Fashion Notes

The week’s news, views and tips

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Preloved in

We’ve stolen a Fashion Notes spot to let you in on reworked clothier Preloved ‘s ( 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

Curl cure

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, 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.

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