Fashion festival time
Get your well-attired ass down to Yonge-Dundas Square this weekend for the Fashion & Design Festival. Must-sees include tonight's (Thursday, August 23) I Love Kyoto eco fashion show (8:30 pm) and Highlight Toronto (10 pm), shining a spotlight on local labels. Friday's (August 24) French Kiss presentation at 9:30 pm turns Torontonians on to 50 different Montreal-based lines including Mackage, Morales and Dubuc. Fashion school fanatics can check out student designs from the International Academy of Design, Seneca College, George Brown and Ryerson on Saturday between 1 and 3 pm. Log on to www.sensationmode.com for a complete schedule.
The annual Art Of Fashion designer competition takes place as a part of Nuit Blanche on September 29, and organizers are looking for submissions from interested candidates before August 31. Log on to www.artoffashion.org for info on this year's Surreal Journey theme, the finalist show at Bloor Street United Church and to download an application. One winner receives a $1,000 prize, membership to the Design Exchange, a magazine editorial and a window display at Boutique Le Trou (940 Queen West).
Toronto-bred but now New York-based photographer David Drebin has published a compilation of fashion stills and fold-out landscapes called Love And Other Stories, launching at bookstores September 11. See-and-be-seen spot Ultra Supper Club (314 Queen West) hosts the book release bash on the same day starting at 8 pm. The event is also a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Tickets are $75 and include a copy of the book (retail value $75), available at Gotstyle (489 King West).
Moments in the Sun (279 Augusta, 416-483-2999, www.momentsinthesun.com) owner Shireen Ali has just converted her Kensington Market fair trade home accessory store into a menswear boutique specializing in organic, sweatshop-free wares. The centrepiece of her collection is the Kavasam line of dress shirts from India. Stop in to try one on during this weekend's Pedestrian Sunday Kensington event on August 26.