February 2012

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Fashion Takes Action launches a style swap for the well-heeled

As Toronto Fashion Week heads for the finish line, stylish Torontonians are being given the chance to step up their wardrobe even further. The non-profit Fashion Takes Action is holding its first ever high-end clothing swap.

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Greta Constantine unveils a strict and seductive new look

The Greta Constantine show is arguably the most highly anticipated of each season in Toronto. This year, the label’s designers, Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, opted to unveil their latest work at the Arcadian Loft. The intimate venue featured an L-shaped runway and drew many notables — including singer Jully Black, actress Sarah Gadon and Post City’s fashion columnist, Jeanne Beker — in addition to a bevy of leggy socialites.

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Red alert: Holt Renfrew celebrates classic nail colours with free manicures

For nail aficionados, nothing is more important than when Chanel launches a new nail colour. Waiting lists are longer than those for the latest “it” bag, counter sales are more frantic than on Boxing Day and stock sells out faster than tickets to the latest reunion tour. Need we remind you about when Chanel ignited the mint green nail trend with the launch of Jade back in 2009? Or what about the more recent (and still always sold out) iridescent, Peridot?

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Runway rundown: what Canadian designers have been showing at fashion weeks around the world

With New York and London recelty wrapping their fashion weeks, Milan's on now and Toronto's just around the corner, the fashion world is in fully fledged frenzy. Amid the endless stream of strutting models and new looks, we've been keeping our eye on the homegrown talent. Here's what the (mostly now expat) Canucks have been up to.

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What the Fashion Tweeps are Saying: Feb 24

Every week we gather our favourite tweets from in and around Toronto’s fashion scene. This week we’ve got details on The Bay’s crazy final sale deals, a preview of the full Marni for H&M collection and news on Jil Sander’s return to her own label.

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Cabinet of curiosities: OCAD opens its new Student Shop

If you have an opening in your diary tonight, then maybe you can fill it with some reasonably priced merch. The creative-types at OCAD are celebrating the launch of their new Student Shop this evening at the OCAD Student Gallery on Dundas West.

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What's up with Queen West? Three indie fashion stores set to close

Bad news for fashion fans on Queen West: three cherished indie boutiques are closing their doors. Response, Carte Blanche and Chasse Gardée, which are all on the north side of the strip, will be shuttering between now and the end of March. But there’s a silver lining for bargain hunters: they’re all holding closing-down sales. Here’s the skinny.

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Grab of the Week: a vintage-inspired bra that can double as a top

It’s safe to say that those who love vintage and those who love lingerie are generally happy when the two are combined. There’s only one problem with this: good vintage lingerie is hard to come by. Intricate details and delicate fabrics rarely last long, or, if found intact, they’re hard to fit.

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Toronto Fashion Week’s preliminary schedule has been released. But what does it all mean?

With less than a month to go before the start of Toronto Fashion Week, the Fashion Design Council of Canada has released its preliminary schedule.  Although it’s bound to change (take note of the ten “TBA” marked spots) the skeleton allows for penciling in basic dates and important shows.

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What the Fashion Tweeps are Saying: Feb 17

Every week we gather our favourite tweets from in and around Toronto’s fashion scene. This week we’ve got news from London Fashion Week and a show invite from Mulberry, a celebrity twin spotting via Jeanne Beker and details on the Jason Wu for Target pop-up in Toronto.

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