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Fashion & Style

This Week in Fashion: FAT, Muttonhead store launch, North Standard Trading Post anniversary

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / April 23, 2014

North Standard Trading PostThis Week in Fashion rounds up the week's style news, store openings and closings, pop-up shops, sales and upcoming fashion and design events in Toronto. Find it here every Wednesday morning.

EVENTS

|FAT| Arts & Fashion Week's ninth annual edition launched last night with a slew of eccentric runway shows, live performances, fashion films, photography exhibits, and art installations. If you missed opening night, you still have until Saturday (April 26) to catch the multi-faceted festival; tickets are available online or at the door, and they cost $35 per day or $100 for a full week pass.

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Lady Gaga approved designer in Toronto for FAT

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / April 21, 2014

fat toronto 2014Benji Wong, otherwise known as Benji WZW, is one of the many unconventional fashion designers flocking to Toronto to present a collection at |FAT| (Fashion Art Toronto) this week (April 22-26).

The Hong Kong native was raised in Toronto and studied architecture at University of Waterloo, before up and leaving for a fashion program at Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. His 2013 graduate collection "That Paradise Would Be A Meme" pulled together everything he learned from both experiences, resulting in a surreal work of art that attracted the attention of a whole whack of contemporary publications. Lady Gaga even wore a jacket from the collection in an eTalk interview.

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40 awesome finds from Vintage Crawl Toronto 2014

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / April 19, 2014

vintage crawl 2014 torontoVintage Crawl Toronto returned to Toronto's west-end vintage shops this week, letting vintage hoarders of all era allegiances have a blast shopping, drinking, and snacking (instead of doing it at home on Etsy, like on a typical Thursday night). Forty or so retailers scattered from Kensington Market to Parkdale signed on to take part in the spring 2014 edition of the event. Stores stayed open from 7pm until midnight, offering discounts, drinks, and more than one plate of homemade cookies.

A fellow shopper likened the evening to a sort of fashion Halloween - you traipse from door to door (hopefully wearing the outlandish clothes you only yank out of your closet once a year), picking up killer vintage scores and couple of free beers instead of those SweetTarts and Fizz candies nobody ever wants to eat. (I say it's even closer to fashion's Nuit Blanche, only the streets aren't totally clogged, and everybody's in bed by 1am. Magic.)

I stuck to Dundas West, Ossington and Parkdale this time (five hours goes surprisingly quickly when you're up to your elbows in awesome clothes), trawling through a dozen stores for the craziest statement pieces and best time-honoured basics the past has to offer. The nature of vintage, of course, means I can't guarantee any of these are still in stock. In fact, I might have bought a couple of them already (sorry) (no I'm not).

Here are 40 of my favourite finds from the spring 2014 Vintage Crawl Toronto.

Lead photo: Leopard pony hair pumps, Chosen Vintage, $62.

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'60s Pucci dress, VSP Consignment, $398

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'90s Calvin Klein boots, Chosen Vintage, $82

vintage crawl 2014 torontoBeaded minidress, Bright Brown pop-up at the Henhouse, $35

vintage crawl 2014 torontoEye bracelet and rings, Chief Salvage Co., $18/$12

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'40s sequined bolero (made in France), Emporium by I Miss You, $40

vintage crawl 2014 torontoEvan Picone slingbacks, Penny Arcade Vintage, $32

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'70s Lanvin dress, Life of Manek, $199

vintage crawl 2014 torontoPink leather skirt, Silver Falls Vintage, $45

vintage crawl 2014 torontoCutout boots, 69 Vintage, $90

vintage crawl 2014 torontoHeart-patch acid-wash-and-lace jeans, Chosen Vintage, $52

vintage crawl 2014 torontoWool military cropped jacket, 69 Vintage, $65

vintage crawl 2014 torontoTooled leather bag, Emporium by I Miss You, $39

vintage crawl 2014 torontoBoots, House of Vintage, $80

vintage crawl 2014 torontoFloral bomber jacket, Soop Soop, $45

vintage crawl 2014 torontoLace-up leather boots, Penny Arcade Vintage, $125

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'50s day dress, House of Vintage, $145

vintage crawl 2014 torontoCrochet crop top, Silver Falls Vintage, $32

vintage crawl 2014 torontoRed leather shorts, House of Vintage, $65

vintage crawl 2014 torontoCutout boots, Penny Arcade Vintage, $40

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'70s Saint Laurent jumpsuit, VSP Consignment, $398

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'90s heels, Silver Falls Vintage, $52

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'80s Levi's acid-wash jacket, Life of Manek, $29

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'90s beaded linen minidress, Penny Arcade Vintage, $80

vintage crawl 2014 torontoToronto-made leather jacket, Penny Arcade Vintage, $90

vintage crawl 2014 torontoBrocade boots, Emporium by I Miss You, $65

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'60s beaded cocktail dress, Life of Manek. $179

vintage crawl 2014 torontoThigh-high boots, 69 Vintage, $120

vintage crawl 2014 torontoStriped cropped tank, House of Vintage, $30

vintage crawl 2014 torontoBlue canvas trench, Life of Manek, $79

vintage crawl 2014 torontoBrocade skirt, Bridge and Bardot, $45

vintage crawl 2014 torontoSuede rhinestone-studded heels, Chosen Vintage, $65

vintage crawl 2014 torontoZebra-patterned sequin top, 69 Vintage, $60

vintage crawl 2014 torontoSequined dress, Bridge and Bardot, $100

vintage crawl 2014 torontoHandmade beaded dress, 69 Vintage, $170

vintage crawl 2014 torontoMoto-zip denim dress, Public Butter, $20

vintage crawl 2014 torontoFringed jacket, 69 Vintage, $375

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'60s change purses, Life of Manek, $20

vintage crawl 2014 torontoFlower brooch, Public Butter, $20

vintage crawl 2014 torontoSilver Ziggy Stardust boots, House of Vintage, "display only" (sigh)

Coin purse photo courtesy Life of Manek.
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The top 10 plus size clothing stores in Toronto

Posted by Staff / April 17, 2014

plus size clothing torontoThe top stores for plus size clothing in Toronto are a far cry from what shoppers have come to expect from 14+ clothing. The elasticized waists, polyester turtleneck tunics, and sequined butterfly motifs that still haunt the shelves at some specialty retailers are slowly disappearing, thanks to the rising popularity of style blogging and the growing realization that plus-sized shoppers want and need real fashion - not just what's "forgiving," "flattering," and "camouflaging."

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The top 5 reasons to get excited for |FAT| 2014

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / April 17, 2014

fat toronto 2014The tents at David Pecaut Square - and its gussied-up showgoers - may have up and left when World MasterCard Fashion Week came to a close four weeks ago, but the fashion shows won't stop there.

Fashion Art Toronto ("|FAT|") Arts & Fashion Week returns next week (April 22 26) for its ninth annual edition, celebrating the conceptual - and sometimes downright confusing - side of fashion with runway shows, live performances, short films, photography exhibits and art installations. This time around, the event will be held at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. East), a site that's a little more central than the previous event venue, an industrial warehouse.

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The top 10 deals at Toronto Spa Week 2014

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / April 16, 2014

spa week torontoToronto Spa Week is back again - get ready to relax harder than you've ever relaxed in your life. The event's spring 2014 edition will soon be upon us, bringing discounts deeper than a Swedish tissue massage.

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