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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Knot PR’s Amy Burstyn Fritz in a Calla Haynes skirt
On October 21, T and I had the pleasure of attending the Canadian Opera Company‘s eighth annual fundraiser, Operanation 8: A Muse Ball in Toronto. Despite having given opera a few sadly unsuccessful tries in the past (in hindsight, War and Peace in Russian wasn’t a very good starter opera), T was excited about the opportunity to see headliner Rufus Wainwright perform live and I was lured in by the promise of a fashion installation curated by RAC Boutique owners Glenna Weddle and Faith Orfus. Neither disappointed.
Featuring incredible, muse-inspired looks by Canadian designers Calla Haynes, Joeffer Caoc, Arthur Mendonça and Ashley Rowe, RAC’s installation was rivalled only by the partygoers’ own stunning ensembles. From lady in red Amy Burstyn-Fritz to a Mary Katrantzou-clad Megan Loach, the Operanation crowd was as well-styled and sartorially inspiring as the installation itself. In between style snaps, T and I also managed to eat, drink and dance the night away. In fact, we had so much fun that we vowed to give opera another proper try…or at least to attend Operanation again next year!
Designer Arthur Mendonça with a model in his design
RAC Boutique’s Faith Orfus
I Want – I Got’s Anita Clarke in a breathtaking Alexander McQueen Spring 2010 shawl
Red lips and white sequins
The Room at the Bay’s Megan Loach in Mary Katrantzou Spring 2011
On October 21, 2011, the Canadian Opera Company will be hosting its annual fundraiser, Operanation 8: A Muse Ball, and this year’s party promises a fashionable twist! Canadian fashion designers Calla Haynes, Joeffer Caoc, Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong for Greta Constantine, Arthur Mendonça and Ashley Rowe have been commissioned by the COC to create designs inspired by their own personal muses.
The custom-made pieces will be featured in a fashion installation curated by RAC Boutique, which sits alongside a headlining performance by Rufus Wainwright, a visual art installation by Nadia Belerique and Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, and a performance by Austra on the evening’s programme.
Tickets to Operanation 8 are available at operanation.ca, and all proceeds go to the COC’s Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. T and I are already planning our very best opera outfits. See you there?