Fashion Week (lgfashionweek.ca) is winding down, but there are a few more moments of fabulosity before the runway gets rolled up, including tonight's (Thursday, March 19) Fashion Takes Action (fashiontakesaction.com) party at the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West). Starting at 9 pm, guests can enjoy complimentary cocktails and check out green garments by Evan Biddell, Thien Le, Carrie Hayes and other eco-aware designers. The dresses are up for grabs until Friday (March 20) on the FTA Eco Auction's eBay page.
Buy Design dish
Tickets for Buy Design, the yearly fundraising gala (creative direction by yours truly) benefiting Windfall, Canada's only new clothing bank, are now on sale at buydesignforwindfall.ca. This year's event in the Distillery District (55 Mill) on April 18 focuses on the go-go style of the 60s space race. Look for a beauty lab overflowing with makeup grabs and a swag-ful silent auction. Follow event updates at twitter.com/buybarella.
Lori Chalmers has debuted her new Cha Cha (chachalifestyle.com) bag collection, including the Lola clutch and the Toya cross-body bag, both inset with colourful leather strips. Paper People Clothing's (paperpeopleclothing.com) spring collection is now online, including eco T-shirt dresses and baby doll tops.
Handbag designer Jessica Jensen (shopjessicajensen.com) holds a sample sale today (Thursday, March 19, 4 to 8 pm) and Friday (March 20, noon to 7 pm) at Thrush Holmes Empire (1093 Queen West). Jensen's fall 2008 and spring 09 collections of totes, clutches and purses are discounted by 60 to 80 per cent. Cash, debit, Visa and Mastercard are accepted.
Organic Lifestyle (87 Avenue Road, 416-921-7317, organiclifestyle.ca) is closing its Hazelton Lanes boutique and selling everything for 30 per cent off (if you spend more than $100) until March 25.