GTA fashion lovers congregated in the west end last week.
Mapleview Centre in Burlington hosted its 2011 style party on Tuesday, where attendees learned about fall trends and competed for the chance to become the Mapleview Style Icon: a gig that includes a $2,000 blogging contract and a $500 gift card for the mall.
Of 80 semi-finalists who attended, three lucky finalists were chosen based on their savvy sense of style. They participated in a challenge that had them each spend an hour putting together a trendy fall outfit from stores throughout the mall, and then they modeled their creations for judges and guests.
Fashionista Krystin Lee, whose outfit included python print pants paired with an orange jacket, won the challenge and the blogging gig. (Congrats!)
Meanwhile, Flare Magazine’s associate editor of fashion news, Mosha Lundström Halbert, gave a thorough overview of the hottest trends for the season. Guests learned how to properly sport such trends as python print, menswear for ladies, and ‘naughty but nice’ looks.
And models showed off sample fall outfits picked from the mall’s own retailers, such as Zara, Forever 21 and Guess.
With these and plenty of other fashionable retailers, Mapleview has certainly become a great destination for fashion since I was last there a couple years ago. And some major retailers are taking notice.
Michael Kors, for instance, is set to open a location in the mall in early November, and a Victoria’s Secret location is also on the way.
Mapleview also has a fresh new look since I saw it last. Renovations in recent years have added a generous new chunk of space to the mall, and have created a modern and chic look and feel.
The style party was a great chance to rediscover this west-end mall. Hopefully I’ll find another excuse to visit the fashion hub again sometime soon.