The Room at Hudson’s Bay fêtes Brit shoe designers Nicholas Kirkwood and Sophia Webster

The Room Hudsons Bay Nicholas Kirkwood Sophia Webster Party
Photography by David Pike
The Room Hudsons Bay Nicholas Kirkwood Sophia Webster Party
Photography by David Pike

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The Room at Hudson’s Bay went full Anglo on Tuesday night with its celebration of two Brit shoe designers, Nicholas Kirkwood and Sophia Webster. Held in the store’s palatial new shoe department (seriously, it’s 20,000 square feet), the soiree served as a shoe shopping kick off as well as, well, just another excuse to party. Toronto’s style setters were in fine pre-fashion week form, pulling out all the outfit stops and the Nicholas Kirkwood chevrons to boot.

Kim Tanenbaum modelled her mother-in-law Carole Tanenbaum’s jewels just perfectly overtop an all-black outfit and Kirkwood’s wholesale director Josephine Papasavvas brought the party’s requisite Peter Pilotto factor alongside a stomach-bearing crop top. West end cred was sufficiently represented by Prince Innocence’s Talvi Faustmann and Josh McIntyre, who matched in long black trench coats. Hair statementing was a thing too, especially for a certain top-knotted shoe associate who delighted us with his kabuki-like appearance and definitive newness on the scene. You go girl.

As guests clamoured around the designers themselves, Sophia Webster’s popping butterfly-heels and word bubble pumps were being snapped up by the shopping enthused, who deigned to exchange champagne flutes for shoe boxes mid-party. When in Rome.