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A new Prada boutique is now open at Yorkdale

black-color-Prada-Leather-bags-collection-2013Luxury goods conoisseurs can now head to the recently re-vamped Yorkdale to get their hands on Prada’s sleek ready-to-wear apparel, trendy footwear and signature structured handbags. The ultra-chic label joins Chanel, Gucci, Dior and Louis Vuitton in an ever-expanding list of high-end retailers opening shop in what’s steadily becoming the city’s swankest retail destination. The new boutique takes over 3,000 square feet of prime real estate at the front of Holt Renfrew, and prices are predictably steep—it is Prada, after all. Those who cringe at the notion of shelling out a few grand for a classic leather tote may still want to spring for more affordable accessories, like oversized Jackie O shades for $290. Unfortunately for style-savvy gentlemen, the new location only stocks women’ clothing, although menswear is for sale at the label’s flagship store on Bloor Street.

 

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Did Coco Rocha look glamorous at the 2012 Met Ball?

Coco Rocha at the 2012 Met Ball (Images: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Sure, the theme for last night’s Met Ball was Schiaparelli and Prada, and yes, Coco Rocha’s look-at-me pink dye job resembles the colour Elsa Schiaparelli is famous for, but for one of the glitziest events on the fashion calendar, Rocha opted for pants. Okay. We do think this vintage Givenchy pant and matching matador-style jacket demand attention, but it’s not because they’re inherently stylish—they’re just shockingly bright. As if Rocha didn’t already get enough press (have you read Cuckoo for Coco?), here are some of the ways she begged the cameras to look at her last night: tossing her pink tendrils over a shoulder; wearing a matching pink top (as if the canary just wasn’t enough); and alerting the world to the fact that Elizabeth Taylor once wore the jacket and that it has a wine stain that won’t come out.

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SPOTTED: Elisabeth Shue touches down for TIFF, Prada bag in hand

Another boldfaced name to arrive today in Toronto and have her photo snapped at the airport was Elisabeth Shue, who looks like she’s coming home from a sweet summer vacation (check out that tan). Also, according to Toronto Star reporter Malene Arpe, “She has a Prada bag. I don’t.” Enough said.

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Jeanne Beker’s favourite 100 stores in Toronto

Few would argue that Jeanne Beker isn’t the high priestess of fashion in Canada—the woman is a legend. We’re more familiar with watching Jeanne explore the runways of Paris than the streets of Toronto, so when Post City Magazines published Jeanne’s picks for the top 100 stores in Toronto, we set about dissecting it. We were able to suss out where her daughter’s bought their prom dresses (Betsey Johnson), the store that makes her drool (The Room), where she goes to find out what the cool kids are up to (Propaganda) and her neighbourhood standby (Gee Beauty). Check out the full list here.

Retail Guide 2010 [Post City]

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Holt Renfrew replaces president with Canadian Tire exec

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The Bloor Street Holt Renfrew flagship (Photo by Mike Manalang)

What do high-end fashion and auto parts have in common? Mark Derbyshire. The man who was once a marketing whiz for Canadian Tire is the new president of Holt Renfrew, Canada’s biggest luxury retailer. Derbyshire has been with Wittington Fashion Retail Group, Holts’ parent company, for six years as the head of human resources. He replaces outgoing president Caryn Lerner, a veteran of the fashion industry (including stints at Prada and Gucci) who held the position for five years. Lerner will continue as an independent consultant to Wittington.

The sudden announcement has prompted speculation about the company’s profitability in 2009. “I don’t think their results have been spectacular,” retail consultant Maureen Atkinson told the Star. “I think that’s been an issue and a challenge. I don’t think it’s her. I think it is what it is. The economy. I think there’s a whole bunch of reasons why they’re not really doing well.” But the retailer denies rumours of bad performance in 2009 and gave no reason for Lerner’s untimely sacking.

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Collagen for feet, short-lived trends of the 2000s, Audrey Hepburn’s clothes sell for $437,800

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Killer heels? Collagen is being used to pad feet (Photo by Valeyoshino)

• A collection of Audrey Hepburn’s couture dresses and accessories was auctioned off in London, generating more than £270,000 (about $437,800). The centrepiece, a Chantilly lace cocktail gown, was estimated at £20,000, but sold for an astonishing £60,000. The pieces are all lust-worthy but are perhaps better suited to a mannequin than a real person. In order to fit into the outfits, the wearer must match Hepburn’s diminutive 32-22-34 frame. [Daily Mail]

• We usually associate opera stars with barrel-chested men and Rubenesque women. But Miuccia Prada, who is designing costumes for the Metropolitan Opera’s spring production of Attila, disagrees. Apparently, Prada took one look at the supernumeraries (non-singing actors and extras) and said, “I cannot clothe them! I need models!” The Met is now conducting model castings, despite those who insist supernumerary work is about how you move, not how you look. Unfortunately, good models are experts at both. [Paper]

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Lululemon accused of not carrying bigger sizes, Prada wants men in skirts, not even Vogue editors can walk in Alexander McQueen’s shoes

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Footwear from Alexander McQueen's spring/summer 2010 show

• While some are praising Toronto fashion week as a bona-fide fashion event, we hear the work’s not over yet. David Graham applauds the designers snagged by the Fashion Design Council of Canada but thinks next year, the FDCC needs more A-list talent. (Well, duh.) Graham wants to see Toronto phenoms Jeremy Laing, Lida Baday and Michael Kale in the tents, too. [Toronto Star]

• Does Lululemon cater only to skinny yogis? One shopper complains that a Lulu employee told her the shop would be discontinuing size 12 outfits because bigger sizes are not within the company’s target demographic of young, high-income, childless women. [National Post]

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