Design talent showcase open to the public - Metro US

Design talent showcase open to the public

Day passes on sale to see best in Canadian fashion

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A sample of the Arthur Mendonca spring line.

Fashion showcase

Toronto Fashion Week, a showcase of chic wearables for Fall/Winter 2007 by Canadian design talent, kicks off next Monday. And, for the second season, the stylish happening is accessible to the public — save for a few invite-only presentations. Day passes are going for $30, which covers admission to three-five runway shows at the main venue (The Liberty Grand). Visit www.lorealfashionweek.cafor more details about who’s on the roster, then surf over towww.f-list.cato snag your pass.

Veterans as well as emerging designers, including Comrags and Arthur Mendonca, are in the mix as well as a few cool surprises. Boutique Le Trou is sponsoring a group presentation and Loblaws’ budget fashion line “Joe Fresh” will also take part.

Knitwit alert

Knitomatic (1378 Bathurst St., south of St. Clair Avenue) is spring-cleaning and unloading a basement full of inspiring yarns from the past few years. The treasures discovered will be on offer at the knitting shop’s first super-sale this weekend. Expect discounts of up to 90 per cent on quality yarns, books, patterns, needles, magazines and more. Some knittables are going for as low as $1 a ball! For more, visit the Knitomatic blog at: www.knitomaticsale.blogspot.comor call 416-653-7849.

Fabulous flats

Just in from London is a line of hip ballet flats in metallic leather, lace overlay and various prints from Shelly’s — one of the U.K.’s top-selling footwear lines that’s always on-trend. For $45-$50, you can snag a pair for instant British cool. Don’t delay — these feet treats are selling fast at The Bay.

Deals at Reitmans

One of the staples from winter, the sleeved wrap (essentially a rectangular shawl with sleeves), is just a versatile and comfy for the transition into spring. These look great by day pinned shut with a brooch or hanging open for evening, and Reitmans has already marked it down to $29 (available in a comfy yet breathable cotton blend in basic black or sage green).

And, if you’re one of the many FF readers thrilled with the new premium denim line, then get thee to Reitmans, as jeans have also been reduced and are now tagged at $29-$36 a pair — a steal. Lots of other wallet-friendly funky options await you as well, including a new collection of jewelry, silk-scarf hairbands and stylish retro-shades.

For a preview, visitwww.reitmans.com.

For the boys

Men who appreciate European styling, when it comes to shoes should definitely head over to StoneRidge to see the latest Italian loafers.

Available in various shades, with a deep teal clearly the most handsome of the lot, these square-toed narrow flats with a slim sole earn top marks and are accessibly priced at $89. Similar silhouettes are available at sister store Aldo.


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