parker did everything from personal wardrobe consultations to styling editorials for Chloe to heading up the dearly-departed Plaid. A bona fide street style star in her own right, she’s at her best when working with her signature mix-and-match, print-happy aesthetic.

Zeina Esmail
FASHION magazine’s editor at large does double duty as a stylist for hire. When she’s not busy the magazine’s styling cover shoots, featuring the likes of Taylor Swift and Lorde, she’s collaborating with Pink Tartan’s Kimberly Newport-Mimran to style her runway shows, including her oh-so-’70s spring/summer 2015 show at World MasterCard Fashion Week. You’ll also occasionally find her talking trends on The Morning Show.

George Antonopoulos
Antonopoulos has a two-decade track record in the industry, with the roster of supermodel clients to match: he’s dressed Iman, Shalom Harlow, Milla Jovovich, Jessica Stam and Andreja Pejic, to name a few. In addition to amassing a massive portfolio of avant-garde, highly-stylized editorials, he’s earned a few nods from the Canadian fashion establishment, including a collaborative line with Danier and a Stylist Of The Year prize at the 2014 CAFA awards.

Dwayne Kennedy
As the fashion director of The Collections, which represents designers like Sid Neigum, Sarah Stevenson and Beaufille, Kennedy has a direct connection to some of Toronto’s most celebrated up-and-coming lines. He’s contributed his signature dark, minimal aesthetic to Mark Fast and Amanda Lew Kee’s runway presentations, but also boasts a healthy record of commercial gigs. (He’s also easy to pick out in any Toronto street style roundup.)

Rita Liefhebber
Leifhebber started out as a model; now, in addition to designing her own line of breezy staples, she’s an in-demand stylist who counts Holt Renfrew, MAC, and Harry Rosen among her frequent corporate clients. Elle Canada brought her in to lend her bold vision to shoots with Carrie Underwood and Jessica Pare; she’s also dressed Katy Perry, Emily Haines and Ellen Page.

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