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Todd Lynn packs the house at the Ritz-Carlton for the last runway of “the ShOws” series

Todd Lynn greets his packed house—the only packed house at “the ShOws” all week (Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Todd Lynn closed out “the ShOws” at the Ritz-Carlton on Friday with the busiest crowd we’d seen that week. Rumours swirled about Juliette Lewis (who sported his designs during TIFF) attending (we couldn’t spot her), but others, like Alexandra Weston, Tommy Ton and Jeremy Laing, were still seen in the front row. Lynn served up a collection with a blue and grey colour palette: satiny dresses, revealing knit sweaters (on men and women) and microsuede coats. We liked the metallic rods (which look like safety pins from afar) affixed to cropped jackets and low-cut blazers, but the enormous top paired with short pants was a look best left to the Lady Gagas of the world (let your freak flag fly). After the runway show, guests gathered to discuss their Friday evening plans, and the “HER” party at La Perla thrown by Frank Griggs (Laing’s husband and creator of the much lauded fashioncalendar.ca) seemed to be the place to be—designers Calla Haynes and Thomas Tait were spotted outside smoking and discussing their inevitable stopovers in New York City before returning to London, and we noticed an indoor scarf–wearing Jean-Pierre Braganza inside discoing the night away. It is hard to believe that Toronto Fashion Week hasn’t even started yet. Check out our complete Rogue Fashion Week coverage to see what you missed last week, and check out our full gallery of  Todd Lynn’s spring/summer 2012 collection after the jump.

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Calla Haynes, Thomas Tait, Todd Lynn and Jean Pierre Braganza are going rogue at the Ritz-Carlton

Calla Haynes, Thomas Tait, Todd Lynn and Jean Pierre Braganza are Canadian designers who live abroad, typically making a name for themselves outside of Toronto Fashion Week. This year they’ll be showing at “The ShOws” at the Ritz-Carlton, and in an attempt to create a larger audience, the organizers will be streaming their shows for all to see. The beauty of seeing it live is, if a model falls and creates an haute pileup, you can say you were there to see it. See the schedule after the jump.

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The first Rogue Fashion Week shows have been announced: Calla Haynes, Thomas Tait, Todd Lynn and Jean-Pierre Braganza

Rogue Fashion Week takes place a week or so before Toronto Fashion Week, and yesterday it was announced that on October 13 and 14, Proctor and Gamble and the Ritz-Carlton will be hosting a collection of runway shows by Canadian expats Calla Haynes (based in Paris), Thomas Tait, Todd Lynn and Jean-Pierre Braganza (based in London). Rogue Fashion Week is an opportunity for a designer or a group of designers to showcase their latest collections at a time and place of their choosing—there are no seemingly endless lines with volunteers shepherding guests into runway rooms like cattle, and although some shows get uncomfortably crowded, the sponsored libations are gratis and not sold at inflated prices (like at “the tents”—which we’re fairly certain is not legal).

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Madonna bails on her after-party, but that doesn’t stop Harvey Weinstein from throwing a great one at Grey Goose Soho House

Michael Fassbender swings and misses. (Image: Alexandra Wyman)

For the fourth and final evening, Grey Goose Soho House was the celebrity venue of choice, with back-to-back-to-back parties for Ten Year (starring Channing Tatum, Kate Mara, Rosario Dawson and Justin Long), Coriolanus (starring Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain), and a star-studded, multi-floor party hosted by legendary Hollywood hitmaker Harvey Weinstein. Earlier in the evening, Madonna, the hydrangea hater herself, joined a very select group of people for a private dinner celebrating W.E., but she slipped out the back door before things got crazy (does this surprise anyone?). Butler stayed for the entire night (in excess of five consecutive hours) and was never too far from a bevy of unknown models and one Megan Fox lookalike. Coriolanus castmate Fiennes dipped out early, refusing autographs as he made his exit. No sweat off our backs—the room was beginning to fill with so many recognizable faces we could barely keep up. Find out who and what they were wearing in a gallery after the jump.

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The Scene: Nicole Richie helps TNT launch their newly renovated Yorkville location

Nicole Richie, surrounded by admirers at last night’s TNT party (Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

The offer of free alcohol used to be enough to lure Toronto’s social butterflies away from their at-home pasta binges and walk-in closets. These days, however, a celebrity name–sponsored soirée seems practically necessary to attract names like Dan Levy, Toufik Sarwa, Kirk Pickersgill, Tommy Smythe, Liz Cabral, Derick Chetty, Natalie Lecomte and Biko Beauttah, all of whom were present at Nicole Richie‘s fete last night celebrating TNT’s remodel. As far as celebrities go, The Bay has brought us Jason Wu, Derek Blasberg, Charlotte Olympia, Erdem and Anna Dello Russo (to name a few), while Holt Renfrew has nabbed Alexander Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Todd Selby, Todd Lynn and Rag and Bone for their parties. It seems that TNT felt some pressure to stay current—and who says “au courant” better than Nicole Richie?

The ex-Simple Life star (who helped establish such teeth-grinding catchphrases as “that’s hot”) was in town to promote her brand House of Harlow, but she spent the evening attracting cellphone-camera photographers, young bachelors (the kind that wear hoodies) and people who insisted on doing a lot of pointing. We miss the sassy Nicole Richie, who was more likely to crack a joke for the camera than a smile, but we figure she has matured since becoming a mother and marrying a fella from Good Charlotte. Good for her, boring for us.

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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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