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This Week in Fashion: World MasterCard Fashion Week is near, Sauvage opens permanent spot, Vintage Crawl, clothing swaps, CAFTCAD Movie Wardrobe 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.


World MasterCard Fashion Week is just around the corner, which means David Pecaut Square (221 King St W) will soon be littered with large white tents, flamboyantly-dressed men and women, big ol' cameras, and--of course--celebrated (or should-be-celebrated depending on how they do next week) Canadian designers. Expect this season's Toronto Fashion Week (running from October 22 until 26) to be immensely different; it's the first of its kind after being sold to IMG. Visit the website for a full list of designers.


Tonight (October 17) from 6 pm until 10 pm, Sauvage--an edgy womenswear shop--is celebrating the grand opening of their permanent location (644 Queen St W) with a bang. Not only will the party have the typical complimentary drinks and fabulous guest host Gracie Carroll, it'll also hold giveaways by skinnygrape, Mill St Brewery, Tealish, and Fresh. Plus, get 15% off your new Sauvage gear all night.

This past August, Uniiverse and the Touchstone Youth Centre hosted a clothing swap, promoting sustainable fashion and closet spring-cleaning for all. This time around, they want you to bring along any and all of your old Halloween costumes and accessories to The industREALarts Room (688 Richmond St W) tonight (October 17) at 6 pm--since dressing up as the same thing twice is lame and uncreative! The best part is you can take as many things as you've dropped off between 7 pm and 9 pm, meaning your next (or next few) Halloween costume plans are all set. Find out more and RSVP on the Uniiverse web site.

Support local brand OSC Cross by attending their fall/winter 2012 launch party, with $4 drinks and live music by Brendan Philip at The Mascot (1267 Queen St W) tomorrow (October 18) night from 8 pm until 11 pm. Then, take the opportunity to purchase the new collection of urban outerwear made especially for Toronto winters at the pop-up shop running all weekend (October 19 - 21)--they're handmade, weatherproof, down-filled, and come with a lifetime warranty.

On Friday (October 19), party in style at the Prps fashion show at Century Room (580 King St W). Not only will you be the first to see the luxury fall/winter 2012 menswear collection designed by former Nike designer Donwan Harrell, but you can also purchase booths with bottle service and rent a limo for the event. For VIP guest list, call or text 416-262-0897.

The Bombshelter (166A Spadina Ave) is graciously hosting a Martial Artistik Clothing "ninja party" extraordinaire this Saturday (October 20) complete with complimentary beer and live performances by a slew of funky musicians including Thrust, Que Rock, and Dusty Wallace. The event runs from noon until 10 pm, so that you have ample time to peruse the collection of limited edition hoodies, t-shirts, ninja masks, and more.

If you want to kill two birds with one stone, participate in the Evergreen Brick Works clothing and costume swap this Sunday (October 21)--a total closet overhaul for men, women, and children! Bring a maximum of 12 pieces (it can be any gently used clothing item or accessory with the one exception of undergarments) from noon until 4 pm to trade for the same amount of pieces at the swap. All extra garments will be donated to charity, and the entrance fee of $3 will go towards other events in the community.

We're already right smack in the middle of the-week-before-Fashion-Week, so the city is no doubt cluttered with informal fashion shows and events. Philip Sparks, Laura Siegel, ChloĂŠ Comme Parris, Label, Klaxon Howl, Sid Neigum, and Cara Cheung have already shown their spring/summer 2013 collections, but Paria Shirvani is slated to launch Zephyr--a live fashion installation inspired by movement--at Oz Studios (134 Ossington Ave) tomorrow (October 18) at 7:30 pm. RSVP to

Next Tuesday, Vintage's Night Out is back and ready for action under new handle Vintage Crawl Toronto. After a very successful turnout last year, the very same retailers will be a part of the city-wide vintage shopping experience, in addition to a flock of new participants including Bridge + Bardot, Anice Jewellery, and Rescue Vintage. Pick up a map at any of the listed boutiques to know exactly where to go for drinks, snacks, and sweet finds.


On Saturday (October 20), Pinewood Film Studio (255 Commissioner St) will be home to this year's CAFTCAD Movie Wardrobe Sale, where over 30 vendors will offer their outrageous and unique clothing from 9 am until 5 pm. It'll be a mix of high-end, classic, and vintage garments, plus a few wardrobe supplies here and there at discounted prices. The $5 admission will go to The Actors Fund of Canada.

Photo by Raissa Biscotti courtesy of Sauvage

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