The Fashion Week Ahead
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The Fashion Week Ahead

Photo of Fritz Helder and the Phantoms by Richelle Forsey.

“Slimmed down” is rather an understatement, if you (like the rest of our city’s glitterati) are talking about the super-light schedule of LG Fashion Week (Beauty by L’Oreal), the newly and unwieldily named celebration of local style. Seriously, this schedule needs to eat a sandwich. Usually we’d be dying for a turkey-and-swiss ourselves by this time on Day One; instead, we’re eating a sixth bowl of cereal and watching nailpolish dry. The first—and last—show of Day One isn’t until tonight, after Holt Renfrew’s annual cocktail party (a mecca for media and other shmoozehounds). And the rest of Fashion Week: Recession Edition is busier but hardly strenuous.
Nary a show on the runway before 3 p.m.? “It means we can all sleep in!” rejoiced Andrew Sardone, NOW‘s style guy, when we chatted during a chance run-in at Oddfellows. (These Sundays, it seems there’s no brunch spot more fashionable than the Castor-run, Queen and Shaw eatery.)
Our translation: party every night. It may be the best way to participate this week. Tent passes will run you $75 per diem (available at, but getting into an offsite party usually costs little more than your dignity.
After the jump, we’ve got a hotlist for the self-styled.

Like we said, tonight is all about one show: David Dixon. In addition to his own conservative, elegantly tailored line, Dixon will show a special collection for Barbie—she’s fifty this year, making Madonna so jealous. There’s a pre-party at 7 p.m. in the tent and an after-party at 9. Don’t question. Just drink.
From Peroni to Pabst: after the “after-party,” direct your driver to 1100 Queen Street West, where Fritz Helder and the Phantoms will be Social-izing with the kids. Yes, The Social’s having a Fashion Week party. But don’t worry. Drinks are still Value Village–priced: $2 a pop until 11:30 p.m.
Tuesday belongs to Betsey. That’s Johnson, though don’t expect the face behind the name to make an appearance at the Brant House bash (522 King Street West). This “fashion show” is really just a live commercial, with models strutting stuff that’s either in stores already or just about to hit shelves. Still, if you’re into pink carpets, Princess Superstar, and party blog photo-ops, have fun! (For $10 reduced list, email [email protected] and show up before midnight.)
Remember when we talked about Speech Jewellery? Since then, the local line, hand-crafted to be hard-worn, has rocked the pages of Teen Vogue, Glamour, and Flare, as well as on Join founder-creator Michael Mercanti and his coterie of rich kids in rags at Carte Blanche (758 Queen Street West) on Wednesday, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Speech‘s spring adornments will be on display; Absolut Vodka will be on the house. (Capacity’s super-limited, so RSVP now to [email protected].)
Fashion Week hits the double digits this year, so celebrate officially at the 10th Anniversary Party on Thursday night at 11 p.m. Well, if you have an invite, that is. If not, it’s cool. You can always throw down with the local boys of Let’s Go to War at Gsus Rocks, a streetwear fashion show turned supper-club party. Location is Maro (135 Liberty Street), tickets are $10 in advance (, and the show starts at 11:30 p.m.
Finally, Friday! Wind westward around 7 p.m., then unwind with a good old-fashioned cocktail (no bubbly, please) at Unit Bar (1198 Queen Street West). From your stool, watch a special video presentation of the Complex Geometries Autumn/Winter 2009 collection, co-hosted by Fawn Boutique. We’ve long said that the best Toronto fashion is from Montreal; see this and believe us.
Plus: if Ultra Supper Club is having the “official Evan Biddell afterparty”—yes, that’s how it’s billed—we’d love to know who’s having the un-official Evan Biddell afterparty. (Brant House?) Last year’s bash for the Project Runway Canada winner was sparkly and platforms-mandatory, so if that’s your thing, cross your fingers and breach Ultra security.