Cocktails with The Sartorialist at Holt Renfrew

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I mentioned that The Sartorialist, Scott Schulman would be at Holt Renfrew for a public appearance. I didn’t attend that because I was invited to a private cocktail for Scott later that evening. The attendees included a number of fashion industry types, media and Holt Renfrew customers. People have been buzzing about what to wear to the event for the last week. The crowd didn’t seem any more fashionable than normal, but there were a few over the top trainwrecks that were amusing to behold. What did I wear? I went with what I call my superhero outfit, a Greta Constantine dress called the Kebede after model Liya Kebede. The back reminds me of a cape and all I could think about was flying. You can see the dress in the slideshow below.

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I grabbed a drink and then was asked if I wanted to do an interview with Fashion Television. Of course, I said hell yes. The interview was done outside by the I want – I got window. I talked a bit about the windows, blogging and what inspires me. I felt I explained myself well throughout most of the interview. Sometimes I even surprised myself with the way words were forming. I was asked a question that many probably wouldn’t have answered as honestly as I did, but hey that’s me. It will be interesting to see how that turns out on TV.

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Scott was mobbed as soon as he arrived. Cameras were going off, everyone was clamoring for pictures with him. I just stood back on observed. I wasn’t going to fight that crowd to say hi. Scott came in like a rock star and it seems he started the party early in the day. He had a speech and Q&A session but the crowd got restless shortly after it started. In Toronto style, they started talking amongst themselves getting progressively louder and louder through Scott’s speech and Q&A session. Le Sigh.

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Eventually Danielle and I got a quick moment with Scott before he left for The Drake Hotel. We said hi and introduced ourselves. I mentioned to him that I was one of the window bloggers too. He was very friendly and sweet. He’s very good at giving you that moment with him. It may be short, but you know that for those few minutes he’s engaged with you completely. It’s an amazing skill to watch as he worked the room. We took a quick photo and then he was taken away by some other people that wanted to meet him. As soon as I get a copy of that photo I will post it as Scott was taken away before I could get a picture with my camera.

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I have to admit I didn’t look at all the pictures. However, I got a sneak peek at his book The Sartorialist. It’s pretty cool and I have to admit I want a copy. It’s a paperback book and not the large and heavy hardcover I was expecting.

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Overall it was a really fun party. The atmosphere was jovial and we stayed until they turned up the lights to kick us out. The Sartorialist photo exhibit at Holt Renfrew Bloor Street will be up until July 29, 2009. It’s in the menswear section.

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I was too busy gawking and drinking to take many photos but here are the rest of them.

By Anita Clarke

Anita Clarke is an Engineering Storyteller and the founder of the fashion blog “I want – I got.” She was one of the first and most prominent online fashion writers in Toronto and Canada.

7 comments

  1. @geekigirl – I’m so jealous you went to that! I was in toronto, but…. yeah, no excuse. it looks like it was fun.

  2. @geekigirl Looks like you met up with Jeremy Laing at the Sartorialist event! He’s adorably nerdy.

  3. Anita, you’re honesty is refreshing; don’t change! The book will also be available in a hardcover when it is officially released.

    Great pics.

  4. Thank you. I heard about the hardcover version from some other people too. That will be nice. I like the size of the paperback though, they did a great job with it.

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