YYZ Living Magazine Summer Issue Launch Party

YYZ Living Magazine Summer Launch PartyThe rooftop bar of Ultra Supper Club was packed a couple of hours earlier than usual last Thursday night.  Lifestyle quarterly YYZ Living Magazine was holding its eagerly awaited Summer 2011 Launch Party.  If the insanity of the inaugural party that kicked-off their premier issue last winter was to be any indication, this was going to be one sick party.  On a night that played host to a celebrity and sponsor loaded Power Ball, YYZ held its own.

The apex of luxury, YYZ (airport code for Toronto) presents a definitive vision of arts, culture, and society from the Torontonian perspective.  What is the Torontonian perspective?  That’s a great question.  Toronto is a city that has developed an unhealthy obsession with luxury.  I’m sure we’re not alone and to be honest, I can’t quite figure out when it all started.  My guess is that it was somewhere in between the blinged out hip hop video programming of MuchMusic and the lunacy of Sex In The City.

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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has developed and produced the first international exhibition devoted to celebrated French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier and the man himself was in town last week to take it all in.  More of a contemporary installation than a fashion retrospective, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk features 140 ensembles and numerous documents, is particularly innovative in the theatrical mise en scène and multimedia approach provided by UBU/Compagnie de création’s animated mannequins.

Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Photo c/o William Mazzoleni

Gaultier launched his first prêt‐à‐porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997. Dubbed fashion’s enfant terrible by the press from the time of his first runway shows in the 1970s, Jean Paul Gaultier is indisputably one of the most important fashion designers of recent decades. Very early, his avant‐garde fashions reflected an understanding of a multicultural society’s issues and preoccupations, shaking up – with invariable good humour – established societal and aesthetic codes.

“I think the way people dress today is a form of artistic expression. Saint Laurent, for instance, has made great art. Art lies in the way the whole outfit is put together. Take Jean Paul Gaultier. What he does is really art,” said Andy Warhol (Mondo Uomo, 1984).

Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Photo c/o Natacha Gysin

Initiated, developed, produced and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to mark the 35th anniversary of the designer’s own label, this exploration of Jean Paul Gaultier’s creative world has been organized in collaboration with the Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, which provided the Museum with exclusive access to its archives. Following its presentation in Montreal (June 17 – October 2, 2011), the exhibition will embark on an international tour, with presentations at the Dallas Museum of Art (November 13, 2011 ‐ February 12, 2012), the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young (March 24 ‐ August 19, 2012), the Fundación Mapfre – Instituto de Cultura, Madrid (September 26 – November 18, 2012), and the Kunsthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands (February 9 – May 12, 2013).  For more photos please visit the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Digital Print c/o Stéphane Sednaoui

Of Beef & Boys: Power Ball 13 Thirteenth Floor

Power Ball 13: Thirteenth FloorIn mid-April, I had posted information about The Power Ball, one of Toronto’s upcoming legendary annual charity events.  Hosted by the Harbourfront’s Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, the party is the gallery’s largest annual fundraiser and attracts more than 1,700 people.  Many It’s All Style To Me readers heeded the call and bought tickets to last night’s event.  A good handful of you came up to thank me for letting you know about the event on the Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.  Naturally, none of you were disappointed.

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Medium Magazine’s Premier Launch Party: Message Is The Medium

Medium Magazine’s Premier Launch PartyLast night Medium Magazine, Canada’s first fashion and beauty based interactive digital tablet magazine, hosted an exclusive party for their launch at the Thomas Landry Gallery in Toronto’s historic Distillery District.  Fashion and beauty enthusiasts, bloggers, the techno-savvy and media gathered to celebrate and learn all about the newest adjunct to the style and beauty community.

“Medium [Magazine] is a marriage of editorial content and interactivity incorporating video, social media elements and tap-and-play features,” said editor, Chenessa Lam. “The tablet showcases imagery which jumps off a page and comes to life, allowing us to connect with our readers on a new level.”

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SPiN Toronto Pre-Launch Party With Soo Yeon Lee

SPiN Toronto Pre-LaunchEver since I was old enough to get my hands on my first fake ID, nightclubs, lounges, and supper clubs have been the traditional weekend party destinations of choice.  Unfortunately, the advent of grubby promoters’ fake-it-to-make-it lifestyle crap in the early 2000s replaced the good times and good vibes with bottle service booth confessionals in churches of pretension.  We’ve gone from dancing the night away to killer DJ sets to text messaging the night away to a barrage of hair-flicking like whatevers and oh my Gods.  Suffice it to say, with many of the city’s ‘hotspots’ growing increasingly expensive, cliquish, and 905-ish – it’s become difficult to go out and have a good time.

The solution?  Private parties and events that rely on shrewd promotion and carefully composed VIP lists from established PR professionals instead of sleazy tattooed club promoters.  Another great option, the cool burgeoning sports-themed party venues like Toronto’s bowling bar and grill The Ballroom and soon to be opened ping pong social club, SPiN.

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