Lately, Toronto has been a hotbed for fashion happenings. From full-tilt fashion shows, to designer drop-ins and store openings, there have been plenty of places to put those p’s and q’s to good use. Two notables we couldn’t resist quizzing on modern manners during a fête hosted by HBC’s The Room? Writer, author and style.com Editor-at-Large Derek Blasberg (his Classy guide book is out now) and model and actress Byrdie Bell (she just posed for Terry Richardson). Here, they deliver some great tips for saving social and style graces.
Soiree Etiquette: “I think it’s one of the obvious tips, but be yourself. As soon as [you act] affected it changes everything. Even if you feel uncomfortable or intimidated by a person, your best tool is your natural, real personality.”
Social Style: “Again, you can’t force it, take risks, but don’t take someone else’s risks, take your own.”
Sound Off: “Socialite became such a dirty word. I’m hoping now that maybe there will be some sort of counter motion. It’s about personality and not this gnarly stigma.”
Tardy Tip: “It’s best to be honest. I always used to catch myself lying if I was invited to two places.”
Classy Role Models: “The Olsens–two great girls who are self-made and intelligent. I’m also friends with Emma Watson. She’s smart, remembers birthdays and is the nicest girl anyone has ever met.”
Tech Turn-Off: “Put your phone away at dinner when you’re with friends. I think we’re starting to lose the importance of 3D life, human touch and conversation.”
Tweet Wisely: ” Number one: calm down on your twitters! 8-10 [tweets] is a bit much. Number two: remember that people that read your twitter could be employers. Number three: Don’t do anything you wouldn’t want your mama to see.”