Those salt-stained boots you're wearing to wander the city's springy streets are starting to look a little out of place. It's time to bust out the warm-weather footwear or even (dare we suggest?) shop for a new pair. Ease shoe-aholic guilt by sussing out spring's footwear trends at Browns' Step In Time event April 12 (7:30 pm) at Hazelton Lanes (55 Avenue Road, 416-968-1806), which benefits the Sick Kids Foundation. A dance performance will tiptoe you through the season's sweetest strappy sandals and ballet-style flats. E-mail Deb Bassett (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 416-813-6166 ext 2380 for ticket info.
The plaid pants and pastel shades of the swinging 70s golfer are back in vogue for a new generation of putters. Quagmire Golf (www.quagmiregolf.com), launched by Canadian entrepreneurs Geoff Tait and Bob Pasternak, respects the stuffy dress codes of swanky clubs but adds enough fashionable flair to keep you from looking like a driving-range doofus. Men's and women's polos, pants and outerwear in fresh colours with screen print details fit to a tee. Available in Toronto at Sporting Life (2665 Yonge, 416-485-1611 and others).
Rethinking the T
Rethink Breast Cancer's Fashion Targets Breast Cancer bull's-eye T-shirts have become a signature style statement for charitable clothes horses around the world. Now, Rethink launches a nationwide design competition, inviting designers and wannabes to create their own unique FTBC-inspired design for a chance to win a $2,000 grand prize. Log on to www.rethinkbreastcancer.com/design_contest.html for all the contest info before the April 10 submission deadline.
Ryerson University 's second- and third-year fashion kids presented their Virtues And Vices (www.virtuesandvices.ca) show March 31 and April 1. Vignettes of student-produced work illustrated themes like courage, indulgence, pride and promiscuity. In the "justice" grouping, Tanya White's shimmering short dress was perfectly prim with its bow-tied neck, and a lineup of "ruthless" men's looks by Hyae-Sun Lee, Kirk Morris, Deborah Castel and Ashli Ahn featured slouchy silk jackets. Big conceptual couture points go to Lily Cornell's voluminous, white felt skirt designed to mimic a rocky seashore.