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Vanessa from 18karat says…
18Karat is beefing up its gallery status – we are pleased to announce our call for entry for Envy – to covet and desire, a juried show. We invite jewellery artists and designers to enter works that explore the complex ways we express our insatiable desires using that which we covet most – jewellery. Exhibit runs from August 9 – 21st, with deadline for submissions on May 31st 2010. For more information, visit www.18karat.ca.
Darlene from Bijouxbead says…
Bijouxbead’s fans on Facebook have grown 200% in the last week! Once the fan number reaches 500, Darlene will be awarding a lucky fan with a pair of semi-precious and sterling earrings from the Spring/Summer 2010 collection. To become eligible, become a fan here. Over 100 pairs of Bijouxbead earrings will be rolled out into stores in the coming weeks; Peridot, Turquoise and Amethyst are among the variety of stones used in this season’s collection. For a list Bijouxbead stockists, click here.
Bijouxbead fan Kimberly Lyn, blogger, The Souls of my Shoes
photo source Paul Baik
Nina from the Toronto Fashion Incubator says…
Meet Hbc’s Fashion Director & VP of Merchandising
Suzanne Timmins, Fashion Director, Hudson’s Bay Company
Suzanne is responsible for providing the national fashion direction for Canada’s iconic department store and its complement of 94 stores across Canada. She has over 25 years experience in Canada’s diverse retail environments, ranging from luxury retailers, dept stores and mass consumer chains, notably Holt Renfrew, The Bay, Zellers and Home Outfitters.
Mary Turner, Vice President of Merchandising, Hudson’s Bay Company
Mary brings with her over 20 years experience in better department store and specialty store retailing to the Hudson’s Bay Company. In addition to 10 years at the Hudson’s Bay Company, she spent 12 years at Holt Renfrew. During her tenure there, she had extensive store operations and merchandising experience. At The Bay, Mary oversees strategies for all apparel businesses for sales, merchandising and marketing.
Come to this seminar to discover:
* The future of Hbc and how Canadian fashion design fits with this corporate strategy
* The vision behind the Canadian Olympic team uniforms
* What’s in store at The Room, Hbc’s flagship luxury designer showcase
* The role and responsibilities of Hbc’s Fashion Director
* The role and responsibilities of Hbc’s VP of Merchandising
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010
5:30pm Doors open for Coffee & Networking
6:00pm Seminar Presentation with Q&A
Location: Toronto Fashion Incubator
285 Manitoba Drive, Pod 3, Exhibition Place, Toronto
Buy Tickets Here
Odessa from Buy Design for Windfall says…
Buy Design for Windfall – Spring Social – April 10th, 2010
Get ready to shake, jitter and jive at Buy Design again this year! Buy your tickets now for Toronto’s favourite fashion charity event, and make sure you’re a part of all of the Dirty Thirties fun! Encore Catering will provide a sumptuous, brown-bagged feast including Parmesan-encrusted Mac & Cheese, Mini Sirloin Burgers, and Miniature Hot Dogs in puff pastry! Wash these tasty delights down with one of our signature Buy Design cocktails from the open bar – and your next stop will be the rocking dance floor, featuring live entertainment and a DJ, to help take all your cares away.
Make sure to catch a game of badminton or croquet at the greens, and peruse the Mess Hall Silent Auction for a treat for someone special – or for yourself, of course! Jay Mandarino will be our Live Auction MC this year, and you don’t want to miss a moment of the bidding action. This year’s festivities will also include a Boater Pageant, featuring design collaborations from Toronto’s hottest fashion personalities and milliners including Lilliput, Lara Vincent and Petit Beret. And for those who love a good ol’ fashion game, the Beauty Balloon Buster gives you a chance to get all dolled up with prizes ranging from mani/pedi kits to lipsticks and much, much more!
Get your tickets online at www.buydesignforwindfall.ca, or by phone at 416-703-8435. $75 get you in on all the action, and for maximum fun, you can buy six tickets for just $375. See you April 10th!
Crystal from Fashion Crimes invites you to a party!
Gail from Magnet Creative says…
It’s been a busy month over here at Magnet Creative. I started a new fashion blog, Fashion Magnet, which features interviews with industry professionals, job and intern postings, events and fashion news. I signed Soos Jewellery to our Publicity roster and booked them a spot on MuchMusic’s MOD (Music on Demand) on their first day with us! On Thursday, March 18 I coordinated Breeyn McCarney’s first independent fashion show to a packed house at The Courthouse in Toronto. Images can be viewed here. Flare, Toronto Sun, NOW Magazine, and BlogTO were just some of the outlets who came to cover the event. And lastly, I had a fantastic opportunity on Thursday, March 25 to choreograph and direct LINE Knitwear’s fashion show which featured some of country’s top models, including Alana Zimmer and Tara Gill.
In-between my packed LG Fashion Week schedule, I am prepping for a few jobs, most notably, the PR campaign for Starkers by Dianna DiNoble’s fashion show happening during Toronto’s Alternative Arts and Fashion Week [FAT] on Thursday, April 22 at 7:00pm. Ticket information is available at www.alternativefashionweek.com.
Ashley from Shopgirls says…
We are so happy to announce that Shopgirls artist (and manager!) Ashley Winnington-Ball is participating in the first-ever Get Dressed on-site boutique at LG Fashion Week! Find her artful jewellery made from recycled and found objects in a high-end boutique setting, along with 20 other creative Canadian designers. On till April 1st! If you don’t make it, check out her brand-new website here, for images of her work. Of course, as always, her work is available exclusively at Shopgirls.