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July 19, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto’s fifth floor oasis was on fire last night as the award-winning pool was transformed for the hotel’s first ever fashion show. With lights flashing and music pumping, models walked on water as they strutted down the pool-turned-runway.

Guests were buzzing following the debut of the latest collection from VITAMIN A, and a rare runway curtain call by acclaimed designer Amahlia Stevens.

In collaboration with its presenting partners VITAMIN A and Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie, Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto welcomed Canadian fashion icon Jeanne Beker as host for the evening, who introduced the Spring 2015 VITAMIN A swimwear line. Models wore accessories by Birks, hair stylings by Hair on the Avenue, and makeup by L’Oréal Paris.

Arriving on the hotel’s fifth floor, guests were presented with the “Swimming Pool,” the famous Parisian cocktail made with Perrier Jouet champagne served on ice. The “Swimming Pool” was offered in celebration of the collaboration with VITAMIN A, along with canapés created by executive chef Damon Campbell, including dungeness crab with compressed watermelon, lime and coriander, and oysters on the half shell, with yuzu mignonette.

“The energy on our fifth floor was palpable last night. Seeing and hearing everyone’s enthusiastic reaction to our pool transformation was incredible. We hope to do more events of this nature in the future,” said Richard Cooke, general manager, Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto. “It has been inspiring working with Amahlia Stevens, and we thank all of our valued partners for their support.”

VITAMIN A creative director Amahlia Steven describes the design of her 2015 line as “inspired by the idea of sporty chic – from the crisp vintage glamour of tennis and sailing to the Slim Aaron’s photos of the jet set on holiday. Fresh textures, clean stripes and  architectural silhouettes meet sublime new fabrics and fits. And, as always, the collection is rooted in authentic California style – the laid back, sexy, all natural beach beauty that’s in our DNA.”

“We are honoured to be involved in the unveiling of VITAMIN A’s latest collection,” said Surinder Bains, owner of the Miraj Hammam Spa. “The same luxurious services that we offer our clients, such as the St. Tropez tan, were offered to the models to help them get runway-ready and complete their VITAMIN A look.”

Since its inception in 2000, VITAMIN A has become synonymous with quality craftsmanship and a design style that is hip-slimming, bust-boosting, figure-flattering perfection. VITAMIN A designs have been worn by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba, and Halle Berry. Designer Amahlia Stevens’ SoCal upbringing informs her laid-back modernist aesthetic and passion for sustainability. That effortless, natural sexiness and West Coast ease are in her DNA – the spirit of VITAMIN A.

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