Fashion Fail x2
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Fashion Fail x2

New York designer Carol Lim incorrectly identified as Toronto designer Caroline Lim in the Star. The photo has since been replaced.

We here at Torontoist love pointing out other people’s mistakes because we are perfect angels and love to lead by example. So you can only imagine our delight in catching this rare, fabled, double-dipper of an error.
Now, if you don’t have your nose to the fashion scandal grindstone (wait, what?), you likely missed all the recent commotion surrounding this “best dressed” article in Toronto Life‘s Style section wherein Toronto developer Deena Pantalone shows off a dress she “sort of” designed herself, describing it as “a really old vintage dress I’ve had lying around the house for years.”
Long story short, the internet prevailed, and online commenters hilariously revealed it to be an original dress by local designer Caroline Lim, owner of Queen West boutique Champagne & Cupcakes (“I HAVE THIS DRESS TOO – but in an electric purple!!!” said one commenter. “FYI hunny, ‘you’ didnt design this dress, at all. They didnt make neon red cocktail dresses in the 50’s,” said another). Pantalone was all but crucified, Lim got involved in the comment war (“I’m not sure how this dress was ‘lying around your house for year’ if it was only created this season.” BA-ZING), much fun was had, and the whole thing is covered in detail by Jezebel and about a million other places.
Anyhow, we somehow managed to keep ourselves out of this one, but when the Toronto Star scooped the story, attempting to further clear the air, they managed to make the most suitably hilarious mistake they could have possibly hoped to make on the subject. One that we couldn’t possibly resist sharing with you lovely folks.
From yesterday’s corrections: “An incorrect photo was published with a May 29 article about a dress designed by Toronto designer Caroline Lim of Champagne and Cupcakes. The photo identified as Caroline Lim was in fact of Carol Lim, a New York boutique co-owner.”
Yes, that would be Carol Lim, owner of the popular SoHo boutique Opening Ceremony, who along with co-owner Humberto Leon (also pictured) is just the latest designer to get credit for this magical publicity-sharing dress. Awesome.
The Embarrassing Case of the Little Red Dress, right?