This Week in Fashion: Designer wins big business prize, Denis Gagnon and Lancome, vintage shopping behind a salsa club, Coco Rocha video, Wilfred in Toronto
Vintage Sale behind Lula Lounge
The only vintage sale worth going to this weekend (maybe) is behind a salsa club. On Saturday, the lot behind Lula Lounge, the Dundas West club with Latin flavour and imported tequila, will host the one-day-only Summer Lovin' sale. The vintage scavenger hunt is one of the first in Toronto to bring to life Etsy superstars and give them a 3D audience.
Get a head start and browse goods from participating shops before they hit the street: Naughty Mess Vintage; Fashion Riffs; Ampris Loves Vintage; and Honey Mad Vintage. Aug 6, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m., 1585 Dundas St. W. (behind Lula Lounge, down the alley, to the left).
Canadian designer takes small business contest for big prize win]
A brand makeover Toronto-based designer Rachel Sin is the recipient of the first annual BIBIt contest. Launched in June by Kate Engineer, the Toronto marketing/PR bosslady behind namesake firm BIB, the new - and very necessary - prize is aimed at giving small business owners the tools for a complete brand overhaul.
Engineer organized the prize, which was somewhat under-promoted, as a way to bring exposure and expertise to businesses in the fashion, lifestyle and beauty industries. Participants had one month to submit their companies for consideration by four expert judges - from a new media firm to Engineer herself - who would also offer services to the winner.
Sin, who's garnered a small following for her modest and contemporary collections, gets a package valued at $30,000: a six-month public relations management contract; a branding consultation; a fully produced video campaign; and new web digs. The package also entitles Sin to a media event, so mark your calendars for her FW2012 preview. Missed your chance? There's always next year.
Denis Gagnon x LancÃ´me makeup collab is yours for the buying
Montreal's Denis Gagnon has made a career out of innovation and taking risks - in his collections and in his extra-circulars. First it was a foray into shoes with Aldo seen in his most recent runway show, and now, he's a makeup connoisseur with a new collection in conjunction with LancÃ´me.
Announced in May, the 13-item collection of shadows kits and blushes and lipsticks is up for order on LancÃ´me's site, much to the delight of beauty editors across the country. According to Gagnon, sexy and smoky is what you'll find. Give it a whirl and report back.
In case you missed it...
Canada supermodel Coco Rocha made a documentary about traveling to Haiti set to premiere this September. Watch the teaser trailer here or below.
Artizia has announced that sister label Wilfred - a trendier offering for the grown-up TNA-er - will find its first home at the Toronto Eaton Centre. Opening August 25, the 1,600-square-foot boutique will carry the entire Wilfred collection and two diffusion labels. Make your wish lists now because opening day will see you working harder than the first day of a new H&M designer collaboration.
Top image from the Wilfred collection
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