Posted Oct 19, 2010 in About Last Night, For Both | 0 Comments

A Fashion Night out in Toronto

It’s a cool 5 degrees out there but Toronto was a blaze last night as we kicked off the official start of LG Fashion Week. We’ve said goodbye to New York, London, Milan, Paris, and even Montreal but before we close the book on Fashion Month S/S 2011 there’s one more week of parties, shows, schmoozing, and free bevies. Though a number of noted Toronto designers chose to show their collections outside of the official time slot, there are still plenty of places to be and people to see this week and I’ll be there to give you the inside scoop on every moment of it.

Though fashion-goers don’t begin to flock down to the Exhibition Place (where fashion week is now set) until tomorrow, there were a number of parties last night to celebrate the start of what’s anticipated to be a whirlwind of a week. One more night to wind down before jumping head first into fashion mania.

On that note, I threw on my chicest schmoozing outfit, grabbed my best gal, and biked over to Buckler on Queen West for a petite soiree to celebrate the launch of the brands latest collaboration with Gansevoort Tailors; a venture into made to measure suiting for the urban and style savvy gentleman. Designer Andrew Buckler originally started his namesake label as a denim brand in 2001, but has since grown into a full-blown menswear line, with stores in New York, Toronto and London. Through all his success he has managed to stay true to his mission to bring a “blend roguish American style with a British edge” to the urban and style-savvy gentleman. And there was certainly no shortage of well-dressed attendees, all there to check out the latest collection, sip on some drinks, and mingle to the sounds of DJ Diego Superstar (formerly of Fritz Helder and the Phantoms).

After helping ourselves to our fair share of complimentary beverages, catching up with friends, and making some new ones, we hopped back on our bikes and headed over to the Roosevelt Room for a party hosted by Elite Model Management and Canada’s very own supermodel, Coco Rocha. The scene was definitely a change from the relatively laid back, fancy free folk that had populated our last locale, but there was a definite buzz in the air as media and fans alike waited for Coco to arrive.

I was lucky enough to grab a quick interview with Coco, asking what she thought of Toronto’s “street style chic” aesthetic.  Though she definitely thinks that the fashion circle has it’s own personal “edge”, she admitted to feeling that in comparison to cities like London, Paris, and New York, Canadians tend to buy in to a slightly more homogenous idea of personal style. And honestly, though it might not have been what I wanted to hear, the woman had a point, and I was impressed by her honesty. She encourages women and men alike to be independent and think for themselves, as opposed to buying in to all the latest trends. Hey, it made her a super model, so I guess we should all take note. After the rush of having interviewed my very first super model, we took a few turns around the room, and realized it was time for bed.

Fashion night out, part one…definite success. Check back in tomorrow morning as I hit the tents and give you my take on day one of LG Fashion Week!!

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