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A Night At The Opera(nation)

Well folks, I don’t normally post about events on my site but there was so much love for the dress I wore to last week’s Canadian Opera Company’s Operanation that I’ve decided to post some photos and details on my look here. As soon as I heard that this year’s Operanation party was going to have a whimsical fairytale theme, I’m not going to lie, I got pretty stoked. The concept of formal has seemed to have disappeared over the last few years, which makes me really sad. Somehow denim has made it’s way into events where the invitation clearly cites “formal” and I think it’s time we bring some glam back to the Toronto scene.

COC Operanation - Narces Yasmin Gown
Wearing the “Yasmin” by Narces. Shoes by Rene Caovilla from David’s Shoes. Shot by David A. Pike

In the past, I have been very predictable and safe with my evening wear options. Black, black anything form fitting, oh and did I say black? I promised myself this year I would wear more colour and so far…so good. I love supporting Canadian designers because we have so much amazing talent in this country. I got to wear a dream of a dress designed by the beautiful Nikki Yassemi, the creative mind behind Narces, a Toronto based womenswear line that specializes in bridal, evening and special occasion ready-to-wear.

COC Operanation - Narces Yasmin Gown

COC Operanation - Narces Yasmin Gown

The bestest friend a gal can have and the perfect fairy godmother to Maxwell. Talia Brown has really helped me evolve my personal style during our four year friendship. Talia is in Self Portrait from Fitzroy Boutique.

There were several options, making it nearly impossible to choose, but narrowed them down to about five with the help of my best friend and stylist, Talia Brown. She knows me and my body better than anyone in the world. Yes, even better than Réjean…so outfit decisions for big events are rarely made without her. I was also lucky enough to get instantaneous feedback from so many of you guys when I posted our front runners on IG stories. THANK YOU FOR THAT! It made my decision that much easier and it was also surprising to hear that you all loved the pink belted “Felixa” ball gown with pockets. That one was a no brainer for a fairytale theme, but after much deliberation and the coaxing of Nikki, we went with the Yasmin gown. You can find on her website Narces.com and is available as pre-order dress only. Her stance on it,

“Everyone can do a ball gown, but why don’t you put your own twist on the theme and make it a bit sexy? This is a sexy fairytale!”

And you know what, she was right. This piece of magic is made of the most beautiful colour tulle with a slit that hit at just the right place. The belt detail is intended to be worn at the front, but at the very last minute I decided to switch it up and wear the bow in the back to enhance the train.

Here are some of my favourite photo moments from the evening

COC 2019 Operanation
L to R: Andrew Lovesey, Me, Nikki Yassemi of Narces, Talia Brown-Thall, Nelson Thall
COC 2019 Operanation
The most entertaining plus one ever – Andrew Lovesey

Speaking of amazing dresses and evening soirées…I am in the midst of planning for next week’s CAFA Awards and the gown hunting has officially commenced. You can catch all the dress options and behind the scenes on my stories.

A very special thank you to the talented David Pike who captured the most stunning photos of Talia and I before the event and to Chris Cheung, who somehow was stealth enough to really cool candid moments in the rain, as we entered The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

The 15th Annual Operanation is Back With a Fairytale Themed Gala

Spring is here (yay!) and we finally have the weather to confirm this, which means one thing – event season is among us. There are only a handful of events that take place in the city that can incite a bit of FOMO if I have to miss out on it and the Canadian Opera Company’s annual Operanation event ranks high on the list. It is the first big event in the new year where people are actually excited to dress up and go out because the snow and cold weather is behind us.

This year on May 16th the COC will host their 15th annual Operanation event inside the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre. With this year’s theme being inspired by the fairytale stories of next year’s opera stage, the evening is no doubt going to be a whimsical night full of surprises, adventure and voices of the company’s opera stars.

I can’t wait and I plan on taking the theme seriously when it comes to what I am wearing. I am thrilled to be given the chance to wear something magical from one of my favourite Canadian designer’s, Nikki Yassemi of Narces. I plan on bringing you guys along for the ride via my stories during my visit to her studio for my upcoming fittings and plan on letting you all in on the fun by helping me choose a look for the big night.

Photography by Ryan Emberley

If you’ve been lucky enough to attend Operanation before ,you already know it’s THE party of the season and tickets sell crazy FAST.  The COC was kind enough to give my followers access to tickets for this spectacular evening at a reduced rate HERE or you can access ticket sales via the link in my IG bio and use the code “SASHA” to grab yours. I can’t wait to see some of y’all there!

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