Peroni Celebrates Vogue Italia’s 50th Anniversary With Exhibition at Holt Renfrew

Vogue Italia is celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary this year, and Peroni decided that the perfect gift would be an exhibition in the magazine’s honour, right here in Toronto.

Titled ‘Peroni Nastro Azzurro Celebrates The Visionary World of Vogue Italia’, the exhibition provides a behind-the-scenes look at the incredibly talented roster of designers, models, film actors and more who have graced its pages or contributed to them, delving into the magazine’s video archives.

The story is told in moving images as never seen before. Miles Aldridge’s hypnotic shots in saturated colours; art by Vanessa Beecroft and Marina Abramović;  models such as Mariacarla Boscono and Eva Herzigova; icons of cinema including Quentin Tarantino and Michael Fassbender; cult designers such as Manolo Blahnik and Philip Treacy. Each gives a unique insight into what makes Vogue Italia a powerful force for Italian style.

Check out the gallery below for style snaps from the launch party, which was attended by the likes of Vogue Italia contributor Grazia D’Annuncio and designer Stella Jean. The must-see exhibition is housed at the Holt Renfrew Bloor Street flagship in Toronto until October 31. It is open to the public, and is also available online at and

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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: Holt Renfrew’s World Mastercard Fashion Week Opening Night Party

Holt Renfrew kicked off World Mastercard Fashion Week with a stylish bang earlier this week with their traditional opening night shindig. Toronto’s fashion set wrapped up day 1 of the shows by flocking to the shoe floor of the retailer’s Bloor Street flagship for a celebration of Canadian fashion.

With a frenzied week’s worth of runway shows and after-parties to look forward to, editors, stylists, socialites and bloggers showed up in their finest opening night garb and in the mood to party. Check out the gallery below for style snaps from the night, featuring many of our most favourite faces to see at fashion week.

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A Look Inside Man Repeller Leandra Medine’s Book Signing at Holt Renfrew

Leandra Medine, Madame Man Repeller herself, stopped by Holt Renfrew‘s Toronto flagship last week for a meet-and-greet with fans. The popular fashion blogger sat down for a Q&A session with FASHION Magazine‘s Randi Bergman, and then graciously signed copies of her first book Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. for budding man repellers.

Missed her personal appearance and haven’t yet picked up your copy? Here’s Leandra’s pitch for you to do so:

“…look, I’m not going to tell you that you have to read it but I am going to say that you should. Why? Because (1) if you already hate me, it will fuel those emotions, thus making you a more passionate individual than you were previously. (2) There are stories about all kinds of weird things like seer sucker bermuda shorts and the ankle length white socks I forgot to take off the first time I engaged in sexual intercourse.”

Sounds like a must-read. Before you click on over to for a copy, check out the gallery below for party snaps from Leandra’s visit at Holt Renfrew.

FASHION Magazine’s Randi Bergman and Man Repeller Leandra Medine

FASHION Magazine’s Paige Dzenis and Nancy Won

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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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Fashion News

Holt Renfrew to Launch Lower-Priced Chain, hr2, in March 2013

Holt Renfrew announced today the launch of a new, lower-priced chain of stores next year. Called “hr2”, the new concept will offer men’s and women’s apparel, footwear and accessories at lower price points than Holt Renfrew customers are accustomed to shelling out at the luxury department store. There won’t be any overlap between the merchandise sold at the two chains, but hr2 will be stocking exclusive product lines and diffusion labels designed by many of the designers whose main lines can be found at Holt Renfrew.

“We can deliver this new concept because of the strong and enduring relationships we have with the world’s leading brands,” said Heather Arts, vice president of hr2. “The depth and breadth of our brand portfolios is impressive. Not all of it fits within the Holt Renfrew luxury model, and they see this as an ideal opportunity to further extend the market reach of their brands in Canada.”

The first hr2 location is set to open in Montreal’s Quartier DIX30 shopping centre in March 2013, with a second, unidentified location, to follow in Ontario. Rumour has it that the lone Holt Renfrew Last Call, located at Vaughan Mills, will be converted from a clearance outlet to the new hr2 format. By the end of 2015, Arts promises that there will be “a strong national presence” across Canada.

Though I’m mourning the impending loss of my beloved Last Call, hr2 has me intrigued. As a huge fan of Barneys CO-OP, one of my favourite sources for 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang (both currently carried at Holt Renfrew) and FALLON jewelry, I can’t wait to find out whether hr2 will be able to curate an equally enticing designer list that will be gentler on the pocketbook than that of its older (175, to be exact) sister. Who’s excited for hr2?

xx, S

Image via The Globe & Mail

Fashion News

Missoni x Holt Renfrew Collaborate on Limited Edition Bear and Elephant for OrphanAid

Remember when Missoni collaborated with Target on a collection of pretty much everything under the sun, and we were feeling a little left out north of the border? Well we’ve got something even better coming our way: Missoni and Holt Renfrew have teamed up to bring us a limited edition stuffed animal duo!

Meet the exclusive Missoni Bear and Elephant, classic Missoni print and all. How cute are they? Each will retail for $50, and are being sold in support of OrphanAid.

“I began volunteering with OrphanAid Africa nine years ago, in its early days,” said Margherita Missoni, President of OrphanAid Africa Italia. “To see the changes and impact we have made to better the lives of children is incredible and rewarding. We are very pleased to have joined forces with Holt Renfrew. The funds raised will further strengthen our cause.”

The adorable striped pair will be available starting November 1. Also, stop by Holt Renfrew’s Bloor Street flagship in Toronto on November 8 for the opportunity to meet Margherita Missoni, Chief Accessories Designer of Missoni, who will be making a public appearance at 5:30 p.m. See you there!

xx, S

Image courtesy of Holt Renfrew


The Backseat Stylers x Fashion’s Night Out 2012: Part Two – Holt Renfrew, eLUXE and More

Shopping parties are the best when raided with an equally fashion-minded sister (at The Bazaar by RAC Boutique). (Image Credit: Richard Fabregui)

And just like that, Fashion’s Night Out Toronto has come and gone, but while it was here on September 6, we sure took full advantage. It was a jam-packed evening of shopping party after shopping party, the very best kind by our measure.

We kicked off our night at Toronto Eaton Centre (check out our recap), and the FNO fun was only just beginning. Next stop? Holt Renfrew, of course, where we joined a very magenta street party complete with pink confetti, limited edition pink Diet Coke bottles and a pop-up shop selling exclusive Holt Renfrew 175th anniversary paraphernalia. There may have been some confetti throwing and dancing in the street on our part (and photographic evidence).

From there we made the short trek to Hazelton Lanes to pay The Shopping Soirée, hosted by Toronto Fashion Incubator, TNT and Fashion Cares, and the MasterCard Stylicity Lounge a visit. There we chatted with a Mary Katrantzou-clad Suzanne Rogers, ogled the Kara Ross jewels on Gail McInnes and Kelly Claman, and caught up with some of our favourite fellow fashion bloggers, including Style Blog‘s Nelia Belkova, who also chose Clover Canyon for the occasion (take a gander at our FNO outfit post). There were also tables and tables of stylish goods to covet.

Our next destination was equally full of temptation for the pocketbook. A chauffeured BMW (by the way, how sweet is that?) took us to The Bazaar by RAC Boutique. More of the city’s independent boutiques than we can name had assembled together at the Burroughes Building to offer a carefully curated selection of chic offerings. The whimsical necklaces from Foe and Dear and statement jewelery from Love of Mine, in particular, were very hard to resist.

With closing time for Fashion’s Night Out just around the corner, we made one final stop at eLUXE‘s FNO bash. There was just enough time to admire the exclusive Smythe x eLUXE tuxedo jacket and make use of the photo booth with Toronto Is Fashion‘s Richard Fabregui. Fashion’s Night Out wouldn’t have been complete without the obligatory jumping session in the photo booth – am I right or am I right?

And with that, the clock struck 11pm, FNO was done for the year, and yours truly returned to our hotel room and ordered everything off the room service menu to cap off one hell of a Fashion’s Night Out. Till next year!

Me and Nelia Belkova – Clover Canyon loving twins! (Image Credit: Richard Fabregui)

Pink lemonade at Massimo Dutti at Toronto Eaton Centre – yes please!

Live-tweeting Toronto Eaton Centre’s fabulous FNO fashion show with PR all-star Jenna Stothers.

I really, really like confetti. Especially the pink kind at Holt Renfrew’s Hot@175 street party.

Well hello there,  Gail McInnes, Glenn Dixon and Suzanne Rogers (in Mary Katrantzou!), at The Shopping Soirée at Hazelton Lanes of course.

Fabulous Kara Ross statement necklaces for all! Except me…I need to work on that.

Bloggers Richard Fabregui, Nelia Belkova, Marc Piercey, Anita Clarke and me at The Shopping Soirée at Hazelton Lanes. (Image Credit: Nelia Belkova)

Jeanne Beker at the MasterCard Stylicity Lounge. (Image Credit: Justin Charles)

Chauffeured BMW pour moi et mes fellow media types. No big deal.

Being silly with Richard at The Bazaar by RAC Boutique.

Actor Adrian Grenier and his entourage (see how we did that?) at The Bazaar by RAC Boutique. (Image Credit: Ashlea Wessel)

Working on my photo booth jumping game with T and Richard at eLUXE’s FNO event.

xx, S


Fashion’s Night Out Is Finally Here! Our Guide to the Must-Visit Shopping Parties in Toronto Tonight

Fashion’s Night Out has finally arrived! And with so many exciting events on the official FNO Toronto calendar and only 5 hours to fit it all in, we thought we’d give you a hand by narrowing it down to our top picks for the evening.

We’ll be kicking off our Fashion’s Night Out at Toronto Eaton Centre and you should definitely join us for the fashion show and FNO merchandise giveaways between 7-8pm. After that, we can shop till we drop (or until 11pm) at TEC, or hit up some (or all, if you’re a speedy shopper) of the following:

  • Aime by Monica Mei (198A Davenport Road, Upper Level)

Preview the latest collection and receive a gift with purchase where a portion of proceeds will benefit Fashion Cares (Elton John Foundation & Aids Committee of Toronto). Tunezy will be spinning tunes on the back patio and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

  • eLUXE (355 Adelaide Street West, Ground Level)

Debuting its exclusive Smythe for eLUXE blazer, eLUXE will host guests with a trunk show from Rebekah Price, branded sweets from Megan Wappel designs and six giveaways. Photostar will be onsite snapping all guests.

  • Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West)

Holt Renfrew presents “Hot in the City” street party on Bloor Street West. The store will be open until 11:00 p.m.

  • INTERMIX (130 Bloor Street West)

Fall in love with must-know designers, exclusive product and covetable pieces. ILIA beauty will treat you to a natural pop of colour while the DJ spins of-the-moment music. Champagne and sweets will be served. 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

  • MasterCard’s Stylicity Lounge (Shops at Hazelton Lanes, 87 Avenue Road)

Visit the Stylicity Lounge to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, complimentary styling and make-up applications from Maybelline and Redken, mingle with fashion stylists and enter for a chance to win a MasterCard gift card. Shop The Peacock Parade’s Fashion’s Night Out sale onsite for special offers.

  • THE BAZAAR by RAC Boutique (The Burroughes Building, 639 Queen St West)

The Bazaar will bring together a wide array of Toronto retailers including: Lab Consignment, Drake General Store, Rescue Vintage, Robber, Philistine, Chloe Comme Parris, Foe & Dear, Love of Mine, Fashionably Yours and more. Goods will include everything from jewellery to shoes to a wide array of clothing. The Bazaar will feature music, snacks, beer and cocktails. Attendees will have a chance to win a pair of plane tickets from Porter Airlines to anywhere Porter flies.

Visit the The Peacock Parade to buy official Fashion’s Night Out tees and totes, on sale now. On Thursday, September 6th, at 11am est, The Peacock Parade will launch its special Fashion’s Night Out sale, featuring exquisite jewelry from Kara Ross, and luxurious cashmere from White & Warren. Free shipping on all items in the FNO special sale!

  • The Shopping Soirée (Shops at Hazelton Lanes,  87 Avenue Road)

The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI), TNT and Fashion Cares invite you to shop men’s and women’s accessories and apparel. Spend $200+ and get a special Fashion Cares 25th anniversary retrospective book. Spend $500+ and be eligible to win two VIP Gala tickets to Fashion Cares on Sept 9th featuring Elton John (a value of $3000), PLUS two VVIP passes to the after party and two all-access event passes! 10% of event sales will benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation and the AIDS Committee of Toronto. FLARE Magazine editors will be on duty helping guests style some of the industry’s finest fall pieces from TFI ‘s design stars and the racks of TNT’s international brands.

  • Toronto Eaton Centre (220 Yonge Street)

For one night only, Toronto Eaton Centre will extend mall hours, remaining open until 11:00 p.m. In addition, the mall will host a public fashion show at 7:30 p.m. in Centre Court, featuring signature looks from retailers Stuart Weitzman, Juicy Couture and GAP. Throughout the night, Toronto Eaton Centre will give away official FNO collection items via Twitter (

Don’t forget to follow @FNO_Toronto, @toeatoncentre and @backseatstylers on Twitter, and tweet us with the #FNO_Toronto hashtag to win some official FNO swag.

Happy Fashion’s Night Out everyone!

xx, T & S

Retail Therapy

Holt Renfrew Celebrates 175th Anniversary With Limited Edition All Magenta Collection

Holt Renfrew is about to throw the chicest 175th birthday bash you ever saw, and you can take a little slice of magenta heaven home with you as a souvenir. In honour of the upscale retailer’s big 1-7-5, Holt Renfrew has commissioned from some of their (and our!) favourite designer brands a collection of exclusive, hot pink party favours. And we want them…all!

The limited edition collection features men’s and women’s apparel, cosmetics, handbags and other accessories, but it’s the footwear we’re most enamoured with. From Valentino’s patent leather bow pumps ($745) to Ferragamo’s ‘Varina’ bow flats ($495), timeless classics have been recreated in Holt Renfrew’s signature shade.

A swanky new shoe purchase? Don’t mind if I do. Happy birthday to me! And to you too, Holt Renfrew.

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