We crashed a Ryerson shoot at the Gladstone Hotel on February 20 for a preview of fourth-year fashion student Randi Bergman 's entry for the annual Flare magazine photo editorial competition. Bergman worked with designer Danielle Suppa and photographer Jamie Campbell to recreate a cupcakey tea party in the very Victorian room 402. We've got our fingers crossed that Suppa's pretty-mod collection will be one of the 15 to 20 student lines chosen to debut at the school's annual Mass Exodus show (www.massexodus.ca) on April 11 and 12.
Toronto's Fashion Week starts Monday, March 12 (watch out for our semi-annual preview in next week's issue), and local fashion fans who want to get in on the schmooze and style shenanigans at the shows can now log on to the www.f-list.ca to purchase tickets. A day pass costs $30 and gives you access to shows and installations at the Liberty Grand (25 British Columbia) fashion week venue. Designers on this season's calendar include Arthur Mendonca , Comrags and Pink Tartan along with a special group presentation by Boutique Le Trou (www.boutiqueletrou.com).
The Interior Design Show 's opening-night white-themed party on Thursday, February 22, at the Exhibition's Direct Energy Centre, finally lived up to its style-savvy crowd's expectations with chalk-dusted aerial performers and contortionists knotting themselves together next to slick interior displays. Creative works by Ryerson , Ontario College of Art and Design and Sheridan design kids in the student exhibit area stole the audience's attention, as always. The standout piece was University of Alberta newbie Natalie Kruch 's birch stool wrapped in knotted, fluorescent-coloured uninflated balloons.
A soon-to-debut Madonna -designed collection is stealing all the thunder at H&M (1 Dundas West, 416-593-0064, and others, www.hm.com) this season, but the retailer is also joining in on the very-in-vogue organic fashion trend with an eco-cotton collection arriving in stores this month. Full A-line dresses, tunics, skinny jeans and cute printed Ts prove the days of earth-friendly fabrics that look and feel like a burlap sack are over. The line starts at $7.90 for a newborn sized onesie while denim slacks for men and women go for $49.90.