A Look Inside the Michael Kors Hosted and Alexandra Richards DJed Shindig in Toronto

Designer Michael Kors touched down in Toronto yesterday for a meet-and-greet at his swanky Bloor Street boutique. Amidst racks of colourful, summer-ready apparel offerings and display cases of the brand’s wildly popular accessories, Kors chatted up editors, stylists and loyal customers, danced to tunes spun by model/DJ/rock royalty offspring Alexandra Richards, and even autographed a few of his handbags for his fiercest of fans.

Yours truly spent the evening doing what we do best: catching up with some of our favourite fashion folks, including our partner-in-crime Nelia Belkova and the life of every party Stacey McKenzie; ogling outfits, namely those of Jay Strut and Aya McMillan, who both showed up in fabulous black and white jailbird stripes; and shopping, natch. We even had our very own Kors encounter, and a snap with the grinning designer himself to prove it.

Stacey McKenzie

Alexandra Richards and Michael Kors

Samantha, Caillianne and Rana Beckerman

Nelia Belkova and Aya McMillan

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Spotted from the Backseat: AGO Massive Party 2013 GOLD Edition

On April 18, the Art Gallery of Ontario threw its annual fundraising bash, Massive Party, welcoming about 1,800 guests through its doors for one of the biggest art parties Toronto has to offer. Co-chairs Laura Adams and Marie Corsini hosted the gold-themed soiree, which featured live performances and art installations inspired by everyone’s favourite precious metal.

The dress code was a style photographer’s dream come true. From incredibly luxe to delightfully tacky, party-goers arrived outfitted in everything gold. Bold statement jewelry, shiny sequins, and chic metallic shoes in golden hues abound. As for yours truly, T donned a smart brocade blazer while I chose a tulle skirt, both by Pink Tartan and in the colour of the night.

Check out the gallery below for some of our favourite gold get-ups from Massive Party GOLD.

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Viktor & Rolf Take Over The Room at The Bay Toronto

“Nice jacket”: two words that literally made my week, uttered by Viktor Horsting (or was it Rolf Snoeren? It was all such a giddy blur.) to me. The jacket in question? A mustard yellow blazer with contrast black piping designed by Viktor & Rolf themselves. The Amsterdam-based duo was in town earlier this week for a very well-attended meet-and-greet with Toronto’s fashion set at The Room at The Bay.

With HBC President Bonnie Brooks and VP / Buying Director of The Room Nicholas Mellamphy as hosts and DJ Mia Moretti spinning her magic, partygoers that included the inimitable Jeanne Beker, FASHION Magazine’s EIC Bernadette Morra and socialites Stacey Kimel and Suzanne Rogers spent the evening chatting with the charming Dutch guests-of-honour, sipping on champagne and admiring the V&R wares.

Dr. Lisa Airan and PR maven Suzanne Cohon stole the sartorial show with brightly-coloured frocks, the former in an orange Carven dress with cutouts and the latter in a fuchsia Roksanda Ilincic number (last seen on Ginnifer Goodwin!). The usually cool as a cucumber blogger Anita Clarke chose a peplum Roland Mouret to meet her fashion idols, while the effortlessly chic stylist Amy Patel paired her Margiela x H&M bodysuit with denim overalls for the occasion. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention blogger Jay Strut, who showed up in a heavily embellished Balmain jacket that made our jaws drop.

Check out the gallery below for some of our favourite looks from the night.

Image Credit: George Pimentel

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Holt Renfrew’s Rag & Bone Bash for Designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville

Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright (left) and David Neville (Image Credit: George Pimentel)

With a slew of international designers scheduled to drop by Toronto this month, Holt Renfrew threw down the gauntlet last week with a shindig in honour of Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville. The third floor of the retailer’s Bloor Street flagship, home to its contemporary collections, was transformed into a party space complete with a graffiti wall.

With the design duo’s latest offerings on hand (including an incredible green leather jacket worn by Kate Moss in their Spring 2013 campaign), cotton candy and pretzel stands at the ready, and DJ Fathom spinning all the right tunes for a crowded makeshift dance floor, I had more fun that evening than at my last visit to Holt’s end-of-season sale. And that’s saying a lot, coming from a shopaholic.

It was a great night for street style spotting too – the storm raining down outside didn’t appear to deter anyone from showing up in their best Rag & Bone(-esque) duds. There were summery white frocks (take that, hail storm!), denim rolled and ripped in all the right places, and plenty of that black-and-white trend we keep hearing about. Check out the gallery below for our favourite looks from the Holt Renfrew x Rag & Bone shindig.

(Image Credit: George Pimentel)

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Spotted from the Backseat: Ancient PROM at the ROM 2013 Edition

On April 5, the Royal Ontario Museum‘s Young Patron’s Circle threw its annual fundraising bash, welcoming hundreds of partygoers to the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal for Ancient PROM. Hosted by MTV’s Aliya-Jasmine Sovani and CP24’s Gurdeep Ahluwalia, this year’s fete featured food and entertainment inspired by the ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman civilizations.

The dress code followed suit, calling for Grecian glam or Cleopatra chic for the ladies and gladiator garb for the men. PROM guests, including philanthropist Suzanne Rogers, interior designer Glenn Dixon, Toronto Argonaut Mike Bradwell and bloggers Anita Clarke and Jay Strut, arrived in style, dutifully donning head jewels, body armour, or at the very least the traditional high school prom fare.

As they do year after year, ROM PROM-goers showed impressive sartorial commitment to the theme, making it one of the most fun parties of the year.

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Target Celebrates Canadian Launch With Sarah Jessica Parker and Blake Lively

Target officially launched in Canada last week with the help of some very bold-face names. Sarah Jessica Parker, Blake Lively and even mascot Bullseye the dog were on hand at the new location at Shopper’s World Danforth to celebrate the discount department store chain’s arrival north of the border.

Decked out in spring florals, SJP and Lively were joined by actress Elisha Cuthbert, Olympic gold medalist Adam van Koeverden, rapper Kardinal Offishall and media personalities like Ben Mulroney, Dan Levy and Tracy Moore on the red carpet and in the checkout line. Because who can resist a bit of pocketbook-friendly retail therapy in a Target store?

As Target locations continue to roll out across the country, one is sure to pop up near you if it hasn’t already. In the meantime, check out the gallery below for 30 images from the Target Canada launch and start getting excited!

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When Toronto Met Roksanda: A Peek Inside the Roksanda Ilincic Fête at The Room at The Bay

Yours truly with Roksanda Ilincic

Roksanda Ilincic made a one-day jaunt to Toronto last week for a fête in her honour at The Room at The Bay. The Serbian-born, London-based womenswear designer brought with her a charming disposition and highly covetable Fall 2013 collection that both won over the city’s fashion set.

Not that she didn’t already have big fans here. Socialite Stacey Kimel, blogger Nelia Belkova and Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fashion Director Suzanne Timmins were all decked out in Ilincic’s unmistakably chic and colourful wares at the invite-only cocktail party. The statuesque designer herself chose a whimsical printed pink gown for the occasion, a design from the Fall runway collection that just debuted in London last month.

Those of us without the pleasure of Ilincic pieces in our closets (yet!) still showed up in our Thursday best: Jenna Naumovich sported the to-die-for, limited edition Giuseppe Zanotti for Kanye West ‘Cruel Summer’ heels, while Jessica Chiu donned a printed Prabal Gurung frock that made our hearts go pitter-patter. Yours truly decided on a LRD by another London-based designer, Mary Katrantzou, while T wore a patterned velvet blazer by Club Monaco.

Merely a day after The Room’s latest shindig, while we were still basking in the glow of meeting the lovely Roksanda, came news of the next: a month from now, on April 16, featuring Viktor & Rolf. Mark your calendars!

Hudson’s Bay Company’s Suzanne Timmins with Stacey Kimel

Charlotte Positano and The Room’s Jenna Naumovich

Kimberly Lyn, FLARE Magazine’s Ryan M. Cheung, Nelia Belkova, me and The Genteel’s Irene Kim

Jessica Chiu and The Room’s Steven Baughan

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Spotted from the Backseat: Canadian Stage Theatre Ball 2013 Edition

Megan Loach and Tracy Briggs

Canadian Stage hosted its annual fundraising gala, Theatre Ball, in Toronto last week in celebration of its 25th anniversary. With CTV’s Seamus O’Regan serving as master of ceremonies and the guest list including the likes of actor Jason Priestley and actress/comedian Caroline Rhea, the black tie soirée raised over $300,000 in support of Canadian Stage’s artistic programming, development activities and education and youth initiatives. 

Many of the city’s most fashionable descended on The Carlu for the dinner, live auction, and opportunity to schmooze with Priestley, former Beverly Hills 90210 star and childhood crush of mine. Knot PR’s Amy Burstyn-Fritz showed up in a printed Mary Katrantzou frock, The Bay’s Megan Loach donned a turquoise Emanuel Ungaro gown, and FASHION Magazine‘s Randi Bergman chose a cheeky Margiela at H&M ensemble for the occasion.

FASHION Magazine’s Randi Bergman (left) and Paige Dzenis with Jason Priestley

Knot PR’s Amy Burstyn-Fritz and Tatiana Read

Seamus O’Regan and Steve Doussis

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A Peek Inside Our Private Soirée at Tiffany & Co.’s Toronto Flagship

The sight of just about anything wrapped in Tiffany blue is always exciting, so when an invitation to a private soirée for me and my best blogging buds arrived, you can be sure it elicited a chorus of squeals. Nelia of Style Blog, Kimberly of The Souls of My Shoes, T and me were summoned recently to the Tiffany & Co. flagship on Bloor Street in Toronto for the boutique’s first ever private viewing session.

Dressed in our finest LBDs – the perfect backdrops to diamonds, diamonds and more Tiffany diamonds – we arrived at the store for our big date with the lovely Andrea Hopson, Vice President, Canada at Tiffany & Co. The next few hours were a blur of jewelry, cake and champagne, all the ingredients for a lovely evening spent behind the heavily-secured doors of a closed Tiffany boutique that was open exclusively just for us. Our very own sparkling playground for the night!

We took full advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, adorning ourselves with stunning piece after stunning piece. Diamond this, 24-karat gold that…it was the stuff of dreams. We paraded around in Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard, tried on Jean Schlumberger‘s insanely gorgeous bracelets, and pretty much died over a $22,000 gold Elsa Peretti bone cuff that none of us could bear to part with.

We even held an impromptu photo session in the leather goods section – Andrea included! – complete with oversized Tiffany sunglasses, chic Tiffany handbags and, of course, our usual duck faces. It was, undoubtedly, one of the most surreal experiences of my blogging career to date. Thank you, Tiffany & Co., for hosting us. It’s been a week now, and I’m still pinching myself!

T, Kimberly Lyn, Andrea Hopson, Nelia Belkova and me

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Paul Hardy’s 10th Anniversary Runway Show and Bash in Calgary

“It’s like Narnia out there!” said Paul Hardy, “But it’s good weather for lots of winter coats.” Spoken like a true Canadian fashion designer, and he was right. With the scenic and snowy Prince’s Island Park in Calgary as our backdrop, fashion media types from across the country had gathered at the River Café, one of the finest restaurants in the city, to kick off the 10th anniversary celebrations for Mr. Hardy last month.

Prince’s Island Park, Calgary

The designer had teamed up with Tourism Calgary and Travel Alberta to fly in editors and bloggers from Toronto, including Anita Clarke of I Want – I Got, Nelia Belkova of Style BlogLisa Ng of The Hip & Urban Girl’s Guide, and yours truly, to experience the very best Calgary has to offer, both sartorially and gastronomically.

Enjoying our first Calgary snowfall

Having checked in at Hotel Arts the night before and filled our stomachs with a delicious meal of bison and hot apple cider, among other delights, at brunch, we were off to do some sightseeing before the evening’s grand fashion show and after-party extravaganza.

Bison striploin at the River Cafe in Prince’s Island Park

“Sightseeing” for a gaggle of fashion bloggers is synonymous with “shopping”, and so we found ourselves visiting the local Holt Renfrew and The Bay department stores, wiling away the afternoon on the most frivolous of pastimes. Calgary, it turns out, has much to offer a fashion blogger with a few dollars burning a hole in her pocket.

Shopping at Holt Renfrew Calgary

Later that day, the weekend’s main festivities began, including a cocktail hour hosted by former Dragon’s Den star W. Brett Wilson (who, by the way, had Real Housewives of Vancouver‘s Mary Zilba on his arm), Paul Hardy’s Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show and, of course, an after-party attended by the who’s who of the Calgary social set.

Christopher Turner, Nelia Belkova, Stefania Yarhi, Lisa Ng, Anita Clarke and me

The runway presentation, what we were really all there for, featured an incredible line-up that ranged from fierce leather looks to jaw-droppingly gorgeous gowns, with live musical accompaniment courtesy of The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and singers Paul Brandt and Greg Sczebel.

Amongst the scrumptious food and drink, lively music, wonderful company, and snowstorm to boot, it was the fashion that stood out the most – and that’s really saying something. I went into my very first trip to Calgary knowing embarrassingly little about Paul Hardy and his work, but I left his fair city a fan. That ruffled leather top and leather pencil skirt combo? Made for me. And well worth the cross-country flight to see up close and personal.

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