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This Week in Fashion: Walmart fears in Kensington, Kastor & Pollux Pop-Up Shop, Secondhand Prom

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.


Last week, word got around that RioCan intends to open a 2-storey shopping mall just west of Kensington Market - one that will include the king of all discount retailers: Walmart. As a long-time local hub of small businesses, residents and market-lovers are raging left and right over the looming, controversial proposal. Social networks have already been set ablaze with protest and petitions have been signed by thousands. Tomorrow (June 6), a public meeting addressing the proposed development will be held at the College Street United Church (452 College St) at 7 pm.


Kastor & Pollux, an online womenswear boutique and blog, is celebrating their two-year anniversary with a pop-up shop at ultra-hip retailer Sauvage (644 Queen St W)! Drop by on Friday (June 7) or Saturday (June 8) to shop their new collection of iridescent clothing and jewellery - or enjoy treats and refreshments at the opening party happening on Friday (June 7) from 7 pm until 10 pm.

Relive your high school prom with WORN Fashion Journal at the Church of the Holy Trinity (10 Trinity Sq) this Saturday (June 8) from 9:30 pm until 2 am. To celebrate the release of their 16th issue, knock back a couple of $4 beers in your best tacky floor-length gown while shimmying to the sounds of The Broken Mixtape. Advance tickets are $10 or pay $15 entrance at the door.

If your closet is lacking rare finds like vintage garments and handmade doodads, but you're not into sifting the smelly racks at a thrift store -- don't fret! Local bloggers Anita Clarke and Jen McNeely have teamed up to bring you the June edition of the Gladstone Flea: a handpicked (and well organized) extravaganza for all your unique fashion needs, happening this Saturday (June 8). Spend the hours between 10 am and 4 pm perusing the racks at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W) or miss out and be bland forever.

A couple of months ago, Out of The Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture opened up at the Bata Shoe Museum. As beautiful and interesting as it was to take a gander at the world's most celebrated sneakers, I still had a lot of unanswered questions. Luckily, curator Elizabeth Semmelhack is offering tours and talks exploring the rise of the everyday shoe this Sunday (June 9), picking apart its history and meaning in today's culture. Advance tickets are $10 or pay $14 entrance at the door.

Next week marks the inaugural launch of Canada Philippine Fashion Week, a 6-day celebration of Filipino fashion, culture, entertainment, and philanthropy. From Monday (June 10) until Friday (June 15), a slew of venues downtown will host events bursting with energy - including performances, film screenings, live music, exhibitions, and of course, fashion shows by designers based both in Canada and the Philippines. Find the full schedule and a list of participating designers on their official website.


For two days only starting today (June 5) and stretching until tomorrow (June 6), PHT is hosting their big annual Spring Sample Sale on the 4th floor of 176 John Street - a ton of womenswear will be marked at up to 95% off! Known for having the best selection of styles from Anthropologie, GILT, Saks Fifth Avenue, and more in a full range of sizes, this is definitely not an event to miss.

Photo by Javin Lau

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