“I Do” Times Two

I always thought March madness had to do with basketball, but on the contrary it seems to be wedding fever. Wedding talk is everywhere. I love to attend weddings, though personally I chose to elope. Foregoing the pomp and circumstance of a wedding hardly ruled out needing a dress. The dress still needed signify our trek to City Hall as a special occasion. But it needed to whisper, rather than scream, bridal. I found it, finally – that’s me (as a brunette) and my man. But I also found that finding a dress for your wedding – no matter how big or small – is no easy feat. Two new bridal shops opened this month giving Toronto brides-to-be more options than ever.
 
My wedding day, eloping in New Orleans
 
In the states, nearly every major town has a David’s Bridal. It’s been around for 60 years. With an extensive collection of bridal gowns ranging in price from $299 to $1,600 and sizes up to 26W David’s is perfect for the bride who wants current fashions and the convenience of off the rack. Their bridal selection also includes custom lines by Oleg Cassini, Galina Signature and Vera Wang (far left, stunning!). They also feature countless party and special occasion dresses to outfit the bridesmaids and the bride for every pre-wedding function. David’s Bridal inaugural Canadian locations include Mississauga (3105 Argentia Road) and Scarborough (1900 Eglinton Avenue East).
David’s Bridal selections
For the made-to-order bride, there’s Sarah Houston‘s new bridal boutique in Yorkville. Sarah’s designs are elaborate and intricate pieces crafted from lace, satin crepe, silk chiffon and organza. Her designs are gorgeously ornate, often inspired by the exceptional artistry found in old world European architecture. Even the salon itself is elegant and romantic, and a small runway allows the bride-to-be can experience the full effect she’ll have walking down the aisle.

Sarah Houston Bridal
Marriage – a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters written in prose.” – Beverly Nichols

“To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the wedding cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up.” — Ogden Nash

Shoplisted: Pink Tartan

Christmas has come early for Pink Tartan fans.  The new Pink Tartan boutique opened this past Saturday at Seventy Seven Yorkville.  Designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran has embraced all of her favourite things and curated a shop filled with plenty of chic items, and some chic – yet fun – things that might surprise a few people.
 
Like the skull and hoof candles, or stationary delicately embossed with the phrase “Spank You Very Much,” all by D.L. & Co.  
 
Even the art on the walls – pieces that have outgrown the Mimran’s own home – is wildly interesting; such as the gorgeous photograph of the godmother of punk rock, Patti Smith, dressed in men’s shirt and suspenders.
Clothes hangers sport the boutique’s street address instead of Pink Tartan – clever, yet subtle – allowing Mimran to showcase complimentary brands and labels, like Acne Jeans, alongside her own.  
But of course, the store’s main raison d’etre is to sell Pink Tartan. With this real estate Mimran will easily expand her line to include accessories – already you’ll find PT sunglasses and totes. The flagship store is a true lifestyle shop. There is more than just clothing here, it’s a way of life. It’s the Pink Tartan life, get it?
 

Shoplisted: Ula Zukowska’s Y5 in Yorkville

The black sequins make this polka dot number party perfect.

Ula’s cropped jackets tie in this fall’s hot structured shoulder trend.

While dodging rainstorms in Toronto’s Yorkville neighborhood this weekend I rediscovered designer Ula Zukowska‘s shop, Y5 (5 Yorkville Avenue). And what a lovely discovery it was! Ula has been a fashion powerhouse in Canada since the 1990’s, and still appears on the runway at Toronto’s LG Fashion Week.


One look at Ula’s runway shows and it’s clear her designs are aimed at an independent-minded, daring fashionista. Ula gets lots of publicity for weaving architecture (something she has a master’s degree in) throughout her designs. She balances this approach nicely with feminine volumes and to-die-for fabrics. It doesn’t always mesh with whatever else is on the runway, but is it fashionable? You bet. (Actually, Ula is spot on right now. Check out the shoulders on those black jackets – perfectly in line with fall’s structured shoulder trend.)

I found a sweet little number of red and polka dots matched with black sequins. The polka dot fabric has a dreamy gold hue to it. Just my luck, this perfect party dress was even on sale! Y5’s accessories include an impressively tight collection of jewellery, belts and bags (I bought an 80’s-inspired green belt right off a mannequin.)

Hint: Hop across the street for coffee and crepes served on the sidewalk patio at Crepes a Go Go. It’s the perfect $10 lunch – so if your shopping wasn’t recession-friendly at least your lunch can be.