Toronto Fashion Week

This Week in Fashion: Pink Tartan launches online store, Dare to Wear Love gala, Everlane comes to Canada

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

After making so much noise as a Toronto-based brand stocked in places like Hudson's Bay and Neiman Marcus, Pink Tartan officially launched its online store just last week. The clean, easy-to-browse website will from now on be offering designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran's coveted garments, with free shipping for orders over $195 - an amount that's not hard to meet considering how elegant and practical Pink Tartan is!

EVENTS/PARTIES

Tonight (March 20), fashion your future at the Academy of Design's Wine & Cheese Info Session happening from 6 pm until 7:30 pm. The prestigious school of fashion offers training and skill sets required to make it in the industry - learn more about the programs from the Academy Chair, Paula Shneer. Register on Eventbrite to secure your seat.

Though World MasterCard Fashion Week is coming to a bittersweet end along with all of its festivities, this means the Dare to Wear Love closing gala is happening very, very soon! On Friday (March 22) at 7 pm, The Ritz-Carlton (181 Wellington St W) will be littered with 25 of Canada's best designers - including Mackage, Greta Constantine, and Brian Bailey - and their one-of-a-kind runway creations made from only six yards of African fabric. Tickets are priced between $75 and $500; the funds are used to support the Stephen Lewis Foundation in its fight against AIDS in Africa.

Celebrate (or wish for) the start of the new season with good company over at Mint Boutique (6 Rack House Mews) tomorrow night (March 21) from 6 pm until 10 pm. Get your nails did with complimentary nail art and enjoy some punch, all while perusing their latest collection featuring Nougat London, Alternative Apparel, 7 for all Mankind, and more.

The official runway shows of World MasterCard Fashion Week are ending this Friday, but one rogue fashion show is going to drag the festivities on for just one more day. Fashion Obsession hosted by SAVVY! will showcase the work of Toronto-based designers Pat McDonagh, Sentaler, Brose, and Masha, so be sure to grab a $65 ticket for access to the runway, complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres, makeovers by Bourjois, and gift bags.

Everlane - an American brand dedicated to offering luxury basics at an affordable price - recently launched its #CrowdFundCanada campaign to bring their concept to Canada. Now that they've reached their goal, they're holding a pop-up "Not a Shop" from tomorrow (March 21) until Saturday (March 23). The space (Milk Glass Co. at 1247 Dundas St W) will house their 10-piece collection — each one priced at an amount that cuts out all of the middlemen mark-ups by existing only online. Guests will be able to touch and feel the garments' impeccable quality, but no transactions will be made onsite - instead, they'll be processed online with free shipping.

For two days only this weekend (March 23 - 24), 451 Christie Street will be home to the Rigorous Mess Vintage Pop Up Shop, a winter edition of their seasonal 40% off sale. This time around, they'll also be featuring jewellery makers National and Re:claim, and photography by Shane Fester, so spend the day(s) from noon to 5 pm sifting through great finds over snacks, tunes, and good company.

Next week (March 27 - 31), the One of a Kind Show is returning for its spring edition. Held at the Exhibition Place, the event is essentially a large convention of all crafty buyable art, photography, clothing, jewellery, food, makeup, toys, and more from over 450 vendors. This year, they're implementing a new Etsy section to bring the e-commerce website to real life, featuring 40 emerging Etsy sellers. Tickets are $14 (or $12 if purchased online) for adults, $7 for seniors and youth, and free for children under 12 years old.

Photo from Dare to Wear Love's Facebook page


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