World MasterCard Fashion Week may get a bulk of the media attention in Toronto, but that doesn’t mean this is the only fashion event happening in Toronto! Events taking place around the city are filled with staff and volunteers working tirelessly around the clock, usually with supportive sponsors, helping to highlight emerging Canadian design talent.
Here is a list of some of our favourite shows that we look forward to attending each year. These 5 shows are fun, fashionable, and not to be forgotten.
The shOws is an ongoing initiative that aims to bring a select group of talent together each season to showcase their newest collection to a “hometown” and international crowd. Their mission is to create the opportunity for design greats to show without incurring the heavy costs associated with orchestrating a Runway Show.
Following six widely successful seasons, the shOws presented their seventh, invitation only fashion runway presentation. The renowned high-profile event took place March 11th-12th, 2014 at the illustrious STORY’s Building in downtown Toronto. COVERGIRL and Pantene returned as the longstanding official beauty partners for the shOws, providing backstage makeup, hair direction, and free goodies for guests.
This season saw a line-up of design talent, including returning designers Antonio Azzuolo, Steven Tai, and Bellavance. New to the shOws was Canadian, NYC-based designer, Kaelan, whose work has been worn by celebrity starlets, including Solange Knowles and Blake Lively. As with previous seasons, the shOws also featured in-depth designer interviews with acclaimed fashion thinker, Dr. Alexandra Palmer, Senior Curator, Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume, Textiles and Costume at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).
FAT| Arts & Fashion Week, Toronto’s celebrated multi-arts stage for cutting-edge fashion design & art, returned for five fashion filled nights of over 50+ runway shows and fashion-focused photography exhibits, art installations, performances and films.
Entering its 9th year, |FAT| continues to discover notable talent before they gain mainstream recognition. It’s a place to witness new movements in fashion, art and culture, providing a platform for over 200 emerging and contemporary designers, artists and models attempting to make their names known.
Past |FAT| participants include Pedram Karimi, Martin Lim, Evan Biddell, Rachel Sin, Emily Woudenberg, Esther Perbandt, Jasper Garvida, Pat Mcdonagh and most recently, America’s Next Top Model candidate, Chantelle Winnie.
Arguably the most fun runway fashion event in Toronto, the White Cashmere Collection celebrated its 10th year as Canada’s first and only fashion collection entirely crafted in Cashmere Bathroom Tissue. The event took place at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario and the collection celebrated the milestone with its largest cast of designers to-date.
The collection highlights Cashmere’s generous and ongoing support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and heralds the annual return of limited-edition Pink Cashmere bathroom tissue, a fund- and awareness-raiser for the Foundation, with twenty-five cents from the sale of every package going directly to the cause, throughout October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
African Fashion Week Toronto is a 4 day Fashion exhibition produced by the AFC as a spring board for student, emerging and experienced designers. During the festivities, designers will be offered a premium opportunity to present their latest fashion forward designs to local boutique buyers, fashion retailers, stylists, the media, and the general public. In addition to providing opportunities for African-inspired designers and models, AFWT also creates advertising and marketing opportunities for new and existing businesses through market research and promotional programs.
During its first inception in 2013, the event focused on building strong relationships with local and international media houses to bring global attention to the excellence in fashion that Africa has to offer.
ECO Fashion Week
Celebrating her 8th session as founder of Eco Fashion Week (EFW), Myriam Laroche has challenged designers, consumers and the fashion industry in general to re- think how we go about design. While the fashion industry is said to be the third most environmentally damaging industry in the world, Myriam saw the need for something to help inspire others to get involved. Long shed of its hippie stigma, Eco Fashion Week is rising in popularity with both eco-conscious consumers and fashion fans alike.