On June 5, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto threw its annual fundraising bash, Power Ball: Old / New World, one of the year’s most anticipated art parties and definitely one of our favourite events on the city’s social calendar. Year after year, The Power Plant serves up an delightful mash-up of themed art installations, equally creative edible treats, and party-perfect beats. In turn, guests always respond with their most inspired art party getups, and this year was no exception.
From fashion photographer Renata Kaveh‘s jaw-droppingly gorgeous bronze gown (and Angelina Jolie-esque pose, natch) to Veronica Chail‘s ladylike, pearl-embellished frock by Toronto-based line NARCES, partygoers definitely brought their sartorial A games. Check out the gallery below for style snaps from Power Ball 2014, including writer Anya Georgijevic‘s envy-inducing ‘do, stylist Amarsana Gendunova‘s DIY lightbulb earrings and Biko Beauttah‘s pink and red fashion extravaganza.
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Ladies and gents, it’s that time of year again: THE BLOGGER BAZAAR is back! Your favourite neighbourhood shopaholic fashion bloggers and industry insiders are purging their overflowing wardrobes at the chicest closet sale ever to hit Toronto, and you’re going to want to get in on the action. If you thought #BloggerBazaarTO was epic last year, we’ve got fresh new steals for you to snag and a swanky new location to do it at.
WHAT: From cheap and cheerful fast fashion offerings to high-end designer wares, brand-spanking new items with tags attached to preloved vintage pieces, be ready to shop the closets of Nelia Belkova of Style Blog, Kimberly Lyn of The Souls of My Shoes, Hawley Dunbar of Sidewalk Hustle, Anita Clarke of I Want – I Got, Anya Georgijevic of I’m The It Girl, Liane Fong of The Lost Sea, Monica Mei of Wanderlusteurs, Jessica Chiu of Ever After Lacquer, and yours truly.
Did we mention the amazing gift bags (minimum $30 purchase, quantities limited), featuring some of our favourite brands and retailers? There’s that too. The epic swag bags will feature items from FLARE, ALDO Shoes, Dove, TRESemme, Roots Canada, eLUXE, essence cosmetics, vitaminwater, Forever 21, Call It Spring and Le Chateau.
WHO: Open to all of our lovely readers!
WHERE: Soho House, 192 Adelaide Street West, Toronto
WHEN: Sunday, June 1, 2014, 12:00-4:00pm.
HOW: Cash only. Please bring a reusable tote for your purchases.
Mark your calendars – it’s going to be a shopping extravaganza you won’t want to miss. See you there!
Kimberley Newport-Mimran, Jessica Mulroney and Suzanne Cohon
Rejoice, Canadian brides-to-be: Kleinfeld has officially opened its swanky doors at Hudson’s Bay’s Queen Street flagship in Toronto. The city’s social set descended upon the luxurious, 20,000 square foot bridal salon last week to toast the launch, and was swept off their feet by the stunning space and gorgeous selection of gowns, jewelry, and footwear. The shoes alone gave us heart palpitations; surely we don’t need an upcoming wedding to justify a white shoe purchase?
“Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay is the new standard in bridal retail in Canada. We’ve raised the bar by delivering unprecedented access to world-class designer gowns, the highest standard of service excellence, all in an absolutely stunning environment,” says Liz Rodbell, President of HBC Department Store Group.“
Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay has over 600 gowns from over 50 brands on offer, including collections from established Canadian bridal designers Ines Di Santo and Romona Keveza and Canadian bridal market newcomers David Dixon, Greta Constantine and Christopher Paunil. The impressive designer listing also features the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, J. Mendel, Naeem Khan, Reem Acra, and Zuhair Murad.
“This is a thrilling day for our team at Kleinfeld,” says Ronald Rothstein, Co-Owner of Kleinfeld Bridal. “We are the largest luxury bridal retailer in the world and our partnership with Hudson’s Bay allows us to bring the most unique shopping experience for Canadian brides and their families, and provides them with the finest selection of exclusive designer wedding gowns anywhere.”
Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay is currently accepting appointments over at www.kleinfeldbridal.ca. One of us is already married and the other isn’t planning nuptials anytime soon, so we’ll have to live vicariously through your Kleinfeld experiences. In the meantime, take a gander at the gallery below for snaps from the launch party.
Liz Rodbell, President, Hudson’s Bay Company and Mara Rothstein, Co-CEO, Kleinfeld
Vanessa Mulroney, Amoryn Engel and Jane Hanrahan
Greta Constantine for Kleinfeld design
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On June 5, Toronto Fashion Incubator held its annual TFI New Labels competition, with four up and coming labels showcasing their collections in front of a who’s who of the Canadian fashion industry. Chaired by philanthropist Suzanne Rogers and emceed by a David Dixon-clad Jeanne Beker, the evening featured a cocktail reception and runway show that culminated in the naming of AliceAzur by Miriam Baker as Most Promising New Label.
Miriam Baker took the honour over fellow finalists Christopher Paunil Designs, Laura Siegel and Nomad of the Sun by Ashley Boutcher. “All of our finalists have promising futures and each year we are amazed by the caliber of the showcased collections,” said Susan Langdon, Executive Director of TFI.
It was a tough decision we bet, and we don’t envy the esteemed panel of judges, which included TNT owner Arie Assaraf, designer David Dixon, FLARE Fashion Director Tiyana Grulovic and Suzanne Rogers, for having to make it.
“I am overwhelmed with this acknowledgement and would not have pushed myself this far if it wasn’t for the support of TFI and the panel of judges,” said Baker. ”I have learned through this process and am excited to develop a complete size range and start production.” Baker was awarded a $25,000 cash prize generously donated by Suzanne Rogers, an editorial spread in FLARE Magazine, and production of a lookbook for her collection by Covergirl and Pantene.
We’re loving the chic, feminine aesthetic of AliceAzur, and can’t wait to see Miriam Baker take her label to the next level with this big TFI New Labels win now under her belt. In the meantime, take a gander at the gallery below for images of the runway show and, of course, of guests’ glam (and, in many cases, Canadian-designed!) gala style.
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On April 28, New York-based designer and red carpet favourite Zac Posen touched down in Toronto for philanthropist Suzanne Rogers‘ annual fashion fundraiser in support of children’s charities. The ‘Suzanne Rogers Presents Zac Posen’ event saw the likes of Hamish Bowles, Leigh Lezark, Derek Blasberg and honourary co-chairs Lauren Santo Domingo and Martin Short make the trek north of the border to The Carlu to attend the black tie gala, which raised $800,000 for Boost Child Abuse Prevention & Intervention.
The evening featured Posen’s first ever fashion show in Canada (headlined by none other than Coco Rocha!), a dinner, live auction (a dance with the designer himself, anyone?) and an official after party. Many in the crowd showed up for all the festivities in their most red carpet-worthy looks, including Sylvia Mantella in a jaw-dropping baby blue confection, Ainsley Kerr in a gorgeous floral-embroidered gown, and Jessica Mulroney in an eye-catching cobalt blue number.
Check out the gallery below for 23 style snaps from what will undoubtedly be one of the year’s most glamourous affairs.
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Prom season has officially arrived. Though we’re a little on the old side for invitations, we were more than happy to live vicariously through the lucky ladies who attended Corsage Project‘s recent Boutique Ball in Toronto. A non-profit organization, Corsage Project is dedicated to giving young women in financial need the opportunity to celebrate prom with their peers by providing them with all the ingredients to a chic prom ensemble free of charge: the dress, matching accessories, and even a mini makeover.
As prom stylists in training, we dutifully shadowed the lovely Thurika K. as she embarked on her prom prep journey at Boutique Ball with her real life fairy godmother for the day Gail McInnes. As co-founder of Stylist Box, Gail knows a thing or two about styling celebrities for red carpets – a skill that, as it turns out, is very transferrable to the prom scene. From the before to the after shot, we followed along step by step as Thurika and Gail expertly navigated through a sea of generously donated gowns and accessories to arrive at the perfect prom look.
STEP 1: Thurika meets her Boutique Ball
personal shopper fairy godmother, Gail. Also, she remembers to bring her younger sister (right) along for moral support (and some manual labour).
STEP 2: Team Thurika attacks the dress racks, gathering potential candidates (see Step 1 re: sister and manual labour). After a few rounds in the dressing room, we knock it out of the ballpark with a stunning magenta mermaid gown. It’s The One!
STEP 3: Team Thurika hits the shoe tables…
…the handbag tables…
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Glenn Dixon and Suzanne Rogers
On April 12, the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario hosted its 13th annual fundraising gala, Odyssey, a soirée held in support of the non-profit organization’s efforts to deliver the right care at the right time and in the right place for children with cancer and their families. Decked out in their black tie best, the city’s social set arrived at the Liberty Grand in Toronto to support the very worthy cause at what is always one of the most glamourous events of the year.
POGO Gala 2014 featured a cocktail reception (duck confit quesadillas for the win!), silent auction (lunch with an astronaut, anyone?), gala dinner, live auction (drums and lessons from Johnny Fay of the Tragically Hip were up for grabs – how cool is that?), and even an official after-party. Check out the gallery below for 20 style snaps from POGO Gala 2014, including a pretty-in-pink Suzanne Rogers on the arm of a dapper Glenn Dixon, the lovely Jane Hanrahan in a gorgeous black gown, and the ultra chic duo of Lori Siddons and Brittney Kuczynski.
P.S. Find out more about POGO and how you can support the cause at pogo.ca.
Lori Siddons and Brittney Kuczynski
Jane Hanrahan (left)
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Waris Ahluwalia and Alexandra Weston
On April 3, Holt Renfrew threw an Indian-themed bash in honour of the launch of Uncrate India, a collection of products specially hand-selected by Alexandra Weston, Holt Renfrew’s Director of Brand Strategy, and designer Waris Ahluwalia, founder of House of Waris, on a journey to India together. The luxury retailer’s Bloor Street flagship in Toronto was completely transformed, instantly transporting guests straight to the markets of India, with even Bollywood dancers and mehndi artists on hand.
“The idea behind the ‘uncrate’ concept is to showcase the incredible products of different cultures and support the continuation of these crafts around the world. We began with India and sought to explore the artisanal depth and discover the extraordinary products of the country and tell their extraordinary stories within our H Project shops,” said Weston.
The Uncrate India collection features pieces from over 16 designers, including batik silk scarves, precious gemstones, hand-woven rugs, and more that will be available at Holt Renfrew’s Bloor Street, Yorkdale, Calgary and Vancouver locations until May 31.
“We went on a mission of discovery. Seeking out great talents, incredible objects, fresh interpretations of ancient ideas and products that transcend borders,” said Ahluwalia. “H Project allows us to continue to support traditional techniques and share our passion for craftsmanship with the world.”
Check out the gallery below for 28 style snaps of Uncrate India partygoers, many of them adorned in stunning saris or Indian-inspired getups, including Alexandra Weston herself, H Project designer Jenny Bird, stylist Nadia Pizzimenti, and designer Monica Chiu.
H Project designer Jenny Bird
Aya McMillan, Christopher Turner and Kimberly Lyn
Moira Wright, Amer Sandhu, Jeevin Sandhu and Brittany Barkwell
Jessica Chiu and Monica Chiu
Nadia Pizzimenti and Odessa Paloma Parker
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On March 29, the Young Patrons Circle held its annual fundraiser in support of the Royal Ontario Museum, traditionally one of the most fun events on Toronto’s social calendar. Inspired by the Forbidden City exhibition currently on at the ROM, Forbidden PROM invited guests to dress in traditional Chinese attire, munch on dim sum, and dance to DJ Rory Them Finest-spun tunes that we’re certain even the emperors would have enjoyed. In short, it was our favourite PROM to date.
As much as we love our BBQ pork, it was the fashion that made the night for us (though admittedly the BBQ pork was a close second place). Whether in traditional Chinese dress like Lisa Marie Chen‘s lovely lilac cheongsam or a more contemporary take like Lori Siddons‘ gorgeous dragon embroidered gown, partygoers donned their PROM best for the occasion and we absolutely loved it. Take a gander at the gallery below for over 30 style snaps from Forbidden PROM.
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The Fashion Group International is hosting a networking event at Soho House in Toronto this upcoming Friday, April 4 – and you’re invited! Yours truly is humbly headlining the event alongside a group of industry influencers that include publishers, designers, editors, and stylists, and we’d love to see you there.
Here’s your opportunity to ask creative directors Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong of Greta Constantine about their design process, talk backstage beauty with top makeup and hair stylist Sabrina Rinaldi, pick S’s brain about all things fashion blogging, and more.
Want in? Capacity is limited, so snag your tickets here, stat. See you there!