Yesterday was Anna Dello Russo Day in Toronto. Unofficially, of course, but any and all fashion activity seemed to centre around The Room at the Bay’s flagship store. The Italian fashion editor was in town to celebrate “When Anna Met Tommy,” an exhibit of photos by street style photo Tommy Ton that was spearheaded by Rui Amaral. The Bay presented Dello with a coat created by Erdem from a Hudson’s Bay striped blanket (part of a series of collaborations from 2009) and a fascinator with a replica of an HBC canoe, which she wore today to sign copies of an exclusive set of paper dolls that were drawn by London-based Canadian fashion illustrator Danielle Meder.
According to the The Room’s creative director, Nicholas Mellamphy, Dello Russo changed six times during the day. We personally witnessed one such transformation. Just as we sat down for our interview with the pair, Dello Russo, who was sporting a sleek, black crystal-embellished Prabal Gurung dress, announced suddenly that she needed to change. She disappeared into another room and emerged wearing a green Erdem sheath dress and an outsized, feather coat–a piece from iconic Canadian eveningwear designer Wayne Clark.
Among the other items Dello Russo sported: A chiffon top and feather skirt by Jason Wu, a pink, full-skirt frock from Giles that featured bandage prints, a pair of pineapple-inspired wedges from Charlotte Olympia and a Mary Katrantzou teacup dress.
At a party celebrating the exhibition, last night’s revelers seemed inspired to go all out in celebration of the street style star’s arrival–the standout, certainly, was Stacey Kimmel in a neon orange Jil Sander maxi skirt with poofy peplum. A trio of drag performers made the rounds in hats that spelled out Dello Russo’s initials (an homage to her own J’ADR hat). At some point, after we made our exit, Anna Dello Russo and Tommy Ton joined Diego Superstar in the DJ booth and turned The Room into a dance party. Check out our video interview with Tommy and Anna: