If you thought fashion was phony before, log on to www.ragsandmags.com. Toronto Fashion Incubator blogger Carolyn Rohaly and our favourite illustrator, Danielle Meder, collaborate on an online diary about two fictional Toronto fashionistas. Lucinda McRuvy, a style media scenestress, and Max Velosse, a neurotic newbie designer, made their debut during Toronto Fashion Week and quickly lured in readers with tall catwalk tales peppered with insider information.
Disco for a cause
Gather around, disco ducks, because I’ve got an event for you. Every year, I lend my creative hand to Buy Design For Windfall, a fundraising dress-up bash benefiting Windfall Clothing Service, Canada’s only new clothing bank. This year’s Studio 54-themed party takes place April 26 and converts the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District (55 Mill) into a funhouse of mirror balls, nightclub anthems and the best silent auction in town (not that I’m biased). Tickets are $75, on sale now at www.buydesignforwindfall.ca.
New Labels show
Also on the style event circuit, the Toronto Fashion Incubator presents its annual New Labels show, where one designer gets crowned the country’s next great fashion hope, on April 24 at the Direct Energy Centre (Exhibition Place). Finalists Adrienne Butikofer, Miss Rowe, Ashley Rowe, Krista Ozolins, Eugenia Leavitt and Lara Presber will catwalk it out for the grand prize valued at $25,000. The event is part of the inaugural Elle Show, a consumer fair for fashion and beauty junkies. Visit www.fashionincubator.com and www.elleshow.ca for more info and tickets.
A group of fashion and interior design legends are honoured at Fashion Group International’s Night Of Stars gala April 17 at the Carlu (444 Yonge). The event celebrates the careers of Holt Renfrew style oracle Barbara Atkin, Dsquared2’s Dean and Dan Caten, designer Wayne Clark, home guru Brian Gluckstein and journalist David Livingstone. Tickets are a swish $250, available through www.fginightofstars.ca, but the chance to schmooze with these style masters is well worth the price of admission.