Viktor & Rolf’s love affair with Toronto began last night with a fittingly springy fête at Toronto’s Hudson’s Bay Queen Street flagship. In town to celebrate their recent collections as well as to do press spots for their upcoming Dolls retrospective exhibit with Luminato this summer, designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren sported matching embroidered jeans (Horsting’s featured sunglasses while Snoeren’s featured moustaches) and matching thick rimmed frames, making them the ideal models for Toronto’s new eyewear-specific blog, The Spectacled.
In keeping with the Dutch duo’s eccentricities, The Room was transformed with newly papered walls featuring the Fall 2013 runway room’s eerie black and white floral print, a string quartet playing instrumental takes on pop music and strapping waiters, who passed many a prettily-decorated Perrier-Jouët champagne flute while wearing V&R-esque (and maybe even a little Denis Gagnon) glasses.
Held on one of the first days that actually felt like spring in Toronto, the city’s who’s who was finally ready to come out of fashion hibernation and many were sporting new looks. Designer Jeremy Laing and partner Frank Griggs both showed off new haircuts—Laing losing both his signature curls and thick rims, and Griggs sporting a post-punk under shave. The ladies were not to be outdone, and PR maven Suzanne Cohon, in a magenta bell-sleeved Roksanda Illincic dress, topped my best-dressed list. Society’s most notable doctor, Lisa Airan, was close behind, in a coral Carven midi dress featuring waist cut outs.
Even newly transplanted Toronto couple Rufus Wainwright and Jorn Weisbrodt made it out to greet old pals Horsting and Snoeren (Wainwright performed at the Viktor & Rolf Spring 2007 ballroom themed fashion show in Paris) and the foursome were sharing many genuine smiles all night long.
Spring, it seems, is finally in the air.