Dress donors wanted
The organizers of the Brides Battling Breast Cancer event are hunting for dress donations for their charity wedding gown sale. Log on to www.bbbc.ca for info on where to send your up-to-five-year-old, dry-cleaned gown. Brides-to-be can shop for gently used gowns at the event on Saturday, October 21, at the Promenade Shopping Centre (1 Promenade, Thornhill, www.promenadeshoppingcentre.ca). Dresses are priced between $50 and $300, with all proceeds donated to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation .
Meet and greet
After a summer hiatus, the Toronto Fashion Incubator holds its monthly networking and brainstorming session Saturday (September 9) from 1 to 2 pm. The meetings gather the TFI's resident and outreach members to swap industry experience and listen to experts talk about the clothing biz. This weekend's topic is working with models, and the event is open to registered TFIers. Log on to www.fashionincubator.com to find out how to get your own membership.
Fashion is going big this fall, with stores stocking oversized sweaters, coats and tunics to mash up with the season's skinny jeans. The secret to avoiding the dreaded potato sack silhouette is building up your wardrobe of belts. Brave Beltworks (www.braveleather.com) features fair-trade-manufactured studded, distressed and classic styles with bejewelled or chunky double-pronged buckles. The entire line, priced between $50 and $150, is available at Over the Rainbow (101 Yorkville, 416-967-7448) and other local retailers.
Designer Lydia K is going on a fashion hiatus this fall, so your only chance to pick up her patchwork textile separates is tracking down a rare piece of leftover spring stock. Boutique Le Trou (940 Queen West, 416-516-7122) has a rack of her cream linen vests, ruffled-hem cotton skirts and blue striped blazers marked down by 40 per cent. Chic items by Zoran Dobric, Karamea, Juma, Fairyesque and Obakki are also reduced by up to 70 per cent.
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