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The Look: Toronto’s stylish set becomes caped crusaders when the weather gets chilly

Caped Crusaders

For that transitional time between unbearable heat and unbearable cold, the city’s trendsetters are taking style cues from fairy tales. A cape is a romantic statement piece, the perfect thing to wear while leaves are underfoot and hot coffee is in hand.

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PARTY PAGES: Power Ball, where you will never run out of meat, alcohol or pretty things to look at

A party like the Power Plant gallery fundraiser Power Ball: Quarter-Life Crisis hasn’t happened in Toronto since the Dangerous Method fete at Soho House last TIFF. The celebrity presence may not have been there, but the attitude was the same: old biddies, artists, hipsters, PR gals and banker bros all partied together, taking in unusual art while drinking a lot (a lot) and eating wild bison sandwiches prepared by celebrity chef Marc Thuet in between emergency dance breaks. A party of such esteem isn’t without its boldface names, and we saw Belinda Stronach, writer Victoria Webster, the Globe and Mail’s Gabe Gonda, gossip columnist Shinan Govani, Zoomer’s Suzanne Boyd, artist Rui Amaral, eTalk’s Tanya Kim, designer Jeremy Laing, accessories designer Maryam Keyhani, socialite Jenna Bitove and The Society’s Ashleigh Dempster and Amanda Blakley.

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Maryam Keyhani unveils her incredibly striking fall/winter accessories

You may remember Maryam Keyhani from Stylebook’s Toronto’s Most Stylish feature, but on top of being a smart dresser, she’s also an emerging accessories designer whose pieces can be found at Holt Renfrew, Joyce in Hong Kong and other retailers. In addition to becoming a global brand, Keyhani took part in Vogue Italia’s new talent showcase last year, Frieda Pinto has been spotted sporting her designs and rumour has it Madonna’s stylist placed a call for a couple of the designer’s pieces. For her fall/winter 2012 collection, Keyhani has created insane shapes with folded silks, structured metal and strands of pearls. It’s certainly not for the kind of girl who tucks a bit of coin away every paycheque for a Tiffany and Co. tennis bracelet. Keyhani’s pieces are for women who can stand to look a bit ostentatious.

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Toronto Fashion Week’s best dressed: spring/summer 2012

There are many criteria for being considered “best dressed” by any person, website or publication, but what we were looking for this season was someone who wore an outfit or accessory with confidence, to a point where even if we weren’t sure we’d wear it ourselves, we’re glad they did. Among our favourites were: Suzanne Rogers, wearing head-to-toe Louis Vuitton with a little dash of David Dixon; Suzanne Boyd, wearing an original Mountie hat and structured jacket; style scribe Sarah Nicole Prickett and her sister Amy, who proved that siblings don’t always borrow each other’s clothes; and hair stylist Tony Pham, who picked the perfect accessories to complement a vibrant mohair sweater and an even more vibrant pair of leggings. Find out which of our stylish shots this week made the list for Toronto Fashion Week’s best dressed.

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Holt Renfrew proves that it carries the brands most women want on night one of Toronto Fashion Week

There’s always a place at Holts for models (Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Toronto Fashion Week began as it always does: street style photographers like WWD’James Lourenço found many targets, like America’s Next Top Model’s silver fox Jay Manuel, accessories designer Maryam Keyhani, chanteuses Jully Black and Keshia Chante, designers Callianne and Samantha Beckerman, street style photographer Tommy Ton and more. Even society favourite Suzanne Rogers—or “stay-at-home mom” (her current occupation)—made an appearance, decked out in her finest Mary Katrantzou dress, with gal pal Jenna Bitove, wearing the same Stella McCartney number Rogers was seen sporting at the Hello! Canada TIFF party this year. Current FDCC head Robin Kay, with the council “for 25 seasons” (she says with a fist pump), gave her typical drawn-out speech, complete with multiple mentions of this season’s theme, “CanadaCool,” which still doesn’t have a space between the two words and still means nothing to anyone in attendance. (Kay says it means that each journalist endorses Toronto; as great as it sounds, this can’t be true, since we heard at least 20 journalists complaining about being there.) But it wasn’t all long drawn-out performances, because when There’s No Place Like Holts: Celebrating Canadian Fashion began, it picked up and kept moving (despite the earlier delay involving fashion journalists being pushed 12 times and being herded like cows on their way to Bovine University). Check out Holt Renfrew’s spring/summer 2012 runway show, featuring looks from Jeremy Laing, Smythe, Naked and Famous, Twentycluny, Denis Gagnon, Dennis Merotto, Wings and Horns and Lida Baday after the jump.  

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The city’s definitive best-dressed list: Toronto’s 12 most stylish people

Toronto's Most Stylish

This year’s inductees, as chosen by Toronto Life’s jury of experts: Fashion editor-in-chief Bernadette Morra, The Bay’s Christopher Sherman, style blogger Anita Clarke and torontolife.com’s Kevin Naulls

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