The Grandest Night of Fashion at Fairmont Royal York 2023

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Model wearing Lotus Bloom at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023, photo George Pimentel Photography
Model wearing Lotus Bloom at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023, photo George Pimentel Photography

The Grandest Night of Fashion returned to the Fairmont Royal York for its second fashion show on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 and I was excited to be invited to attend! The fashion show is a collaboration between the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFATM) and is a tribute to established and emerging Canadian fashion designers. Hosted by Suits actress Sarah Rafferty, the show took place in the lobby of Toronto’s majestic hotel and was open to the public. The show’s theme was fashion in film, which dovetailed perfectly with the opening of the Toronto International Film Festival 2023.

Before the show at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023
Before the show at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023




Many of Toronto’s most notable mingled in the lobby before the show and then guests were advised to take their seats.

Sarah Rafferty at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023, photo Lori Bosworth
Sarah Rafferty at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023, photo Lori Bosworth

Rafferty, who was wearing looks by Canadian designers Greta Constantine and Beaufille, then welcomed the crowd and spoke fondly about living in Toronto and how it became her second home during the filming of the nine-year-running Suits. She reminisced about taking her kids to popular Toronto destinations, the Leslie Street Spit and the Evergreen Brick Works. She noted that the Fairmont Royal York has been the backdrop of many iconic fashion scenes in films.

The fashion show began at 6:45 p.m. and featured both professional models and Toronto personalities strutting the catwalk including:

Lauren Chan (wearing Milli),
Myles Sexton (wearing NARCES),
Sangita Patel (wearing Lotus Bloom),
Lauren Chan (wearing Milli),
Justice and Nia Faith (wearing TNT), and
Jeanne Beker (wearing Freda’s) Beker was last year’s host.

Jeanne Beker wearing fashions from Freda's at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023, photo George Pimentel Photography
Jeanne Beker wearing fashions from Freda’s at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023, photo George Pimentel Photography




Guests were treated to more than 70 looks from both established and new designers, including Lotus Bloom, Frascara, TNT, Harry Rosen, Golshaah, Freda’s, Steven Lejambe, Milli, House of Gallagher, MANCE, Audrey + Brooks, and Lilliput Hats; as well as returning designers King and Bay, Alan Anderson, NARCES, and Rita Tesolin. The evening was divided into several cinematic segments to highlight the enduring link between fashion and film, including:

  • Les Années Folles
  • Black Tie Thriller
  • Eclectic Avant-Garde
  • East Meets West
  • Bright Lights, Big City
Model wearing Narces at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023, photo George Pimentel Photography
Model wearing Narces at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023, photo George Pimentel Photography
Model wearing TNT at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023, photo George Pimentel Photography
Model wearing TNT at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023, photo George Pimentel Photography
Model wearing TNT Dean Davidson at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023, photo Lori Bosworth
Model wearing TNT Dean Davidson at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023, photo Lori Bosworth



Model wearing Lotus Bloom at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023, photo George Pimentel Photography
Model wearing Lotus Bloom at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023, photo George Pimentel Photography

Makeup was provided by NARS Cosmetics and hair by FlowTM Hair Care.

See my Instagram reel here:

Enjoying a drink at The Library Bar after the fashion show.
Enjoying a drink at The Library Bar after the fashion show.

After the fashion show, guests were invited to a VIP cocktail reception in the hotel’s gorgeous Library Bar. Canapés such as goat cheese bites, beet hummus and oysters were served.

Me at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023
Me at The Grandest Night of Fashion 2023

What a wonderful evening showcasing the imaginative and sophisticated talent of Canadian fashion designers!

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  1. Having the opportunity to attend a fashion event would be very exciting for me. This is a great experience for sure

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