New York story
As the curtain prepared to fall on another season of New York Fashion Week on February 9, Toronto design golden boy Arthur Mendonça showed off his fall 2006 collection in a suite at NYC's Four Seasons Hotel. Toronto fashion branding guru and Mendona collaborator Rose Mastnak stopped in to spy the style packs' response to this 80s-cocktail-party-inspired collection. Mastnak reports that editors swooned for his sexy blouses and power suits, while buyers made a beeline for the showroom to place their orders. www.mendonca.ca .
Who knew that interior designers were such a rowdy bunch? Tonight's (Thursday, February 23) opening party for the Interior Design Show at the National Trade Centre (100 Princes' Boulevard, Exhibition Place) has quickly become one of the hottest social tickets in town. It kicks off the weekend-long fair of all things chic for your home. This year's highlights include a design talk by Karim Rashid and booth after booth of stylish decor inspiration. Party tickets are $50 at the door. General admission to the show on February 25 and 26 is $16. www.interiordesignshow.com .
Hiyahh for hats
This winter's weather has kept our wardrobe on its toes with freakishly balmy days freezing into blustery wind-chilled nights. To prep for any surprise late-season temperature dips, stop in at Magic Pony (694 Queen West) tonight (Thursday, February 23) for the Caninja Blitz . A Caninja is a cozy hooded scarf fashioned from recycled sweaters. Designer Adrienne Butikofer has hundreds to hawk at the event and promises a free drink to shoppers who model their buy. www.caninja.com .
As the city's fashion engine revs up for Toronto Fashion Week , we're psyched to practise our runway-side seating style at Earl Haig Secondary School 's (100 Princess, 416-395-3210) annual student fashion awards show, Friday (February 24). Grade 12 students Steven Smith and Aerin Fogel have gathered together a troop of A-list local fashion folk to crown a winning designer out of a group of 12 teen couturiers. The models begin strutting at 8 pm and tickets are $12, with proceeds donated to the Aids Committee of Toronto .