If you've ever wanted to rub shoulders with the local well-heeled at an industry fashion show, now's yer chance. For the first time ever, the Toronto Fashion Incubator New Labels Show (at the swish Arcadian Court , 401 Bay, eighth floor, 416-861-6138) and afterparty (at the Drake Hotel , 1150 Queen West, 416-531-5042) are open to the public. So come watch seriously hot new-guard designers Cincyn, PierreJale and Nostalgy battle it out on the catwalk for the lucrative Elle Canada New Labels Fashion Award (a $1,000 cash prize, a one-page editorial in the magazine, a one-year outreach membership in the TFI and free participation in the TFI New Labels fall 2005 fashion show) and the Toray Ultrasuede Award ($500 for the most innovative use of the fabric in a collection). Wine reception 6 pm, show 8:30 pm, afterparty 10 pm. $30, available at www.fashionincubator. com/shop/index.shtml.
March in style
While directing your focus to a live performance may be more than your inebriated Thursday-night attention span can handle, add some entertainment of the less serious but still fashionable kind to your party routine by hitting Metro nightclub (296 Richmond West) for the weekly Metro Couture event, which even features a raised catwalk in the middle of the dance floor. This week (March 10), the runway is devoted to cowgal goodies from Western Corral (www.westerncorral. ca), and next week you can catch ready-to-wear faves by designer Eryn Reid (www.erynreid.com). 416-977-8747, www.metrocouture.com.
You might not change the world overnight, but you can help transform the lives of local street youth by buying a ticket to the Threads fundraising fashion show , next Thursday, March 17, at DNA Lounge (328 Adelaide West). Featuring live music and fashions from up-and-coming designers, the show benefits Sketch (580 King West, 416-516-5428), a community arts initiative for street-involved and homeless youth. $15, advance $10. 647-287-1780.
Still haven't heard? Premiering this fall, gallery/retail space Public (881 Queen West) launches an in-house label designed by Marie Baron . Working an of-the-moment Victorian fairytale aesthetic (featuring rich satins, brushed wools and très Gwen Stefani petticoat-style underpinnings), the collection will debut during Fashion Week. 416-350-8114, www. public881. com.