SOME LOOKS WE LIKED: At The Society’s ’40s NY fete

Magritte-inspired partygoer Maarla Veld.

Story by Sara Graham. Photography courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency.

Last Thursday, The Society NYC hosted a perfectly proper affair (in a West Village mansion, no less) to celebrate the release of Lesley M.M. Blume‘s book Let’s Bring Back.

As part of The Society’s Literary Salon Series, ladies and gents slipped into 1940s attire to pay homage to those madcap mid-century fêtes thrown by heiress and art collector Peggy Guggenheim, and attended by her wild contemporaries in the modern art movement.

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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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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 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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TOP SPOTS: Sara Graham

Sara Graham has worn a lot of stylish hats in this city: She’s been a designer (of Sister Underwear, a lingerie and loungewear line that she launched and managed from 2003 to 2006), and the editor-in-chief of Vervegirl and Fuel. Now she’s focusing on her freelance writing career (with recent credits in Sweetspot.ca and ELLE Canada), her role as communications director for The Society, and being a committee member for Artbound.ca, a Free the Children initiative.

Sara (pictured above in Singapore) shared a few of her favourite places in Toronto with The Style Notebook.

Top date spot

“If it’s a nice evening, then the rooftop terrace at Tati on Harbord is picture perfect. I’ve always liked the cozy booths at Lolita’s Lust on the Danforth—the atmosphere and the food never disappoint. For a hideaway that’s more hipster, you can’t go wrong with a table (inside or out on the patio) at Foxley on Ossington.”

Favourite vintage shop

“I don’t buy a lot of vintage…but if I did, then I’d certainly trust Kealan at 69 Vintage to hook me up.”

Place to buy birthday presents

“I used to have my own lingerie/loungewear line so I’d always let my girlfriends choose presents from the collections. Now that I no longer produce the range, I pick up gorgeous items from my friend Christina Remenyi at Fortnight Lingerie. For the new mummies in my life and other general gifts, I head to Ziggy’s at Home on College Street.”

Favourite place to go for a drink on the weekend (and drink of choice)

“It’s summer so anywhere with a patio will do. I’m partial to the Drake’s street-level patio and Terroni’s on Queen West. A Blanche de Chambly at the former, and a glass of red wine at the Italian resto, of course!”

To go for a drink on the weekend

“I live on Harbord (at least until the end of June) so my favourites on College are Kalendar and Utopia.”

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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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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.

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