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This Week in Fashion: One Direction, Thieves and Nowhereland pop up, Jeff Rustia, The Designers Closet, sales at eLuxe and Chosen Vintage

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.


Toronto upstarts Nowhereland settle in for an extended run at Love of Mine Boutique (781 Queen Street West). Between August 15 and September 30, visit the West Queen West boutique for the cut-out, denim and metallic styles of this bold and raunchy line, started just a few short months ago. You've got to give props to a brand that un-self-consciously sells a T-shirt dubbed "The Cat King of the Universe."

In other pop-up (and not strictly fashion-related) news, it'll be music to the ears of One Direction's fans that the Irish-British band's merchandise is coming to Toronto. The 1D World shop will set down roots for two weeks (August 18-September 2) at 680 Yonge St., and is a bit of a coup for Toronto, as it's the first pop-up shop in North America. You'll find limited edition items such as band t-shirts, hoodies, and surprisingly cute sunglasses.

Thieves Boutique is bringing its moody, beautifully constructed, local and eco-friendly clothing to Hide (789 Dundas St W) for a weekend (August 18-19) pop-up. Thieves' closed its doors earlier this year, and has been continuing to sell its high-fashion silhouettes made from sustainable fabrics on-line, but don't miss the opportunity to see, touch and try on these unique pieces.


Jeff Rustia - the fabulous Club Fashion TV host and BPM:TV VJ - is known for doing everything big. For this reason, Jon C, Thomas Neary, and Sheila Kins are throwing a huge fashion party tomorrow (August 16) from 10 pm until 2 am for the one and only night that Jeff is in town. Arrive at Bloke & 4th (401 King St W) dressed to the nines for the televised event. RSVP to For bottle service, contact

Back for its third year, The Designers Closet is presenting Autumn/Winter 2012 this Saturday (August 18) at Arta Gallery (14 Distillery Lane) starting at 7 pm. Mingle - and network - with fashion folk over a first look at collections by local designers High Standards, Denise David, Anna Fora, Simply Beautiful Designs, and Jomanda Allicock. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by contacting Christine Minton at 416.995.1909.

Last week, Uniiverse hosted a clothing swap. Tonight (August 15), they're hosting their first ever beauty and bling swap at their very own headquarters at 111 Jarvis St. Bring in your new or hardly used makeup and jewellery an hour before the event to enjoy the swap taking place from 6 pm until 8 pm. There'll also be samples by Yves Rocher and complimentary Henna tattoos! It can't get any more fun than that. Find out more and RSVP here.


Starting tomorrow (August 16) and carrying on until Friday (August 17), eLuxe will be opening their warehouse (355 Adelaide St W) from noon until 7 pm to get rid of all their designer summer gear, priced at no more than $150. Considering the brands offered - which include J Brand, Pink Tartan, and House of Harlow 1960 - $150 or less is a huge steal. Check out the flyer.

Mid-September, Chosen Vintage will say goodbye to its relatively hidden upstairs space and say hello to its new wide-window street space just below (currently Ruins boutique at 960 Queen St W). Of course, this entitles them to throw their biggest sale yet - the "Move it or Lose it" sale, happening this Saturday (August 18) from 11 am until 7 pm. Everything in the back alley of their building (960 Queen St W) will be marked at $10 to make room for new quirky vintage garments.

Photo courtesy of High Standards

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