Our fashion show sitting muscles are feeling super-toned after a Fashion Week 's worth of runway presentations, and we're hopping the VIA train to Montreal next week (March 19-23) to check out their designer lineup ( www.mfw.ca ). If you've been logging on to NOW's blog site for our set of Toronto reviews, we're scribbling away again next week from the M-point. Labels scheduled to show include Marie Saint Pierre , Soia & Kyo as well as an art and fashion exhibit by local favourite Renata Morales at the W Hotel.
Shoe shopping cart
For most shoe junkies, the fun part of scoring your next footwear fix is browsing through a fave shoe shop's stock of stilettos, flats and dapper brogues. With the launch of its www. brownsshoes.com retail site, Browns is betting that clicking through an online gallery of styles will deliver a similar rush. In-house brands including Browns Couture , Browns ID , Bravo Browns , B2 and kids-sized Boogie Browns are now just a Web surf away.
The Toronto Fashion Incubator ( fashionincubator.com ) kicks its annual New Labels runway show up a notch this year by incorporating the presentation into its 20th-anniversary Ultimate Platinum gala at the Carlu (444 Yonge) on April 17. In addition to watching designers Engelbert Gayagoy of 1.618 , Malak by Kalam Lee, Ozen by Phoebe Gao and Enfys Zhuo and Quelques Filles by Sarah Nicol and Kelly Dowdall show off their finalist looks, TFI alumni including Joeffer Caoc , Mercy and Farley Chatto walk one-of-a-kind red carpet gowns down the runway. VIP tickets are $250 and guest passes $50, available by calling 416-971-7117 ext 21.
House of Spy for spring
Former TFI member Wendy Wong 's House of Spy label ( www.houseofspy. com ) keeps growing its long international distribution list, and you can score her bold collection in Toronto at Trixie (2313 Bloor West, 416-762-0084), Pho Pa (698 Queen West, 416-979-9444, and other), Little Black Dress Shop (135 Tecumseth, unit 7, 416-901-5470) and Trove (793 Bathurst, 416-516-1258). Spring looks include mint-green striped cotton dresses, fuchsia and yellow sun sheaths and blue, purple and acid-green heart-print leggings.