“Give your clothes a new lease on life” campaign by Jacob

Give your clothes a new lease on life

“Give your clothes a new lease on life”, this initiative will invite women to go through their wardrobe and bring to stores clothing that will bring happiness to women in need. The goal of the campaign is to collect at least 50,000 articles of clothing before December 24!

Give and Receive In order to encourage customers to participate in the campaign and further donations of numerous articles of clothing, the company will give a 25% discount on any regular-priced JACOB or JACOB Lingerie item for every article of clothing donated. This way, not only will the women in need benefit from the initiative, but so will customers.

“Donations of reusable and resalable goods are a vital link for Goodwill,” points out Dr. Ken Connelly, CEO Goodwill Toronto, Central and Eastern Ontario. “Each year millions of tonnes of clothing and reusable household items help to change lives by supporting Goodwill’s mission of providing work to people facing barriers to employment. We are thrilled JACOB is encouraging clothing donations across its chain of retail stores.”

Like and Give Besides encouraging clothing donations with its 25% discount, JACOB will utilize Facebook to reach its donation goal. For every “Like” that JACOB receives on its Facebook page from October 25th until December 24th, the company will donate an extra article of clothing, up to a maximum of 10,000 new clothes. Facebook subscribers will be able to follow the development of clothing donations at www.facebook.com/boutiquejacob.

The Frocktail Party – November 12, 2010

The Frocktail Party - November 12, 2010

The Frocktail Party started in 2009 by a close group of friends who wanted to make a difference: Ali Reid, Talor Wallace, Catherine Pringle, Sabrina Carr, Christina Perreault, Lorraine Forster and Jen Foster who have long standing friendships with sister’s Vanessa and Jessica Oliver — Vanessa was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at six-years old and has lived with daily insulin injections, finger pokes, insulin pump and the worry of long-term complications every day for the past 25 years. In their ten-year relationship with the Oliver family, the girls have seen Vanessa and the Oliver family face these challenges with courage, grace and a fierce commitment to supporting a quest for a cure. With this, they were inspired to create the Frocktail Party to show love and gain support for this important cause.

Last year’s inaugural event brought together over 500 Canadian fashion designers, celebrities and party goers for a stylish evening that raised over $23,000 dollars for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The Frocktail Party puts a twist on charity events by combining cocktails with competitive shopping while top DJ’s provide the soundtrack for the evening.

The 2nd annual Frocktail Party returns on Friday November 12th, 2010. This year’s auction will feature a new collection of fabulous frocks and will not disappoint even the most chic of shoppers! Come out to bid on some fabulous new designs, enjoy some delicious food and dance until the night – all for a good cause.

Friday, November 12th, 2010
Auction, 8pm – 11pm
Dancing till late
99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury Street
Toronto
$50 in advance,
$60 at the door (avail. permitting)

Operanation VII, Cinderella: Rock the Ball – October 29, 2010

Operanation VII, Cinderella: Rock the Ball - October 29, 2010

Operanation VII, Cinderella: Rock the Ball, presented by TD Canada Trust, is the Canadian Opera Company’s premier event for young urban professionals, melding the inspirational venue of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts with the must-attend arts fundraiser of the fall social season.

On Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, Operanation VII will celebrate the world’s most-beloved fairytale, Cinderella, which is the inspiration for Rossini’s opera, La Cenerentola, appearing onstage during the COC’s 2010/2011 season. The event will take a very modern spin on the traditional Opera Ball and feature an incredible live performance by Broken Social Scene alongside the COC’s up-and-coming opera stars. To boot, a very special performance by Clara Venice will be unveiled when the clock strikes 12. Journey from rags-to-riches in one night, and live happily ever after at the best bash of the year!

At Operanation VII, Cinderella: Rock the Ball party-goers will indulge in a spectacular array of the finest cuisine and cocktails, and enjoy live entertainment, dancing and much more. For $150 a ticket, 1,100 of Toronto’s young urban elite will mix, mingle and rock the night away in operatic proportions.

Tickets can be purchased online.

Paws For The Cause – October 28, 2010

'Petorialist' Campaign for 'Paws for the Cause'
'Petorialist' Campaign for 'Paws for the Cause'

Paws For The Cause is a fashion fundraiser for the OSPCA. It involves dogs and even though I’m a cat person I agreed to help spread the word about this great event and cause. Animal companionship is a wonderful thing so I’m not taking sides here.

Paws for the Cause is a dog fashion show and cocktail party donating 100% of funds raised to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA). The evening will kick off with a runway presentation featuring 10 Canadian fashion designers who will dress 10 precious pups and 10 familiar faces from Toronto.

October 28 . 2010
Red Bull 381 Projects
381 Queen St. W # 200
8 p.m.
Visit http://www.pawsforthecause.ca to buy tickets for the Oct 28th event, and for your chance to win an Olympus camera.

I also participated in the Paws For The Cause video. I thought it was a photoshoot when I agree to do it. A lunch hour photoshoot turned into a lunch hour video shoot. The concept was presented to me on the spot and then I met Cory, the object. Ya, it wasn’t hard to play out that scene.

So I’ve been dying in anticipation to see this video and it’s finally out. It’s so well done and I’m so happy to be a part of the final product. I’m really blown away by the great work the team did. Seriously top notch.

We have these great people to thank for putting this video together:
Director & Editor: Angela Young
Producers: Alice Keith & Tatiana Read
Director of Photography: Juan Montalvo
Concept by: Laura Serra
Production Company: The Advocates

A special shout out goes to everyone who starred in this video:
Cory Vitiello (The Habord Room)
Tatiana Read (Knot PR)
Mosha Lundström Halbert (Flare Magazine)
Anita Clarke (I want – I got)
Morad Reid Affifi (MRAketing)
Wilder Weir (CosmoTV)
Jen McNeely (She Does The City)
JJ Thompson (The Compendium Daily)
Amy Verner (The Globe and Mail)

Thank you so much Laura for asking me to participate.

Pic Me Tommy Ton at Holt Renfrew

Pic Me Tommy Ton at Holt Renfrew

Tommy Ton returned to the Toronto fashion scene for an exhibition of his work. Holt Renfrew is displaying Tommy Ton’s photos on the mezzanine level at the Bloor Street store from August 18 – August 30, 2010.

Pic Me Tommy Ton at Holt Renfrew

Holt Renfrew is delighted to welcome fashion photographer Tommy Ton to Holt Renfrew Bloor Street, Wednesday, August 18, 2010 for a private event to launch an exhibit of his work. The exhibit of 12 images of some of fall 2010’s most sought-after footwear styles will be housed at Holt Renfrew Bloor Street from August 18 to August 30 on the mezzanine level.

These one-of-a-kind photos were taken by Tommy Ton this spring in Toronto and have each been signed by the photographer himself. For the duration of the exhibit, Holt Renfrew will host a contest where one can enter the chance to win one of 12 framed and autographed prints valued at $1,500. Please see contest details at Holt Renfrew Bloor Street.

I attended the party for Tommy opening night. I really liked what they did with the shoe department. Tommy’s photos were hanging everywhere. The hottest fall 2010 shoes strategically placed on pedestals and encased in clear cubes. They included a pair of Fall 2010 Alexander McQueen shoes that are worth $4000!

Pic Me Tommy Ton at Holt Renfrew

It wasn’t all fun for Tommy at the party, he was working photographing the attendees shoes. This would be the first and only time many people (myself included) would ever have Tommy shoot their shoes. I was glad I didn’t wear my Camilla’s as I noticed someone else in them. I wore some Nine West sandals because I was wearing pants and the shoes weren’t visible. I got Tommy to shoot them anyways, why not right.

Pic Me Tommy Ton at Holt Renfrew

I didn’t take many photos of the guests but I loved Tommy’s animal print sweater. It was so soft. Jaime amazed me with his head to toe Patrik Ervell ensemble. I did lose my shit when I saw him. There aren’t many people who could pull the look off the head to toe print and I was pretty excited to see Jamie executing it perfectly in front of me.  He’s just too adorable.

Pic Me Tommy Ton at Holt Renfrew

Of course the shoes were a major part of the party and we all drooled over McQueen, YSL, Dior, Lanvin, Chloe and Balenciaga. I’m a fan of Chloe boots this season, big time.

Pic Me Tommy Ton at Holt Renfrew

See all my photos from the event.

Todd Selby in Toronto

Todd Selby in Toronto

Todd Selby (aka The Selby) came to Toronto to promote his new book, The Selby is in your House.   Holt Renfrew hosted a public book signing session in the Bloor street store.  A party in his honour at was held at Parts & Labour the night before. It was at this party I would learn about Todd’s site and why I was always hearing his name in fashion circles. Yep, I was that ignorant about the man. I don’t follow interiors that much and since he loves to photograph homes I can see why I never really bothered to check him out.  I knew he was important, the why was never that important to me. For those of you not familiar with The Selby, he takes photos of people’s homes. These people are usually creative types and many big players in the fashion industry.

Todd Selby in Toronto

My first exposure to The Selby was on the walls of P&L. Holt Renfrew had printed all the pages of his book on these panels that lined the walls.  There were also two white walls that the guests wrote message to Todd on in sharpies. I learned that he liked the visuals so much that he got them delivered to his home.

Todd Selby in Toronto

I even talked to Todd at this party. I wasn’t able to fawn over him and his work since I was ignorant to the subject so I made small talk. He was wearing this cat t-shirt, a crazy cat lady kind. I ask if he liked cats. He replies that he doesn’t like cats but loves their imagery. I found that answer interesting as people who dislike cats have never claimed any interest in their imagery.  He was a pleasant guy who talked to many of the guests over the course of the party. I didn’t get a picture of us but you can see his photo in a post called Todd Selby book launch at The Globe and Mail.

The Selby is in your Place

A couple of days later I received a signed copy of The Selby is in your House from Holt Renfrew. It was a nice surprise because I after seeing the book on the walls I wanted to buy it. Todd’s combination of photos, stories and drawings were very compelling.

The Selby is in your Place

The book features some of Todd’s favourite shoots. He traveled all over the world to photograph these people and their homes. It’s a very personal book and voyeuristic.  There are a few cats represented in the book too.

The Selby is in your Place

The Selby is in your Place

Brian Atwood at The Room

Brian Atwood at The Room

Brian Atwood made a personal appearance at The Room. Brian Atwood is a CFDA award-winning footwear designer. He grew up in Chicago and studied clothing design at FIT. This formal model began working for Gianni Versace in 1996 on the Versus Line and then was promoted to chief designer of women’s accessories. This is where he learned all about shoes. In 2001, the Brian Atwood label was created. In 2003, Brian was awarded the Swarovski’s Perry Ellis Award for Accessory Design from the CFDA. I did a little interview with Brian on my lunch hour.  I was a little taken back by just how good-looking the man is.  The photo says everything.

Brian Atwood at The Room

Anita: You seem have everything right now. Celebrity fans, a 9+ year business that has been very successful, you are award winning. What are your next steps? Where do you see yourself in the future? What are you working toward?

Brian: Definitely opening stores and giving the customer more of an inside look at what they would look like in this Brian Atwood world.

Anita: Do you see yourself branching out to more than just shoes?

Brian: Definitely, possibility in Ready to Wear. Bags definitely will come. We have a small collection that mainly complement the shoes but I’m definitely eying that aspect. Anything that feels the synergies that goes with brand and the aesthetic of the brand. It could be jeans, could be sexy jeans. Could be anything that went with the brand.

Brian Atwood at The Room

Anita: You are originally trained as a fashion designer and you’ve moved into shoes and accessories. What do you feel is your favourite now. Do you still gravitate to clothing?

Brian: I still love clothing but definitely I have been sketching shoes for as long as I can remember. Before it meant anything to me. I can drape a dress, I can sew but really that foundation I was always interested in architecture. Building that shoe, there is such a small space on a shoe to make it work. It’s always challenging that how do we make the same impact of that dress and have that equally effective in a shoe. It’s very challenging.

Brian Atwood at The Room

Anita: I can imagine.

Brian: But nowadays you can put anything on a shoe.

Anita: That’s so true. (this is were I laugh and get lost in his eyes, I snap out of it and get back to the interview, ha ha)

Anita: What do you think are the next trends coming out for footwear?

Brian: Well I really think we’ve embellished them with everything we everything from studs to lizards. We have seen a return of the lower heel. Nowadays I think the platform and these really high heels have become a staple in a women’s wardrobe. I think now it’s just really just giving women beautiful shoes and playing on with colours and textures and keeping it luxurious.

Brian Atwood at The Room

That evening, The Room hosted a little cocktail party for Brian Atwood, select media and a whole wack load of Toronto socialites. I’m really ignorant of Toronto socialites. I know of and met a few of them and others I just see around a lot.  There was a lot of money in the room, that I knew for sure. I noticed Chanel, Hermes, Alaia and Balmain on a few of the women.   A couple Birkins were battling it out, the croc won.  I wondered about their individual routines for getting ready for such an event.

Brian Atwood at The Room
Yup, that's right. Head to toe Balmain people

Standing in this room watching them interact was the best people watching ever. Eventually Brian Atwood entered and everyone gravitated to him. Watching him work the room of these women was amazing. He commands the room and is really such a lovely person to interact with. It was easy to see why everyone woman wanted to talk to him.

Brian Atwood at The Room

I had a great time at the event and I got to see some of The Room’s great personal shopping and party facilities. I always love getting this insider view. There was fashion to gawk at, canapes to eat and friends to chat with. Yasmin Warsame showed up in one of my favourite pieces from Jeremy Laing spring summer 2010. She looked absolutely stunning. I even got a double kiss from Brian and a hug from Yasmin, I swooned. It was a good time.

Brian Atwood at The Room

Brian Atwood at The Room
Yasmin Warsame in Jeremy Laing

You are going to want to see the slideshow. I went to town snapping shoe pics with the Olympus E-PL1. I’m still in love with the Olympus E-PL1 and I don’t want to go back to my Pentax.

Harley-Davidson’s Precious Metal Gala – May 11, 2010

Harley-Davidson’s Precious Metal Gala

Harley-Davidson's Precious Metal Gala - May 11, 2010

Welcome to the Harley-Davidson® Garage for the 2nd Annual Precious Metal Event. In Support of ReThink Breast Cancer. An event exclusively for women!

On May 11, The Fermenting Cellar will be transformed into a back-lot studio. Explore your inner rebel during the biker chic faux film shoot.

Start with hair, make-up and wardrobe, then run some lines with the Harley Hunks, take part in the Pick Up Shot and learn how to lift a bike. Have your cover shot taken, but only after you learn how to get your licence and star in your own adventure riding scene. With Billie as the Director there are sure to be a few more surprises.

Enjoy decadent hors d’Å“uvres and cocktails with the top female taste-makers of Toronto.

The way girl’s night out was meant to be!
May 11, 2010 6:30pm-10:30pm
The Fermenting Cellar at the Distillery District

An event exclusively for women! – Limited tickets available
TICKET PRICES: $75, available for purchase at www.garageparty.ca
VENUE: Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District, 55 Mill Street Building #58, Suite 200, Toronto, ON

Buy Design Spring Social is on Saturday!

Buy Design Spring Social

Buy Design Spring Social is Windfall’s seventh annual dress up party!

On Saturday, April 10 at 8 pm, The Fermenting Cellar in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District will be transformed into a dirty thirties fundraiser featuring a mess hall auction, croquet and badminton lawns and a swinging dance hall tent. Sip sidecars, sours and planters punch and parade across the big band stage in the boater pageant. Throw darts at the Beauty Balloon Buster game and sample brown-bagged bites from the country fare stands and bake sale.

Hosted by TV and fashion personality ADRIAN MAINELLA.

Tickets are $75 each or 6 for $375.
Order online or call 416-703-8435.

images: Anna Lisa Sang

PROM V: Noir

PROM V: Noir

On the weekend I attending PROM V: Noir, a fundraiser for the Royal Ontario Museum.

PROM V: Noir

Welcome to the dark side of the ROM with PROM V: NOIR, a thrilling night of dramatic glamour and cinematic fantasy inspired by the ROM’s captivating collection of winged creatures in the newly revamped Bat Cave and the recently opened Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity.

Hosted by MTV’s Dan Levy and Jessi Cruickshank, hundreds of YPC members and guests will take a sensational step back into vintage Hollywood complete with private eyes and femmes fatales. Experience the melodrama of a dazzling Golden Age film première—with a contemporary twist—as you pose for a mob of flashbulbs on the black carpet, investigate tempting diversions in dark shadows, sip swishy cocktails, and shimmy the night away on a fierce dance floor to the sounds of a live Big Band and stellar Toronto DJs.

PROM V: Noir

PROM V: Noir

PROM V: Noir

There were a few great 40s themed outfits to be seen.  Of course, black ruled the join.  I saw very little colour on Saturday.

PROM V: Noir

PROM V: Noir

I wore Greta Constantine and Dean Davidson to Prom.

PROM V: Noir
Greta Constantine Dress, Wolford Tights, Dean Davidson jewellery, Aldo Shoes, Vintage Clutch

There is something about this dress. I don’t normally feel sexy in anything I wear but this wasn’t the case. It was unusual and powerful and totally went to my head.  It makes you do things your normally wouldn’t!

PROM V: Noir

PROM V: Noir

Photos Taken by Paul Baik for I want – I got www.paulbaikphoto.com

Buy Design Spring Social

Buy Design Spring Social images Anna Lisa Sang

Buy Design is my favourite fundraiser of the year. It really is the one that is closest to my heart. I’ve participated in two advertising campaigns for Buy Design and it’s always a great party.  I love an excuse to play model and get my make up done.

Buy Design Spring Social images Anna Lisa Sang

Buy Design Spring Social is Windfall’s seventh annual dress up party!

On Saturday, April 10 at 8 pm, The Fermenting Cellar in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District will be transformed into a dirty thirties fundraiser featuring a mess hall auction, croquet and badminton lawns and a swinging dance hall tent. Sip sidecars, sours and planters punch and parade across the big band stage in the boater pageant. Throw darts at the Beauty Balloon Buster game and sample brown-bagged bites from the country fare stands and bake sale.

Hosted by TV and fashion personality ADRIAN MAINELLA.

Tickets are $75 each or 6 for $375.
Order online or call 416-703-8435.

images: Anna Lisa Sang

PROM V: Noir – March 27, 2010

PROM at the ROM 2009
image: Courtesy Royal Ontario Museum.

I’m very excited to be attending one of the hottest parties in the city, Prom at the ROM, PROM V: NOIR. I’ll be bringing my trusty photographer Paul Baik with me as we try to capture the spirit and fashion of the event.

Welcome to the dark side of the ROM with PROM V: NOIR, a thrilling night of dramatic glamour and cinematic fantasy inspired by the ROM’s captivating collection of winged creatures in the newly revamped Bat Cave and the recently opened Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity.

Hosted by MTV’s Dan Levy and Jessi Cruickshank, hundreds of YPC members and guests will take a sensational step back into vintage Hollywood complete with private eyes and femmes fatales. Experience the melodrama of a dazzling Golden Age film première—with a contemporary twist—as you pose for a mob of flashbulbs on the black carpet, investigate tempting diversions in dark shadows, sip swishy cocktails, and shimmy the night away on a fierce dance floor to the sounds of a live Big Band and stellar Toronto DJs.

Channel your inner Bacall or Bogart and join us as we turn down the lights and light up the party on March 27, 2010.

Tickets
VIP EXPERIENCE 8 PM
YPC Member $275
Non-YPC Member $295
VIP tickets include a private viewing of the newly revamped Bat Cave during Earth Hour and access to the Director’s Cocktail—a sultry jazz supper club experience featuring a decadent tasting menu and bar. The star treatment continues with private Green Room Bar access throughout the PROM party.

PARTY 9 PM
YPC Member $125
Non-YPC Member $150
Party tickets include swishy cocktails and smashing entertainment. Get ready to shimmy the night away on a fierce dance floor to the sounds of a live Big Band and
Toronto DJs.

PROM V: NOIR
March 27, 2010
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Historic Rotunda Entrance
Event ends 1 AM
Tickets can be purchased on the PROM website

Motionball’s Cloud Nine Gala

Motionball's Cloud Nine Gala

Motionball’s Cloud Nine Gala
Friday February 5th, 2010, 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

In celebration of Motionball’s ninth year in support of Special Olympics Canada, Torontonians are invited to mingle with young professionals and Special Olympic athletes over cocktails, live music, fashion and dancing at one of the city’s most coveted annual parties. Like all Motionball events, the Cloud Nine Gala aims to educate attendees about the importance of the Special Olympics and create an atmosphere where athletes and supporters can celebrate the great cause together.

Motionball is the brainchild of three best friends, who also happen to be brothers. Mark, Sean and Paul Etherington have been aligned with Special Olympics Canada since childhood when they volunteered at fundraising events organized by their parents, who co-founded the Sports Celebrities Festival, which has raised in excess of $25,000,000 for Special Olympics Canada since 1983. Noticing a lack of integration between supporters and the athletes they support, Mark, Sean and Paul Etherington brought Motionball to life.

The Cloud Nine Gala will feature live music by Escalate, a CK Underwear fashion show, a guest dj, silent auction, complimentary bar and a chocolate buffet – all in support of Special Olympics Canada.

Tickets are $100 until January 17, 2010, and $125 afterwards.

Catch up with Motionball on their blog, Twitter and Facebook.

This will be my first Motionball event and I’m looking forward to celebrating with everyone.

Motionball’s Cloud Nine Gala
Friday February 5th, 2010, 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Capitol Event Theatre
2492 Yonge Street
Toronto

Top of The Burroughes New Years Eve Photos

Top of The Burroughes New Years Eve Photos by Lost in The Willderness

Oh New Year’s Eve, what a hilarious party. I didn’t take any photos myself but a photographer named Will took a ton of photos and posted them on his website Lost in the WILLDERNESS.

Top of The Burroughes New Years Eve Photos by Lost in The Willderness

Top of The Burroughes New Years Eve Photos by Lost in The Willderness

My mask is creepy as hell isn’t it.  When I showed it to my cats they were hissing like crazy at me.

I’m loving Photoscape.  It’s a great freeware photo editor and it allowed me to combine these photos with ease.

images: lostinthewillderness.com

Mark Fast Cocktail at Ame

Mark Fast Cocktail at Ame - Photos by Raymund Galsim

Mark Fast was in town last week for a Spring 2010 preview. I wasn’t able to attend the preview during the day but I went to Ame for a cocktails in his honour. Mark is from Manitoba originally. He studied at Seneca College in Ontario briefly before going to London. He attended the prestigious Central Saint Martins and got his BA and MA.

Mark Fast Cocktail at Ame - Photos by Raymund Galsim

Mark designs by hand on a domestic knitting machine. His work is formed onto the body as he knits, and he has devised innovative stitching techniques, blending lycra with viscose, angora or wool. He is inspired by the endless possibilities of lycra yarns, sculpting areas of tension and areas of volume over the body. Mark’s fascination with the cinema drives his creative process as he channels the energy of the characters who inspire him into his knits. Obsessed with texture, Mark’s most recent work explores the relationship of garments to the wearers body.

Mark Fast Cocktail at Ame - Photos by Raymund Galsim

I didn’t realize the work that goes into a Mark Fast dress until I saw the models milling about in them. Wow, the details are insane making the dresses very delicate. You have to be careful putting them on for sure. When I talked to Mark briefly, he mentioned the delicate nature of the dresses make him very selective in who he lends things too. He’s a very sweet and soft-spoken man.

Mark Fast Cocktail at Ame - Photos by Raymund Galsim
Mark Fast x Louboutin Spring 2010 shoes

This season he partnered with Christian Louboutin to design his Spring 2010 footwear

Mark Fast Cocktail at Ame - Photos by Raymund Galsim

Seeing Mark’s clothing in person totally blew my mind. I have a lot more respect for what he does after touching the garments and learning about his technique. I touched everyone in Mark Fast that night. His clothing has texture and dimension to it.

Mark Fast Cocktail at Ame - Photos by Raymund Galsim

Mark Fast Cocktail at Ame - Photos by Raymund Galsim

Photos by Raymund Galsim

The Top of the Burroughes New Years Eve

Tickets are going fast for The Top of the Burroughes New Years Eve. I’ll be bringing in the new year with Shinan Govani, Marcello Cabezas, Todor Kobakov, Tyrone Edwards and my good friends Kirk and Stephen of Greta Constantine. You can guarantee you will see Jason Howlett, my contest winner, and I busting it out on the dance floor.

The Top of the Burroughes New Years Eve party in Toronto

STOLI presents Top of The Burroughes New Years Eve! December 31st The Burroughes brings back the glamour of the past for one memorable night to mark the beginning of 2010. In the spirit of Truman Capote’s infamous Black and White Ball, There will be no ice sculptures, no elaborate bouquets, no standard sights as seen at every society party, the gorgeous swans and other beautiful people will be the flowers.

Dress: Modern Masquerade. The Burroughes will provide the masks!
$100 Open Bar A Ticket – Ticket Price Includes All Alcohol (beer, Wine, Champagne, Liquor) & Hors D’oeuvres
DJ’S: Sebastien Grainger, Scott Cudmore, Stuart Berman, Ian Worang, Rob Gordon

There are a few tickets left. Head to TheTopoftheBurroughes.com to buy tickets.

Boldface Names at Barbara Edwards Contemporary

Boldface Names Salon

Shinan had a small, intimate gathering of people for his Boldface Names book at Barbara Edwards Contemporary gallery. We enjoyed artwork from Barbara’s latest exhibition by photographer Taras Polataiko. The gallery is in Barbara’s home, which explained why the party felt so warm and inviting. She has an amazing kitchen with beautiful gas stove. It was such a treat watching our cute ginger-haired chef, Nathan Isberg go to town making us culinary delights.

Boldface Names Salon

There were a couple personalities in the group (besides myself that is, har, har). Steven and Chris joined us as well as a cute young actor named Michael Seater. Michael was wearing this amazing green velvet jacket. A friend took a picture but I wish I took one myself.

Boldface Names Salon

The desserts were to die for. Egg custard served in egg shells and Lemon mint sorbet served in lemons. The egg custard was the best custard I’ve ever tasted.

Boldface Names Salon

It wasn’t just about food, it was an opportunity to meet other people.  It wasn’t just the usual fashion crowd there were some of the art and journalism crowd.  I guess no Shinan party goes without someone asking if anyone has been named dropped by the man himself.  I’m at 2, once anonymously in reference to the Escada reopening and just last month.

Boldface Names Salon

Boldface Names Salon
My date for the night, good friend Gail

Shinan was a lovely host to a lovely evening.  Thank you Shinan.

Thanks KnotPr for all the twitpics!

The Coat, Philip and I

HoltsTiff09AnitaPhilipFur

I was send a video that brought back memories of taking this photo with Philip Sparks at the Holt Renfrew TIFF party. It was Philip’s idea to get for me to wear the racoon fur buffalo coat from the Fall 2009 collection. We come into play at 0:38 in the video. It’s originally from Radio Canada

We had a total blast taking the photo and I’m glad the moment is recorded somewhere. Loves It!

Anita <3s Philip.

Miori Boutique Opening

Miori Opening Nov 2009

The Miori Boutique opening was in my stomping grounds, The Path so I decided to check it out. This new womenswear store opened up in the Exchange Tower.

Miori Opening Nov 2009

I talked to the owners and learned that they are long term retailers in the city. They even had a store that I was one of my rounds in Scotia Plaza before the reno and Brooks Brothers.

The woman behind Miori Boutiques is Gita Kowsari, a Toronto-area entrepreneur who opened her first store in 1990 and has over 17 years of experience in the fashion industry.

Gita Kowsari’s personal flair for fashion combined with her expertise as a buyer can be found at the core of Miori’s success.

Miori Opening Nov 2009

Miori Opening Nov 2009

60% of Miori’s merchandise is from Canadian designers. The others are mostly from Europe like 2026 clothing, Rinascimento, Soyaconcept and Sinéquanone. Miori carries Mackage for those path dwellers that don’t want to head to the Eaton Centre on lunch.

Miori Opening Nov 2009

Miori Opening Nov 2009

I was surprised at the selection of casual items, it was much more than I expected. I thought it would be the domain of business casual and suits. It’s a well rounded store with some party dresses to boot. Miori is a great find for jewellery and will be added to my Path jewellery crawl stops.

Miori Opening Nov 2009

Miori Opening Nov 2009

Miori Boutique
Exchange Tower
130 King Street West
416.645.1417

5 days till Bloor Street Entertains – THE PARTY

It’s getting close to The Party. Pick up your tickets soon and dress 50s glam. Do you need an excuse to wear that fancy dress? Now you have one!

Bloor Street Entertains - The Party, November 25, 2009at the ROM
Bloor Street Entertains - The Party, November 25, 2009at the ROM

The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and BMO Financial Group invite you to THE PARTY: the culmination of CANFAR’s signature event, Bloor Street Entertains.

Please join Co-Chairs Joseph Mimran and Kimberley Newport-Mimran for THE PARTY, an exclusive and elegant evening in support of Canadian-led discoveries in HIV/AIDS research.

Held at The Royal Ontario Museum, this award-winning party promises a night of magic with an incredibly diverse and well-heeled guest list, vintage glamour, exceptional entertainment and the very best in silent auction offerings.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009 | 9:00 p.m.

TICKETS TO THE PARTY: $100
Telephone 416-361-6281
E-mail bse@canfar.com

Cocktails and Hors d’Å“uvres are included in the ticket price. You can purchase tickets online on the Bloor Street Entertains website. Be sure to select “A referral from Anita Clarke ” in the “How did you hear about The Party?” survey question when purchasing.

The Frocktail Party

Frocktail 2009

I wasn’t very excited about attending the Frocktail Party to be honest. I wasn’t planning to bid on any dresses but I was covering it for the blog. I’m really, really glad I went as it turned out to be a really good time. The DJ was playing good music and I ended up dancing the night away with friends and designers.

Frocktail 2009

This was the first annual Frocktail Party and all the proceeds from the silent auction when to Juvenile Diabetes research. The auction consisted of donated designer dresses in immaculate condition.

Frocktail 2009

Many people were surprised I didn’t bid for anything. I took one look at where the clothing was setup and I didn’t want to deal. It was packed with people and the lighting was terrible. Some people got some great deals and I know someone who got a Gucci strapless floor length gown for $150 dollars! I bet the material costs more than that.

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Frocktail 2009

Burberry Toronto Store Opening Party

Burberry Toronto Store Opening Party photo by George PimentelBurberry Toronto Store Opening Party photo by George Pimentel

The Burberry store in Toronto opened quietly in October. The opening fete was last week and I was in attendance.

Burberry Toronto Store Opening Party photo by George PimentelBurberry Toronto Store Opening Party photo by George Pimentel

Burberry celebrated the recent opening of its new flagship store on Bloor Street in Toronto, Canada. Over 200 guests attended the event at the store including Ali Larter who wore Burberry.

Music on the evening was provided by British DJ Tom Guinness who features in the Autumn Winter 2009 Burberry ad campaign and who was flown in from New York for the event.

Burberry Toronto Store Opening Party photo by George PimentelBurberry Toronto Store Opening Party photo by George Pimentel

I had already checked the place out and was disappointed that majority of items in the store were of the Burberry check variety. I thought they did a better job with the men’s clothing than the women’s. I was hoping for more of the unusual pieces from Burberry Porsum in the store. Alas, they were left behind in England, unfit for Canadian consumption. Boo. The store is pretty nice. It’s 2 floors and carries Burberry Prorsum, Burberry London, Burberry Brit collections as well as Burberry Sport, Childrenswear and accessories.

Burberry Toronto Store Opening Party photo by George PimentelBurberry Toronto Store Opening Party photo by George Pimentel

Tom Guinness played amazing music. It was the best set I’ve heard at an event like this. The crowd of fashion folk and socialites seems to be divided. It seemed like the front of the store was more fashion people and the back was more socialites. Interesting dynamic to watch.

Burberry Toronto Store Opening Party photo by George PimentelBurberry Toronto Store Opening Party photo by George Pimentel

I brought my camera but I was too busy chatting with friends to take pictures. Bad blogger. I have to thank ASC for providing me with these photos shot by the excellent George Pimentel.

Burberry Toronto Store Opening Party photo by George PimentelBurberry Toronto Store Opening Party photo by George Pimentel

Macallan Scotch Tasting at ONE Hazelton

Macallan Scotch Tasting at ONE Hazelton

I was invited to the Macallan Scotch Tasting which was held at ONE in the Hazelton Hotel from the folk at Matchstick. I accepted on a lark. I didn’t like scotch but I decided to learn more about it. I attended the Kettle One Vodka tasting and had a great time. So, I invited three friends and headed down.

Macallan Scotch Tasting at ONE Hazelton

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We were presented with four different glasses. They contained Macallan scotch of different ages; 10, 12, 15 and 18 year old.

Macallan Scotch
Macallan Scotch Tasting Notes - scanned by Anita
Macallan Scotch
Macallan Scotch Tasting Notes - scanned by Anita

I didn’t liked scotch before but now I can say I do. It’s a complex drink and I was partial to the 15 year old. I liked the combination of the bourbon and sherry casks instead of just the sherry alone.

Macallan Scotch Tasting at ONE Hazelton

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We saw the Macallan ice ball making machine in action. It takes a cube of ice and turns it into a ball. The circular shaped ice doesn’t melt as fast as a cube so you can chill your scotch which diluting it too much. I was lucky enough to get the demo glass. More scotch for me.

Macallan Scotch Tasting at ONE Hazelton

At the end of the tasting we were given nice Macallan box with 2 small bottles of Macallan scotch (10 and 12 year old) and a Macallan rock glass. The box I’m going to use for jewellery. Matchstick provided a great set of photos from the event. I’ve posted some but the full collection is in the slideshow.

You can sign up for more tasting events at celebratethemacallan.ca

images: matchstick and me