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A fresh bunch of spring formal frocks has sprouted at Peach Berserk (507 Queen West, 416-504-1711, Kingi Carpenter's collection.

A fresh bunch of spring formal frocks has sprouted at Peach Berserk (507 Queen West, 416-504-1711, Kingi Carpenter’s collection of made-in-Toronto prom dresses includes retro 80s cocktail looks with appropriately poufy tulle crinolines, and sweeter 50s options in funky prints. Shop early so there’s time to custom-order a gown in your size and Peach Berserk’s rainbow of flirty fabrics.

Sign up for some stitching lessons on Sew Be It Studio’s (2156 Yonge, 416-481-7784, spring class schedule and maybe you’ll be showing your stuff on the Fashion Week runway one season soon. Fashion Design 101, starting Saturday (March 6), is a 10-week, skirt-focused introduction to pockets, waistbands and pleats. If you’ve already got those beginner basics down, try the Vintage Revamp and Alteration 101 workshops later in the month.

After what seemed like months of where-will-Fashion-Week-be-this-season? gossip, all the theories (the old Travelodge site at King and Bathurst, a parking lot on the Lake Shore) were proven wrong last week. The Fashion Design Council of Canada announced that the event’s new home is an old warehouse on Ordnance at the edge of Liberty Village. Consumer tickets for the March 28 to April 1 shows are on sale now at, with prices ranging from $24.99 for a single show to a somewhat staggering $475 for a full-week pass.

Distill (55 Mill, building 47, 416-304-0033, celebrates turning seven this week by offering customers 25 per cent discounts on regularly priced clothing, accessories and other crafty goods Saturday and Sunday (March 6 and 7). Also at the Distillery this weekend, Akroyd Furniture (55 Mill, building 74, studio 101-102, 416-367-5757, unveils its new studio and boutique featuring designer Robert Akroyd’s contemporary hardwood pieces.

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