This Week in Fashion: Toronto Fashion Week's schedule is up, Shannon Tweed & Gene Simmons hit the runway at The Carlu, Monique Boutique comes to St. Clair West
From March 12 to March 16, World MasterCard Fashion Week will begin the parade of homegrown designers with a fresh infusion of cash and flash. Starting next week, the massive newly-designed tents will begin to be erected on King St., west of John. The latest buzz from the "fashion epicenter" seems to surround the just-released incarnation of this season's calendar. The current version sees once-rogue labels Ezra Constantine (little brother to Greta) and Lucian Matis join the official line-up, and dismantles the typically clusterfucked Wednesday night as Joe Fresh shows alone and Pink Tartan moves to Thursday. Other welcome changes are solo shows by Travis Taddeo, Caitlin Power and Ashitani (who showed together last year). Plus, it's the homecoming of international favourite Rad Hourani. Look for the current line-up - rife with TBAs and obviously subject to change - here.
This Week in Fashion: One-night-only sale at The Drake, Dermalogica to host skin health workshop & other deep discounts this weekend
The Canadiana-inspired Homegrown Boutique hopes to get some of that west-end money when it transports select store stock to The Drake Hotel for a one-night-only sale. Fall/winter and last season merch is reduced up to 60 per cent, with nothing over $150. Shop from local talents like Toronto's Zoran Dobric, or Montreal's Arti Gogna. They also stock wares from Caitlin Power and Sarah Stevenson, two powerhouses from Toronto Fashion Week. Find out more information here.
This Week in Fashion: Designer Adrian Wu's having a party, Vawk introduces its sister line, and Fashion Week's got a new name
I first told you about Adrian Wu when he debuted auspiciously enough at LGFW last fall. Don't get me wrong, Wu designs in concepts and the take-away is usually like it or leave it. Tepid reviews aside, the boy is still making things happen, notably gearing up for the opening of his studio space near Bay and Dundas. Yup, everyone is welcome. More information available on Facebook.
This Week in Fashion: Have dinner with the Bustles, new vintage clothing/vinyl store on College, Afrotropolis Wanderland is coming, and who will sponsor LGFW this season?
Always wanted to dine with royalty? Kidding. Each January, Wear White 4 Windfall endeavours to promote anti-poverty campaigns through public awareness, fundraising and, of course, fashion. In support of the organization, Bustle designers Ruth Promislow and Shawn Hewson will host a prix fixe dinner at Winchester Kitchen & Bar on January 24. There will be live music and a sea of white. For reservations, call 416.323.0051 or email email@example.com.
This Week in Fashion: A clothing swap with a biker gang, CB2 set to open at Queen & Bathurst, make your own belt with Brave Leather, and more retail buzz
This Saturday, The Deadly Nightshades — recently called "Canada's most fashionable bike gang" — is hosting a "closet detox." Obviously, everyone is invited. It's happening at The Fountain Bar on Dundas West, and you're encouraged to bring everything from clothing to craft supplies you haven't used. Men also welcome. $5 to swap with three (3) items in pristine condition. Not in the mood? Have a drink and watch. Find out more here.
This Week in Fashion: India Hicks at Holt Renfrew, shopping at Narwhal and Intermix, Jean Paul Gaultier eyewear in Yorkville, Aldo fragrance launch, Complex Geometries and Jeremy Laing
Meet jewellery designer - and the 521st person in line for succession to the British throne - India Hicks at Holt Renfrew this afternoon. The former model, Princess Diana bridesmaid, and current hotel hotshot and fine jewellery craftswoman will be posing for pictures and talking shop and showing off her latest collection on the Ground Floor from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.