New Labels semis
The Toronto Fashion Incubator (www.fashionincubator.com) has announced the semifinalists in its annual new labels competition. Toronto lines 1.618 by Engelbert Gayagoy, Malak by Kalam Lee, OZEN by Phoebe Gao and Enfys Zhuo, Quelque Filles by Sara Nicol and Kelly Dowdall and Calgary's Lara Presber have all made the short list. The judging panel will pick three finalists at the end of January to show their stuff on April 17 for a chance to win the $25,000 prize package.
Top Roncesvalles fashion shop Frock (97 Roncesvalles, 416-516-1333) has cleared out its storeroom space to make room for the new Frock Head salon. Stylist Dawn Larson offers men's and women's cuts, colours and highlights priced from $40 up in the bright basement beauty shop. After your snip, scoot back upstairs, where the store's displaced merch, including fall and spring finds, is marked down by at least 25 per cent.
If the fashion gods were good to you over the holidays and the overstocked hanging bar in your closet is starting to bow, Store Your Style promises to get you organized and free up some room for new clothing favourites. Log on to www.storeyourstyle.com for info on de-packratting packages, including garment bags, wooden hangers, sweater boxes and a spot to stash your duds in SYS's wardrobe studio. Prices range from $59.99 to $99.99 a month.
Time to bust out the bleach (environmentally friendly of course) to brighten up your snow-coloured duds for the second annual Wear White 4 Windfall Day on January 25. Windfall Clothing Service collects new clothing and distributes it to social agencies around the GTA. Log on to www.ww4w.ca to find out how to get your workplace involved (employees donate $4 to the charity to skip out on wearing their usual office attire) and for info on WHITE parties at Ultra Supper Club (314 Queen West) and fashion biz haunt Amber (119 Yorkville).