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9 Fashion Trends to Fall For

— Linda Luong Luck

Get Lacoste’s 80th-Anniversary Apparel in Toronto


Lacoste 80th Anniversary Toronto

Lacoste’s 80th Anniversary apparel features a special-edition designer logo

Croc marks the spot. Lacoste, the enduring French label instantly identifiable by its reptilian logo, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Founded in 1933 by René Lacoste, the company was originally known for its tennis shirts—Lacoste was a Grand Slam champ who was dubbed “The Crocodile” for his tenacity on the court. To commemorate the milestone, a special logo of circles forming the number 80 by British designer Peter Saville is emblazoned on a capsule collection of footwear, watches, dresses, jackets and, of course, the classic polo. Among the desirable items are perforated herringbone sneakers ($335) and polo shirts ($125 and up) for men. —Linda Luong

>> Lacoste, 131 Bloor St. W., 416-513-1212, plus other locations; lacoste.com
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Hot Shopping: Lacoste Olympic Polos

Lacoste’s Flag Polo Shirt, $195.

Just in time for the 2012 Olympic Games, Lacoste has added a patriotic twist to its iconic men’s polo shirts. 16 nations, including Canada, are represented through fashionable displays of their flags. The shirts comes in three different styles: For a subtle take, the Croco Flag Polo Shirt ($150) in classic white cotton piqué features Lacoste’s signature crocodile enrobed in a nation’s colours. For more dedicated fans, the colourful Flag Polo Shirt ($195) features a flag emblazoned across the body of the shirt. And if you’d prefer to keep your allegiances to yourself, go for the Limited Edition Polo Shirt ($250), which includes the pennants of all 16 countries. Lacoste, Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-563-1212, www.lacoste.com

Hot Shopping: Get Great Deals at Vaughan Mills Outlet Stores

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World is just one of the major retailers at Vaughan Mills

Fashionistas and bargain hunters alike head to just-north-of-the-city shopping centre Vaughan Mills for great finds from Holt Renfrew Last Call, a Guess factory store, Lacoste outlet and many other name-brand stores—not to mention the huge Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, perfect for campers and cottagers. In summer, it’s even easier to make the trip: a free shuttle bus transports shoppers from Union Station (65 Front St. W.) to the mall’s front doors. Departing from downtown at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and returning at 3 and 6 p.m, the bus boards on a first come, first served basis. Pick up a wristband at the City Tours and Attractions desk inside Union Station. Call 905-879-2110 or click here for further details.

Hot Shopping: Lemon Zest

Spring’s hot hue is fresh and vibrant—perfect for brightening up a dreary March day. Enliven your seasonal attire with one of these pick-me-ups.

>> Leather bomber, $249, Danier.

>> Adidas Original watch from CANDY Splice collection, $70, Adidas.

>> Women’s Gambetta Mid sneakers, $95, Lacoste.

June Editor’s Picks: Shopping

Cartier's elegant boutique is a hush oasis purveying some of the finest jewellery (Photo by George Pimentel).

Cartier's elegant boutique is a hush oasis purveying some of the finest jewellery (Photo by George Pimentel).

1. Bloor Street is fondly recognized by shoppers for its designer labels: Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton among them. Now, Cartier and Gucci boost the glam quotient with their recent renovations. Ensconced back along the mile of mink, Cartier’s dramatic 40-foot bronze exterior is the gateway to this polished palace, which boasts a private viewing room plus separate watch and bridal salons, and showcases a broader selection of jewellery, watches, accessories and fragrances that have made the 162-year-old French company famous. Across the street, a facade of ribbed bronze panels and rose gold mullions welcomes shoppers to Gucci. Inside, polished gold and smoked mirrors nod to the art deco era alongside touches of dark rosewood and marble—a luxurious setting for the Italian brand’s collection of handbags, luggage, footwear and ready-to-wear apparel for men and women.