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March 2011

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March 2011
Volume 19, Issue 2

1. You Are Invited To TFI New Labels® Fashion Show
2. Upcoming Collections
3. Dior Fires Galliano by Doris Montanera
4. Upcoming TFI Events
5. Share Your News With TFI
6. Thank You Donors
7. Scene & Heard
8. Top Picks
9. Fashion Calendar
1. You Are Invited To TFI’s New Labels® Fashion Show
Come to the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s New Labels® fashion show on Thursday, April 14, 2011, at The Design Exchange and support Canada’s next generation of fashion designers. Watch the finalists compete for a grand prize valued at $40,000, which includes a $10,000 cash prize from the Toronto Fashion Incubator, a feature editorial in FLARE magazine and an opportunity to design an outfit for Sears womenswear.

Tickets, available exclusively online at TFI Shop, include a pre-show reception featuring Wines of Argentina and Peroni beer, smartwater, delicious hors d'oeuvres from Eatertainment and a chance to win a $450 door prize donated by Rowenta Canada. Take home the latest issue of FLARE magazine and a fabulous P&G Beauty & Grooming gift bag. Get your tickets today at TFI Shop!

New Labels® is generously sponsored by:
Media sponsor FLARE, Exclusive Beauty sponsor Pantene ProV, CoverGirl, Olay, Sears, City of Toronto,
Salon Daniel, Eatertainment, Backstage sponsor Rowenta, Consulate General of Argentina Toronto, Peroni and smartwater

2. Upcoming Collections
As in prior seasons, several fashion shows have opted to present outside of LG Fashion Week. First off the mark on March 16 is Penicullus Bellum designed by Patricia O'Connor and Claire Warwick, followed by Philip Sparks' men's & womenswear collections on March 21, the Heart Truth show at The Carlu on March 24, Greta Constantine by Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill on March 25 and Lucian Matis on March 30. Complementing the line-up, Direct Engagement presents Success is Chic: Making it in the Fashion Industry, a panel discussion on what it takes to make it in this competitive industry, on March 24 at The Drake Hotel.

From March 28 to April 2, the next installment of LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris will take place at Heritage Court, Exhibition Place, in Toronto. This season’s theme “The Business of Fashion” complements the WORK IT tagline, as the event aims to showcase designer talent and provide resources for them to “work it” and succeed beyond the runway. The fall 2011 calendar is comprised of more than 40 shows filled with both fresh and familiar faces. Retailer Holt Renfrew presents “Can’t Live without Canadian Fashion”, which will open the week and once again bring a collection of top brands to the stage. Veteran labels Joe Fresh Style, Pink Tartan, Rudsak, Comrags and Lundström will WORK IT in the Runway Room, while emerging designers Duy and Sid Neigum will strut their stuff in a new studio space.

Media, industry and buyer registration is now open at www.lgfashionweek.ca. New this season, photo identification will appear on each pass. The deadline to purchase media, industry and buyer passes is March 15, 2011. A limited number of consumer tickets will be available for purchase in early March at www.lgfashionweek.ca.

3. Dior Fires Galliano by Doris Montanera

If this were the plot of a movie or book, the critics would pan it for being unbelievable.

John Galliano’s known for his theatrical shows. This time his personal life is providing all the drama. According to reports, the creative director at Christian Dior allegedly accosted a couple in a café near his home in Paris’s Marais district and uttered racial and anti-Semitic slurs.

The alleged altercation came just a week before his Paris fashion week show in early March for both Dior and his eponymous label. Dior has a zero-tolerance policy for racism and at first suspended Galliano of his duties until the issue was resolved. Days later the brand dismissed him when a camera-phone video surfaced of someone who looks like Galliano and who was so drunk he ranted and uttered similar vile slurs such as “I love Hitler”, apparently unconcerned by the camera pointed at his face. It’s unclear when the video was taken.

Galliano, 50, had been with the company for more than a dozen years. He was banned from the Dior show in early March, which he designed, and Dior cancelled the fall 2011 show for his eponymous label (some speculating that it would have been boycotted). A smaller-scale presentation—again, without Galliano’s presence—was planned instead.

Galliano faces trial this spring and, if convicted, six-months in prison. Inciting racial hatred is illegal in France.

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman who is the new face of Dior’s perfume, immediately and publicly condemned Galliano, also refusing to wear the Oscar dress he had made specifically for her. Others have been quick to join the lynch mob as well.

Only a few have stood by Galliano, such as longtime friend, Italian designer Roberto Cavalli, who told the Daily Telegraph: “I know John for many years and he’s a wonderful person. I cannot believe that he made racist [remarks]. I think that somebody wants to be bad to him.” His statement was made before the release of the video.

Italian designers Donatella Versace and Giorgio Armani also defended Galliano. Versace told Reuters that “there was no justification for the insults but she doubted Galliano had meant to be racist.” Armani said “the episode must have been due to ‘a moment of weakness. You can't expect exemplary behavior from an eccentric man like him.’”

According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field went so far as to launch a campaign in Galliano’s defense, sending an email in early March to 500 friends, colleagues and journalists entitled “In Praise of John Galliano”. In it she writes: “Beauty, intelligence and energy would describe John as I know him. Where in this trilogy could one find hate? My second question is… What exactly did he say? And the third is… What is really going on here??” Field said Galliano’s remarks were out of character and she compared him to Mel Brooks and his Broadway comedy The Producers, which includes a track called Springtime for Hitler.

In an interview with WWD, she said: “John lives in theatre. It’s theatre. It’s farce. But people in fashion don’t recognize the farce in it. All of a sudden they don’t know him. But it’s OK when it’s Mel Brooks’ The Producers singing Springtime for Hitler.'”

Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani wrote on the magazine’s website that she believes the video was a set up. If the videographers were really fighting with him, they wouldn’t have had time to pull their phone out and set it on the video function. She believes they had planned to provoke him and tape what he said for a moment of fame.

Speculation and rumours are swirling that Dior has long tried to get rid of Galliano; that Galliano has long been anti-Semitic; and that Galliano’s alleged video rant is actually a cry for help in the vein of McQueen’s suicide. (Any other conspiracy theories hadn’t wafted our way by press time.)

Galliano, who denies the accusations, has checked into a rehab centre and has hired lawyer Stephane Zerbib.

He released a statement through Harbottle & Lewis LLP. Here is the full text, as reported by Harper’s Bazaar:

“Since the events of last Thursday evening I have not been able to make any public comment on what took place based upon advice from my French lawyer. However, given the continuing delays at the French Prosecutor’s Office I should make my position clear.

I completely deny the claims made against me and have fully co-operated with the Police investigation.

A number of independent witnesses have given evidence and have told the Police that I was subjected to verbal harassment and an unprovoked assault when an individual tried to hit me with a chair having taken violent exception to my look and my clothing. For these reasons I have commenced proceedings for defamation and the threats made against me.

However, I fully accept that the accusations made against me have greatly shocked and upset people.

I must take responsibility for the circumstances in which I found myself and for allowing myself to be seen to be behaving in the worst possible light. I only have myself to blame and I know that I must face up to my own failures and that I must work hard to gain people's understanding and compassion. To start this process I am seeking help and all I can hope for in time is to address the personal failure which led to these circumstances and try and earn people's forgiveness.

I have fought my entire life against prejudice, intolerance and discrimination having been subjected to it myself. In all my work my inspiration has been to unite people of every race, creed, religion and sexuality by celebrating their cultural and ethnic diversity through fashion. That remains my guiding light.

Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologise for my behaviour in causing any offence.”

Photo: Getty Images

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

March 15 & May 3, 2011

5:30 pm – 7:30pm, Toronto Fashion Incubator, 285 Manitoba Dr., Exhibition Place, POD 3. Join us for one or all parts of this seminar series developed for fashion entrepreneurs presented by the Toronto Fashion Incubator.

DIY Business Plan in 5 Easy Steps – It's easier than you think!
Wednesday, March 15

Find out about:
*Pricing your products
*Projecting cash flow
*Setting realistic sales goals

TFI New Labels® Fashion Show
Thursday, April 14

6:00pm, The Design Exchange, Toronto. Witness the dramatic runway finale of the TFI New Labels® Fashion Design Competition! Your ticket includes:
*Cocktail reception & hors d’oeuvres
*Fashion show
*P&G Beauty & Grooming gift bag & the latest issue of FLARE magazine
*A chance to win a $450 door prize from Rowenta Canada

Financing Your New or Growing Business
Tuesday, May 3

*Financing options
*How to pitch your business plan to funders
*Pros & cons of financing options

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.

5. 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.

6. 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 recognize the following for their kind donations to TFI: Supporter Jutta Holt Camp. 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.

7. Scene & Heard

Help Create the White Cashmere Collection 2011
Nominate Your Favourite Canadian Designer on the WCC Facebook Fan Page

Have your say and recommend your favourite leading-edge Canadian designers to participate in this year's White Cashmere Collection. Simply LIKE the White Cashmere Collection on Facebook and post your faves on the wall. The White Cashmere Collection is documented at Cashmere.ca and videos from previous years can be viewed on YouTube. The White Cashmere Collection is Canada’s annual celebration of Fashion With Compassion. An awareness-raiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Cashmere BT Couture collection, now entering its eighth international award-winning year, stars Canada’s leading fashion designers and their vision of a future without breast cancer, all crafted in 100 per cent pure, soft and luxurious Cashmere Bathroom Tissue. The collection features limited-edition Pink Cashmere, with twenty-five cents from the sale of every package going directly to the Foundation. For more information, visit http://on.fb.me/hF9dhb.

Le Chateau Brings Back Popular Prom Registry
Le Chateau’s Prom Registry is back by popular demand. The service, which the retailer also ran last year from February to June, alerts you if anyone else from the same high school has already bought the dress you are considering. All schools across Canada, in both the public and private school boards, were registered and consumers said the registry reduced their worry about showing up in the same outfit as someone else. The service extends to bridal party dresses and accessories as well.

Fresh Obsessed
This fall, Joe Fresh opens its first international flagship at 510 Fifth Ave. at 43rd Street, in New York, near the New York Public Library and Bryant Park. According to a press release, U.S. fans have been asking for the apparel, accessories and beauty brand south of the border. Along with the fall opening, Joe Fresh will also debut a redesigned logo. Joe Fresh, which celebrates its 5th anniversary this year, and was previously only available through Loblaw Companies’ stores, plans to open 20 stand-alone stores in Canada soon. Four locations are slated for malls in Ontario and Alberta this spring and two more stores are opening in Toronto later this year.

Material Girl Brand Features Kelly Osbourne
MG Icon, a joint venture between multi-Grammy winning artist Madonna and Iconix Brand Group, Inc., recently revealed that actress, television host and musician Kelly Osbourne will be featured in its spring 2011 marketing campaign for its Material Girl brand. “Kelly represents a true Material Girl. She is edgy, cool and has a unique sense of style,” Madonna said. The campaign creative harks back to Madonna’s roots in the East Village of New York City and was shot at the iconic venues Lit Lounge and Mars Bar. The brand is exclusively available at The Bay’s 91 stores in Canada. For the latest news from Material Girl follow @MaterialGirlCol on Twitter and become a fan of Material Girl on Facebook at www.facebook.com/materialgirlcollection.

Marshall's Marches into Canada
U.S. discount department store Marshalls plans to open six locations in Canada this year. Four are in the Toronto area. Locations at Warden and Eglinton, Colossus Centre at highways 7 and 400, and Durham Centre in Ajax, open this spring. A 50,000-square-foot space at John and Richmond Streets, in the former Circa nightclub, opens this fall. Marshalls is owned by TJX Companies, the same company that also owns Winners.

Aimee Mullins: New Global Ambassador for L'Oreal Paris
Aimee Mullins
is the new global ambassador for L’Oreal Paris. While attending Georgetown University on a full academic scholarship, Mullins became the first woman with prosthetic legs to compete in top-level NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) competitions. She competed in the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta in the 100- and 200-metre dashes, as well as the long jump, and set world records in all three events. In 2007, she became the president of the Women's Sports Foundation and, in 1999, she became a muse to British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, walking the runway in his London show using intricately carved wooden prosthetics. This cultural milestone was recognized by many, and People magazine included her in its list of the "World's 50 Most Beautiful People." Photo: PR NEWSWIRE

Fashion Recall
On February 17, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of several products from designer James Perse that were sold at Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. A men’s corduroy jacket lined with Sherpa fleece, style number MV2156, and two styles of women's jackets, WOY2443 and WOY2444, are in violation of federal flammability standards. Each jacket is made of 100% cotton and was manufactured in China. A label with the style number is located on the side seam of the inside of the jackets. For additional information, contact James Perse toll free at 800.430.8559 between 9am and 5pm PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.jamesperse.com.

Marchese Comes to Town
Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, Toronto socialite and philanthropist Suzanne Rogers will host Suzanne Rogers Presents, a fundraising gala in support of the Herbie Fund, Children’s Aid Foundation and The Rose Children's Home. This year’s event will be held on April 5, 2011, at The Carlu and will showcase Marchese fall 2011. Last year’s gala raised more than $750,000 for Healthy Kids International, the Children's Aid Foundation and The Hogar del Nino orphanage in San Salvador.

Red Carpet Worthy
Canadian-born, New York-based, bridal and eveningwear designer Romona Keveza is steadily garnering a following among Hollywood A-listers. At the recent 17th-annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Glee star Heather Morris (right) wore Keveza’s strapless, blush silk chiffon gown. The designer was also well represented at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards with stars Christine Hendricks, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Julia Ormond all wearing Keveza gowns. Romona Keveza’s eveningwear and bridal designs are sold throughout the U.S., Canada, and abroad, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Stanley Korshak and Neiman Marcus. For more information, visit www.romonakeveza.com.

Riotous Colour, Daring Patterns
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) has unveiled its newest installation in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume. Riotous Colour, Daring Patterns: Fashions + Textiles 18th to 21st centuries is a dazzling display featuring over 120 textiles and costumes from around the world drawn from the ROM's extensive textile and costume collection. The historical and contemporary printed textiles, many on display for the first time, provide insight into the lives of textile makers, sellers and users. The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume opened to the public in April 2008 as part of the Renaissance ROM expansion project. Named in honour of philanthropist and ROM supporter Patricia Harris, the gallery is located on level 4 of the ROM’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. For more information, visit www.rom.on.ca.

New Celebrity Limousine Shopping Service in Vancouver
Vancouver’s first bespoke shopping service by limousine promises shoppers an accompanied, worry-free, ultra-luxurious shopping experience for three or four hours. The brainchild of Fiona Old, Vancouver Shopping By Appointment will introduce visitors, as well as locals, to the city’s rich population of local designers and artisans. Tours can be customized or based on established shopping themes such as Shoes! Shoes! Shoes! Chocolate or The Bridal Tour. For more information, visit http://vancouvershoppingbyappointment.com.
8. Top Picks

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9. Upcoming Events

Miami Beach International Fashion Week
March 3 – 6, 2011
Location: Miami Beach Convention Center, Hall A
One of the largest Latin American and international trade events in the U.S. featuring women's day and eveningwear, menswear, swimwear, jewellery and accessories. For more info, www.miamifashionweek.com.

Montreal Gift Show
March 6 – 9, 2011
Location: 800 de la Gauchetiere St. W.
This trade show features more than 400 exhibitors and attracts over 8,000 buyers. To exhibit or register, visit www.cgta.org/Giftshow/MT/Home.aspx.

Trends The Apparel Show
March 10 – 14, 2011
Location: Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515-118 Ave.
Over 250 wholesale sales agents represent men’s, ladies, children, sports, street, work and westernwear at this trade show. For more info, visit www.trendsapparel.com.

FHNB Fashion & Accessory EXPOSE
March 19, 2011
Showcasing fashion, beauty and accessories to over 20,000 consumers. For more information, phone 403.277.9527or visit www.fashionhasnoborders.com.

Success Is Chic: Making it in the Fashion Business
March 24, 2011
Location: The Drake Hotel, 6pm
Discussion Theme: Opportunities & How to succeed in the fashion industry. Hear from industry professionals on what you need to do to prepare for a successful career in the fashion industry. Learn what else can be done to nurture the development of a successful indigenous fashion industry. Register at http://www.directengagement.com/ne_roundt_schedule.php

Dallas Apparel & Accessories Market
March 24 – 27, 2011
Location: Fashion Center Dallas
The Dallas Apparel and Accessories Market offers a comprehensive variety of apparel and accessories lines priced from moderate to designer. For more info, visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com/ or email info@dmcmail.com.

LG Fashion Week Beauty by L'Oréal Paris
March 28 - April 2, 2011
Location: Heritage Court, Exhibition Place
Forty fashion shows featuring collections from new and familiar Canadian designers. Register for tickets online before March 15 at www.lgfashionweek.ca.

Atlanta Apparel Market
March 31 – April 4, 2011
Location: Americas Mart
Womenswear trade show featuring daywear, evening and pageant. For more info, visit www.americasmart.com or call 404.220.3000.

April 2 – 5, 2011
Location: The Merchandise Mart
Women’s apparel and accessory trade show. To exhibit or register, visit www.stylemaxonline.com.

April 10 – 12, 2011
Location: Toronto Congress Centre
The only show in Canada featuring luggage, handbags, business cases, small leathergoods and accessories. Showcasing over 400 brands with over 1,200 retailers attending. To exhibit or register, visit www.LLHAshow.com.

TFI New Labels® Fashion Show
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Location: The Design Exchange
Get your tickets today in support of the Toronto Fashion Incubator and Canada's fashion stars of tomorrow! 100% of the net proceeds from this star-studded fundraising event will benefit the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) a non-profit, community-based organization that provides essential support to fashion entrepreneurs. TICKETS: $60 + tax per person at TFI SHOP.

The Manhattan Vintage Clothing & Antique Textile Show & Sale
New York City
April 29 – 30, 2011
Location: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St. (Between 6th and 7th Avenues)
Vintage clothing and textiles show; open to the public. For more info, visit www.manhattanvintage.com or call 518.434.4312.

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