This Week in Fashion: Chloe Comme Parris changes names, Out of the Box, TFI New Labels Fashion Show
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.
Last week, Toronto clothing brand Chloe Comme Parris announced a name change. The designers, sisters Chloe and Parris Gordon, no longer felt a need for their names to define the brand, so they've decided to officially be called Beaufille. The French words translate to "handsome girl," a quirky play on the brand's design aesthetic - the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.
As part of an ongoing expansion and renovation, Square One Shopping Centre has officially announced a tentative opening of a Holt Renfrew store in the spring of 2016. The new retailer - which will boast 120,000 square feet - will turn Ontario's largest shopping centre into one of Toronto's top shopping destinations.
After making so enough noise in local fashion, Augustina Boutique (138 Cumberland St) in Yorkville officially opened their new online store. The clean, easy-to-browse website will from now on be offering the luxury boutique's coveted clothing and accessories, including items by Rebecca Minkoff and Me&Ro Jewellery.
Sneaker culture is and has always been a huge phenomenon in cities including Toronto -- which is why the Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor St W) is excited to open the first ever North American exhibition that spotlights the history of the incredibly versatile and (more often than not) comfortable shoe. Tomorrow (April 25), the museum will be alive from 9 pm until 2 am, ringing in the new exhibition with DJ Kool Bob Love straight out of New York City. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Designers Shawna Robinson and Natalie Sydoruk have decided to hang up their hats as the duo behind local clothing brand LABEL. After four years in the game, they've decided to part ways to start exciting, new projects. But, don't fret! They'll be going out with a bang otherwise known as a party and sale tomorrow (April 25), so mozy on over to Levack Block (88 Ossington Ave) to enjoy the last of LABEL from noon until 11 pm.
Tomorrow night (April 25) from 6 pm until 9 pm, The Black Box Boutique (106 Yorkville Ave, 2nd floor) will be home to a bridal accessory extravaganza. Welcoming KC's Hats and Tara Fava Jewellery, guests will be able to shop handmade headpieces and jewellery for their big day. There'll also be free makeup consultations to help keep blushing brides, well, blushing.
Odessa Paloma Parker of Plaid Magazine and Fitzroy Boutique (972 Queen St W inside BYOB Cocktail Emporium) are hosting a Spring Launch Party tomorrow (April 25) from 7 pm until 11 pm. The shop-in-a-shop is launching local designer Sarah Donofrio's latest collection while also offering 10% off on all of the boutique's new arrivals. Plus, guests can get their nails did by Pinky's Nails while enjoying a cocktail or two.
Because I am a Girl is hosting a fund-raising fashion show/clothing sale hybrid this Saturday (April 27) at Stirling Room (55 Mill St, Building 36, Suite 100). The items to be showcased were donated at the Power of Pretty Clothing Drive this past February. Twenty dollars for an advanced ticket will get you access to the event, a drink ticket, appetizers, and cover at Stirling Room after the show, so don't miss your chance to support women around the world in a fun and fashionable way.
From now until Sunday (April 28), bring any special clothing you no longer wear to Jonathan & Olivia (49 Ossington Ave) in support of CAMH's Suits Me Fine Boutique program. Your donations will go straight to the patients at CAMH after being displayed proudly in the store window. As a thank you, Jonathan & Olivia will offer any manager-approved clothing donors a discount of 10%.
Next Tuesday (April 30), The Carlu (444 Yonge St) will be dazzled with a fashion show, fundraiser, and fancy cocktails for the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI)'s New Labels competition. Find out which designer will win this year's award for Most Promising Label, $25,000 cash, and a chance to design a collection for Target stores across Canada - all while enjoying an open bar and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $50 for TFI members and $75 for non-members.
Enjoy a one-day sample sale tomorrow (April 25) at the Burroughes Building (639 Queen St W). From noon until 8:30 pm, local businesses Foxy Originals, This is J, Luved Clothing, Melissa Beth, and Rent Frock Repeat will be available at up to 80% off. Be sure to bring along cash - they won't be accepting any other form of payment.
Last minute prom queens should head to the Windfall Brides Prom Blowout Sale, open for two instalments: this Saturday (April 27) and next Saturday (May 4) from 11 am until 3 pm. Held at 29 Connell Court (Unit 3), the sale will feature thousands of prom gowns - in an array of sizes - from designers such as Nicole Miller, Alfred Sung, Badgley Mischka, and more. Dresses will be sold for as low as $25, so ladies, make your way over fast!
Treat your mother (or yourself) for Mother's Day by visiting the Rita Tesolin Spring Sample Sale running the next two weekends (April 26 - 28 and May 3 - 5) at 63 Wingold Avenue, Suite 110. Items include an assortment of costume and semi-precious jewellery, including some one-of-a-kind pieces. The sale will be open from 11 am until 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, but will only be open from 11 am until 5 pm on Sundays.