Fashion Fix: Christopher Paunil

We’re getting our latest fix with Canadian fashion royalty Christopher Paunil!

*photos by George Pimental from Christopher Paunil’s latest collection at RE\SET™ in collaboration with Toronto Fashion Week®


Christopher Paunil Designs was founded in 2010 by Christopher Paunil and Chalo Hancock.  Offering custom bridal wear and ready-to-wear designs, their philosophy is simple: conscious design and meticulous production of high-quality wedding dresses and formal wear for the contemporary woman. More than just high fashion, Christopher Paunil seeks to make the world a better place through every step of the design process; from sustainably sourcing materials and supporting local labour to empowering customers with beautiful fashion and positive experiences, our belief in service, honesty, and positive experiences permeates every step of our detailed design and production process.

Along with a favorite of brides all over the country, Christopher Paunil glamorous designs have been seen on the red carpets of Hollywood movie premieres, Toronto Fashion Week, Keyshia Ka’Oir (The Mane Event), Laura Vandervoort (Bitten Supergirl), Natasha Negovanlis (Carmilla), Natalie Brown (The Strain, Dark Matter), Stacey McKenzie (America’s Next Top Model), ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey, Lauren Hammersley (Orphan Black, Mr D), and many more.

Both Paunil and Hancock are actively involved with the youth arts charity UforChange which is funded by the generous donations from the city’s philanthropic community and has received support from HRH Charles, Prince of Wales.

Fashion that makes women feel amazing and helps make the world a better place?  Consider us addicted to Christopher Paunil. We chatted with the brains behind the brand and learned about what inspires them to create such fashionable beauty.


How would you describe your personal style?

My everyday personal style is more about comfort than fashion, however, when I’m going out to an event my style is eclectic ranging from leather pants with a cuban heel to wide leg pants with a metallic flat. I’m really into fur lately, especially since partnering with HSG Furs this season – their pieces are just so luxurious and modern. I like to have fun with how I dress and not take it too seriously. Style is about wearing what makes you feel confident.

How would you describe your line/brand?

For us, it’s all about confidence and power. After all, Christopher Paunil is a luxury women’s brand and we specialize in contemporary bridal, evening and bespoke gowns, which are handmade in Toronto. Aesthetically our line has a deep sense of classic elegance with a modern essence whether it’s in the fabrications, or techniques used to finish our garments.


If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

I would be a spy – I would be a field agent fighting bad guys and saving the world.


What is the best piece of style advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I’ve ever received is pretty simple but profound: be yourself and don’t worry about what others think.

If you had any advice for people who aspire to work in fashion, what would it be?

This can be applied to pretty much any to field, but my advice would be to learn your strengths and weaknesses. Focus is important – focusing on your strengths can help avoid stress down the road.  Find your team which supports not only your business but also you. We’ve been so fortunate to have so many great people we work with, especially the teams at RE\SET, Toronto Fashion Incubator, and Stylist Box – they’ve all helped propel our brand to the next level.

Also, fashion is not for those that like to sit around – this is a fast-paced industry with many moving parts and it takes a driven individual to get far in this business.

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Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Addicted Magazine. Her myriad of addictions include music, fashion, travel, technology, boxing and trying to make the world a better place. Nadia is also a feminist, an animal lover, and a neverending dreamer. Keep up with her on social media through @thenadiae.
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