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TFI News March 2008

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March 2008
Volume 16, Issue 2

1. L’Oreal Fashion Week Review
2. ELLE Canada Gala Fundraiser & Show
3. WHO will WIN the TFI New Labels® Competition?
4. WANTED: Silent Auction Items
5. Scene & Heard
6. Upcoming Events
7. Top Picks

1. L’Oreal Fashion Week Review
by Doris Montanera

The Facts:
• A 44,000-sq.-ft. tent (14,000-sq.-ft. bigger than last season) pitched at Bay and Queen streets, in Nathan Phillips Square, the heart of downtown.
• A 110-ft. long runway.
• More than a dozen international buyers and press from Japan, the U.S., Germany, Italy, France and the U.K., including Claudine Hesse from Madame Figaro, Celine Lis from Marie Claire and Louis Bompard from L’Officiel.
• Star gazing included actors Wendy Crewson, Martha Burns, Susan Coyne, Natalie Brown, Tara Spencer-Nairn, MVP’s Kristin Booth and Amanda Brugel, and Adamo Ruggiero of Degrassi: The Next Generation. Also spotted among the television crews and show host personalities were songstresses Sylvia Tyson, Sarah Slean and Molly Johnson, and popstar Fefe Dobson, with her actor-boyfriend Michael Seater, of Family Channel’s Life with Derek.
• More than 30 shows, including an impressive compilation by a group of Italian fashion school graduates from Milan.
• The most praise went to designers Denis Gagnon, Lucian Matis and Greta Constantine.
• Key trends: arm yourself with an enormous bag—and a chiropractor’s appointment; unlike the rest of the world, which went long, daytime hemlines didn’t pass the knee; cowls in front and back; shine in fabric or sequins; dark, muted or neutral colours, except for hits of magenta; capes; harnesses; exposed gold zippers; hoods; new minimalism.

Quote To Consider:
• “We understand the mentality of the country seeing the fashion. Toronto looks like New York fashion because you want to sell clothes. Toronto designers don’t take risks… I went to Barcelona fashion week. It wasn’t beautiful but they tried to do something new. I see on the streets [of Toronto] very streetwear couture, but I don’t find the same thing on the catwalk….I prefer to see a horrible collection, but a new one.” —Louis Bompard, fashion editor, L’Officiel

Check out our daily fashion week blog:

Day 1: www.fashionincubator.com/happenings/newsletter/tfi-daily-runway-review.shtml
Day 2: www.fashionincubator.com/happenings/newsletter/tfi-daily-runway-review-2.shtml
Day 3: www.fashionincubator.com/happenings/newsletter/tfi-daily-runway-review-3.shtml
Day 4: www.fashionincubator.com/happenings/newsletter/tfi-daily-runway-review-4.shtml

ELLE Canada brings the most exciting fashion and beauty event of the year to the Direct Energy Centre in Exhibition Place, Toronto. If you can’t get to Rodeo Drive, Fifth Avenue, Via della Spiga or Oxford Street, then the place to be this spring is the ELLE Show for your fashion, beauty and shopping inspirations.

For three fashionable days, you can join in the fun: attend fashion shows and meet the designers, test the latest beauty products, attend seminars and demonstrations—and shop! It’s never been so easy to get the look you want.

Thursday, April 24
Gala Fundraiser – Toronto Fashion Incubator – 6pm
FRIDAY, APRIL 25 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
SATURDAY, APRIL 26 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
SUNDAY, APRIL 27 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Buy your tickets online and save with our special offer. www.elleshow.ca
2. ELLE Canada Gala Fundraiser & Show

Four new hopefuls vie for the $25,000 ELLE Canada New Labels Fashion Award on April 24, 2008 at the ELLE Canada gala to benefit the Toronto Fashion Incubator. Witness the competition’s dramatic finale with the announcement of this year’s winner at the conclusion of the TFI New Labels® fashion show.

Prior to the announcement, gala attendees will enjoy a Vin de Pays d’Oc wine reception, delicious hors d’oeuvres, a fabulous silent auction and be treated to the premiere of TFI’s new promo video, which was made possible thanks to the Government of Canada. The film provides a snapshot of TFI and how it contributes to keeping the fashion industry, and our economy, relevant and vital. Be prepared to be entertained but also impressed (and maybe even surprised) with the many accomplishments of the Toronto Fashion Incubator.

Net proceeds from the benefit gala will enable TFI to expand its community programs and physical space enabling the non-profit to help new fashion entrepreneurs. “Having a prestigious lead benefactor such as Transcontinental Media/ ELLE Canada organize this event is like a dream come true,” says Susan Langdon, TFI executive director.

The event takes place April 24, 2008, at the Direct Energy Centre in Exhibition Place, Toronto.
Get your tickets today at www.elleshow.ca.

Gala sponsors include Vin de Pays d’Oc, P&G Beauty, Rowenta, Nine West and Salon Daniel

3. WHO Will WIN the TFI New Labels® Competition?

The last remaining four designers left in the running for the ELLE Canada New Labels Fashion Award, valued at over $25,000, are focusing on the final details of preparing their collections for the ELLE Canada Gala on April 24, at the Direct Energy Centre in Exhibition Place, Toronto.

The semi-finalists include Adrienne Butikofer (Toronto), Eugenia Leavitt from Eugenia Designs (Montreal), Lara Presber (Calgary) and Ashley Rowe of miss rowe (Toronto). Models have been cast, fittings have taken place, and now each designer is working closely with stylists who will translate their message for the runway. A great stylist can tip the odds in a designer's favour and bring a fresh perspective to their designs.

George Antonopoulos of the Artist Group has been hired by Ashley Rowe of miss rowe. Alissa Krost of the Artist Group is working with Adrienne Butikofer. Costa Pavlu of Judy Inc. has been selected by Lara Presber and Juliana Schavianatto of Plutino Group has been booked by Eugenia Leavitt.

The winning collection will be determined based on the innovation, quality, fit, marketability and runway appeal of the line. Meet this year’s judges and stay tuned for the announcement of the winner:

Nathalie Atkinson
Nathalie Atkinson is the National Post's style & culture columnist and contributing fashion editor. She has interviewed everyone from Hilary Duff, Olivia Newton-John, Ivana Trump and Elle MacPherson to Dean and Dan Caten, Olivier Theyskens, Tim Gunn and Marc Jacobs. She also writes for magazines such as ELLE Canada, Chatelaine, Salon, Toronto Life, Canadian House & Home and Spacing.

Kathy Cheng
Shortly after graduating from the University of Toronto in business management, Kathy Cheng developed her marketing skills in various posts, including managing the Canadian Education Expo in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2000, Kathy took on the position of director of marketing and business development for Wing Son Garments Ltd., a Canadian activewear manufacturer, which specializes in customized programs for international brand-name clients. Kathy serves on the board of directors for Fashion Group International, Toronto Chapter, as well as the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s Advisory Committee.

David Dixon
David Dixon enjoys tremendous media acclaim, standing out among his Canadian contemporaries as one of the leaders in fashion design. David established his own label in 1995, after attending Ryerson University’s fashion program and an apprenticeship with Alfred Sung. His quietly elegant collections combine luxury with function and fantasy with sensibility. Today he has a following with celebrities, including Meg Ryan, Wendy Crewson, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Kristin Booth, and his designs are sold across Canada and in the United States, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Germany, Tokyo and Hong Kong. David is a Toronto Fashion Incubator alumnus and is also president of the non-profit organization.

Mary Jo Looby
Mary Jo Looby holds a B.A. from The University of Western Ontario in London, ON, and a diploma in fashion merchandising from The International Academy of Design in Toronto. Her 15-year retail career includes senior buying positions at The Bay and Holt Renfrew. She has also taught buying, retail business and presentation skills at The International Academy of Design. Mary Jo recently launched MJL Retail Consulting, a business that focuses on merchandise expertise.

Rita Silvan (Head Judge)
ELLE Canada editor-in-chief Rita Silvan is one of the founding editors of the magazine. For the past 13 years, she has worked as a writer and editor for such publications as Flare, Fashion, MoneySense and IE:Money. Rita has also worked as a marketing consultant, specializing in the female consumer, for such clients as Pharmacia & Upjohn, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola Limited, TD Bank and Ford Canada.

4. WANTED: Silent Auction Items

Get your brand in front of an audience of over 1,000 hip young influencers, media and industry VIP at the ELLE Canada New Labels Gala Fundraising Benefit for the Toronto Fashion Incubator on April 24, at the Direct Energy Centre, Toronto.

We are looking for restaurant gift certificates, accessories and special experiences for men and women, valued at $100 retail or more.

Please note that donations related to beauty (hair, makeup, skincare and fragrance products), alcohol and consumer magazines are subject to approval by our exclusive event sponsors P&G Beauty, Vin de Pays d’Oc wines and ELLE Canada magazine. An opportunity like this is worth thousands of dollars in exposure and potential sales! Please contact Susan Solomon at Transcontinental Publishing (ELLE Canada) for more information.

5. Scene & Heard

Bloch Goes Hush
In honour of its 50th anniversary, Hush Puppies launched a Guest Designer Series collection. Celebrity stylists Phillip Bloch (who was onsite during L’Oreal Fashion Week) and Rachel Fanconi designed the debut collections. For more, see our day 4 L’Oreal Fashion Week coverage (Day 4: www.fashionincubator.com/happenings/newsletter/tfi-daily-runway-review-4.shtml). This is one of several marketing initiatives and celebrations the brand planned for this year.

Fashion Gets [FAT]
The third annual Toronto Alternative Arts & Fashion Week [FAT] is set to take over the Distillery District from April 9 to April 11, from 7:30pm and 1am. The three-day festival brings together more than 120 fashion designers, visual artists, musical acts, photographers and performers from around the world. The event will showcase close to 40 fashion collections, 13 musical performances and 45 visual and performing artists. "[FAT] is not only about showcasing seasonal trends [and] it's not about who's wearing what or who's sitting in the front row," says Vanja Vasic, the event's founder and director. The first Beefeater® Innovative Spirit Award will be presented to the most innovative and creative artist on closing night. Advance tickets are $15; $20 at the door. For schedules and ticket information visit www.getfat.ca.

Night of Stars
On April 17 Fashion Group International presents the Night of Stars Gala honouring outstanding Canadians who have made a remarkable impact in the world of fashion, beauty and design. The 2008 honourees include Barbara Atkin, vice president, fashion direction, for Holt Renfrew; Dean and Dan Caten founders and designers of Dsquared2; fashion designer Wayne Clark; interior designer Brian Gluckstein; and fashion journalist David Livingstone. Past honourees include Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Jeanne Beker, Joseph Mimran, Harry Rosen and Hilary Weston. Fashion Group International (FGI) is a global, non-profit, professional association established in 1930. Today it boasts over 5,000 members of influence representing all areas of the fashion and related industries, including beauty and lifestyle. The event, which includes a reception, awards show, dinner and cocktails, takes place at the The Carlu in Toronto. Tickets are $195 for FGI members, $250 for non-members, with tables of 10 available for $1,950. Visit www.fginightofstars.ca to purchase tickets and find out more.

TNT Opens Montreal Location
Trendy fashion boutique TNT is opening its first Montreal location on April 10 at 4100 Ste. Catherine St. W. The two-floor, 8,000-sq.-ft. space, in the heart of Westmount, was designed by Jennifer Scott Designs. The store will carry most of the lines found in the Toronto stores, as well as Comme Comme, Junya Watanabe, 3.1 Philip Lim, Enzo Fusco and exclusive lines such as Great China Wall + Free City. Visit www.tntthenewtrend.com for more information.

Vie Magazine Launches
Kontent Publishing added another periodical to its list with the addition of luxury lifestyle magazine Vie. The quarterly magazine focuses on the finer things in life, including fashion, travel, and luxury goods. Kontent also publishes FQ Magazine, Sir and Inside Entertainment. For more information visit www.kontentpublishing.com/.

ZINK Blames Canada
New York-based ZINK Magazine launched ZINK CANADA, the first Canadian edition of the publication, during Toronto’s L’Oreal Fashion Week with a party at the members-only Spoke Club. The spring 2008 Blame Canada-themed issue combines Canadian fashion, photography, beauty and entertainment with international content. ZINK Magazine was founded six years ago in New York City by Canadian-born model Isabelle Sabourin, aided by her husband, publisher and editor-in-chief, Sheriff J. Ishak. The Canadian focus brings together the country’s top talent— from photographers Geoffrey Barrenger, Paco Garcia and Mackenzie Duncan to designers Renata Morales, Paul Hardy and Marie Saint Pierre, to host of CBC’s Fashion File Adrian Mainella—who showcase, and reflect on, Canadian style.

BuyDesign Visits Studio 54
On April 26, the 5th annual BuyDesign charity gala is set to take place under a big mirror ball. In support of Windfall Clothing Service, Canada’s only new clothing bank, the fundraising event will channel the days of Studio 54 with velvet ropes and disco music all night. Fashion File’s Adrian Mainella is set to host the evening of silent auctions, disco beats and signature cocktails. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at buydesignforwindfall.ca/.

Susan With Steven And Chris
TFI executive director Susan Langdon made her CBC debut on Steven And Chris. The clip featured up-and-coming Canadian designers, including Juma, Siphay Southidara of YSO, Malak by Kalam Lee and Jason Matlo. View the clip here: www.cbc.ca/stevenandchris/2008/03/up_and_coming_canadian_designe.html

Designers Get Munny
Toronto nightclub CiRCA hosted the final L'Oreal Fashion Week party on March 21 featuring a Kidrobot runway presentation and a display of Canadian designer Munny dolls (a do-it-yourself vinyl toy). Various fashion and jewellery designers, including Greta Constantine, Damzels in this Dress, Lucian Matis, and Susie Love were given a plain doll and provided it with a personality. The Munny dolls were auctioned on eBay, with proceeds going to War Child Canada.

The Bay Launches Maison b
The Bay launched Maison b on March 20 at the Queen Street location. The new shop is a boutique-style oasis of key bridge-price-point fashions located on the third floor. New designs— from Andy The-Anh and Crystal Seimens’ BAIA Blue Label, among them—will be put out on the floor weekly and are exclusive to the boutique.

The Clothing Show Takes It To The Catwalk
For over 30 years, The Clothing Show has been providing consumers access to over 300 booths featuring apparel, streetwear, vintage garments and accessories. This year, it is producing runway shows to take place throughout the show from May 2 to May 4 at its new venue, The Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. The opening night celebration features a special preview runway presentation of the graduating class from George Brown College’s fashion program. Both amateur and professional photographers will compete during the Loulou Fashion Photography Competition by taking snaps of the fashion shows. In the Vintage Section, the Century of Fashion Competition showcases collectors’ best museum-quality pieces with historically accurate depictions of each decade during the 20th century. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For full program details visit www.theclothingshow.com or call 416-516-9859.

Folio Launches New Site
Montreal modeling agency Folio re-launched its website last month. Visit foliomontreal.com/ to view its roster.

On The Move
Fashion stylist Rita Liefhebber is the new fashion editor at Flare magazine, replacing Nicole Forbes. Forbes is now enjoying her new position in the PR department of The Gap.

Keith Richards For Louis Vuitton
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is the latest star to model for Louis Vuitton. The ad campaign featured the 64-year-old holding his guitar sitting on a classic monogrammed suitcase. But it’s not all for profit; Richards agreed to donate his modeling fee to Al Gore’s Climate Project, which is also supported by the house. Louis Vuitton recently made TV history by being the first luxury brand to attempt to appeal to a broader audience through a television commercial. You can view the creative here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5xCGZuvhWI.

Victoria’s Secret Too Sexy?
Victoria’s Secret CEO Sharen Jester Turney recently announced that the lingerie is too sexy and the company is now rethinking its image, moving to a more feminine side. With holiday sales down, the brand is accepting that it may have alienated a large portion of the American public. Victoria’s Secret represents almost 50% of the American lingerie market, with $5 billion in sales annually.

Ferragamo Celebrates 80 Years
Salvatore Ferragamo celebrated its 80-year anniversary in Shanghai, China, on March 27. The Italian fashion house recreated its Palazzo Spini Feroni on the banks of the Huang Pu River—a growing luxury shopping area of Shanghai—to highlight the growing demand for luxury goods in Asian markets. The gala dinner was preceded by a fashion show and two performances by ballet dancer Roberto Bolle.

Kathi Z Adds Some Zinc
Changes are afoot at photographer rep company Kathi Z Inc. Owner Kathi Ziolkowski officially broke her company in two: an artists management company, Kathi Z, which will be managed by former Artist Group agent Jamie Wallace; and a production company, Zinc Production, which will be managed by Nicole Gomez. Kathi Z currently represents New York-based fashion photographer Geoff Barrenger, who was recently in Scotland shooting the next Ports campaign; Holt Renfrew photographer Paco Garcia, whose work appeared in the premier issue of ZINK CANADA; Lee Tundrow, a successful director of photography who is currently in Argentina shooting; and British off-figure photographer Felix Wedgewood, a descendant of the famous Wedgewood China family. Aside from being a standard production company hired by ad agencies and photographers worldwide, Zinc Production also works with clients directly to help them build a team to execute their campaigns. Currently Zinc produces all of the marketing for Holt Renfrew, Danier, Club Monaco and Ports. Not only is Ziolkowski excited about the developments at her offices, she is about to got on maternity leave—her baby is due April 15. For more information on Kathi Z and Zinc Production, visit www.kathiz.com.

Satan’s Candy Pokes Fun At Fashion
Poking fun at fashion and pop culture with catchy songs like Botox Boutique, Cougs Rule and Fashion Up Your A**, punk-rock trio Satan’s Candy is set to perform at 8pm on April 11 at the Distillery District’s Fermenting Cellar, 55 Mill St., Building 6, as part of the Toronto Alternative Arts & Fashion Week. The sweet and sassy threesome consists of Rory Lindo from Damzels in this Dress and co-owner of the Doll factory, on drums, TFI blogger and Rags and Mags creator Carolyn Rohaly on vocals and bass, and Elisa Coish, a contemporary art curator, on guitar and vocals. Lindo and Rohaly met in 2004 through the fashion show circuit before they started writing songs together. Their first jam-packed show was mentioned in NOW Magazine and since then they have also performed at Toronto’s legendary El Mocambo and Bovine Sex Club. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/satanscandyrocks. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. For ticket information visit www.getfat.ca.

Get Listed!
Promote your company’s services in the Resources section of TFI’s website, www.fashionincubator.com, to a young and fashionable, group of influencers. Are you a contractor, patternmaker, fabric supplier or retail store? Are you looking for new clients and FREE marketing exposure? Simply download the appropriate form here and send it to TFI. There is NO cost to participate; this is a free service to the community provided by the Toronto Fashion Incubator.

Thank You To 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 recognize donors Jesse Hamade, Engelbert Gayagoy, Deepak Tuteja, Sharon Headley, Julianna Clarke and Karen Castaneda for their kind donations.

6. Upcoming Events

March 31 - April 4, 2008
BC Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2008
Vancouver, B.C. Focuses on the business of fashion and showcasing two types of collections: ready-to-wear and diffusion (a line between ready-to-wear and trousseau/couture). The objective is to create business relationships and facilitate a dialogue between designers, trade buyers and media. For more information, visit www.bcfashionweek.com.

April 3, 2008
The Belle Ball
The Fifth Social Club, 225 Richmond St. W., Toronto. Step into a scene from Casablanca with the city's finest "belles" and "beaus" as you enter a night of old Hollywood glamour. The event supports The Jocelyn Foundation, which works towards ending violence against women. Dinner tickets $500. Party tickets $150. For more info, visit www.belleball.ca.

April 4, 2008
Fabric Swap Event
2156 Yonge St., Toronto. From 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Sew Be It Studios hosts a fabric swap to benefit the Queen Street West Fire Trust Fund. Come out and help raise funds for the fire victims. For more information, visit www.sewbeitstudio.com.

April 6 - 7, 2008
Original Sin
The Commons, Ryerson University, 380 Victoria St., Toronto. Second- and third-year Ryerson fashion students launch Ryerson Fashion Week with the presentation of a student show. Tickets are $15 and available by contacting Erin Thompson at 416-629-0537.

April 7, 2008
TFI Members’ Meeting
Gossip Restaurant, 50 Prince Edward Island Cres., Toronto. 5:30pm doors open/cash bar; 6:00pm meeting. TFI members are exclusively invited to share ideas, network and brainstorm at TFI’s monthly membership meeting chaired by TFI blogger Carolyn Rohaly. Register before March 27 online at TFI.

April 7 - 8, 2008
The Lisa Corbo Designer Sale Event
Ontario Racquet Club, Boardroom, 884 Southdown Rd., Mississauga. Access the most coveted fashion collections from Italy, Paris, New York and L.A., available at this limited-time sale event. Meet Yorkville hot-spot George C. co-owner Lisa Corbo. For two days only, women will find fabulous clothing, accessories, shoes and jewellery, from fall/winter sale items and a sneak peek of spring/summer finds. Collections include: Costume National, Derek Lam, Disegnio Donata, Etro, Robert Clergerie, Poleci, Rachel Pally, Lawless, plus more. Mastercard, Visa, and cash accepted. From 9:00am – 9:00pm. For more information, email info@georgec.ca, or call 416-962-1991.

April 8 - 9, 2008
Mass Exodus
Ryerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard St. E., Toronto. Ryerson’s annual fashion show produced by third-year fashion communication students. This year’s show, Paramnesia, explores the realm between fact and fantasy and features collections by fourth-year design students. Tickets range from $15 to $25. For more information visit www.massexodus.ca/.

April 8 - 10, 2008
Material World
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida. International sourcing event with spotlights on eco-friendly and performance trims and fabrics, sourcing solutions and technology solutions. For more information, visit www.material-world.com.

April 9 - 11, 2008
Toronto Alternative Arts & Fashion Week
Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District, Toronto. The Toronto Alternative Arts & Fashion Week [FAT] is set to showcase designs you won’t see during L’Oreal Fashion Week. The event will feature various runway shows, live performances and art installations. For ticket information and times, visit www.alternativefashionweek.com/.

April 13 - 15, 2008
Luggage, Leathergoods, Handbags & Accessories Show
Toronto Congress Centre, North, Hall I – J, 650 Dixon Rd., Toronto. Find a diverse range of fashion accessories from luggage to jewellery and everything in between, and over 125 exhibitors in 400 booths, including 25 new exhibitors. For more info, visit www.LLHAshow.com or call 1-800-896-7469.

April 17, 2008
FGI Toronto Night of Stars
The Carlu, 444 Yonge St., Toronto. Join Fashion Group International of Toronto for a night of star-gazing at the Night of Stars Gala. The evening will honour and celebrate the following fashion personalities: Barbara Atkin, vice president, fashion direction, Holt Renfrew; Dean and Dan Caten, founders and designers, Dsquared2; Wayne Clark, fashion designer; Brian Gluckstein, interior designer; and David Livingstone, fashion journalist. Tickets are $250/$195 for FGI members, or $1,950 for a table of 10. For tickets, visit www.fginightofstars.ca.

April 17 - 20, 2008
The Great Braderies De Mode Quebecoise Spring 2008
Marche Bonsecours, 350 St-Paul Est and 325 de la Commune E., Old Montreal, Quebec. Huge designer clothing and accessory sale featuring top Quebec designers including Marie Saint-Pierre, Muse by Christian Chenail, Rudsak, Mackage and more. Get deals at 50% off or more. For info, visit www.braderiedemodequebecoise.com/S08-plus-eng.htm.

April 19, 2008
Absolutely Vintage Sale
62 Laing St., Toronto. Carefully collected from fabulous Ontario estates, this absolutely vintage sale features men's and women's clothing from the 1890s to the 1970s, antique costume jewellery, accessories, furnishings and textiles. Gadabout, Eclectisaurus and Angela McCool have combined their considerable inventories to make this a not-to-be-missed sale, which includes labels like Emilio Pucci and Givenchy. For more info, contact info@gadabout.ca or 416-463-1254.

April 24, 2008
The ELLE Canada Opening Night Gala Fundraiser for TFI
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. ELLE Canada hosts a fabulous fashion gala featuring the finalists of the TFI New Labels Fashion Design Competition. Enjoy the not-to-be-missed runway show of the season, a silent auction featuring amazing prizes, wines from Vin de Pays d'Oc, hors d'oeuvres, a VIP dinner, an ELLE Canada goody bag filled with beauty products from P&G Beauty, and all of this while schmoozing with celebrities and shopping at fantastic vendor booths! For more information and for tickets, visit www.elleshow.ca. Net gala proceeds will benefit the Toronto Fashion Incubator.

April 24 - 27, 2008
The ELLE Show
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. Meet the editors of ELLE Canada magazine at this interactive fashion and beauty event that includes daily fashion shows, informative seminars and fabulous vendor booths featuring many of the Toronto Fashion Incubator's upcoming apparel and accessory designers. For more information, a schedule of runway shows and to purchase tickets, visit www.elleshow.ca.

April 26, 2008
BuyDesign for Windfall
The Distillery Historic District Fermenting Cellar, Toronto. Dress up and disco for Windfall Clothing Service on April 26th at 8:00pm for the 5th annual BuyDesign fundraiser. Wear your most stylish 1970's-era disco outfit and enjoy silent and live auctions, signature cocktails and boogie the night away! Hosted by Adrian Mainella of Fashion File. Tickets $75, or six for $375, available by calling 416-703-8435.

April 28 - May 2, 2008
Rosemount Australian Fashion Week
Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney, Australia. A selection of Australia and the Asia Pacific’s best designers will present their spring/summer 2008/09 collections to some of the world's most significant members of the fashion industry. RAFW is an exclusive industry-only event, made accessible to registered buyers, agents, media, stylists and other fashion industry representatives. For more information, visit www.rafw.com.au.

May 2 - May 4, 2008
The Clothing Show
The Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. You’ll find everything from vintage to off-season new clothing and accessories, as well as vintage textiles, new screen-printed home accessories, shoes, records and more. And. for the first time, The Clothing Show takes it to the runway with a full roster of shows scheduled throughout the weekend. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For more information visit www.theclothingshow.com or call 416-516-9859.

May 13, 2008
Developing Your Marketing Plan
Toronto Fashion Incubator, 285 Manitoba Dr., Exhibition Place, Toronto. An interactive workshop for fashion entrepreneurs interested in developing a targeted marketing plan. The workshop will be led by Paula Shneer of Mix Consulting. Doors open/networking 5:30pm; presentation at 6:00pm. Tickets are available online at TFI Shop.

May 15, 2008
Working with Contractors
Toronto Fashion Incubator, 285 Manitoba Dr., Exhibition Place, Toronto. Learn about industry practices when dealing with both small and large clothing contractors. Guest speakers: Kathy Cheng, vp marketing Wing Son Garments Ltd., and designer Farley Chatto. Doors open/networking 5:30pm; presentation at 6:00pm. Tickets are available online at TFI Shop.

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We’re located in Toronto’s historic Exhibition Place, between Dufferin and Strachan Avenues, just north of Lakeshore Boulevard. TFI’s building is across the street from the police and fire halls, just east of the Dufferin Gates and behind BMO Field. If taking public transit, take the Dufferin bus south and exit at the intersection of Manitoba and Quebec Avenues, right outside TFI’s doors. If driving, take Lakeshore Boulevard and go north on British Columbia Drive. At the first set of lights, turn east (right), drive past Muzik nighclub and make a left at the Press Building. Look for the police and fire halls. There is plenty of public parking on the grounds. Here is a map to TFI:

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