Toronto’s Best Dressed: Jessi Cruickshank

Toronto’s Best Dressed: Jessi Cruickshank

Given its status as the unofficial “it” party of the season, the Innovators Ball is worth a second Best Dressed selection. Here, MTV’s reality TV starlet Jessi Cruickshank wears a budget-friendly gown—part of the new Matthew Williamson for H&M collection—and explains the possible pitfalls of prints.

(Photo by George Pimentel) 

That dress is a coveted item. I’m guessing you weren’t one of the people lining up at 4 a.m. outside the Eaton Centre to get first dibs.
No, although not to say that I wouldn’t. I was lucky enough to get a preview of the collection and pick a few items. I thought all these ruffles would be great for a ball.

Who else should do a collection for H&M?
I would love to see Giambattista Valli do one. His over-the-topness for regular people would be awesome.

Prints are big this season. Is there one that you try to avoid?
Cheesy prints are rampant these days—Sarah Jessica Parker brought them back. A good floral is hard to find. It’s got to be big and bright, and still you can end up looking like a granny. Or a couch.

What trend is past its expiry date?
Leggings are a tough one to pull off. There should be a rule about covering the bum and the frontal area.

Your claim to fame is weighing in on the inane antics on The Hills. Is there such a thing as too tanned? Too blonde? Too many nose jobs?
Yes, yes, yes. You can’t buy sex appeal. You can have boobs sewn on your chest, buy your hair, buy your nose, but it’s not going to make you sexy, Heidi.

What Torontonian would you like to see with his or her own reality show?
Jay Malinowski from Bedouin Soundclash. He’s a good-looking guy and girls are always throwing themselves at him. It can be awkward to witness but also fun to watch.