I know we at Toronto Standard aren’t the only ones furiously checking our schedules and wondering just how the hell we’re going to show up for work on Friday. Thursday, September 6th isn’t just the official launch of TIFF (because that would be too easy), it’s also the debut of Fashion’s Night Out from 6pm to 11pm.
Participating stores, boutiques, and salons around the city will keep their doors open late and hold open-invite events in the name of celebrating fashion. Since even the most dedicated fashion lovers won’t be able to make it to all of them, here are our picks for the best parties in town.
eLuxe (355 Adelaide Street West)
Sip on drinks and nosh on sweets while you peruse the online retailer’s insane assortment of designer names, as well as its exclusive Smythe for eLUXE blazer. DJ sets by Rory Them Finest, Watt Milson and FASHION Magazine’s Randi Bergman will be blasting starting at 7 p.m.
Fuzz Wax Bar (701 Queen Street West)
Admittedly, I hadn’t even considered spending part of my FNO at a wax bar, but that was before I learned there will be complimentary eyebrow waxes with the purchase of any product. Not to mention jewellery big wigs Stella and Dot will be on hand to host a trunk show and raffle.
Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West)
Who would have thought that at 175 years old, Holt Renfrew would be hosting a street party to commemorate Toronto’s first FNO? Called ‘Hot in the City’ the style staple is getting in on the fun and staying open until 11pm. Wild thang.
Shops at Hazelton Lanes (87 Avenue Road)
Hosted by the Toronto Fashion Incubator, this shopping party has the requisite snacks and drinks with the added bonus of expert styling and beauty advice from FLARE Magazine editors… plus makeup and hair touch ups from Maybelline and Redken stylists! Just don’t forget to actually do some shopping. Official FNO tote bags will be available for $50 and 10% of proceeds from TFI vendor and TNT purchases will benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation and the AIDS Committee of Toronto.
Aveda Canada: Civello (269 Queen Street West)
Complimentary fringe trims will accompany music, drinks and (what else) shopping at this hair studio. Stylists invite you to test out their new Invati line with a complimentary scalp consultation and revitalizing treatment. Even the location at the Eaton’s Centre is getting in on FNO by offering tea, cupcakes, and complimentary Aveda rituals.
RAC Boutique Bazaar (639 Queen Street West)
Snack on more cupcakes (can you ever have too many?) while you attempt to sort through the array of Toronto retailers including Gotstyle, Lab Consignment, Drake General Store, Psalms:911, Woodlawn, Robber, Philistine, Canon Blanc, Chloe Comme Parris, Life of Manek, Foe & Dear, Love of Mine, OnlyOne Gallery, 69 Vintage, Travis Taddeo, Fashionably Yours and so…many…more. You had me at cupcake.
Yorkdale Shopping Centre (3401 Dufferin Street)
Possibly the smartest move during this store-hopping event would be to do it all under one roof. Roots, Juicy, and Guess are but a few of the mall’s retailers taking part on Thursday night. Also witness a sneak peek of the Vintage Costume Exhibit that will be on display at the Fashion Cares Gala on September 9. Oh, and arrive by 6 p.m. for a fashion presentation in the Centre Court to kick off your night of indulgence!
Bianca Teixeira writes about style for Toronto Standard. Follow her on Twitter at @BeeLauraTee.