Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York & Mr. Will-W.
Suzanne Rogers, Toronto Fashionista and Wife of Cable Heir Edward, combined two of her greatest loves together for an ultra-exclusive Bash this evening at The Carlu. That is, her desire of Philanthropy and passion for Fashion - specifically Marchesa, which made its official Toronto debut tonight.  Proceeds from the Gala were to benefit the SickKids Hospital Foundation.

Co-founded in 2004 by Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman, who is known more in the public eye as the Wife of Movie Mogul Harvey Weinstein, the Brand is a Red Carpet favourite among Actresses.  Both Craig and Chapman arrived in Toronto for the festivities, doing Press out of their Yorkville Hotel earlier in the day before Rehearsals for the Show.  Accompanying Chapman of course was Weinstein, who is said to have taken care of Baby Daughter, India Pearl while Mommy was hard at work. 

Needless to say, guests of the Marchesa Gala this evening had nothing but rave reviews, with many taking to Twitter to express their excitement.

Flare Editor Lisa Tant (@lisatant) Tweeted, "Marchesa finale gown gave me goosebumps. Tonight's event will raise $1million for kids charities."

Ricky Boudreau (@rickyboudreau) Tweeted, "Wow! The Marchesa show was outstanding!"

Designer and Fashion Television Host Jeanne Beker (@jeanne_beker) Tweeted, "And the glam keeps on comin'."

Beker even posted a Photo on Twitter she took with (L to R) Rogers, Chapman and Rogers earlier in the day:

Although I had taken many fabulous Photos of Chapman and Weinstein arriving on the Red Carpet earlier Guerilla-style sans Media Credentials, it seems that I paid some sort of a Karmic price  for it as unfortunately my Files were corrupted while uploading the Photos to my Computer.  I was able to salvage only a couple Photos of the delightful Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York who was awful nice to pose for a Photo with me.  Dressed in Marchesa and Jewelry by JDJ, Ferguson radiated elegance.  And after our Photo didn't turn out the first time, she was just as lovely to take another with me later on.  Her The Sarah Ferguson Foundation also was a Key Player in this evening's Gala.

Ferguson played Host this evening too, at one point reprimanding the Crowd for speaking during the Live Auction portion of the Gala.  Amy Verner (@amyverner) Tweeted, "Fergie gives crowd a good scolding for chitty chatting during live auction....".

On his way out, I did meet Weinstein quickly, telling him what a great supporter I am of his Films.  Bridget Jones's Diary, Shakespeare in Love, The King's Speech, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2,  NINE, CHICAGO.... so many of my favourite Films are a part of the Weinstein legacy.  Although I asked nicely for a Photo together he declined nice and calm, "I can't.", somewhat underwhelming for a Man known for his temper. 

He did sign an 8x10 for me of him to which he reacted "Ugh!" seemingly displeased at my choice of Photo.  In all honesty, finding a High Resolution Photo of him on Google was not an easy task at all.   Perhaps tipsy, he signed my Sticky Note by accident, before realizing he was to sign the actual Photo.  Second time's the charm, I suppose - ironic considering that Weinstein appears to be experiencing a Second Wind in this phase of his life: in love (his marriage to Georgina is his second) and professionally after a falling-out with Miramax/Disney and a new start with The Weinstein Co..

(Photo credit: Mr. Will-W./Jeanne Beker)

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