You can credit Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow and popular punk culture for the rise of fashion's pirate obsession. The trend has been tapped by indie kids in skull-print sneaks and designer devotees swashbuckling out of Holts with pirate scarves and Ts. Followers can hunt down fresh inspiration by checking out designer Kathryn Sherwin 's original costumes at the first annual Pirate Festival , starting Saturday (August 19) and running weekends to September 4 at Fort York (100 Garrison, 416-392-6907, www.fortyork.ca). Admission is $16, stu/srs $12, under 13 $10.
A new designer fashion destination is shaking up Yorkville. The George C boutique department store opens at 21 Hazelton (416-962-1991, www. georgec. ca), Saturday (August 19). Men and women on the hunt for swanky and sophisticated wardrobe buys can track down the cream of the stylish crop on the shop's three levels. Clothing lines include Costume National , Y3 , Project Alabama and Derek Lam , plus shoes and accessories by Officine Creative , Rocco P. and Etro .
How are your nails? Have you been chewing lately? How about your toes? Has flip-flopping around town made your footsies a little gnarly? All will be well after a visit to the new 10 Spot Nail Bar (749 Queen West, 416-915-1010, www.10spot.ca) that's just opened at Queen and Euclid. The new mani and pedi mecca pairs a swanky NYC-style spa setting with affordable prices. And for those of us who can't keep an appointment, the 10 Spot offers treatments without one.
Jewellery junkies should log onto www.flirtdesigns.ca for a preview of the Canadian-designed collection featuring layers of bold-coloured chunky natural stones. If you like what you see, e-mail email@example.com to RSVP for their fall launch and fundraiser at Empire Restaurant (50 Cumberland, 416-840-8440) on Tuesday (August 22). Guests can browse fall goodies by Flirt designer Laurie-Ann Clinton while munching hors d'oeuvres and bidding in the silent auction. Tickets are $20, and proceeds go to Toronto International Film Festival for Children Sprockets ' Pocket Fund .