SOME LOOKS WE LIKED: At the Beefeater 24 Tea Salon

Gail McInnes, of Magnet Creative, gets into the spirit of things with model Danielle Knudson (who gamely acted as the “red carpet” for the event). Photography by Sam Santos/Pimentel Photo.

The invite called for “daring London glamour,” and the crowd at the Beefeater 24 Tea Salon didn’t disappoint. Amid fire jugglers and stilt-walkers, guests sipped creative gin cocktails concocted by global mixologist Dan Warner.

Click through for our favourite photos from the night.

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SOME LOOKS WE LIKED: At Lingerie Française

A fashion presentation featuring France’s top lingerie brands—including Simone Pérèle, Princesse Tam-Tam and Chantelle—the Lingerie Française show was a fascinating glimpse into what lies beneath. Story and photography by Marq Frerichs.

Summer’s hottest show, both literally and on figure, was held Wednesday night at the Wychwood Barns Artscape. The Lingerie Française event is a bit of a dream for those who appreciate the female form, and the skill used to create the sweet nothings that cover it.

Ballerinas and chansons set the mood. Most interesting was the use of classic Chanel-inspired accessories, couture feathers, and rosettes. It’s not always what you see but what is hidden that has the most allure.

Click through for très jolie photos from the show.

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SOME LOOKS WE LIKED: At the SMUT Soiree

Ashleigh Dempster and Amanda Blakley, co-founders of The Society, and co-hosts (with Laineygossip.com) of the SMUT Soiree. The sold-out event was presented by the Bay.

Sweet summer dresses were out in full force at Monday’s hotly anticipated SMUT Soiree. The fifth anniversary of the gossip party attracted the city’s stylish citizenry to the east end, where the Audi dealership was transformed into an outdoor living room, complete with white leather couches and Absolut cocktails.

On stage, Elaine Lui of Laineygossip.com swapped Hollywood dirt with MTV’s Dan Levy and photographer George Pimentel. Après stage, Glee‘s Cory Monteith told partygoers via a surprise video that he would match their donations to Covenant House, which was also the recipient of a $10,000 donation courtesy of The Society, Laineygossip and Absolut.

All in all, it was an evening of glamour and goodwill. Click through to see our picks for the evening’s best-dressed.

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SOME LOOKS WE LIKED: At the Thompson Hotel opening

Shenae Grimes, 90210 star (and Degrassi alum), at Thursday night’s opening of the Thompson Hotel. We’ll have party analysis for you soon, but in the meantime, click through for our favourite looks of the night. All photography courtesy of George Pimentel.

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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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THE INVITATION: At the Hello! Style Icons party

Model Addison Gill with Ciara Hunt, editor-in-chief of Hello! Canada. Photography by George Pimentel. Story by Emily Blake.

Hello summer parties, heatwaves, sandals and bare legs! All of these were found at the Hello! Canada Style Icons event last week. Once again the Audi dealership on Bayview Ave.  was transformed into the epicentre of Toronto’s stylish set. A red carpet, paparazzi pit, and swishy door gals indicate the scene inside—as glossy as the magazine itself.

With blow-ups of style icons hanging on the walls—Grace Kelly overseeing all with her cool-as-a-cucumber stare—guests rose to the fashion challenge.

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