Last night I had the chance to try on the dress that our fashion director, Denis Desro, said was created with me in mind. Or so he says! “It has a witty ’60s vibe,” he told me at the Toronto media launch for the holiday dress collection ELLE created with RW&Co. “It’s the kind of dress that Peggy Guggenheim would have worn to an art salon.” Sounds good to me. It’s cozy, chic, or as one party goer said: “A no-brainer. ” That said, I almost went for the Edie Sedgwick-inspired metallic mini. (I may have to go back and get that one too!) What’s amazing about this collaboration—a first for RW&Co with a magazine—is that there’s a dress that will appeal to every woman, or as Desro says: “She can be romantic, edgy or sexy and she’ll find the perfect look to suit her mood and style.” The eight dresses are available starting November 1, but if you’re in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton or Vancouver tonight, you can purchase them and receive 20% off the dress, or any other regularly priced items in the store. If you’re in Toronto—and make it out to the RW&Co Yorkdale Mall store—be sure to ask our associate Fashion Editor, Charlotte Herrold, for her fashion advice. The shopping party runs from 5:30 until 9 p.m.
If you’re in Montreal:
3035 Boulevard le Carrefour, Laval, QC H7T 1C8
If you’re in Edmonton:
5015 111 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 4M6
If you’re in Vancouver:
Metropolis at Metrotown
4700 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4M1
Happy shopping! Tweet us photos of which dress you chose and tell us why.
Four ways to wear the RW&Co ELLE holiday dresses
Behind the scenes of our shoot with RW&Co.
The Fashion Blows exhibit runs until November 1 at The Room at Hudson’s Bay on Queen Street in Toronto. Photo: Courtesy Hudson’s Bay
If you haven’t made it down to the Fashion Blows exhibit at the The Room at Hudson’s Bay on Queen Street in Toronto, you’re missing out on experiencing a slice of fashion history. The free exhibit, which was created by Hudson’s Bay and The Isabella Blow Foundation, showcases 55 pieces from the famed fashion director’s collection. It’s a rare chance to see iconic work from Alexander McQueen, Dior, Galliano and Deborah Milner.
There are also 15 fantastical hats from Blow’s long-time friend Philip Treacy. Last week, Treacy and fellow designer Daphne Guinness attended the gala dinner held at The Room. Funds raised will be used to send a Canadian fashion student to London’s famous Central Saint Martins College as well as support programs at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
In a touching tribute to his friend and muse, Treacy recalled meeting Blow in the 1980s and being struck immediately by her attire. “Most women who worked at magazine offices wore pearls. Isabella was wearing a transparent cobweb top with a skirt and high-heeled Manolo Blahnik shoes—she looked completely different from everyone else.” The pair were entwined in each other’s lives from the moment Blow asked Treacy to design hats for her wedding. “I was expecting a bride in white, but it soon became very clear that for someone like Isabella, this wouldn’t be a traditional dress,” laughed Treacy.
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Don’t you wish you had a friend-muse like this? Lena Dunham in her custom Erin Kleinberg dress worn during her recent Toronto visit. Photos courtesy of Erin Kleinberg.
The worlds of fashion and celebrity are often so inextricably linked that two figures at the top of their respective games are bound to come together in blessed sartorial friendship–or so the modern day designer-celeb love saga goes. That’s basically the meet-cute of Toronto designer Erin Kleinberg and Girls creator and star Lena Dunham. “I met Lena through my pal, fellow Canuck [writer and editor] Sheila Heti,” said Kleinberg, who recently outfitted Dunham for her appearance at Toronto’s Just for Laughs Festival. “To be honest, it kind of happened organically.” (Note: Kleinberg, a co-founder of The Coveteur, provided no further insight on how anyone else naturally encounters such beautiful fate. Sigh.)