Toronto Alert

Toronto Alert
November 2008

Calling all recessionistas! Searching for sartorial inspiration to get you through November? No need to topple your credit account before the holidays. Get inspired by our list of local designers, retail hotspots and cheap ‘n chic events. —Emily Huggard


HOT GOSSIP Erin Kleinberg understands the value of the perfect vintage T. Her soft creations—think comfy boyfriend cardigans and tees ($195) with nostalgic hand-sewn beading and trimmings—are a hit with Tinseltown’s leading ladies including Mischa Barton, Sienna Miller and Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen (pictured). She even caught the eye of 90210 it-girl Shenae Grimes who modeled the Toronto native’s fall line.


FLOWER POWER Leave it to you, style doyenne, to find a hidden fashion gem within the city walls. Magnolia, Yonge & Eg’s newest addition, covers all the bases with a lineup of accessibly priced pieces by designers such as Hoss Intropia, Arthur Mendonça, Izzy Camilleri, Lucian Matis and DKNY.


CHIC CHAPEAU Release your inner Parisienne without crossing the pond with an oh-so-jolie topper by Toronto-based milliner, Le Petit Beret. Inspired by a time when hats defined glamour, Ryerson fashion grad Danielle Suppa’s five-inch berets ($50) pin into your locks, sitting elegantly at the front of your head. Crafted with 100% wool and available in a range of shades like aubergine and chartreuse, all you need now is a bit of rouge. La pièce de resistance? Unmatched personal style.


ROCK STEADY Colour, check. Clarity, check. Cut, check. The world’s third largest diamond (407.48 carats, in case you’re counting) highlights the ROM’s newly opened Nature of Diamonds exhibit. The vault of gems shimmers with 500 pieces from private collections and major museums from around the world created by designers such as Cartier and Harry Winston. Meaning you get up close and personal with a girl’s best friend for just the cost of a ticket.

Photo: The Incomparable Diamond Asher Wilens © Premier Gem Corp


HAUTE H20 >Can’t kick that craving for designer digs? Get your fix with the new Jean Paul Gaultier-designed Evian water bottles. Appropriately named Prêt-à-Porter and Haute Couture, the intricately designed creations were sipped on at Paris Fashion Week. Status symbol? Oh yes. Only seven of the Haute Couture bottles will be released worldwide before being auctioned off. But you can get your ready to wear on for a mere $7.95 at Pusiteri’s stores across the city.


WIN A TRIP TO AUSTRALIA In celebration of Baz Luhrmann’s new movie, Australia, FLARE and Tourism Australia are sending one winner and a guest Down Under. Enter at starting November 17th! Contest closes January 11, 2009.