this week in fashion toronto

This Week in Fashion: Greta & Jessica start anew, Toronto is going to get FAT, Fashion Nation parties it up, and the city bids farewell to its greatest Fashion Icon

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.

SALES

Greta Constantine, the chic lovechild of Fashion Week front-runners Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill, is currently having their seasonal Sample Sale! One-of-a-kind dresses, pants, blouses, and accessories are all fair game in this on-going clearance that includes pieces from both Greta's S/S 2011 and 2012 Collections at 40-80% off retail! The sale ends April 30th, 2012 and is only open to the public via special appointment (no walk-ins). In other words, if you haven't already called in and booked, you're probably missing out! Email info@gretaconstantine.com for more information. Location: 7 St. Nicholas St., Suite 301

Jessica Jensen, one of this country's newest Haute design visionaries, is taking her growing line of luxury handbags and accessories to TheShoppingChannel.com; joining the likes of other notable Canadian designers such as Brian Bailey and Lucian Matis. The new line, Jessica Jensen Signature, will include everything from totes, to wallets, to clutches that range in a variety of pigments! The Signature Collection will be available online as of Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, and also be featured on air on Wednesday, May 2nd and Thursday, May 3rd.

EVENTS

Toronto Arts & Fashion Week [FAT] is fast approaching! Beginning next Tuesday, April 24th and running until the 28th, FAT aims to shed light on Canadian artists in productions of design, performance art, film, and music, in an attempt to promote contemporary expression and marketable talent. This year at least 200 artists will take part in the 5-day event including Toronto-based designer Emily Woudenberg. In collaboration with filmmaker Adam Zivo, Woudenberg's highly anticipated Fall/Winter 2012 will be showcased on Wednesday, April 25th at 9:30pm! Tickets, showtimes, and venue information can be found here.

DAT Salon celebrates 2 years in the fashion and beauty industry in Toronto! In collaboration with artist Alex Perlin, DAT Salon is holding their Anniversary soiree this Thursday, April 19th from 7-10pm complete with food, drinks, and art. A household name in the industry, DAT has readily participated in fashion events all over the city including editorial campaigns, public events, and agency work. Models, designers, photographers, and hair stylists of influence are all expected and invited to attend and enjoy! Location: 442 Dufferin Street, Unit E

PARTIES

Spiro Mandylor, famed Fashion Blogger and creator of ItsAllStyleToMe.com, is hosting a mammoth Industry event this Friday, April 20th at 9:30pm! Appropriately dubbed FASHION LUXE, the all-night-long party will take place in the heart of the Distillery District and feature, and I quote, "the city's most notable Fashion Icons and Industry Professionals". Featuring DJ Lokei and in collaboration with photography Alex Evans, Madylor seems to promise a night of super-luxury and schmoozing at the utmost level of fabulous. Free gifts, guest list, bottle service! Arrive early to avoid disappointment! Doors open at 10:00pm! Location: 55 Mill St, Building 36, Suite 100

FAREWELL TO A FASHION ICON

As we've all come to know by now, Bell has suspended Fashion Television production after 27 years at the forefront of the Canadian industry. Fashion Television, in it's prime, was the source on fashion that catapulted young designers as well as solidified their progressive growth under the iconic presence of it's figurative Queen, Jeanne Beker. Beker, who has been an active part of the evolving industry since 1985, was more than a figure head for the brand, she was a voice for the Canadian market. Beker's influence easily shed famed light on emerging Toronto artists that forever changed their career and, almost single-handedly, forced the fashion world to look back at Toronto's growing potential. Our Fashion Week is now the second largest fashion event in North America and it is largely in thanks to this woman's tireless work. Jeanne Beker, although moving on from Fashion Television and it's legacy, is planning to continue her influential work in the industry through new projects under Bell in the future.

Writing by Dylan Dias


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