The Scene: Topshop launches, to what appears to be mostly hipsters, at The Bay on Queen Street
The Scene: Topshop launches, to what appears to be mostly hipsters, at The Bay on Queen Street
By Kevin Naulls | August 11, 2011
By Kevin Naulls | 08/11/2011
A novel concept: getting drunk and then shopping (Image: David Pike)
By now, most people know that The Bay is bringing Topshop to Toronto, and last night it held a fete and shopping event to celebrate the British brand’s arrival. DJ
Lauren Burns Coady provided the music to an array of young women, including writers Sarah Nicole Prickett and Kiwi Mohamed and photographer Jaclyn Locke—at one point it became a bit difficult to discern one painfully hip young person from the next. The Topman brand didn’t have any presence at this party, but that didn’t stop model Jano Badovinac and artist Nick Fox from showing up to get their photos taken and, as one does at these sorts of things, drink. As some may have guessed, it was a very young crowd, which was likely an effort on The Bay’s part to separate the Room consumer from the younger, cooler Topshop enthusiast. We missed Suzanne Roger s. Check out the scene from last night’s party in a gallery after the jump.
83905 Topshop arrives at The Bay, and a cast of characters who appear to be from Coachella arrive to celebrate. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3860-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3860.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3860.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3860/ _mg_3860 0 0
83906 The Bay spells out the fact that it is not really Topshop (see: sign). Onlooker scratches her head in confusion. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3861-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3861.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3861.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3861/ _mg_3861 0 0
83907 It was a shopping party after all, and people always make wise decisions when they’re drunk. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3864-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3864.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3864.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3864/ _mg_3864 0 0
83908 Dash Snow meets Fire Island. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3866-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3866.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3866.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3866/ _mg_3866 0 0
83909 Girls on the go require oversized folio clutches that are bigger than most people’s heads. Also, on the right is possibly an actress from the cast of the musical <em>Hair</em>. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3870-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3870.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3870.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3870/ _mg_3870 0 0
83910 Bloggers Nelia Belkova, Marc Piercey, Richard Fabregui and Sharon Ng Hayes have no clue what a camera looks like. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3880-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3880.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3880.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3880/ _mg_3880 0 0
83911 Not Anne Hathaway. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3882-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3882.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3882.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3882/ _mg_3882 0 0
83912 (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3884-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3884.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3884.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3884/ _mg_3884 0 0
83913 Even adults like Topshop, but it seems like these two were the only ones invited. Everyone else could have easily been Toronto’s <strong>Penny Lane</strong> (for whom, we have no idea). (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3885-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3885.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3885.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3885/ _mg_3885 0 0
83914 Photo booth pics are making a comeback, because people don’t take enough photographs at parties. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3900-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3900.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3900.jpg 624 936  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3900/ _mg_3900 0 0
83915 Industrial designer and model Jano Badovinac hams it up with Topshop models and shows us he can probably put his leg behind his head. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3902-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3902.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3902.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3902/ _mg_3902 0 0
83916 Left: boring.<br />
Right: playing Angry Birds. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3915-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3915.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3915.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3915/ _mg_3915 0 0
83917 We figure these clothes were meant to be looked at, so we looked at them. (unlike most people) (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3916-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3916.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3916.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3916/ _mg_3916 0 0
83918 And this year’s prom queen is... (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3918-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3918.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3918.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3918/ _mg_3918 0 0
83919 Bro time while the ladies shop. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3920-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3920.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3920.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3920/ _mg_3920 0 0
83920 DJ Lauren Burns Coady could be a model, in addition to being a local DJ. We wouldn’t be surprised if she’s also opening her own vintage boutique, or cupcake shop. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3927-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3927.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3927.jpg 624 936  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3927/ _mg_3927 0 0
83921 Sure. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3935-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3935.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3935.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3935/ _mg_3935 0 0
83922 When shopping for clothing, it’s important to check for quality. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3942-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3942.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3942.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3942/ _mg_3942 0 0
83923 (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3946-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3946.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3946.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3946/ _mg_3946 0 0
83924 (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3959-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3959.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3959.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3959/ _mg_3959 0 0
83925 More shopping. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3960-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3960.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3960.jpg 624 936  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3960/ _mg_3960 0 0
83926 Actual shopping (it did happen)! (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3962-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3962.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3962.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3962/ _mg_3962 0 0
83927 DJ and performer Diego Armand fitting in. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3972-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3972.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3972.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3972/ _mg_3972 0 0
83928 Suits. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3976-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3976.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3976.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3976/ _mg_3976 0 0
83929 When drinks require more than removing a cork or a cap, people get a bit testy (even when it’s free). (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3978-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3978.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3978.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3978/ _mg_3978 0 0
83930 People don’t look at each other anymore. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3987-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3987.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3987.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3987/ _mg_3987 0 0
83931 (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3990-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3990.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3990.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3990/ _mg_3990 0 0
83932 Oh, this is natural. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3994-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3994.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3994.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3994/ _mg_3994 0 0
83933 Photographer Jaclyn Locke pretending to think something is funny. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3997-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3997.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_3997.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_3997/ _mg_3997 0 0
83934 A little bit Elvis, a little bit Nicolette Grant. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4005-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4005.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4005.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_4005/ _mg_4005 0 0
83935 World’s most subtle photographer. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4012-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4012.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4012.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_4012/ _mg_4012 0 0
83936 One way to waste space. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4022-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4022.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4022.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_4022/ _mg_4022 0 0
83937 A Bay employee eagerly purchasing the Jessica Simpson look. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4023-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4023.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4023.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_4023/ _mg_4023 0 0
83939 Peacocking. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4033-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4033.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4033.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_4033/ _mg_4033 0 0
83940 This summer, the girls—at least the ones who attended this party— are wearing colour and letting portions of their butts hang out. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4036-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4036.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4036.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_4036/ _mg_4036 0 0
83941 Hey! (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4042-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4042.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4042.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_4042/ _mg_4042 0 0
83942 Artist Nick Fox, social drinker. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4044-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4044.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4044.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_4044/ _mg_4044 0 0
83944 Three bastardized mojitos, coming right up. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4051-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4051.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4051.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_4051/ _mg_4051 0 0
83945 Show-off. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4056-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4056.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4056.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_4056/ _mg_4056 0 0
83946 A party isn’t a party without complicated drinks that everyone thinks are disgusting. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4057-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4057.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4057.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_4057/ _mg_4057 0 0
83947 <em>The Breakfast Club</em>, <em>St. Elmo’s Fire</em> and <em>The Big Chill</em> are all favourite movies of ours, too. We just watch them at home. (Image: David Pike) Topshop at The Bay https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4062-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4062.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MG_4062.jpg 624 936  https://torontolife.com/city/the-scene-topshop-launches-at-the-bay/slide/_mg_4062/ _mg_4062 0 0
16 thoughts on “The Scene: Topshop launches, to what appears to be mostly hipsters, at The Bay on Queen Street”
This article and the captions for the accompanying images seem like they were written by Clint’ Eastwood’s character from Gran Torino.
Wow, what’s up with the uber-bitchy captions? When did TL become some lame campus newspaper trying to be ‘funny’? The decline of this once-decent magazine continues…
I dont mind the bitchy captions actually. They’re funny, light (well except a few of them) and they’re refreshing given the usual party spread of uber poseurs that take themselves too seriously. Lighten up and let’s have some fun. It IS a party after all :) Now, if my pic were taken, I will admit that I would tremble in my boots a lil’ about what my caption would read.
Ugh, “Kate C” is not/never me, for the last time.
If you read the captions with Honey Badger’s voice, they’re pretty funny.
Whoever wrote these captions should be fired. Highly unprofessional.
I thought the captions were hilarious ha ha ha… I’ve shared this article all over for the comedic value alone. Could really care these about the store or the people you commonly see showing up to these free booze parties. On the bright side, they all have new FB profile pics to remind us how cool they are.
Agreed – the photo captions are very snotty and judegemental for what looked like a great little launch party. If I was in one of these pictures I’d be very upset.
Amazing comments. They aren’t making fun of the people in them per se, but the Torontonian wannabe hipster in general. Trend following narcissistic kids who spend a lot of money to dress like they don’t have any. KATE MOSS ISN’T WEARING RIPPED JEANS ANYMORE GUYS… COMMANNN.
Ha — my roommate hates the comments, and the other two of us think they’re pretty amusing. Chacun son gout, I guess.
these comments are bitchy and juvenile. especially all the hipster snarks. go ahead, google the author – and try to imagine what he would write about a picture of himself.
the comments are amazingly hilarious. slightly mean, but very funny and i think meant to be tongue in cheek rather than malicious.
How much do you want to bet the comments slagging TL are from the kids that attended the party?
The captions are spot-on, and capture everything that’s wrong with uptight local hipster culture. I wouldn’t be caught dead at a party like that.
The tongue in cheek comments are amazingly hilarious. Just couldn’t stop laughing!Talk about Torontonian wannabe hipsters!!
Went into The Bay to check out topshop and top man yesterday and the entire store was beyond empty (ven these new sections that are supposed to make The Bay relevant). There is nothing remarkable about the clothes. Really expensive Joe Fresh type stuff for the most part. And if there is something worth having, some ghetto regular Bay shopper has already managed to put snags, pulls, and damages in every garment. In classic Bay style everything is on sale already. Totally not worth going to see.
I actually love the captions- it’s satire! I’m in the industry, and I can tell you those people are all a big joke.
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