A look from Philip Sparks’s spring 2009 collection.
Come on, Vogue
In the middle of all this TIFF hoopla, it's easy to forget that the majority of the city's social calendar doesn't revolve around lining up for screenings and celebrity party crashing. Up at York University's Recital Hall (Accolade Building, 4700 Keele), the Purple Vogue fashion show (livelaughlove.ca) and fundraiser takes place Saturday (September 6). Local designers parade their fall/winter looks starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 at yorku.ca/perform, with proceeds benefiting pancreatic cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital.
Mark Friday, September 26, on your calendar for Rethink Breast Cancer's (rethinkbreastcancer.com) seventh annual Booby Ball. Social wranglers The Society (thesocietytoronto.com) host this year's event at the Gallery at Liberty Market Lofts (171 East Liberty) starting at 8 pm. Log on to boobyball.com for ticket info and updates.
Sweet deal bites
Yorkville's Vikaspa (88 Avenue Road, 416-929-5509, vikaspa.com) offers a Red Carpet Ready package during TIFF. Hairstyling, makeup application and a manicure are $150 until September 13. Fawn (967 Queen West, 647-344-4703) rolls out its fresh fall buys, including new styles by Clu, Shelley Steffee, Tankus and Complex Geometries, while select spring goods are marked down an additional 20 per cent. Doll Factory by Damzels (1122 Queen East, 416-598-0509, dollfactorystudios.com) has re-opened after a mini-reno, and the polished-up shop is stocked with Film Fest-friendly frocks by Voom, Stop Staring and Sailor Jerry.
Back to the Big Apple
I'm in New York City today (Thursday, September 4) where ze boyfriend, Toronto-based menswear designer Philip Sparks (philipsparks.com), presents his spring 2009 collection as part of emerging-designer-boosting organization Gen Art's (genart.org) annual
Fresh Faces In Fashion show. The event has launched the careers of Zac Posen, Duckie Brown and Philip Lim, so I promise I'd be plugging this even if we weren't shacking up. Sparks joins New York-based Hyden Yoo (hydenyoo.com) as the two menswear entries on the catwalk at the Hammerstein ballroom. Look for a gushingly nepotistic review coming soon on NOW Daily.