Diary of the Week: Uncrate South America, China State Dinner, UNIQLO and GQ for Gap

Diary of the Week: Uncrate South America, China State Dinner, UNIQLO and GQ for Gap

Holt Renfrew transported guests at its Bloor Street flagship to the jungle for a South American-themed shindig celebrating the latest instalment of the Uncrate project. The culmination of a journey through Peru and Bolivia, collecting gorgeous crafts along the way, guests were greeted with a paper floral necklace and local delicacies like empanadas, ceviche, tiny alfajores and pisco sour cocktails. A family of brightly coloured and life-sized llamas made for the perfect spot for selfies while the replica of Ecuador's "Swing at the End of the World" elicited snaps galore.

The Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec was the spectacular setting for a state dinner welcoming Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his wife Cheng Hong, the first visit of its kind in more than a decade. The formal affair saw the space brimming with hobnobbing politicos (think: Jean Chretien, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan and Kathleen Wynne) amid the hall's iconic backdrop of totem poles. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau posed with the visiting dignitary in perfectly coordinated ensembles - his a sharp grey suit with red tie, hers a striking red dress by Tracy Moore Designed by Freda's (a sneak peek of what was to come during the royal tour?).


Uniqlo brought a taste of Japan to the Eaton Centre in Toronto as the beloved fast-fashion brand opened its first Canadian flagship, a minimalist two-story space bursting with too-cool basics beloved by editors who frequent its New York locations. A frenzy of shopping fun erupted as guests enjoyed a gift certificate to be used on the spot, fuelled by beef and enoki cold rolls and, of course, freely flowing sake.

Schitt's Creek star and creator Dan Levy played host at the GQ for GAP preview, where Toronto's most sartorially savvy influencers braved the rain to get a first glimpse of the fashion-forward collection for men - featuring special collections by Steven Alan, John Elliott, Michael Bastion and Saturdays New York. Toben kept the gentlemen's energy up with skirt steak tacos, fried chicken and waffles, and bourbon glazed doughnuts as 200 guests sipped Steamwhistle beer and posed for pics in the Phhhoto booth.

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