This Week in Fashion: Toronto Fashion Week line-up, J.Crew Collection store, WORN Heartbreak Karaoke
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.
Toronto Fashion Week (aka World MasterCard Fashion Week) has announced its preliminary calendar for the fall/winter 2014 season. From Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21 both established and emerging Canadian designers will dazzle the tents at David Pecaut Square. Mackage, Joe Fresh, Beaufille, and Thomas Balint are just some of the names on the calendar. The shOws, an offsite fashion event featuring designers like Jeremy Laing and Steven Tai, has also solidified its dates for March 12 and 13. For the full (yet tentative) Toronto Fashion Week schedule, visit the official website.
Canadian fashion distributor Standard Apparel has added yet another leading international label to their roster: Nau. The newly introduced brand offers urban and outdoor apparel with a clean and timeless aesthetic for both men and women. Perhaps the most notable trait is its eco-consciousness; every garment is produced with premium fabrics like organic cotton, wool, tencel, and recycled polyester. Find Nau's spring/summer 2014 collections at Toronto retailers like Sporting Life (2665 Yonge St), Raindrops (50 Bloor St W), and MEC (400 King St W).
Last Wednesday, J.Crew opened a 6,500 square foot Collection store at 110 Bloor Street West. The new boutique is the first of its kind in Canada, carrying the brand's less conservative and more coveted pieces (as in the ones you can count on seeing in magazines, trend reports, and on fancy people). Although the stock is comprised mostly of womenswear, there's a small selection of luxe menswear as well.
Dapper chaps rejoice! Holt Renfrew recently announced that they've leased Roots' former Bloor Street flagship store (100 Bloor St W) to open a standalone, dedicated men's shop. The 15,000 square foot space - which just so happens to be right across Harry Rosen's massive flagship - is expected to launch this fall.
WORN Fashion Journal is once again hosting their ever-popular Heartbreak Karaoke night to soothe any and all sad, sad souls on Valentine's Day (February 14). Hit up Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton St) from 9 pm until 2 am to "mourn your latest romantic folly" by belting out Fly by Celine Dion (with a drink in hand, of course). Admission is $5 if you're wearing red or pink, and $7 if you're not.
Photo by Mauricio Calero