THE INVITATION: The Society, The Face Hunter & more

Fashionable guests (including Gee Beauty‘s Natalie Gee in the mini) in conversation at The Society’s party for Yvan Rodic, the Face Hunter, and the Balenciaga Paris fragrance. The event was held at The Room at the Bay. Photography by Natalie Castellino.

Personal style, street style, fashion—the finest of lines divide these style base camps. Photographer Yvan Rodic has carved out his territory in the street style camp and, as evidenced by the turn-out at his book party on Thursday night, he is flourishing there. Sporting tousled hair, a velvet jacket, and the requisite slightly rolled up slacks, Yvan surveyed the crowd with the experienced gaze of an aesthete, doing what he does best: face hunting. Meanwhile, Balenciaga decided to join the hunt, celebrating Balenciaga Paris, the French house’s first new fragrance in years as Yvan launched his first book ever.

On arrival at The Room at the Bay, a delicate scented ribbon was tied around each guest’s wrist—a far chicer version of the sort of bracelet applied at concerts. The guest list was bolstered by the ranks of social butterflies drawn in by an invitation from The Society, as well as the beauty editors, fashion bloggers and style scenesters to whom a shiny party amongst the Bay’s impressive contemporary collection and a glass (or two) of pink sparkling really is just a Thursday.

Veteran fashion photographer (and new gallery owner) George Whiteside worked the room while Greta Constantine designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong joked with The Star’s Derrick Chetty. ELLE Canada’s senior web editor Lara Ceroni broke the ice, asking Yvan the first question at the Q&A, while negotiating between a microphone and the Face Hunter’s prop of choice: a large carrot. (What was that about?)

After a final drift around the space (choosing items for future shopping dates), and smelling delightful from the only Balenciaga I will be able to afford in the foreseeable future, it was westward-bound, for a spin through another fashionable crowd: a celebration at the Spoke Club of Russell Smith’s new novel, Girl Crazy. Those spotted celebrating Russell included the Globe and Mail’s Dave Eddie, who recently had his own book launch for Damage Control, globe-trotting gourmand Chris Johns and ginger-haired director Alex Pugsly.

Two parties with a final destination of a rooftop and the weather to enjoy it? These are the ingredients that win—no matter which fashion faction you belong to.

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