Thursday, October 5, 2017

FASHION EVENTS - TORONTO

By Lisa Doherty

TIFF 2017
The Stylist Suite

Highlights of The Stylist Suite (Photos by Ryan Emberley)



The glitz and glamour of the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario, never fails to keep us transfixed each year. From red carpet fashion, to beauty trends, celebrities are able to bring a dash of Hollywood to the north. But without people like Gail McInnes and Christian Dale, they may not have a place to prep for the show. Together, they are the co-founders of The Stylist Suite. The Stylist Suite at TIFF is a lounge where hand-picked fashion stylists, hairstylists, makeup artists and designers, work for many hours, preparing celebrities for their glamorous red carpet appearances. It is filled with the latest in Canadian fashion, beauty products and accessories.

The Stylist Suite displays works from various fashion designers both up-and-coming and well established. They aim to bring Canadian fashion to the forefront at TIFF, promoting a “wear Canada proud” philosophy. The suite provides a display of the designer’s collections, in a showroom setting. They also provide gifting services for celebrity guests, and liase with media, fashion writers and industry moguls.



Gail McInnes and Christian Dale (Photo by Ryan Emberley)



As celebrities and their entourage make their way into The Stylist Suite, they are whisked into a fashion heaven with dresses and jewellery, handbags and makeup to be found in every corner of the room. Each item is strategically placed to eloquently show off the designer’s tireless work, and of course to catch the celebrity’s eye.

Some notable guests who were dressed and gifted at the suite in 2017 included Jennifer Beals, Lauren Lee Smith, Cindy Sampson, Colin & Justin, Noah Cappe (The Bachelor Canada), Alexandra Beaton, Natasha Negovanlis, Anna Hopkins, Katie Boland, Ari Millen, Bree Wasylenko, Ellen Wong, Grego Minot (Real Housewives of Toronto), and many more! 



Photos by Ryan Emberley


Photos by Ryan Emberley



This year, I was lucky enough to be a part of this amazing team for Fashion Studio Magazine at the Stylist Suite for Media Night and I look forward to other opportunities that this may bring. From highlighting celebrity cheek bones, to touching up a rouge lip, there were no wasted seconds and I took time to smell the roses, pinch myself, and work like a boss.


You can follow the stylist Box @stylistbox as well as the Stylist Suite’s co-founders @gailmcinnes and @christiandare on Instagram.



Photos by Ryan Emberley (Click to enlarge) 














Photos by Ryan Emberley


CANADIAN FASHION

Stylist Box presented their largest roster of talented designers yet with an assortment of womenswear from ball gowns to day wear and cocktail to casual from across Canada and around the world. Designers who presented their collections to celebrities, included Andrew Majtenyi, Christopher Paunil, Helene Clarkson, Hendrixroe, Hilary MacMillan, Huntington, Ignite, Judith & Charles, JY GAO, KODA NIVOLI, Kormar, LACEDSILK, Leisure, Lesley Hampton, Mani Jassal, Maya Charbin, Mondselle, PARC City Boot, Patricia Wong Jewellery, Potrol, Ryan Alexander, and WRKDEPT.


Read more: WEAR CANADA PROUD!


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