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Zombie Boy and Heather Marks draw a crowd for Mackage’s fall/winter 2012 runway show

Rico “Zombie Boy” Genest (Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Rogue Fashion Week continued last night with a show by Quebec-based label Mackage at the Distillery District’s Fermenting Cellar. The event was both a party and fashion show, and its circus theme could be seen everywhere but the clothes (though one stylist noted, “Well, there was that one red coat”). We spotted cotton candy, snow cone cocktails, buttered popcorn, miniature ice cream sandwiches, performers with illuminated hula hoops (they truly are everywhere these days), stilt walkers and a relatively attractive male model shackled to the wall wearing face paint, a kilt and spiked loafers (the circus is here!). The evening was organized by ASC PR’s Suzanne Cohon, who’s famous for her over-the-top events, and who, in a moment of familiarity, told us to call her “Suze.” Guests like Suzanne Boyd, Glen Baxter, Derrick Chetty and more had piled in to check out headlining models Rico “Zombie Boy” Genest (known for his appearance in the Lady Gaga video “Born This Way”) and Calgary-born Heather Marks—oh, and the clothes, we guess. Our take from the runway and a complete runway gallery (say hello to Zombie Boy!) after the jump.

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Amanda Lang plays host to Toronto’s money at a party for CNN’s Ali Velshi

Amanda Lang, senior business correspondent for CBC News and Canada’s answer to Maria Bartiromo (though, sadly, it’s too late to have Joey Ramone write a song about her), played host to Toronto’s society set to celebrate the launch of pal and “Hairless Prophet of Doom” CNN Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi’s book How to Speak Money: The Language and Knowledge You Need Now. Guests—which included Moses Znaimer, John Tory, Kevin O’Leary, Andrew Coyne, Howard Wetston, Michael Budman, Suzanne Boyd, Shinan Govani and a slew of BNN hosts—were greeted at her sprawling Forest Hill manse by her chocolate lab Bella before diving into Yorkshire pudding wrapped roast beef, miniature rack of lamb and sliders. Find out what ridiculous jacket Znaimer wore, how Boyd feels about Velshi and check out our gallery of the scene after the jump. 

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Toronto’s well heeled celebrated The Obamas author Jodi Kantor at Victoria Webster’s Rosedale home

Gabe Gonda, Jodi Kantor and Victoria Webster have a party for The Obamas (Image: Tom Sandler)

Fabulous Rosedale homes are meant for more than just real estate porn and housing Toronto’s aristocracy—they also provide a great backdrop for parties. Toronto Life contributor Victoria Webster and her husband, Gabe Gonda, weekend editor at the Globe and Mail, opened their home Friday evening to New York Times correspondent and The Obamas author Jodi Kantor. Complete with a question-and-answer period, libations and a book signing, this party was a proper toast among friends. Find out what Kantor had to say about Michelle Obama and who took his shoes off (when no one else did) after the jump.

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THE SCENE: The Bay throws a party with special guest Nicola Formichetti of Thierry Mugler

The many faces of Stacey Kimmel (Images: Jenna Marie Wakani)

The Bay continued their party-hosting streak last night (they’ve previously entertained Madonna, the Proenza Schouler boys, Jason Wu and Kelly Osbourne) with a visit from the Thierry Mugler boys Nicola Formichetti and Sébastien Peigné. The Room, the Bay’s repository for expensive designer shoes and dresses (and jumpsuits—we wonder which socialite is wearing that peekaboo lace-panelled Stella McCartney catsuit this week), had Formichetti and Peigné holding court with socialites, fashion media (shocking, we know) and fellow designers like Jeremy Laing and Kirk Pickersgill. Formichetti is famed for styling Lady Gaga but, sadly, we spotted nary a meat dress or McQueen armadillo in the place. We did see socialite Stacey Kimmel sporting a Mikhael Kale dress-cum-white-leather-harness-cum-monkey-vest, Suzanne Rogers in a floral Givenchy number and a statuesque Suzanne Boyd; the rest of the crowd stayed remarkably staid. Check out the scene in our gallery after the jump.

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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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Denis Gagnon showed a long video, an exciting collection and a model wedding (we’re still not sure why) at Toronto Fashion Week

As day five drew to a close and fatigue from a long week began to set in, Denis Gagnon presented his spring/summer 2012 collection, reminding us why we love fashion week. In a collection entitled “Denise in the Garden,” the Montreal veteran made a return to florals after season upon season of black, white, black and, well, black. The front row was packed with Gagnon fans, including Jeanne Beker (wearing a black-and-white striped blazer from the spring/summer 2011 collection), Zoomer’s Suzanne Boyd, Greta Constantine boys Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, Fashion magazine’s Bernadette Morra, hairstylist Tony Pham, the Star’s Derick Chetty and InFashion’s Glen Baxter. The show began with a somewhat drawn-out (though beautifully shot) video featuring Gagnon in a woodsy cottage sipping champagne (a sponsor) and looking out at models who cautiously wandered through a forest dressed in the collection. We can’t say we really understood it, but the ominous music kept us glued to the screen, wondering what would happen next. As the lights dimmed, the brash sound of an accordion broke the silence and playful French crooning filled the room as models skipped down the runway, twirling, winking, waving, blowing kisses and making cheeky faces at the audience before hamming it up for the cameras at the end of the runway (one person commented that the models looked as though they could have been on acid). Check out our review and the complete Denis Gagnon spring/summer 2012 gallery after the jump.

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Joe Freezy (also known as Joe Fresh, also known as Joe Mimran) creates exciting menswear for spring/summer 2012

We, just like everyone we know, have balked at Joe Fresh for being a grocery store brand at a fashion week—why are people getting excited about $10 crew-neck T-shirts for men and cheap pencil skirts for women? Not to mention that not everything made goes into production, which is problematic when most of the time Joe Mimran is creating plenty of items that his audience wants (cheaply). Last night, Joe Mimran packed his runway with Canadian model powerhouses, including Heather Marks, Liisa Winkler, Kirsten Owen, Alana Zimmer and Yasmine Warsame; even rising-star model Frances Coombe walked in the show (but she’s been working all week and deserves it), proving once again that Joe has the best models (or at the very least the most exciting models). He showed a series of looks that made up a rather cohesive collection, including leathers, neoprene and daisy crochet knits for women, but what we were truly shocked by was the menswear—we’d buy almost all of it, and we’re left wondering: will it ever make it into stores? Our review of the scene, the show and a full gallery of the collection after the jump.

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THE SCENE: The Bay and Topshop host an intimate dinner at One in the Hazelton Hotel

Susie Sheffman, Coco Rocha and The Kills’ Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince (Images: Jason Hudson)

TORONTO FASHION WEEK | SEE ALL This week marked the opening of Topshop and Topman at Yorkdale, which we’re certain is already yesterday’s news. Frankly, as hosts Bonnie Brooks and Sir Philip Green would agree (they both mentioned it in their speeches), this was a move on The Bay’s part that has been years in the making (and as such, we’ve been hearing about the acquisition for what feels like years as well). To celebrate, Sir Philip Green, Brooks and other Topshop dignitaries—like brand director for Topman David Shepherd, Topshop managing director Mary Homer, Topshop creative director Kate Phelan and Topman design and development director Gordon Richardson—hosted a dinner at One restaurant that brought together model Coco Rocha and fashion plates like Fashion’s Susie Sheffman and Bernadette Morra, Flare’s Liz Cabral, Sharp magazine’s Jeremy FreedNational Post society columnist Shinan Govani, Suzanne Boyd, MuchMusic’s Sarah Taylor, writer Sarah Nicole Prickett, the Globe and Mail’s Tiyana Grulovic, Men’s Fashion’s David Livingston and the Kills’ Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince. Check out the scene after the jump.

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Kathleen Turner got people talking at this year’s annual George Christy luncheon

Lynne St. David, Paul and Judy Bronfman and Norman Jewison (Image: Jordana Divon)

Famed Hollywood reporter George Christy’s annual Four Seasons cocktail party and luncheon saw Toronto’s upper-crustiest hanging with celebs in the Avenue Bar. The ground-floor space felt a bit like a fishbowl, as passers-by leaned on the glass to ogle anyone inside. The tweenyboppers camped outside were probably disappointed that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez didn’t attend, but we did see Kathleen Turner, Geoffrey Rush, directors Norman Jewison and Atom Egoyan, TIFF co-president Piers Handling, Gina Gershon, and the Mulroney family (including Brian—it’s like this year’s TIFF is a prime minister paradise as Stephen Harper has also been spotted around town—his wife Mila, son Ben, and Ben’s twin boys. Guests argued over Turner’s best film role—some thought it was as Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone, while others preferred her as the matriarch to the troubled Lisbon girls in The Virgin Suicides (we still maintain her best was as Beverly Sutphin in Serial Mom) as they guzzled seemingly bottomless glasses of champagne. The heat in the narrow bar had some complaining (we heard Suzanne Boyd kvetch), but as we understand it, the best solution to a heat wave is to drink excessively, so we felt fine. Check out the scene in our gallery after the jump.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits Toronto with a premiere and a Hogwarts-themed party at Casa Loma

Welcome to Hogwarts at Casa Loma. (Image: Tara Sameshima)

It may be surprising to some (no one) that Harry Potter is a big deal for small children, teens, adults and the elderly. It was quite clear to us at last night’s premiere, where we saw a lineup of caped youngsters waiting in anticipation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the last chapter of J.K. Rowling’s famed series about a Jesus figure named Harry who sacrifices everything for the good of the witch and wizard (and everything fantasy—goblins, giants, ogres, dragons) community. Unfortunately for the ragtag group of wand-bearing wannabe wizards, a representative of the movie told us that the chances of the waiting-since-6-a.m. diehards getting access to the premiere was impossible, since even big media outlets had to be turned away.

Rumour had it (and perhaps this was the reason for many non-fans filling the seats at Scotiabank Theatre) that Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell would be in attendance, but not one graced the plush seats of Scotiabank Theatre or the rock walls of Casa Loma with their presence (the latter three of whom just happen to be among the biggest celebrities in the city). Check out which celebrities made a splash at the premiere and on the “black carpet” in a gallery after the jump.

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No celebrity models, just celebrity journalists for Joe Fresh at LG Fashion Week

Oh hey, I'm Joe, but you know that (Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

When a runway room takes an eternity to fill up and “Bette Davis Eyes” plays over the bottle-necked masses, you know it’s a Joe Fresh show. Everyone is puzzled about how a grocery store fashion outlet receives such a huge reception, but the answer is quite simple: money. Joe Mimran will always have the best models, a runway that can’t be walked on by the public (no, not even the most notable of social butterflies) and a show that by most standards is fairly good. In fact, whether Joe’s show is necessary or not is moot, because he, like his wife Kimberley Newport-Mimran, had the flashiest guests: editor-at-large Derek Blasberg, Moda Operandi’s Frank de Jesus, designer Adrian Mainella, the New York Times’ Sandra Ballentine, Elle.com’s Sydney Wasserman, Shinan Govani, Nicholas Mellamphy, Suzanne Boyd, a bespectacled Moses Znaimer, Hermes Canada’s Jennifer Carter and Suzanne Cohon (and really, the list could be its own post). See the full gallery and notes from the runway after the jump.

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Holt Renfrew’s cavalcade of Canadian design at LG Fashion Week’s opening night

Step, pivot, step, step (Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Bloor Street West may have lost its mayor, but fans of the hot pink bag arrived at LG Fashion Week’s opening ceremonies last night to support Holt Renfrew’s showcase of Canadian design. Robin Kay opened the festivities with her traditionally laboured speech, this time remarking on the heart and tenacity found within Toronto’s fashion quarters. “We have no excuse but to expose ourselves to the world,” Kay declared. (We were grateful that this did not prompt her to remove her clothing.) See our full photo and scene coverage below.

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Zoomer debate rages on like seniors at the early bird special

The battle of the olds hit the airwaves Tuesday when Zoomer editor Suzanne Boyd debated National Post contributor Mireille Silcoff on CBC Radio’s Q regarding Silcoff’s editorial about the magazine’s hypocritical stance on aging.

“Why is it not OK to be an older person and relax?” Silcoff asked. “I don’t consider peer pressure the fact that you want to encourage people to live longer, healthier lives,” retorted Boyd. “We’re not telling anyone to have fab abs. We’re saying strengthen your abs so that you can have less back pain and increased mobility.” Yeah, sure.

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Media catfight: Mireille Silcoff versus Moses Znaimer

Nothing’s better than a good ol’ fashioned media catfight—even when the cats involved are on the sixth of their nine lives. Last week, Weekend Post contributor Mireille Silcoff wrote about her dislike of Zoomer, an upscale lifestyle magazine aimed at the 45-plus crowd: “It is also the most depressing magazine I have read in a long time. Flipping through the pages of Zoomer is the magazine equivalent of watching an unmedicated schizophrenic have a conversation with himself about aging,” she writes, referring to the juxtaposition of ads and articles. (The editorial promotes accepting one’s age while the ads use buzz words like “stopping the clock” and “defying aging.”)

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