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Tommy Ton comes to Holt Renfrew & Toronto pulls out their best shoes

Tommy Ton of JakandJil.com

Toomy Ton, the man behind the insanely popular fashion and shoe blog JakandJil popped into his home town of Toronto for a fun little event at Holt Renfrew, which is Canada’s answer to Saks.

Holt’s gathered the city’s fashion glitterati and presented a collection of Tommy Ton’s much heralded shoe shots as well as the Fall 2010 designer collections. The result was a crowd of impeccably dressed folks with stunning shoes to match. Tommy Ton was also there shooting the shoes of those who came out, so the stakes were high on August 18, 2008 at 50 Bloor Street West.

Here are a few that caught the eye of OfTheNow...

Stylist Allison Bouras in Miu Miu

Stylist George Antonopoulos in Vivienne Westwood

ASC PR's Natasha Penzo in Oscar de la Renta

Alexander Wang

Flare Magazine's Assistant Market Editor Erin O'Brien in YSL

Designer Jeremy Laing in super touchable sweater of his own design



Stylist Shea Hurley in Gucci and friend in Alexander McQueen

Holt Renfrew client Jenny Aaron in Aldo

Fashion Magazine's Elli Stuhler in two-tone Oxfords

Alexander McQueen Fall 2010 Booties

Sam Edelman

Pierre Hardy

Holt Renfrew's Jacinta Mulhern in YSL

Holt Renfrew's Jen Daubney in Miu Miu


The Thompson is Open and the Rooftop is Stunning

The scene at the pool...

Stunning and modelesque cocktail waitresses weaving through the crowd in custom-made-Jeremy Laing dresses, giant mojitos, models lollygagging and floating leisurely in the infinity pool and Toronto’s fantastic (and a few recognizable outsiders) dressed to kill, and all in one place.

Sounds like the scene from an off-the-wall art film, but no, it was June 17, 2010 The Thompson Hotel grand opening soiree in Toronto. And in case you didn’t know, The Thompson Toronto is the hotel group’s first outside the U.S.A.

The night was filled with opulence and indulgence, as one would expect from the much anticipated opening (the opening date had to be pushed a few times, which is generally par for the course). But that’s neither here, nor there, we’re talking about the party.

Early in the night the lobby was already brimming with people, but not so full that we didn’t take in the whimsical Toronto skyline mural by Spanish artist Javier Mariscal.

View from the roof...

The rooftop was definitely where everyone wanted to be, but with over 1,000 guests and a capacity of just under 240 on the rooftop, not everyone could get up. Luckily we were smart enough to get there early and go straight to the roof.

Before we got there we couldn’t help noticing how the lights in the elevator twinkled like stars in the night sky, nice touch Thompson crew, nice touch indeed.

Once on the roof we were greeted by one of the many stunning ladies in Jeremy Laing dresses serving cocktails, wine and of course munchies prepared by Executive Chef Scott Conant.

Model/Cocktail waitress in Jeremy Laing custom dress for The Thompson

We ended up vying for the giant mojitos and made our way around the 360-degree rooftop terrace to take in the view while it was still light out.

Rooftop Mojitos

As the sun went down the evening quickly livened up and with sounds from L.A.’s beautiful DJ Alex Merrell. The rooftop certainly did not disappoint and neither did some of the guests. Many of the expected Canadian celebs were there, such as, Jeanne BekerKelly Rowan, Shenae Grimes, but the most notable for this blog, was also the guest smallest in size.

Pint-sized, 13-year-old  Style Rookie blogger Tavi Gevinson was also in attendance. The funny part was the girl who gets front row seats at coveted fashion shows like Marc Jacobs was barely even looked at on her .

“The paparazzi camera guys didn’t even notice her,” laughed Christopher Sherman, FT Producer and Gevinson’s escort for the night. We noticed her and had a little chat, and have to admit, she is pretty cute.

Style Rookie--Tavi Gevinson


Tavi in Pierre Hardy for GAP avec striped socks!

But those who didn’t make it upstairs were not to be disappointed, there was a plethora of visual stimulation and libations for them in the various places throughout the hotel. One room was playing game 7 of the NBA finals on a massive screen, there was a full blown dance party in lead up by Ellen’s DJ, DJ Tony in the lobby, girls having a pillow fight in a boxing ring (that one was a bit of a questionable choice) and many others.

All in all kudos, where kudos are due to Peter Freed, Tony Cohen, ASC PR and the rest of The Thompson crew, it was a great party on a beautiful night. OfTheNow has been, and will be back again…and again.

With Fashion Photographer Adam Levett and Fade to Black Casting's Lily Pritchard

Power Ball 2010 Where All The Animals Came Out to Play

Bartending panda bears, boys dresses in wrestling uniforms and snow cones filled with tequila and grape flavour were just a few of the sights and treats that awaited guests at the twelfth annual Power Ball held at the Power Plant Gallery last Thursday, June 3, 2010.

Some guests were dressed to the nines, some were in casual jeans and T’s and some were in full costume. There was most certainly plenty of visual stimulation to tantalize the eyes and an open bar to blur them a bit.

Gorgeous actress Amy Lalonde & her equally gorgeous fiance Marc Montemurro

Power Ball 2010, as with the Power Balls of the past, was stacked to the brim full of Toronto’s fashion, entertainment and arts community to support the charity event.

Some of the guests included artist Bruno Billio, fashion designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong from Greta Constantine, Jeremy Laing and OfTheNow friend and favourite Rita Liefhebber.

Me in a Rita Liefhebber Spring 2010 skirt and Rita Liefhebber in her Spring 2010 silk shorts

Power Ball 2010 sold out quickly this year, and the numbers were evident from the more than packed house, everywhere you turned there were a million people. Most of them laughing and drinking, or indulging in some sweet treats from the stocked candy store that you had no choice but to walk through.

Photo by Stefania Yarhi of http://torontotextstyles.blogspot.com/

Other visual tantalizers included a performance art room littered with porn, drag queens, musical acts and “sexy wrestling twins”, odd yes, but it goes with the territory.

Photo by Stefania Yarhi of http://torontotextstyles.blogspot.com/

Proceeds from Power Ball support the Power Plant’s world renowned exhibitions and programs, and gives the rest of  us a great reason to get dressed up and celebrate the arts with our friends.