Events

Spotted from the Backseat: Mad Hot Ballet 2014 Edition

On June 11, The National Ballet of Canada hosted its annual fundraising gala Mad Hot Ballet: Spellbound at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. The fairy tale-inspired soirée featured awe-inspiring gala performances, a lively cocktail reception, and a dinner on the Four Seasons stage. Co-chaired by Vanessa and Mark Mulroney, the event raised over $1 million in support of The National Ballet of Canada.

Ballet dancers and ballet enthusiasts, it turns out, are one very stylish set. From Stacey McKenzie‘s jaw-droppingly gorgeous VAWK gown to Brittney Kuczynski‘s ridiculously fierce Mikael Kale dress, not only did partygoers attend in their Thursday best, but they also showed Canadian designers much love on the red carpet. Check out the gallery below for 22 style snaps from Mad Hot Ballet 2014 – you may even spot a mermaid dress, literally.


Sylvia Mantella


Sonia Rodriguez


Brittney Kuczynski


FASHION Magazine Editor-in-Chief Bernadette Morra and best dressed contest winners

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Events

Spotted from the Backseat: Power Ball 2014 Edition


Renata Kaveh

On June 5, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto threw its annual fundraising bash, Power Ball: Old / New World, one of the year’s most anticipated art parties and definitely one of our favourite events on the city’s social calendar. Year after year, The Power Plant serves up an delightful mash-up of themed art installations, equally creative edible treats, and party-perfect beats. In turn, guests always respond with their most inspired art party getups, and this year was no exception.

From fashion photographer Renata Kaveh‘s jaw-droppingly gorgeous bronze gown (and Angelina Jolie-esque pose, natch) to Veronica Chail‘s ladylike, pearl-embellished frock by Toronto-based line NARCES, partygoers definitely brought their sartorial A games. Check out the gallery below for style snaps from Power Ball 2014, including writer Anya Georgijevic‘s envy-inducing ‘do, stylist Amarsana Gendunova‘s DIY lightbulb earrings and Biko Beauttah‘s pink and red fashion extravaganza.


Veronica Chail


Anya Georgijevic


Biko Beauttah


Amarsana Gendunova

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Events

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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Events

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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Street Style

Spotted from the Backseat: Toronto Fashion Week #WashableFashion Edition


Blogger twins Caillianne and Samantha Beckerman in washable denim on denim

We’ve had #washablefashion on the brain of late. We’ve been busily sharing our own washable #ootds, oohing and aahing over yours, and even scouting World Mastercard Fashion Week for some good old #washablefashion on some of the most sartorially gifted industry insiders we know. In between shows, we snapped editors, bloggers and stylists alike, all sporting their washable best at the tents. Denim? Check. Plaid? Check. Cozy knits? Check. Washable? But of course!

Take a gander at our WMCFW street style snaps for some #washablefashion inspiration. Want to up your #washablefashion game too? Be sure to check out Pink Tartan‘s latest Washable Collection, a very stylish and practical collaboration with Tide Pods.

P.S. Thanks to all who entered our Pink Tartan x Tide Pods giveaway - you sure are a fashionable bunch! The winner will be announced shortly.


Blogger Anita Clarke in a too cool for school washable patterned moto jacket


Blogger Nelia Belkova in washable head-to-toe stripes and a furry blue friend


Wardrobe stylist Kirsten Reader in a fierce washable black and white getup


Blogger Vanessa Cesario in the most amazing washable overalls

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Red Carpet

Spotted from the Backseat: Canadian Screen Awards 2014 Edition


Jessica Paré

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s second annual Canadian Screen Awards were held in Toronto last night at The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and broadcast live on the CBC. Hosted by Martin Short, the awards gala recognized excellence in film, television and digital media productions.

Joining the comedy legend on stage as presenters were very familiar faces like Mad Men‘s Jessica Paré, Amazing Race Canada‘s John Montgomery, and Jason Priestley (aka Brandon Walsh, forever). Viggo Mortensen made an appearance as well, presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to filmmaker/screenwriter David Cronenberg. For a complete list of nominees and winners, head on over to The Academy’s site.

But before you do, check out the gallery below for 30 red carpet snaps from last night’s festivities, including best dressed candidates like the stunning Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs in a vampy sheer black number, Pretty Little LiarsShay Mitchell in a chic black and white design with cutouts, and Maria Bello in an ethereal embellished ivory gown. Our country’s biggest screen stars certainly turned it out for the industry’s biggest night of the year.


Dina Pugliese


Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs


Jessica Lowndes


Maria Bello


Shay Mitchell

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Events

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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Events

Spotted from the Backseat: Canada’s National Ballet School’s Casablanca Gala 2014 Edition

On February 7, Canada’s National Ballet School held Casablanca Gala, a glamourous, 1940s-inspired fundraiser at The Carlu in Toronto. Co-chaired by Juanita Montalvo and Stephen Delaney, the event aimed to raise $850,000 towards providing financial assistance to NBS’s Professional Ballet Program students. The School’s biggest supporters gathered for an evening featuring a Moroccan dinner, a casino with live entertainment, and, of course, a ballet performance by the students.

Encouraged to channel their inner Humphrey Bogarts and Ingrid Bergmans, some guests fully embraced the 1940′s theme sartorially, while others simply chose to don their black tie best. Either way, Casablanca Gala drew one very fabulous looking crowd. Check out the gallery below for 26 style snaps, including Ainsley Kerr and Kim Johnson, both in dazzling embellished gowns.

Missed the gala, but would like to donate to Canada’s National Ballet School? Click on over here.

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Events

Inside the Inaugural Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards: 70 Red Carpet Photos of Coco Rocha, DSquared2, Jeanne Beker and More


Model of the Year winner Coco Rocha with multiple award winners DSQUARED2′s Dean and Dan Caten

On Saturday, February 1, the inaugural Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) were held at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, where a venerable who’s who of the Canadian fashion industry flocked to honour its brightest stars. The first of its kind in our fair nation, CAFA’s raison d’être is to recognize outstanding achievement and emerging talent in the fashion community, and this past weekend’s incredible awards gala was certainly a long time coming.


Emerging Talent Award winner Sarah Stevenson and Elisha Cuthbert

In between comedic interludes by master of ceremonies Gerry Dee and a musical performance by JRDN, the first ever CAFA winners were revealed at the highly-anticipated awards ceremony. Congratulations to all the immensely talented winners and nominees:

Womenswear Designer of the Year: 

  • Christie Smythe & Andrea Lenczner, SMYTHE
  • Denis Gagnon
  • Jeremy Laing – Winner
  • Kimberely Newport-Mimran, Pink Tartan
  • Kirk Pickersgill & Stephen Wong, Greta Constantine

Menswear Designer of The Year: 

  • Davidson Manaloto, wings + horns
  • Philippe Dubuc
  • Philip Sparks
  • Travis Taddeo – Winner
  • Shawn Hewson, Bustle

Outstanding Achievement: 

  • David Dixon
  • Dean & Dan Caten, DSQUARED2 – Winner
  • Denis Gagnon
  • Lida Baday
  • Marie Saint-Pierre


Accessory Designer of the Year nominee Jenny Bird and Stylist of the Year winner George Antonopoulos

Accessory Designer of The Year:  

  • Dexter & Byron Peart, WANT Les Essentials de la Vie – Winner
  • Ela & Martin Aldorsson, Ela Handbags
  • John Fluevog
  • Jenny Bird
  • Maryam Keyhani

Canadian Style Award: 

  • Coco Rocha
  • Joe Mimran – Winner
  • Lisa Tant

Image Maker of the Year:

  • Chris Nicholls – Winner
  • Stephanie Mark, Jake Rosenberg, The Coveteur
  • Gabor Jurina
  • Max Abadian
  • Tommy Ton

Vanguard Award honouree Jeanne Beker and Stacey McKenzie

International Designer of the Year: 

  • Dean & Dan Caten, DSQUARED2 – Winner
  • Erdem Moralioğlu
  • Jeremy Laing
  • Jason Wu
  • Mark Fast

Stylist of the Year:

  • Cary Tauben
  • George Antonopoulos – Winner
  • Liz Cabral
  • Peter Papapetrou
  • Susie Sheffman

Model of the Year: 

  • Coco Rocha – Winner
  • Daria Werbowy
  • Yasmin Warsame


Suzanne and Chloe Rogers

Emerging Talent Award: 

  • Beaufille
  • Eliza Faulkner
  • Laura Siegel
  • Martin Lim
  • Sarah Stevenson – Winner
  • Sid Neigum
Emerging Talent Award winner Sarah Stevenson, who also won the 2013 TFI New Labels competition, took home a $10,000 cash prize sponsored by Atelier Swarovski, an exclusive mentorship program with Joe Fresh, and a Spring/Summer 2015 look book produced by THE COLLECTIONS. The inimitable Jeanne Beker was also recognized with the Vanguard Award for her 27-year run as the host of Fashion Television, a strong influence on so many in the room that night and around the world, as well as her many other pursuits in the industry over the years.


Sylvia Mantella with Greta Constantine’s Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong

Canada’s top fashion talent was celebrated both on stage and off, and we were delighted to be surrounded by stunning red carpet ready creations by homegrown designers. With the likes of Coco Rocha, socialite Suzanne Rogers, sponsor Sylvia Mantella and model Stacey McKenzie leading the way in DSQUARED2, Erdem, Greta Constantine and VAWK respectively, the Canadian fashion set absolutely turned it out for the industry’s biggest night of the year.


Accessory Designer of the Year nominee Maryam Keyhani

Check out the gallery below for 70 – yes 70! – style snaps from the inaugural Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards. Congrats to all the 2014 CAFA winners and nominees, and to the CAFA team for an outstanding first year!

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Events

Spotted from the Backseat: The Frocktail Party 2013 Edition

On November 28, The Frocktail Party returned to the Arcadian Loft for an evening of fashion and philanthropy in support of The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Easily one of our favourite events of the year, Frocktail Party’s main attraction is an incredible silent auction featuring highly covetable dresses (obviously), accessories, menswear and luxury experiences from top designers, retailers and brands from across the country. It’s heaven to silent auction addicts, which we totally confess to being.

This year’s donors included Hudson’s Bay, Zac Posen, Intermix, eLuxe, Danier, Greta Constantine, LINE Knitwear, Diane von Furstenberg, and Pink Tartan, among many others. In addition, many donated gowns also came straight from the closets of bold-faced names like Rachel McAdams, Nelly Furtado, Cheryl Hickey, Tanya Kim, Cynthia Loyst, Ben Mulroney, Jessica Mulroney, Suzanna Rogers and Jenna Bitove. A chance at snagging a piece from Mrs. Rogers’ closet at a fraction of the cost, and for a very worthy cause? Definitely a win-win.

Partygoers donned their very best frocks for the occasion, and we’re disappointed some of those dresses weren’t up for grabs in the silent auction too – we’re looking at you, Ms. Bitove. There’s always next year, right? Check out the gallery below for 27 style snaps from Frocktail Party 2013. And to find out more about JDRF, click on over here.

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