Holt Renfrew Launches Vignettes


Holt Renfrew Launches Vignettes was their TIFF party this year.

The launch party for Vignettes will take place on Saturday, September 12 from 9 PM – 1 AM at Toronto’s Burroughes Building with a performance by The Stills and a special introduction by Coco Rocha. Holt Renfrew is also very proud to announce that the host of MTV USA’s IT’S ON Alexa Chung will be the special guest DJ for the evening.

What the hell are Vignettes? Well Holt Renfrew created some short films for their men’s and women’s collections this season.

The night was also the debut of my custom made leather dress from Mi Concept. It was a hit. I paired it with Luxury Rebel booties, YSL clutch and a Fizz Amethyst Ring borrowed from the Swarovski lounge at The Four Seasons Hotel.


It was a fun evening and I got to reconnect with a lot of fashion friends I missed while away. I didn’t take a lot of photos. I didn’t talk to Coco but I stared at her a lot. She’s flawless. I also managed to snap this photo on my blackberry of Coco talking to Philip. That’s about as close as I got to her. She was wearing Greta Constantine, a sneak preview of Spring 2010 from what I’m told.


There are some photos on the Fashion Magazine website and I’m included too.

Now, isn’t this the cutest picture of Philips Sparks and I.


images: courtesy of Holt Renfrew, Paul Baik, me

Philip Sparks Spring 2010 Lookbook – Behind The Scenes

I was lucky enough to catch the photoshoot for the Philip Sparks Spring 2010 Lookbook. I didn’t want to post my pictures until the lookbook hit the streets. Now it’s out, I can share some of my behind the scenes experience.

The table of accessories. I did my Fun with Hats posts with items from this table

I was drooling a little when Damien walked in the door. He’s legal, but way too young for me.

Philip and Mackenzie talking about the shot





See all my photos from that day

Holt Renfrew Fall 2009 – 2010 Menswear Media Preview

Holt Renfrew Fall 2009 – 2010 Menswear Media Preview

Holt Renfrew Fall 2009 - 2010 Menswear Media Preview

You have read about my adventures at the Holt Renfrew Fall 2009 – 2010 Womenswear Media Preview. I took a lot of pictures of things that appealed to me. Well the Men get the same treatment because I attended the Fall 2009 – 2010 Menswear Media Preview. That was a treat. I love menswear and wish I could include more of it in my coverage. It’s just impossible to be able to incorporate anything but the stray menswear post like this.

Holt Renfrew Fall 2009 - 2010 Menswear Media Preview

The preview was a smaller affair when compared to the Womens. You realize the lack of true menswear media in Toronto. There was some overlap in the attendees but there were a lot of people I wasn’t familiar with.

Holt Renfrew Fall 2009 - 2010 Menswear Media Preview

Barbara Atkin, Vice President, Fashion Direction for Holt Renfrew spoke briefly before Lanita Layton, Vice President, GMM Menswear took the podium. She spoke about menswear trends and how the economy has changed men’s style. The banker look is out and men are trying to distance themselves from all the negative connotations that are associated considering the world economic situation. Men also have many choices to make personal statements beyond the days of wearing your personality on your tie.

Band of Outsiders button up in Holt's Magenta

It’s true Men have more options these days. I would have liked to see more colour for men but as a retailer I can how it would be a tough sell to the brown/black/grey/navy wearing masses out there. A bright note was the Band of Outsiders button up in Holt’s Magenta. It’s exclusive to Holt Renfrew and I want one for myself.

Moncler Gamme Blue x Thom Browne

The most fashion forward item of the night went to Moncler Gamme Blue x Thom Browne outfit. Fans of the Thom Browne look will love his partnership with Moncler to produce this puffy suit. I’m kinda partial to the puffy jacket myself. It was good to see a lot of exclusive partnerships with Holts and some of the fashion brands. Canada Goose in Japanese fabrications not available in North America will be available through Holts. (Edit 06/16/09: I talked to Uncle Otis and they will be carrying the Canada Goose jackets in Japanese fabrications also. So Holts isn’t exclusive here)

Holt Renfrew Fall 2009 - 2010 Menswear Media Preview

Trends for men according to Holt Renfrew are:

  • The Top Coat
  • The Check Suit
  • The Club Jacket
  • The Leather Jacket
  • The Plaid Shirt
  • The Patterned Pant
  • The Knit Toque
  • The Bowtie
  • The Wintip
  • The City Hiker
Dr. Denim Cassette tape shirt.

As I was pursuing the racks I came across a few things that I liked for myself, Dr Denim plaid shirts and ts, Paul Smith boots and John Varvatos Converse. I have to point out the glaring omission of Philip Sparks in the media kit. He wasn’t listed in the Design List in both the Womenswear and Menswear media kit. His pieces were part of the preview also.

Philip Sparks Ready to Wear – Fall 2009- 2010 Lookbook

Philip Sparks Ready to Wear – Fall 2009- 2010 Lookbook

Philip Sparks Ready to Wear - Fall 2009- 2010 Lookbook

Philip told me that his theme for fall was Peter and the Wolf. I thought it was an interesting concept. I had no idea that Philip would execute it to such perfection. I’m in love with this menswear collection. It’s the best Philip Sparks collection yet. The everything about this lookbook is perfection. The models, the backdrop, the clothing, the fur. Congratulations on such a wonderful collection Philip, I can’t wait to see this in March.

Philip Sparks Ready to Wear - Fall 2009- 2010 Lookbook

images: Philip Sparks Fall 2009 | The Fashionisto.