We love a great Toronto fashion success story, and Christie Smythe 's and Andrea Lenczner 's tale of global blazer domination has just turned another fantastic page. Their Smythe line of just jackets has been a hit with hometown fashion folks and the Barney's blonds set in New York City. This spring, London ladies hunting for smart oxford cloth waistcoats and shrunken double-breasted sailor jackets can pick up their collection at UK style mecca Harvey Nichols. www.smythelesvestes.com.
We're unwrapping our first luscious gift guide next week, but the holiday gift show season has already begun, in case you want to maximize your present potentials. The National Ballet School 's Sugar Plum Fair does a jeté into Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace) today through Saturday (November 17-19). Visit more than once between November 24 and December 4 to check out every booth at the One Of A Kind Show at the National Trade Centre (100 Princes', Exhibition Place). And the D.U.D.E Show 's handpicked cast of 30 local designers hits the Latvian House (491 College) December 9-11.
Festival fashion show
The Canadian Aboriginal Festival hits the Rogers Centre November 25 to 27, and its first fundraising fashion gala takes place at the Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front West) November 24. Entitled From Culture To Couture , it showcases the work of prominent native designers including Dorothy Grant 's Haida-inspired collection and Pam Baker 's Touch of Culture line. Tickets are $120, with proceeds going to aboriginal women's shelters. www.canab.com.
Local style scribe and designing woman Nathalie-Roze Fischer has thrown together another great weekend bazaar guaranteed to add a ton of checks to your gift list. Crafternoon Tea is served up Saturday (November 19) from 11 am to 5 pm at Bellefair United Church (2002 Queen East). Proceeds go to the Red Door Family Shelter and Artheart . Sweet goodies for sale include Rayne Baron 's and Paige Gratland 's beaded felt donuts and Coldsnap Bindery's hand-collaged books. www.nathalie-roze.com.