This week's Top 5 in Toronto Fashion: Meet a supermodel at Victoria's Secret, a new virtual dress rental shop, The Bay knows how to party + more
This week's Top 5 in Toronto fashion is a weekly round up of what's being talked about - or bitched about - in Toronto's style scene.
1. ANGELS FROM AMERICA, OR SOMEWHERE
Victoria's Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes is in town tomorrow (May 31) to celebrate the opening of the brand's new Sherway Gardens location. If you're not familiar, Kroes is kind of a big deal; she's graced the cover of international Vogues like 17 times and made Forbes' top 5 highest earning models. She'll be signing autographs from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the new outpost for all things pink and scandalous. Cut the long wait with "Bras to the VIP" when you spend $75 or more - and hey, VS is throwing in a free beauty makeover by a professional makeup artist for your time and money.
2. FROM FUR TO FUNCTIONAL
There was a time when Izzy Camilleri was no more than a brilliant, under-rated designer with a quiet, but successful line and a coat featured in The Devil Wears Prada. Five years and the much-coveted IZMA line later, Camilleri is turning her attention to a personal cause. Two weeks ago, she launched IZ Adaptive, the world's first clothing line designed exclusively for individuals in wheelchairs. Inspired by Toronto Star reporter Barbara Turnbull, a quadriplegic and advocate for spinal cord research, Camilleri opened a new boutique in the Junction for the line. Blending form and function, the designer pioneered unique cuts and revolutionary drafting patterns made for the seated body. Better yet, online shopping is available worldwide. Of course, the opening hasn't received much coverage or fanfare from mainstream outlets, so I'll be one of the few to sing her praises here. Anyone can throw studs on a jacket or make a black pencil skirt - Camilleri is changing lives. So spread the word. 2955-B Dundas Street West
3. HOMEGROWN DESIGNER UP FOR BIG FRENCH FASHION PRIZE - AND A ONE-WAY TICKET OUT OF HERE
Jeremy Laing, one of the city's more (seriously) talented designers, is up for France's ANDAM prize. Judged by the biggest names in international fashion (French Vogue's head honcho and The Bay's artistic director Suzanne Timmins among them), the winner will get a hefty pile of Euros to fund their new operations (which have to end up in France, by the way), plus industry esteem and mentorship from a bigwig (Ralph Toledano, the former CEO of ChloĂŠ, if you're interested). Laing's competition is fierce, but, hey, all press is good press. Bowties crossed.
4. LADIES: NO MORE WEAR AND RETURN SHAME
June 2 marks the official launch of Rent Frock Repeat, a new service that lets you order a dress, wear it to a thing or two, and send it back for another girl in another province to enjoy. Think Bag, Borrow or Steal, but for Canadians. Or rent a tux, but for girls. Labels on the site's roster include Ali Ro, Badgley Mischka, Camilla & Marc, Catherine Malandrino, Christian Siriano, Doo.Ri, Jay Godfrey, Ports 1961, Preen and Yigal AzrouĂŤl. I'll admit: it's a great way for credit crunching style savants to keep balances in check. On the other hand, I can't wait to see which self-proclaimed "fashionistas" take advantage of the service - and to subsequently start my own game called "Who Wore It First." Prices vary by designer and location.
5. TALK OF TWITTER: THE BAY IS UP TO THEIR BIG TRICKS AGAIN
I've learned to give credit where credit is due, and the Bay is definitely, as they say, in the black. The party plotters over at Queen & Yonge are gearing up for another big designer appearance tomorrow night. The Room welcomes the acclaimed duo behind New York label Proenza Schouler for a fete that will see every boldfaced name in attendance. But ugh, it's invite only. Don't fret - shop the collection and maybe meet the guys (who knows?) on June 1 at the Bay's PS Trunk Show from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Rumor has it this is only the beginning of party season over at the flagship. If you're really hungry for fashion party fodder, stalk Nicholas Mellamphy on Twitter, The Room's creative director who sets up all these shindigs.
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