This week marks the arrival of two intriguing fashion launches aimed at those who like cheap chic with a celebrity spin: the Kate Moss for Topshop Collection arrived at Holt Renfrew (Bloor Street and Yorkdale locations only) on Tuesday evening, and today, Roberto Cavalli unleashes his flashy yet accessibly-priced goodies today at H&M. Topshop is one of the U.K.’s leading budget retailers. Expect lots of vintage-inspired shimmer and trend-driven looks from Moss’ camp (best suited for the slim), while Cavalli goes several steps further with extreme 1980s glam. Think copious animal prints, sequins and metallics. Preview the collections at www.katemossfortopshop.comand www.hm.com.
beads & baubles
Crafty gals interested in stocking up on beading and jewelry supplies for the approaching holiday season, take note: The Toronto Bead Society is hosting its Fall Bead & Jewellery Fair this weekend (Nov. 10 and 11). There’s sure to be an impressive stash of beads (glass, ceramic, crystal, wood, etc.) from near and far, plus finding how-to books, quality tools and do-it-yourself kits, as well as finished baubles for sale.
ADMISSION: $6 for a two-day pass or $4 for one day Hours: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHERE: YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St., just north of College Street
Local Roncesvalles boutique Commesse, a stylishly wallet-friendly hub featuring plus-size pieces with panache, celebrates its second anniversary this week. To toast the occasion, shoppers hunting down sassy autumn separates (from Nine West, Kasper, Jones New York and others) score 20 per cent off any purchases made today or tomorrow — just say “Happy Birthday” at the cash desk.
WHERE: 412 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-533-2258.
While a fuller brow is what’s on the fashion pulse these days, the unibrow look is best avoided. Well-groomed brows can be transformatively flattering. Seeking out the help of a professional is advised. In Toronto two solid options are The Brow Bar in Leslieville (416-804-9716, www.thebrowhouse.com) and Rosedale’s Gee Beauty — ask for Natalie ($15 for tweezing or threading) — at 416-486-0080 or www.geebeauty.com.