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Fashion & Style

This Week in Fashion: Simpson sisters at The Bay, UPC Boutique closing, H&M's new collaboration, Diepo at Robber, shop local at Miracle Thieves

Posted by Paul Aguirre / November 30, 2011

Jessica Simpson The BayThis Saturday: The Bay Queen St. hosts a fashion meet-and-greet with Jessica and Ashlee Simpson
On December 3, the Simpson sisters touch down at The Bay's flagship store to help launch the new Jessica Simpson Girls apparel line. Starting at 1 p.m. in The White Space on the third floor, Jessica and sister Ashlee - who also serves as co-creative director of the latest addition to a billion-dollar empire - will sign autographs and take photos and all that other stuff you could expect from a thing like this. Go early - you know how tweens love their icons.

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This Week in Fashion: The Party & Sales Edition

Posted by Paul Aguirre / November 23, 2011

Toronto FashionTonight: Hit the "Covet Evening" at Parkdale boutique Shopgirls
Shopgirls, the Queen West shop known for its commitment to Canadian designers first and foremost, is hosting an evening of spending sprees in support of Montreal label Covet. Enjoy 25% off all Covet merch, plus a few styles shipped in specifically for tonight's shindig — plus a little wine and nibbles while you work. RSVP here to guarantee a spot or just take your chances. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., 1342 Queen St. W.

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This Week in Fashion: Ruins anniversary bash, Get Fred Perry on the cheap, Raging Spoon swap madness, Sunny Fong sample sale

Posted by Paul Aguirre / November 16, 2011

Toronto FashionTonight: Ruins celebrates one year anniversary with Laurie Kang exhibit opening
I must admit that I'm thrilled - and shocked - that Ruins, the Queen West diamond in the rough, has made it through its first year. Tonight, the folk behind the store invite one and all to a dual-purpose party celebrating the milestone and the newest work by artist Laurie Kang. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., 960 Queen St. W.

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This Week in Fashion: Parties from Chosen and Worn Fashion Journal, Gilt Groupe launches in Canada, a new men's pop-up shop, and a head start on 2013 trends

Posted by Paul Aguirre / November 9, 2011

Toronto FashionChosen is throwing an official-slash-one year anniversary party
After a year in the retail biz, Chosen Vintage is celebrating with a party — on a Friday night, and open to all. It falls on 11.11.11, so expect some "cosmic things" on offer, like a (rare) performance by Fang Enamel. RSVP here. November 11, starts at 7 p.m., 960 Queen Street West (upstairs, above Ruins).

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This Week in Fashion: Designer appearances, a party at Stylexchange, new Danier collaborations, Drake General Store sale & other quick shopping tips

Posted by Paul Aguirre / November 2, 2011

Toronto Fashion NewsThis Week in Fashion is a weekly round up of what's being talked about - or bitched about - in Toronto's style scene.

Designer appearances go head-to-head at The Bay and Holts tomorrow
Jewellery superstar Alexis Bittar hits Holt Renfrew's main floor tomorrow at 10 a.m. for a trunk show and personal appearance. You're invited. Down on Queen St., Parisian designer Barbara Bui will showcase her spring/summer 2012 collection at The Room, and will Q+A with Jeanne Beker, starting at 12 p.m. That one's a little harder to get into, but those who head down will still get a glance and taste the frenzy.

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Music

Rufus Wainwright and Austra go to the Toronto opera

Posted by Paul Aguirre / October 24, 2011

Austra OpernationWhat event dares to take on fashion week? Operanation, duh. On Friday night, the annual event pulled rank on all things fashion-related, or at least I'd like to think so. There's been an interesting debate for the better part of a decade about the future of opera as an art form, or, rather, as a viable art form for the masses. Some feel it's on the verge of extinction, others are confident it will find new ways to grow and evolve with its audiences.

There's not a sexy mainstream movie about opera (a la Black Swan), and there's certainly not a highly publicized, national week devoted to its promotion (like LGFW). That's why fundraisers like Operanation exist; they're designed to raise awareness of opera and to support the tradition and its burgeoning talents. Now in its eighth year, Operanation aims to raise funds for the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio, a training program for young opera professionals. They are the future.

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