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HOLT RENFREW 50 Bloor West, 416-922-2333, holtrenfrew.com
The city's luxest department store is always a celebrity magnet during TIFF, especially since it partnered with film industry daily Variety, which sets up its star photo and interview studio in the Yorkville flagship every September. This festival, Holt Renfrew is also marking its 175th birthday with a weekend of events that will draw stars of stage and style into the mix as well.
Tonight (Thursday, September 6), the store stays open until 11 pm for a Fashion's Night Out street party including a film premiere projected on the store's facade and DJ Brendan Fallis spinning. On Friday (September 7), NYC jewellery design favourite Eddie Borgo shows off his fall collection at 1 pm, while Elton John and partner David Furnish launch a charity candle benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation on Saturday (September 8) at 11:30 am.
The only thing that might upstage all that is the collection of special products created to celebrate HR's 175th milestone by brands like Smythe, Deborah Lippman and Pendleton.
Holt Renfrew picks: The lineup of magenta-hued 175th-anniversary goodies also includes Pantone notebooks ($15 to $20), Jimmy Choo glitter sandals ($895), a Kate Spade tote bag ($258) and an Alice + Olivia peplum dress ($275).
Look for: A Holt Renfrew shop popping up in Trinity Bellwoods Park at Queen and Strachan on Friday (September 7). The mobile store is travelling cross-country selling a limited-edition sweatshirt collection created in collaboration with graphic artists.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday noon to 6 pm.