Four years of pricked fingers and ripped seams paid off big on April 6 when Ryerson 's graduating fashion class sent their final collections down the Mass Exodus runway . Standouts include Pippa Stevenson 's fetishy Vendetta collection, graffiti-tagged hiphop wear by Alexandra Snelgrove , and Natasha Lenart 's haute couture house-ready Trial & Error line. Rye High fashion fans craving another student style hit should visit the Gladstone (1214 Queen West) tonight (Thursday, April 20) for the Creative Suites showcase. Details at www.linkryerson.ca.
On April 11, we fashion road-tripped to Oakville's Sheridan College with Boutique Le Trou 's (940 Queen West, 416-516-7122) Marlene Shiff . Shiff has been mentoring a second-year textile class, and the final products they showed off (including a very mod felt scarf by Kerri Rounding , tartan riding brooches by Robyn Cox , and a bearded-lady-print sling bag by Joey Suriano ) were design-perfect and retail-ready. If you'd rather not brave the burbs, the Textile Studios grad exhibit opens at the Distillery District 's Arta Gallery on May 4 (www.sheridaninstitute.ca).
The last big date on the design school end-of-term calendar was Seneca College 's blowout fashion bash at Kool Haus April 11. After scoping out displays by the fashion merchandising and floral design kids, the crowd crammed into the runway room where 49 young stitchers strutted their collections. Two menswear moments stole the show. Shawn Delgado 's double-breasted camel pea jacket was simply stylish, while Sui-ying Yu 's suiting took head-to-toe plaid from faux-pas to fantastic. Check out pix from the show at www.senecac.on.ca/cms.
Tonight (April 20), $15 gets you into the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West) for Mondo Urban 5 , featuring belly dancers, graffiti artists and a fashion show by local line lalucha. On April 22, I'll Never Shop Retail Again holds its Spring Fever vintage sale at 315 Albany (call 416-707-1695 for more info). Finally, on April 26, the Funky Girls Social Club sells off jewellery by Moonrox , Sultry Suds bath products and other goodies at the Social (1100 Queen West) from 5 to 8:30 pm.