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August/September 2011

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August/September 2011
Volume 19, Issue 6

1. TFI Press & Buyers Breakfast SS12
2. The Eveleen Dollery Award 2012
3. Upcoming TFI Events
4. Share Your News With TFI
5. Thank You Donors
6. Scene & Heard
7. Top Picks
8. Fashion Calendar

1. TFI Press & Buyers Breakfast SS12
Twelve up-and-coming Canadian brands will preview their spring/summer 2012 collections at TFI’s annual boutique trade show on October 6th. Open to accredited fashion media, stylists and retail buyers, this industry event offers one-stop shopping for the busy editor and buyer. Featured brands include Adrian Wu, Alya Couture, Ann & Arayata, Baby On Board Apparel, Binksy & Bobo, Green Bijou, House of Eenah, MIIK, MMCrystal, Paris Li, ROXX and Tenielle Design. Press and buyers can register with Faulhaber PR before October 5, 2011. Far left, Adrian Wu; left, ROXX

2. The Eveleen Dollery Award 2012
The Toronto Fashion Incubator, in conjunction with Youth Employment Services, will be naming its 2012 A Passion for Fashion Award in honour of Eveleen Dollery, a Canadian fashion icon and former fashion and beauty editor of Chatelaine magazine. Dollery passed away at age 90 in early August. She was a champion of emerging fashion designers and journalists, and a long-time member of Fashion Group International of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum.

A Passion for Fashion is an exciting opportunity for youth aged 16 to 29 living in Toronto’s disadvantaged neighbourhoods to learn about fashion entrepreneurship. Co-presented by the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) and Youth Employment Services (YES), A Passion for Fashion is a free six-part program that provides training and workshops on how to launch a fashion business. The program concludes with a competition where participants present their business plan to a panel of expert judges. The winner receives a $1,000 cash award, a one-year free TFI membership and 50 hours of business advisory and fashion mentorship.

The cash portion will be called “The Eveleen Dollery Award”. Donations may be made by phone at 416.504.5516 ext. 230. A charitable tax receipt for donations of $50 or more will be issued by YES. Should donations received exceed $1,000, additional cash prizes will be awarded in Dollery’s name in years to come. A celebration of Dollery’s life will be held in Toronto on October 19. Right, Eveleen Dollery at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at TFI unveiling a showroom in her name (2001).


3. Upcoming TFI Events
Get details on TFI's upcoming seminars, events and gatherings:

TFI Press & Buyers Breakfast Spring 2012
October 6, 2011

Toronto Fashion Incubator, 285 Manitoba Dr.
TFI hosts its annual boutique trade show for media, retailers and stylists. This juried event features up-and-coming accessory and apparel lines from across Canada. Pre-registration required; trade only. For more information, contact 416.504.0768.

New Labels Seminar
October 25, 2011

5:30pm doors open, 6:00pm seminar, 285 Manitoba Dr. Meet Golnaz Ashtiani, winner of TFI’s New Labels Competition 2011 and discover insider tips and advice on how to prepare a winning application. In this year’s competition, Ashtiani won $10,000 cash from the Toronto Fashion Incubator, a feature editorial in FLARE magazine and a coveted order from luxury retailer TNT. You’ll also meet design consultant Natalya Willy who will share guidance on how to develop a cohesive, fashion-forward collection. For tickets, visit TFI Shop.

TFI Meet & Mingle
November 7, 2011

5:30pm doors open, 6:00pm seminar, 285 Manitoba Dr. TFI members are invited to our quarterly FREE networking night. Make connections, share experiences and improve communication with like-minded creative professionals. To register, email TFI.

Tickets for TFI seminars and events are available at TFI Shop.

TFI Studio Tours
Call & Book a Tour!

Sign up for a brief tour of the TFI facilities and learn how membership benefits can help your business succeed. Call us at 416.971.7117 ext. 31.

4. Share Your News With TFI
Do you have a story you would like to share with like-minded, fashion-loving people around the world? We’re always looking for stories on new store openings, exciting updates from our members and the rest of the fashion community. Send your submissions or press releases to TFI.

5. Thank You TFI Donors
Thank you to our donors for your support of our non-profit organization. Your financial contribution enables TFI to carry on its important work of encouraging job creation and economic development in the community. This month we thank Contributors Karen Castaneda from BCBG Max Azria and Joseph Camilleri of JCO Communications Inc. If you like reading TFI News, please make a donation to our non-profit by clicking here. If you like reading TFI News, please make a donation to our non-profit by clicking here.

Donor categories: Contributor, $50 and under; Supporter, $50 to $100; Benefactor, $100 to $500; Patron, $500 and up.

6. Scene & Heard
Mercy Opens Toronto Boutique

In September, Mercy designers Jennifer Halchuk and Richard Lyle opened Gaspard, a 400-square-foot boutique at 913 Queen St. W., facing Trinity-Bellwoods Park. The shop packs a design punch, featuring Halchuk and Lyle’s own line, as well as international brands that share a common or complementary aesthetic such as Ascher London, Jamin Puech, Carre Royal, La Botte Gardiane, Iosselliani, Gillian Steinhardt, Indress, Les Prairies de Paris and Roberto Collina. The atelier of Lili Sac, Laurie Anderson’s Toronto-based handbag line, is at the back of the boutique. 416.546.7480.

New Une Île en Amérique Store Features Canadian
Une Île en Amérique is a new Montreal boutique by Isabelle Brais carrying a blend of North American and European designs. Opened in September, the two-storey, 2,200-square-foot store features primarily Quebec-based lines, including Marie Saint Pierre, Muse by Christian Chenail, Nadya Toto, Denis Gagnon and Tavan & Mitto, with a few others from across the country, such as Joeffer Caoc, Smythe, James Yunker and Obakki Designs. 102 Laurier West, Montreal. www.uneileenamerique.com

7 For All Mankind Expands Across Canada
In late August, 7 For All Mankind, the Los Angeles-based premium denim line, opened a store in Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The launch included a modern art installation by seven of Canada’s visionary artists titled the Seven Senses, and was hosted by model Yasmin Warsame. Proceeds from the night’s silent auction and sales went toward The African Future, an organization that provides food and medical relief in Dhoobley, Somalia, and the Horn of Africa. Along with its denim, the brand’s sportswear, accessories and children’s collection is also available at this location. This is the company’s second Canadian stand-alone store—the first was in Calgary’s Chinook Centre in March. Expansion plans include opening more than dozen locations across the country in the next four years. 7 For All Mankind currently operates more than 150 stores globally. www.7ForAllMankind.com.

Bizou Opens Toronto Flagship
Bizou, a Quebec-based jewellery and fashion accessories brand, opened two new boutiques in Ontario: a 1,142-square-foot Toronto flagship at 393 Queen St. W. at Spadina in August, and another in the Cambridge Centre in September. A family business founded in 1982, Bizou is located in more than 110 outlets across Canada. www.bizou.com

Will A Canadian Helm Dior?
Legendary fashion columnist Colin McDowell has gone public with his endorsement of Canadian Erdem Moralioglu to head the house of Christian Dior. According to U.K. Vogue.com, McDowell stated, "I was so impressed by what he showed (for spring 2012) and what it said of his approach to dress that I went home and wrote to Sidney Toledano, chief executive of Dior, suggesting that he look at this young talent that dresses the wives of presidents and prime ministers—not for that, but because this show was about all the things concerning femininity and allure that Christian Dior believed in and taught to Yves Saint Laurent." Will McDowell’s influence carry any weight? Competition for the prestigious appointment will be tough; front runners include designers Marc Jacobs and Phoebe Philo.

Paris Fashion Week Scam
Designers beware: Fashion Company Ltd., a Toronto-based organization, is trying to sell designers a spot on the calendar of Paris Fashion Week for 5,000 euros and for an additional 100,000 euros, the firm offers to take care of the seating plans and invitations. According to the French Couture Federation, which organizes Paris Fashion Week, the offer is a scam; money can’t buy access to Paris Fashion Week. A committee of the federation meets to determine who can be part of it, and it’s based on talent.

Vancouver Company Brings Music Fashion Tour to China
Twenty Canadian models trained by celebrity supermodel Stacey McKenzie will tour five of China’s key cities thanks to Vancouver PR and marketing firm Empress Communications. The tour provides an opportunity for participants to access the fast-growing Chinese market but also satisfies the Chinese public’s hunger for all things western. The tour has Canadian artists Isis, (one half of disbanded super duo Thunderheist) out of Toronto, and Vancouver band Behind Sapphire performing live as models parade down the runway wearing Canadian designs by Paul Hardy, Kyuin Chae, Fala Chien, Arido Jewellery, Juma and Evan Biddell. For more information, visit www.WMFF.ca.

New Retail Model Debuts in Woodbridge
Grafic Concept
is a new fashion lifestyle shopping experience for men and women co-owned by Doriano Di Carlo and Fabio Sardellitti. Clients can refuel in the classic Italian espresso bar and lounge while checking out the curated selection of high-end designer brands, which includes Belstaff, Boss Orange, Camilla Skovgaard, Hoss Intropia, Nicole Miller, J. Lindeberg, Line Knitwear, Pink Tartan, Religion, Sand, Smythe and Tara Jarmon, among others. Located just north of Toronto at 3883 Rutherford Rd. in Woodbridge, Ontario, it also ships across Canada through its online boutique, www.grafic-online.com.

The Bay Scoops Top Shop
Top Shop
, the U.K. retail sensation, expects to open 30 to 50 retail outlets across Canada within the next five years starting this month at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre. To be situated in select Hudson Bay stores, the store-within-a-store concept will sell everything from basics to hot runway looks. Topshop operates in 37 countries including a flagship in New York that opened in 2009.

Intermix Hits Bloor
New York's Intermix specialty retail chain has launched its first international location at 130 Bloor St. W., in Toronto. The new boutique will offer a mix of low to high fashion such as $40 T-shirts to Stella McCartney blazers. Owner Khajak Keledjian also promises to include Canadian labels among its offerings starting with Canada Goose outerwear and Jay Godfrey eveningwear.

Express Makes Tracks Canada
Another American apparel chain store is making tracks into Canada. Express, a division of Limited Brands, which owns Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works, has opened its first store at Fairview Mall in Toronto. Additional stores are slated to open in late 2011 in Hamilton, Calgary and Mississauga and the company plans to open 50 stores across Canada over the next five years. Prices for accessories will be the same as in the United States, however, Canadian consumers will face higher prices on apparel of about 10% to 13%. New York-based retailer J. Crew faced a backlash from angry Torontonians when it opened its first Canadian store in Yorkdale Shopping Centre in August. Despite the strong Canadian dollar, which has been hovering at par or above the U.S. greenback, J. Crew was selling its wares at 15% to 50% higher than in America. Express sells day, casual and party wear for men and women in their 20s and 30s.

Taylor Collection to be Auctioned
Jewellery and couture gowns from the collection of multi Oscar-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor will go on auction at Christie’s New York on December 13, 2011. Among the highlights will be pieces from Valentino (right), Dior, Versace, bags by Louis Vuitton and a selection of 269 magnificent jewels including a 33.19-carat diamond ring. Taylor died in March 2011 at the age of 79. See a preview of the auction here.

Condé Nast School of Fashion
Condé Nast, the London-based publishing giant behind Vogue, GQ, Tatler and Women’s Wear Daily, is getting into education. Set to open in September 2012, in central London, will be The Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design. The college will offer 300 paying students a year-long British Vogue fashion foundation course as well as 10-week fashion-intensive courses in subjects such as history, print and digital journalism, luxury brand marketing and other business skills. Interior design and decor courses will also be offered in addition to M.A.-level courses. Susie Forbes, currently editor of Easy Living, has been named the principal of the college.

Lundstrom Works
Canadian designer Linda Lundstrom is offering Linda Lundström Works Workshops, providing fashion industry information, inspiration and industry skills. Check out her Fan Page and hit "LIKE" http://on.fb.me/n5f0uR.

Coddington Memoirs
According to Fashionologie, Vogue creative director Grace Coddington has reportedly sold her untitled memoir for $1.2 million to Random House. The memoir will cover Coddington's childhood in England, the '60s fashion scene in London and, of course, tales of working with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. No release date has been announced.

Undercover Work For Beckham
Soccer star David Beckham has joined forces with H&M to design a line of men’s bodywear and undergarments. Watch for the abs, er…ads, in February 2012.

Pretty Baby
Images of 10-year-old French model Thylane Lean Rose Blondeau in French Vogue are causing a fury. Seductively posed in stiletto heels, baring a shoulder and some décolleté, the shocking images have brought condemnation from parent groups around the globe. Blondeau, the daughter of soccer player Patrick Blondeau and children’s clothing designer Veronika Loubry, is drawing comparisons to a young Brigitte Bardot who was just 15 when she posed for Elle. Other young girls recently signed to modelling deals include actresses Elle Fanning, 13, and Hailee Steinfeld, 14, for Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu, respectively.

Weston Buys Ogilvy
Ogilvy department store—whose roots date back to 1866—has been sold to Selfridges Group Ltd., a holding company owned by the Weston family. SGL also owns Holt Renfrew, Selfridges in the U.K., Brown Thomas in Ireland and de Bijenkorf in the Netherlands. SGL chairman Galen Weston also owns Weston Foods and Loblaw Cos. Ltd. Shopping centre developer Devimco Inc., Champlain Financial Corp. and BB Real Estate Investment Trust, owned by the Bombardier-Beaudoin family, make up the Quebec investment group selling Ogilvy.


7. Top Picks
Women's apparel key items for F/W 2012 - 2013 from TRENDSTOP.COM

Fashion business makes news in Ontario

West coast fashion news, job postings and more

A resource focusing on the opportunities and challenges faced by the fashion and luxury industries online

8. Upcoming Events

LG Fashion Week Spring 2012
October 17 - 21, 2011

David Pecaut Square, Metro Hall, 221 King St. W., Toronto
Twenty-three Canadian designers take the runway for spring 2012. Pre-registration required. For more information, visit www.lgfashionweek.ca.

Mode Accessories
October 23 - 25, 2011

Accessories trade show for holiday 2011 and spring 2012

Vancouver Fashion Week
November 1 - 6, 2011

Bi-annual fashion event spring/summer 2012

Milan Fashion Week
January 14 - 18, 2012

Men's fashion fall/winter 2012/2013 collections

São Paulo Fashion Week
January 16 - 21, 2012

São Paulo, Brazil
Fall/winter 2012/2013 collections

Paris Fashion Week (Mode à Paris)
January 18 - 22, 2012

Paris, France
Men's fashion fall/winter 2012/2013 collections

Paris Haute Couture
January 23 - 26, 2012

Paris, France
Haute couture spring/summer 2012 collections

New York Fashion Week
February 9 - 16, 2012

New York
Designer collections fall/winter 2012

Scoop International
February 12 - 14, 2012

London, United Kingdom
Autumn/winter 2012/2013 collections

Milan Fashion Week
February 22 - 28, 2012

Milan, Italy
Women's fashion fall/winter 2012/2013 collections

Paris Fashion Week (Mode à Paris)
February 28 - March 7, 2012

Paris, France
Women’s ready-to-wear fall/winter 2012/2013 collections

iD Dunedin Fashion Week
March 27 - April 1, 2012

Dunedin, New Zealand
Winter 2012 collections

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Editor-In-Chief, Susan Langdon
Senior Editor, Doris Montanera
Contributor: Gail McInnes

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