A look at 50 years of Toronto’s most influential fashion pioneers
It took the good taste (and daring wardrobes) of the stylish citizens we list here to kick-start Toronto’s evolution from humdrum to haute couture
Toronto wasn’t always the stylish city it is today. In 1967, one year after Toronto Life made its debut, the magazine ranked Kitty Eaton among the city’s best dressed. Her clothing, we wrote at the time, was “stark” and “plain”—and we meant that as a compliment. Off-white was the predominant colour scheme: in fashion, decor and complexion.
Over the next five decades, the stylish trailblazers we’ve pictured here broke Toronto out of its beige period. And with an ever-growing roster of budding designers and a slate of fashion-forward homegrown celebs making headlines (we’re looking at you, Drake), the city has since become a target for international style leaders and luxury retailers alike.
We chose these tastemakers as Toronto’s most stylish not just because they dressed well (though they did), but because of the influence they had over the city’s development as a global style capital. They set the groundwork for another 50 years of fashionable upward momentum.
The Fashion King: Alfred Sung
The Shoe Fetishist: Sonja Bata
The Royals: Hilary and Galen Weston
The Glitter Girl: Cathie Bratty
The Enthusiast: Jeanne Beker
The Maximalist: Suzanne Boyd
The Class Couple: Joe Mimran and Kimberley Newport-Mimran
The Design Whiz: Karim Rashid
The Femme Fatale: Barbara Amiel