Fashionable footwear at last night’s Philip Sparks launch party.

Some Torontonians take their vacation time during TIFF, so they can spend the 11 days of the film festival spotting stars and watching movies. This October, the sartorially inclined could spend a full two-week vacation attending Toronto Fashion Week-related events—we’re talking October 15 to 26, friends, 11 days encompassing The Collections, The Shows, official World MasterCard Fashion Week, and assorted important off-site shows. Put simply? We are in it. But! We are in it together. Stay with us over the next two weeks as we bring you our full reports—photo diaries, runway slideshows and scoop from backstage and the front row. It’s the best time of year for Toronto fashion, and we’re going to be everywhere.

First stop:

The season officially kicked off last night with an event at Philip Sparks’s cozy Toronto shop to fete the launch of the designer’s debut women’s accessories line, which includes bags and the sweetest assortment of shoes, from sandals to oxfords. Philip is one of my favourite designers, and I was so excited to check out the pieces, and then to hear that the materials are all sourced here in  Toronto.

Check out this amazing bag, which also comes in yellow and red…