No girls allowed
Boy, if you still think sewing is just for the ladies, the Studio Opal (1184 Queen East, 416-264-6725, www.studioopal.ca) crew will clue you in to the freedom of being able to hem and stitch up a storm with their Sewing For Guys workshop. Starting April 19, six three-hour classes teach you all the skills you need to needle-and-thread your way through the stack of damaged duds you were going to send to your mom. The course costs $249 and includes all tools and fabric.
Brides-to-be couldn't hold back their enthusiasm for former wedding mag editor Andrea Anastasiou 's new Yorkville dress shop, so she swung open the doors to White, Toronto (19 Hazelton, 416-849-9196, www.whitetoronto.com) one week before this weekend's grand opening. Bridezillas need not apply for her cool collection of sophisticated wedding wear, including gowns by Monique Lhuillier , Carolina Herrera and Nicole Miller . Check out the third-floor bridesmaid loft and smart accessories including double-sided Hollywood Fashion Tape to avoid flashing the friends and fam.
We learned about the Canadian Design Resource website (www.canadiandesignresource.ca) at the Gladstone Hotel 's Come Up To My Room exhibition in February and finally logged on to scope out the online collection of Canuck-created fashions, furniture and other pretty products. The dot-com catalogue charts the country's best retro and contemporary textiles, graphics and housewares and plans to launch an open resource where surfers can post their own examples of smart, stylish stuff.
Whether your prime prom memory zooms in on that first magical limo ride, Mom and Dad's awkward safe sex chat, a crazy wine cooler bender or all of the above, you can give formal a second classier try at the Royal Ontario Museum 's Prom (Unchaperoned) fundraiser on April 22 (100 Queen's Park). The bright, creative minds of the museum's Young Patrons' Council promise updos, carnation corsages and a bowl of spiked punch in the ROM's high-school-dance-decorated Currelly Gallery . Party tix are available for $125 at www.rom.on.ca/promtickets.