J.Crew has landed! For those of you who, like me, have been shopping online or making the trek to Yorkdale, your favourite source for the preppiest of sartorial goods has finally set up shop in downtown Toronto. The brand’s second store in the city finally launched yesterday at Toronto Eaton Centre to much excitement from the hipsters, the Bay Street crowd and everyone in between.
The new boutique opened up bright and early for a breakfast preview that saw some of our favourite Toronto industry insiders stop by to fondle the cashmere and ogle the statement jewelry whilst waiting for the opportunity to chat with Tom Mora, head of women’s design, and Frank Muytjens, head of men’s design at J.Crew. We caught the Beckerman clan plotting their next street style shoot, Fashion Magazine‘s Caitlin Agnew hanging out doing research in the shoe section, and a contingent of my male fashion blogging counterparts looking really, really pleased with the first J.Crew menswear offerings in the city.
I, for one, can’t wait to get the Mister all outfitted in J.Crew’s fall collection…but I think I’ll start with me first. Do you blame me really?
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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…