On June 7, Toronto's fashionable fella cliques (scenester metrosexuals, Parkdale stylist boys and dandy daddy author Russell Smith ) met up for Gotstyle 's (489 King West, 416-260-9696, www.gsmen.com) first-anniversary fashion show. Models done up in the menswear loft's signature rock-prep mix marched down a runway lined with origami flowers and cranes. Celeb catwalkers including Canadian Idol host Ben Mulroney previewed dressed-up fall looks and thanked owners Melissa Austria and Séamus Clarke for infusing the city's manly style market with a superb source for dashing duds.
Jeans make the scene
In the middle of the rock kids and tipsy groupies talking tunes on the Palais Royale patio during North By Northeast's June 7 opening party was Wesley Hartwell , creative director of Australia's Nobody Jeans. Nobody makes a killer skinny-legged cut, and Hartwell tours the world checking in with the brand's retailers, including local spot Lileo (55 Mill, building 35, 416-413-1410). Nobody skips conventional ads and promotes itself through a limited-edition book of fashion editorials and original writing released each fall. Log onto www.nobody.com.au for a peek.
Fundraising fashion tip
Rethink Breast Cancer 's annual spring fundraiser on Wednesday (June 21) has attendees seersucking prim polos and proper chinos out of their closets to dress for its Rock The Preppy theme. Swanky spot Brassaii (461 King West) turns into a country club estate with table tennis, lawn bowling and event staff decked out in Italian tennis brand Ellesse. Prepster wardrobe tips to help you posh up your own ensemble (along with info on how to grab a $65 ticket) are online at www.rockthepreppy.com.
All the Rage
The Rage (13 Kensington, 416-588-5177) also celebrated its first anniversary last week with a fashion-fartsy party at Xpace Gallery on June 9. A strictly soda pop bar meant all ages of mix 'n' match fashion kids could come out to support their favourite market shop spot. Owner Sarah Campbell punked out a model lineup culled from the store's best customers in ticking-striped skirts and laminated print belts by her group of emerging designers. If you missed the bash, stop by the boutique for a belated happy birthday buy.