They are fashionable people, doing fashionable things.
There is a serious shift happening in Toronto’s fashion landscape where tiny boutiques & studios are popping up all across town. With excellently curated lines, adorable shops & a fun online presence, it’s heating up over who has the hottest wares.
ReiaStudio is a new love of mine. Although their collection selection is relatively small, it’s so well curated that you want to buy the entire line. Carrying labels like Tilo Scarves (you might recognize from Mila Kunis in Black Swan), Rita D., Dennis Merotto (Lida Baday’s previous senior designer and now a must-watch up and coming designer), and their newest Liebeskind Berlin. Every piece in the store is beautiful and curated with care.
If you’re like me, you’re always struggling at the last minute to find the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. Yeah, you could just get them another pair of socks, but you want something different. Something that is going to leave an impression on them. Something that you could potentially share together.
Finally summer is upon us…time to rock the open toes, white shorts and killer pedicures. We all know the sudden rise in the thermometer is directly linked to the influx of requests, invites and previews that flood the inbox. The social calendar goes from empty nights to triple booked ones; my calendar is no exception. So when the delightful invite hit my inbox for Rent Frock Repeat at The Spoke Club I was beyond intrigued and I simply couldn’t resist.
On a lovely night in the city all the socialites, style mavens, and fashionistas come out to mix n mingle, nibble on delicious hors d’oeuvres/cocktails and of course check out all the designer dresses and gowns offered by this fresh and unique service.
We have all been there, the moment you realize you have ABSOLUTELY nothing to wear… Not even one outfit left in the IN CASE OF EMERGENCY pile. My fellow fashionista, don’t let the mascara run we have finally found the answer to our What to Wear dilemmas. Thanks to the Lisa Delorme and Kristy Wieber of Rent Frock Repeat, just as the name implies, rent a frock for any occasion, rock it and return.
Never will you have to worry about saving up the pennies for the Badgley M ischka ostrich feather dress or worry about being caught recycling that Robert Rodriguez gown.
Simply go RfR’s website browse, then choose the frock of your dreams from designers like David Dixon, Lovas, Pink Tartan. If you hit a style roadblock (they thought of that too) you can chat instantly with their stylists and get the advice you need.
With every dress you rent, RfR allows you to add a backup size in the same style at no extra cost (smart thinking ladies).
Not to mention with every rental you get a fab fit kit with all the goodies you need to make sure you dress fits like a glove (double-sided tape, lint removers). When your done simply toss in the return shipping envelope and chuck in a Canada Post box.
Ingenious I know, and just in time for this season’s wedding circuit… even I have a few in mind for a couple events.
Just wait and see!!
69 Vintage is owned and operated by Kealan Sullivan. When it was first opened, it was the perfect compliment to bar/club, The Social, next door and Spin Gallery (now closed) above. Since opening, 69 Vintage has become a cornerstone in the Queen West community. Kealan has helped dress everyone from bands, VJs and to the ladies at PinkMafia for all our red carpet events. Recently, they have expanded into a second location that also has a by-the-pound section on Bloor Street.
Adria wears: Black lace sheer blouse – 25$
Kealan wears: Red scarf – 5$ Beige silk blazer – 40$
Adria wears: Floral dress – 45$ Braided leather belt – 8$ Sunglasses – 20$
69 Vintage: 1100 Queen St. West 416.516.0669 Open 12PM-7PM Every Day email@example.com
69 Collective/Buy the Poud: 1207 Bloor St. West 416.516.1234 12PM-7Pm Every Day firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos By: Krist Papas
Cabaret is a high fashion vintage boutique that specializes in 1920s-1970s vintage pieces. Owner Tao Drayton opened the store with his father 15 years ago with a vision to bring high end, completely restored vintage to Toronto. In the past year, they have started their own couture cocktail dress collection that is inspired by 50s and 60 cocktail dresses. A Cabaret Collection dress is made to measure in under six weeks and they feel just as luxe as they look. The vibe of the store is smart, sexy and absolutely regal from head to toe.
1950s Tulle and Swiss Dot Cocktail Dress – $525
Rare Fox Stole – $475
The Cabaret Collection – The Bubble Dress in Purple – $595
Our fearless model is none other than Lindsay Darling from The In Crowd DJs and an avid fan of Cabaret.
672 Queen St. West
Monday 11 – 6
Tuesday 11 – 6
Wednesday 11 -6
Thursday 11 – 7
Friday 11 – 7
Saturday 11 – 6
Sun 1- 5
Photos By: Krist Papas
Jacflash, ” What we deliver is simple; fashion, music and glamour to those seeking to look and feel great, either on the red carpet or just kicking around town.”
L-R Lauren, Cody, Kaity, and Jaclyn at JacFlash
Top: Rare shiffon blouse $175
Pants: Ever Skinny black pant $275
Top: Hypen Yoo Shakespeare stripe $165
Pants: Cory’s own
Boots: Nice Collective green combat boots $795
Top: LNA Crop Tail black tank $75
Pants: LNA mesh garter leggings $145
Mink Pink Crusader cape $120
Jeffrey Campbell Military Boots $195
Dress: Mink Pink Blooming Mini Dress $90
Low Love Armor Ring $110
Looks From London knee highs $35
Gunther the dog wears his own glorious coat.
Jacflash, owned by Jaclyn Genovese, has been kickin’ for 2 years, and many more to come.
Check it out at:
1036 Queen St. West
416 516 8766
Monday to Saturday 11-7
Photos by: Al D
With our resident photographer Krist Papas we took his, WHAT’S YOUR PERSONA all the way to Carte Blanche. If Cart Blanche was a person we’d be dating him. Instead we just gawk around the store and act wicked cool cause we are in the pressence of awesomeness. With the hopes of every purchase that once we get the clothes on we will exude the fiercness of Carte Blanche itself.
Top: Cheap Monday White Knit Nina Tee, Bottom: Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair Black Wrinkled Trouser
Then we started thinking about all the wicked boutiques we know and the staff who make them what they are. So we teamed up Krist and Lavish & Squalor for a little photo shoot at the store where the staff flexed their Lavish & Squalor Persona hard.
If you’re looking for a song to put on while you look at these, click here for “A-Punk” by Vampire Weekend
Danielle is wearing: Covet Jacket, People’s Market Blouse, Insight Black jeans, Jeffery Campbell Granny Boots, Fringe Clutch, Lavish Beaded Bangles.
Rob is wearing: Cheap Monday Jacket, Levi’s Skinny Jeans, Brixton Hat, Lavish Scarf, Lavish Leather Bracelets, Sex Series One Tee By Oligarchy, and Sneaky Steves Shoes.
Anna Von is wearing: Vintage Leather Jacket, Insight Bean Pole Jeans, Jeffrey Campbell Fringe Boots, Blood Is the New Black tee, Nila Anthony Bag, and Ray-Ban Glasses (models own)
Kevin is wearing: Vintage Plaid Shirt, Cheap Monday Jeans, Dim Mak Tee, Creative Recreation Ponti Sneakers, and Hat–Vintage (model’s own).
All this stuff is available at Lavish & Squalor who are having an Recession Appreciation Event for the 1st time only February 6, 7, 8 where the entire store will be up to 70% off.
Lavish & Squalor
253 Queen St. West (Osgoode Station then walk West a block and a half)
All photos by Krist Papas!