The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art (111 Queen's Park, 416-586-8080, www.gardinermuseum.com) unveiled its new new three-storey reno last Friday (June 23). The inaugural exhibition of contemporary clay sculpture and drawings by Canadian Jean-Pierre Larocque is housed in fresh, white-walled gallery boxes by Toronto archi firm KPMB . The main-floor gift shop stocks a mix of milky clay pots, bold glazed saucers and a rack of got-to-have-them gauzy scarves by Peggy Mersereau .
Preppy minus the rock
Fashion fans have embraced spring's preppy trend with gusto, and judging by the folks at Rethink Breast Cancer 's Rock The Preppy $100,000 fundraiser on June 21, we're in for three more months of pastels and chinos. The polo wars raged at the event, with Lacoste alligator, Ellesse tennis ball and Selected eagle-sporting guests eyeing each other's logos. A wicked performance by Toronto band Uncut sent the madras-plaid-wearing masses running for the patio, suggesting that the rocks and preps might not mix after all.
"Apparently, the Devil doesn't wear RK," quipped Ilaria Varoli , he president of the Canadian fashion retailer, before presenting a preview screening of the style watcher's most anticipated summer flick, The Devil Wears Prada , on June 21. An audience of local fashion media types and lucky RK shoppers ate up the film's delicious wardrobe dishes featuring big-name designer labels, including Toronto's own Izzy Camilleri . Plan your most fashionable movie-watching look and check it out yourself in theatres starting tomorrow (Friday, June 30).
On July 6 and 7, the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (16 Spadina, 416-964-9087, www.ncct.on.ca) hosts the Toronto Aboriginal Fashion Show . The night kicks off at 6:30 pm with a prayer ceremony and traditional drumming, followed by pow wow, hoop and hiphop dancers. The fashion show features a combo of traditional and modern looks by designers Katherine Bruno , Eric Nielsen and Georgina Franki . Contact Franki for more info at 416-929-8339.