Diary of the week: Kate Moss in Toronto, Swarovski trunk show, Walk for Water gala and more

By Jessica Pollack and Nicole Harvie

In a setting fit for a supermodel, the magnificent Integral House in Rosedale, the air was heavy with excitement as well-heeled guests nibbled on Pusateri apps and sipped prosecco in anticipation of Kate Moss's arrival. The fashion icon, who was already there in spirit courtesy of music videos in which she's starred projected on concrete pillars, was in town to debut the Decorte beauty line, exclusively in Canada courtesy of Saks. "Thank you for having me here. I love the brand and am proud to be a part of it," the blond beauty said to 150 influencers, clients and media once she'd arrived. "Enjoy this lovely evening. Now it's time for a drink!" The model mingled with editors and VIPs before chatting up additional guests at the Decorte vignette.

Though a bout of laryngitis kept nonagenarian style icon Iris Apfel resting in Palm Beach (fret not, she'll return to host a cocktail party in October!), she would have loved to behold the stylish crowd that descended on the lovely Café Boulud for the Atelier Swarovski luncheon and trunk show. The VIP event assembled 40 ladies, from Suits star Sarah Rafferty and Mila Mulroney to Suzanne Rogers and Kimberley Newport-Mimran, to dine on beet salad, carrot soup, risotto and scallops with coffee and cocktails before popping into the Jasper suite to shop the Atelier Swarovski designer collection, in partnership with CAFA, with 10% of the profits benefiting Canadian design by nurturing the awards' 2017 emerging designer winners.


Fashion and philanthropy united for one remarkable night in Vancouver, where Canadian supermodel Heather Marks opened the show at the Obakki Foundation’s Walk for Water one-of-a-kind fashion gala in partnership with Holt Renfrew’s H Project. The goal? To raise funds for clean water projects and education in South Sudan. The Calgary-born cover girl joined other top Canadian and South Sudanese models (think Tasha Tilbery, Ajak Deng and Grace Bol) to walk the runway in Obakki’s newest designs. Designer Treana Peake, who has provided one million people with clean water via her luxury label’s offshoot foundation, shared “how thrilled I am to have the support from each of these women for a cause I believe so deeply in.” Over divine bites by Hawksworth and chilled bubbles, the stylish crowd shopped in the name of positive social change. Musician Emmanuel Jal, who has performed for the Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama brought the evening to a high note with a spirited performance.

As Club Monaco Bloor Street reopened its stunning street market for another season, this time boasting new food options and additional seating, a stylish crowd gathered to smell the flowers and toast the big reveal. Artisans like Delica Kitchen, Evolution Food Co., Sam James Coffee Bar, Bake Shoppe, The Pops Stand and floral purveyor Sweet Woodruff are offering special collaboration items exclusively among the trees outside of the gorgeous stone flagship.

Artbound took over Maison Mercer for their annual pARTy, where guests like Nelly Furtado and emcee Tanya Kim were among the artists, media and philanthropists to let loose for a great cause. Guests were as spellbound by the experimental electric violinist as they were when they discovered the ice cream sandwich station and donut wall. The true star of the night was the newly launched Creative Deeds, an innovative new online giving platform, and the four charities that benefited from the festivities (Free the Children, Unity Festival, War Child and Waves of Hope).

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