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What to Wear to Christmas Parties: tuxedo blazers, skater skirts and more top trends for the holiday season

holiday-party-clothes-introThe holiday season brings with it a certain set of headaches: wacky relatives coming to stay, panicked shopping trips, and the dilemma of what to wear to the onslaught of parties, tree-trimmings and dinners. We can help with the latter concern, at least. Here, a guide to the season’s most stylish trends—clothes you’ll look forward to wearing well into the new year.

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LAB Consignment is now selling its designer wares online

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For label-lovers who despaired after uptown boutique LAB Consignment shut its doors in October, take heart: the upscale women’s consignment shop has relaunched as an e-commerce website, complete with a mail-in consignment program. The site is chock-full of designer clothes and accessories, which shoppers can sort by label (Tom Ford. Celine, Louis Vuitton, Celine), by size or by price. It also has a section for new and unworn pieces, where you can score J Brand and Rich & Skinny jeans at a discount or Yves Saint Laurent pumps for under $400. Anyone who feels nervous about buying a luxury item without seeing it first can make an appointment to visit LAB’s uptown showroom, dubbed The Studio at LAB. And, since designer bags are often the target of fraud, LAB also guarantees its wares’ authenticity. The same cannot be said for sketchy eBay sellers.

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The Find: the best end-of-season deals on designer clothes

The Find: Summer Sales
If you have the patience to sift through jumbled clearance racks, late summer offers the kind of deals that prompt victory dances at the cash register. If you lack the necessary doggedness, however, don’t worry—we’ve done the legwork for you. Here, a roundup of the very best bargains from across the city.

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Lululemon is planning to open men’s-only stores

Lululemon has had a tumultuous year. The stretchy-pant mega-corp issued a massive recall of its signature pants (they were too see-through) in March, its stock has suffered a double-digit drop and CEO Christine Day resigned earlier this week. But the Vancouver company has a plan for getting its groove (pant) back: it’s opening mens-only stores by 2016 in a bid to make inroads in the lucrative male sport-wear market. The brand already has a small following among male yogis and, apparently, NHL players, who are secretly enamored with their undies.

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Chloé Comme Parris changes its name to Beaufille

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Sisters, designers and Francophiles Chloé and Parris Gordon have unexpectedly changed the name of their eponymous line from Chloé Comme Parris to Beaufille. As they prepare for international growth, the pair say they wanted to move the focus away from themselves and redirect it towards their customers. The new name loosely translates to “handsome girl”—a fitting descriptor for the line’s often androgynous aesthetic. [Fashion Magazine]

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Shop Talk: new stores and shopping websites from March 2013

Gerhard Supply, a menswear shop in the Junction, was one of several stores to launch last month (Image: Erin Seaman)

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Target
After two years and more than a little controversy, the trendy mass-market giant finally arrived in Canada. Now open: locations in East York Town Centre, Centrepoint Mall, Shoppers World Danforth, Cloverdale Mall and Square One Shopping Centre.

For store addresses and hours, see target.ca


Tiger of Sweden
The popular European maker of slim-cut suits and minimalist separates opened a spacious flagship on Ossington Avenue catering to young professionals of both sexes. Learn more »

56 Ossington Ave., 416-588-4437, tigerofsweden.com


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Yorkdale Mall is getting 12 new stores in 2013, including AllSaints, John Varvatos and Zara Home

AllSaints is one of the international retailers coming to Yorkdale in 2013 (Image: Facebook)

Despite pricey renovations at Sherway Gardens, Vaughan Mills and Square One, Yorkdale Shopping Centre keeps strengthening its claim to the title of the GTA’s best mega-mall. In the wake of some high-profile store launches in 2012, six more global brands are opening their first Canadian location there in 2013. They include: American jeweller David Yurman; upscale menswear designer John Varvatos; British luxury brand Mulberry; U.S. womenswear giant White House Black Market; Zara Home, a home furnishings spinoff from the fast-fashion giant; and AllSaints, a fast-growing British retailer with mid-priced, sombre-coloured clothes for both sexes. Toronto’s first Ferragamo store is also slated to open at Yorkdale this year, as are new locations from Massimo Dutti, Honey and several others. See below for the full list of new and expanded retailers.

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The Find: pretty pastel clothing and accessories to take you from winter to spring

We’re pining for spring weather—and spring clothing. Luckily, seasonal shopping starts early this year: pastel colours were a trend in the winter and they’re going to continue to be this spring. With some clever styling (read: tights and sweaters), you can wear many of the tempting new garments in stores now, even though there’s still snow on the ground. Below, we round up our favourite candy-hued items from around the city.

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H&M is giving vouchers for bags of old clothes

H&M’s new garment recycling program starts tomorrow in all Canadian stores. Shoppers who bring in a bag of old clothes (from any label, not just H&M) get a voucher worth $5 off their next purchase of $30 or more. The mega-retailer then sends the bags to partner I:Collect who, depending on the state of each garment, ensures it’s re-worn, made into a new product, or converted into recycled fibers. The new promotion is certainly canny: it gets shoppers into stores and earns H&M eco brownie points at a time when fast-fashion retailers are taking flak for being environmental baddies.

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What to wear on Valentine’s Day: three stylish outfits for women

On Valentine’s Day restaurants that are normally packed with plaid and jeans are suddenly full of suits and cocktail dresses. And why not? The Hallmark holiday is a good excuse to show off a little for your main squeeze, even if you’re just planning to grab some pizza. Below, three date-worthy Valentine’s Day outfits, from casual to come-hither.

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Good Stuff Cheap 2013: The frugalist’s guide to designer clothes, trendy accessories and home decor

TORONTO LIFE | GOOD STUFF CHEAP 2013

Toronto is a great place to have money. There have never been so many upscale stores, so many fancy restaurants, so many $100 dog leashes or $800 rain jackets or $25 martinis—never mind the $1,200-a-night hotel rooms and $25-million condos. But you don’t have to be a one-per-center to enjoy this city. Where’s the thrill in paying retail, anyway? It’s infinitely more satisfying to find a bargain, save some cash and be in the know, which is why we go searching, tirelessly, for the best deals in town. The results are our annual guide to buying stylish duds and cool stuff for the home without spending a fortune.

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The Find: ultra-bright workout gear to help keep New Year’s resolutions on track

Thanks to cold weather, dark mornings and post-holiday gloom, January is a strong contender for the most depressing month of the year. No wonder holing up at home with a leftover Toblerone seems more appealing than hitting the gym to follow through with a New Year’s resolution. This year, stay motivated with some outrageously bright workout gear. The cheery hues will lift your spirits, as will the fact that many of them went on sale after Christmas—one January tradition that we’re definitely on board with.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2012: a Fred Perry cycling shirt designed by a Tour de France champ

With taxis, streetcar tracks, cars and rogue pedestrians to contend with, biking in Toronto can feel like a high-stakes road race. This Fred Perry shirt, designed by seven-time Olympic medalist and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, will help the cycle commuter in your life feel up to the challenge. Wiggins, a fan of 1960s style, took inspiration from vintage woolen jerseys, rather than the skin-tight suits in eye-popping colours worn in today’s peloton. Thank goodness. $105. See 21 other fashion gifts »

Available at Fred Perry, 964 Queen St. W., 416-538-3733.

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Introducing: Loft at Yorkdale, the first Canadian store from the former Ann Taylor spin-off

Loft originally started out as a more affordable extension of the career women’s brand Ann Taylor, but a revamp in 2009 saw the label drop the “Ann Taylor” from its name. The move towards establishing a distinct identity is also apparent in the merchandise, which is much more casual and seems geared to a younger, hipper consumer than the typical Ann Taylor shopper. The price points at the Yorkdale location—the brand’s first store outside the U.S.—are also friendly to a younger buyer, with the overwhelming majority of the clothing and accessories priced at under $100.

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Eight Toronto Christmas craft fairs with cool, not kitschy, goods

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Craft shows have come a long way from the grandma-centric knitting fests that they once were, now offering locally made, handcrafted gems that are well worth coveting. Moreover, with Christmas less than three weeks away, they’re a great way to find a range of presents in one spot. Though the One of a Kind Show, the city’s most high-profile craft sale, has come and gone, a range of holiday-themed pop-up markets are still ahead. Here are the best of the lot.

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