Article by Gail McInnes.
Photography by Ryan Emberley


Friday, May 11 (2012), Kim Kardashian Launches a New Line, Tory Burch opens at Yorkdale, and News on Toronto Popup Shops.



Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) announces the total funds raised from the TFI25 anniversary event exceeds $100,000.

The ANDAM Fashion Award nominees were announced and include two Canadian-born designers Calla Haynes and Thomas Tait. Last year Canadian designer Jeremy Laing was nominated for the prestigious French award.

Tory Burch opened their first Canadian retail outlet at Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

The Bay on Queen hosted Kim Kardashian for a one-hour only special in-store appearance on Thursday, May 10. Fans lined up with their minimum purchases of $50 of the reality star’s jewellery line for a photo opp.  Kanye West has joined Kim in Toronto and the two were spotted having dinner at One at the Hazelton.

Veteran supermodel Linda Evangelista turned 47 on Thursday.

Sutherland Models held a model search and named 15-year-old Anna Stephenson as the winner of the “Sutherland Supermodel Search 2012.”

Backseat Stylers treats us to a look at one of the industry’s favourite jacket designers with a Pre-Fall 2012 lookbook by Smythe.

Lauren Bush Lauren (the niece of George Bush and wife of Ralph Lauren’s son) was in town for an event at Holt Renfrew.

On Wednesday, May 9th, Holt Renfrew held an event for Roger Viviver‘s Creative Director Bruno Frisoni. Also, the Vivier exhibit continues to run at the Bata Shoe Museum and will continue until April of next year.




Vidal Sassoon passes at 84.

Anna Wintour appeared on The Colbert Report to talk about the MET Gala’s latest exhibit. The conversation turned towards gay marriage, “That Movie,” and a date involving french fries.

‘Fashion Night Out’ dates were announced in various cities across the world; many beyond the traditional September 6th date. Canada remains off the list.

H&M’s Fall/Winter 2012 Lookbook hit blogs across the world.  They also held a FW/12 preview event in Toronto on Wednesday.

Carey Mulligan is auctioning her custom Prada halter dress on eBay with all of the money from the final bid being donated to Oxfam America.




Ashley Rowe continues her weekly curated popup shop at V, 198 Walnut Avenue (Toronto). The popup runs until May 13th and features clothing and accessories from 69 Vintage, ASHLEY ROWE, Collective Bleach Denim, and The Code Boutique.

The Aveda Institute will launch its Born to Style scholarship contest on Wednesday, May 16. Judges include Ray Civello, Jen McNeely and Anita Clarke. The event will be hosted by Kristjan Hayden.

On Tuesday, May 15th, She Does The City hosts ‘Be Your Own T’ event at The Gap on Bloor.

Psalms 91:1 Accessories launches their first popup on Tuesday, May 15 at Donna Dolphy Hair in Yorkville. The popup runs until May 19.



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On Saturday, May 5th (2012) the Shangri-La Toronto unveiled its street-side art installation by renowned artist Zhang Huan.

The 22-tonne, stainless-steel sculpture is titled ‘Rising’ and is valued at an estimated $4-million to $6-million.

Huan’s work can also be seen at the AGO, where a number of his recent ash paintings (made with authentic incense ash collected from Buddhist temples) are on display.

Photography by Ryan Emberley



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On Thursday, May 3rd (2012) the Toronto Fashion Incubator held ‘TFI 25′ at the ROM.

Over 700 guests attended the gala, which included a VIP dinner and champagne reception.  In total, over $100,000 was raised for the TFI on this eve – their 25th anniversary.

The night’s big winner was Sid Neigum who won the New Labels grand prize of $60,000 and a full-page feature in FLARE Magazine.  The prize also includes a design studio at the Toronto Fashion Incubator sponsored by Arie Assaraf of TNT.

In attendance:  Suzanne Rogers, Jenna Bitove, Glen & David Dixon, Sylvia Mantella, Cheryl Hickey, Anne-Marie Mediwake, Dina Pugliese, Natalie Brown, Arthur Mendonca, Meghan Heffern, Kerry LaiFatt, Evan Biddell, Tattiawna Jones, Juma, Susan Langdon (head of the TFI), Jully Black (the eve’s emcee), Shay Lowe, and Tanya Kim – among others.

The evening was organized by FaulhaberPR and event dressing was provided by CANDICE&ALISON.

For the full set of our TFI 25 photos, visit

Photography by Ryan Emberley

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Tuesday,  May 8th (2012):  The Shangri-La Toronto’s new art installation was revealed and Chef Matt Blondin is reportedly leaving Acadia.



– Later tonight (Tuesday, May 8th) Mary Symons will throw a reception for ‘Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection‘ at the Bata Shoe Museum.  Vivier Artistic Director Bruno Frisoni will be in attendance.

– On Sunday, the SPARK Gala, a fundraising event hosted by the Children’s Aid Foundation, raised $400,000 to benefit disadvantaged children and youth living in the child welfare system.

TORO Magazine celebrated Cinco De Mayo with an event at the Monarch Tavern on Clinton St.

– On Wednesday, Lauren Bush Lauren (niece of George Bush and wife of Ralph Lauren’s son) will visit Holt Renfrew to launch ‘Tory Burch + FEED’ bags.

– The Shangri-La Toronto will launch later this summer – but this past week, the hotel held a grand reveal for its ‘Rising’ street-side art installation by acclaimed artist Zhang Huan.

– The much-anticipated 2012 Met Ball took place last night in New York.


Food & Drink

BlogTO reports Guirei Japanese Restaurant at Queen’s Quay and Bathurst has been shut down following a health inspector’s findings that the restaurant “failed to prevent a rodent infestation.”

– According to RestaurantNews, Chef Matt Blondin is leaving Acadia, the much-heralded Southern resto on College West.  His last day as Executive Chef will be on May 31st. There are also rumours that he might join Momofuku when it opens later this summer.



– Mayor Rob Ford has decided not to attend a Pride outreach event.

Maurice Sendak, author of ‘Where the Wild Things are,’ has passed away.

Drake and Tyra Banks have sparked rumours they’re dating after they were seen together at Disneyland.



– The CBC announced its fall TV lineup will contain 175 fewer hours of original content.

BlogTO reports the movie theatre on Cumberland street will be “extensively redeveloped” as a “sprawling Nespresso coffee equipment store and cafe.” The theatre closed Sunday.



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On Monday, April 23rd (2012), Mizrahi Khalili Developments held an event at 133 Hazelton in Yorkville.

The event celebrated the closing of 133 Hazelton’s presentation centre to make way for construction of a new residential condo building.

In attendance:  Kevin Pennant & Amira de Vera, Robert Gage, Christopher Sherman, Lynne Munro, Alex Filiatrault, Catherine & David Nugent, Leesa Butler, and chef Chris McDonald.

The evening was organized by Mary Symons.

Photography by Ryan Emberley.

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On Wednesday, April 25th (2012) Stoli debuted ‘Greta Constantine – From Sketch to Runway’ at the Trump Toronto.

‘From Sketch to Runway’ is a short docu-film about the process of creating a new fashion collection.

The posh evening featured a number of signature Stoli cocktails (overseen by mixologist Ryan Powell) and a Q&A session with Greta designers Kirk Picksergill and Stephen Wong.

In attendance:  Sarah Gadon (Actress, A Dangerous Method), Lisa Tant (Editor-in-Chief of Flare), Melissa Grelo (CP24), Tanya Kim (eTalk), Kevin Brauch (Iron Chef America), Anne-Marie Mediwake & Dwight Drummond (CBC), Pay Chen, Jessica Mulroney, Lessa Butler, Ashleigh Dempster & Amanda Blakley, and Derick Chetty.

Photography by Ryan Emberley

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This week’s person to know is entrepreneur and jewellery designer Shay Lowe.


Photography by Tara Noelle.


About you…


A typical day?

Incredibly busy – professionally and personally. As an entrepreneur no day is typical. No two days are alike and I am involved in every aspect of my business day to day.  Whether it’s strategy, sales, production, design, editorial pulls, media, trunk shows, meetings, side projects, events…the list goes on. It’s part of the high I get from running my business and being very social. I love constant change, excitement, seizing opportunity, and getting out there. I like having a lot on the go in all areas of my life, and most importantly time with friends and family.

How did you get started as a jewellery designer? 

It began purely out of charitable efforts and tapping into my creative outlet in my spare time. I’ve always been highly creative from a very young age. I began experimenting and creating jewellery several years ago and I loved it. I think I’ve always been inclined naturally with an entrepreneurial mindset as well, and gradually the two started merging. With being so involved in charities, I would donate pieces to silent auctions and it just grew from there. People would constantly ask where they could buy pieces. Eventually I partnered with a designer for fashion week to launch my first runway collection. And the rest is history as they say…

Speaking of … jewellery or jewelry – which do you prefer? 


Your major influences as a designer? 

Nada Shepherd, Lanvin, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Swarovski, Tom Binns, vintage jewellery design, and old Hollywood.

You design a lot of big, sparkly ‘statement’ pieces. Does this speak to your personality?

Most definitely. My work certainly emulates my personality! That said, I do have a quiet side and relish my down time – which is very rare these days!

Biggest name to wear your creations? 

Eva Mendes

Hard to choose, I’m sure, but do you have a single favourite item you’ve designed over the years? 

One of my favourite pieces and very special to me is the statement necklace that was on the cover of Flare magazine.

What’s up next?

My work will be featured in a coffee table book by Swarovski coming out this month, my design for the Tutu Project for The National Ballet 60th Anniversary will go on exhibit shortly, and I also have a chapter coming out in the ‘Making it in High Heels’ series on women entrepreneurs later this year.


Apropos T.O… 


A place in Toronto you’d be proud to take people to? 

The Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts. It’s a world-class venue and the story behind the architecture and acoustical engineering is incredibly interesting. Whether The National Ballet or the Canadian Opera Company is in house, you will leave a performance feeling a great sense of the richness and culture of what Toronto offers.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

Blowfish has been my favourite for many years. Gusto 101 is also great.

Your favourite Toronto neighbourhood and why? 

Tough choice. Toronto has such a wonderful diversity of neighbourhoods, restaurants, and culture and I love tapping into all of them. The St. Lawrence Market area is great – the market and neighbourhood altogether is an oasis within the city, a chill vibe while still being right downtown. Right now I am loving the residential feel of Rosedale/Summerhill, and enjoying some favourite neighbourhood hangouts with friends in Yorkville.

A Toronto resident, other than yourself, who’s making a positive impact on the city? 

Susan Langdon, who is the Executive Director of the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) has made an incredible impact on our city both past and present. If it not were for her leadership and setting the foundation for TFI, I am not certain what would exist to support young and emerging designers the way TFI has and in such a positive way. It’s their 25th anniversary and I can’t wait to celebrate with them.


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On Thursday, April 26 (2012), Wellspring held its signature event, a wild west hoedown, at the Fairmont Royal York.

Established in 1993, the bi-annual Wellspring fundraiser featured a number of Western-themed attractions, including – gold panning, quick-draw contests, and a mechanical bull.

In attendance:  Lloyd Robertson, Wendy Mesley, Jim & Sandi Treliving, Tessa Bonhomme, Cynthia Mulligan, Beverly Thomson, Steve Paikin, and Jim Cuddy (who performed).

Photography by Ryan Emberley

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On Thursday, April 19th (2012), the AGO held their 8th annual ‘Massive Party.’

Co-chaired by Hughene Acheson and Laura Adams, Massive Party is one of the AGO’s main fundraisers and goes to support its education and exhibition programs. This year’s theme was ‘the future of art.’


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