Toronto Fashion Week

Toronto Fashion Week Hotspots

Toronto Fashion Week may call the tents at David Pecaut Square home, but there's a cluster of other hotspots around town that will see editors, talent, designers, and other fashion folk come through their doors. Here's the shortlist.

Where to Prep

Although the major point of Fashion Week is to watch the shows, a lot of guests spend more time sizing each other up and trying to get photographed than they do on their actual reviews. Surprise, surprise: Fashion Week is a lot about appearances. Many attendees will ensure they're ready from head to toe with visits to industry favourites like Greg May Hair Architects and Tips Nail Bar.

Where to Eat

A lot of us just grab a plate of cheap chow mein at the food court under Metro Hall; it's the quickest and most convenient option between shows when Special K bars just won't do anymore. Another popular option is O&B Canteen, located on the lower floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox. They offer quick, gourmet-ish sandwiches for those on the go, and sit-down options for those with time to spare (read: skipping a show they don't like). Best bet though is to grab the blogTO iPhone app and use it to search for places nearby.

Where to Party

Designers' after parties pop up at various locations, but Thompson Toronto is historically the place of choice. This season, both Eva Chen and Pavoni will host invite-only parties there. The Hoxton has already hosted a couple rogue fashion week events and will also welcome the annual DIScCONNECT Fashion Film Festival, which is open to the public on March 14.

Where to party if you can't get any invites, but still want to feel included:

As usual, various nightclubs and lounges around town will provide options for those who can't attend the actual affair, but still want to say they "experienced" it. These are also good choices for people who don't really care about fashion, but need a new excuse to legitimize their post-grad drunken escapades. C Lounge, Bloke & 4th, and Cobra will all gladly take partygoers' money and load them with booze in the name of Fashion Week.

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