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Toronto Fashion Week: socialites and Parisian cool at Joe Fresh fall 2013

Toronto Fashion Week: Parisian cool and socialites at Joe Fresh fall 2013

Toronto Fashion Week runs from March 18-22, in a large—and stylishly appointed—tent at David Pecaut Square. We’re posting full galleries from the buzziest runways. Here’s what trendsetters will be wearing in fall 2013.

DESIGNER
Joe Fresh by Joe Mimran

IN A SENTENCE
Mimran’s Loblaw-owned mass market label is exceedingly popular with most Canadians (and a good number of Americans), and his semi-annual runway show has become one of Fashion Week’s biggest parties.

THE SCENE
As the Pink Tartan show proved earlier this week, the society set comes out in droves for everything Mimran. We spotted Suzanne Cohon with CFL commissioner husband Mark, Dragon’s Den star Arlene Dickinson, Galen Weston, David Nugent flying solo (his wife Catherine had to cancel last minute), Bruce C. Bailey, CBC News’s Amanda Lang, Big Brother Canada host Arissa Cox and of course, Joe’s loving wife Kim (who jumped to give a rousing standing ovation.) Afterwards, the party decamped to nearby Storys where even models from the show had a tough time getting in (they eventually did) and Bailey cut a rug. Even Mr. Fresh himself made an appearance.

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Second time’s a bust for Zane Caplanksy on Dragons’ Den 

Zane Caplansky’s second appearance on Dragons’ Den ended the same way as his first: without a deal. The Caplansky’s Delicatessen owner was looking for $360,000 to deploy a fleet of his Thundering Thelma food trucks nationwide, but was only willing to give up 18 per cent of his company (one interesting detail he revealed: the truck pulls in profit of around 30 to 40 per cent). Dragons Arlene Dickinson and Kevin O’Leary each responded with counteroffers for a much bigger stake in the company, but Caplansky held his ground, preferring to keep the “big piece of a big brisket” he already owns. Watch the episode [CBC] »

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Camera: South African golf superstar Ernie Els holds court at the Right to Play gala

Camera: South African golf superstar Ernie Els holds court at the Right to Play gala

July 24, Westin Harbour Castle. Organizers of the Right to Play gala achieved the near impossible: wrangling a slew of A-listers away from Muskoka, the Hamptons and/or Lake Como in mid-summer to boogie down in Toronto and raise money for athletics programs in the developing world. South African golf superstar Ernie Els attended, despite having won the British Open two days earlier in a breathtaking come-from-behind victory, after which he announced, half-jokingly, “I’m supposed to go to Canada, but I think I’m going to blow that thing off.” Els did more than make an appearance: he vogued for the press, indulged a gaggle of camera phone–clutching men and talked golf with RBC CEO Gord Nixon (with whom he shot a round at the Rosedale Golf Club the following day). He also found time to tend to matters of international relations. “I think Canada is a great place,” Els said to chuckles during his keynote address. “I’m really glad I came.”

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The Weekender: Hamlet, Whoopi Goldberg and six other items on our to-do list

1. HAMLET
Arguably Shakespeare’s most famous play, Hamlet is the classic story of the titular character, a young prince whose back-stabbing uncle Claudius has usurped his father’s throne. Understandably upset by this turn of events, Hamlet Sr.’s ghost pays a visit to his son, encouraging him to avenge his death. This becomes a main source of tension for the remaining acts: Hamlet vs. himself. This dance adaptation, choreographed by Kevin O’Day, stays faithful to its dramatic roots—something is still rotten in the state of Denmark, young Prince Hamlet still can’t make a decision—while O’Day’s raw, physical style gives the performance a contemporary spin. June 1–3, 6-10. $25–$234. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., 416-345-9595, national.ballet.ca.

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Gallery: the fifth annual Brewers Plate brought Ontario craft brewers together with Toronto chefs

(Image: Safa Jinje)

On Wednesday, 450 Torontonians gathered at Roy Thomson Hall for the fifth annual Brewers Plate, a fundraiser that celebrates the marriage of sustainable food and Southern Ontario craft beers. Each year, Brewer’s Plate raises money to benefit a Toronto-area initiative in the food and farming sectors. This year, the beneficiary was Green Thumbs Growing Kids, an innovative program that seeks to reconnect urban youth to their food through a variety of garden-based programs. There were a total of 47 serving stations offering up a springtime feast that featured in-season, locally produced ingredients. Each chef was teamed up with a craft brewery; some made dishes that paired well with their partner brew, while the more intrepid chefs featured beer as a key ingredient in their dishes. In all, a dozen chefs were in attendance (including Lora Kirk of Ruby Watchco, Aaron Joseph Bear Robe of Keriwa Cafe and Brook Kavanagh of La Palette), along with 21 craft breweries (Wellington, Great Lakes, Beau’s) and 11 other food producers (Wanda’s Pie in the Sky, Buddha Dog, Monforte Dairy).

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Joe Fresh knocks it out of the park for ladies with his fall/winter 2012 collection, but what about the fellas?

W. Bruce C. Bailey worships at the church of Joe Freezy (Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

It was a strange scene at last night’s Joe Fresh show. Not only was there no gargantuan lineup to get into the runway room, but all operations ran smoothly without a hitch (none that we could see, anyway—the show was more or less on time). Guests piled in, including Catherine and David Nugent, Joe Mimran’s wife and Pink Tartan designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran, Holt Renfrew’s Moira Wright and Jennifer Daubney, king and queen of the Loblaw throne Alexandra Weston and Galen Weston Jr., CBC’s Kristine Stewart, Dragons’ Den’s Arlene Dickinson, philanthropist W. Bruce C. Bailey (who enthusiastically got down on one knee to offer Mimran a single orange flower during his finale walk), society columnist Shinan Govani, designer Evan Biddell (who returned to Toronto last night after over a year in Vancouver—he’s taking over Wayne Clark’s old studio), PR bigwigs Suzanne Cohon and Susan Chong, MTV host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani, plastic surgeon to the society stars Dr. Trevor Born and more. Needless to say, people with a little bit of cash and people with a lot come for Joe Freezy, and we’re happy to report that the show went ahead without any major sartorial misses—but there were some minor ones.

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Weekend Reading List: top stories from our sister sites, from ballet stars to wine bars

Every weekend we round up the highlights from the other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. Check them out, after the jump.

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Arthur Mendonça’s return to Toronto Fashion Week is a smash hit

Arthur Mendonça, fresh from a triumphant return to fashion week last season, showed another collection sure to wow buyers and critics alike (it wowed us, at the very least). Mendonça’s move back to Toronto Fashion Week (last year he showed during Rogue Fashion Week) was a superbly well-attended affair: even those lucky enough to nab a seat (it was standing-room only for latecomers) were squished together like sardines, presumably thanks to the FDCC’s overzealous ticket selling. Although we remember the fashions fondly, our most vivid memory is being smashed in a line the entire evening alongside models Yasmin Warsame and Stacey McKenzie (never one to steal focus, she vamped on the runway in an IZMA fur ballgown), hairstylist Jie Matar, rising starlet Sarah Gadon, Fashion Television dude Glen Baxter, Dragon’s Den star Arlene Dickinson and songstress Keshia Chante, who all showed up to support Mendonça and sat with feet firmly planted in the front row. Check out Mendonça’s full show after the jump.

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Megan Follows dressed by David Dixon? See it at the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s feel-good fashion show

A celebrity models a red dress (Image: teadrinker)

Fashion month spawns a series of spectacles, but nothing is as ego-free as the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s “Heart Truth“ runway show (March 24th, The Carlu). The formula: Canadian designers send local notables and celebrities down a runway wearing variations of a red dress in support of heart and stroke awareness. See the full list of celebrity-designer pairings after the jump.

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Openings

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Introducing: More Than Pasta, Ossington’s new low-carb daytime draw

Workers pull fresh noodles through the pasta machine

There’s a new spot on Ossington and, amazingly, it’s not a resto-bar. Open during the day and family run, More Than Pasta brings the rustic Italian and the artisanal trends together with homespun, health-conscious pasta for at-home chefs. Inspired by their aunt’s diabetic restrictions, sisters Gabriella and Margot Micallef pioneered a low-glycerine and low-carb alternative that actually tastes good.

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