September 9, 2010

The Flocktail Party

In less than a week, on Wednesday September 15th, Toronto's most important garden party, Flocktail, will be happening at the Toronto Botanical Garden.

The party is a fundraising event for the TBG based on a birdhouse design competition. Participants of the competition vie for bragging rights and prizes for the best designs. The guests of the party then have the opportunity to bid on all of the designs being auctioned off. There are plenty of other wonderful auction items to bid for thanks mainly to the long list of prestigious sponsors.

The whole event promotes conservation and preservation of natural habitats and also helps the TBG financially realize some of their environmental goals.

To say this event is swank is an understatement! See my photos from last year's party.

The dress code, as you would expect, is cocktail attire. Many that attend try to dress up to the theme. How will they combine feathers with botanicals this year? With that in mind, I photographed a well-known Toronto Milliners' shop this spring on April 15, 2010.

KC's Hats

David Dunkley is the proprietor of KC's Hats in Toronto.

KC's Hats

He has a large selection of hats in his studio but what he is really well know for is his custom work for private clients that are dressing for the Royal Ascot and the Kentucky Derby. He also has a signature line for brides.

David was a student of acclaimed English Milliner, Rose Cory.

KC's Hats

What you are seeing below is a combination of feathers and Sinamay which is a Philippine product derived from the Abacá plant.

KC's Hats

For an event like The Flocktail Party, ladies would probably want something smaller in size, literally a cocktail hat.

KC's Hats
KC's Hats

These smaller scale accent pieces are called “fascinators”.

KC's Hats

The Flocktail Party is the most prestigious public garden party in the City of Toronto, if not the Country. Here is an opportunity to rub shoulders with the chic and influential while contributing to a worthy cause. Tickets can be purchased online through the TBG Website.

I am very excited about attending and will have some great photos and video to share with you after the event.

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If you are hosting a garden related event in the GTA and would like it covered in or would like to place an e-poster about it on our Events Calendar, just contact me. I am always delighted to promote anything gardening in Toronto.

Mark Disero

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