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This Week in Fashion: Parties from Chosen and Worn Fashion Journal, Gilt Groupe launches in Canada, a new men's pop-up shop, and a head start on 2013 trends

Chosen is throwing an official-slash-one year anniversary party
After a year in the retail biz, Chosen Vintage is celebrating with a party — on a Friday night, and open to all. It falls on 11.11.11, so expect some "cosmic things" on offer, like a (rare) performance by Fang Enamel. RSVP here. November 11, starts at 7 p.m., 960 Queen Street West (upstairs, above Ruins).

Sale crazy? Gilt Groupe launches a Canadian portal
Launched in 2007, Gilt Groupe has been relentlessly luring in unsuspecting online shoppers with their flash sales and mega deals. Featuring everything from home items to menswear to beauty to you-name-it, Gilt sample sales have become near-death (don't be so literal) experiences for some Americans. Up to 60 per cent off the retail price? I can only imagine you're reaching for that credit card right now. And there's apparently free shipping for the first two weeks. Let's just hope the duties and mark-ups don't turn off shoppers à la J.Crew. Sign-up here.

Worn Fashion Journal celebrates issue 13 with The Black Cat Ball
On Saturday, WORN Fashion Journal — perhaps one of the better indie fash pubs in the city - is ignoring superstition and launching its lucky issue 13 with The Black Cat Ball. There will be a raffle, face painters and a bunch of kitty cat ears. (I'm guessing.) And music by Wornette Teddy the K. Test your luck with a chance at prizes from headgear master Lara Vincent, and other goodies donated by stores like Robber, Miracles Thieves, and more. Find out more here. November 12, Dovercourt House, 9 p.m.; Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

New men's pop-up vintage store opening below Cabaret on Queen
Next Thursday will mark the official opening of the Kingpin's Hideaway pop-up shop located in the lower level of Cabaret, the Queen West vintage treasure chest. It's only open for one month, but mastermind Jonathan Hagey promises there will be no shortage of duds to make you look like more than just a dude. It's all vintage-y pieces at this temp stop shop from labels like Boss, Zegna, Yves St. Laurent and Alexander McQueen, alongside "'60s Rat Pack tuxedoes, English silk ascots, and Thomas Pink French cuff shirts." 672 Queen St. West.

Register now for the Fashion Group International's Trend Edit seminar
Next week, the Fashion Group International (FGI) will hold their bi-annual Trend Edit seminar on what you can expect from fashion's future (i.e., highlights from the 2012 runways and predictions for what you'll be wearing in 2013). You'll get to hear from Andrea Praet, the senior trend director of Stylesight, a trend forecasting service that aims to stay one step ahead of in-the-know. And oh, you can win a trip to the Cayman Islands. Register here. November 16, Airship37 (37 Parilament St.), 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Members $40, Non-members $65, Students $20)


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