Tuesday, November 19, 2013

#CelebrateDowntown at Toronto Eaton Centre

A sponsored hip + urban girl post. 

It’s already mid November so if you haven’t been bitten by the spirit of the season quite yet, there is absolutely no time like the present to deck those halls and no other place to do it quite like Toronto Eaton Centre.

Last Thursday, Toronto Eaton Centre kicked of their holiday 2013 season with 2 festive fashion shows presented by Flare Magazine and Toronto Eaton Centre’s official charitable partner, The Remix Project. Both presentations lit by their spectacular 50 foot LED tree centre court and Christmas carol beats courtesy of The Remix Project’s own, DJ Romeo.

The Remix Project Student Stylists
The Remix Project is a not-for-profit organization designed to help level the playing field for students and young adults wishing to further their education in or to enter the workforce in creative industries like music or fashion. To further this mission they offer world class educational programs and mentorship to help young artists hone their skills and successfully live their passions as adults. 
The passion and talent was more than present as we took in The Remix Project’s evening runway show by the tree which featured looks from Toronto Eaton Centre retailers pulled by Flare editors that were “remixed” by the program’s fashion students. Their chic holiday interpretations included plenty of sparkle and fur but it was refreshing to see tons of colour in the form of vibrant jewel tones and great prints that are sure to make you the belle of any charity ball on your calendar.

Trends spotted on the runway included everything from minimalist looks in featuring all black everything or a mix of black and white to over the top "maximalist" looks including embellished sweaters and tights and even a voluminous feathered skirt. Those with major gams will also be pleased to know that shorts and mini skirts also made an appearance styled with bare legs often anchored by a great bootie and bike. 

Of course our favourite look leaned towards more is more with this ethnic print inspired body con dress and major fur vest. The banded waist and the geometric shapes on the bodice will be super flattering and the tones are bright but not overkill.
Our Fave Look = Holiday Outfit Perfection

Though the runway included some fabulous looks, they really only scratched the surface of what Toronto’s largest shopping centre and the city’s most recognizable landmark has to offer this holiday season to dress you up for all those holiday events and to dress under the tree as we gift our loved ones. Toronto Eaton Centre is home to over 235 retailers, restaurants and services including the flagship locations to some new additions to the Canadian shopping scene like Massimo Dutti plus our Canadian cult favourites like Roots and The Body Shop.

Along with more stores to choose from and a better selection within, Toronto Eaton Centre also offers special holiday services like unique ways to connect with Santa in December, gift cards in any denomination for those hard to buy for people on your list, and free gift wrapping services to make the holidays bright (and effortless) for kids of all ages to name a few.
The 50 ft. Tree: Isn't She A Beauty?
So whether you’re working downtown and looking to get shopping during lunch or just seeking a vibrant destination to shop while crossing everyone off your list, Toronto Eaton Centre definitely delivers. For more ways to celebrate downtown at Toronto Eaton Centre throughout the holiday season visit torontoeatoncentre.com or connect with them on social media via Twitter @toeatoncentre or Facebook at facebook.com/torontoeatoncentre.

-- Tamika Auwai is our resident Style Editor, Shopping Enthusiast and Wardrobe Expert.

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