Behind the scenes of the Canadian Screen Awards with Liane Balaban
Red carpets once filled me with dread. I was always torn between shelling out for a stylist (who might put me in something fabulous but not really
me) or feeling slightly underwhelming in a recycled frock of my own.
But last summer I was introduced to womenswear designer extraordinaire Lucian Matis. Yes, he said, he would loan me a dress for my TIFF premiere. Little did I know that he would end up custom making me the most elegant gown I’ve ever donned on a carpet.
So when I was invited to present at the Canadian Screen Awards on Sunday night, it was a no-brainer to ask Lucian if he could help me out again. Here’s a look inside my
red carpet transformation.
9 a.m. Wake up at the Shangri-La Hotel. Jet lag and crankiness quickly improves thanks to the in-room Nespresso machine.
11 a.m. Head to The Stylist Box, a permanent showroom for emerging Canadian designers, run by Gail McInnes. Lucian has preselected a short bejewelled dress and makes minor alterations.
12 p.m. Stop in at Aldo, who are providing shoes and accessories for the show. After finding the perfect nude heel, I become obsessed with their golden Birkenstock-inspired sandals.
3 p.m. Lexi from Fiorio and Alana from M.A.C do my hair and makeup. We decide on a “
day glow” look with a purply lip in rebel, and turn my bob into a faux bun—a.k.a a “fun.”
5 p.m. Red carpet interviews in Lucian Matis and Aldo. The next day:
4 p.m. Recover from a tad too much post-show chardonnay with camomile-infused scones and clotted cream at the Shangri-La’s signature High Tea.
6 p.m. Head to
Miraj Hammam Spa by Claudalie Paris for a hammam and gommage – a hot steam and all-over body exfoliation which is now my hidden secret for surviving the polar vortex. After twenty minutes in the intensity chamber, I was dreaming of running through the streets with my jacket open.
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