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Hot Shopping: Get the Blues at 7 For All Mankind

Coveted denim label 7 For All Mankind brings posh pants for both sexes to its first stand-alone store in Ontario, which features the entire jeans collection, as well as sportswear, accessories and a newly launched children’s line.

Hot Shopping: J. Crew Comes to Canada

Previously available to Canadians only by catalogue, online or through visits south of the border, J. Crew, the American brand renowned for its preppy-casual separates, has opened its first much-anticipated Canadian outpost here in Toronto. The 5,000-square-foot space is serene in white, ivory and birch, but classic separates in an array of candy colours provide ample pop. The stock, however—including sweaters, button-up shirts, jackets, chinos, capris, jodhpurs, footwear, jewellery and handbags—is strictly for women. The almost 30-year-old company is best known for its trademark cashmere cardigans. Beloved by the likes of First Lady Michelle Obama and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, the versatile sweater can be paired with a skirt, jeans, capris or skinny pants.

Weekend Roundup, June 25 to 27

Although the G20 summit may disrupt your ability to move around the downtown core, Toronto can still grab your attention with theatrical productions, festivals and more. If you plan your route carefully, you’ll find it’s easy to enjoy an entertaining array of events!

Friday: Jeff Irving is one of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers.

Friday, June 25
Settle comfortably onto the rolling hills of Toronto’s largest park for an open-air performance of Shakespeare’s beloved Romeo and Juliet, this summer’s Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park production. This play-within-a-play adaptation retells the romantic tragedy of the Capulets and Montagues with iPods and travel bags commandeered by a acting troupe stranded outside a Verona train station.

Take in the city’s many colours as Pride Toronto kicks off its week-long celebration of sexual diversity and identity with a 30th-anniversary launch party at Woody’s bar.

If you’re anxious to avoid the downtown detours, head west to Sherway Gardens, a mall decked with skylights and more than 200 shops and services. Yorkdale Shopping Centre—easily accessible at the north end of the University subway line—is another grand-scale retail destination with 250-plus stores and dining options like Moxie’s Classic Grill, Milestones Grill & Bar or the family-friendly Amazonian experience of the Rainforest Café.

Saturday: André Rieu strikes up the band

Saturday, June 26
Delight in a heartening musical experience with André Rieu performs live at the Air Canada Centre with his Johann Strauss Orchestra. You’ll be humming and clapping along as the renowned violinist makes classical music that’s accessible and unforgettable.

Explore Chinese history at the Royal Ontario Museum,which displays the famed terracotta warriors of Emperor Ying Zheng for the first time ever in Canada. This landmark exhibition, The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army, presents more than 250 stunningly preserved artifacts, including 10 full-sized warrior figures, from one of history’s most significant archaeological discoveries.

Take a break from World Cup action to cheer on this city’s professional soccer team, Toronto FC, as it takes to the BMO Field pitch for an evening draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Sunday: Harry Connick Jr. sings his hits

Sunday, June 27
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is now in full swing—with more than 350 concerts at 40-plus venues through to July 4. Tonight sees celebrated crooner Harry Connick Jr. take to the Canon Theatre stage.

See lions and tigers and bears—and then touch live stingrays, sharks and horseshoe crabs—with a family visit to the perennially popular Toronto Zoo.

Seize one last chance to save at the Summer Designer Sale, which features the latest fashions priced at 40 to 90 per cent off retail. The sale is on at the Sheraton Hotel in Richmond Hill, but for brands like Lacoste, Diesel, and Rock and Republic—and to avoid the congested G20 summit zones—it’s worth the short drive north

Weekend roundup, May 28 to 30

It’s getting hot, hot, hot! Cool down this weekend with Bajan cuisine along the waterfront before checking out what Toronto has in store for you.

Friday: Pick up yarn, fabric and more at the Textile Museum (photo by Mr. T in DC)

Friday, May 28
Warm weather knocks at your door in true island fashion with Barbados on the Water. Head over to the Harbourfront Centre today and tomorrow for Bajan cuisine, fashion, theatre and live music by Barbadian artists.

Slide on up to Hemingways to celebrate the Yorkville institution’s 30th anniversary. Steak frites are on the menu tonight, or arrive at 2:30 p.m. in order to fill up on corn on the cob, barbecue fare, bar snacks and beer. The festivities culminate with an evening of live entertainment and prizes.

Get your bargaining skills ready because the Textile Museum of Canada’s More Than Just a Yardage Sale is an opportunity too good to pass up. Today and tomorrow, dig up goodies like patterns, yarns, quilt fabrics and other useful craft materials while doing your part to support the museum.

Grab a cold pint at C’est What?. Tonight’s special: sample from a selection of more than 14 cask beers and 30 draughts as part of the brew pub’s annual Spring Festival of Craft Breweries.

Saturday: Browse Old City Hall and many other buildings as part of Doors Open.

Saturday, May 29
Admire architecture and satisfy your curiosity as Doors Open Toronto enables visitors to explore 150 historic and cultural buildings, including Canada’s National Ballet School, Toronto’s Old City Hall, Black Creek Pioneer Village, and the Casa Loma stables and plotting shed.

Striving to eat well? Those with a taste for fresh, local home cookin’ are invited to stop by a farmer’s market and bring their fixin’s to Beach United Church, where Amuse chef Pat Riley offers a lesson on the fine side of cooking. Leftovers will go toward a Sunday lunch for lower-income Torontonians.

Unravel a mystery at Indigo’s Yorkdale location with Peter Lerangis and Gordon Korman, bestselling authors of the popular 39 Clues books. They let you in on some secrets and follow up the afternoon with a book signing.

Experience the unique combination of steel pan and voice in And Still We Sing…Steel Singin’, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s final performance in its 2010 Glenn Gould Studio series.

Sunday: See miniature diorama-like models at AWOL Gallery.

Sunday, May 30
Engage in cosplay events and game shows—or while away some hours perusing the manga library—on the final day of weekend-long festival Anime North.

Beware of side stitches at the World Cup of Comedy, a humorous tribute to the “beautiful game” and its upcoming World Cup tournament. Comedians Ahmed Ahmed, Angelo Tsarouchas, Frank Spadone and special guest Trevor Boris (“Video on Trial”) gather at the Panasonic Theatre for humorous banter, including topics such as—you guessed it—soccer.

In line with this weekend’s architectural goings on, visitors can explore the relationship between people and buildings at AWOL Gallery, where Rose Bianchini and Jason van Horne’s exhibition, titled Neighbourhood Watch, employs creative miniatures to demonstrate how space plays a powerful role in the formation of identity.

Settle into a seat at historic Massey Hall and let comedic actor Eddie Izzard entertain you with his sharp wit and inimitable sense of the absurd.

Fashion Week, Day One

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.

The runway shows don’t officially start ’til Tuesday, but today there’s still plenty of fashionable fun to be had.

Holt Renfrew

Holt Renfrew

This evening, Holt Renfrew hosts an exclusive LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris kick‐off cocktail party. Media darlings mingle with prominent Canadian designers presenting highlights from spring 2010 collections at the top retailer’s Bloor Street flagship store. The opening night celebrations continue at Fashion Week’s new King West–district headquarters, where L’Oréal Paris hosts 100 Years of Beauty, a runway show featuring a vignette of chic looks from the classic cosmetics brand.

Holt Renfrew Media Cocktail, 5 p.m. 50 Bloor St. W.; 100 Years of Beauty by L’Oreal Paris, 9 p.m. 1030 King St. W. Both events by invitation only.

If you aren’t lucky enough to attend the invite-only parties, you can still get your fashion fix throughout the week.

During the day, head to Yorkdale Shopping Centre to shop for all your favourite designer fashions and marvel at up-and-coming photographers, stylists and models as they stage elaborate photo shoots in the mall’s centre court.

At night, see and be seen at Fashion Week’s hottest bash, The Official. Hosted at Maro by the F-list, this week-long party promises five über-stylish nights of fashion, music, art and beauty for the public as well as fashion insiders.

Monday to Friday. Doors open at 8 p.m., $20 or free with Fashion Week laminate pass. 135 Liberty St.


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For more Fashion Week coverage, visit Toronto Life‘s Style Blog and FASHION magazine.