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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: Pink Tartan Stands Alone

Kimberley Newport-Mimran

As far as store openings go, it doesn’t get bigger than this. The first, much-anticipated Pink Tartan store opens this month in Yorkville. Co-founded by designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran and her husband, Joseph—the mastermind behind other noted fashion lines as Alfred Sung and Joe Fresh Style—the North American label holds its own alongside such timeless brands as Chanel, Prada, Gucci and Burberry. Celebs including Kim Catrall, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson have donned Newport-Mimran’s mix-and-match apparel that’s accessible and flattering for any woman on the go. While select items were previously available at local retailers, loyal style mavens can now visit a gracious 3,200-square-foot Scottish-Georgian townhouse to browse the entire collection and special runway items, as well as an accessories line that is to be launched this fall. Open daily. 77 Yorkville Ave., 416-516-0641.

Fashion Week, Day Three

Calling all fashionistas! Strap on your stilettos and strut your way to the city’s most stylish event, LG Fashion Week. This season’s jam-packed schedule is bursting at the (very chic) seams with designer runway shows and exclusive parties. All week long Where Toronto brings you highlights from the hottest spring 2010 collections and tips on where to shop right now for all your wardrobe must-haves.

Kimberley Newport-Mimran presents a new Pink Tartan collection.

Kimberley Newport-Mimran presents a new Pink Tartan collection.

Designers to Watch
It’s a big night for the husband-and-wife design duo behind two of Canada’s leading labels. This evening, Pink Tartan founder Kimberley Newport-Mimran sends her pretty and polished Spring 2010 collection down the runway. The label’s sophisticated and beautifully made designs embody a contemporary woman with impeccable style. Fashion Week Mainstage, 8 p.m.

Following his wife down the runway is Canadian style leader Joseph Mimran and his label Joe Fresh Style, which has garnered a cult following by offering affordable yet on-trend fashions and accessories for both adults and children. Mainstage, 9 p.m.

Shop the Shows
Find feminine dresses and tailored suit jackets by Pink Tartan at Yorkville’s TNT. This upscale retailer offers haute fashions from exclusive Canadian women’s- and menswear designers. Pink Tartan’s lady-like silhouettes can also be had at the Danforth’s Studio Labiri.

Conveniently, Joe’s signature chic-onomic wardrobe staples can be picked up alongside groceries (!) at Loblaw’s and Real Canadian Superstore locations throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Hot Ticket
Coinciding with the release of limited-edition fashion book Hot Lights is a Canadian Fashion Photography panel discussion hosted by Canuck supermodel Stacey McKenzie. The six young photogs featured in the book will discuss their work and offer a glimpse into the world of Canadian fashion. Fashion Week Showroom, 1 p.m.

The early evening brings an exclusive preview of the SCULPTZ Legwear and Shapewear Collection, before it debuts in Canadian retail stores. Showroom, 5:30 p.m.

TIP! Wisit Toronto Life’s Style Blog and FASHION magazine for more on Fashion Week.