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Fashion & Style

How to do Toronto Fashion Week without an invite

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 20, 2014

toronto fashion weekToronto Fashion Week events are surprisingly friendly to the general public - except, of course, for the shows themselves. Public ticket sales for World MasterCard Fashion Week appear to have been phased out this season and, while there's a handful of after-show parties with hors d'ouevres of varying quality and bars of varying degrees of openness, they also come with moderate-to-very exclusive guest lists.

If you're not in the industry, but desperately want to rub shoulders with those who are, there are still a number of events scheduled - both sanctioned and unofficial - around the week's main calendar of shows. (If the party scene's not your thing, designers - particularly fledgling designers showing early in the day - will occasionally make spots at their shows available to the public, in an effort to put butts in the seats. Start beefing up your "follow" list on Twitter.)

Here are my picks for how to do Fashion Week S/S 2015 without an invite.

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Toronto Fashion Week S/S 2015 preview

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 19, 2014

fashion week torontoToronto Fashion Week is back at the tents at David Pecaut Square for the spring/summer 2015 season. As designers make a mad dash to perfect their collections before sending them out the door, and countless volunteers pull on their black T-shirts and pick out stylish-yet-practical shoes, the Canadian fashion media debates how much the spectacle of the shows does for our homegrown talent (even Jeanne Beker herself recently weighed in).

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Anthropologie moving into church on Queen Street

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 17, 2014

anthropologie toronto761 Queen St. West, a converted church most recently home to non-profits like Community Bicycle Network and the Raging Spoon, has been quietly preparing for several years to transform into upmarket retail space. When a new concept for the building was unveiled two years ago, the development firm even slapped a fake retail concept onto the converted church: "Archeologie".

That joke now seems oddly prescient (or maybe they just knew something we didn't) - either way, it looks like a real, live Anthropologie location is confirmed for the new space, with a projected December opening.

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The top 10 online stores for beauty products in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 13, 2014

beauty productsBuying cosmetics online in Toronto leaves you with few options - if you're looking for drugstore or department-store products, that is. (Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart pretty much have the market cornered on mass-market cosmetics, skincare and fragrances - but, luckily, Sephora's online options are great, and there's a Shoppers on every corner.)

If you're willing to look past your favourite product labels to something a little more obscure - or to a hand-crafted, all-natural product made by a local - your options get far wider, and far more interesting. Many local cosmetics companies, shut out by larger cosmetics distributors, take matters into their own well-moisturized hands by selling their own wares directly to customers online, and local indie-beauty stores are doing an admirable job of bringing tons of niche lines under one roof.

Here are my picks for the top 10 sites in Toronto for buying beauty products online.

See also: 20 essential beauty shops and salons in Toronto

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Swedish fashion chain J. Lindeberg coming to Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 12, 2014

j lindeberg torontoAnother international fashion chain is set to land downtown in the coming weeks. Swedish fashion line J. Lindeberg, whose wares can already be found sprinkled around town in stores as diverse as Anti-Hero, Sporting Life, and the Bloor St. Harry Rosen location, is set to open a Canadian flagship in the old Next Door space at 433 Queen St. West at Spadina.

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Menswear brand gives TFC merch a new look

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 10, 2014

tfc frank oak torontoAs sweatpants have bled over into the real-deal fashion world (hallelujah), so too has the sports world cleaned up its act. (Did you know that NBA players have a business-casual dress code? And aren't allowed to wear sunglasses indoors?) Toronto FC, ready to create a "world-class" image for the club, is following suit - pun completely intended. (This summer, when it came time to order their club suits, the team turned to tony custom tailor Garrison Bespoke for sharp three-piece grey suits with a subtle red check.)

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