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QUOTED: Jennifer Lawrence, discovering a new feature of her Dior gown

Oh my god this dress has pockets! Sorry.

Jennifer Lawrence, interviewed on the red carpet for Silver Linings Playbook. When asked what she does to get ready for the red carpet, the 22-year-old actress replied, “I hire professionals. And I sit there and talk. And all of a sudden I look like this!” [h/t We’re Smiling But We’re Close to Tears]

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Sympathy for the devil? John Galliano’s anti-Semitic remarks came from his mouth, not his brain, says attorney

Essence of John Galliano (Image: bgvjpe)

It isn’t the Conrad Black case, or even the O.J. Simpson saga, but for fashion folks across the world, attention was focused on France as designer John Galliano stood on trial to defend his anti-Semitic comments, a rant that swept the Internet months ago. Time magazine reports that Galliano claimed his actions were the fault of a “triple addiction” of alcohol, sleeping pills and Valium—a lethal combination, to be sure, but it seems more like a last-ditch effort to gain sympathy for his addiction (and, well, maybe bounce back from losing his job at Dior). Should Galliano be found guilty of public hate speech—which is punishable under French law—he could serve up to six months in prison and incur $32,000 in fines, but the biggest price he’s had to pay so far is a near-worldwide loss of respect. Earning that back requires at least a quadruple addiction.

• John Galliano on Trial: ‘Triple Addiction’ Led to Anti-Semitic Remarks [Time]

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Parlez-moi de l’antisémitisme: John Galliano’s perfume pulled from Canadian shelves

Canadian model Jessica Stam is offering support to former Dior designer John Galliano, but Canadian department stores, not so much. Late last week, The Bay announced that it was pulling Galliano’s fragrance, Parlez-moi d’Amour, from its shelves, and now Holt Renfrew reports that “the fragrance has minimal presence on the floors and there are no plans to market … going forward.”

The Canadian retailers are late to the party, considering the instant backlash to a video capturing Galliano’s now infamous anti-Semitic tirade, but we’re just glad action is being taken. It beats the recent run of industry defenders and social media campaigning that proves to have little effect when retailers can’t commit.

Just last month, Parlez-moi d’Amour was positioned as an ideal Valentine’s Day gift—a sweet-smelling perfume from a renowned designer with a romantic streak. Today, Galliano’s product doesn’t speak to anybody of love. It stinks of hate.

• John Galliano’s perfume removed from some shelves [Globe and Mail]

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Canadian model Jessica Stam walks in Dior show in support of John Galliano, a “friend in a dark place”

Jessica Stam and John Galliano in 2007 (Image: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

Natalie Portman may have withdrawn her support for John Galliano after a video surfaced depicting the soon-to-be former Dior designer unleashing an anti-Semitic tirade on patrons at a Paris bar, but Canadian model Jessica Stam remained committed to the label, walking in Galliano’s final Dior show in Paris last Friday. In the drunken rant, Galliano, who joined the fashion house in 1996, drunkenly proclaims “I love Hitler,” an offence punishable as a crime under French law.

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Good Stuff Cheap: Toronto’s five best vintage stores (no rummaging required)

For Luxury Labels
Venture a few blocks north of York­ville to Haute Classics for immaculate second-hand pieces sourced from very tony closets. Chanel, Chloé, Dior and Christian Louboutin (patent sapphire pumps for $270 instead of $700-plus) are priced in the hundreds, rather than the thousands.
946 Yonge St., 416-922-7900.

For Menswear
Parkdale’s House of Vintage has outstanding men’s garb—a rarity on the old-is-new circuit. Dudes can put together a Michael Caine Alfie look with ankle boots ($60) and a Pierre Cardin blazer ($50).
1239 Queen St. W., 416-535-2142.

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The Bay vs. Holts: the Bay’s scheme to steal the fashion crown from Holts

The sensible shoes and twin–sets are gone, replaced by stilettos and crystal-encrusted gowns. There’s valet parking and personal shoppers, and they’re serving champagne up on three. It’s all part of the Bay’s scheme to win the loyalty of society shopaholics—and steal the fashion crown from Holts

(Image: George Pimentel)

One evening last March, Toronto’s stylish set put on their best frocks and headed to a retail baptism. Sarah Jessica Parker, celebrity high priestess of fashion, was in town to launch the Halston Heritage label at The Bay. The party, which reportedly cost over $200,000, was meant to establish Canada’s oldest department store as a major player in high-end womenswear. If retailers can be born again, this was The Bay’s moment to lean back and dip its head into the holy water.

Fashion media and socialites were ushered into the Queen Street flagship store and up the escalator to sip champagne on the third floor. That’s where The Room is located. The upscale designer dress salon was renovated a year ago for approximately $4.4 million in a high modernist style by the designers Yabu Pushelberg. The result is a treasure trove of conversation piece baubles, heels, flirty cocktail dresses and gowns by some of the most prestigious designers in the business. It’s the beating heart of the new Bay.

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Teen blogger’s gig on Fashion Television a one-time thing

While teen blogging sensation and fashion week darling Tavi Gevinson may have irked journalists by sitting in the front row of the Dior haute couture show, the producers at Fashion Television saw fit to harness her popularity by giving her a reporting gig during New York fashion week while Jeanne Beker covers the Olympics.

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Frugal fashion: Where to rent a designer gown for cheap

Next week, the city will officially be in TIFF mode. There will be a different party every night, and celebs will overrun the city. Hurrah! But keeping up with the luxe life without dropping tons of cash can be a challenge, so we’ve found the best places to rent red carpet–worthy one-of-a-kind dresses and accessories in Toronto.

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Renée Zellweger and Catherine Deneuve have both shopped at Divine Decadence (Photo by Carmen Cheung)

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TIFF turf wars: eTalk and ET Canada have started to mark their territory and announce parties

Park party: ET Canada's TIFF HQ is moving from Casa Loma to a Hazelton Hotel-adjacent parking structure

Park party: ET Canada's TIFF HQ is moving from Casa Loma to a Hazelton Hotel–adjacent parking structure

Broadcast stations are starting to claim their territory for the 10 days of TIFF, mostly setting up headquarters from where they will navigate the circus of galas, schmoozing, parties and possible Oprah sightings.

The folks at ET Canada, Global’s major entertainment show, have claimed a parking lot rooftop in Yorkville, directly across from the Hazelton Hotel, where all of the show’s interviews will be held. A temporary floor is being installed, and the space is being decorated completely in white and accented with crystal chandeliers and an elevated DJ booth. The location is quite a departure from ET Canada’s Casa Loma headquarters in 2007 and 2008—it’s a smart move from a logistical standpoint (Austin Terrace isn’t exactly party central) but could potentially take the grandeur down a notch.

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