Sensation Mode, the organizers of Montreal's renowned Fashion And Design Festival, take over Yonge-Dundas Square from August 23 to 25 for a Toronto edition of the event. Highlights include the I Love Kyoto eco runway presentation and the Highlight On Toronto show spotlighting local lines including Arthur Mendonça, Juma and Izzy Camilleri. The FDF sets itself apart from our own Fashion Week by mixing big brands and retailers into its fashion show soup, and Toronto partners include Roots, Le Chateau and lead sponsor the Bay. Watch out for developments on www.sensationmode.com.
Cha Cha champ
We love the graphic prints and curvy shapes of Lori Chalmers's Cha Cha handbag line. Her new Blogspot diary (chachalifestyle.blogspot.com) lets purse addicts follow her design and manufacturing process. Chalmers has started to add previews of her fall styles to the site, including the Mail clutch in a variety of earth-toned crackled leathers, the leather and screened cotton Sunrise and the leather and type-font- printed pastel cotton Miami Canvas. Pick up Cha Cha bags at Nathalie-Roze and Co. (1015 Queen East, 416-792-1699).
Rethink wrap up
Under the night sky and clotheslines clipped with pink brassieres, the city's charity schmoozers block-partied at Rethink Breast Cancers annual fundraiser June 21 at the Shared Loft (358 Dufferin). If you missed out on the outdoor table tennis and street market lined with tents selling Bobby H Bobby watches and Bodyfood toiletries, you can still lend your support by bidding at Rethink's eBay silent auction. Log on to www.rethinkbreastcancer.com to link to the auction site, where three-month memberships to the Yorkville Club (www.theyorkvilleclub.com) and many other items are up for grabs until midnight tonight (Thursday, June 28).
Project Runway Canada
Despite an early struggle to find 12 high-caliber newbie couturiers to cast in the first season of Project Runway Canada, Slice (www.slice.ca) is lining up a smart panel of local fashion vets to take on judging and mentor duties. Designer Brian Bailey coaches contestants through weekly challenges, while Elle Canada editor Rita Silvan and Bustle Clothing's Shawn Hewson evaluate each week's fashion lineup with the show's imported host, supermodel Iman. The program premieres this fall.