Yorkdale Mall Expansion

This Week in Fashion: Yorkdale to expand again, Magwood relocates, 101 SUPERmarket, Spa Week

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.


Though Yorkdale Shopping Centre (3401 Dufferin St) only recently unveiled their 145,000 square foot expansion, they've already announced plans for yet another twice its size — this time it'll cost over $330 million and add just under 300,000 square feet to the mall. The only confirmed retailer for the new space is a three-level Nordstrom store; the others will be announced closer to the fall 2016 expected opening date.

Last week, two new-to-Canada retailers had their grand openings in Toronto: British brand AllSaints and the long-awaited Target department store. AllSaints followed in the footsteps of Ann Taylor and Kate Spade, strategically placing itself in the new wing of Yorkdale Shopping Centre (3401 Dufferin St). Target, on the other hand, now has four locations in the city: at East York Town Centre (45 Overlea Blvd), on the Danforth (3003 Danforth Ave), at Cloverdale Mall (250 The East Mall), and at Centrepoint Mall (660 Yonge St).

The Marshalls Toronto flagship — along with six other Canadian locations — also opened last week to offer price-conscious (but still fashionable) shoppers a chance to snag designer brands at reduced prices. Though its concept is a lot like that of sister retailer Winners, Marshalls carries a hell of a lot more shoes (over 8000 per store). Visit the new digs at Yonge & Gerrard (382 Yonge St) to up your footwear game.

After two years on Dundas West, Magwood - a luxury vintage boutique - has moved to busy shopping destination West Queen West. The larger space (886 Queen St W) still offers designer vintage clothing and accessories, but will also expand to carry bridal and children's wear. The new hours are as follows: Tuesday - Friday from noon to 7 pm, Saturday from 11am to 7pm, and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.


Tonight (April 10), a panel discussion dubbed The BIG Debate will be held at the ROM (100 Queen's Park) at 7pm. Industry professionals designer Jeremy Laing, Ryerson School of Fashion chair Robert Ott, branding/fashion lawyer Ashlee Froese, and Hudson's Bay Company vice president/buying director Nicholas Mellamphy will be discussing critical issues in the fashion industry today — megabrands and globalism amongst others are slated to be debated. Moderated by Jeanne Beker, the event isn't one to miss - tickets are $15 and available online.

Fundraising fashion show Life's A Label will be held tonight (April 10) at 7pm in support of poverty relief charity Windfall Basics and scholarships for George Brown College students. Aria Entertainment Complex (108 Peter St) will be dazzled with local designers and boutiques (including Fresh Collective and Gerhard) alongside live music, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, and giveaways. Advanced tickets are $20 ($15 with a valid student ID) or $25 at the doors; email lifesalabel@gmail.com to reserve yours.

Eclectic bazaar 101 Markets is trying something new this month; instead of its usual one-day event, they're opening the first-ever 101 SUPERmarket running from April 12 all the way until May 12. Situated at the old Magwood location (1418 Dundas St W), the market will house an assortment of vendors ready to offer vintage clothing, handmade doodads, and edible delicacies including jewellery by Emily Woudenberg and housewares by Odds and Mends. The store will be open 11am until 7pm every day except Tuesday.

This Saturday (April 13) Creatures Creating Gallery (822 Dundas St W) will be home to Rigorous Mess' sixth monthly pop-up shop, featuring the brand's handpicked vintage goodies for spring. They'll be sold alongside National's beaded jewellery, Suture's leatherwork, Florence & Lovelle's handmade headpieces, and prints by photographers Shane Fester, Erin Leydon, and Nicole Dee Simmen. The shop will be open from noon until midnight, so pop by for a one-stop shop of fun.

Spa Week by WaySpa is coming to Canada next week, offering Torontonians a chance to enjoy luxury spa packages at a low cost. From April 15 to 21, full service treatments at the finest spas across the GTA are only $50, so be sure to book an appointment at a spa near you.

Photo of Yorkdale via the Wikimedia Commons

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