Happy New Year
Cockadoodledoo! According to the lunar calendar, it's now the year of the rooster. Join in the festivities at the Lunar New Year Festival ( Automotive Building , Exhibition Place, 105 Prince's), running Friday to Sunday (February 4 to 6). If you can't get enough fashion into you life (you are reading this column, right?), don't miss the Oriental Fusion 2005 fashion show happening Saturday at 1 and 7:30 pm. Friday and Saturday 11 am to 11 pm, Sunday 11 am to 7 pm. www.of2005.com.
Shopping and eating - could there be a better combo? (You leave sex out of this.) Grab your best gals. It's time for both at the deliciously sinful Guilty Pleasures event taking place Saturday (February 5) at the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West, 416-531-5042). Part of the city's Winterlicious culinary festival, GP will showcase and sell items from 18 of Canada's hottest designers, including Juma , Rosa Costanzo , Krane, JUT , Trig , Urban Blonde , Soos , Karamea and Olena Zylakå while you nibble on mini-brunch delicacies. Shows are at 10 am and 1 pm. Admission is $48, goody bag included.Call 416-531-5042 ext 228 for advance tickets.
Big Apple news
No offence to the Toronto shows, but come on, NYC is the capital of North American fashion. So I'm pleased to announce some local talents putting their cash and egos on the line to show the world Toronto style is on a par with anyone else's - if not better. Downtown superstar Jeremy Laing (yup, he's the one who worked with Alexander McQueen for five seasons) is debuting his fall 05 House of Laing line at cutting-edge Lower East Side art emporium Participant Inc. Saturday (February 5) at 6 pm.
Seasoned vet Joeffer Caoc of Misura fame will also be in the Big Apple showing 10 fur-based outfits at New York Fashion Week's infamous 7th on Sixth . Participating in the Northern Exposures show presented by the National Fur Association (NAFA) and the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI), Caoc will show alongside former fellow-TFI alumni David Dixon and CinCyn . The runway presentation is scheduled for noon Saturday (February 5), and his full collection will be released to the Canadian market at Toronto Fashion Week in March, where the label formerly known as Misura will debut as Joeffer Caoc.