Toronto Fashion Week

This Week in Fashion: Fashion Week calendar released, Todd Snyder + Champion collection launch

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

Last week, World MasterCard Fashion Week announced its preliminary calendar for the spring/summer 2014 season. From Monday, October 21 through Friday, October 25, both established and emerging Canadian designers will dazzle the tents at David Pecaut Square. Mackage, Joe Fresh, Beaufille, and Thomas Balint are just some of the names on the roster. BMO is also presenting Fashion Saturday (October 26) -- a new public event highlighting the best looks of the week as well as a shoppable designer market. For the full (yet tentative) schedule, visit the official website.

After making noise on Queen Street West, Sauvage (644 Queen St W) is ready to take things to the next level. They're officially launching their fully revamped website and new online store this Friday (September 20), so you can shop their quirky-modern womenswear from the comfort of your own home (read: curled up in bed, laptop in tow). They'll be offering free shipping on domestic orders over $150 -- a line you'd know isn't hard to cross if you've ever set foot in the boutique.

EVENTS

Tomorrow (September 19) marks the launch of Todd Snyder's fall 2013 menswear collection, designed in collaboration with Champion and manufactured right here in Toronto. Stop by Over The Rainbow (101 Yorkville Ave) from 6 pm until 9 pm to celebrate -- toast to the new season, peruse the preppy-athletic pieces, enjoy complimentary drinks, and mingle with the designer himself.

MIDNIGHT MRKT is back for its fifth bi-monthly round. If you haven't been, it's a traditional eclectic market, but in night-time party style. This Friday (September 20), shop from 8 pm until 1 am on the 2nd floor of 461 King Street West with local brands including Opal Doily, NOZO, Blackbird, and more -- and then stay a little longer to dance to DJs Lucie Tic, Beam Me Up, MembersOnly (Evening Standard), and Para-sol. Entrance is $5 at the doors.

From noon until 4 pm on Saturday (September 21), Arts Market (846 College St) will be home to a poppin' clothing swap party. The event's not only an overhaul for your closet - it's also a sustainable and socially conscious way to give and take back from the community. Entrance is just $5, so lug your gently used clothing to Little Italy and walk away with a brand new set of gear for the fall season.

For one day only this Saturday (September 21), Norman Felix Gallery (627 Queen St W) will be home to yet another edition of the Rigorous Mess & Friends Pop Up Shop. This time around, they'll be featuring fall gear and a $10 rack from seasons past, as well as a slew of local vendors like Parkdale Butter and Cloth & Water -- so spend the day from 11 am until 7 pm sifting the great finds over snacks, tunes, and good company.

A pop-up shop curated by Pharrell Williams opened earlier this month at Holt Renfrew Yorkdale (3401 Dufferin St), containing a visual installation of his most coveted personal items, including fancy sunglasses and exclusive sneakers, of course. And, as this year marks the 10th anniversary of his clothing line Billionaire Boys Club, he'll be making an appearance at the space this Saturday (September 21) from 2 pm until 3 pm. If you've got an undying question for Pharrell, this one-hour is your chance to get an answer. The pop-up shop will be open until the end of October, so if you miss out on the Q&A, you can at least be in the presence of his lavish belongings.

This year's Parkdale Nightcrawl falls on Saturday (September 21) - so you'd better gear up for an evening of art, performances, brews, music, and good company. Stores and spots between Dufferin and Roncesvalles will be open from 8 pm until midnight, each hosting a different kind of party. Elevator (1273 Queen St W) will be featuring a semi-secret interactive art piece, an exhibition by local artist Julia Dickens, and two fall/winter trunk shows by Canadian labels RUNE and String Theory. Find a full list of participating venues on the Queen West Art Crawl website.


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