Diary of the Week: Charlotte Tilbury, AMBI Dinner, YSL Blackout and Starry Night

When makeup-artist-to-the-stars Charlotte Tilbury comes to town – think: Amal Clooney's beauty look at the 2015 Golden Globes! – life becomes a spectacular carnival, if only for a night. The launch of her Makeup Revolution at the luxe Holt Renfrew flagship on Bloor St. boasted showgirls, a pair of Queen's guards, a London taxi, twinkling lights and a flash of red – that being the makeup mogul's signature head of fiery locks. And where Charlotte goes, celebrities follow, as notables like actresses Ashley Greene and Elisha Cuthbert were on hand to toast their beauty queen amid a sea of excited fans, customers and media. "I am overwhelmed by the amount of people who came out to support the launch,” Charlotte enthused. “Getting to share the history of my Makeup Revolution, as well as my backstage tricks, secrets and makeup tips with the women of Toronto was a privilege."

Producer Lady Monika Bacardi swept into town for a star-studded dinner at the Shangri-La Toronto penthouse on Saturday (June 20), where actors Mischa Barton, Abbie Cornish, Diego Klattenhoff and director Ed Gass-Donnelly ate, drank and were merry. The heiress (yes, she comes from that Bacardi family) and her AMBI Pictures Group partner, Andrea Iervolino, were toasting the casts of their latest film projects – Lavender and Rupture, which stars award-winning actress Noomi Rapace. And this won't be Lady Monika's last trip to Toronto, as she recently announced a new kick-off gala the eve before TIFF, which will, this year, include a rare performance by Diana Ross (more on that here, as Shinan reports) and guests like James Franco, Heidi Klum and Angelica Houston.


A summer blackout in Toronto? Not the rarest occurrence – but this one was courtesy of YSL, who shaded out the Story’s building in honour of their Black Opium scent. Neon lights extended from the decor to the cocktails as fashionable attendees like Liz Trinnear, Jaclyn Genovese and Greta Constantine-duo Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong sipped around the LED ice cubes in their signature Beauté cocktails. But the guest of honour was definitely Alexandra Richards, daughter of Rolling Stone Keith and model Patti Hansen, who hit the decks in a partially sheer Hervé Léger dress.

A match made in heaven, The 519 joined forces with Pride Toronto this year for their annual Starry Night bash, a blowout that not only drew thousands of festively clad revellers but also a who’s who of mayoral candidates and Premier Kathleen Wynne. The City of Toronto agency, which supports the LGBTQ community, pulled out all the stops, with drag performances – including those by RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Adore Delano, Courtney Act, Bianca Del Rio and Derienne Lake – to kick the party into high gear. The soundtrack, you ask? Provided by none other than Montreal’s heavily haired legend, Mado Lamotte.

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