Toronto's stylerati are buzzing with Toronto Fashion Week ( Liberty Grand , 25 British Columbia) scoops. Boutique Le Trou 's (940 Queen West, 416-516-7122) Marlene Shiff promises avant-garde darling Zoran Dobric 's (www.zorandobric.com) show on March 15 will be a dark, dramatic gothic trip. Desia Halpin-Brill , whose PR army rallies the week's fashion hordes, is eager to scope out-of-town collections like Montreal coat masters Mackage (www.mackage.com). And Carolyn Quinn , who hooks up the week's hoopla with the Fashion Design Council of Canada, is proud it's offering public show tickets for the first time. Day passes are $25 available online at www.torontofashionweek.ca.
Hit the floor
Between runway events, the fashion pack retreats to the Liberty Grand ballroom for garment gossip and cash bar booze. They also get treated to chic mini floor show presentations. This season's roster includes Calgary menswear designer KaaDiki presenting his 95 per cent black, Maasai-inspired collection (www.kaadiki.com) and floral-for-fall fabrications by Vancouver high fashion outfit PierreJale (www.pierrejale.com).
One designer debut seems to leave the fashion pack with dropped jaws each season, and spring's breakthrough has to be Montreal's Andy Thê Anh . Studio Labiri (548 Danforth, 416-778-6820) bought the line on sight, and its collection of modern, skewed portrait-collared blazers and curve-friendly dresses have just arrived. Prices range from $250 to $400.
JakandJil.com quickly became the local fashion insider's online source for designer profiles and style tips when it hit cyberspace last winter (I even typed a few reports in my pre-NOW days). The site's guilty pleasure is Editor Tommy Ton 's party snaps from the city's most well-dressed events, and he promises a multitude of great wardrobe moments when JakandJil.com relaunches this Monday (March 13). A boldface name won't earn you a JPEG in Ton's gallery, but a creative dressing approach guarantees fashionistas 15 kilobytes of fame.