Diary of the week: Greta Constantine turns 10, Holts at the Junos, AFC and Wanderluxe

Diary of the week: Greta Constantine turns 10, Holts at the Junos, AFC and Wanderluxe

Canadian design darlings Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong capped off an eventful fashion month - including fall 2016 shows in Paris and Toronto - with a splashy 10th anniversary party at Toronto's majestic Casa Loma. The minds behind Greta Constantine gathered the city's most fashion-forward guests to celebrate not only their designs but the creative process, building a replica of their downtown studio complete with fabrics, forms, patterns and a sewing machine. While models circulated in completed garments, the dance floor boasted hanging muslins showing the first inklings of those very creations. As guests sipped vodka cocktails and nibbled on Jamaica- and Paris-inspired bites, supermodel Coco Rocha toasted the duo and recalled her first Greta Constantine look, one of the duo's iconic seatbelt pieces, and the friend she had beside her all night to help her pronounce their name.

Calgary's Saddledome was tickled pink by luxury retailer Holt Renfrew as Juno Awards VIPs stopped by the Red Carpet Lounge to celebrate Canada's biggest music night in style. Guests like Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger (who kept fans guessing as to whether they've reunited!) tried their hands at the claw machine game, where Holt Renfew gift cards were on offer. Among the 350 talents who stopped by for a cocktail at the magenta party were Shawn Mendes, Francesco Yates, Walk Off the Earth and Dear Rouge.


Kate Alexander Daniels and David Daniels opened the doors of their gorgeous home, blooming with Teatro Verde florals, to raise awareness for the new Actor Fund of Canada, now dubbed AFC Helps. A who's who of Canada's arts community (think Wendy Crewson, Patricia Rozema and Don McKellar, to name a few) gathered for a cause: financial aid for struggling entertainment professionals. Providing a lifeline for upwards of 200 people and their families each year, at a cost of $500,000, guests were keen to toast the AFC while nibbling on North44 goodies. At the party's peak, Brent Carver led the room in a round of spontaneous song.

It was certainly an affair to remember as Air Canada's Wanderluxe raised an incredible $1 million for The Herbie Fund at SickKids hospital - and raised the bar on traditional fundraisers by treating treating guests to a spectacular evening. From the brand-new event space, the soaring Canada Bread Factory, to roving entertainment, high-profile attendees found their every need tended to wherever they found themselves mingling. Drink carts replaced bar lines while family-style dining courtesy of Chef David Hawksworth made for easy grazing. The fete culminated as the well-heeled group of highly generous benefactors bid on a collection of bucket list-worthy vacations to Paris, Milan, India and Rio.

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