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SOMBER SENSUALITY By Kim Akrigg
ART IN LIGHT Ingo Maurer: Illumination Through Art
MACHU PICCHU-PERFECT One of the Seven Wonders of the World
EPICENE ILLUSION By Matthew Lyn
LUXE BE A LADY Niki Sabet: Series of Assemblages
DESERT IS SERVED The Yas Viceroy Hotel on an Abu Dhabi Platter
MISTRESS OF THE MOROCCAN MANOR By Dan Lim
ASTON MARTIN Valiant Virage: Handcrafted Curves
TOCA BY TOM BRODI Chef Takes Local to Luxury at the Ritz-Carlton
THE CAVALIER MAN By Justin Aranha
TECH FIXATION En Route. On Time. In the Know.
RHYTHM AND BEATS Hot Additions to Your Music Library
INTOXICATING TREASURES By Joe Saracano
ARTFUL PERSUASION Arlene Dickinson: Success Through Persuasion
HOTSPOTS Fashion Secrets From Toronto Trendsetters
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SHIVANI KUMAR WE DIDN’T CALL THIS AN ANNIVERSARY ISSUE, BUT IN OUR HEARTS IT IS. Every issue garnered a slew of milestones throughout our first year as we’ve been continually pulled in every direction. The myriad of proud moments left us no time to be exhausted. We were honoured to be so well received and to be partnering with some of the world’s top luxury brands. As well, the opportunity to take part in some of 2011’s most prestigious galas, fundraisers and events, including Toronto Fashion Week and the Toronto International Film Festival. My favourite part of this winter issue is our feature fashion story ‘Mistress of the Moroccan Manor’ with Canadian supermodel Yasmin Warsame. This editorial was visualised by the one and only Dan Lim and his team who so effortlessly photographed and executed our vision. Our other achievements have come with the natural and organic growth of YYZ. I was forced to personally embrace the power of social media and lead our magazine through uncharted waters. Fortunately, I have a great team that made it easy for me. In a matter of a few short months, we have managed to gain an astonishingly strong and loyal following online. As I sign off, I want to thank the amazing and talented YYZ team for all their hard work and dedication in bringing this issue to life. In our journey to bring you all things luxe, we would like to thank you, our dear reader, for allowing us to do so. We are determined to make YYZ LIVING a part of your daily read, and promise a lot more as we head into 2012.
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AS TRAVELERS HUSTLE TO CATCH FLIGHTS, AN ART EXHIBIT OF PURE TRANQUILITY RESTS AMONG THE DAILY CHAOS. — Aptly titled Earthbound...Unbound, the fixture was created and designed by Ingo Maurer who is famous for his technologically innovative and advanced designs. In Toronto Pearson International Airport on Level 3 Departures in Terminal 1, sits the 15,000 kg acrylic case, holding more than 18,000 litres of water. Jets within this tank continuously move 750 plastic coloured cubes in an illuminated, choreographed dance of light, air and water. Though the sculpture is massive in stature, it is not intrusive. It is mesmerizing and relaxing for passengers, keeping within the prevailing theme of constant movement. Ingo Maurer creates art in a beautifully illuminated form.
Ingo Maurer was born in 1932 on the island of Reichenau, Lake Constance in southern Germany. His fascination with light started at a young age and quickly developed into an extraordinary talent for design. Maurer’s career began in the early 1950s as an apprentice typographer. He studied graphic design in Munich before eventually migrating to America and was a freelance graphic designer in New York and San Francisco. In 1963 he moved back to Germany and founded Design M, which later was renamed Ingo Maurer. Maurer has created a wide variety of lighting for both public display and private use. In Munich, he created a light installation at Westfriedhof subway station as well as the renovation and lighting concept for Münchner Freiheit subway station. With many award winning pieces to his name, it all began with a simple bulb: the starting point of his career as a lighting designer. In 1966, his first manufactured piece, entitled Bulb, launched him into the Museum of Modern Art. This simple design
Left PORCA MISERIA, Right ZETTEL’Z, Bottom INGO MAURER
consisted of a hand blown crystal bulb encasing a smaller bulb on a chrome-plated, metal base. It was inspired by a single bare light bulb that hung in his room at a pensione in Venice, Italy. Maurer thought no one else would be interested in Bulb. Regardless, he committed to manufacturing it himself and (to his surprise) the sculpture turned out to be the ticket to his success. One of his most famous designs, Lucellino, is a light bulb with goose feather wings. Its name combines the Italian words little bird and light. Originally manufactured as a single bulb, it can be found as a wall fixture, table lamp or chandelier, allowing the owner to manipulate its wires to customised configurations. The Porca Miseria, a chandelier made of exploding crockery, while appearing random by design, is precisely and strategically choreographed. The term can be found in old Italian black and white movies. Porca, means pig, and Miseria, misery, adversity, poverty, etc. Zettel’z, a multi-level chandelier, can be found in several variations. The original version is comprised of a collection of love notes from around the world attached with clips and wires to form a cylindrical body. Some pages are blank, leaving this interactive piece to the imagination. Ingo also created a special version of Zettel’z for the 150th anniversary of Italy’s reunification. The piece has images and texts of icons of Italian culture are printed on both sides of Japanese paper. Breaking Buddha is in the same style as Porca Miseria. Rather than broken dishes fused together, Ingo has utilised the same process by literally breaking the heads off of Buddha statues. Painstakingly put together, it forms a cluster of smiling Buddha faces.
Ingo Maurer has also created pieces for charity, illustrating his generous nature. In December 2004 and 2005 he accepted a commission from UNICEF to design a gigantic snowflake in New York City, comprised of 16,000 glowing glass crystals. At 23 feet in diameter and over 28 feet in height, it floated above the intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, as part of a campaign that raised millions of dollars for children in developing countries. Far from an individualist, Ingo Maurer credits his design team of over 70 employees for his success. Maurerâ€™s work has received many awards and his lighting line consists of thousands of designs. Without any sign of slowing down, this designer, craftsman and artist from Munich has given new perspective to everyday lighting with his stylish and provocative designs. His work can be found online or at either of his showrooms in Munich or in New York.
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employment of pesticides and genetically modified foods never infiltrated Peru’s farming culture, leaving everything deliciously organic. Thick quinoa soups. Hearty cerviche tapas. Sweet yucca balls dipped in spicy amber sauces. Vegetarian options abound. Your taste buds dance on the locally picked, sweet and succulent sizeable pineapples and bananas.
THE IMPLACABLE PERUVIAN SUN REFLECTS OFF THE INCAN RUINS OF SACSAYHUAMAN AND QORIKANCHA IN THE CITY OF CUZCO, BENEATH WHICH EVERYONE SEEMS TO WILT. —
Descending from Polynesian explorers, speaking Quechua, the Incas’ understanding of engineering, mathematics, and astronomy still resonates from the stone foundations that still bear their instrument marks. Layered in gold with an ochre-incandescence, the Qorikancha temple (in Plaza des Armas, the main city square) was destroyed by Conquistadors in favour of a Dominican Church. The tectonic plates of Peru are prone to upset, toppling the unstable European designs, exposing the unphased Inca foundations once again like a swift uppercut in a fist fight. The ancient Inca wall still envelopes Cuzco like a worn, old blanket – Spanish modern conveniences sit atop it. Sacsayhuaman (situated in the mountains overlooking Cuzco) was a ritualistic place of worship to the Puma, which represented life on earth. A Puma paw built out of carefully placed boulders adorns its walls. Snakes carved into the ancient wall represented life in the Underworld. The Spanish built wreckage upon wreckage, disaster upon disaster, but they say that one day soon, all it will take is one breathless earthquake to topple the Spanish bricks once more, revealing Inca infrastructure which yearns freedom.
The altitude distortion in Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Incan empire that sits over 3000 metres above sea level, makes your brain fuzzy and your heart wane with each cobbled step. The shining blossom of the Incas (and one of the Seven Wonders of the World), Machu Picchu, awaits just 80 kilometres away. It murmurs sweet somethings to the rock stars and celebrities who schedule extra time in Peru during their world tours (Justin Bieber, Jim Carrey) just to hear its utterances from springs and winters of past centuries. The Strokes have even named their most recent single after the 15th century lost city, and their roseate melodies echo down the Urubamba River. Accessible from Lima, Cuzco abuts the ancient Inca trail that requires approximately a four day hike to reach Machu Picchu. Just the thought of such a physically-demanding hike rouses the dust of your stomach. The guesswork has been removed from the gorging, as the
The Incas were forced to abandon Machu Picchu in the 15th century with the rising threat of the Conquistadors, who never found the site above the clouds. Its main purpose still remains uncertain, but approximately 400 people lived on the mount during its height, thus only 400 people are allowed per day. Rediscovered to the West by Hiram Bingham in 1911, Machu Picchu was promptly classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shaped like the condor, which represented the heavens in Inca lore, time and erosion only affected 25% of the structures. What was left behind is a time capsule of Incan life. Huayna Picchu Mountain overlooks the site, rising above sea level at 2,750 metres. Only 400 people are allowed to climb it (200 a time twice a day), so advanced bookings are mandatory. You begin your hike along the ancient Inca trail, which weaves through the jungle, up gravelly mountain ledges and back down into cavernous sacred valleys, passing through the gauze of clouds 2000 metres high, then descending into the tropics again. You traverse boulder-lined creeks and rivers. Banana trees, macaque monkeys, llamas, alpacas, and natural coca bushes brush against your ankles as you pass. You chew coca leaves like a glutton for the energy surge and to cure altitude sickness, but the drug laws governing coca leaves are ambiguously glossed over. You share the coca ritual with the locals lining the route, garbed in colourful wools â€“ the map of their life is written in the lines of their face. You are given the luxury of adventure, soaked in cultural significance. Hiking boots are traded for mountain bikes. Mountain bikes for zip-lines. Zip-lines for a dip in the soothing Santa Teresa natural hot springs geothermally heated from the Earthâ€™s crust. All of this is surrounded by the ancient Aguas Calientes Mountains still echoing the haunting cries of human sacrifices and slaves from centuries past, snuffed to keep the Gods happy.
Before dawn on the final day of the hike, you climb Machu Picchu. You could have taken a 10-minute bus ride to the summit for next to nothing, but for you, that would be anticlimactic. So you warrior the 2,430 metre mountain climb, glutes and thighs burning lactic acid, joints raging with synovial fluid, reaching the top in just over an hour. Crossing through the gates with a small backpack and your passport (nothing else is allowed, besides bottled water), the sun rises over the surrounding mountains and your eyes are dazzled by the spectre of pure wonder. Of brightening skies over well-preserved Inca ruins. Quixotic emotions stir with low furtive talks (yelling or whistling is forbidden), but you are without words. At first you are playful as you climb Huayna Picchu, but it soon begins to play on you. Steep, slippery rocks serve as steps, with only a few cable girders to grip. Lungs imploding, heart straining through palpitations, you reach the summit in 45 minutes. You have climbed two mountains in one day; somehow your body feeds off the strength of those ancestors who infused the area centuries ago with their sacrifice. At the summit, a breeze carries febrile perfumes of crushed roses, faraway chants, agate gleams, while lustrous butterflies dance about your hips, too numerous to count. Sitting closer to the hushed sun than you ever have before, you understand some forgotten secret that is revealed only on these consecrated grounds. When the gasping slows, you start thinking. You have been satiated by this feast for the senses, and the sense of wonder. Machu Picchu, you finally admit, offers a meaning-potent wealth, richness, and a luxury that is only to be found when your heels are dug in the Peruvian mud.
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Luxe Be A Lady “NASA BLACK” IS THE PRIDE AND JOY OF LOS ANGELES-BASED ARTIST NIKI SABET. THIS SHADE OF PAINT, THE BLACKEST OF BLACK, IS FOR SABET, WELL WORTH THE $1,000 PER GALLON PRICE TAG. — Aside from Niki’s work, the paint is used by NASA and others for rockets and telescope escope interiors, because it absorbs 96.6% of light. “I contacted their office,” she told YYZ. “They made an exception and sold me some.” Not a drop was wasted in her unapologetic use of perfect, rich darkness. Exhibited in New York and Greece, Sabet’s first contemporaryy series uch as of assemblages, entitled ‘Luxe Tue’ (French for Luxury Kills), reimagined objects such racy lingerie, gas masks, grenades, butterflies and skulls, by blanketing them in metallic ic one. gold paint. She insists her use of gold was not an aesthetic decision, but a symbolic wing in “Historically people have fought, killed, and loved – everything over gold. The showing Greece was actually quite ironic with their economy right now.” nadian She embraced the success of the presentation of her work in Cyprus, hosted by the Canadian rt back Embassy. Though she has kept roots around the world, Sabet traces her passion for art ith the to her childhood: wood carving at a Toronto community centre. “I was the little girl with mushroom haircut, sitting with the 70 year olds.” With opportunities such as these to create, utlet. It and her mother being a professional artist and designer, she only needed to find an outlet. rms of had to be the right time, she says, “I’ve always been passionate about creating, but in terms professionally – meaning that being my means – it’s been quite recent.” Initially, Sabet’s choice to make the career shift from an established model and actresss to an ed my artist was received with doubt. Her first year was tough, according to Niki, “I poured ating.” savings into the series. I stopped modeling – stopped everything – and was just creating.” It took some time for her to build credibility, in the industry and the mainstream public opinion. “People were wondering how long it would last, like it was a phase. But after I showed in a couple galleries internationally they understood.”
From the moment she began to receive recognition as an artist, the Persian-French stunner has struggled to be taken seriously, considering her polished appearance. She already had a successful history of being on the other side of the camera, even being the subject of art herself. “Fighting to prove I’m the one making these things, especially because of my appearance. They look at me like ‘there’s no way she’s painting or sculpting: she has a manicure’. Meanwhile for the past six months I’ve been at my studio non-stop, 24 hours a day.” How did she overcome the challenge and move forward with releasing her passion and creative voice? “I’ve come to have a thicker skin,” she declares. This bold attitude is evident in the layers of her artwork. Her creations reflect the dimensions of her character, with each speaking to varying levels of audience and interpretation. Again, true to her personality, her work showcases a cheeky humour lined with descending levels of darkness. She studied Psychology at York University in Toronto, and this exploration of the human psyche peeks out from the controversy of her art’s sexual overtones: “There’s so much irony in life, so I always play with that. At the same time I’ve always been intrigued by Eros-Thanatos concepts and death and sex.” She is also influenced by the fashion world, the obvious inspiration in what Sabet selects as her favourite piece, a 5’7” bronze sculpture of a female boot called Gravity, which was unveiled for display at the Cipriani Club Residence in Manhattan. To Sabet this piece is “about gravity and balance. There was freedom in creating this. It took me six months to make – a huge process.”
Her indisputable talent is garnering her much attention from seasoned art aficionados. Gravity is owned by art collector and real estate developer Alessandro Cajrati Crivelli, who also sits on the council at the Serpentine Gallery in London, England. Crivelli says he took a fondness to Sabet’s work a year ago, describing both the artist and her pieces as “sexy and ironic.” Driven by instinct, Crivelli adds, “I collect what I enjoy without an economic reason behind it. However, I’m happy when I discover a new artist that grows to be successful. I bet this will be the case with Niki.” Collaborating with other artists and working with new mediums are both short-term interests of Sabet who defines her transition into the art world as an ongoing process. Putting the finishing touches on Fast Cash, she would only reveal this next series is “going to be big and showing in Istanbul.” Sabet is also set to release her own tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, in the form of a collection of multiple paintings. As she put it, Winehouse was someone she looked up to, and “one of the real deals in the industry, and an immensely talented artist.” Sabet’s work is so dramatic that it elicits a response, and whether that response is negative or positive is not what matters to her. “The minute you succeed is when you’re truthful with yourself and the art, and you don’t want to meet anyone’s expectations, or be part of a trend. No one is nonchalant about my work. People either really like it or they don’t go for it.” She is simply content knowing that her work creates an emotional response, “that is the biggest compliment because at least there’s a solid feeling – one way or another.”
Words HEIDI HOFSTAD, Images AFYMPTOTE
Desert is Served PUNCTUATING THE WATERS BETWEEN THE ABU DHABI COAST AND DUBAI IS YAS ISLAND; THE ACCOMMODATING HOST OF THE SPECTACULAR YAS VICEROY HOTEL. —
“It’s not a fake Arab village or some cheesy Disneyland reenactment of the Middle East, but rather a very hyper-modern building,” explains Rashid referring to both the international and local acclaim garnered by The Yas Viceroy Hotel. “Locals especially understood it intuitively, because there are hidden cultural references.” It is impossible to fully grasp the complexity of The Yas Viceroy without examining both the construction and subliminal cultural attributes involved in the design process. A basic description is that of a 500-room, 85,000 square-meter structure comprised of two 12-story towers; one sitting within the race circuit, and the other placed within the marina; creating a union between land and water.
The first of its kind, The Yas Viceroy is perched above The Yas Marina Circuit (a Formula 1 circuit track) as an example of futuristic forethought combined with style and practicality. Although the mix of world-class accommodations, revving engines, and a waterway occupied with luxury yachts may seem odd, in reality it works. The innovative design of New York-based Asymptote Architects makes the combination of all three seamless. Asymptote Architecture is the second firm tasked with the project and given the mandate for something more extravagant and stunning, than the original threestar accommodations slated to sit beside the track. With the site already selected, Asymptote focused on making The Yas Viceroy Hotel architecturally fascinating yet functional, ultimately deciding to cross the structure over the track and right into the pristine waterfront.
The towers are connected by a monocoque steel and glass bridge and Grid Shell structure that cross over the race track. The sweeping 217-meter Grid Shell is a curvilinear glass and steel mesh covering that hints at the notions of both speed and movement. It is covered in 5,389 pivoting diamond-shaped colour changing LED panes. During the day, the Grid Shell is an environmentally responsive skin, reflecting the sky, and at night, the LED panes light up the building. “We engineered a very special glass,” continues Rashid, “to really ventilate the building and cool it environmentally during the day, and work with the lighting system at night. All while avoiding glare in the drivers’ eyes during the F1 race.”
At the helm of this cohesion, are the firm’s accomplished Canadian partners: Hani Rashid – brother of recognised Industrial Designer Karim Rashid – and Lise Anne Couture. Though the duo has collaborated on various projects for over two decades, The Yas Viceroy Hotel is a true union of their architectural aptitude. Rashid’s focus on the larger conceptual ideas and Couture’s complimentary detail-oriented approach ensured the vision was executed flawlessly. YYZ Living spoke to Rashid in advance of this year’s Design Exchange Black & White Fundraising Gala in Toronto.
The power of underlying local influences is not overshadowed by the logistics of the racetrack in The Yas Viceroy Hotel’s design. “I became interested in dunes and tents. And the clothing people wear in that region – how they keep the sun off their bodies. That translated into the veil-like covering for the building,” Rashid explains. “I’m also fascinated with Islamic architecture and the mathematics used in the geometric patterning of these beautiful Islamic buildings. Mathematics translated into the diamond shapes that create the skin.”
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Cultural sensitivity and awareness made an invaluable contribution to the creative process, which Rashid attributes to growing up in Canada. “Maybe it’s because of the multi-national makeup, but we have a keener view of the world somehow. It’s as if we can look at things from a slightly different angle than most. That’s helped a lot.” This understanding of diversity ensured the building’s development did not impose on the Emirati surroundings. Judging by the awards the firm has received - including the prestigious Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize - Asymptote is regarded as being a leader in pairing art with architecture to produce breathtaking designs. “For my generation of architects, it’s not so much a style game anymore, it’s an innovation game,” says Rashid when asked to describe the Asymptote look. “People see similarities in the way we deal with surface, technology, form, and materials, but we are not interested in repeating project to project.” Rashid also refers to the firm’s penchant for automotive technology, aerospace, and yacht design. These interests provide inspiration to The Yas Viceroy Hotel’s curves, allowing the hotel’s gigantic form to flow into the surroundings. Flexibility in the design process was the result of an accelerated completion timeframe, and ensured Asymptote had maximum creative control. “We had to complete the building within 18 months, to open for the F1. By 14 months we had to finish work over the track. The steel structure that covers the hotel could only come down in seven points – quite an engineering feat,” explains Rashid. “Nobody had time to design by committee or screw around with our ideas. Speed allowed us to work in a stealth way.”
Once hotel construction had been completed, Jestico + Whiles were brought in to do the interiors. Creating a calming and sophisticated ambience, they used natural materials such as pure white quartz, Carrera marble tiles, bronze mirrors and fine oak to produce a contemporary design. With lavish decor set off by floor to ceiling glass panel windows, every Executive Suite meets even the strictest definitions of luxury, but none compare to the two Presidential Suites. Covering the 6th and 7th floor of the hotel, with a total of 28 bedrooms and 27, 244 square feet, these suites feature the most exclusive furnishing, some even sourced from New York’s prestigious Museum of Modern Art. Undeniable, The Yas Viceroy Hotel’s ultramodern aesthetics mirror the area’s other need-for-speed inhabitants such as Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. This year the hotel was named Best Hotel, in the more than 100 rooms, category by Travel + Leisure. “We didn’t set out to make another one of the great landmarks on the planet. We wanted to make a really interesting, innovative, technological building. It’s ahead of it’s time, tying in what we call parametric modeling – one of the first buildings to really embrace that fully. If The Yas Viceroy becomes a landmark at that level, terrific,” says Rashid. “It has the potential for that.”
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Words STEVEN CARVER, Images ASTON MARTIN
Aston Martin Virage A fully integrated Garmin-developed satellite navigation system operates via a fourway joystick mounted on the interior’s console and a 6.5-inch, high-resolution display uses the latest graphics and maps to visually and aurally guide the driver. Additional standard equipment includes Bluetooth, and a powerful 700W premium audio system with Dolby® Pro Logic II® with full iPod® integration.
AUTOMAKERS HAVE A DIFFICULT TASK WHEN NAMING THEIR MODELS. SETTING ASIDE THOSE WITH ALPHANUMERICAL REFERENCES, MOST RELY ON TERMS THAT CONJURE UP HISTORY, AN EMOTION, OR AT TIMES EVEN NOTHING AT ALL. —
Beneath the surface lies the evolution of the company’s VH architecture - taking inspiration from the aerospace industry where weight reduction is a crucial goal. And while lightweight, the inherent properties of modular aluminum lend themselves to an extremely rigid platform.
It is a tricky process. Aston Martin delved into its past of nomenclature beginning with a “V” (dating back to the optional Vantage engine on the 1950s DB2) by asking the factory’s craftsmen, customers and Aston Martin Owners Club for a word evocative enough to carry on this tradition. Based on the French noun, viragem (to bend, turn, curve, and/or shift directions), the Aston Martin Virage writes a new chapter for the company. The Virage’s manipulation of curves is prevalent from the outset, and the outside. The single, bi-xenon headlamps and five vane, aluminum metal front grille (inspired by the limited edition Aston Martin One-77) greet onlookers with an aggressive and modern demeanor. The front wings house a fresh interpretation of the Aston Martin iconic side strake with six LEDs elegantly forming the side repeater. The side sills lead the eye from the front bumper through to the elegantly muscular rear flanks where the wind diffuser (with a body-coloured blade accentuating the width of the car) and finally brake lights to signal the eye to stop. When the signature swan wing doors open, driver and passengers are greeted with the aroma of seven hides of the finest Bridge of Weir leather. Taking an average of 70 hours to assemble, the sophisticated interior wraps occupants in swathes of leather (expertly hand-stitched with pinstripe details), and touches of aluminum trim - from the analogue gauges to the centre console and door grips.
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Aston Martin’s revered, hand-built 6.0-litre V12 engine makes power the old fashioned way: in the combustion chamber. Featuring double overhead cams and four valves per cylinder, the monster motor churns out 490 horsepower and 420 pounds-feet of torque, while delivering 85 per cent of tire-thrashing torque at only 1,500 rpm. Mated to a six-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission mounted on the transaxle (sourced from industry leader ZF), contributing to a perfect 50:50 weight balance, the smooth V12 launches The Virage from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, reaching a top speed of almost 300 km/h. It begs to play a passing game on the autobahn with its high-speed competitors. The Virage’s dynamics have been tuned to deliver an engaging yet refined driving experience. Fitted with an independent double-wishbone suspension with monotube adaptive dampers at all four corners, the car’s newly developed Adaptive Damping System (ADS) includes road sensors that combine data with information from onboard yaw, accelerometer, steering wheel, throttle and brake (ABS) telemetry to adjust the ride at each corner.
To adapt to different driving conditions, ADS selects up to five different stiffness settings within normal mode and five stiffer settings all within sport mode. This function allows the driver to select a sharper throttle response and faster gear changes while also holding gears without automatically shifting up at the revolution limiter. With all this propelling motion, the car has to stop. Standard Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes - 15.7-inch drilled rotors up front (six-piston calipers) and 14.2-inch drilled rotors in the rear (four-piston calipers) - offer progressive and tremendous stopping power. Powerful, resistant to fade and much lighter than conventional cast-iron discs, the CCM brakes produce better balance between ride comfort and handling. Putting all this stopping power to the ground are 20-inch alloy wheels wearing standard Pirelli P Zero rubber. Aston Martin’s decision to name their new hand crafted custom sports car The Virage succeeds in capturing the delivered dynamic, refined and vaunted experience. The Virage combines the exceptional Aston Martin traits – luxurious interior, digital creature comforts, sports car speed and agile handling – for a driver whose demands are rarely met in one package. Currently, it is available in 41 countries through Aston Martin’s extensive 132-strong dealership network. Its heritage should make drivers want to get behind the wheel and test all its inherent qualities, something not quantified by technical specifications.
Words MEGAN LEAHY, Images CHRIS CYPERT
TOCA by tom brodi
Tom Brodi, however, had not yet acquired celebrity chef status when the Ritz-Carlton approached him. He remembers the media’s uproar when TOCA opened last February. “You can’t choose a nobody,” they attacked. Sure, he had built a great résumé during his 11 years at Canoe, but as Chef de Cuisine he had always been the one deciding budgets and menus while Executive Chef Anthony Walsh remained the face of the establishment. Things have since changed. In the last year Brodi has been at the centre of Canadian food and design. The media has been knocking down his door and, most recently, he was invited to compete in the upcoming Gold Medal Plates.
WITH TOCA BY TOM BRODI, CANADA HAS OBTAINED THE RITZ-CARLTON STAMP OF APPROVAL. LOCATED ON WELLINGTON STREET WEST IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO, THE NEW HOTEL RESTAURANT REAFFIRMS THE CITY AS AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED CENTRE OF LUXURY. — It likewise confirms that Canadiana, rustic design and locally grown food are no longer only associated with comfort and simplicity, but also sophistication and indulgence. TOCA, an abbreviation of the words Toronto and Canada, is the latest addition to the Ritz-Carlton’s “by” restaurants. For several years, the chain has recruited prominent chefs to build independent restaurants within their hotels with instructions to ground the Ritz-Carlton’s international brand in local roots. Dean Fearing, famed for his brilliant take on southwest cuisine, became the brainchild behind Fearing’s in Dallas, and last year Michel by Michel Richards was opened by the prestigious Chef who is recognised as the founder of French Californian cuisine.
At first, Brodi was wary of leaving Canoe for a hotel restaurant. Previous experience had taught him that this domain of the industry was driven by business meetings and lacked the sense of urgency he thrives on. Ultimately, it was the opportunity to become the face of the restaurant that excited him. TOCA was to be his in every respect and in the end the Ritz-Carlton kept their promise. Everything from the name to the uniforms, “right down to the collars,” was a part of his vision. He was selected for his ability to give Torontonians what they wanted, and that is exactly what he set out to do. “It is not pretentious,” Brodi differentiates Canadians from Americans by their humility. They are not out to impress, “No snobbery. No check me out.” With this in mind, TOCA offers a laid-back interpretation of fine dining in its contemporary woodsy decor. As for the menu, he relies on what he has always known and loved best: local foods.
Growing up in a Hungarian family, food was the main focus of the day; the family finished one meal only to start planning the next. They had a chicken coup in their backyard, and to this day the Chef ’s parents and grandmother cook with produce from their home gardens. In the Brodi family, eating locally grown foods was always taken for granted. The Chef blames the last decade’s Organic movement that has swept through North America for obscuring the very basic rule of knowing where your food comes from. Though it is no longer practical to raise your own chickens, Canadians, especially Torontonians, are spoiled by the accessibility of local poultry, meats, fish, dairy and produce. “It brings tears to your eyes,” is how the Chef describes St. Lawrence Market on a Saturday morning, filled with families and farmers. “Nine out of ten times what we want to do is what’s happening at the market”. He will speak directly with the farmer to get an idea of how long certain foods will be available, which determines whether the items will be featured on his menu or as a special. Brodi recalls ten years ago when he was at Canoe, how difficult it had been to get his hands on seasonal produce. Now he will phone Hanna Jacobs of Matchbox Garden & Seed Co., a local farming initiative, and she will plant the crop for him. End result: the tomatoe order he receives is so fresh that it is still covered in dirt.
While TOCA’s menu remains Ontario-driven throughout the year, the Chef does not forego the opportunities the Ritz-Carlton has awarded him. Brodi, for instance, does not expect his guests to miss out on one of the world’s most luxurious flavours, the white truffle, just because the Canadian version is not yet up to par. So Brodi contacted his Croatian supplier, someone that he has built a relationship with over the years, and thus features the coveted taste on his fall menu. Right from the outset, the RitzCarlton facilitated Brodi’s need to know the source of his ingredients. This meant he boarded 26 flights in just a few months. On a trip to Eastern Canada, a local fisherman took Brodi and his wife out to share his day. At 8:00 am, the pair were following in the fisherman’s example and eating shrimp so fresh from the ocean that the food had barely stopped twitching. “It’s all about relationships,” says Brodi. Brodi also strove to give Torontonians something new, a $250,000 glass cheese cave; the first of its kind in Canada. The glazed-brick interior is fitted with custom made cooling and separate humidifying systems and houses 80% Canadian cheese, including the Chef ’s favourite, Thunder Oakes from Thunder Bay, Ontario. With a bright, open concept kitchen at one end, and a display of shelves stocked with cheese in the centre of the restaurant, guests are awarded a stellar visual. For an exclusive experience, guests can opt to dine at the Chef ’s table. At an $1800 minimum, parties of up to eight can sit at an impressive black granite table to be served a four-to-six course custom tasting menu, based on what is available at the market. Brodi says they do about one tasting experience a week and guests’ signatures are filling the surrounding whitewashed walls. With typical Canadian ease, Brodi’s menu serves locally sourced foods with hints of the world’s most exclusive tastes, while meeting the Ritz-Carlton standard of luxury. Start with the Pan Seared Quebec Foie Gras and B.C. Dungeness Crab Marrow, followed by the Glazed BC Black Cod with broccoli hash, soya beans and pine nuts and the Pure Dorset Lamb Saddle with gnocchi, spiced carrots & eggplant. Or, from the “Better With Age” section of the menu, try the 18 oz. Canadian Certified Angus Beef Rib Eye (aged 50 days), and the Wellington County Petit Mignon, 6 oz. (aged 36 days). Paired with one of TOCA’s long list of best wines, naturally including several from Ontario, and topped off with the Maple Walnut Soufflé, it is no wonder the food has regulars coming back more than once a week. For Chef Brodi, local is not a buzzword. Your senses will agree. TOCA has made its mark not only with an extraordinary menu but also as a showcase of Canadian food and design, fused to the Ritz-Carlton’s luxury, international roots.
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LIVE LUGGAGE CLASSIC AG (POWERED) SUITCASE The jet set lifestyle is finally free of hauling clunky baggage around: British-based Live Luggage has provided the answer with the world’s first power-assisted suitcase. The ergonomically designed carry-all has an anti-gravity handle that distributes 85 per cent of the weight over the wheels, while chargeable motor power helps with up-hill treks. The traveller’s lifesaver also includes convenient touches such as force sensors and tilt switches, as well as a Live Locator™ ID unique to each suitcase. The suitcase comes in pink, white, black, yellow and red. Whether travelling by air, train, or automobile, Live Luggage’s 100 litre, 100 per cent recyclable power suitcase will ensure the voyage will not slow you down.
MS WATERSPORTS GMBH JETLEV-FLYER JF 250 The 2011 carbon-fibre Jetlev-Flyer JF 250, by MS Watersports GmbH of Germany, brings the age-old dream of personal flight to life – on water. The machine uses a high-powered 250 HP, 4-stroke engine, enabling users to fly up to 8.5 meters over water at an average top speed of 47 km/h for between two to three hours. The 16 kilogram dry-weight jetpack is tethered by hose to a separate vessel which transports the cumbersome propulsion engine, fuel and related systems. Pressurised water is pumped through the flexible supply line to provide upwards of 2.250 knots of thrust for lift and propulsion. With minimal effort, the pilot can determine the nozzles’ angles to adjust between lift and propulsion; decide between forward, neutral and even reverse direction; as well as shift their bodyweight to create roll movements.
MONTEGIRO LUSSO TURNTABLE To many music enthusiasts, vinyl remains the preferred medium of listening to recordings because of its quality and depth of sound. German-based Montegiro meets this enduring demand with the stylish Lusso turntable, a darling of modern technology and timeless charm. The Lusso’s design, a cone of alternating layers of polished aluminum and sleek, black acrylic, is equally reminiscent of the sound system’s retro roots as it is of something out of this world. The state-of-the-art equipment includes a newly developed and extremely precise synchronous motor and a 10-inch Da Vinci Nobile carbon-fibre arm. Producing a precise sound with crystal-line highs, a full midrange and weighty-bass the Lusso turntable is ideal for décor elitists and die-hard vinyl lovers alike.
AMOSU COUTURE BLACKBERRY GOLD SWAROVSKI BOLD 9900 Introducing the first BlackBerry Gold Swarovski Bold 9900 produced by Amosu Couture. This eye-catching handset is skillfully encrusted with 650 Swarovski crystals and plated with dazzling 24 carat hardened gold. For the extravagant type, this lavish mobile will create more attention to the photographer’s tool than perhaps the subject of the shot. According to the Amosu, it will “add shine to your life.” The company released this masterpiece October 24, 2011, and has produced other custom options of the 9900.
LEICA M9-P Pairing fashion with functionality, Leica has once again proved to be at the head of its pack with the M9-P. Together with its older twin sister, the M9, the M9-P is the smallest full-format digital camera the world has ever seen. The camera barely appears at a tiny 139 x 37 x 80 mm but do not let size fool you. Combining the best features of modern digital photography, it has an impressive custom 18 megapixel high-resolution CCD image sensor, which can capture the full 35 millimeter film experience, and works with all of Leica’s M lenses. The digital components and shutter assembly are carefully crafted. The crucial inner mechanisms are encased in full-metal housing, made from high-tensile magnesium alloy, with a top and bottom plate machined from blocks of solid brass, promise a lifetime of endurance. The LCD display features an exceptional scratch-resistant, almost unbreakable, sapphire crystal cover with an anti-reflective coating to improve image reviewing. Keeping with Leica’s standards of producing discreet cameras, which is realised in their quiet shutter speed, the M9-P replaces the front red dot with a Leica logogram. With a friendly user-interface, including a 2.5 display monitor and easy access to all the cameras functions, the Leica M9-P is as much a tool for the amateur photographer as it is for the professional.
SCIENCE + SONS OBLIQUE CLOCK Created by the innovative industrial art company, Science and Sons, the brainchild of Tristan Zimmerman, The Oblique Clock mechanical sculpture easily becomes the focus of any room. Blurring the line between alternate interpretations of time, as either a precise or fluid measurement, the wall-art was produced in a limited edition of 20 unique pieces for Toronto’s Come Up To My Room design exhibition. Like the everyday timepiece, the arms of The Oblique Clock are constantly changing as they rotate through the unmarked seconds. The mechanics behind the movement, which includes digital and stepper motor drivers, were engineered by Science and Sons specifically for the product. At 48x48x5”, the sculpture is available in custom material and colour combinations.
A GOOD MAN by GUY VANDERHAEGHE, Published by MCCLELLAND & STEWART
Following in the wake of The Englishman’s Boy and The Last Crossing, Guy Vanderhaeghe brings us another Nineteenth Century piece of historical western fiction. An engrossing story with beautifully layered characters, A Good Man is a fascinating study of several men and one woman, their struggles, their loves and their disappointments. Narrated in both third person and first person letters, the reader is able to get to know each character on an intimate level, while also learning about significant historical moments as they unfold around every day people. Vanderhaeghe delivers the American and Canadian dealings with the Sioux and Sitting Bull, after the battle with General Custer at Little Bighorn, explained through the fictional story of Wesley Case. A retired North West Mounted policeman, Case is now dedicated to his ranch, and is facilitating the communication between American Major Ilges and Canadian Major Walsh about the Sioux tribe movements. He writes to appeal as much to the lover of westerns as the lover of historical literature. If Canadian History turned you off in high school, you should give it another try with A Good Man. You will be rewarded with a much greater appreciation for the subject by experiencing it as part of this wonderful story. A Good Man was longlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
STEVE JOBS by WALTER ISAACSON, Published by SIMON & SCHUSTER
Rushed to publication, the unrestricted biography of the late Steve Jobs is the must-read of our generation. Finally, we get the long awaited authorized story of the man behind the biggest innovations of the modern world. Many will read it as a tell-all of his brilliance. The prophetic founder of Apple, Chairman and CEO of NeXT and Pixar said the book was penned for his children to understand his absence in their lives. The controlled celebrity of Jobs has been put to test as his cult following learns the truth of his severe business practices and personal life. Readers are made privy to his regret in delaying the surgery that could have saved his life during his battle against a rare form of pancreatic cancer. The veil of Steve’s private life is unsheathed with Issacson’s interviews of those closest to Jobs. In his final message to the world Jobs finally revealed who he was behind his iconic, well guarded smirk.
PLUGGED by EOIN COLFER, Published by PENGUIN
Acclaimed author of the Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer, proves he can be as funny with adult material as he is with his middle-school books. Plugged is written for a mature audience and can easily be described as Artemis’s seedy, older cousin with a flair for dark comedy. Daniel McEvoy is an ex-Irish army peacekeeper and current bouncer in a dark, underground club. Having to deal with the club’s less than charming clientele, his receding hairline, and his crazy neighbour is getting the best of him. If that is not enough, his buddy Zeb disappears leaving a trail of mob issues in his wake. With no choice after friends turn up dead, Daniel has to recover his guns he keeps hidden in the walls of his apartment and do what he does best. Besides the excellent noir humour, Plugged excels in twisting plot lines. The string of trouble Daniel is either getting into, or getting out of, will have you scratching your head right up to the big reveal at the end.
THROUGH THE GLASS by SHANNON MORONEY, Published by DOUBLEDAY CANADA
A month into her marriage, Shannon’s husband kidnapped and brutally assaulted two women. Going into the marriage Shannon was aware of her husband’s tainted past (he had been imprisoned at the age of eighteen for murder) but his parole officers and psychiatrists had assured her that he was fully rehabilitated. So how could this have happened? Although fundamentally a crime novel, Through the Glass is also a story of love and faith, while addressing the failings of both our legal and penal systems. It is a thorough telling of one woman’s experiences as both a loving wife and victim of a repeat offender. Her story is sad but also surprisingly uplifting, considering the subject matter, and makes for an intelligent and thought provoking read.
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RHYTHM AND BEATS
Enough Thunder EP Label UNIVERSAL MUSIC
This small collection of songs is a quieter dubstep version of Blake’s musical style. The simplistic sounds on this EP give us a better opportunity to hear his subtle voice, which is normally overpowered by distorted samples and effects. Blake truly does have the power to put you under his spell with every haunting word he utters.
JAMES MORRISON The Awakening Label ISLAND UK
Morrison has an effortless soulful voice that is as smooth as it is raw. He has moulded his influence of rhythm and blues, southern rock and funk into beautifully arranged pop perfection. Awakening is filled with uplifting and heartfelt songs that can be therapeutic to help you through any pain or frustration.
THE KNUX Eraser
Label UNIVERSAL MUSIC
Some swagger is being brought to the hipster electro-rock scene courtesy of the Lindsey brothers, a.k.a. “The Knuckle Heads”. They are redefining rap with fun, sometimes political, free verse rhymes and catchy harmonized hooks. Throw in some electric guitar riffs and synths and you have the bumpin’ beats that bring their opinions to life.
Label LAST GANG RECORDS
Lights is sweet with a touch of sass. Her blend of synth-pop is packed with synthesizers and percussion with a heavy dubstep and new wave influence. With a great mixture of upbeat dance and dreamy slow-mid tempo tracks, there is always a pleasant harmony between the instrumentals and Lights’s pretty, airy vocals.
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It is not easy to put your own spin on retro soul and make it sound authentic; however Mayer Hawthorne has accomplished this task. His voice emulates great male vocalists from Motown. The radiant harmonies and musical arrangements of pop rock, rhythm and blues and jazz fusion, make for some modern day feel-good music.
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Words SARAH KHAN, Images CHRISTOPHER WAHL
It struck that she needed to write her story because so many people incorrectly thought she experienced a “straight flying career”. What played a huge role in her achievements was the ability to persuade in both her personal and professional life, and how the two worlds were not exclusive of each other.
ARLENE DICKINSON’S PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM ARE QUICK TO TELL HOW FAR THE TORONTO-NATIVE HAS COME, SINCE THE AGE OF 30, FROM VIRTUAL NOTHINGNESS TO THE CORNER OFFICE. —
The book has already garnered much attention, as an autobiography, self-help manual and business guide. The primary lesson is that how one sees oneself translates into what is projected. Obviously one strives to convey authenticity, trust, respect, patience and unwavering self-belief. That said, none of this can serve as a substitute for hard work.
“…divorced, had a high school diploma, no savings and no idea how to feed four young children. Today she is the CEO of Venture Communications, co-host of CBC’s award-winning series Dragon’s Den and one of the country’s most sought-after female entrepreneurs.” With Dragon’s Den now in its sixth season, Dickinson joined the panel as the sole female venture capitalist in the second season and is currently the most popular Dragon, according to the show’s website. She is also sole owner and CEO of Venture Communications. One of Canada’s largest independent, full service communications firms, Venture Communications was established in Calgary in 1984. In 1988, Dickinson joined the company, and by 1998 she led the expansion of operations into Toronto and Ottawa. Today, she oversees annual gross sales of $45-million. Delivering advertising, public relations, and media solutions, the company works with some of Canada’s biggest brands, including Subway, LCBO and a portfolio of blue chip clients such as Toyota and Unilever. Repeatedly named as one of PROFIT Magazine’s Top 100 Women Business Owners, Dickinson was also inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame. With numerous awards and accolades under her belt, a key message she imparts to those who listen is that it is enough to be who you are, especially in business. “At the end of the day I have learned that to people, trust is really important,” she says. “When people are not genuine, and portray themselves as something else, it sets up the entire relationship for failure as far as trust goes. I would rather they were real and imperfect.” According to Dickinson, it is sufficient to be authentic to yourself and not what others expect you to be. Dickinson imparts many such lessons in her new book, Persuasion. “People kept asking what was the secret to my success, how do I do it; people were looking for a formula.”
Dickinson feels it is most important to take responsibility for one’s own decisions and make family a priority. “Don’t be a burden on society – contribute to it. You end up having to own your life...that’s what it is; that has defined me. I love life!” she proclaimed in an unusually candid moment. Living in such a manner has not always been easy for Dickinson. Without financial stability, she lost custody of her children to her ex-husband after her divorce. In circumstances like this, she recalls, many people are often willing to surrender their ideals in the hopes of gaining some measure of success. She learnt the hard way that she needed to be true to her opinion and values and not to let others sway her, particularly in business dealings. She practiced principled persuasion – being able to be persuasive in a way that was not manipulative or underhanded. “What I’ve gotten confident in is my own voice and the belief that my opinions are valid. My opinions don’t make me right or wrong but they are valid.” Dickinson believes that allowing difference of opinions, without elevating to a fight, creates an engaging conversation. Perhaps that is why she holds her own so well with her co-Dragons and has the respect of the business community – the understanding that everyone is entitled to their belief. It is certainly the philosophy she has used to build her brand. Ever the entrepreneur, she has launched an entire product range around the book. “I was thinking that I like drinking wine when I read...so why hasn’t anyone launched product lines around a book? And a book goes with so many things.” She promotes chocolates, coffee and wine – products that go naturally with reading. She has also launched a skincare line that does not make any promises about guaranteeing youth, in line with her mantra of authenticity. “Skin care reflects the belief of the book,” says Dickinson. “Believe in yourself and accept yourself as you are.” If her life story and success are anything to go by, Dickinson is the validation of this simple truth.
HIDDEN IN THE ECLECTIC STREETS OF TORONTO ARE QUAINT FLOWER SHOPS, UNDERGROUND CLUBS, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, LOTS OF STREET STYLE. — We’ve mustered our favourite A La Mode mavens for a glimpse into their style psyche. Diving into the wardrobe of the record-playing, design-consumed, non-driving, runway-ready, cheese-loving celebrities, we discovered their personalities are as colourful as their wardrobes.
ALIYA JASMINE SOVANI
*The Rolling Stone*
This music connoisseur is best known as the host of CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and as a MuchMusic veteran. George Stroumboupoulos, a closet Montreal Canadiens devotee, may be simplistic in his style, with crisp shirts and jeans but is intense when it comes to his music.
As stunning as she is witty, this cheese lover, vixen-in-the-kitchen, and social activist claimed fame by hosting MTV News and MTV’s 1 Girl 5 Gays. This food lover is also a field reporter for the Discovery Channel, co-chairs Rethink’s annual Boobyball, and collects vintage Superman comics. Best known for her casual plaid shirts and laid-back jeans, Sovani gained style knowledge from the experience of being on camera every day.
The Montreal-raised CTV host of In Fashion may be known for his fashion commentaries, but has merited fame with his enlightening photography. Baxter backpacked through South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to capture poignant images, showcased at various exhibitions. The touching images raised $60,000 for the humanitarian organization Right To Play International. Sponsored exclusively by Hugo Boss and coined as one of Toronto’s best dressed men by the Toronto Star, is it surprising that Baxter is a philanthropist by day and a style icon by night?
“I love the heavy sounds of a record player. There’s something satisfying about listening to ball games or old hip hop cassettes on a blaster from that era.”
TOP SHOPS Moog Audio, Hits and Misses, Riders Choice, and Ten Thousand Villages.
STYLE SCORE Brass 1961 Empire record player from In the Groove and a couple of lateseventies boom boxes from Classic Vintage Audio.
“I love that H&M make high-end designers accessible to my age-group by teaming up with Sex and the City [type] designers like Jimmy Choo and Versace.”
TOP SHOPS Holt Renfrew, TNT, and H&M
STYLE SCORE Michael Kors’ leopard print scarf that raises awareness for Breast Cancer (available at Holt Renfrew). “I love that Holt Renfrew is big on selling products that also help good causes.”
“I love freshly roasted coffee a little too much. Oh, and Red Bull and vodka, and dance; usually in that order.”
TOP SHOPS Hugo Boss on Bloor Street.
STYLE SCORE Jeans to tuxedos and everything in between. “It’s guy-friendly and you don’t need a PhD in fashion.”
KIRK PICKERSGILL & STEPHEN WONG
*The Power House*
*The Humble Host*
*The Treasure Seeker*
The design duo behind the highly coveted, luxury ready-to-wear line Greta Constantine, most notable for their feminine gowns, have catered to the likes of Angelina Jolie, Naomi Campbell, and Victoria Beckham, to name a few. Gracing us this fall with new lengths and layers, the empire-waist ambassadors’ motto is “to remind women how beautiful they are.”
Co-founder and director of the Interior Design Show (IDS) and responsible for the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, Shauna Levy is a rightfully glamorised event planner. The sleepless and ambitious businesswoman, who also volunteers on projects like Out of the Cold, can always be found in classic black for an easy, yet statement-making look.
This son-of-a-prime-minister has quite the enviable resume: he’s covered red carpet events like the Oscars, Golden Globes and the Juno Awards, has hosted Canadian Idol and is an anchor for CTV’s eTalk. Although fastened to the limelight, humbled Mulroney still holds his family above all else, and allows his style sense to be the only thing swayed by fame. Distinguishing himself through fitted suits and cleancut shirts, the entertainment host is never less than camera-ready.
Kristina Pesic, an ambitious Toronto-based actress, has appeared on Rookie Blue and Lost Girl. Her future plans include wrapping up her new feature Please Kill Mr. Know It All; appearing in The Vow, alongside Rachel McAdams; and of course, decorating her new place. When the brilliant blonde isn’t acting or studying up on D.I.Y. home-decorating projects, she can be found waltzing in and out of vintage shops on Queen Street East and looking ever-so casual-cool. Her carefree style secret? Wearing basics such as long-sleeve crew necks, but with a twist of lace or stripes.
“If I could, I’d eat steak at every meal, and have ribs as an appetizer.”
“I love shopping vintage because you really have to hunt down your treasures and you never know what you’re going to find.”
“I tend to make the pieces I want most.” – Stephen Wong “My wardrobe isn’t complete without a few layers.” – Kirk Pickersgill
“I always like when a piece of furniture has a soul.”
Holt Renfrew, TNT, and Zara.
Rac Boutique, TNT, Holt Renfrew, White Space at The Bay, Prada, and Illori.
STYLE SCORE Wong loves the Collier de Chien by Hermes for its “classic shape with modern embellishments,” while Pickersgill ordered the Prada Lurex sweater straight from the runway because “it’s something only a fashion mastermind could conjure up.”
TOP SHOPS STYLE SCORE
The Paper Floor Lamp designed by Studio Job for Moooi at Klaus because she was “blown away by their approach to design and life.”
Harry Rosen and GOTSTYLE.
STYLE SCORE “I just bought the best tuxedo shirt I’ve ever owned from Harry Rosen, because unlike other tux shirts, this one isn’t sheer.”
TOP SHOPS Value Village and vintage shops between Queen Street East and Logan Avenue.
STYLE SCORE Pesic is all about epoch treasures. “Vintage books are so beautiful and extra special if you find one with a message written on the front cover.”
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