TOP SPOTS: Tatiana Read

Tatiana Read in front of Mark Fast’s Luminato installation. Photography by Dave Chang.

As one of the city’s favourite publicists, it’s Tatiana Read’s job to know everybody, but few make networking look so effortless. Less than a year ago, she struck out on her own, founding Knot PR, a boutique PR agency. Her clients are a stylish mix, encompassing fashion (Mark Fast, Plutino Group, and Red Canoe, to name a few), design (Templar Hotel) and nightlife (Parts & Labour).

She’s active on the philanthropy circuit too, serving on committees as diverse as Paws for the Cause and the Arnold Party, the glam gala for the Business of the Arts.

Tat shared a few of her favourite places in Toronto with The Style Notebook.

Favourite place to go for a drink during the week (and what’s your drink of choice?)
“Little Italy. Most places. I like Giancarlo’s or Il Gatto Nero (720 College St., 416-536-3132).”

Go for a drink on the weekend
Parts & Labour! The sea bass carpaccio is my fave app.”

Top brunch spot
The Senator, or my sister’s place where I get to eat chocolate croissants with my niece and nephew. Oddfellows always hits the spot too.”

Place to work out
“I joined Totum Life Science on King Street and train with Nicole. I’m new to the gym but I’m quickly learning that it makes a big difference, especially where stress management and keeping focused are concerned.”

Pho, dim sum or both? (And top spots for both)
“Pho Phuong (1603 Dundas St. W., 416-536-3030), for sure. I’m not big on dim sum, but my sources recommend Bright Pearl at Spadina and St. Andrews.”

Place to buy books or magazines
“I always like to read magazines at Indigo in the Manulife centre before catching a movie at the Varsity but I buy them at Presse Internationale (622 College St., 416-535-9666). I don’t buy books so much as borrow them from well-read friends and better-read siblings.”

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LAST CHANCE: Mark Fast at Luminato

Mark Fast’s knit dress, on display until June 20 at Brookfield Place at Bay and Wellington. Illustration by Ayalah Hutchins.

In Mark Fast’s The Ascension of Beauty, knotted white ropes hang from the ceiling, framing one of the designer’s signature knit dresses. The effect is of an enormous cat’s cradle—or a surrealistic knitting machine. It’s a fittingly fascinating installation from a designer whose name is on the fashion industry’s collective lips.

Originally from outside of Winnipeg, Fast moved to London to attend Central Saint Martins, then launched his eponymous line in 2009. His Spring 2010 show caused a stir when he sent plus-size models in his clingy spiderweb dresses down the runway. He followed up the buzz with an ANDAM prize nomination (along with fellow Canadian Calla Haynes) and a much-awaited capsule collection for TopShop, which launches on July 7.

Click through for photos of the installation, courtesy of Luminato.

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