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October/November 2011

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October/November 2011
Volume 19, Issue 7

1. You Can WIN $25,000 Cash & Other Prizes
2. P&G Beauty and Grooming Award Winners 2011
3. TFI Press & Buyers Breakfast Recap
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 Can WIN $25,000 Cash & Other Prizes
If you are a Canadian fashion designer with three years or less of professional industry experience you qualify to enter the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s annual New Labels® Fashion Design Competition.

In honour of TFI’s 25th anniversary year in 2012, the winner of New Labels® will walk away with The Suzanne Rogers Award For Most Promising New Label, a $25,000 cash award. In addition, the winner will receive a design studio at TFI for one year sponsored by TNT boutique and an editorial feature in FLARE magazine.

“Our 25th anniversary marks an incredible milestone for our non-profit,” says TFI executive director Susan Langdon. “We are extremely pleased that Suzanne Rogers’ contribution to TFI and to New Labels allows us to provide such an incredible cash award to a promising new designer. With Suzanne's leadership and support, we hope to attract Canada's best new talent to our national design competition this year.”

“The Toronto Fashion Incubator is an organization that has helped so many renowned Canadian designers,” says philanthropist Suzanne Rogers. “I am delighted to offer my encouragement to the industry by supporting new designers through this award.”

Rogers will serve as honorary chair of TFI’s 25th anniversary gala which will be held on May 3, 2012, at the Royal Ontario Museum. She will also join the panel of high-profile judges that includes Arie Assaraf, buyer/owner TNT boutiques, Derick Chetty, fashion writer, Toronto Star, TFI president David Dixon and Lisa Tant, editor-in-chief, FLARE magazine.

The New Labels competition deadline is December 6, 2011. Request your application today to enter this prestigious, national competition from the Toronto Fashion Incubator. For tips and advice on how to develop a winning entry, contact TFI at 416-971-7117 x 21.

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact TFI

For media inquiries, please contact Faulhaber PR

Event sponsors to date include The City of Toronto, Exclusive Beauty Sponsor P&G Beauty & Grooming, Exclusive Media Partner FLARE & Rogers Communications, Suzanne Rogers, Exclusive Luxury Retail Partner TNT The New Trend and Exclusive Garment Care Sponsor Reliable Corporation. Gift bag and in-kind donors include: Candice & Alison, Faulhaber PR, Pencil, Salon Daniel, Nella Bella and popchips.


2. P&G Beauty and Grooming Award Winners 2011
On November 1, the fashion industry gathered at The Carlu for the third annual P&G Beauty and Grooming Awards. The invitation-only event is the only awards program of its kind that recognizes the talent behind the images and stories appearing in fashion media. Canadian actress Kim Cattrall, fresh off the stage from her performance in Noel Coward’s Private Lives with actor Paul Gross, was master of ceremonies.

Looking chic in a little black dress, Cattrall traded quips with singer Jully Black who impressed the audience with her quick wit and hilarious anecdotes. Nineteen award winners were announced including Best Magazine Cover, Clin d’oeil July 2011; Best New Face, Sarah Jordan; Best Fashion Editor of a Magazine, Susie Sheffman, FASHION; and Best Fashion Feature (English), Elio Iannacci, Maclean’s, for The New Transsexual Chic.

For a listing of all winners, visit http://www.facebook.com/PGBeautyGroomingAwards.

3. TFI Press & Buyers Breakfast Recap
On October 6, 12 TFI members exhibited their spring 2012 apparel and accessories at TFI's 16th annual Press & Buyers Breakfast. High-profile media and retailers enjoyed a light breakfast while cruising the boutique-style trade show for new finds and new brands. Attendees included Blog TO, Fashion Crimes, FLARE, Front Row magazine, LOULOU, Maxi boutique, Shop Girls, Thieves boutique and YYZ. In addition to onsite media coverage, TFI's Breakfast event was featured on Breakfast Television with host Dina Pugliese a few days before the event.

Many thanks to our lead event supporter, The City of Toronto Economic Development, and to our gift bag sponsors popchips, John Freida and Jennifer Borgh Events.

Here's a glimpse of the talent from this year's event:


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

New Labels® Competition Deadline
December 6, 2011
5:00pm EST
, 285 Manitoba Dr., Toronto. Today is the last day to enter the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s annual New Labels® competition open to Canadian designers who have been in business three years or less. In honour of TFI’s 25th anniversary year in 2012, the winner of New Labels® will walk away with The Suzanne Rogers Award For Most Promising New Label, a $25,000 cash award. In addition, the winner will receive a design studio at TFI for one year sponsored by TNT boutique and an editorial feature in FLARE magazine. For an application contact TFI.

TFI Holiday Hours
December 24 – January 3

The Toronto Fashion Incubator’s staff will be taking some time off. We wish you the merriest holidays ever!

Indulge your Guilty Pleasure!
February 4, 2012

Drop by and shop local at this FABULOUS consumer sale that returns to The Drake Hotel 9am - 4pm for ONE DAY only! Designers wishing to participate can contact TFI, 416.971.7117 x 21 for information.

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.

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 Benefactor Anastasia Korotkova for her generous donation to TFI.

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.

7. Scene & Heard

Introducing TFI Mentor Jennifer Ger, Foxy Originals
The Toronto Fashion Incubator is delighted to welcome Jennifer Ger, co-owner of Foxy Originals Inc., to its roster of volunteer business mentors. Ger graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 2002, at which time she and her partner received the ACE Canada CIBC Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Upon graduation the duo launched Foxy Originals, a jewellery line, as a full-time enterprise. Today, Foxy Originals jewellery is sold in over 600 independent fashion boutiques and gift shops across North America, Malaysia and Japan. Foxy has created jewellery lines in partnership with Mattel™, Hello Kitty™ and Umbra™. Ger recently continued her education as a participant in the Entrepreneurial Masters program at MIT. TFI members can meet with Ger to gain advice on topics such as pricing for profit, working with U.S.-based sales reps and distributors and error-free order fulfillment strategies. To book an appointment, contact TFI at 416.971.7117 ext. 21.

Fashion Lovers Across Canada Have Voted!
Canadian bridal designer and TFI Resident Christopher Paunil is the winner of Vote Couture for the Cure, Cashmere Bathroom Tissue’s online fundraising initiative for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Throughout October, more than 11,000 Canadians showed their love for Canadian fashion by voting for their favourite Cashmere BT (bathroom tissue) Couture garment from this year’s White Cashmere Collection 2011 at Cashmere.ca. Paunil’s delicate confection featured ever-larger pink-and-white fantasy flowers trailing gracefully from one shoulder to the flared, floor-length hem. “I’m so pleased and proud to be part of this showcase for Canadian fashion and delighted that Cashmere is donating $10,000 in my name to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation,” he says.

Friend and Muse of Saint Laurent Dies
Loulou de la Falaise
, model, close friend and muse of the late designer Yves Saint Laurent has died at the age of 63. Born Louise Vava Lucia Henriette Le Bailly de la Falaise, the red-haired style icon designed accessories and jewellery for Saint Laurent for more than 30 years until his death. No reason for her death has been disclosed, however, tweets and buzz have hinted at a long and painful illness that was kept private.

Jason Wu Targeted
American designer Jason Wu is the latest high-profile designer signed to create a line for discount retailer Target. The 29-year-old shot to fame in 2009 when his dress was worn by U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama for the Inaugural Ball. Wu’s line for Target will be sold in stores and online starting February 5, 2012.

Reitmans Dressed for Success With Marie Saint Pierre Collaboration
Montreal designer Marie Saint Pierre has developed a line of 10 stylish dresses exclusively for mass-market retailer Reitmans. The moderately priced line, available in regular, petite and plus size, retail for less than $100, considerably less than the designer’s eponymous line, which retails from $650 to over $1,000. The Reitmans collection, styled in Saint Pierre’s signature look featuring volume, architectural shape, chains and zippers, is made in Canada from fabrics such as polyester jersey and organza. Look for the collection in Reitmans stores and online starting November 10.

New York vs. Milan Fashion Calendar Dispute
In an open letter to the fashion community, CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) president Diane von Furstenberg issued a plea for co-operation in an effort to avoid future fashion week scheduling conflicts. Earlier this year, the Camera Nazionale della Moda, the organizing body for Milan Fashion Week, disputed a 2008 scheduling agreement signed between the four major fashion cities, New York, London, Paris and Milan. As a result, Milan Fashion Week overlapped with New York and London, making retailers and press choose which shows to attend. Follow the drama here: http://www.cfda.com/category/news/.

Canada’s Olympic Team Apparel Unveiled
On November 2, the Hudson’s Bay Company unveiled the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team Replica Apparel that will outfit our country’s athletes at the upcoming Olympic Games in London. Inspired by the Canadian spirit, the official Olympic wear is now available at all Bay and Zellers stores, as well as online at www.thebay.com. Designed by the Hudson’s Bay Company’s team of designers, the line includes iconic Canadian references such as the leaf, the colours red and white and the Canada wordmark. For the London 2012 Games, the Canadian Olympic Team will consist of approximately 320 athletes and 250 support staff. Team members will each receive 29 items as part of the official uniform, including leisurewear, jackets, pants and accessories. Below left, Julia Wilkinson, Canadian aquatics team and (right) Phillippe Beaudry, fencing.

Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess
On exhibit now at the TIFF Lightbox in Toronto until January 22, fans of Grace Kelly can follow her true-life fairy tale from budding model to Oscar-winning actress to her marriage to Prince Rainier and becoming Princess Grace of Monaco. Letters and telegrams from family and famous friends, studio glam shots, magazine covers and newsreel clips are on display, along with Kelly’s wedding dress, jewels and, of course, her iconic and original Hermes Kelly bag. For tickets, visit http://tiff.net/gracekelly.

Nella Bella and Zazum Inc. Make Technology History
On October 1, a revolutionary, new iPhone app from Zazum Inc. allowed viewers of OutTV’s Men’s Fashion Insider to instantly purchase products directly from their mobile devices as they appeared on their TV screens. Viewers were also able to access detailed product information, images and an option to save products to a wish list or review products at a later time. During the 10-minute segment, NB Man products by Toronto-based Nella Bella were featured. The new app SeeLoveBuy is available as a free download from iTunes for iPhones. “As a fashion-forward company, we are always seeking ways to reach people who care about the ‘next big thing’,” says Nella Bella spokesperson Tarek Al-Azbat. “We think the app SeeLoveBuy is trending forward and we are excited to be on board!”

Pre-Toronto Fashion Week
Known for bringing an eco-conscious awareness to the runway, Toronto-based, Brazilian-born designer Baby Steinberg kicked off an unofficial start to the spring 2012 calendar with a sneak-peek of her collection on September 29 at The Gladstone Hotel. The collection’s theme, Remnants, was aptly named; pieces on display were upcycled entirely from scraps of fabric from the favelas (slums) of Brazil. After teaching her art of recycling in charity programs at the favelas, Steinberg decided to incorporate this experience into her latest collection. The designer’s full collection was shown at LG Fashion Week on October 23.

Next to show, on October 11, was Greta Constantine, the luxe line of red carpet gowns designed by Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill. Held at the newly refurbished event space at The Century Room, the designers did not disappoint. Jersey gowns, a staple of the collection, were paired with the duo’s latest license collaboration: Greta Constantine shoes for Aldo. Catching our eye for spring 2012 were modern gowns made from grey t-shirt and sweatshirt fabrics.

Two nights later, The Shows kicked off at the five-star Ritz Carlton featuring ex-pat Canadian designers Todd Lynn, Calla Haynes, Jean-Pierre Braganza and Thomas Tait, who have all achieved critical acclaim overseas. Organized by fashion show producer Paola Fullerton, The Shows, after just two seasons, are giving LG Fashion Week serious competition having recently secured backing from P&G Beauty and Grooming. The two-day event allowed designers to show by invitation only, based on merit and talent.

LG Fashion Week, which relocated to David Pecaut Square this season, featured headliners Joeffer Caoc, David Dixon, Vawk and Marie Saint Pierre alongside newcomers Label and TFI New Labels 2011 designers Caitlin Power and Golnaz Ashtiani. For LG Fashion Week coverage and runway shots, visit FLARE.com.

8. Top Picks
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9. Fashion Calendar

December 7, 2011

A conference where fashion meets finance. Featuring fashion entrepreneurs, branded goods and retail. Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC. For more info visit www.fashinvest.com/.

Canada's Bridal Show
January 6 – 8, 2012

Consumer bridal show

Toronto Imprint Canada Show
January 6 – 7, 2012

Imprintable sportswear and promotional products trade show

Accessorie Circuit & Intermezzo Collections
January 8 – 10, 2012

Two trade shows in one! For accessories and apparel

Première Vision New York
January 10 – 11, 2012

Textile trade show for fall/winter 2013

Milan Fashion Week
January 14 - 18, 2012

Men's fashion fall/winter 2012/2013 collections

Project New York
January 16 – 18, 2012

Industry trade show for contemporary womenswear

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

Children's Club
January 21 – 24, 2012

Childrenswear trade show for industry

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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