Monday, September 10, 2012

A Play-By-Play Of Toronto’s Fashion’s Night Out

Toronto’s first Fashion’s Night Out (#FNO) event took place on Thursday night and I was able to attend some of the city’s most stylish parties. The shopping event has taken place in major cities around the world for the past four years. Designers and stores throw parties and pamper their guests with champagne and sweets while they shop the latest collections. This year, a number of locations opened their doors to the public to get in on the shopping action.   
Here’s a play-by-play of my Fashion’s Night Out and my top three events:

5:30 pm - To gear up for the event, I met my friend for a pre-FNO cocktail at the ROOF Lounge at the Park Hyatt Hotel. Here I reviewed our game plan for the evening with the event locations on a map, which I stashed in my purse for easy access throughout the night. We were planning on visiting spots in three downtown Toronto shopping locations: Bloor/Yorkville, Queen West, and King West.   
6:15 pm – We walked to our first location, the Intermix boutique located at 130 Bloor Street West, which offers the best designers with all of the latest trends. The sounds of the DJ in the store front window let us know we had arrived at the party.  
Intermix started our evening off right and threw a great party that was also open to the public. The store offered FNO shoppers champagne and soft, sugary cupcakes provided by We Bake In Heels.   
I perused the store with champagne in hand, admiring the items hanging on the racks and I got a sense of what’s going to be on trend this fall. There were a lot of oxblood and electric blue coloured items, as well as, peplums in heavier fabrics for the cooler seasons.  

At the front of the store, make-up artists from Ilia Beauty, an organic make-up line, were offering free touch-ups. I happily sat down for a foundation and blush refresh and a pop of colour on the lips. With my make-up refreshed, I was ready for the next stop!
7:00 pm – Feeling energized from our first FNO stop, we hopped on the subway and headed down to Queen Street West. We hit up three events on this street but the best event by far was the Bazaar by Rac Boutique. This event was hosted in the trendy historic hideaway, the Burroughes building. The large event space was filled with local retailers and designers including: Gotstyle, Rescue Vintage, and Chloe Comme Parris.
Party-goers lined-up against a backdrop of exposed brick walls for drinks at the bar, but I browsed the large collection of vintage clothing, bags, and jewellery the event had to offer.  I fell in love with a crystal embellished bow ring and quickly bought it.
8:15 pm – After visiting a couple of different events across Queen Street West, I became the first fashion victim of the night and switched into flats.
8:30 pm – We walked over to our last stop which was the invitation only party thrown by eLUXE at its headquarters in the King West neighbourhood. The event featured two designers: Smythe and Rebekah Price, and had some of their items on sale.  
Smythe designed a black tuxedo style blazer exclusively for eLUXE which was hanging on display at the entrance to the party. After checking it out, I wandered over to the table covered in glistening Rebekah Price jewellery. It was not hard to miss it as it had a crowd of admirers eyeing the brightly coloured pieces. A criss-cross bracelet covered in hundreds of tiny gems was seen on a number of the guests at the event.
Avion tequila prepared the drinks on hand which were an Elevated Margarita (yum!) and an Autumn Apple cocktail. We were spoiled with a sweet table complete with chocolate covered licorice, chocolate dipped marshmallows and chocolate covered strawberries filled with cream cheese frosting, all provided by Megan Wappel Designs. eLUXE went all out for FNO with this party and it was hard to leave.

Fashion’s Night Out proved to me that Toronto really is a style-setting city with its own fashions and culture. We are a city filled with fashionable people who make style trends our own. I can’t wait to take part in the event again next year! 

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