Every year, the good gin-distilling folks at Bombay Sapphire hold a design competition that asks students from across Canada to reimagine the classic martini glass. This year's winner, announced at the Gardiner Museum Tuesday, March 20, is University of Toronto grad Ronen Bauer from Thornhill, who created a stemless fishbowl shape in pale blue glass. Bauer now travels to Milan's Salone Del Mobile show in mid-April to compete for the $15,000 international grand prize.
Pardon my annual bout of shameless self-promotion, but the annual Buy Design fundraiser (held this year on April 21 in the Distillery District 's Fermenting Cellar , 55 Mill) that I lend my creative hand to is one doozy of a gala and should not be missed. This year's 1920s speakeasy theme incorporates big-band jazz, vaudeville performances and an always chic silent and live auction to raise money for Windfall Clothing Service (www.windfallclothing.ca). Tickets ($75) are available online by calling 416-703-8435 or visiting select local retailers listed at www. buydesignbywindfall.ca .
Go local at One Of A Kind
The One Of A Kind Show (www.oneofakindshow.ca) kicked off yesterday (March 28) at the Direct Energy Centre (Exhibition Place) and continues until Sunday (April 1). There's no shortage of the usual mix of home decorating buys, tasty food bites and great gifts, but it's the fashion exhibitors that bring us back each season. Toronto lines including Dagg & Stacey , Kity , Lux & Lustre , Revolve , Plastik Wrap , Susan Harris and Greenbaum Clothing all have booths stocked with their locally crafted styles.
Fashion faces reality TV
Financial backing for Canadian fashion designers is scarce, so while we would not normally recommend taking the reality TV route to get your style biz off the ground, Project Runway Canada 's $100,000 grand prize would nicely offset start-up costs. Until April 13, newbie and old-school talents can sign up at www.slice.ca for a chance at one of the 12 on-air spots.
Fashion Week wrap online
To read all about the best of Toronto Fashion Week, check out our online archive at www.nowtoronto.com .