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
Toronto Fashion Week releases preliminary calendar of designer shows
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.
Tuesday: Preview Moschino's pre-fall collection at The Bay
In another step to connect with its customers, The Room at The Bay is hosting a public trunk show and informal modeling presentation of Italian fashion house Moschino, known for costuming world tours by Kylie Minogue and Madonna. Shop the pre-fall collection and get a taste of time in the fashionable lane. 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., The Bay Queen Street.
Heart Truth fashion show announces celebrity and designer line-up and it looks...really good?
On March 8, Canadian design talent will dress media starlets to raise awareness for women's heart health. The fifth annual event, held at The Carlu on International Women's Day, will see local talents like Adrian Wu, Paul Hardy, Arthur Mendonca and Lauren Bagilore dress other locals like Jully Black, Divine Brown and Shannon Tweed - with Gene Simmons! While everyone will be in red, we'll be in leather.
New Store alert: Monique Boutique opens at St. Clair & Oakwood
St. Clair West may not be Toronto's premiere fashion destination, but the recently opened Monique Boutique might just be justification enough to hop on the streetcar in order to check out the vintage collection on offer here. Formerly just an online shop, the new location features lots to choose from in the under $100 range and covers a span of decades that reaches back to the 1930s. Stay tuned for a profile of the store, and in the meantime check out the website.
Photo from Moschino's pre-fall 2012 collection