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This Week in Fashion: Shopcaster news, Walk a Mile in her Shoes, Art of Fashion RAW Design Competition, Dagg & Stacey and Slavin Raphael sample sales

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.


Shopcaster (previously spelled Shopcastr), an online window shopping experience highlighting Toronto boutiques, has recently expanded to offer customers the option to buy the products right off the website. Shipping anywhere in Canada is $5 flat, plus, if you refer a friend who makes a purchase, you'll get a credit to use on your very own home-grown garment, accessory, or very confusing vinyl monkey thing with a transparent hat.

Chosen Vintage has officially moved from their second-floor home to the spot where Ruins used to be, at 960 Queen St W. Since it no longer takes a chalkboard sign and a flight of stairs to get there, we'll have to see what an increase in traffic and retail space will do for the hip and affordable shop.

Womenswear boutique Pho Pa closed its doors for good after several years on Queen St W and in Kensington market. The hidden gem - which stocked eccentric but well-made pieces - will definitely be missed.


Tonight (September 26) at 6 pm, The Coveterie is hosting their Fall Style Bar at Easy & The Fifth (225 Richmond St W). Peruse the collection - including pieces by Rebecca Minkoff, Jenny Bird, and Maurie & Eve - over mini manicures, and delicious treats courtesy of The Fifth Kitchen.

From 10 pm until way past last call tonight (September 26), YYZ Living Magazine is throwing a BLK & WYT Party at Brassaii (461 King St W) - self-proclaimed as a highly anticipated event full of mingling, drinking, and dancing to the tunes of Undercover. You know it's serious when the event name lacks vowels. Find out more here, and RSVP to

Incredibly unique jewellery designer I'MONIQ is having a one-day pop-up shop at Miracle Thieves (249 Crawford St) tomorrow (September 27) from 7 pm until 11 pm. The intricately woven, hand-dyed, and charm-bedazzled statement jewellery will be available for purchase over treats and beats by David Coppafeel.

The 4th annual Walk a Mile in her Shoes is happening tomorrow (September 27) from noon until 2 pm. Head down to Yonge-Dundas Square (men especially!) to strut down the runway in a pair of high heels - or to support those participating - in the name of helping to end violence against women. Find out more or register for the event through their website.

For yet another year, Art of Fashion is hosting their RAW Design Competition at Shops at Hazelton Lanes (87 Avenue Rd) - a cutthroat event highlighting Canada's top emerging designers. A judging panel - including industry professionals Marie Saint Pierre, Brent Weisgerber, and Erin Hershberg - will cast their vote to determine the Most Promising Designer of 2012; as well, they'll announce the winner of the People's Choice Award. The rest of the night will be dazzled with a public showcase running from 7 PM onwards, an Yves Saint Laurent bag giveaway, body-painted models, a vodka bar, live entertainment, and more.

This Friday (September 28), House of Moments (388 Carlaw Ave) is presenting to the world their first ever pop-up shop, lavishly dubbed the "Crème de Fashion." The event will feature and market several unique local boutiques and designers including Nordem Hirst, Sentaler, and The Store on Queen from 8 pm until midnight.


Toronto designers Dagg & Stacey are moving out of their current studio (60 Atlantic Ave, Unit 202), so naturally, they're having a blowout sample sale including anything and everything they have left over from past seasons. Get your expertly tailored womenswear at marked down prices from tomorrow (September 27) until Saturday (September 29).

For two days only (September 29 to 30), Slavin Raphael's massive Fall sample sale is hitting 80 Wingold Ave, with brands including J Brand, Bench, Hunter, Dolce Vita, and New Balance ready to be picked up at lower-than-low price points. Be sure to visit an ATM beforehand - the sale accepts cash only.

Photo courtesy of Nordem Hirst

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