Diary of the week: Old Bags Luncheon, Stella Jean and Velvet Haney's book party

By Amoryn Engel

This may be the only event where leaving with another woman’s purse is simply the thing to do! Hundreds of ladies put their best bag forward for the Old Bags Luncheon, in support of Sunnybrook’s Women & Babies Program. The sold-out event, held at the Arcadian Court in downtown Toronto, offers women the opportunity to bid on gently used designer purses…some with the price tags still intact! One lucky lady walked away with a stunning, brand-new Hermès Birkin after putting forward the highest bid during the live auction: a whopping $15,000! Needless to say, loads of money was raised.

It was Stella Jean, a designer with both Haitian and Italian heritage, who brought out the colour in us all at a fashion luncheon held in her honour at Holt Renfrew. Alexandra Weston hosted the intimate event to celebrate her collection, which blends her mother’s colourful Haitian heritage with her father’s traditional Italian culture. She just rocked Milan Fashion Week with her bold and vivacious designs, which have become THE new favourite of street-style stars. Clever colour, indeed!


The enduring Italian hotspot, Noce, on Toronto’s very hip Queen Street West was the perfect spot for the launch of Velvet Haney’s graphic memoir, The Mousehouse Years. Just around the corner from where the former model grew up, with her brood of siblings, the resto was packed to the rafters with family, friends and well-wishers who all braved the rain to raise a glass to Velvet, the toast of the town.

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