If you're ready to jump from designing fabulous frocks for your friends to the Canadian fashion stage, there's no better launch pad than the Toronto Fashion Incubator's New Labels Competition. Finalists get a spot on the coveted New Labels catwalk during Toronto Fashion Week, and the winner walks away with a prize worth 25 grand. Download your application from www.fashionincubator.com and sew up a jury-impressing proposal by the November 10 deadline.
If you're craving a big hit of local design and feel like do-gooding at the same time, visit the Art Of Fashion sample sale Saturday and Sunday (November 5 and 6). From 9 am to 6 pm, the Richmond (477 Richmond West) gets transformed into a made-in- Canada mall full of homegrown faves Hoax Couture, Isa Bella Campbell and more. Admission is a fiver, and $1 of that goes to Rethink Breast Cancer. 416-760-0360, www.artoffashion.org.
Art aficionados heading west to check out the Toronto Alternative Art Fair International should peek into the new Paul Petro Multiples and Small Works shop (962 Queen West,www.paulpetro. com). Petro has moved into TAAFI organizer Andrew Harwood's old Zsa Zsa Gallery space to hawk local artists'wares including sweater snakes by Janet Morton and Happy Hump Day cards by Fastwürms.
Super-styley shopkeep Georgia Groom (pictured) has merged her Georgie Bolesworth boutique into sweetie Julian Finkel's Model Citizen store. Girls visiting the Canadian-chic mecca can sample Bolesworth staple lines like Mercy and Lydia K, while boys dress themselves up in Finkel's own reworked blazers, vests and army jackets as well as tailor-made jeans by Sydney's Custom.They're so giddy over new local lines including Heartfelt felted wool sweaters and IDH bespoke-detailed shirts that they haven't named their new retail baby yet. 913 Dundas West. 416-553-6632.