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This Week in Fashion: Line Knitwear collaborates with Roots, The Tutu Project Auction, Chartreuse Style trunk sale and Rescue summer sale

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.

NEWS

Last week, the long-awaited new Harry Rosen opened at the Eaton Centre. Harry Rosen himself, assisted by his eldest son and newest CEO, Larry, cut the ribbon - which was made of suiting fabric, of course. The space is over 15,000 square feet, taking over the upper level by Queen Street. The First Canadian Place location (the next big renovation of the chain retailers) is slated to open later this month.

The Eaton Centre isn't just introducing many new stores; it's now offering style consultants for the fall season, too. Whether you need a full wardrobe refresh or just a couple back-to-school style tips, you can book Carmen Lau, Kaylin Leier, or Laura Leroux for one hour from now until Friday (August 24). The sessions are completely free, so book them fast if you're in need of a guided shopping spree! Find out more and book your session online.

Canadian label Line Knitwear drew inspiration from the country's most notable cities including Toronto, Montreal, Banff and Vancouver, to create a collaborative capsule collection with Roots. Expect to see the classic Roots look - rustic pullovers and cardigans with maple leaf and beaver motifs - but with a touch of vibrant colours. The four-piece collection will be available in Roots stores around the end of September, but you can preview it in its entirety in the meantime.

EVENTS/PARTIES

The Design Exchange and the National Ballet of Canada are offering tutu enthusiasts a chance to own a piece of history. Fixty-six one-of-a-kind ballet-related pieces by Canada's top artists and designers, including VAWK, Julie Moon, and David Dixon, will be auctioned off as part of The Tutu Project, a fundraiser for the National Ballet. Tickets for the August 28 event - complete with complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres - are $20 ($15 for DX members).

Fashion's Night Out - New York's biggest and baddest shopping event similar to Toronto's past Vintage's Night Out and West End Riches, but multiplied by 10 - is just around the corner for Torontonians, so you better be prepared for the September 6 launch. Don't miss Plaid Magazine's Odessa Paloma Parker's style tips over snacks at Comrags (812 Dundas St W) or The Bazaar by RAC pop-up marketplace at the Burroughes Building (639 Queen St W, sixth floor) featuring over 20 of Toronto's own designers. Find the full list of frequently updated, fun, fabulous, and free events hosted by participating stores here.

SALES

Starting tomorrow and extending through the weekend (August 23 - 26), Parkdale's newest eco-friendly boutique, Chartreuse Style (1692 Queen St W), is hosting a trunk sale offering local brands for up to 75% off - including some one-of-a-kind items! Guest designers Paper People Clothing, Spruce, Things aren't so Terrible, and Mandala Design will be participating in the event. The launch party is happening tomorrow night (August 23) from 7 pm until 9 pm.

Also running from tomorrow until Sunday (August 23 -26), is a summer designer sale at Rescue (102 Ossington Ave). Clothing both vintage and contemporary will be marked at up to 70% off, but the best savings come from the markdowns of jewellery by Eliza and Sarah Stevenson. Find out more here.

Queen West purveyor of gorgeously draped, moody-hued unisex clothing, Ruins (960 Queen Street West), is closing its doors on August 26th. Not content to go quietly into the night, they're currently offering up 50-75% off of all merchandise, and truly, that's a steal.

Worried that you've missed the boat on late-summer sales? Dundas West boutique Life of Manek (1504 Dundas Street West) is holding their end-of-season sale until August 31. Enjoy spring/summer JBrands from $99, We Are Handsome swimwear at 50% off, vintage shorts and summer dresses up to 70% off, and summer shoes at 50% off. It's a can't-miss opportunity to stock up on beautifully curated vintage finds and contemporary brands in one stop.

Photo from the Tutu Project by Setareh Sarmadi courtesy of the National Ballet of Canada


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