Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: May 20-26

"Light + Shadow" by Jiwon Song at the OCAD University Grad Ex, McCaul and Dundas, April 29, 2015
“Light + Shadow” by Jiwon Song at the OCAD University Grad Ex, McCaul and Dundas, April 29, 2015

The 16th annual Doors Open Toronto is happening this weekend! If you’re not familiar with this popular event, it offers free access to cool public and private spaces around the city. Even though this year’s theme is Sport, Recreation, and Leisure, I managed to find a couple of fashion-related destinations out of the 155 participating spaces:

  1. Bata Shoe Museum: New to Doors Open, the Bata Museum building was inspired by a partially open shoe box and houses over 13,000 shoes and shoe-related artifacts! If that’s not enough to entice you, there are two interesting exhibitions to check out: Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels and Fashion Victims: The Pleasure and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century.
  2. Humber Fashion Institute: Humber fashion students come to this historic site, built in the 1890s, to study fashion management and promotions. The Institute is currently displaying fashion from the last 100 years with a focus on athletic wear. Plus their official website makes the place look extra snazzy and definitely worth the trek out west!

If your Doors Open wanderings bring you to the Distillery District, you might want to take a moment to pop into Mint Boutique. Aside from offering a great selection of women’s wear and accessories, they are also hosting an in-store contest. Try on any piece of Bailey44, take a picture, post it on social media, and be automatically entered to win that piece of clothing! My recommendations: the adorable navy blue and white polka dot skirt and the classic trench coat. Check out the entries so far #Bailey44xMint.

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Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: May 13-19

"Wearable Sounds" by Kaja Kataliina at the OCAD University Grad Ex, McCaul and Dundas, April 29, 2015
“Wearable Sounds” by Kaja Kataliina at the OCAD University GradEx, McCaul and Dundas, April 29, 2015

Maybe this week is not the best example but May is usually when the lighter clothes come out to play (weekend weather, please come back!). Last week I did my bi-annual flipping of the wardrobe Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: May 6-12

Holt Renfrew window promoting the H Project x ela x Burt's Bees collaboration
Holt Renfrew window promoting the H Project x ela x Burt’s Bees collaboration, Bloor and Bay, May 5, 2015

Buzz buzz! I’m just buzzing about Holt Renfrew’s awesome collaboration with Toronto-based handbag brand ela and Burt’s Bees. Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: April 29-May 5

Urban Outfitters, Yonge and Eglington, April 22, 2015
Urban Outfitters, Yonge and Eglington, April 22, 2015

If you’re the kind of person who loves finding unique pieces that no one else will be wearing, then this week is for you! It all begins on Wednesday with the GradEx MAAD sale, part of OCAD University’s 100th annual graduate exhibit festivities. Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: April 22-28

Exile, Kensington and St. Andrew, April 19, 2015
Exile, Kensington Market (Kensington Ave. and St. Andrew St,), April 19, 2015

Fashion Art Toronto (also known as FAT) celebrates 10 years with its annual FAT Arts & Fashion Week. If you’re into fashion as an artistic medium, then Arts & Fashion Week is for you! Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: April 15-21

Urban Catwalk, Kensington Market, April 12, 2015
Urban Catwalk, Kensington Market, April 12, 2015

It’s so lovely to see the city come alive with this sunny weather! Kensington Market was packed was happy Torontonians, enjoying the patio weather. I popped into two of my Kensington favourites: Bungalow and Courage My Love. Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: April 8-14

Brown leather ankle boots from Three Fates, March 17, 2015
Brown leather ankle boots from Three Fates, March 17, 2015

One of the best things about the return to warmer weather is how it opens up your footwear options. I was pretty stoked to go out in my Converse the other day, and have been wearing out my new (to me) pair of brown leather ankle boots (see above) from Parkdale vintage shop Three Fates. Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: April 1-7

1920s maids uniforms, Spadina House, March 5, 2015
1920s maids uniforms, Spadina House, March 5, 2015

If you haven’t checked out Burn With Desire at the Ryerson Image Centre, this week is your last chance! The exhibition features photographs of several iconic celebrities (Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor) by artist such as Richard Avedon, Edward Steichen, and Cindy Sherman. Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: March 25-31

 

It’s a fantastic fashion week! There are plenty of shows, tours, contests, and workshops to choose from. I’m a busy bee with school and work, so I’ve had to limit myself to following World MasterCard Fashion Week on Instagram while still making time for the One of a Kind Show this Thursday.  Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: March 18-24

Converse ads, St-George and College, March 8, 2015
Converse ads, St-George and College, March 8, 2015

The countdown to spring is T minus 3 days but I think we can safely say that it has already sprung in Toronto! The whole city seems to be in a great mood and I’m pretty sure it has to do with the sun. We’ve emerged from the shell of our hooded faux fur lined parkas and are the happier for it. Continue reading