Japanophiles should check out the Just Japan event tonight (August 11) from 5 to 8 pm at the Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor West). Part of Steppin' Out Thursdays , the program (with help from the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre ) touches on traditional footwear and includes sipping green tea, making your own sweet manju cakes, whipping up some origami, listening to a Japanese flute and koto and watching the graceful movements of the traditional Odori dance. 416-979-7799, www.batashoemuseum.ca.
Of course you think your hairstylist is a magician. (Like, who doesn't?) But if you're convinced your stylist really is head-and-shoulders above the competition, tell him or her to enter the 17th annual Hairstylist Of The Year Awards (aka the Contessas). The scissor-happy should apply pronto; the contest closes at 5 pm Tuesday (August 16). For more info, call 416-869-3131 or go to www.beautynet.com/contessa.
Happy anniversary, Sutherland Models (174 Spadina). The nation thanks you for your 20-year commitment to providing the fashion world with some of the hottest natural resources found on Canadian soil - that's right, our gorgeous women. Think Shalom Harlow , Lisa Cant (who just got signed to do a Chanel cosmetics ad campaign), Jill Hennessey and now Claire Olesen and Nelly Tsyrlin . And as is expected, next week's industry party is bound to be a beautiful-people bonanza. 416-703-7070, www.sutherlandmodels.com/press.
Not only has she signed a lucrative multi-year deal to be the face of Lancôme (watch for the new fragrance launch come spring 06), but Canadian supermodel Daria Werbowy (born in Ukraine, raised in 'Saga) has added British outerwear brand Belstaff to her extensive roster of campaigns. Shot by photog Nick Sims , the fall-winter ads will be in all the September mags.