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AliceAzur by Miriam Baker Wins Toronto Fashion Incubator’s New Labels 2014 Competition

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 DesignsLaura 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 DixonFLARE 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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Spotted from the Backseat: Suzanne Rogers Presents Zac Posen

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 LezarkDerek 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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The Corsage Project: Making Prom Dreams Come True at Boutique Ball 2014

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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Spotted from the Backseat: POGO Gala 2014 Edition


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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Spotted from the Backseat: Holt Renfrew’s Uncrate India Party


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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Spotted from the Backseat: Forbidden PROM 2014 Edition

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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YOU’RE INVITED | FGI In Association with CAFA Presents: An Evening of Networking & Cocktails With Industry Influencers

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!

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#BeautyBrunchTO: Our Fashion Week Prep Sesh At Do My Hair

One fabulous Toronto Fashion Week ago, we teamed up with our blogger BFFs Nelia Belkova of Style Blog and Kimberly Lyn of The Souls Of My Shoes for a pre-WMCFW primp session at Do My Hair. The lovely salon in midtown Toronto generously offered our lovely readers complimentary haircuts, blowouts and makeup application on the sunny Sunday afternoon right before opening night of fashion week, and we – and you! – definitely took them up on their offer.

Thanks to all who came out for #BeautyBrunchTO! We had an absolute blast meeting you all and witnessing your gorgeous makeovers, and even learned a few beauty tips and tricks from the pros. And a huge thank you to the talented folks at Do My Hair for hosting us, and to smartwater and vitaminwater for supplying the very addictive refreshments.

Missed the fun? Check out the gallery below for a few snaps from #BeautyBrunchTO, and be sure to stay tuned for news of our next big event!

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YOU’RE INVITED: Blogger Beauty Brunch with Do My Hair in Toronto

Toronto Fashion Week is just around the corner, ladies and gents, and we’re already in full prep mode, RSVPing to runway show invites, planning outfits and beautifying ourselves. A fresh new beauty look is definitely in order, so we’re teaming up with our blogger BFFs, Kimberly Lyn of The Souls of My Shoes and Nelia Belkova of Style Blog on Blogger Beauty Brunch, a pre-fashion week primp party at Do My Hair in Toronto – and you’re invited!

The talented team at Do My Hair is offering complimentary haircuts, blowouts and makeup application to our lovely readers. Want in? We bet you do, and here are all the details:

WHEN: Sunday, March 16, 2014, 10:30am-2:30pm

WHERE: Do My Hair, 583 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto

WHAT: Choice of a complimentary haircut, blowout, or makeup application! Swag bags (while supplies last)! Chance to win a $500 makeover!

WHO: The Souls of My ShoesStyle BlogThe Backseat Stylers, and you!

HOW: Call (416) 544-0505 to book your appointment. Spots are limited.

HASHTAG: #beautybrunchTO - use it on your instagrams and tweets on event day for a chance to win a $500 makeover (!) on a return visit to Do My Hair.

Excited? So are we! So book that appointment for your complimentary service, and we’ll see you on Sunday at Do My Hair. Can’t wait!

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Spotted from the Backseat: J.Crew Collection’s Toronto Store Launch


Afiya Francisco

Confession: we’re totally obsessed with J.Crew, especially all things J.Crew Collection. So when an invite arrived for the opening of the very first Collection store in Canada, on Bloor Street in Toronto no less, we were stoked. The promise of a Ms. Jenna Lyons in attendance too? We were officially beside ourselves.

Sadly, though we donned our Collection best for the occasion, our date with J.Crew’s creative director was not to be. Stuck in New York thanks to an epic snowstorm, Ms. Lyons sent a few looks fresh off the Fall 2014 runway in her place. Those, plus some good old Canadian-themed photo booth fun and almost 6,500 square feet of the statement necklaces and No. 2 pencil skirts we love so much, did a fantastic job of making up for our style icon’s absence.

Check out the gallery below for style snaps of Toronto’s fashion set in their favourite J.Crew duds. Nowhere near the new store? We’ll race you over to jcrew.com.


Aya McMillan


Fiona Green


Ainsley Kerr


Yours truly

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