When I fall for a fashion brand, I usually fall hard. This is exactly what happened to me while shopping at PINK TARTAN, the brainchild of Kimberley Newport-Mimran. Yes, the other half of Canadian fashion royalty married to Joe Mimran - the genius behind the Alfred Sung, Club Monaco and Joe Fresh success stories.
I walked into Yorkville‘s beautiful flagship location and was immediately struck by the European sensibility to the clothes. The skirts were fuller. The dresses were heavier. There was absolutely no skimping of fabric here. I noticed the attention to detail: shirts with embellished crystal collars, dresses with leather piping, skirts with metal hardware. The Parisienne influence is clearly evident as PINK TARTAN is the only Canadian store to carry select pieces from Courrèges, a French fashion house. In fact, there are numerous objets d’intérêt that have been carefully curated to complement the PINK TARTAN label. It’s really a lifestyle brand for those with sophisticated palates and a style that’s “ladylike, yet never prim.”
View the entire PINK TARTAN Fall 2012 Collection here.
I spent last weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and a few highlights include…
Staying at my usual place The Hazelton Hotel - an oasis of calm and luxury during the TIFF storm. Whether I need tickets to a sold-out film premiere or a last-minute hairstylist, they just know how to make things happen.
Attending a fashion spectacle, specifically the MAC Viva Glam Fashion Cares After Party, at Maison Mercer, my new favorite Toronto nightclub. The place was packed wall-to-wall with celebs and some of the most fashionable people I have ever seen in North America.
Shopping in Yorkville and discovering new Canadian brands like Pink Tartan and Travis Taddeo whose feathered skirt (which I paired with a Caitlin Power blouse in the third picture above) garnered a lot of attention on the streets of Toronto.
Image via Fashion Magazine
Finding refuge on rooftops like the one at the Thompson and hanging out with old and new friends, as well as (literally) running into Kate Hudson in the ladies’ room (more on that here.)
These are some of the final images from my latest photoshoot. Seeing myself on the cover of a local magazine certainly feels surreal as I’m far more comfortable writing about models than being one. The images encapsulate the playful spirit of the 1960s High Society housewife where her best accessory is a personal pool boy. It’s unfortunate Canadian summers are so short!
Here are some detailed shots of the outfit I wore to my friend’s party in the last post. The white shirt and pleated leather skirt are by the young and talented Canadian designer, Caitlin Power. The sparkly buttons and floral appliqués (on the shoulders) make me feel chic no matter what I wear this piece with. It’s certainly my favourite white shirt right now!