The week’s news, views and tips
We’ve stolen a Fashion Notes spot to let you in on reworked clothier Preloved ‘s (www.preloved.ca) second annual warehouse sale, starting Tuesday (January 23) and continuing through January 25. Stop by the head office and factory space (24 Ryerson, suite 100) between noon and 7 pm for a behind-the-scenes look at the design studio and workshop, and score sweet deals on last season’s samples. Patchwork T-shirts, skirts, sweaters and jackets for boys and girls are priced between $10 and $50 (cash or credit only).
Feral fashion show
At the Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen West), New York design duo Feral Childe present their fall/winter 2007 Canadian Alphabet collection on Tuesday (January 23). Designers Alice Wu and Moriah Carleson are the Drake’s January artists-in-residence and have used their Toronto visit to create travel-sketch prints that are being stitched into their collection. Admission is $5, and the show starts at 9 pm. Check out Feral Childe’s designs at www.feralchilde.com.
Curly hair types, listen up. A new salon that promises to polish your spirally locks and tame cold-season frizz opened this fall on Harbord Street. Curl Ambassadors (159 Harbord, 416-922-2888) specializes in cuts, colours and other hair treatments for men, women and kids with twirly dos. Owners Caroline Muir and Betty Di Salvo also carry a library of curly-hair-friendly product lines including Jessicurl and Kerastase along with diffusers and detangling combs.
Urban Planet discovered
We’re usually anti-fast-fashion, but we have to admit after a recent visit that Urban Planet ‘s megastore on Queen West (262 Queen West, 416-595-9562, www.urban-planet.com) is cheap, cheerful and surprisingly chic. We’d avoided the trip because the two-storey shop is housed in Caban’s old digs (sniffle), but after browsing its H&M-style set-up, we’re converted. A candy bar accessories nook features sugary coloured bangles overflowing from glass apothecary jars, and racks are loaded with on-trend platform footwear and kangaroo-pocket hoodies. Check it out.