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Yorkdale Shopping Centre Boasts a New Look and Lots of New Stores

Yorkdale Shopping Centre Toronto Kate Spade

The first Canadian location of Kate Spade New York can be found at Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Typically, once you’ve seen one mall you’ve seen them all. Yorkdale Shopping Centre wants to be the exception to that rule. The north Toronto hub recently underwent a $220-million, 145,000-square-foot expansion in order to better deliver the goods to its fashionable clientele. The renovated space boasts some Canadian retail firsts in the form of Kate Spade New York, Loft and Ted Baker London, while mainstays including Apple and Hugo Boss have also been enlarged and refurbished. With more than 250 stores, a movie theatre and even an upscale food court, Yorkdale is unquestionably one of the city’s premier shopping destinations.  —Macrina Smart

>> Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin St., 416-789-3261; yorkdale.com
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Hot Shopping: Fashionable Men’s Clothing at Morgante Menswear

Fashions from the BOSS Black collection. Photo courtesy of Hugo Boss.

Dapper men love the European fashions at Morgante Menswear. Offering fine service – and equally fine clothes – for more than 30 years, this boutique is for gentlemen who dress to the nines. Collections include the latest from Hugo Boss (featured), Canali, Z Zegna, Just Cavalli, and more. It’s a one-stop-shop that will get you outfitted from top to bottom, whether it’s for an important meeting or a night on the town. 141 Sparks St., 613-234-2232.

Yours to Discover: Day Six

Winter’s on its way out; it’s time to get a head start on exploring. Guide yourself with our specialized itineraries, or contact one of Toronto’s many tour operators to delve deeper into this multifaceted metropolis. And don’t forget to check out previous Yours to Discover posts, here: Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four.

Harry Rosen

Get kitted out and catwalk-ready in Toronto’s most fashion-forward locales.

CANUCK COUTURE The touring fashionista’s must-visit strip, Bloor Street West, between Yonge Street and Avenue Road, is home to a bevy of Canadian-owned retailers with global cachet, including Holt Renfrew—Toronto’s answer to Saks Fifth Avenue—fine menswear mecca Harry Rosen, and distinguished beaver-emblazoned brand Roots.

INTERNATIONAL ICONS Bloor Street also showcases standalone shops representing world-famous fashion houses, including French favourites Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton, Italian labels like Gucci and Prada, as well as German stalwart Hugo Boss. Be sure to accessorize your new ensemble with baubles from Birks, Cartier or Tiffany & Co.


SINGULAR STYLE Moving north from Bloor into tony Yorkville ensures encounters with boutiques offering personalized service and unique, on-trend attire. Ladies are encouraged to try 119 Corbo, Eleven, Hugo Nicholson and the Pink Tartan store Seventy-Seven. Finery for fellows is found at Nicolas Men and Anti-Hero, among others.

INDEPENDENT SPIRIT On Queen Street, west of Bathurst, you’re sure to make a contemporary fashion “find.” For women, Robber is one of many inspired indie shops that curate new looks by emerging and established designers from Canada and abroad, while Preloved offers more relaxed garments made from reclaimed fabrics. Modish men stride into Green Shag for bespoke shirts and suits, and attention-grabbing stores like Ruins, which stock exclusive labels in gallery-like settings.

The professional image consultants of The Refinery offer a variety of weekly shopping tours that take you to chic boutiques throughout the city.

Hot Shop: Endorsements Aplenty

Scarlet Johansson fronts for Mango

These days many famous faces moonlight in advertising campaigns for noted brands. Think Kiera Knightley for Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle or Jonathan Rhys Meyers for Hugo Boss’s fragrance Hugo Element. Scarlett Johansson once again represents Mango for its fall/winter 2010-2011 collection. And most recently, Julia Roberts’s first campaign with French brand Lancôme was revealed. The Pretty Woman star bats her lashes to promote Définicils Precious Cells mascara ($34), which any Erin Brokovich wannabe can pick up at The Bay.

Behind the Scenes at a Photo Shoot

Today, our art director Paul Kittmer and I are at a photo shoot for our upcoming issue of Essential Toronto, a perfect-bound glossy annual publication that is in select hotel rooms and which accompanies our monthly Where Toronto publication.

We’re working with Toronto-based photographer Luis Albuquerque and stylist Daniel Onori of the Plutino Group, both of whom we’ve worked with before on several occasions. (You can see some of their handiwork from our last photo shoot, a spring/summer shopping guide for our April and May issues here: First Class, Business Class and Coach.)

Whenever I tell people that I’m going to be at a photo shoot, the first reaction is always one of awe. People think it must be very glamorous to be on set at a photo shoot. But the truth is, it’s not as exciting as it seems—sorry to burst any bubbles. The day can actually be long and even a bit boring as there is a lot of waiting around—for Paul and I at least. The really hard work is being done by Daniel whose very big task it is to pull the assorted items together into a coherent vignette. Often, what Daniel starts out with isn’t the final image. There is a lot of “tweaking” going on: a sweater comes out and a button-up shirt replaces it, a belt that was previously rolled up is now uncurled, or a shoe is moved from one corner of the page to another.

Periodically Luis takes test shots so that all of us can see what it might look like on the page. We each offer our two cents, fancying ourselves stylists, too. “Can we move that watch? It’s lost there” or “Can we take those sunglasses out? It’s too busy in that corner.” When we look at these test shots, we also talk about where text might be placed and we think about little details like should the suitcases both open on the same side or should they open on opposite sides? Which image do we want to start the story with?

My favourite part of the day? Playing with the various goodies that have been loaned out to us. (It’s probably as close as I’ll ever get to some of these very expensive items.) And since I’m not above dropping names: Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Paul Smith, Tori Burch, Christian Louboutin, Hugo Boss, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel are just among some of the designer items we have in our posssession.

I can’t show you what the final photos look like—for that you’ll have to return in September to find out! But our photo gallery has a peek at the photo shoot in progress.

Photos by Linda Luong, except where indicated.