Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: January 21-27

Fashion Follows Form, Royal Ontario Museum, August 6, 2014
Fashion Follows Form, Royal Ontario Museum, August 6, 2014

Hold onto your hats! It’s a whirlwind week of fashion-related exhibition openings and closings! The Ryerson Image Centre is beginning its lineup of winter exhibitions, including Burn With Desire: Photography and Glamour. The show looks at how photography defined Hollywood glamour beginning in the 1920s up until today. With works by Edward Steichen, Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol and more, this is sure to be a must-see! Continue reading

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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: October 8-14

rack of clothes at the Blogger Bazaar, Soho House, September 27, 2014
rack of clothes at the Fall 2014 Blogger Bazaar, Soho House, September 27, 2014

It is now fully fall in our fair city. I bought a cozy, slightly oversized, grey cable knit sweater and am ready to wrap myself up in tall leather boots, thick tights, and fleece-lined mittens. Essential for when you’re trekking the city in search of great style and fun fashion events! There are a few worth checking out this week, including two on Thursday: GapDay with FLARE Magazine and the Fall 2014 edition of Vintage Crawl Toronto. I’m also invited to a clothing swap that same evening, so I’m going for the triple threat! Who’s up for the challenge? Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: Sept 17-23

Fashion books at BMV, Bloor and Brunswick, September 16, 2014
Fashion books at BMV, Bloor and Brunswick, September 16, 2014

How do you know you’re a grad student? When you realize at 7pm that you’ve been wearing your leggings backwards all day. I sat through two classes and dinner at the Bier Markt before realizing this. Yes, even the stylish make the occasional fashion faux pas.

While I love grad school, I wish I wasn’t so busy because this week is full of fun fashion events! The Women in Clothes book launch at gravitypope includes a storytelling twist on a clothing swap, while the Politics of Fashion/Fashion of Politics exhibition opens on Wednesday with a cool soirée at the Design Exchange. For those who want to get their learning on, George Brown’s Evolution of Fashion class starts this week, while the ROM is hosting a lecture by Patricia Harris, a founding member of the Friends of Textiles & Costume. Finally, the JCMH Music Festival Flea Market caps this busy week off with vintage clothing and other goodies to be found.

Oh, and in case you haven’t notice, it’s freezing in Toronto! Last week I went from wearing a sundress with sandals to bundling up in a trench coat over a long skirt, boots, tights and button-down shirt. Dressing for Canadian weather is a constant challenge but I say bring it on, Mother Nature! My inbox has been filling up with fall fashion imagery from all the shops, and I’m feeling particularly inspired by this look from Anthropologie.

Anthropologie fall 2014 look
Anthropologie fall 2014 look

Quick style tip: skip the polyester and go for a skirt that’s wool or wool blend. It’s like wearing a stylish blanket, and extra-snug when paired with leggings and tall boots for when the weather really drops down. I’ve seen lots of knee-length skirts at second-hand shops for a fraction of the price of this one, which isn’t even lined. Cheap fashion at high prices; now that’s a major faux pas!

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Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: Sept 10-16

Display at the Fashion Follows Form exhibition, Royal Ontario Museum, August 21, 2014
Display at the Fashion Follows Form exhibition, Royal Ontario Museum, August 21, 2014

West Queen West must be feeling especially cool this week. According to Vogue US, it is among the 15 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World, alongside Canal Saint-Martin in Paris, Bushwick in New York City, and Tiong Bahru in Singapore. Although the criteria isn’t exactly clear, I’ve attempted to decode Vogue’s fashion speak. I think it is based on the neighborhoods that best embody the “new street style,” which steps away from attention-grabbing getups and moves towards a more utilitarian, practical but still hip look. Whatever that means, we’ll take it. Heck yeah Toronto!

It’s a quiet week for fashion events because really, who wants to compete with TIFF. Although personally, I’d pick the runway over the silver screen any day. However, the coming weeks are chock full of stylish goodness! Take a look at the list of upcoming events below and start making space in your calendar. To help you out, I’ve listed my top three picks for the rest of September:

  1. Women in Clothes: A Conversation. A Clothing Swap. A Book Launch, gravitypope (1010 Queen Street West), September 18, 7-9pm
  2. Politics of Fashion/Fashion of Politics (guest curated by Jeanne Beker), Design Exchange, September 18, 2014 – January 25, 2015
  3. Etsy: Made in Canada Day, MaRS building (101 College Street), September 27, 10am-4pm

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Hello Kitty coin purse in Guess handbag, July 31, 2014
Hello Kitty coin purse in Guess handbag, July 31, 2014

Fashion lovers, here’s a tip. If you’re going out to an arena concert or big outdoor show, remember when packing your cute crossbody or canvas tote that security will probably ask to look inside your bag before letting you in. I forgot this and proceeded to turn a bright red when a nice security guard at the ACC complimented my bag, then asked to see inside. Does it get any girlier than a Hello Kitty change purse (see pic above)?! I don’t think so. Any semblance of being a cool, mature woman was bust. He laughed, I blushed. But it was a cute moment.

When I’m not randomly exposing my love for Hello Kitty, I’m usually at a museum. Today was a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum for The Forbidden City exhibition which turned out to be surprisingly fashionable. The exhibition features artifacts from the world’s largest imperial place, located in Beijing, that now serves as a museum. Among the stunning treasures were gorgeous embroidered silk robes, a silk and sable riding jacket, jeweled hairpins, fierce ceremonial armour, silk military rank badges, and an empress’s court boots. Personal highlights were a pair of intricate nail guards (women of the court would grow their nails up to 15 cm long!), a dark blue silk informal sleeveless coat (kanjian) carefully embroidered with gold thread, and one of the Twelve Beauties paintings featuring a Beauty sewing by candlelight. Also, fun fact: when Empress Dowager Cixi would approve a robe design, it could take up to 450 craftsmen to create it! Yes, that’s four hundred and fifty. Not a typo. The Forbidden City is on display till September 1st, so get to the ROM soon! Unfortunately photography is not allowed, but I have to share this photo from the ROM’s website of silk robe made for a dog. Yep, even the dogs were styling.

Imperial silk dog robe, Royal Ontario Museum, August 5, 2014 (source: http://www.rom.on.ca/en/forbidden-city/view-the-treasures)
Imperial silk dog robe, The Forbidden City exhibition, Royal Ontario Museum. (source: http://www.rom.on.ca/en/forbidden-city/view-the-treasures)

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