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: Nov 26-Dec 2

"Promiscuous Prints" lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum, October 28, 2014
“Promiscuous Prints” lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum, Bloor and Queen’s Park, October 28, 2014

Before starting your holiday shopping, don’t forget to do a few good deeds. That’s really what the holiday season is about! The Bata Shoe Museum is hosting its annual Warm the Sole sock drive in support of The Scott Mission. Drop off a brand new pair of unworn socks at the Bata anytime up to November 30th. Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar

Louis Vuitton store, Bloor and Avenue, July 22, 2014
Louis Vuitton store, Bloor and Avenue, July 22, 2014

Toronto is hot to trot this week! Time to bust out the breezy dresses and strappy sandals that live in the back of your closet most of the year. I wore a multicoloured tunic, purchased one size larger so it could pass as a dress. Sneaky little styling trick and so light in this sticky weather.

It’s a pretty quiet week for fashion happenings, unless you scored a sweet spot for Fresh Collective’s Timeless Style event tonight. Regret missing out? Sign up for the next one at their Queen Street location on July 31st. Link is below.

In the meantime, why not check out one of the ongoing exhibits at the Textile or Bata Shoe Museums, or sign up for a fall fashion class at George Brown College. They offer a ton of fashion courses and certificates! I’ve listed a few of the introductory level classes in the Upcoming section.

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