Style Notes

The week’s news, views and tips

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Dot-com closure

Fashionable hermits were sad to discover that Canadian-designer-boosting e-boutique closed its online store on the last day of 2007. Instead of hawking Wonderlust frocks and OK47 hoodies in 2008, the site is transitioning into a different kind of resource for cyber-shoppers, with links to other virtual shops and a designer database. Its first recommendation is, which ramps up its brand options over the next few months to ease Paper-doll withdrawal.

New finds

If you’ve been looking at your Chucks lately and thinking, “These sneaks could use a little sparkle,” Kensington Market’s The Rage (13 Kensington, 416-588-5177) is ready to meet your demand for bedazzled kicks. The shop now carryies Jenelle Meshki’s customized Converses super-glued with sparkly Swarovski crystals. Other new products in store include David Chiu’s pop-up card stock and Mechanical Donkey’s shirts made from retro T swatches.

Home show

Starting today (Thursday, January 17), the Metro Home Show ( fills the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front West) with aisles of home improvement buys. Liberty Village’s Casalife (170-171 East Liberty, 416-922-2785, presents its Den Trends space, offering tips to condo owners on how to maximize the awkwardly sized nooks and crannies of their modern flats. The show continues until Sunday (January 20). Adult tickets are $12.

Erotic art

Yorkville art openings are usually pretty stuffy stuff, but we’re going to go out on a limb and guess that Lovecraft’s (27 Yorkville, 416-923-7331) launch of Elva Hook’s painting show tonight (Thursday, January 17) will be slightly spicier. Drop by the shop between 6 and 9 pm to browse the passion- and romance-inspired work. If the art isn’t stimulating enough, we’re sure the boutique is full of other ways to entertain yourself.

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