The Clothing Show
The Real Deal
This weekend, hip high-schoolers and frugal stylistas will be keen to hit the Clothing Show, which has become known as a consistently solid source for funky wearables on the cheap.
As always, visitors should expect a heady mix of over 250 independent designers(some fresh out of fashion school), plus vintage dealers and liquidators offering up lunatic deals on fall essentials. At this sale, $150 gives you some decent fashion mileage.
FF is always especially excited to peruse the streetwear, jewellery and accessories booths to scout out fresh talent, and the autumn edition promises to deliver with several spanking new vendors registered to participate.
But it’s also a great opportunity to buy from old faves at a discount. FF will be sure to track down contemporary yet feminine separates by I-Clothing, cool blazers by Snoflake, vintage-inspired handbags from Jack & Marjorie, silkscreened menswear by Model Citizen, super-cool belts by Iisa dezigns and the latest jewellery from White Lotus.
Make sure to grab a map as you enter, so you can plan a route through this giant fashion bonanza.
WHEN: Sat., Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun., Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Automotive Building, Exhibition Place; see www.theclothingshow.com.
COST: Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Also note that most vendors accept cash only, so head to the bank machine before you hit the show.
Crawl Queen West
If you’re interested in combining a little culture with your retail therapy, make sure to stop by the Queen West Arts Crawl, www.torontoartscape.on.ca/qwac, which is also happening this weekend. Numerous galleries and shops are participating, but emerging artists, crafters and designers are clustered together at Trinity Bellwoods Park (Queen Street West at Strachan Avenue).
WHEN: Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Expect fibre art, jewelery, glass and metalwork, paper goods, plus original prints and paintings galore. Admission is free.
For the boys
I’ve received plenty of mail over the last two years from groovy moms fruitlessly searching for cool togs for boys under age six. Such clothing isn’t easy to find, although there are occasionally cool looks to be found at H&M and Old Navy.
However, one of the best independent lines to surface in the T-dot is newish label Kid Brother. Now, wee men can be stylin’ in retro-look bowling shirts, PJs and baseball tees, all priced under $35. Shop at www.kidbrother.ca; free shipping in the Greater Toronto Area.