Karl Lagerfeld's first trip to Canada (Photo: Ryan Emberley)
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BY RYAN EMBERLEY –  APRIL 3, 2015.

This week, Karl Lagerfeld made his highly-anticipated debut on Canadian soil.   The trip was  to promote his Lobbies by Karl Lagerfeld collaboration with Art Shoppe Lofts at Yonge and Eglinton.  It was a religious experience for many of Toronto’s invite-only set.  Like a flock of well-coordinated migrating birds, the Chanel-clad crowd twisted and turned with Lagerfeld’s every move.

The event space was divided into three different rooms:  the large general invitation area, the medium-sized VIP area, and the small kitchen-turned-VVIP Lagerbunker, where the guest of honour spent the majority of the evening.  It was a tiered FOMO experience, the kind one might expect Frasier and Niles Crane to find themselves in… always one V away from the VVIP.

The legendary designer is an imposing figure but, by all accounts from this event, far more pleasant and less intimidating than one might expect.   Other notables in attendance included:  Joe Mimran & Kimberley Newport-Mimran, Suzanne & Chloe Rogers, Kirk Pickersgill & Stephen Wong, Jenna Bitove, and (in my estimation) the evening’s best-dressed guest – Amoryn Engel.

Regrettably, Choupette was not in attendance.

Also on this eve, Chefs Alvin Leung and Eric Chong held a media preview for their new collaborative restaurant R&D on Spadina (just South of Dundas).   Leung, best known as a judge on MasterChef Canada and for his Hong Kong resto Bo Innovation, tells NOW Magazine the Chinese-Canadian fusion will be unlike anything Canadians have seen before.