This Week in Fashion: Tiger of Sweden, MIDNIGHT MRKT, A$AP Rocky helps kick-off Fashion Week
This Week in Fashion rounds up the week's style news, store openings and closings, pop-up shops, sales and upcoming fashion and design events in Toronto. Find it here every Wednesday morning.
World MasterCard Fashion Week is just around the corner, which means David Pecaut Square (221 King St W) will soon be taken over by large white tents, outrageous fashions both on and off the runway, and Canadian designers ranging from budding to beloved. Don't miss Pink Tartan in all its veteran glory, or DUY (the winner of last season's Mercedes Benz Start-Up competition) hit the tents for the first time next week (March 18 - 22). Visit the official website for a full list of designers and a calendar of events.
Early this week, Tiger of Sweden opened the doors to its Toronto location (56 Ossington Avenue). The Swedish brand is best known for its men's suits, but has also expanded to carry womenswear with similar tailored qualities and a denim shop. To date, Canada is the only country outside of Europe to have Tiger of Sweden stores.
Tomorrow night (March 14), kick off Fashion Week with Homegrown Boutique and Style Empire magazine at Bloke & 4th (401 King St). I know it's super early, but any excuse to throw a dance party, right? With musical stylings by DJ Andy Alias, we've decided to excuse the over-eagerness. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org for booths and bottles.
Another Fashion Week kick off is happening at Maison Mercer (15 Mercer St) this Saturday (March 16) at 10 pm, featuring special guest Willy Monfret - an international model and DJ. In addition to donning his piercing blue eyes and general dreamboat tendencies à la Nicki Minaj music video, he'll also be spinning the ones and twos with house music all night long. To RSVP, email email@example.com or call 416 341-8777.
The Coveteur and Thomas Neary are proud to present FA$HION KILLA, an opening party at Maison Mercer (15 Mercer St) happening on Monday (March 18). Don't miss your chance to kick off Fashion Week a third time with rapper and fashion killa A$AP Rocky until four in the morn` -- get your $25 tickets before they run out, and reserve a table by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 416 341-8777.
The eclectic MIDNIGHT MRKT is finally back and ready for action for its second round. If you didn't make it to the first one, it's an event similar to other monthly markets (like 101 Markets and the Junction Flea), except in nighttime party style. This Saturday (March 16), shop from 7 pm to midnight on the 2nd floor of 461 King Street West with Of a Kind, F as in Frank, Shoppalu, and more — and then stay a little longer to dance to Lucie Tic, Johnny Hockin, and Evening Standard. Entrance is $5 at the doors.
As with most industries, fashion has embraced the digital age (a conclusion made by me after watching the growth of e-commerce and the oddly significant influence of fashion bloggers). For this reason, Fashion Forward is hosting an event next Tuesday (March 19) at the Hard Rock Café (279 Yonge St) featuring panellists from online destinations Mejuri, Hangrz, Peacock Parade, and Fashion Society. Aside from their presentations and Q&A sessions, there'll be allotted time for networking with industry professionals. Tickets are $5 for a seat or free if you'll be standing - either way, you'll need to register on Eventbrite.