Top up that credit card, grab your besties and hop around some of Toronto’s best shops to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out!
Toronto retailers have been slow in the past in registering for Fashion’s Night Out (FNO), but not this year. Social media is all a flutter over VOGUE‘s recession buster coming to Toronto in a big way, but it’s not the first time that it has happened in our city, or in Canada, for that matter.
When FNO launched in 2009, The Bay was quick to participate by hosting events in seven of their stores across Canada, including Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver and Calgary. In the media release, the then CEO of The Bay, Bonnie Brooks said, “As Canada’s leading fashion department store, we are very excited to be included in this global event along with retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Lord & Taylor, designed to stimulate the retail and fashion industries. It’s time to get Canadian consumers excited about shopping again and we’re the only retailer in Canada participating.” In 2010, Holt Renfrew‘s Bloor Street location was selling official FNO t-shirts for $25. Then there was nothing it seemed. Until this year.
With the guidance of a tirelessly dedicated committee with representatives from the City of Toronto, the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI), Rac Boutique, and Peacock Parade, and the assistance of the Business Improvement Areas, the city is getting the Fashion’s Night Out they’ve been pining so long for.
Being the opening night of TIFF, this will be, I predict, one of the busiest event nights of the year, maybe even right up there after New Year’s Eve.
While the list of events may seem overwhelming, I’ve put together my top picks of events to hit. Expect complimentary cocktails, treats, great fall merchandise, music, and fun. A great night to take in the city and get to know some retailers you may not have visited before. For a full listing of official retailers and full details, visit www.fno-toronto.com.
The Shopping Soirée, Shops at Hazelton Lanes, 87 Avenue Road, Oval Square, Lower Level
The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI), TNT and Fashion Cares invite you to shop men’s and women’s accessories and apparel – spend $200+ and get a special Fashion Cares 25th anniversary retrospective book. Spend $500+ and be eligible to win two VIP Gala tickets to Fashion Cares on Sept 9th featuring Elton John (a value of $3000), PLUS two VVIP passes to the after party and two all-access event passes! 10% of event sales will benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation and the AIDS Committee of Toronto. 6:00pm to 11:00pm. *FNO Collection Available In-Store. (Disclosure: I have been working with the TFI on this event over the past couple of weeks – if you come to one event, please make it this one!)
Aime Luxury, 198A Davenport Road Upper Level
Come celebrate a new beginning with Aime by Monica Mei as we open our showroom boutique! Preview the latest collection and receive a gift with purchase where a portion of proceeds will benefit Fashion Cares (Elton John Foundation & Aids Committee of Toronto). Dance the night away in our back patio with Tunezy spinning tunes, while tasting hor d’oeuvres by Elizabeth Hill Catering. More details coming soon! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Comrags, 812 Dundas Street West
We have invited Odessa Paloma Parker – editorial director of Plaid Magazine and stylist extraordinaire with Judy Inc – to offer styling tips. Arriving at 8:30, she will bring her expertise, wit, and charm to the event and we will supply snacks and of course, our Fall Collection. See close up how the designers styled the collection and what inspired them. Then see how our favourite fashion guru mixes things up her way. 8:30pm to 11:00pm.
eLUXE, 355 Adelaide Street West, Ground Level
Featured designers include Smythe and Rebekah Price; sweets and drinks will be on offer, along with DJ sets by Rory Them Finest, Watt Milson and FASHION magazine’s Randi Bergman. 7:00pm to 11:00pm.*FNO Collection Available In-Store.
Fuzz Wax Bar, 701 Queen Street West
Come celebrate Fashion’s Night Out at Fuzz Wax Bar! Enjoy complimentary champagne while you shop, and receive a COMPLIMENTARY eyebrow wax (which may be redeemed that night or at a later date) with the purchase of any retail product. Fuzz carries a variety of beauty lines, including I Love My Muff, PFB Vanish and Merben Brushes. Fuzz will also be partnering with jewelry company Stella and Dot to host a trunk show and raffle. Don’t miss out on this wonderful night of fashion and beauty! 6:00pm to 11:00pm.
Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor Street West
Holt Renfrew presents “Hot in the City” street party on Bloor Street West. The store will be open that night until 11:00 p.m. 7:00pm to 10:00pm.
INTERMIX, 130 Bloor Street West
INTERMIX invites you to toast FNO & TIFF. Fall in love with must-know designers, exclusive product and covetable pieces. ILIA beauty will treat you to a natural pop of color while the DJ spins of-the-moment music. Champagne and sweets will be served.6:00pm to 8:00pm.
MasterCard Canada, Shops at Hazelton Lanes, 87 Avenue Road, Oval Square, Lower Level
MasterCard’s Stylicity Lounge at Hazelton Lanes will be buzzing with excitement on Fashion’s Night Out, Thursday, September 6th, 2012. Visit the Lounge for a chance to win a MasterCard gift card, and enjoy complimentary styling and make-up applications, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, mingle with fashion stylists, have your photo taken, and shop The Peacock Parade’s Fashion’s Night Out sale for special offers. 6:00pm to 11:00pm.
Rue Pigalle, 927 Queen Street West
Discover the Peter Kent bags fall collection and marry them with our unique European scarves, jewelry and accessories. Receive a complimentary card holder with every bag purchased or a complimentary travel bag with every purchase of $1,000 or more including a Peter Kent bag. Refreshments will be served. 6:00pm to 11:00pm.
THE BAZAAR by RAC Boutique, The Burroughes Building, 6th Floor 639 Queen Street West
The Bazaar will bring together a wide array of Toronto retailers including: Gotstyle, Lab Consignment, Drake General Store, Psalms:911, Vocado, Elle Hardware, Woodlawn, Rescue Vintage, Robber, Philistine, Canon Blanc, Magic Pony, Chloe Comme Parris, Life of Manek, Foe & Dear, Love of Mine, Fischer Street, Muskox, OnlyOne Gallery, 69 Vintage, Travis Taddeo, Fashionably Yours and The Cashmere Shop. Goods will include everything from jewellery to shoes to a wide array of clothing. The Bazaar will feature music by DJs Famous Players, snacks by PopChips, cupcakes by Short & Sweet Cupcakes, drinks from Vitamin Water, beer by from Kronenbourg 1664 and offer a selection of complimentary cocktails done by Banff Ice Vodka. Attendees will have a chance to win a pair of plane tickets from Porter Airlines to anywhere Porter flies. MasterCard is also a supporter of The Bazaar, and to encourage Torontonians to shop locally, MasterCard cardholders will receive special discounts on selected merchandise.6:00pm to 11:00pm. *FNO Collection Available In-Store.
The Peacock Parade, www.thepeacockparade.com
The Peacock Parade, http://www.thepeacockparade.com, will be selling official Fashion’s Night Out merchandise available on Monday, September 3rd, 2012. On Thursday, September 6th, The Peacock Parade will launch its special Fashion’s Night Out sale, featuring exquisite jewelry from Kara Ross, and luxurious cashmere from White & Warren. Free shipping on all items! *FNO Collection Available In-Store.
Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin Street
Yorkdale Shopping Centre is celebrating Toronto’s Fashion’s Night Out on September 6th, from 6:00pm – 11:00pm. We’re kicking off the evening with a style-studded fashion presentation in Centre Court at 6:00pm, followed by a night of shopping with our first-class retailers. For event details, visit: http://www.yorkdale.com/about/events/?c_src=footer-button. 6:00pm to 11:00pm
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