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Hot Shopping: Another Dream Team-Up at H&M

Marni for H&M (photo by Magnus Magnusson)

On the heels of its sold out collaboration with Versace, Swedish retailer H&M has teamed up with Italian label Marni for its next coveted launch. Fashionistas are already talking about camping out the night before the March 8 debut of this line by Marni founder and creative director Consuelo Castiglioni. The designs highlight elements of her signature style, including graphic prints, colour blocking and textured materials for women, and subdued prints, contrasting details and classic silhouettes for men.

Hot Shopping: Look Fit and Fine in lululemon

The newly renovated lululemon store in Westboro.

Yoga lovers, runners, and anyone who is looking to stick to their New Year’s resolutions should make a beeline for lululemon. This Canadian store made a name for itself with athletic apparel for men and women that is both fashionable and functional. Head over to the newly renovated Westboro location to stock up on hot products like the “Destined for Greatness Duffel,” the breezy “No Limits” tank, and other great gear for your sweaty pursuits. Two locations, 340 Richmond Rd., 613-761-1839, and Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-230-6633.

Hot Shopping: The Clothing Show’s Cache

Find fab Sui Generis frocks at the Clothing Show

MAY 27 TO 29 No matter your style profile, you’re sure to find new additions to your wardrobe at one of Toronto’s largest showcases of original and unusual designer apparel. The Clothing Show has it all—from runway shows to sample sales and even a fashion photography contest. Scour the more than 300 booths for deals you can only find at this one-stop clothing shop, featuring fabulous frocks from Canadian indie labels such as Lux & Luster and Sui Generis. Unique handmade pieces from vintage-inspired Paper People Clothing are also a draw, as are the one-of-a-kind jewellery designs from Black Iris. Exhibition Place, Queen Elizabeth Building, $10 admission; call 416-516-9859 or click here for more information.

Hot Shopping: Get Enviro-Tot Trendy with Mini Mioche

Wee ones can reduce their carbon footprints thanks to Mini Mioche, a Canadian online brand with its first storefront location near Trinity-Bellwoods Park. From “mompreneur” Alyssa Kerbel comes organic cotton onesies ($26), T-shirts, pants and leggings in sought-after neutral shades like black and grey.

Yours to Discover: Day Six

Winter’s on its way out; it’s time to get a head start on exploring. Guide yourself with our specialized itineraries, or contact one of Toronto’s many tour operators to delve deeper into this multifaceted metropolis. And don’t forget to check out previous Yours to Discover posts, here: Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four.

Harry Rosen

Get kitted out and catwalk-ready in Toronto’s most fashion-forward locales.

CANUCK COUTURE The touring fashionista’s must-visit strip, Bloor Street West, between Yonge Street and Avenue Road, is home to a bevy of Canadian-owned retailers with global cachet, including Holt Renfrew—Toronto’s answer to Saks Fifth Avenue—fine menswear mecca Harry Rosen, and distinguished beaver-emblazoned brand Roots.

INTERNATIONAL ICONS Bloor Street also showcases standalone shops representing world-famous fashion houses, including French favourites Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton, Italian labels like Gucci and Prada, as well as German stalwart Hugo Boss. Be sure to accessorize your new ensemble with baubles from Birks, Cartier or Tiffany & Co.


SINGULAR STYLE Moving north from Bloor into tony Yorkville ensures encounters with boutiques offering personalized service and unique, on-trend attire. Ladies are encouraged to try 119 Corbo, Eleven, Hugo Nicholson and the Pink Tartan store Seventy-Seven. Finery for fellows is found at Nicolas Men and Anti-Hero, among others.

INDEPENDENT SPIRIT On Queen Street, west of Bathurst, you’re sure to make a contemporary fashion “find.” For women, Robber is one of many inspired indie shops that curate new looks by emerging and established designers from Canada and abroad, while Preloved offers more relaxed garments made from reclaimed fabrics. Modish men stride into Green Shag for bespoke shirts and suits, and attention-grabbing stores like Ruins, which stock exclusive labels in gallery-like settings.

The professional image consultants of The Refinery offer a variety of weekly shopping tours that take you to chic boutiques throughout the city.

Hot Shopping: Oliver Spencer Arrives from England

Anglophiles rejoice! Oliver Spencer has brought his eponymous brand to Toronto. The hip British designer is admired on both sides of the Atlantic for adding playful but not too flashy touches to standard menswear, such as a rich brown toggle jacket with bold red plaid lining. His Queen West outpost—his third retail location and first in Canada—reflects this modern aesthetic: amidst exposed brick and blue-grey walls, beakers and test tubes are displayed along with wooly cardigans, while butterfly specimens under glass serve as artwork above a mannequin attired in a lumberjack-esque shirt. Established in 2002, Spencer’s collection of signature shirts, outerwear, and handmade shoes and boots is carried here, along with a discerning selection of accessories and footwear from other designers, including Quoddy shoes and leather goods from Il Bussetto.

Cool Clothes for Chilly Conditions

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you should forsake all sense of style.
With this seasonal wear—everything from hats and boots to gloves and goggles—
you’ll be weather-ready whether you’re taking a stroll in a winter wonderland
or battling a blizzard.

Hot Shopping: Fashion in Ruins

Unisex boutique Ruins is best described as part art gallery, part concert venue and a whole lot of edgy, urban style. Co-owners Mikey Apples and Josh Reichmann, both of whom originally hail from the music industry, set up their shop in the fashionable Queen West neighbourhood and stock designer exclusives by Assembly New York and Patrik Ervell, plus such coveted labels as H by Hudson, Loden Dager and Thomas. In addition to of-the-moment apparel, jewellery and fashion books, an in-house salon called Leonard’s offers cuts and shaves at the back of the store—a salvaged church archway marks the entrance. Along the exposed brick walls hang works by local artists, and some evenings, the store transforms into a concert venue to showcase up-and-coming musicians. Tuesday to Sunday. 960 Queen St. W., 647-351-0960.

Hot Shop: Jeanne Beker’s New Venture

Jeanne Beker

In Canada, the name Jeanne Beker is synonymous with couture. After 25 years of reporting from the runway as the host of Fashion Television—and as editor-in-chief of FQ Magazine from 2003 to 2009—the style-savy Beker is now putting her own unique flair into a new line of women’s apparel. Aptly named Edit, the 25-piece collection represents multi-functional separates every woman should have in her closet. Available exclusively at The Bay,
a selection of on-trend items are added each month to keep looks current, such as a white faux fur jacket ($150). Beker isn’t just absently lending her name either—she is involved at every stage “from sketch to stitch.” Even better, one need not pay runaway prices for these looks—everything ranges from $79.99 to $195.

TIFF List: 3 Styles for the Red Carpet

The Toronto International Film Festival is ramping up for its 35th excellent year, with more than 300 movies showing between September 9 and 19. Follow this space in the days leading up to TIFF 2010 for features on much-anticipated premieres, the Bell Lightbox—the festival’s exciting new headquarters—and scads of sites at which to spot visiting celebrities. During the festival itself, we’ll bring you details on each day’s film offerings plus what to do before or after your screening.


It’s rarely enough to be just a great thespian. One has to look the part, too. Toronto’s world-class selection of shops ensures the stars are dressed to the nines for their moment in the spotlight.

1 The luxe looks donned by Hollywood’s leading ladies can be found along Bloor Street West, home to international boutiques including Prada, Gucci and Chanel, plus high-end department store Holt Renfrew, which collects all manner of designer duds. Hermès, Cartier and others provide the jewels and accessories. Or for that timeless Audrey Hepburn look, go slightly north to vintage couturier The Cat’s Meow.

2 Men in the George Clooney mold—respectful of the classics, but mindful of modern trends—are rakishly attired by the likes of Nicolas Men and Harry Rosen. The latter’s bespoke tailors are sought-after, and have outfitted the likes of Dustin Hoffman and Christopher Plummer. Custom suits at King West’s Gotstyle are also in high demand—master tailor Joa Cavalcanti has designed for Leonardo Dicaprio, Daniel Craig and Daniel Day Lewis.

3 For stars who really want to shine, many on-trend shops offer youthful, eclectic apparel. Denim specialist Over the Rainbow has long catered to clients such as Ryan Reynolds and Renee Zellweger, while Julia Roberts was recently spotted perusing at Preloved. Canadian brand Roots also has hipster cred—its latest iconic collection was designed by artist and author Douglas Coupland.

Tomorrow: 10 Celeb-Approve Nosh Spots

Hot Shopping: Oh, Canada!

On July 1 our home and native land marks its 143rd birthday. Even if you’re just adopting Canada for the day, these red and white products help you show some patriotic pride.

Clockwise from top left:
>> 100 Photos That Changed Canada book by Mark Reid, $45, Indigo.

>> Maple leaf key holder, $63, Swarovski.

>> Canadian Shield T-shirt, $32.50, Red Canoe.

>> Village Bag International, $158, Roots.

>> xcase Nation carry-on suitcase, $99.97, The Bay.

Hot Shopping: Juicy News

Track-suit lovers rejoice! California-based brand Juicy Couture opens its first freestanding store in Canada, ensuring young, laid-back gals north of the border can swath themselves in velour from head to toe, too. The company’s signature sweats—made famous when Madonna donned a set in the mid-1990s—come in full-sleeved hoodies and flared pants, and summer-ready puffed, short-sleeve hoodies, cropped cargo pants and Daisy Duke-inspired shorts—all in trademark velour as well as terrycloth, which apparently isn’t just for towels and bathrobes anymore. The 2,100-square-foot boutique is a brightly lit space awash in bubblegum pink. On top of track suits, it carries Juicy’s complete line of breezy dresses, sleepwear, primary-hued swimsuits, handbags and jewellery.