Azure magazine's biannual Design Lines urban culture bible reviews hot decor spots and aesthetically savvy bars, restaurants and neighbourhoods. The spring 2006 issue spotlights the reinvigorated Ossington and Argyle strip, a profile of can't-get-enough-of-her Gladstone hotelier Christina Zeidler and tidbits on local designers and architecture. You can pick up the mini-mag at your local newsstand or track down a freebie copy at trendy interiors shops around town. azureonline.com.
All your Toronto Fashion Week invites get lost in the mail? You can still exercise your front-row voguing muscles at Freedom Clothing 's (939 Bloor West, www.freedomclothingcollective.com) Virago fashion show tonight (Thursday, March 16) at 8 pm at Revival (783 College). The store's collective of 10 designers will send vintage and recycled-fabric-inspired looks down the runway, followed by an art show featuring work by Ryerson and OCAD illustrators. Tickets are $8, benefiting the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre .
Cozy last call
Fly Girl 's (849 College, 416-553-8836, and other) racks, with their new stock of colourful floral-printed bikinis and springy canvas camouflage Fidel caps, are looking mighty warm-weatherish. Before jumping into summer swimwear, clairvoyant fashionistas with a crystal ball to predict next fall's styles should scope out the store's leftover winter stock of woolly scarves and gloves, marked down by 75 per cent. Beware the curio counter, stocked with full-price turquoise, lime and orange sherbet bangles - they're stylish enough to tempt you.
An admission charge for a shopping party is a tricky proposition, but the annual Fashion On The Rocks event at Alleycatz (2049 Yonge, 647-833-3934, www.fashionontherocks.ca) packs in enough goodies to justify its $8 cover ($6 advance). From 2 to 10 pm on Sunday (March 19), accessory junkies can peruse fashionable items by 20 local designers, including Miss Bad Betty lounge wear and West African purses and jewellery by the event's organizer, Christa MacLellan . Spa mini-treatments, hot tunes and hourly raffle draws pump up the value.
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