It was off to the races this past weekend for Toronto’s fashionable set—the annual million-dollar Queen’s Plate had everyone galloping to their closets for their most sumptuous headwear and sprightliest summer frocks. Ladies staved off the heat with old-fashioned fans and huge sun hats, while dudes gallantly sweated it out in cute suits and old-timey chapeaux. The horsey set clustered around the paddock to check out the ponies on parade (best name of the day: Conquest Boogaloo), and those needing a libation hightailed it into the shade of the many tents set up for the Hats & Horseshoes event, i.e. The fanciest tailgating party ever. Rethink had the chicest set-up in the Rethink At the Races VIP tent, featuring live fashion portraits, a bubbles bar, flowing Caesars, a make-your-own fascinator station, and manis from The Ten Spot. Giddy-up!
There's no doubt that being 'smarter, tougher and faster' are an athlete's allies in the quest for crowning glory - and this extends, of course, to the garments they wear. The Design Exchange explored just this as they launched a new exhibition in the Distillery District, just in time for the Pan Am games and commissioned by Panamania. OCAD professor Marie O'Mahony helmed the exploration of sportswear and its effect on broader culture, and a bevy of well-heeled guests raced to take it all in - that bing a 3D-printed demo by Lacoste projecting abstract imagery on a giant shoe, shark-resistant wetsuits and a 3D-printed bikini, among other wonders!