A celebration of the creativity and innovation of the Canadian fashion industry took centre stage at the newly launched private members club, CLIO in Toronto.
The event, hosted by fashion icon and Canadian philanthropist Suzanne Rogers and club owner Charles Khabouth, was a showcase of the very best in Canadian fashion talent with private fashion shows and an opportunity to be the first to see collections by the driving forces behind fashion houses like Narces, RVNG Couture, Sentaler and Rita Tesolin.
“I wanted to do a small salon-style presentation. CLIO was the perfect venue for this presentation. In these uncertain times, it was nice to see people come out (all guests were fully vaccinated) and enjoy each other’s company before the holidays and support Canadian fashion. It was easy to coordinate,” says Rogers, reflecting on bringing together this stunning event.
Rogers notes it was important to have a festive feel, as we enter another unique holiday season.
“The designers were happy to see clients and met some new ones. I kept it to ‘seasonal’ party wear by RVNG, Narces, party jewellery and winter wear with beautiful coats by Sentaler,” says Rogers. “I wanted to curate designers that gave the show that extra glam. Everyone was really dressed up. People have missed that opportunity to glam up for a few hours.”
Guests arrived ready to celebrate the season and the collections in glamorous attire that was only matched by the ambiance that glittered and sparkled with bottles of Champagne, delectable appetizers and, of course, the elegant designs of Canada’s most talented fashion artists.
Living Luxe lifestyle editor Jeanne Beker was among those in attendance. She says the event was the perfect homage to fashion’s roots of presenting collections at small intimate gatherings.
“A longtime and passionate supporter of Canadian designers, Suzanne Rogers celebrated some of our best when, together with powerhouse restaurateur Charles Khabouth, she presented a wonderfully spirited fashion event at Toronto’s swanky new CLIO,” Beker says. “The wares of Sentaler, Narces, RVNG and Rita Tesolin whet everybody’s appetite for seasonal glam in an intimate trunk show reminiscent of days gone by. It was a welcome way to gear up for the holidays and a fabulous tribute to the power of Canadian talent.”