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Saturday April 7th, 2012

Posted at 10:30am

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Reader Kristen Binder sent in this article from an event last weekend:

By: Kristen Binder

Darjeeling Tea, with a flavour so unique it cannot be replicated, has earned a reputation as the world’s finest and most exclusive tea. It is fitting that the Darjeeling Fashion event, which took place last Saturday evening at Taloola Café, featured equally striking and unique fashions in an up-close, intimate viewing with a tea party theme.

The Taloola Café graciously hosted the event that featured four talented local designers and their creations. This charming, cozy venue allowed guests to sip a hot beverage while enjoying the show, and provided an appropriate backdrop for the array of eclectic, feminine styles. Runway models showcased fashions by Dilly Daisy, hats by The Guilded Lily, handbags by That’s Sew Sarah, and jewelry by Chris Ford. In addition, local talent Sandra Li Li and Juliana Schewe entertained spectators with a captivating performance of vaudeville-inspired belly dance during the break between the two showings of the designers’ work.

The collections brought together bright spring and summer materials with a ladylike sophistication. The vintage inspired designs of Dilly Daisy consisted of retro dresses and skirts with pretty, flattering silhouettes and bright, fun patterns. Hats by The Guilded Lily were remarkably inventive and harnessed old-fashioned, timeless style. These retro pieces can add classical elegance to any modern day woman’s wardrobe. Sarah’s handbags, ranging from clutches to oversized purses in pastels and plaids, are functional and eye-catching. And the large, brightly beaded necklaces, each with a truly exceptional creative design had a beautiful presence on the runway. All are must see items.

Those wishing to add a truly original, custom made design to their wardrobe can visit the Back Room Gallery on Wyandotte Street East, where the designs of each artist can be found for purchase. The gallery also offers a wide variety of creative workshops, including tutorials in different styles of painting, pottery, and sewing classes.

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