3 Cocktail Recipes Inspired By 3 Unique Toronto Fashion Week Designers

Toronto Fashion Week has always been the bi-annual highlight of my years. A lot of people don’t know, but Toronto Fashion Week is a large reason why Dave and I are together. We both share a huge passion for fashion, creativity, design, and photography – and Toronto Fashion Week was probably one of my favourite (albeit week-long) dates that him and I went on. It became a tradition for him and I. We attended our very first fashion week together 7 years ago and hadn’t missed one since. 

Last year was the very first year in 7 years that I didn’t attend fashion week… mostly because it didn’t happen. Toronto Fashion Week has gone through lots of changes – switching multiple name partners, being taken in by IMG Fashion Weeks, leaving IMG Fashion Week… it’s been a whirlwind for our fashion industry, for sure. But as expected, it didn’t stay down for long, and this week marks the brand spanking new Toronto Fashion Week!

Something I love about Toronto Fashion Week is that it truly showcases how incredibly talented our Canadian designers are. And no, Canadian fashion isn’t all about plaid and the denim tuxedo (although, I admit, I love both of those things). I am so incredibly thrilled for Toronto Fashion Week to be making a come back splash and am so excited to see what Canadian designers showcase this season!

And speaking of splashes, Grey Goose has been the sponsor of Toronto Fashion Week for its last couple years and this year, they’re doing it again! What’s more glamorous that a beautiful Grey Goose cocktail right? But this year, they’re making it super special by showcasing their own designs down the runway too! Well… kind of. 


Grey Goose collaborated with 3 incredibly talented and unique Canadian designers to create cocktails that represent their flavour, per se. I didn’t even know it was possible for cocktails to be fashionable, but they totally are. The 3 cocktails are inspired by household-name Canadian designers: Pink Tartan, Hayley Elsaesser, and Lucian Matis (my personal fav).


And although I personally don’t drink alcohol (although I always find a way to make a tasty mocktail version), Grey Goose holds a really strong history in Dave and my life. Rewind 4 years, and Dave and I spent every weekend as club promoters (if you can believe that haha). And we would always have a Grey Goose bottle in hand. It’s Dave’s favourite vodka brand. 


And since Dave has been tirelessly working on our renovations (we finally finished my office!), I figured I would treat him by making him one of these fashionable cocktails. Naturally, I decided to make him the Lucian Matis “Smoke and Mirrors” cocktail. 




I’m sharing the fashionable recipe that I used to make the “Smoke And Mirrors” cocktail, alongside the other 2 Grey Goose x Toronto Fashion Week cocktails below: 

Something about Toronto Fashion Week always gets me tingling with excitement and excited for life. I don’t know what it is, but whether you’re attending the shows, just watching recaps, or just love a great cocktail, I hope you make one of these for yourself, get all dressed up, and enjoy a nice evening! Life is too short not to dress up, make a fancy cocktail, and kiss your favourite person.

Toasting to all of you beauties today and a big cheers to the kick-off of fashion week! 

mel inspired

  • Loving the post and pics, and I am so excited for TFW as well! Can’t wait to see you there! xx

  • Amy Arnold

    Loving these photos and these recipes sound great!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Mel

      Thanks so much Amy! Honestly, they’re so creative! Definitely must tries. The coffee one surprised me, but it actually made the drink smell so good!

  • Those cocktails look delicious! I would definitely go for the Pink Tartini. Have a great week

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box
    Instagram: littleglitterybox

    • Mel

      Thanks Simone! They definitely are! The pink tartini just reminds me of a perfect summer day haha (although summer is fleeting). Thanks for stopping by!

  • I have always been a fan of the Tdot Fashion week, one of the great fashion weeks we have in Canada.
    PS: The Pink Tartini looks delicious 🙂
    I love your pictures, your dress is stunning !!

    • Mel

      Right?! Totally agree. I feel like it reminds the world that Toronto is totally a fashion capital 🙂
      It’s super refreshing! Totally try it! And thank you so much lovely – the dress is actually a vintage dress I stole from my mom haha

  • These sound amazing! Such beautiful photos too! Have fun at fashion week 🙂


    • Mel

      And they actually taste as good as they look! Thanks so much Emily 🙂 I definitely will!

  • It’s 5.36 am I’m at the airport going to Paris and somehow you managed to make it nice to read about cocktails ! So well done 🙂
    Plume d’Auré

    • Mel

      Gah! Best comment ever! Thank you so so much! So glad you enjoyed it. Enjoy Paris! Super jealous I’m not on a plane headed there right now 🙂

  • TFW is always a blast!
    Had the honour of being in it about 2 years ago!
    Beautiful photos!

    • Mel

      That’s amazing Lauryn! I’m sure you killed it! So glad TFW is back 🙂 Thanks for stopping by lovely!

  • Yummy these drinks look so amazing, I love Grey Goose

    • Mel

      Don’t they? They’re so creative, I love the stories behind them. And Grey Goose is Dave’s absolute favourite too! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Mel

      Thanks so much Eloise 🙂

  • Valeria Chizhova

    It’s so unusual that fashion week inspires you to create cocktails! You have such beautiful photos! Love ♥

    • Mel

      Haha well the cocktails were really made for Dave (my boyfriend) to thank him for all the stuff he’s been doing around the house. But I love that they’re fashion week inspired 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Valeria!

  • I love these cocktail recipes- how fun!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Mel

      Aren’t they? I thought the same thing when I learned about them! I love the inspiration behind them 🙂

  • Wow! How cool does Pink Tartini look? I need to give the recipes a go. Also, the photos look amazing, the post is so artistic!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris


    • Mel

      Aw thank you Kris! I feel like Pink Tartini totally matches you 🙂 Hope you’re having an inspiring one!

  • They look delicious. Thanks so much for stopping by. xoxoxo


    • Mel

      Thank you Toks! They are definitely just as delicious as they look 🙂