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‘THE PERFECT DRESS’ Casting call

The Perfect Dress is an exciting new bridal fashion reality TV series for Slice Network, that focuses on a ‘Pop-Up’ Bridal boutique and its professional team; an ensemble of colourful, committed people from the world of fashion.

CASTING: 5 FASHION and RETAIL professionals

The ensemble members MUST live within 90 minutes of Toronto.

The Bridal Fashion Intern – a confident and engaging fashion design student or aspiring bridal stylist with that ‘Queen West’ style; retail experience not required; interest in bridal fashion a must.

The Bridal Consultant – this male bridal consultant is outspoken and strong-willed. He makes women feel like superstars. Fashion stylist.

The Office Manager – Speaks his/her mind and and protects the business side of the business and is often found pulling in favors. Retail management preferred; interest in bridal is a must.

The Bridal Boutique Receptionist – This big personality is the front line ambassador. A Fashion graduate, fashion blogger or anyone with a passion for fashion… and bridal fashion.

The Fashion Retail Marketer – this larger than life dynamo is an experienced fashion retail marketer with knowledge/experience in Pop-Up retail. He/she can get businesses up and running.  No bridal experience necessary.


• Photo and Resume/BIO

• 2 minute ‘WALK AND TALK’ VIDEO – can be shot with a home camcorder. Please shoot a lively, outspoken ‘walk and talk’ video, chatting directly to camera, as you tour a bridal salon, boutique or stroll through the fashion district, giving us your 3 most important tips/advice for either:

a) Brides when they are buying their wedding dress.

b) Marketing and managing a new retail operation.

*VIDEOS to be submitted through 

Must be at least 40MB and in .mov format

Please email all submissions materials to the Casting Director, Sue Skinner:

Casting link…

Questions? Contact Marilyn Fabrizio at 416 242-3910 or

Deadline for Photo, Resume and Video Submissions: TUESDAY, JANUARY 31ST

Dalhousie North’s Holiday Shopping Nights – Dec 1-5

It’s that time of year again… Dalhousie North’s Holiday Shopping Nights!

Thursday, December 1st and Thursday, December 15th
6pm – 9pm

Milk will be offering 30% off ALL clothing all day long!

Other Participating Stores:

  • Victoire
  • Workshop
  • Wunderkammer
  • Young Janes
  • Gypsy & Co

Flaunt – Nov 18

Flaunt – Nov 18

Friday, November 18 at 7pm
Ottawa Convention Centre

27th Vintage Clothing sale

Lovers of everything vintage rejoice! The 27th edition of the Vintage Clothing Sale returns to the Fairmont Chateau Laurier on Sunday November 6th, 2011. For one day only, from 10 am to 5 pm, 45 exhibitors from across Canada will be selling their hand-picked selection of men’s and women’s clothing from the 1900s to the 1970s, accessories, antique jewellery, linens, lace and collectibles. Snap up amazing bargains!

  • Admission $8.00. Plenty of tickets available at the door.
  • Non-perishable food items accepted for the Food Bank.

Contact: Penelope Whitmore (613-730-8785)

Harvest Noir

Ottawa’s secret picnic feast and black tie dance party Harvest Noir is taking place on October 15 at 16h. Harvest Noir is an elegant “dress your best in black” picnic and dance party that will commemorate the autumn harvest in one of the region’s very finest venues (a secret to attendees until the last minute!).

Harvest Noir emphasizes locally-harvested seasonal fresh food at the table, and complements the dinner elegance with a fabulous DJ, live dance music, and surprises and circus performers sprinkled throughout the evening.

Following the trend from Paris, Lyon, Amsterdam, Munich, Zurich, Berlin, New York City and Montréal, now Ottawa will have its first chic picnic! Join us in inaugurating a new remarkable tradition that celebrates fine local food, the epicurean bounty of autumn harvest, participatory art, and the pleasure of dining and dancing with old friends and new friends.


Date: 4pm October 15
The Location: Undisclosed. For now.
The Fee: $37+tax
Register: Get on the list here
Info: | 613.371.0070
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Parking Lot Summer Vintage Sale – Aug 13

Hand Down Your Pants and Young Janes are collaborating for one day only from 10am-6pm on Saturday August 13 at Young Janes (203 Dalhousie) to throw a grand vintage clothing sale.

Ottawa School of Art Instructors’ Showcase – August 4-September 4, 2011




The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) is proud to present its annual exhibition of works by the school’s professional instructors and artists. An annual showcase of some of the communities top artists come together in this energetic alliance that will dazzle the eye. The 2011 Instructors’ Showcase will feature paintings, sculptures, tapestries, photography, prints and more at the OSA Gallery at 35 George Street from August 4 to September 4, 2011.

Students and members of the community are encouraged to visit to get a first hand glimpse and a chance to mingle with the instructors.

The opening night vernissage & reception will take place at the OSA Main Gallery in the ByWard Market on Thursday August 4, 2011 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

This free exhibition runs from August 4 to September 4, 2011.

Established in 1879, the OSA is the leading centre for visual arts education and creative expression in the Ottawa region. The School fulfils its vision of making ‘Teaching art to everyone!’ a reality by providing accessibility to quality programming through its outreach; gallery; bursary and scholarship programs.

For more information, please contact:
Nina Camilleri, Marketing and Events Coordinator
613.241.7471 x 26

Fashion show, February 20

“Duffield Design” has Gone Green!

To kick off our new line, we are starting from the “bottom up” and have created an Eco underwear line just for you! For the first time ever you can purchase locally made undies that are not only stylish, but healthy for you and the environment too!

By constructing our garments from the best Eco fabric such as Modal & Organic Cotton, and providing you with three styles and sizes to choose from, we are insuring the best fit for comfort and breathability that panties can offer.

To launch the line we are having our very first “Women’s Only Pantie Party” and we would like to invite you and your friends to join us on

Sunday Feb. 27th between 2pm-5pm

at our studio, 203 Catherine St.(between Bank & O’Conner) upstairs, west wing, (parking in back).

Refreshments will be served.

Please mark us in your calender & RSVP Megan Duffield by e-mail:

The panties may be purchased with either cash or personal check.

Help Ottawa’s fashion market

If you’re an Ottawa resident then I suggest you take a few moments for this survey. It’s about the fashion/shopping market in Ottawa. Take it, pass it to your friends and hopefully, something good will come out of it. You never know what [brands] it may bring.

Click here to take survey

Trustfund’a boxing week sale

Ef Magazine Launch Party

A new Ottawa based Eco magazine is throwing a party
Ef Magazine Launch Party
Friday, January 14, 2011
8 – 10 p.m.
Flock Boutique
1275 Wellington Street West
Tickets in advance – $8.00, $10.00 at the door
Email to reserve tickets
Raffle prizes to be won, yummy eats and sweet wine to be enjoyed by all


Trustfund Holiday Cheer event – Dec 1st to 3rd

There’s a hint of snowy wonder outside, and we are almost officially in the month of December… It is the Holiday season folks! And before all the stress of getting ready for parties, concerts, and gift shopping sets in we’ve got just the thing to put you in the spirit: Our Holiday Cheer Event!  It will take place at the shop beginning this Wednesday, December 1st and will continue until we close at 9pm on Friday, December 3rd, 2010. We have got tons of giveaways and loads of free gifts to toss at you for the next couple of days.  Here’s a reminder of how it all works:
Trustfund’s Gift Ladder:

  • Spend $100 and receive: One free pair of Happy Socks!
  • Spend $200 and receive: Two free $25 gift certificates for 2011!plus:-One free pair of Happy Socks
  • Spend $300 and receive: One free Cashmere-blended scarf from Velvet by Graham & Spencer! Plus: One free pair of Happy Socks, Two free $25 gift certificates for 2011
  • Spend $400 and receive: Free bottle of the fragrance Lola by Marc Jacobs! Plus: One free pair of Happy Socks, Two free $25 gift certificates for 2011-A cashmere-blended scarf from Velvet by Graham & Spencer
  • Spend $500 and receive: A large candle from Skeem! Plus: One free pair of Happy Socks, Two free $25 gift certificates for 2011, A cashmere blended scarf from Velvet by Graham & Spencer, Free bottle of the fragrance Lola by Marc Jacobs
  • Spend $600 and receive: One free pair of Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses! Plus: One free pair of Happy Socks, Two free $25 gift certificates for 2011, A cashmere blended scarf from Velvet by Graham & Spencer-Free bottle of the fragrance Lola by Marc Jacobs, A large candle from Skeem!
  • Spend $1000 and receive: A free pair of Hunter or Tretorn Boots! Plus: One free pair of Happy Socks, Two free $25 gift certificates for 2011, A cashmere blended scarf from Velvet by Graham & Spencer, Free bottle of the fragrance Lola by Marc Jacobs, A large candle from Skeem! One free pair of Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses


black friday and saturday and sunday at MILK

Friday: 11am to 8pm

Saturday: 10am to 6pm

Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

Milk Shop – 234 Dalhousie Street

Guerilla Live, Dec 11

SPAO open house, 5th anniversary celebration

Caught Andrew at the SPAO open house 5th anniversary celebration event on Friday. What I loved most about his outfit was that it was simple and well put together – Fred Perry shirt, WeSC jeans, no idea where the shoes are from but they are my favourite part of the outfit.

3D Frenzy, tonight at Babylon

Sorry for the late notice, sounds like a cool party tonight at Babylon for the Electric Fields festival which is going until Sunday

Update: SHOP Ottawa

Updates have been made to the SHOP Ottawa page, take a look.

One World Film Festival, Nov 5-7, 2010

World Inter-Action Mondiale (WIAM) invites you to Ottawa’s 21st Annual “One World Film Festival”
Thought-Provoking Documentaries on Global Issues
November 5-7, 2010
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street

Visit their website for schedule and details

Art of Fashion

A little while back, I was invited to attend the Art of Fashion design competition during Nuit Blanche (yes yes I’m behind on posting this, I know, I know). The annual competition gives 10 up-and-coming Canadian designers the chance to showcase six unique garments interpreting the show’s theme, La Belle Epoque, with the opportunity to win cash prizes and gain valuable industry exposure.  The judging panel, which included Sarah Casselman from FASHION Magazine, Farley Chatto from FGI, and David Clemmer from Judy Inc, will select the show’s “Most Promising Designer”, while guests and shoppers will cast their votes for Best Exhibitat the accompanying trunk show, where they will also have the opportunity to purchase unique and Canadian-made couture fashion and accessories.

“Art of Fashion’s annual design competition offers a unique opportunity for up-and-coming Canadian designers, who don’t have the kind of support that is available to designers in American and European fashion capitals,” says the organization’s founder, Michelle Planche. “Besides the ten finalists who participate in the design competition, the trunk show features up to twenty additional designers, and gives the public a chance to pick up exclusive apparel and accessories.”

The ten finalists were:

  1. Georgia Varelas
  2. Mark Aguilar
  3. Fuy-Na Tse
  4. Corinne Monique
  5. Natalia Cuervo
  6. Stefania Ayoub
  7. Julianna Carlucci
  8. Amber Watkins
  9. Rebecca Milward
  10. Stephanie Mahseredjian

I ran into the winner of last year’s competition and Ottawa native Mikhail (or Misha as I know him) Moudrakovski who is currently completing his fashion design degree at Ryerson University. Good to know an Ottawa native has gone on to win this competition!