SOME LOOKS WE LIKED: At the Love, Chloé party

Photography courtesy of JJ Thompson.

Last week, a luxe Annex home played host to a very pretty party, complete with très sweet sweets, rose petals in the bathtub, and a performance by opera singer Giorgia Fumanti. (The crowd wasn’t half-bad either.) The occasion? LOVE, an event presented by The Society and Chloé in honour of the French fashion house’s new fragrance.

Click through for some of our favourite looks of the night.

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THE IT: Meet Ezra Constantine

Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, the designers of Greta Constantine and Ezra Constantine, the menswear line which had its official launch party last week. Writer Paul Aguirre-Livingston turned what seemed like a missed opportunity into an exclusive interview. Photography by Brendan Adam Zwelling.

“I think you missed it,” said Samantha Beckerman, of the Beckermans fashion line, as I rushed into a historical Annex home for the preview of Ezra Constantine’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Turns out that the 9 p.m. showing of the new menswear line was cancelled because, on the busiest August night for Toronto’s media, the people had simply come, seen, loved and left.

“It had this military subtext to it,” Fashion Television’s Christopher Sherman commented, “but still very classic Ezra.” What an odd way of putting it, I thought. A collection that is still so in its infancy (not even a year old) already had a look, a “classic” style. And that’s why it mattered that I missed it.

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SOME LOOKS WE LIKED: At the Ezra Constantine show

From left: producer Sara Basso, writer Amy Verner, and photographer Caitlin Cronenberg. Photography by Brendan Adam Zwelling.

Last Thursday, the Toronto style set gathered at an Annex mansion to celebrate the official coming out party of Ezra Constantine, the menswear line from Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill, who are also the fan favourite designers behind Greta Constantine.

We’ll post our interview with Stephen and Kirk soon, but in the meantime, check out some best-dressed pics (featuring Fritz Helder, who also played DJ!)

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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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THE INVITATION: At Greta Constantine

Stylish guests at the Greta Constantine show. All photography by Natalie Castellino.

The Invitation is Emily Blake’s party and events column. She will be drinking champagne (or, in this case, Vitamin Water) in the name of reportage.

A whisper, a buzz, a roar—much like spring, fashion tends to build up into a crescendo. In Toronto, the party got started on March 19 at the Greta Constantine show, more than a week before LG Fashion Week officially kicked off. Like migrating birds, the fashion flock arrived at the Audi dealership on Bayview Avenue, a location far off the usual sartorial path. As one of the first events in Toronto’s multi-week fashion marathon, it seemed as if the entire community made an executive decision to schluff off their winter wraps, trot out the hot new heels, and gather to celebrate designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, who have given the local style scene a much needed shot in the arm.

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GRETA CONSTANTINE, FALL 2010

All photography by Natalie Castellino.

Since 2005, when Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong launched the Greta Constantine line, it’s become one of the most hotly anticipated shows of the season. For Fall 2010, the collection’s colour palette was dark—grey, brown, purple, black, of course—and featured two distinct looks for women. The more daring of the two included pieces like fur vests, leather leggings and close-fitting jumpsuits with strips of leather paneling. There was something Star Wars and amazing about it. Blade Runner, too—couldn’t this be Pris, circa Fall 2010? Continue reading