|Barbara Black works the sexy tuxedo look at the McKinsey & Co. dinner at Bloor St. Entertains.|
Fashion editor Bernadette Morra and stylist Derick Chetty discuss Bloor St. Entertains, below. The fundraiser for the Canadian Foundation for Aids Research starts with intimate dinners at Bloor St.-area retail stores and winds up with a party at the Royal Ontario Museum. Read their chat and send your comments to email@example.com or click on the comments link below.
Can I just start by saying that Barbara Black wore the sexiest tuxedo ever to the McKinsey & Co. dinner on Charles St. W. Though I didn't see her in person, she looked amazing in the photo taken by Star photographer Tara Walton. The black and white layers seemed to include a sequinned jacket and tank over the sheer white top with little white collar. Instead of pants she wore a knee-length skirt to show off those fabulous legs. That's androgyny at it's most elegant. Did you see her at the after-party at the ROM> Bernadette
No, I didn't see Lady Black at the after-party at the ROM. I agree, she looked magnificent. And that's what a woman's tuxedo should look like! Fitted, high armholes and some sparkle. Since this was a black tie event, most men wore a tux and there is really very little variation in that style - they all looked the same. A few brave types added a dash of their personality with colourful patterned bow ties and cummerbunds. Derick
One gentleman at the Birks dinner was wearing a silk tie that looked like monarch butterfly. Very fun! But I agree there wasn't much variation in the men. Though tell me about Salah Bachir of Famour Players Media. He is always pretty daring. Bernadette
|Caryn Lerner in a Missoni evening gown.|
You can always pick Salah out in a crowded room. The first thing I noticed about him was the jewels - which are all real - a triple strand of pearls and a floor length frock coat. Dazzling! Another person you couldn't miss in the crowd was Sherry May Axton of May Models (never heard of it) and owner of Flow restaurant in Yorkville and The Capital Theatre. Now here is a woman who knows how to work an entrance. She was wearing a spectacular Roberto Cavalli gown. When I saw her entering she was holding the train of her gown and her clutch purse practically at earlobe height. Dramatic! Derick
What? No diamond earrings and brooch on Salah? Or were you too dazzled to notice? Can we talk a bit about the dinner environments in the stores? I loved what Cartier did. Amid the glass containers of feathery magenta orchids by Church St. Flowers, they put jeweled baubles for the guests to play with. Like a $68,000 yellow, pink and white diamond trinity ring, and a 5 carat yellow diamond ring worth $198,400. Now that's what I call a table setting. Bernadette
My first stop was Holts and I loved what they did to the cafe. It was red, pink and orange table settings. Very colourful but elegant - reminded me of vintage YSL. The floral arrangements - in those same colours - were placed in black which just added to the dramatic effect. This was all courtesy of Fiori Floral Designs.
But my favourite venue was the private residence at 155 Cumberland Avenue. This spectacular apartment was designed by Phillip Johnson in the 60s and he worked with Mies van der Roe on the TD tower in Toronto. It is currently unoccupied and was a treat to see this treasure because it's vertually intact - it was like stepping back in time to the 60s. It's a perfect setting for a swanky party. The patio overlooks Bloor Street and has full grown trees.
|Sherry May Axton in Roberto Cavalli.|
What was your favourite venue? Derick
Hard to say...I liked the live music at Roots, they had a jazz group. And the food was fantastic. Lobby's chef did braised beef in anisette gravy. It was one of the best things I have ever eaten.
Back to fashion for a second, I know that black is in, but there was so much of it last night. It makes for very boring photos. By the way you looked amazing in your white dinner jacket. Was it velvet? Bernadette
Velour. And it was a bit nerve racking eating the lamb chops and drinking red wine at the Hugo Boss store. What were you wearing? Derick
A teal velvet dress with sheer black collar and hem trim by Toronto designer Joeffer Caoc. Good for you for getting through the evening with no wine stains! Bernadette