This versatile silk-jersey dress by Issa, the British label beloved of Kate Middleton, is our first shopping crush of the year. The ruching, snug waistband and wrap dress–inspired construction create an ultra-feminine hourglass shape. Plus, the striking emerald hue just happens to be colour authority Pantone’s top pick for 2013. Good thing the dress’s three-quarter sleeve and mid-length skirt will allow you to wear it all 12 months. $625 (U.S.) Buy it now »
Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was watching a cross country equestrian event on day three of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and wearing the same Smythe jacket she wore when she toured Canada last year. Although Kate is known for recycling her wardrobe pieces, a second wear is still a win for Canadian design, since we imagine there isn’t a shortage of navy equestrian-style blazers in the U.K.
It’s no surprise that there are people who love the royal family—heck, just look at the coverage of every outfit that Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has worn since her engagement to Prince William. But as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, clomps through Canada for the Queen’s Jubilee, all eyes are on her, and people came from far and wide to get a photo with the bonnet-wearing royal at each stop on the tour. In a video from The Canadian Press, it seems like there’s a bigger fandom for Camilla than there is for Charles—but is she more popular than Middleton? Probably not—after all, when she and Charles tied the knot, no one dressed up like her engagement ring.
Rodale Inc., owner of Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Prevention, Running Times and Organic Gardening magazines, has put out its first-ever list of the top 50 sexiest environmentalists on Rodale.com, and Ryan Gosling has nabbed the number five spot. The company claims Gosling deserves the designation because he advocates for more humane slaughtering methods for fast-food poultry suppliers—he, along with other stars, sent McDonald’s a letter last year asking that the company stop sourcing eggs from factory farms. Gosling joins other celebrities on the top 50 list, like Jessica Alba (2nd place), Kate Middleton (6th), Natalie Portman (14th) and George Clooney (23rd). Check out the entire list, should you wish to compare yourself to famous people doing great things for animals and the planet (Note: Patrick de Rothschild (13th) navigated choppy waters on a boat made entirely of plastic bottles).
Holt Renfrew’s opening night show is one of the more anticipated events of the season, because many Canadian designers are represented (not all good—we’re looking at you, Twenty Cluny), and it’s Holt’s, so they’ve got the money to make a spectacle. After opening their projection with the theme song to Hinterland’s Who’s Who (’twas a brief snippet, but awesome nonetheless), guests like Alexandra Weston, Zoomer’s Moses Znaimer and Suzanne Boyd, society Barbie Sylvia Mantella and dynamic duo Kimberley Newport-Mimran and Joe Freezy enjoyed a presentation by a fantastic tap dancer whose legs moved faster than any model’s will this week. After the dancer sauntered off, the show began, complete with swirling intro text graphics to introduce designers Smythe, Judith and Charles, Lida Baday, Mackage, Dennis Merotto, Line, Twenty Cluny and Jeremy Laing. Check out our review after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
Read the rest of this entry »
Royal watchers for whom rehashing Kate Middleton’s outfits online just isn’t cutting it anymore still have a few days to check out the Grace Kelly exhibit at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. TIFF has extended the hours of Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess until the show closes on January 22, giving Torontonians one last opportunity to check out the replica of the wedding dress Kelly wore in her 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier III of Monaco, as well as many of her original dresses, her tiara and the original Kelly bag. The exhibition will now be open until 8 p.m. on Sundays and 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. After that, it’s back to the old DVD collection (we can already feel a classic movie marathon coming on).
Seems as though Kate Middleton ditched her Smythe blazer for another Canadian designer mid-flight on her way to Ottawa, because, well, we know how sweaty one person can get sitting on a chartered flight. Middleton opted for a lace Cecile dress by Erdem, which hugged her figure just so. That makes two dresses, two pairs of shoes, two bags and a blazer. And she’s only just landed.
Kate Middleton has arrived is set to arrive in Canada at 2 p.m., and those clenching their teeth in anticipation of what she might wear when she touches our nation’s capital’s soil should look no further. She’s representing the Great White North with local talent Smythe’s structured navy single-button blazer ($550 at Holt Renfrew) and, of course, carrying a bag by big Brit brand Mulberry ($1,433—we could buy almost three Smythe jackets for the price of her sensible-looking bag). But, seriously, we can’t wait to see her immerse herself in stereotypical Canadian fashion culture by bumming around in a pair of salt-and-pepper Roots sweatpants. We just hope this fashion parade doesn’t begin and end with Smythe.
Why generations of artists insist on attempting the impossible—adapting Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Back in the 1990s, I starred as the Red Queen in Alice: The Rock Opera, a student production at the Claude Watson School for the Arts in North York. My costume was a red power suit with eye-gouging shoulder pads and a giant heart cut out of the back. There were lengthy hallucinogenic Alvin Ailey–inspired dance numbers. The Caterpillar sucked on a bong instead of a hookah. It was, of course, beyond terrible. But at the time, we thought our creation had hit on something scintillatingly deep. The show’s source material—Lewis Carroll’s beloved 1865 children’s classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland—and the way it revelled in the topsy-turvy nature of reality—was alluring to our rapidly expanding (i.e., hash-addled) adolescent brains.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, the hottest properties of the modern monarchy, have announced their Canadian tour (yes, like a band), and sadly Toronto has been left off the bill. They will of course be in Ottawa (June 30 to July 2), and they’ll also appear in Montreal (July 2), Quebec City (July 3), Charlottetown (July 3), Summerside, P.E.I. (July 4), Yellowknife (July 4 to 6) and Calgary (Stampede! July 6 to 8).
Those looking to scuff up their shoes tailing the royal duo may not have to work too hard, because Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement that “the couple’s decision to visit Canada first is a testament to our country’s close relationship with the Crown and Royal Family, and an opportunity for all Canadians to take pride in our traditions, history, and institutions.” We think it’s a shame Toronto has been snubbed, but the least the Duchess of Cambridge could do is pay homage to our city by wearing our designers on her back. That’s why we’ve selected four fetching numbers for the prim and proper (and once-not-so-classy) first wife:
We’ll have that mimosa right about now, please. A couple months ago, we reported that Attorney General Chris Bentley made a point to announce that the province would consider any requests to extend bar hours for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials. Now, Bentley says that Ontario is on track to further relax its liquor laws over the next couple of months—hopefully by the time real summer weather hits. Due to overwhelming public support, his proposal to loosen Ontario’s liquor laws regarding festivals, weddings, charity events and possibly even boat cruises and patios looks like it’s going ahead. Read the rest of this entry »
Read the rest of this entry »
The Royal Wedding is more than just another way for Canadians to express their fondness for the motherland; Kate and Will are also the hottest celebrity couple du jour. Hardcore wedding watchers of either stripe will want to secure their Friday morning plans in advance. To whit, here are six restaurants celebrating the Royal Wedding on April 29 in style. Read the rest of this entry »
Read the rest of this entry »
Bring on the (tentative) mimosas: Attorney General Chris Bentley has said that the provincial government would consider any requests to extend bar hours for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s April 29 nuptials. Extended drinking time is sometimes granted for special events—certain Toronto establishments are open until 4 a.m. during TIFF and North By Northeast, and bar hours were extended province-wide to begin sales of alcohol at 10 a.m. for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. However, we’re curious just how early Bentley would be willing to go, considering the wedding ceremony itself is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. in London, which would be 6 a.m. Toronto time.
Perhaps the debate on Canada’s future with the monarchy will be put aside for a little while as rumours begin to swirl that Prince William and Kate Middleton will have their honeymoon here in Canada. According to incredibly sketchy, but apparently not-sketchy-enough-to-ignore, reports from the Sun, the honeymoon is planned for the summer.
The future King and his bride will make the two-week visit in July, starting on the country’s east coast and ending in British Columbia in the west. Read the rest of this entry »
Read the rest of this entry »