THE IT: NARS Pure Matte Lipstick

Photography by Natalie Castellino.

Beauty always takes a richer turn as fall breezes turn to winter winds. Liners get darker, shadows get deeper, and gloss falls to the bottom of the makeup bag, replaced by gorgeous matte lipsticks that feel like velvet on the lips. The loveliest hues this season come from the new Pure Matte Lipstick collection from NARS ($30 each, available at The Bay,

Our three favourite shades are highlighted above: Vesuvio (rich red), Terre de Feu (dark cherry), and Tonkin (plummy cinnamon). Test the long-lasting formula with a cup of hot apple cider, then add the other shades to your Christmas list.

SOME LOOKS WE LIKED: At Salsa on St. Clair

Natalie Castellino snapped photos of the crowd at the Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival, billed as Toronto’s largest celebration of Latin culture. The photos are lovely on their own, but they’re also a heart-warming reminder of what a special city we live in. The proof is in the pics.

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SOME LOOKS WE LIKED: At the Power Ball, part I

One of the most anticipated parties of the year, the Power Ball is (more importantly) the annual fundraiser for the excellent Power Plant gallery. Last Thursday, fashion designers, socialites and (yep) artists descended on Queen’s Quay to raise glasses at Power Ball 12. The theme? “The Ball That Started It All”, a “remix” of the best of Power Balls past. (It was an apt choice for a year crammed with retro references, from fashion’s ’90s redux to Hollywood’s love affair with vintage superheroes.)

We’ll bring you in-depth party analysis soon, but in the meantime, here are 10 of our top 20 looks of the night, starting with MTV’s Jessi Cruickshank and Natasha Penzo, of ASC PR, above.

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BEST OF [FAT]: In photos and rhyming couplets, part II

This is part II of our [FAT] (phat?) rhyming coverage of the best Alternative Arts & Fashion Week in seasons. (You can read the first part here.) Words by James Grainger. Photography by Natalie Castellino.


Startled by flashes of capes and lamé,
The crowd wants to rise and storm the runway.

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SOME LOOKS WE LIKED: Around Kensington Market

Natalie Castellino snapped photos of stylish folks this weekend in and around Kensington Market. There seemed to be a Bob Dylan vibe going on, so we’ve included lyrics from the original troubadour for each pic.

From “Tangled Up in Blue”

And I was standin’ on the side of the road

Rain fallin’ on my shoes

Heading out for the East Coast

Lord knows I’ve paid some dues gettin’ through

Tangled up in blue

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SOME LOOKS WE LIKED: At the Face Hunter party

Toronto’s chic set—including Natasha Penzo of ASC PR in the night’s best trench—at The Society’s party for The Face Hunter and Balenciaga Paris. All photography by Natalie Castellino.

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