Star Power: Canada’s Walk of Fame

September 23, 2009 - 3:10 pm

Just in time for the Toronto International film Festival, some of Canada’s brightest stars came out to shine on the red carpet for the 12th annual Canada’s Walk of Fame at the architecturally masterful Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

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Yours truly captured the style success of the presenters and inductees on the rouge welcome mat.
See my additional coverage on here!

Sex and her City

Kim Cattrall conquers Sex and the City and the red carpet effortlessly.  Ever the professional–and gorgeously dressed in Dolce and Gabbana–she strolled down the red carpet, flashing genuine smiles to fans outside the velvet ropes and pausing briefly to speak with eager press before she received her award.  At the award show, Cattrall gave a tear-jerker speech recounting her time as an actress on the come up. She’s one proud Canadian!

 Rubbing Shoulders

A round of applause goes to Cattrall’s public relations rep, who also donned her evening best. Her style weapon: a classic Chanel dress with crochet detailed shoulders. Spectacular.

Talent Squared

It’s no wonder this design duo garnered a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.  Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2 are known for their Canadiana inspired numbers and no one knows how to flip the chic switch on lumberjack boots, plaids and fur-pelt hats on the runway like they do. This time they opted for classic black and white for the award show. Decidedly humble and effortlessly dapper, they are among my favourite Canadian designers.

Darling Daria!
Daria Werbowy: a willowy-limbed Ukrainian-Canadian vision and presenter to Dean and Dan Caten. She made a pit-stop in Toronto to personally gift the Dsquared2 twins their Canada’s Walk of Fame award. Believe it or not (and we’re having a hard time) Werbowy is a self-proclaimed tomboy. After taking the fashion world by storm–nabbing spreads in Vogue Italia three times and wooing Prada for its coveted Fall-Winter campaign–Daria is taking a well-deserved break from the industry and doing a bit of sailing. Next stop: Saint-Tropez!

Lady Grey

We may remember Elisha Cuthbert best from her kid-role in Canadian after-school favourite Popular Mechanics for Kids, but many call to mind an oh-so-sultry Cuthbert in 2004 flick “The Girl Next Door.” Now—and fabulously gowned in an Abaeté dress—the face of American action-thriller television series “24,” awarded a fellow Canuck heartthrob and actor, Raymond Burr. He was most famed for black-and-white films “Perry Mason” and “Ironside.”

I Call Shotgun!

Do you remember the song “Life is a Highway?” Well, not only does Tom Cochrane create hit tracks, he also managed to rear some serious style femmes. Here are his daughters Cody and Evanne who came along to cheer on their crooning Dad in their best duds: pulled from Toronto’s Chasse Gardee and vintage clothing boutique Penny Arcade, no less.

Carpet Crusaders
Reporting among friends is one of the most cherished things in the industry–especially among habitually un-welcoming fashion visages.
Fellow fashion femme, Julia LeConte also took to the carpet to capture some of Canada’s best and brightest for Lifestyle magazine. Her in a gorgeous Alexander Wang dress and me in an LBD from my favourite cheap-chic purveyor du jour, we give our best style poses before heading inside to catch the show!


*all photos by Glynnis Mapp.

Tales of TIFF 2009: Pre-party dreams come in twos

September 11, 2009 - 9:48 pm

It’s that time of the year again when Toronto is abuzz with Hollywood and Hollywood North golden girls and boys: the annual Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 10 to 19) has officially kicked off and already the celeb sightings and shoulder rubbing has begun.

At the Drake Hotel last Wednesday, the British Columbia-born Ashmore twins (also known as Shawn, ahem, “Iceman” from the movie “X-Men” and Aaron the hopelessly devoted “Jimmy” from TV series “Smallville”) weaved through crowds of giggling and whispering fans too shy to ask for autographs or Twitters.

Now, “shy” isn’t really in the  FashionTKTK handbook (publishing date: TBA). I like to save that bon mot to help describe aloof and sardonic fashion types and starlets I usually bump into (which are habitually introverted, as a rule).

So, while I was a bit nervous (only a little) when I snaked through the gaggle pre-TIFF-ers, worried for a moment that when we shook hands I’d suddenly–and dramatically–crystallize into an icy pillar (haha … not funny),  my celebrity curious heart was pleasantly warmed by a boyishly handsome and refreshingly nice Shawn Ashmore (the only twin I could really sidle up to). He was thoughtfully dressed in soft plaid cotton twill and a naturally washed denim (which has been a foolproof Canuck uniform for the stylish set recently, I must say).

During my quick chat with Shawn, I learned about his his newest on-camera gig still in production: an eponymous TV mini-series based on Canadian author Vincent Lam‘s 2006 Giller prize-winning book, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures and after some encouragement by yours truly, he also harped about (again, only a little) the pros and cons of being the youngest twin Ashmore in Hollywood because “sometimes they don’t want to cast the same person.”

Understood. The Ashmore twins are incredibly–and gloriously–alike. Twin flick anyone?

In the meantime (thank-you, research) Aaron Ashmore is working on “The Shrine” and plays a young journalist who digs for information on a cult rumored to be privy to human sacrifice.  Thrilling.

These guys seem to have Hollywood cornered: it’s talent2
There’s a slew of events coming up and my eyes are peeled for more celeb fawning.
Head to TIFF and its online hub for the best and brightest in Canadian and international film:

* photo: People magazine, November 2006


Low summer temps, high heels

August 7, 2009 - 3:58 am

This summer, while short and sweet was filled with skyscraper heels and towering clogs that will take us a long time to forget.

Here’s another lusty look at some of the best and biggest stilettos to grace the world’s top catwalks. Christian Dior, Viktor & Rolf, Alexander Wang and so many fabulous ones in between.

For, I take a walk in some of the best statement shoes of the season.