Toronto’s inaugural Fashion’s Night Out—think of it as Nuit Blanche for shoppers—happens this Thursday, Sept. 6 from 6–11 p.m. Here, a guide to the action.
■ One of the evening’s biggest events is The Bazaar. Organized by FNO committee members Faith Orfus and Glenna Weddle (the ladies also own Yorkville’s Rac Boutique), The Bazaar brings together 22 designers and local boutiques at The Burroughes Building (639 Queen St. W., sixth floor). Look for goods from LAB Consignment, Magic Pony, Elle Hardware, The Cashmere Shop, Woodlawn, Chloe Comme Parris, and more. There’ll be complimentary cocktails and a chance to win a pair of tickets to anywhere Porter Airlines flies. If you can’t make it on Thursday, The Bazaar will also be open on Sept. 7 and 8 from 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
■ Leesa Butler, founder of fashion organization The F-list, hosts a free rooftop screening of Dressed (9 p.m. at The Burroughes Building). The documentary follows the inspiring journey of self-taught designer Nary Manivong, which culminates in his debut show at New York Fashion Week. Show up early—space is limited.
■ Sip Champagne at Gaspard boutique (913 Queen St. W., 416-546-7480) and get first dibs on the new fall/winter collections, including hosiery and accessories from Antipast Japan and skirts from in-house label, Mercy, which is designed by the shop’s owners Jennifer Halchuk and Richard Lyle.
■ Holt Renfrew is holding a street party from 7–10 p.m. in celebration of its 175th anniversary (50 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2333). The evening will include a film screening, special deals and giveaways, and tunes by DJ Brendan Fallis. It’s also the launch of the Hot @ 175 Mobile Tour, a travelling pop-up shop that begins its cross-country tour at Trinity Bellwoods Park on Sept. 7. The pop-up features clothing, beauty, and accessories designed exclusively for Holts’s birthday in the store’s signature magenta hue. There’ll even be pink- labelled Diet Coke. Holts’s celebration continues all month, with personal appearances by celebrities and designers, starting Sept. 8 at 11:30 a.m., with Sir Elton John and David Furnish.
■ Canadian shopping website eLuxe will hold a party at its headquarters with clothing from Smythe and jewellery by Rebekah Price (355 Adelaide St. W., ground floor, 416-977-3325). Sweets and refreshments will be available along with DJ sets by Rory Them Finest, Watt Milson, and Fashion magazine’s Randi Bergman.
■ Fuzz Wax Bar (701 Queen St. W., 647-748-3899) will offer guests a free eyebrow wax (redeemable that night or at a later date) with the purchase of any item from one of the salon’s beauty lines: I Love My Muff, PFB Varnish, and Merben Brushes.
■ Visit MasterCard’s Stylicity Lounge at Hazelton Lanes (87 Avenue Rd., lower level, 416-968-8680) for free styling and make-up applications, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a
draw for a MasterCard gift card. The lounge will feature pieces from online retailer The Peacock Parade and official FNO merch, which includes graphic tees ($25) and a leather-and-canvas tote ($50).
■ Comrags (812 Dundas St. W., 416-360-7249) teams up with Plaid Magazine editorial director Odessa Paloma Parker to introduce its new fall collection and offer styling tips that incorporate accessories from Biko, Vanessa Maltese, and other local brands. Parker’s session begins at 8:30 p.m.