On June 14, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto celebrated its 25th anniversary with this year’s edition of its annual fundraiser, Power Ball: Quarter-Life Crisis. Last year’s affair was a resounding success complete with a giant bull on the BBQ, refrigerators with mysterious (sometimes edible) contents, and some of the most adventurous gala fashion we’d photographed to date. How could this year’s soirée possibly top all of that? It turns out that I needn’t have worried, because it definitely did.
Party-goers pulled together ensembles that managed to rival those we snapped last year. Between FLARE Fashion Editor Liz Cabral’s metallic trousers, blogger Samantha Beckerman’s pink hair and matching furry purse, PR pro Abigail VanDenBroek’s ombre fringe dress, and Givenchy and Zara everywhere, we stopped shooting only long enough for our own requisite turn in the Photostar booth with the rest of the blogger contingent.
In fact, the fashion kept us so camera-happy we missed munching on the bison spit-roasted by Chef Marc Thuet and scribbling our names on the generously donated white Land Rover parked out front. There’s always next year, of course, and I’m already counting down the days until Power Ball 15…
Marta Tryshak of With Love Gabrielle, Toronto
This week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook finds ladies dressed impeccably and suitably for a spectrum of intriguing scenarios.
It seems that Marta fittingly put together her outfit as if it were a deconstructed painting for her visit to the AGO exhibition Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. Her white top and pants are a blank canvas that she’s transformed into a masterpiece with fun prints and punches of bold colour. Am I reading too much into Marta’s ensemble? Or is she the Picasso of Canadian street style?
Standing in front of what appears to be prison doors, Vanessa imparts a don’t-mess-with-me attitude in a white varsity jacket, sports bra, and black leather shorts with mesh trim. This is by far the best interpretation of the black-and-white bee-striped prison uniform I’ve seen to date.
The crystal ball in the background of Mina’s photo makes it painfully obvious that Professor Trelawny, professor of Divination at Hogwarts, was the source of inspiration for Mina’s look. Mina certainly looks magical with her perfectly-tied headband (executed with a spell, I assume), magnificent Prada sunglasses, and orange and gold statement earrings.
Mina Sadat-Hosseini of Glitter in my Veins, Vancouver
Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/Beijing
Septembre Anderson of J’Adore, Toronto (Image Credit: Kyle Burton)
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Last night, Creative Director Nicola Formichetti and his creative team, including women’s designer Sébastien Peigné, previewed Parisian design house MUGLER‘s Spring 2012 collection at The Room at the Bay in Toronto. With the likes of FLARE editor-in-chief Lisa Tant, supermodel Yasmin Warsame and socialite Suzanne Rogers (in Givenchy!) in attendance, it was an evening of bold-faced fashion names and fierce clothing and shoes, both on the guests and the MUGLER-donning models and mannequins.
Though his frequent collaborator Lady Gaga sadly didn’t make an appearance, Formichetti himself was enough of a rock star on this night. Dubbed the “sexiest guy on the planet” by the Bay’s own President & CEO Bonnie Brooks, the man best known as Gaga’s fashion director charmed the invite-only crowd of editors, clients and fashion fans. Check out the gallery below for party photos.
FASHION Magazine’s Susie Sheffman and supermodel Yasmin Warsame
Models in MUGLER
Blogger Anita Clarke and socialite Suzanne Rogers
Flare Magazine’s Liz Cabral
Nicola Formichetti and writer Septembre Anderson
New stores have been opening left and right this past month, and this week T and I attended the launch of yet another. This time, it was in honour of Toronto’s first 7 For All Mankind boutique in Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The event was hosted by Canadian-Somali model Yasmine Warsame, who partnered with 7FAM to donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds and full proceeds from the silent auction to The African Future, a charitable organization delivering food and medical services to the victims of drought in Somalia.
It was a packed house, with guests crammed into every corner of the store, sipping champagne while they shopped for denim. We managed to miss Yasmine Warsame, who I had the pleasure of meeting last year at the Heart of Fashion charity event, but made up for it with a chat with MTV Canada personality and life of the party Sheena Snively. T had a complete fangirl moment.
As for me, I had jeans on the brain. Flared jeans, to be exact. I’ll be back to pick up a pair, 7FAM!
T and MTV Canada personality Sheena Snively
T, me, Élana Camille, Nelia Belkova, Lisa Chen, Chenessa Lam
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Me, flanked by two tanned goddesses in giant feather headdresses and not a lot of clothes
When I accepted an invitation to Andrew Richard Designs‘ annual industry event earlier this week, I did so without really quite knowing what I was getting myself into, but on the basis that an invite that references Moët is not one to be turned down. Mr. Backseat Styler and I arrived at ARD’s beautiful loft and atrium space on the evening of June 22nd to find a Buenos Aires themed party, titled “Secreto de Verano” (Summer Secret), in full swing. With incredible food catered by Origin and a slew of other top Toronto restaurants being offered up at every turn and lively performances by Argentinian dancers throughout the night, we found ourselves right in the thick of one very happening soirée.
I spent the evening munching on E11even‘s lobster rolls, sipping Vitamin water (seriously, I’m addicted to that stuff) and chatting up blogger friends, new and old. The crowd was a mix of design folks, the usual fashion faces, as well as some of the most well-known characters in the city’s Twitter community. I did do some street style snapping too, but ended up with more food photos than anything else. I had more than my fair share of Colborne Lane‘s liquid nitrogen ice cream that night, but I’m still longing for more. I’ve been dreaming up plans for my very own little shindig at the ARD space too; now all I need is an occasion.
Writer Septembre Anderson
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