Win Tickets to Fashion Magazine’s Awards


Fashion crowds love a reason to fête designers, even if it’s at the end of a long week of fashion parties and runway shows. World MasterCard Fashion Week kicks off today at the tents in David Pecaut Square, but I’m already planning my Friday night with FASHION Magazine.

Once again FASHION’s Toronto Fashion Week Awards is the official closing event. The awards recognize Canadian designers, models and beauty professionals whose dedicated efforts make the Toronto shows possible.

Editor-in-Chief of FASHION, Bernadette Morra and Editor-in-Chief of Men’s FASHION, David Livingstone will announce eight winners in the following categories:

Best Emerging Designer

Best Collection

Best Menswear

Best Hair

Best Make-Up

Best Styling

People’s Choice for Best Show

This season, 300 consumers will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to attend the event at the Design Exchange. (A fashion party dahling – think open bar, hors d’ouevres and a boss of a DJ.) Click here to purchase tickets. You can also enter to win tickets for you and a guest from me!

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My So-Called Date with Rob Lowe

Late this summer I got an email requesting my participation as a judge in the 2012 P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards. The fourth annual event honors the exceptional beauty, grooming and fashion editorial work from the past year. 

Faster than you can say BB Cream, I said yes. Beyond my fashionable inklings, I am a product queen when it comes to cosmetics (seriously, I have five bags of make-up.) I was thrilled to be involved, and to spend an early September morning deliberating with fellow judges Jeremy Laing, Glen Baxter and Carly Stosjic. I was not so thrilled to find out the awards were scheduled while I would be in the states visiting family during the week of American Thanksgiving.

Then – insult to injury! – I found out Rob Lowe was hosting. 

Rob Lowe hosts the 4th annual P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards

So while I ate a tasteless dinner of Mom’s lasagna (sorry, Ma) my industry friends and family enjoyed Rob’s ridiculous baby blues and toasted this year’s winners. Awards were presented to leading Canadian stylists, photographers, writers, editors, models, bloggers and art directors in 15 categories. “The level of talent we have here ranks on a global scale and P&G Beauty and Grooming understands how important it is to support and nurture this industry,” said Thom Lachman, President, P&G Canada.

Congratulations to all the winnersAnd Rob, how about a rain check on our dinner date?!

Heels, Hemlines & High Spirits

It’s fitting that the Bata Shoe Museum opened its latest exhibit weeks before a general election in Canada. After all, the new exhibit The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines & High Spirits highlights shoes from one of the most important historical eras for women. By the start of the decade women around the world had finally achieved the right to vote. Soon their right to choose extended to their bodies too, as an initiative that would become Planned Parenthood legally opened in 1921.
The story of the Bata Shoe Museum is a fascinating one (you can check it out here). In total there are over 13,000 items filling the museum’s permanent collection. Founding chairman, Sonja Bata, welcomed the crowds and worked the room at the exhibit’s opening night cocktail reception. Her wit was on full display too, noting she was born in the 20’s but doesn’t remember anything.
Bata Shoe Museum curator, Elizabeth Semmelhack, pointed out the stark difference between a woman’s dress in the ‘teens and the 1920s. Essentially, with freedom, women’s fashion was born. Menswear and sportswear trends quickly followed. So did couture. It would be another decade before shoes with peep toes would appear. Oh, if they could see us now.
Special thanks to FASHION magazine for co-hosting the lovely reception.
With freedom came fashion
Menswear influenced ladies’ “sporting togs”
Women’s summer wear shoes wouldn’t show toe for another decade
The cloche hat was as popular as the new bobbed hairstyle
If only our shoes could travel this way now