Toronto’s Best Dressed: Elena Soboleva
Dressing for a theme party can be a trick: ignore the wardrobe instructions and risk looking indifferent; go too far and one may as well bring along a plastic pumpkin for trick-or-treating. This week’s best dressed—spotted at Rethink Breast Cancer’s Prohibition-themed Romp at the Burroughes Building—did a fresh take on flirty flappers. Here, the aspiring gallerist explains why the perfect outfit is like a work of art.
Where did you buy your dress?
It’s rented from 69 Vintage on Queen. I didn’t even realize they rented their stuff, but it seemed like a good option for such a memorable dress.
Are you a fan of the flapper era?
Sure, but I mostly enjoy dressing for a theme and being creative with it. I knew everyone was going to be wearing that classic tasselled flapper dress, so I chose something that’s a little different. I work at an art gallery—for me, putting together a great outfit is like curating a great show.
When do you think your dress was first worn?
I’m not sure if this dress is from the ’20s, but it has a sort of delicate Daisy Buchanan vibe, which I love. So maybe it was worn to one of those fabulous parties.
Did you already own the feathered shoes?
Actually, I grabbed the feathers this afternoon and attached them to my shoes and hairpiece. The shoes are just basic Nine West. I was listening to Chicago while I put everything together, which really helped get me in the mood.
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9 thoughts on “Toronto’s Best Dressed: Elena Soboleva”
i want to marry you!!
Finally…someone who truly deserves the title ‘Best Dressed’ – she completely embodied the theme of the night, and the girl knows how to pose without looking over the top. Great accessories and nice to see a fresh face!
Amazing! That is a truly special dress and she wears it well.
This is the best candid shot you’ve had.
She looks amazing – simply lovely.
the dress looks perfect and she looks so natural in heels
She looks like a lamp shade my parents have recently sold at one of their garage sales. She is a beautiful girl though.
Maybe your parents should have saved the lamp shade and made you a dress.
Absolutely beautiful! Completely creative.
Good tip for renting at Vintage 69. Great outfit, too.
They made the dress penny, but she took it before I could wear it. (slap right cheek, slap left cheek)
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