The Toronto Fashion Incubator presented its New Labels finale April 24 at the Direct Energy Centre. Video vignettes introduced Laura Presber’s deco- and armour-inspired cap-sleeve dresses, Adrienne Butikofer’s war-era-referencing streetwear and Ashley Rowe’s monochromatic black Miss Rowe collection. Montrealer Eugenia Leavitt (www.eugeniadesigns.com) walked away with the TFI title for cocktail looks covered in handmade orga-nic silk rosettes.
Clothing Show time
The Clothing Show is back for another round of serious spring shopping this weekend (May 2 to 4) in a new Exhibition Place spot. The Better Living Centre hosts 300-plus fashion exhibitors, from vintage vendors to sample sellers, but, as usual, it’s the opportunity to shop local that has us all worked up. Look for booths by Adrienne Butikofer, Dagg and Stacey, Foxy Originals, Hardboiled, Oligarchy, Paper People Clothing, SOOS and more. Friday 3 to 9 pm, Saturday 11 am to 9 pm, Sunday 11 am to 7 pm. $10. 416-516-9859, www.theclothingshow.com.
Balisi shoe shop (711 Queen West, 416-203-2388; 668 College, 416-532-1074, www.balisi.com) owners Rehlee Balisi and Cory Kierstead host their second Killer Style For A Killer Cause benefit Wednesday (May 7) at Revival (783 College). Starting at 7 pm, guests can mingle and take in a footwear trend-forecasting fashion show full of spring, summer and fall styles by Fly London, Eject, El Naturalista, Not Rated, Chinese Laundry and Miz Mooz. Tickets are $35, with proceeds donated to the Hospital for Sick Children.
Legendary Canadian designer-turned-artist-and-illustrator Marilyn Brooks hosts her spring painting and drawing show at the Women’s Art Association (23 Prince Arthur) Friday to Sunday (May 2 to 4).
Sweet Deal bite
The Chrys Ioannou Designs’ Spring Fling jewellery sale runs Saturday and Sunday (May 3 and 4), 1 to 6 pm, at 50 Lippincott. RSVP to 416-681-0308 for a chance to shop for sterling silver and semi-precious stone baubles marked down by as much as 70 per cent.