Toronto Fashion Week's (www.lorealfashionweek.ca) organizers are sprinkling their runway calendar with international emerging labels this season, including Malta's Charles & Ron (www.charlesandron.com) and Milan's Greta Constantine (www.gretaconstantine.com). The foreign find we're anticipating most is Jasper Garvida (www.jaspergarvida.com), who's returning home after six years in London, England, to make his Toronto Alternative Fashion Week (www.getfat. ca) debut at the Distillery (55 Mill) on Tuesday (October 17). Garvida combines hand stitching, appliqué and patchwork into crafty, South American-inspired confections.
Start your voting
The 10 finalists in NOW's Designer Challenge will be unveiled Tuesday (October 17) at the Distillery District (55 Mill) during Toronto Alternative Fashion Week's (www.getfat.ca) opening night. Guests will vote for outfits ranging from a slouchy newsboy ensemble to a Wonder Woman-style outfit. From October 19 to 30, each design will be featured in the window of a different boutique around Toronto, and shoppers will have a chance to make their pick. Check Fashion Notes next week for a complete list of retailers.
Just when we thought we'd used up all our swoon quotient on upstart fashion label Jason Meyers (www.jasonmeyers.net), the designer had to e-mail a preview of his spring 2007 look book to get us giddy all over again. The Midsummer Night's Dream-inspired collection includes a lineup of yellow, white and fuchsia satin dresses in halter, bubble and mock-necked styles, cinched in with signature, oversized bows. The city's clothing cliques will be slipping in puddles of their own drool after tonight's (Thursday, October 12) pre-Fashion Week show at Maro (135 Liberty).
I wanna go!
Here's how the general style-loving public can get in on Fashion Week fun. Day passes for Toronto Fashion Week at Muzik (15 Saskatchewan) from October 16 to 21 are available for $25 online at www.lorealfashionweek.ca. If Toronto Alternative Fashion Week's mix of fashion, art and music is more your speed, daily tickets ($10, students $5) are available at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District (55 Mill) during the event from October 17 to 19.