Laing launches menswear
After seasons of men lusting after many of the pieces in Jeremy Laing’s (jeremylaing.com) womenswear collections, the Toronto designer debuted his first full garment lineup for guys during New York Fashion Week on Sunday. Also new for spring 2014 is a footwear collaboration with Los Angeles-based LD Tuttle and a print partnership with painter Julia Dault.
Last call for Louboutin
This summer’s Christian Louboutin exhibition at the Design Exchange (234 Bay, 416-363-6121, dx.org) has been a smash hit, and you only have till Sunday (September 15) to see the red-soled extravaganza for yourself. Highlights include a carnival-style swing hung with pillows topped with striped stilettos and metallic platforms, and a pair of sparkly peep-toes worn by Miss Piggy. A set of flower-accented heels on display were the first style whose bottoms were painted rouge.
Pont Neuf peek
Seven of Canada’s top emerging labels are featured on new online style boutique Pont Neuf (pontneufboutique.ca). The brand lineup includes Blak.i (love their slouchy, sheer “boyfriend shirt”), Dreamboat Lucy (think perfect print picks like cocoon coats and floral trousers) and Sarah Duke (we’re mad for her houndstooth wool maxi skirt!). Also look out for Nicole Campre, Tissh by Gloria Lee, Malorie Urbanovitch and Bano Eemee.
Time to brush up on your tree talk to take in the newest exhibition on now at MADE (867 Dundas West, 416-607-6384, madedesign.ca). The show is called Cambium and that term refers to “the live layer of tree tissue just below the bark.” Arborist and designer Joel Harrison-Off exposes it on eastern white cedar and then splits the logs before lighting them from within, creating a creepy, forested feeling. Check out the installation for yourself until October 12.