The Fashion Cares committee has unveiled the Halloween-meets-haute couture-meets-Hitchcock theme that it hopes will lure the city's philanthropists and party queens out on fall's spookiest weekend. November 1's Fashion Scares event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front West) will be hosted by Elton John's main squeeze, David Furnish, and feature performances by Katy Perry, Kreesha Turner and other still to-be-announced headliners. Tickets are on sale now at fashioncares.com and ticketmaster.ca.
Design school primer
Explore Design is back to educate a new crop of aspiring game, furniture, architecture, industrial, textile, fashion, interior and graphic designer types. The two-day fair (October 1 and 2) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front West) includes speakers, seminars and installations by designer schools from across the country. Admission is $15, and more information and seminar schedules are online at exploredesign.ca.
Art meets style
Magic Pony (694 Queen West, 416-861-1684, magic-pony.com) opens Team Macho's Kitschy, Gay And Over In A Second show this evening (Thursday, September 25) between 7 and 10 pm. At the Thompson Landry Gallery (55 Mill, building 5, 416-364-4955, thompsonlandry.com), Montreal mixed media artist Dominic Besner juxtaposes his work against fashion by Kirk Pickersgill of Greta Constantine and David Dixon. Au Fil De L'Art continues until October 5.
Sweet deal bites
The Clothing Show (theclothingshow.com) runs Friday to Sunday (September 26 to 28) at the Better Living Centre (Exhibition Place). Toronto labels up for grabs include Foxy Originals, Plastik Wrap and Paper People Clothing. Adult admission is $10 at the door. Rummage for textiles and take in stitching demos at the Toronto Guild of Stitchery's (tgsweb.ca) open house Saturday (September 27) between 10 am and 4 pm at Blythwood Road Baptist Church (80 Blythwood). Cat Tilt's (198 Walnut, 416-519-5189, cattilt.com) Tell A Friend sale continues until September 30. Bring a buddy when you shop and receive 10 per cent off stylish workout and yoga gear.