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hi, I'm Rachel (PR freelancer, ex-fashion school student and founder of I started the blog way back in 2005 (before there was barely anything about Toronto fashion online) and spent many really fun years documenting fashion and street fashion in Toronto!

I recently had my second baby boy and my days of fashion parties, designer shows and frivolous shopping are but a happy memory. I still work a little on the blog, do other freelance writing and PR when I can!

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April 8th, 2009 | posted by Rachel S | Posted in [FAT] Alt Fashion

|FAT| Toronto Alternative Arts & Fashion Week returns to the Distillery District, (55 Mill St. Bld. 6) April 21– 24, 2009 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

FOUR days of fashion, music, performance and art, each night with a different theme:
Home, Planet, Gutter & Beyond.

april 21 |HOME| Designers and artists explore the place which is most familiar and known to us. The night looks at the meaning of home through culture and history, romance and beauty, power and subtlety, sexuality and domesticity.

april 22 |PLANET| In celebration of Earth Day, |FAT| responds to the challenges of surviving in an increasingly unpredictable planet. By showcasing work that suggests a balance between progress and nature, this night presents artists and designers concerned with sustainability, innovation, technology, evolution and adaptation.

april 23 |GUTTER| Unsettling. Shifting. Extreme. How do we survive in these volatile times? |FAT| explores art & fashion through the current social, political and economic aspects of a place on the edge.

april 24 |BEYOND| |FAT| takes a glance at where we are headed and how we can reinvent ourselves. Artists seek to experiment, play, and dream. They push barriers and challenge conventions. Imagination and the extremes of invention shape possibilities for the future.
Inclusive. Engaging. Diverse. |FAT| builds connections, opportunities and communities. This interactive festival acts as a platform for creators to experiment with fashion, not only as a commodity but also as an art form.

+ |FAT| will showcase 46 collections on the runway, over 40 visual and performing artists, and 14 music groups.
+ Advance Tickets: $20/Day Pass, $55/Week Pass @
The Rage: 2 Kensington Ave., Magpie: 884 Queen Street West, Jazma Hair:
8 St. Joseph St, MOOG Audio: 442 Queen St West, Flaunt Boutique: 260 Carlaw Ave. Suite 101B. $25/Day @ the door

+ For a complete schedule visit

Girls in Pretty Dresses

April 5th, 2009 | posted by Rachel S | Posted in Street Photos

Judy Black @ One of a Kind Show

April 4th, 2009 | posted by Rachel S | Posted in Shopping & Boutiques , T.O Designers

In the second last aisle at the One of a Kind Show and Sale, somewhere between almond crunch and body butter (outside of the ‘Fashion’ section), we almost missed textile designer and OCA grad Jennifer Neill and Judy Black – her super-psychedelic color explosion!

Using vegetable (water-based) dyes, Jen screens t-shirts, pillows and canvas bags with a little graphic, some nature and even free form elements in lights and brights. Mostly every item is double-sided and color-covered from top to bottom – a time-consuming task to create.

Something as simple as one t-shirt (approx.$60-$110) can undergo at least 12 steps to finish; using multiple screens while drying in between each coat. There are many one-a-kind items.

Judy Black camis and underwear sets come in a matching ‘pizza’ box!

You can find Judy Black online >>

Lunacy Glass @ One of a Kind Show

April 4th, 2009 | posted by Rachel S | Posted in Shoes & Accessories

After arriving at the Direct Energy Centre for the One of a Kind Show and Sale, I headed for the very first aisle to make my way through the entire show. Right off the hop, the multitude of colorful beads at the tiny Lunacy Glass booth emanated a vibrancy that caused bunches of ladies to stop and look!

From her studio in Tweed, Ontario, self-taught lampwork beader Lucie Kovarova-Weir melts and shapes glass into fruits, bats, cats, hearts and bees. There are the sweetest little blue birds hanging from chains and bracelets of bony skeletons; pirates adorn glass rings and fairies on earrings. [We fell in love with the fruit necklace (pictured above) but unfortunately not the $900 price:(]

At the time of publishing, the website is currently being re-designed but you can see Lucie’s beads on her Etsy site >>

Opposing Views

April 3rd, 2009 | posted by Rachel S | Posted in Everything MEN , Street Photos