Warm up for summer with a June's worth of design happenings, fashion trends and glam galas.
If you're crashing NOW's Hot Summer Bash this evening (Thursday, May 31) at C Lounge (456 Wellington West), look out for a Preloved (www.preloved.ca) fashion show and generous sampling by LUSH Cosmetics (www.lush.ca).
Umbra moves in
Umbra has infected our homes with amoebic garbage cans and walnut picture frames. The stylish plague spreads downtown tomorrow (Friday, June 1). when the company's first free-standing shop opens at 165 John (416-599-0088).
Renaissance ROM architect Daniel Libeskind has partnered with furniture maker Klaus Nienkämper on the spirit house chair, a 180-pound, stainless steel seat priced to sit at $12,000. If that's too heavy for your pocketbook (and we're guessing it is) and your floor joists, you can still look at 13 of them when they're placed around the museum's new crystal, which has its architectural opening from midnight Saturday (June 2) to 6 pm Sunday (June 3).
Aussie bag company Crumpler invites shoppers to exchange beer for bags at their new shop (831 Queen West, 416-777-2247) June 2 to 10. We're then invited back for a store party on June 10 to drink the stash. Log on to www.crumpler.ca for exchange rates.
Fundraisers have jumped on fashion's early-20th-century fascination, and the belle époque bash trend continues at June 14's Ontario Science Centre Innovators' Ball (www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/innovatorsball). Admission costs $125 (available by calling 416-696-4630), the same starting price as a first-class Titanic ticket in 1912.
Your brain will perspire at Ourtopias, this year's national design conference at the Design Exchange (234 Bay, 416-363-6121, www.dx.org) from June 14 to 16 exploring urban extreme makeovers.
Dress for sweat-cess
The alien headgear and metallic madness flaunted on international spring runways have been pared back by retailers to athletic looks that make the most sluggish style setter look sporty. Juma Movement (www.juma.ca) does an excellent lineup of legging-friendly looks. The season's other big influence is blogger Scott Schuman (thesartorialist.blog-spot.com), whose streeter shots capturing mismatched volumes, textures and prints from Soho to Stockholm have infected dot-com-driven dressers. Vancouver line Dace (www.dace.ca) and Parkdale's Common Cloth (1233 Queen West, 416-203-7710) put the look together on the local front.