Even though June 1st is set to be one helluva fundraising-event-circuit-night for me (please see previous posts on the Regent Park Gala and Scrubs In The City for more info on what I mean), I truly could not be more excited to have the opportunity to attend The Power Plant’s Power Ball for the first time EVER.
It’s a little hard to believe that I’ll be popping my Power Ball cherry this year, especially considering that this major fundraiser — and ‘Toronto’s most notorious art party’ — is now in it’s 19th year. Not only have I been going to the Power Plant since I was a little girl, but I also happen to love parties.
This year’s theme for Power Ball 2017 was recently announced to be ‘Stereo Vision’ and promises to provide guests with an ‘immersive contemporary art experience fusing music, ambiance, food, fashion, and society’. Plus, guests will be invited to explore the ‘hidden worlds, alternate realities and unseen universes that may exists parallel to our own.’
While I honestly have no clue what that means in terms of dress code or what the heck I’m supposed to wear, one thing I do know about Power Ball is that it’s definitely a night to bring your outfit A-game to the party.
Since this year’s event attendees is sure to include the who’s who from Canada’s creative industries, I thought this would be a great time to highlight some of my favourite Canadian designers in case you too are still in need of some serious #outfitinspo for this year’s event.
See below for my list of 13 cool Canadian designers to wear to Power Ball 2017:
Recently named “one to watch” by Vogue.com, Sid Neigum has quickly become Canada’s favourite design darling. Don’t believe me? Since his launch in 2012, Sid has won Toronto Fashion Incubator‘s New Labels Award, followed by the Mercedes-Benz Start Up Award in 2014, and the Swarovski Emerging Talent Award at the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards in 2015. Sculptural and exaggerated silhouettes are his signature, and his work has been worn by everyone from Coco Rocha to Jennifer Aniston. Sid’s collection can be purchased at The Room at The Bay here in Toronto. For more info visit SidNeigum.com
Arguably my favourite womenswear brand ever, especially from Canada, I have been a massive fan of the Beaufille brand for so long that I still own pieces from when the line was called Chloe Comme Parris. Created by sibling power duo, Chloe and Parris Gordon, these two young designers are now taking the world by storm with regular presentations in New York and Paris, stockists that include Net-a-Porter, and a 30 Under 30 spotlight feature on Forbes. Toronto-based stockists include Intermix and Jonathan and Olivia, for more info visit Beaufille.com
One of the Canadian designers I’m most excited about right now is Andrew Coimbra, and it’s not just because I met this talented cutie when we were tiny tweens. Andrew’s aesthetic and designs have developed into such a strong brand, and I can’t wait to watch as his namesake label continues to grow. While his main focus up until recently has been menswear, many of his pieces are unisex, and womenswear is coming for Fall 2017. Andrew’s pieces can be purchased online at AndrewCoimbra.com
Another talented friend of mine (this is what happens when you go to the country’s top fashion school), Bazzul dresses have been a go-to in my wardrobe for event dressing for the past few years. And I’m not alone, because there’s rarely a Toronto industry party I attend where I don’t spot a woman looking absolutely incredible in a skin-tight Bazzul dress, no matter what her size or shape. Bazzul dresses can be purchased online at Bazzul.com.
Greta Constantine really needs no introduction, this brand is a heavy-hitter in the Canadian fashion world and has been for a long time. I’m always in awe of their interesting take on dressing gowns, and the way that they provide women with exquisite and thoughtful pieces to wear, rather than the awful chiffon and rhinestone-clad garb we so often see when looking for black tie appropriate dresses. In recent months alone, Greta Constantine pieces have been spotted on the likes of Mary J. Blige, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and Karlie Kloss. Greta Constantine is available at Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew Bloor Street and Yorkdale, and Andrews Hazelton Lanes in Toronto. For more info visit GretaConstantine.com
My first encounter with Toronto-based designer Jennifer Torosian was a couple of years ago when I was working in a downtown coffee shop and she came up to me to introduce herself, and ask if I would be attending her runway show during Toronto Fashion Week a couple of days later. I was so charmed by our unexpected meeting (and attendance reminder) that I made sure to get to her show, and have become a big fan of her beautiful brand ever since. Some of my favourite pieces from her Spring 2017 collection feature a water-colour floral print on a beautiful bright blue that ultra-feminine but featured on sportswear-focused silhouettes. For more info and to shop online visit JenniferTorosian.com
By The Namesake
Leather moto jackets have been a staple of my style for years now (seriously, at least the last 10 religiously), and you can find me wearing one on most days whether I’ve thrown one on over my gym clothes or party dress. As you can imagine, I quickly fell for the new and up-and-coming label that is By The Namesake, for their incredible leather jackets that are made right here in Toronto. I’m still saving up to have my own custom jacket made, but until then, there’s still their collection of ‘Icons‘ to drool over. For more information and to shop visit ByTheNamesake.com
If you’ve got a wardrobe made up of simple Little Black Dresses with not enough pizzazz to impress at the ultimate arts scene party of the year, don’t fret, because Uncuffed Leather‘s got you, boo. These ultra femme and ultra sexy (but totally badass, obviously) handmade leather body harnesses are not only show stoppers, but you can literally wear them over anything, including your favourite LBD to give it new life. To shop now visit UncuffedLeather.com
For any fellow lovers of bright colours, print and pop-art, please allow me to introduce you to the work of Toronto-based designer, Hayley Elsaesser. I love the wild and kitschy prints that can be found on every inch of her pieces, and they seem pretty apropos to wear to Toronto’s biggest art party, don’t you think? Hayley’s pieces can be purchased at her shop on Queen West in Toronto, and online at HayleyElsaesser.com
I’ve written about Lucia Rose jewellery a few times before, and that’s because I’m totally smitten with this Toronto-based designers debut collection. A choker made of fine metal? 70s-inspired statement hoop earrings with diamonds? It’s as though she has created everything straight out of my own jewellery-filled dreams! Lucia Rose pieces can be purchased online at LuciaRose.com
Joao Paulo Guedes
Another lover of vibrant patterns and prints, menswear designer Joao Paulo Guedes was the first winner of the Toronto Men’s Fashion Week Emerging Menswear Designer Award in 2014, and has been featured in publications that include Vogue UK, Vogue Italia, GQ Brazil and much more. Stockists include OFFSITE and Model Citizen in Toronto, for more info visit JoaoPauloGuedes.com
Back when Queen West still had a decent number of interesting and independent boutiques open (massive surges in rent prices have caused many to shutter over the years), one of my favourite places to visit and shop was called Carte Blanche. Owned by Tania Martins, who also sold her own designs under the name Pink Cobra in-store, Tania has since moved on to create her new label, Markoo, with her design partner Mona Koochek. These two have created a label will with the ultimate cool-girl pieces and their FW17 collection was recently recently featured on WWD. For information visit MarkooStudios.com and see more via their Instagram.
Jenny Bird is arguably the biggest name (and brand) in the Canadian jewellery game, and her #birdgirls can be found all over the world, along with her vast range of stockists. Jenny’s eponymous label was recently ranked #83 Profit Guide’s list of Profit 500 Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies, having increased her business by a whopping 910% (!!!) between 2010 to 2015. Her pieces are a staple for cool girls everywhere, but especially us proud Canadian fashion girls! For more information, where to shop and to shop online, visit Jenny-Bird.com
For more information on Power Ball 2017 presented by Max Mara, and to buy tickets, please click HERE.
See you there!