Planless tomorrow night (Friday, September 23)? Might I suggest you join me for a night of charitable good times at Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner) for the Do Something With A Blundstone Fashion & Arts Fundraising Bash - benefiting Sketch (580 King West, 416-516-5428), a local program that offers homeless youth the chance to develop job and life skills through the arts. Expect loads of bevvies, delish Asian/Pacific snackage, some serious ass-shaking on the dance floor (thanks to the legendary Booty Smacker funk band) and the chance to win one of the 45 pairs of artistically enhanced Blundstones (including a pair painted by NOW's stellar art director Troy Beyer), several door prizes or a trip for two to Australia. $10. 7 pm to 2 am. 46-488-9488, www.blundstone.ca, www.sketch.ca.
Dear fellow shoe addicts.When I say Vivier, Louboutin, Blahnik and Ferragamo, what comes to mind? Yes, they're all designers whose work we'd like to see lining the shelves of our closets. Never even seen the real thing? Check them out at the Bata Shoe Museum 's (327 Bloor West) new exhibit, Icons Of Elegance: Influential Shoe Designers Of The 20th Century , Friday (September 23) to August 2006. 416-979-7799, www.batashoemuseum.ca.
If you're eager to see what's happening on Toronto's underground fashion circuit, don't miss the first Alternative Fashion Week (www.alternativefashionweek.com), especally the Knowdresscode Design Collective 's (a 15-member group of designers and artists) fashion show, entitled Virgin Territory . Catch it next Thursday, September 29, at Touch Lounge (499 King West). Gear from the show will be sold at Propaganda (686 Yonge) and the Rage (13 Kensington). 416-948-1774, www.knowdresscode.com.