Happy first days of summer and Pride Toronto! It’s time for fun patterns (I’ve been seeing a lots of pink flamingos on tees and bags), breezy fabrics, and light footwear. Throw your hair up in a top knot, slip on some sandals, and get outside! Walk around Kensington Market, check out Pink Market 2015 at Artscape Youngplace, have a picnic in High Park, watch Iris at Hot Docs, bike the Leslie Spit, hop on the Toronto Islands ferry, check out All Hopped Up!, explore the Evergreen Brickworks … there’s so much to do! So what are you waiting for? Woohoo, it’s summer!
Fashion inspiration can come in so many forms. This evening, a few friends and I caught Dior and I at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema and it was love! I just wanted to walk into the screen and inhabit the beautiful, haute couture world of the house of Christian Dior. I highly recommend the documentary, which runs till July 15; it’s lush, gorgeous, and warm, with surprisingly touching moments of humanity.
Some people like to look to other eras for their style inspiration. If you’re into the pin up and rockabilly look, I’d suggest heading down to the opening party for the photography exhibition All Hopped Up! A Celebration of Rockabilly & Hot Rod Culture. Local photographer Liisa Morton travelled North America, capturing images of the vintage style seen at rockabilly weekenders. The exhibition runs till June 24, so put on your best red lipstick, pin curl your hair, and get down to the Black Cat Gallery!
Last week, tickets to Spadina Museum’s wildly popular Gatsby Garden Party sold out in a hot minute. If you’re one of the lucky ones who nabbed tickets, you might want to sign up for their Make a Fascinator! workshop happening this Thursday. A fancy, handmade headpiece could be just the thing to make you all hotsy-totsy!
If the Roaring ’20s ain’t your thing, there are plenty of other events to choose from. The Textile Museum will be opening their Frida Kahlo exhibition, featuring 50 photographs of the artist highlighting her iconic, colourful style which included traditional Mexican dress. Local shop Coal Miner’s Daughter has recently unveiled their new logo and website and are hosting a soiree to celebrate. And with all this rainy weather, a movie might just be the thing. Bloor Hot Docs will be screening Dior and Ifor the next few weeks.
Fashion tends to be a playground for the young. Most clothes are designed to fit the body and style of an eighteen year old, trends often cater to the under 30 set, and stores tend to carry smaller sizes. That’s why I’m so much more impressed with people who aren’t skinny young things that have great style. It’s that much harder to find things to wear when the fashion industry doesn’t have you (or someone like you) in mind.
Luckily, the tide is slowly turning and the industry is opening up its horizons. You may have spotted Iris Apfel in the recent Kate Spade print ads. The woman is a living fashion icon and inspiration for the rest of us who can’t relate to models. The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is currently showing a documentary on Mrs. Apfel titled Iris. This week is your last chance to see it before it goes. You’ll walk away knowing that the best style tip is to have fun, find the things that bring out your individuality, and wear what makes YOU happy!