Being a Ted Baker ambassador

Earlier this morning Ted Baker opened the doors to its first Canadian store at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Ted Baker’s first Canadian boutique is a part of Yorkdale’s $220,000 million dollar upgrade and it’s a playful space filled with menswear, womenswear, footwear, accessories and gift items.

As a long time fan of the coveted Brit fashion label, I was honoured to be asked to act as a brand ambassador at yesterday’s exclusive shopping experience and media preview. My Ted Baker ensemble? Well, I picked out a fitted purple two button blazer (Samchek) and navy bow tie from Ted Baker’s fall/winter 2012 “Survival of the Fittest” collection.

Ted Baker and the other retailers included in Yorkdale’s expansion opened for business early this morning. Try and swing by this weekend (November 16th – November 18th) for the in-store picnic… shoppers will have the chance to enter to win a $2,500 shopping spree!

www.tedbaker-london.com

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Interviewing Alexandre Despatie

I made a brief (like blink and you would have missed me brief) appearance at Montreal Fashion Week earlier this week. Fortunately I had a chance to see a few fantastic runway shows (including Denis Gagnon’s incredible s/s 2013 collection) and even sat down for an interview with Canadian Olympic diver (and Gillette spokesperson) Alexandre Despatie.
Of course, he was amazing.

Start Up in Ottawa

This summer I was asked to get involved with the Mercedes-Benz Start Up, a national program that provides mentorship and platforms for emerging fashion designers across Canada. I was invited to be a guest judge on the Ottawa panel and travelled to Canada’s capital with a group of industry experts for a few fashionable days.

Ottawa’s semi-final event came to a stylish conclusion on Tuesday August 14th, when it was announced that Caitlin Power and Christopher Bates, would continue on to the final round. In total, eight finalists from across Canada will head to World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto this coming October to compete for the Mercedes-Benz Start Up’s grand prize.

Here’s a few of my fave photographs taken at Ottawa’s runway event.

[Above: The panel of judges for the Ottawa semi-finals (left to right) - Patricia Gajo, Jarrad Clark, Robin Kay, Regine Paquette, Christopher Turner, Katie Frappier, Hans Koechling and Joanne Caza]

[Above: Self portrait Tweet time with Patricia and Hans]

[Above: Post runway show snaps with Hans and Jarrad]

For more information on the Mercedes-Benz Start Up competition, visit www.mercedes-benzstartup.com

Flying high with Rimowa

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending Rimowa’s reception at Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto. Of course the highlight of the one-of-a-kind event was a flight over Mississauga, the Scarborough Bluffs and through the Toronto skyline in a Junkers JU-52 plane from 1939 (The original aircraft was what Rimowa’s signature grooves were modelled after).

A sky-high view of the city. An exceptional dinner inside the hanger that followed. A truly once in a lifetime experience.

www.rimowa.ca

Celebrating ’3-years of style’ at the Thompson

Here’s a quick snap of me (wearing my new Philip Sparks blazer) taken by my good friend Juan Carlos at last night’s ’3 Years Of Style’ bash on the rooftop of The Thompson Hotel in Toronto.

3 Years of Style was celebrating the joint 3-year blog anniversaries of The Backseat Stylers, The Souls of My Shoes and Style Blog. 3 fab Canadian fashion blogs written by some fantastic ladies. Congrats!

Hitting the red carpet at the Africa Comes Alive event

Renee and I stopped by the Cascata Blu “Africa Comes Alive” event at Maro Supper Club last week and got snapped on the red carpet before heading inside.
The event was set to raise funds and awareness for the World Vision Canada development project A Hi Kulene in Mozambique. Some African drumming, a fashion show (courtesy of Cascata Blu), a silent auction… all in all the event helped to raise over $300,000 for charity.