Contest: Art of Fashion VIP Style

You know it’s fall when people are talking Nuit Blanche. This Saturday, October 1st the all-night contemporary art event returns to Toronto streets and galleries. Why not start your evening off with some VIP treatment at the Art of Fashion event?
At the Art of Fashion, ten emerging Canadian designers bring their collections to life in an exhibit space and through a fashion show where they compete for 2 awards: Most Promising Designer is decided by an industry judging panel, and Best Exhibit is voted by the public. You can also shop the Art of Fashion’s designer boutique featuring original works by apparel and accessories designers.
Win a pair of tickets to the Art of Fashion’s VIP reception (6pm – 7pm) at the Pantages Hotel featuring complimentary food and beverages. Send an email to with ART OF FASHION in the subject line by midnight on September 27th for your chance to win. Winners will be contacted via email and confirmed by September 29th.

Shoplisted: UPC Boutique Checks in Fine Labels

I’m a bit in love with a couple of things right now, and they all happen to be at the shop UPC Boutique. I first fell in love with Faren Tami’s darling coral silk vest and its blushed, feminine swing.  Then I stumbled upon the Disaya trompe pleated dress in blush and black.  Anyone who has ever seen the movie Steel Magnolias, and knows me, must know that “my colours are blush and bashful.” (And if you don’t, rent the flick. It says it all.)  It’s a sucker punch to my heart, I’m hooked.  UPC also carries Montrealer Rad Hourani’s unisex line, Rad by Rad Hourani. Without question it’s time to add these to my wardrobe.  

After shopping (and yes, they ship internationally) I turn to the blog for their latest state of fashion advice.   The latest post is about cardigans, and here is another winner from Disaya – the striped bow cardigan.  Is there anything sweeter to wear on fall’s early nights?

You can follow UPC on Twitter too.  Regular Tweets reveal their “Look of the Week” where you get 10% off a purchase of any item from that week’s look…that’s one look for men and one look for women.  But if you’re in Toronto, just swing by next time you’re in Yorkville.

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An All Night Fashiony Art Thing

Heidi Ackerman pushes the envelope with dazzling knits. Photo by George Pimentel.

Toronto musician Lights wins the Best New Artist Juno wearing Maybe by Sarah Catalfo

Torontonians would be smart to get some extra shut eye tomorrow night. Saturday, October 3rd is Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, officially billed as a “free all-night contemporary art thing.” With 130 art projects spread over three geographical zones in the city, there is plenty to see. But if you’re looking for the fun and fashionable, there is only one place to be.

The Art of Fashion takes over the Fermenting Cellar in the historic Distillery District from 7pm – 3am Saturday for a design competition and trunk show. Ten designer finalists – a group whose work is definitely more art-based than ready-to-wear – have been chosen to exemplify and interpret the Art of Fashion’s theme Iconic Power. Guests to the show will have an opportunity to weigh in with their vote for Best Exhibit and Most Promising Designer. Votes will be tallied with those of AOF’s guest judges (including designers Brian Bailey, Shawn Hewson and David Dixon) for two winners.

The finalists are an amazing bunch. Anyone remember seeing Lights capture the 2009 Juno Award for Best New Artist? I do. And I clearly remember wondering who made her dress. That would be Art of Fashion finalist Sarah Catalfo, who has been crafting one-of-a-kind pieces for friends since 2004 under her label Maybe.

Fellow finalist Heidi Ackerman was a stand out last March in the Ryerson alumni fashion show at LG Fashion Week. The timid need not apply here, Ackerman’s wild knits are meant to dazzle with their couture-like construction. And people are taking note. FASHION magazine recently featured a few of her fall pieces in their September 2009 issue.

There is way more talent to discover at the Art of Fashion, plus a trunk show featuring Canadian designed clothing and accessories. Bring your wallet. Bring a Red Bull. But most of all bring an open mind. This is art, after all!

Note: The Art of Fashion exhibit runs from 7pm – 3am. The trunk show runs 7pm – midnight.