Toy-tape-recorder-toting Boys Town beat gossiperRolyn Chambers has re-launched his style-and-scene zine YumEee after a five-year hiatus. The premiere May issue, featuring a fluorescent Reinvention cover, includes a skinny-model rant by local stylist Maha , a Toronto Fashion Week report from TorontoStreetFashion.com's Rachel Schwab and Chambers's own insider exposé on the continuing Circa club saga. Pick up your copy at Queen West spots including the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West), Church Street haunts like Woody 's (467 Church) and other indie-culture-friendly restos, shops and galleries around town.
China from china
Spying a "made in China" stamp on a new purchase is nothing new, but the East-West trade of consumer goods was just getting started when porcelain pieces in the Gardiner Museum 's (111 Queen's Park, 416-586-8080, .www.gardinermuseum.on.ca) new Made In China show were finding their way across the ocean. Here are more than 150 functional and decorative pieces that landed on store shelves between 1500 and 1800. Instead of featuring traditional Chinese decoration, these made-for-export pieces are glazed with U.S. and European symbols like coats of arms and American eagles. The show continues until September 16.
Fashion Targets Fridays
Tomorrow (Friday, May 25) is Rethink Breast Cancer 's Fashion Targets Friday , and to warm the city up, the chic charity held a cocktail party at Roots ' Bloor West store (100 Bloor West) on May 10 to crown the winner of its national design contest. Ontario College of Art and Design student Selina Wong won $2,000 for her target-inspired T-shirt featuring a graphic peacock. Log on to www.fashiontargets.ca for information on getting your company involved in the fundraising event. The organization that sells the most Fashion Targets merch receives a catered gourmet breakfast for its staff.
Kensington Market's Pedestrian Sundays kick of this weekend (Sunday, May 27) with the first Kensington Catwalk Challenge . For a $25 fee, contestants can sign up at the check-in desk on Kensington Avenue between Dundas and St. Andrew starting at 2 pm. Each competitor receives 50 Kensington bucks to spend in stores along the strip. At 4 pm, vintaged-out shoppers model their looks on the street-level runway, where judges will vote for their favourite found fashionista. Whether they win or not, all competitors get to keep their clothing picks.