Start your sketching
NOW Magazine's 25th anniversary festivities have gotten rolling, and the fashion department is celebrating with NOW's Designer Challenge . Designers can submit a sketch of a dress made of NOW Magazine newsprint by September 1 to NOW's Designer Challenge, 189 Church Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 1Y7. The 10 finalists will have their dresses displayed in shops around town until our November birthday bash, when one winner will receive a $1,000 grand prize. The contest call, including all the details, is in this week's paper.
The Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor West, 416-979-7799) recreated a Louis XV-era salon in its lobby on June 27 to launch the new Charm of Rococo: Femininity And Footwear In the 18th Century exhibit. After an intimate program of arias and dance by Opera Atelier , guests entered a gallery illuminated by flickering chandeliers and lined with faux gilt panelled walls to view silk brocade mules and slippers topped with sparkling buckles. Log on to www.batashoemuseum.ca for more info, and check out the All About Shoes online footwear archive that went live on June 29.
Boys will be boys
The city's point man for questions of style and other dandy pursuits, author Russell Smith , has launched his own sweetspot.ca-esque website featuring manly wardrobe, social and sex tips. While his first www.xyyz.ca etiquette column called into question a woman's ability to push her own way through a revolving door, and we've spotted Smith out on the town sporting a fishing cap/leather pants look on more than one occasion, the $25 GotStyle (www.gsmen.com) gift certificate for new sign-ups means we're willing to give Rusty's dot-com a chance.
Nathalie-Roze & Co. opening
Crafternoon Tea hostess and local indie designer champion Nathalie-Roze Fischer has put the finishing touches on her new Nathalie-Roze & Co. boutique (1015 Queen East, 416-792-1699, www.nathalie-roze.com), and lovers of handcrafted and very stylish fashion and accessories can start their shopping. The store features 75 Toronto and internationally produced lines including finds from London, Glasgow and Paris. Watch out for weekend tea parties and DIY classes (soap making, jewellery and paper projects) at the in-store studio.