Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar

Martone Cycling Pop-Up Shop display, Hudson's Bay store, Bay and Adelaide, July 4, 2014
Martone Cycling Pop-Up Shop display, Hudson’s Bay store, Bay and Adelaide, July 4, 2014

Every week, I will be posting the Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar. It’s a list of upcoming and ongoing fashion-related events in the city: lectures, store openings, contests, museum exhibitions, sample sales, and more! If you know of any great happenings, please comment below and I’ll add it to the calendar.

This Week



Welcome to Curated Style!

Trying on the Marimekko for Banana Republic Collection, Bloor near Bay, May 22, 2014

Apparently I have good style.

I never really thought about it. It was just something that came simply and naturally to me. I thought it was easy to pick out great clothes and that everyone knew as much as I did about fashion.

Apparently I was wrong.

After years of doling out style advice, spending hours at sample sales, recommending local shops, and taking the extra five minutes to make an outfit just right at the risk of being late (again) for work, I realized that I really do love fashion and maybe, just maybe, know a bit more than the average person when it comes to style.

As you can see from my previous post, dated over a year ago, this blog has been a long time coming. Life happened, grad school happened, and I struggled with over-thinking, self-doubt, and fear of failure. But with encouragement from my friends and people constantly saying that I should write a fashion blog, I finally got myself together and did it. The following quote from actor Hugh Laurie was a big push for me:

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good as time as any.”

So what is Curated Style? It’s essentially a love letter to style and fashion in the city of Toronto. It’ll contain my style tips, sweet finds, favourite shops and designers, and info on Toronto fashion events, exhibitions, openings, lectures, and sales. It’ll be inclusive, fun, accessible, and welcoming, which the fashion industry is so often not. It’ll focus on independent businesses, local designers, and affordable buys.

I welcome your tips, feedback, comments, and questions. I hope you enjoy Curated Style and that it encourages you to have fun with fashion, express yourself through your style, and become creative with what you wear.

Viktor&Rolf Dolls

V&R ROM 2013 catwalk

The advantage of having reduced hours at work is the sudden abundance of free time. Sometimes I have too much of it and piss it away instead of being productive. Other times, I come up with A Great Idea and decide to immerse myself in art. Take this past Wednesday, for example. After an early shift at work, I headed to the ROM to check out the Viktor&Rolf Dolls currently on display.

Viktor&Rolf are an Amsterdam-based fashion design duo. Admittedly, I do not know much about them but give them points for the use of an ampersand and no spaces in their name. Seriously, I love creative punctuation. Anyhow, my visit to the exhibit was a way to learn more about their work. I’m so glad I went.

Each doll represents a collection. Viktor&Rolf pick one defining look for that collection which is then recreated on a Victorian doll down to the last detail, including hair and makeup. It’s such an original way to archive their collections and lends itself well to an exhibition.

V&R ROM 2013 antlers

This antler/mermaid look from the Fall 2004 line is my favourite. It appeals to my playful side which enjoys the fantasy of costume and dress-up. I would wear this.

V&R ROM 2013 frida V&R ROM 2013 bells

Other standouts include the Frida Kahlo inspired outfit, as well as the black gown ornamented with gold and silver bells. Imagine walking down the red carpet, tinkling all the way! My secret name for it is Fancy Cat Bell Dress.

V&R ROM 2013 catwalk 2

This is a small gem, a must-see and free of charge! It’s located in the ROM’s Thorsell Spirit House, a great little space tucked away across from the ticket desk. Fortunately, you do not need to pay admission to see this display. Just walk in and enjoy!