Category Archives: Events

Stylelab’s Pop Up Shop

As you might imagine, I really identify with the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland who is forever saying ‘I’m late, I’m late for a very important date!’ I feel like I’m always running behind. And this post is no different.

Last week, I was invited to check out a new concept style lounge set up at the Convention Centre specifically for Canadian Screen Award nominees to visit, get styled and RENT their looks for the night.

For two days, the lounge was open and available for members of the Academy and nominees to browse through Toronto-based brands and choose what they’d like to own for the night.

Stylelab founder Leesa Butler was on hand both days to guide attendees through the gamut of brands including Rent Frock Repeat, Off The Cuff Resale Design Menswear, MM Crystal Jewellery and Cuffwear.

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While there I got to chat sequins with Lisa and Kristy, new products from Handsome & Lace with Lee, Swarovski crystals with Michelle and eye-popping cufflinks (in the shapes of everything from guitars to eyeballs) with Chris.

Amid feelings of wanting to stay on the plush white couches with this fabulous group all day, I have to admit I was also feeling crazy jealousy towards the celebs who were getting the A+-list treatment from them!

xoB

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Parkdale Presents CAT

Last Thursday (I know, my posts are late, shhh) Parkdale’s Neubacher Shor Gallery was the hot spot where a sneak peek of the latest collection from Cat Women’s Footwear for spring/summer 2013 debuted.

Naturally, drinks and great shoes were simply all over the place but holy balls, this little outing was a legitimate party.

Put on by Elevator Communications (so aka my guuuurl Zoe T.) the event boasted dance performances by Bash Creative, tunes spun by Fashion Magazine’s own Randi Bergman (aka DJ Birthright) and even real-time graffiti art created by Toronto guerilla graffiti artist SPUD.

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Known during its two decades in business as the place to get work boots, CAT Footwear has developed into a brand that produces durable shoes in desirable styles. With a tag line that said: “Inspired by urban looks and the unique beats of the street” the Parkdale party was the place to be, especially since CAT’s SS2013 women’s line was set up all over the gallery.

I myself couldn’t help but fall in love with a certain pair of ankle boots, named Celine but I’ll overlook that part.

xoB

A Frocktail Party Plus an MMMxH&M Necklace

Last Wednesday, 401 Bay Street saw some serious action on its eighth floor when the 4th annual Frocktail Party took place.

In addition to notable guests like Suzanne Rogers, Stephen and Kirk from Greta Constantine, Tommy Ton, Jenna Bitove, Ainsley Kerr and John Muscat from Line Knitwear, the night itself was a huge success. Thanks to the 600+ guests who attended and supported the JDRF, over $55,000 was raised, nearly doubling last year’s event. In total from four years of Frocking, $150,000 has been raised in support of juvenile diabetes.

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The highest selling dress of the night (no surprise) was Suzanne Rogers’ Marchesa gown, a stunning dress encased in black tulle while an eLuxe donated Smythe blazer actually started a major bidding war.

The party was one to witness with two bars (vodka + pineapple juice…..mmmmmm), a swag hallway (which I was too late for! HMPH) and a hair styling section! Guests were shmoozing, boozing, and at one point even dancing! But my favourite moments were spent getting up close and personal (inappropriate touching) with gowns and accessories I wouldn’t otherwise have ever encountered.

Speaking of accessories, I just want to mention my necklace for a minute. The dog collar that literally dripped gems was picked up only minutes before I arrived at Frocktail from the Maison Martin Margiela event at H&M. I’m surprised I escaped with my hair intact much less with a piece of jewelry. It was pure pandemonium and personally I think H&M did a horrible job at executing it.

But on the bright side, it got me a piece of neckwear that was just perfect for the swankyness of Frocktail.

Special thanks to Lauren Green and David Han for this photos!

xoB

A Frocking Good Time

This Wednesday, I’m excited to say that I will be attending the 4th Annual Frocktail Party!

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An amazing assortment of designer dresses and accessories that will be auctioned off amid a night of catering from Oliver & Bonacini and Purdy’s chocolates along with delicious drinks from Iceberg Vodka, Peroni and wine from Durbanville Hills.  Guests will also be able to enjoy manicures from OPI, hair touch-ups from Got2b and shoe shines for men from John Allan’s.

The Frocktail designer dress auction is fashionably elite and will showcase goddies donated by some of the most talented designers and fashion-forward retailers including The Bay, French Connection, Greta Constantine, Jeremy Laing, Intermix, Lida Baday, Joeffer Caoc, The Peacock Parade, Rent Frock Repeat, Birks, Cloakroom, Andrews, Calla, Line Knitwear, Shan, Jessica Jensen, Lovas, Taessa Chorny, Danier, Want Boutique, eLUXE, Ela, Shay Lowe and more.

Local celebrities (like Suzanne Rogers, Jeanne Beker, Tanya Kim and Aliya-Jasmine Sovani) are also donating their own pre-loved pieces. Notably, ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey is donating the dress that she wore to the Royal Wedding by Toronto designer Rodney Philpott.Which means that it was in the midst of Kate Middleton.

With the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as the cause behind the event, 100% of proceeds are going towards it!

TICKETS

$65 Online
$75 Door (Based on availability)
Purchase online at www.thefrocktailparty.com
All online ticket buyers are eligible to receive a 6-month subscription to FLARE Magazine, 20% off at French Connection from November 1-13th and a $30 charitable tax receipt from JDRF.
SPONSORS: O&B Events, The Bay, French Connection, Iceberg Vodka, Peroni, Durbanville Hills, Purdy’s, Got2b
I hope you join us!
xoB