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Volume 16, Issue 6
1. OTF Grant Fuels TFI Expansion
2. TFI New Labels Applications Available Now!
3. New TFI Chair Accepts Governor General’s Award
4. TFI Press & Buyers Breakfast Event – Spring 2009
5. L'Oreal Fashion Week Gets A Little More Fabulous
6. Fashioning A Future Without Breast Cancer
7. Share Your News With TFI
8. Thank You Donors
9. Scene & Heard
10. Top Picks
11. Upcoming Events
1. Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Grant Fuels TFI Expansion
The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) is expanding to over 8,000 square feet, a space larger than the TFI has ever occupied. Thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), the TFI will take over the entire MUSIC BUILDING at 285 Manitoba Dr., starting January 1, 2009. The grant reflects the OTF’s maximum allowance for capital improvements and will go towards housing several new designers, transforming workspaces and helping to ensure the success of Canada’s talented fashion design pool.
“This is a good fit with the Ontario Trillium Foundation's focus on building strong, sustainable communities through our grants,” said Helen Burstyn, chair of the OTF board. “Toronto is fortunate to have so many talented young fashion designers, and thanks to the efforts of the Toronto Fashion Incubator, these designers are developing their entrepreneurial skills, building careers, and creating businesses in fashion and design."
The Ontario Trillium Foundation has been supportive of the Toronto Fashion Incubator since 2004, with a previous grant that allowed the TFI to modernize its website. Widespread downtown condominium development in September 2007 forced the TFI to relocate from Queen West to Exhibition Place, where it currently occupies one-third of 285 Manitoba Dr. Expansion plans, design and construction will be spearheaded by W Network’s Take This House and Sell It! host Glenn Dixon of Dixon Doyle Design. Planned upgrades will enhance work space and support better employment opportunities and economic potential for emerging fashion-design entrepreneurs in Toronto.
“Our non-profit organization is sincerely grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for providing us with this incredible grant. Without OTF’s support, we would still have the dream to expand, but no way to fund it. Plans are already in the works to design a space that meets the needs of fashion designers and other creative entrepreneurs so that they can flourish and become successful, viable businesses,” says TFI executive director Susan Langdon.
Officially known as the Toronto Centre for the Promotion of Fashion Design, the TFI is an non-profit group dedicated to nurturing, supporting and promoting new and emerging fashion designers. In 2007, TFI contributed $33.15 million to Toronto’s gross domestic product, attracted over 50,000 to its onsite and online Resource Centre and shared over 12-million pieces of fashion and business data with clients around the globe. As the world’s first official fashion incubator, the TFI has been operating for over 20 years, and has fostered many of Canada’s most celebrated fashion designers including Brian Bailey, Joeffer Caoc, Comrags, David Dixon, Pina Ferlisi, Foxy Originals, Colette Harmon, Todd Lynn, Arthur Mendonça and Mercy.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For over 25 years, the OTF has supported the growth and vitality of communities across the province. OTF continues to strengthen the capacity of the volunteer sector through investments in community-based initiatives.
2. TFI New Labels® Fashion Applications Available Now!
Applications to enter this prestigious, national, fashion design competition are now available online here. Deadline to apply is November 7, 2008.
Professional womenswear designers who are based in Canada and who have been in business three years or less, are invited to apply for a chance to win a prize package valued at over $25,000 from ELLE Canada, including a full-page editorial in the magazine and a one-on-one interview with ELLEcanada.com.
Be part of an exciting runway show presented to 1,000 top media and industry VIPs, gain incredible one-on-one advice and feedback from the New Labels® judges on developing an innovative yet marketable collection, build personal contacts with key industry leaders and journalists, and learn how to prepare for a professional runway show.
To help designers prepare a winning application, TFI is presenting an information seminar on Friday, October 24th at 2:00pm at L’Oreal Fashion Week. TFI New Labels® competition judges David Dixon and Nathalie Atkinson, and past winner Eugenia Leavitt, will be on hand to answer questions and dish out advice. Register in advance by purchasing a ticket at www.fashionincubator.com/shop.
“The best part of the TFI New Labels competition was receiving invaluable advice and guidance from the judges. Each judge had our best interests at heart and were not only able to guide us through the jcompetition but also assisted us in readying our lines for the buying season. The show provided the opportunity to work with top stylists and present a fully styled and professionally executed runway show to key media, retailers, buyers, and potential customers.”
– Ashley Rowe, miss rowe, TFI New Labels® finalist 2008
“The TFI New Labels competition provided me with much-needed exposure and guidance from industry experts, as well as making connections with other new designers.”
– Lara Presber, TFI New Labels® finalist 2008
“The TFI New Labels competition was a huge jump in the right direction for my line and in learning about the design process. Feedback from the established panel of judges and positive support from TFI was so valuable. I now feel more prepared and confident about what I'm doing and ready to take on more challenges!”
– Eugenia Leavitt, Eugenia Designs, TFI New Labels® winner 2008
View coverage from the 2008 TFI New Labels competition here:
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3. New TFI Chair Accepts Governor General’s Award
On September 17, 2008, Ben Barry, founder and CEO of Ben Barry Agency, was elected chair of the TFI board. Barry takes over from Mary Symons who resigned earlier in the month. Barry’s Toronto-based modeling consultancy, scouts and sources models of all ages, sizes, colours, and abilities for fashion and beauty brands, including Sears, Macy’s, and the groundbreaking Dove Campaign for Real Beauty.
"It is with honour and enthusiasm that I accept the position of Chair of the TFI. I believe that fashion is much more than creative expression; it is the cross-roads of commerce and culture that impacts the way we see ourselves and each other. I intend to build upon the incubator's outstanding reputation while implementing an exciting growth strategy to help Canadian fashion entrepreneurs unleash their dreams at home and abroad," said Barry.
Recently, Barry was named one of five recipients of the Governor General's Award for the Commemoration of the Persons Case (awarded for making a significant contribution to advancing the equality of girls and women) for his work in the fashion industry. He is the first male winner in the award's 30-year history.
“Ben is a remarkable and brilliant young man,” says TFI’s executive director Susan Langdon. “He is a business columnist for the Globe and Mail, a PhD candidate at Cambridge University and a visiting scholar at Harvard Business School. He’s been featured on Oprah and CNN and he’s the best-selling author of Fashioning Reality: A New Generation of Entrepreneurship, hailed by Profit magazine as ‘a manifesto for young entrepreneurs and a call to arms to everyone.’ The TFI Board, Advisory and I look forward to Ben’s leadership and inspiration as he guides us towards future growth and new successes.”
4. TFI Press & Buyers Breakfast Event – Spring 2009
On September 16, 2008, more than 100 media, retailers, celebrities and government officials gathered at the Toronto Fashion Incubator to preview the Spring 2009 collections of 19 accessory and apparel designers, all members of the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI).
This season’s roster included Ace Tennis Golf Lifestyle, AIME, Blindfive, Butikofer, Chip Chic Golf, Desperately Different, D'Mila, Elke Hechler, Eugenia Designs, Go Go Mama, Hortense Salvatore, Jenny Bird, Jessica Jensen, Jewellery By Karen, Lara Presber, Leah Bazian, Loko Sport, Pushan Designs and Snoflake.
The event was sponsored by City of Toronto Economic Development, Rowenta, Telio and TEDCO. Gift bags were sponsored by Cassels Brock Blackwell LLP, glaceau vitaminwater, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Wing Son Group of Companies.
Event photos can be found online at www.fashionincubator.com.
5. L'Oreal Fashion Week Gets A Little More Fabulous
L'Oreal Fashion Week is set to take place October 20 to 25 and Canada's fashion elite will soon assemble under the tented house of fashion built by the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. The spring 2009 presentation celebrates the 16th season of Fashion Week in Toronto produced by the FDCC. The week of festivities puts the spotlight on Canada's top fashion talent and international innovators while bringing up-and-coming designers into the media limelight. Over 50 designers from across the country unite under one roof to strut their wares.
Embodying true elegance, iconic Canadian designer Alfred Sung will open the week celebrating love through a fashion show featuring his stunning bridal collection. Fashion Week veterans David Dixon, Pink Tartan, Joeffer Caoc and Joe Fresh will unveil collections securing their reign as Canada's top talent. Montreal's Renata Morales, Andy Thé-Anh and Denis Gagnon are poised to once again wow all in attendance; while Katya Revenko, Lucian Matis, Evan Biddell, Evan and Dean, League of Lovers and Thieves among others are sure to impress as they establish themselves amongst Canada's most stylishly set.
Adding an exciting new element of "fabulous" to the mix is "The Studio", a private 200-seat tent that will play host to a hand-picked inaugural group of designers.
"From humble beginnings to great new heights in the Tents at Nathan Phillips Square, the word ‘Fabulous’ encompasses all that L'Oréal Fashion Week has come to be," says FDCC president Robin Kay.
Registration can be completed online and is now live at www.lorealfashionweek.ca. Passes can only be picked up on October 15 between 10am and 6pm at the Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. There is no pass pick up available onsite at the tents.
Consumers are once again welcome to attend the weeklong event (with the exception of invitation-only shows) and may purchase day passes online exclusively at F-List, www.f-list.ca, as of October 1, 2008.
6. Fashioning A Future Without Breast Cancer
Canadian designers uncovered their vision of a future without breast cancer at the Fifth Annual White Cashmere Collection 2008: A Touch of Pink fashion show in Toronto, on September 19. Curated by Susan Langdon, executive director of the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI), the world's first and only designer BT (Bathroom Tissue) Couture collection brought together eight Canadian fashion stars including Arthur Mendonça, David Dixon, Joeffer Caoc, Evan Biddell, winner of Project Runway Canada, Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish for Comrags, Lucian Matis, Thien Le and Ula Zukowska. The show featured one-of-a-kind gowns entirely made from yards of White Cashmere, Canada's best-selling bathroom tissue and the new, limited-edition Pink Cashmere, Canada's first coloured bathroom tissue in a decade.
"The breast cancer component really fuelled my creativity and desire to participate in The White Cashmere Collection 2008," says Mendonça. "I wanted to create a strong, sexy silhouette to portray the femininity and strength of women battling breast cancer."
TFI president, David Dixon says of his design: "The whole idea is to convey a sense of the iconic pink breast cancer ribbon. It's a design element that symbolizes the steady, if gradual, fight to overcome breast cancer and eventually wipe out the disease."
The collection will go on public display in The Bay's Toronto flagship store windows at Yonge and Richmond Street, for three weeks starting October 3, as part of the national retailer's October Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities. Twenty-five cents from the sale of every package of Pink Cashmere will go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Pictured below from left to right, Cashmere dresses by Thien Le, Joeffer Caoc and Lucian Matis. To view the collection, visit www.Cashmere.ca.
7. 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 email@example.com.
8. 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 are proud to recognize the following donors:
Jackie Perreault - Contributor
Michael Gaughan - Supporter
Association of Canadian Community Colleges - Benefactor
PR firm Strategic Objectives - Patron
Donor Categories: Contributor: $50 and under; Supporter: $50 to $100; Benefactor: $100 to $500; Patron: $500 and up.
Donations can be made securely online at TFI Shop or by contacting TFI at 416-971-7117 x 21.
9. Scene & Heard
Material Ball: Diamonds At The ROM
On November 13, 2008, the ROM will celebrate its latest exhibition, The Nature of Diamonds, with a gala fundraising event Material Ball: Diamonds, hosted by FashionTelevision’s Jeanne Beker. The evening will feature the North American premiere of the spring 2009 collection by world-renowned Paris-based fashion designer Giambattista Valli. Proceeds from the evening will support the ROM’s Burnham Brett Endowment for Textiles and Costume and the Renaissance ROM campaign. A limited number of host and patron tables are available. Tables are $25,000 or $10,000 for 10 seats and individual tickets are $1,000 with charitable tax receipts being issued for the maximum amount allowed by Revenue Canada. The Nature of Diamonds, presented by De Beers, explores humankind’s ongoing fascination with diamonds, examining their geological origins, mining and cultural significance in art, literature and ornamentation, and its uses in modern science and technology. The exhibit will showcase approximately 500 diamond objects taken from private collections and major museums from around the world. For tickets and further information contact Kirsten Kamper, the ROM Governors, at 416.586.8064 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEDCO President Resigns
The Toronto Economic Development Corporation’s (TEDCO) president and CEO Jeffrey Steiner is resigning, effective the end of this year. TEDCO expressed its thanks for Steiner’s hard work and leadership during the six years of tenure and wish him all the best with the next phase of his career. Since 1992, TEDCO has provided a grant to Toronto’s three business incubators, including the Toronto Fashion Incubator, through its Incubators Program. For more information on TEDCO, visit www.tedco.ca.
Laing Recipient Of Isadore Sharp Award
On September 18, Canadian womenswear designer Jeremy Laing was presented with Ryerson University's Isadore Sharp Award for Outstanding Recent Graduate. The Alumni Achievement Awards honour Ryerson grads who have not only excelled in their respective careers, but have made a significant contribution to their profession, their community, and their country.
She Voted To Wear Joeffer Caoc
FashionTelevision's Jeanne Beker recently introduced Laureen Harper, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to several of the nation’s fashion designers, including Wayne Clarke, Rosemarie Umetsu and jewellery designer Rita Tesolin. Her final choice to wear on October 14 when the federal election outcome will be announced is TFI alumn Joeffer Caoc. For more information on Caoc, visit www.joeffercaoc.com.
TFI Members And Alumni Show At L’Oreal Fashion Week
Of the 36 collections slated to show at L’Oreal Fashion Week this season, more than one-third are TFI members or alumni. Designers include past TFI New Labels® winner Katya Revenko of Desperately Different and this year’s winner Eugenia Leavitt of Eugenia Designs, as well as Jason Meyers, NADA, Joeffer Caoc, David Dixon, Zoran Dobric, Damzels in the Dress, Thien Le, Janet Hill, Nada Yousif and Lucian Matis. "I congratulate all of the TFI designers showing at L'Oreal Fashion Week, and encourage everyone in our community to attend their shows and be inspired by their innovations," said new TFI Chair Ben Barry. Leavitt will be giving away tickets to her show on October 24th at 4pm to ten lucky TFI members. To enter a draw to win a ticket, be one of the first ten TFI members to purchase a TFI New Labels seminar ticket available through TFI Shop. The TFI New Labels seminar takes place on October 24th at 2pm, at L'Oreal Fashion Week. Winners will be contacted by TFI. Photo above right: Spring 2009 by Eugenia Leavitt
A-Listers Get A Taste Of Canada
For four consecutive years, the Intercontinental Hotel in Yorkville has been host to the Tastemakers Gift Lounge where “A-Listers” flock to the exclusive, by-appointment-only, lounge to collect their free swag. Under the theme of “Ohhh Canada!” guests sipped on Eska spring water from Quebec and fair trade, organic Salt Spring Coffee from B.C. The suite was furnished with cutting-edge furniture from The Ministry of the Interior. On hand to offer their wares were Canadian companies HBC, AG Hair Cosmetics and Joe Fresh, and international brands Strellson, Burt’s Bees, JR Watkins, and Sabon among others. Each guest left with their goodies in a Puma Original Bag.
Vision|Co Wardrobe Lounge Third Year At TIFF
The Vision|Co Wardrobe Lounge returned to the Toronto International Film Festival for its third year. Set above Lobby Lounge on Bloor Street, The Wardrobe Lounge featured a mix of luxury and Canadian designer brands, including Lucullen, NADA Designs, Afshin Feiz, Dean Davidson, Mikhael Kale and Greta Constantine. Visiting VIPs and celebrities were invited to visit the lounge to select outfits and jewellery to borrow for festival premieres and events. To get a peak into the lounge, visit www.fashionmagazine.com/video/Sept08/TIFF/.
TChad Covers Hollywood North
Lifestyle magazine TChad launched the cover of its next issue on September 6 at Toronto nightclub This is London. The cover features Canada’s stars in music, television and film, including singer/songwriter Sarah Slean, Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Sitara Hewitt, Corner Gas’ Tara Spencer Nairn, eTalk host Tanya Kim, Amanda Brugel from the upcoming Sarah Polley movie Splice, Smallville’s Charlotte Sullivan and Gemini-nominee from MVP Kristen Booth. For more information, visit www.tchadmag.com.
Excitement grew throughout the fashion industry with whispers that the “boys” were coming to show right in the middle of the Toronto International Film Festival. The “boys” they were referring to were none other than Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared2. The CTV parking lot on Queen Street West was converted into a runway maze complete with scaffolding and well-positioned male eye-candy guarding their posts. While most celebrities in town had already returned home after their movie premieres, or were attending other functions, most of the who’s-who of the Canadian fashion scene turned out. The Catens had come back to the scene of where their design careers started. It was almost 20 years before that the twin brothers showed up at FashionTelevision’s headquarters with a model in a catsuit to announce the debut of their collection. To view a stream of the show, visit www.fashiontelevision.com/micro/dsquared2/index.asp.
Sparks Flies To New York
Written by By Cat Essiambre
Toronto menswear designer Phillip Sparks was one of the 12 designers nominated by Gen Art fashion director Lee Trimble to participate in the Fresh Faces in Fashion show on September 4, 2008. The show, held at the Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom, kicked off New York fashion week. Sparks’ spring ’09 collection was based on typical 1940s characters: jock, preppy, nerd. The washed-out grey that encapsulated most of the pallet was offset with yellow accents on pieces that included short-shorts, knit V-neck sweaters, and a leather biker jacket. Showing in New York, he said, is helping him reach more of his target market and he hopes to continue to be a part of the NY fashion scene. Gen Art is the world's leading arts and entertainment organization dedicated to showcasing emerging fashion designers, filmmakers, musicians and visual artists. For more information on Gen Art, visit www.genart.org and for Philip Sparks, visit www.philipsparks.com.
Atlantic Canada Announces Fashion Week
The first official east coast fashion week will take place in Halifax during the week of October 29, 2008. Atlantic Fashion Week (AFW) will showcase Eastern Canada’s independent and prominent fashion designers. The four-day event will feature on-site fashion shows from local apparel and accessory designers, along with fashion retailers hoping to expose the talent to media and local boutiques. To register for passes, visit www.atlanticfashionweek.com.
SOOS Rocks Handbags
Toronto-based jewellery designers SOOS will be launching their line of designer vegan-inspired handbags in late October. The handbags are made with the finest faux leather and claim “you will be questioning if it is in fact made of leather.” For more information and to view the collection, visit www.soosrocks.com.
Preloved Rises From The Ashes
Five months after a fire destroyed its flagship store, preloved celebrated the opening of its new location at 881 Queen St. W. in Toronto on September 3. “I spent almost 14 years of my life at 613 Queen St., ” says preloved founder and CEO Julia Grieve. “I never could imagine another Toronto home for preloved, but fate can throw you a few curve balls… I’m so excited about our new location and I am looking forward to at least another 14 years at 881 Queen St. W.!” Located directly across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, the new store is more spacious and carries preloved’s one-of-a-kind clothing made using vintage materials. For more information, visit www.preloved.ca.
Jonathan+Olivia Boutique Opens On Ossington Strip
Vancouver boutique Jonathan+Olivia opened its first Toronto location on the hip Ossington strip at the end of August. The boutique, located at 49 Ossington Ave., just north of Queen West, carries brands such as United Bamboo, Spring & Clifton, Hanii Y, MM6 and Acne Jeans. For more information, check out www.jonathanandolivia.com.
ILORI Opens Toronto Boutique With Some Dark Glamour
On September 18, luxury eyewear line ILORI celebrated the opening of its Toronto boutique at 95A Bloor St. W. with Dr. Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The evening brought Toronto’s fashion elite together for an exclusive preview of Steele’s new book gothic: dark glamour which provides an overview of the museum’s current collection devoted to gothic style in fashion. Guests also had the opportunity to view DARK ANGELS, a curated collection of luxury sunglasses celebrating gothic design. For more information, visit www.iloristyle.com.
Shoppers Drug Mart Opens New Beauty Concept Stores
Shoppers Drug Mart will unveil a new beauty retail store called Murale in November. The first store is set to open in Ottawa, followed by Place Ville-Marie in Montreal. Murale will feature over 200 dermatological, luxury beauty, fragrance and niche brands. For more information visit www.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
ELLE U.S. Creative Director Visits PRC Set
Joe Zee, creative director for ELLE U.S., made a guest appearance on Project Runway Canada which taped in Ottawa this summer. No word yet on who the contestants are in season two of the popular reality-TV show but supermodel Iman returns as host and designer Brian Bailey returns as mentor. The series will premiere on Global this winter.
Tevrow + Chase Close Shop
Toronto-based label Tevrow + Chase recently closed its showroom doors. The showroom offered private, by-appointment-only shopping experiences. Designer Paul Sinclaire has since moved back to New York City. Sinclaire was the former designer of Club Monaco, who with the retail chain's founder, Joseph Mimram, started Tevrow + Chase just three years ago. The label’s name came from Sinclaire's middle name, Tevrow, and Mimram's daughter's middle name, Chase. Industry rumblings report that the line was not doing well and investor Mimram pulled the financial plug.
Mimram Twists Woolworths In South Africa
In South Africa, retail chain store Woolworths launched its contemporary womenswear brand, Twist, for summer 2008 with a little help from Joe Fresh creator, Joseph Mimram and fashion designer Paul Sinclaire. The duo was enlisted by former Holt Renfrew president Andrew Jennings, now managing director at Woolworths. Each month Twist will feature a new look, the first being a ’70s-inspired collection, followed by a black and white theme. The line will have its own “shop within a shop” concept. For more information, visit www.woolworths.co.za/caissa.asp?Page=ITB4_RHContext&Post=OClothing_Exclusive_twist.
InGroup Lands Exclusive Rep Agreement With Canadian Label
InGroup was recently named the exclusive licensing agent for Canadian women’s sportswear label Kersh. The Vancouver-based line is sold throughout Europe, Asia and North America at over 1,400 department and specialty stores, including Macy’s, Dillard’s and Nordstrom. The agreement will allow for Kersh to license its name for other products including footwear, sunglasses, and fragrance. For more information on Kersh, visit www.kersh.ca. For more information on InGroup Licensing, visit www.ingrouplicensing.com.
STYLESENSE Opens Two Ontario Locations
Discount label chain Winners recently opened two shoe emporiums, STYLESENSE: Shoes and Accessories. The first two locations at Vaughan Mills and Oakville Place celebrated their grand openings on September 4. STYLESENSE carries over 20,000 brand name and designer shoes and accessories at discount prices.
FLARE.com Intern Search
FLARE.com is looking for web-savvy candidates to submit a 90-second video showing what would make them the best intern. Once videos have been submitted, readers can vote and comment on their favourites. Once the field has been narrowed, FLARE judges will choose one intern from the finalists. The winner will receive an internship with FLARE.com, which will expose them to FLARE’s marketing department, merchandise room and behind-the-scenes at photo shoots. The winner also receives a $2,000 bursary. For more information or to submit your entry, visit www.flare.com/fashionbeauty/article.jsp?content=20080805_140836_7524.
Bernadette Morra Launches Fine Jewellery Website
Former Toronto Star fashion editor Bernadette Morra launched Firstwater News, an online magazine that covers high-end jewellery and the people who wear and buy it. The website features interviews with jewellery insiders, coverage of accessory events, auction calendars and reference guides. For more information, visit www.firstwaternews.com.
Teen Vogue Developing Careers In Fashion Book
Teen Vogue is currently interviewing the fashion industry’s leaders for its new book about careers in fashion. The book, which is due out in early 2009, will contain interviews with designers, photographers, models and editors, with the aim of teaching Teen Vogue readers how to break into the fashion industry.
Smashbox Swag Lounge
Smashbox Cosmetics set up its Toronto International Film Festival Swag Lounge for celebrities and Canadian media outside Ultra Supper Club on September 6. Aside from Smashbox Cosmetics, guests left with items from Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Calvin Klein, RK, GregMay Hair Architects, Topaz, and Exhale.
TFI Introduces New Montreal-Based Consulting Team
Montreal-based boutique public relations firm 1milk2sugars has recently joined the TFI’s team of talented, volunteer mentor/consultants. Founded by Uzma Ullah and Priya Chopra, the dynamic and passionate “sugars” and their skilled staff defy convention in their branding and PR solutions for their many clients in the fashion, decor and beauty industries. In addition to providing confidential face-to-face meetings, 1milk2sugars is also available for phone consultations or in-person sessions at TFI when they are in Toronto. Exclusively available to TFI members, appointments can be booked by calling 416-971-7117. Read the full profile here www.fashionincubator.com/happenings/newsroom/tfi-industry-consult.shtml.
MiMi + You Go To The Emmys
Jewellery designer and TFI member Mitra Mortazavi of MiMi + You was selected by the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards to place her products in the VIP gift bags for the show, which took place on September 21. The designer is not the only TFI member to have exposure at the Emmys this year: Canadian actor Amanda Brugel wore a dress from Lucian Matis and jewellery by SOOS Jewellery for her walk on the red carpet for the 2008 Daytime Emmy Awards. For more information on MiMi + You, visit www.mimiandu.com.
Danielle Meder Wins Dr. Martens Boot Contest
Fashion illustrator and TFI member Danielle Meder is the winner of the Dr. Martens Boot Design Contest. Chosen by a panel of judges including Lucky magazine’s fashion news director Jen Ford, Meder’s boot design, "Colour Puddle Jump" is currently in production and will be available for purchase soon. Visit www.dmbootdesign.com/designs/ for more information and to view the people's winner and runners-up.
Erin Kleinberg Gets Exclusive With Barney's
Recently mentioned in Women's Wear Daily as one of "fashion's next crop of designers," TFI member Erin Kleinberg's line of vintage-inspired T-shirts will be sold exclusively in the U.S. at Barney's New York, as well as at Holt Renfrew in Toronto. The 22-year-old designer was inspired to create her second collection after a five-month internship with Alex White at W. To view her collection, visit www.erinkleinberg.com.
Thomas Bata Passes Away
Thomas Bata, the Czech-born czar of the Bata shoe empire, unexpectedly passed away September 1 from a blockage of the arteries, less than three weeks before his next birthday. He was 93. Bata came to Canada in 1939, after fleeing the Nazis, establishing the retailer’s headquarters here, and continued to grow the company, which his father had started in the 1890s. By the 1990s, he was selling more than 300 million pairs of footwear a year.
The Sustainable Style Show & Green Gala
The Sustainable Style Show is taking place on Saturday, November 8 from 10am to 5pm featuring quality, eco-friendly vendors. The Green Gala follows that evening from 8pm to midnight. Both events take place at the Fermenting Cellar in Toronto’s historic Distillery District. Admission to the show is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets to the gala are $75 in advance, with limited tickets available at the door. TFI members can enjoy a 10% discount on Green Gala tickets, and a 10% discount off the cost of a vendor booth space ($500 for 5’ x 10’). Vendors must meet at least one of the following criteria in order to be eligible for the show:
* Sustainability – how sustainable is your product? Was it made from recycled materials? Does it biodegrade? Is it recyclable?
* Organic – is your product made from organic ingredients?
* Pre-production – How was it grown (chemical free)? How is the waste, water and energy accounted for?
* Post-production – how was your product sewn? Bottled? Packaged? Shipped? Etc.
* Labour – was your product made in Canada or overseas? Was it made fairly? Were fair wages paid and in fair working conditions?
* Local – was your product entirely made in Canada? Was the final product only made in Canada?
For more information about tickets and vendor booths, visit www.fashiontakesaction.com.
Drawn To Develop
On Thursday, October 16 ET, Canada's Roz Weston and Arisa Cox of E! Entertainment will host Drawn to Develop, an exclusive evening of photography and entertainment where guests can bid on original prints from 40 of Canada's top photographers, including Genevieve Caron, Chris Chapman, Ishi, Michael Graf and Russell Monk. Musical guests include Major Maker and cellist Rafael Kuerti. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online at drawntodevelop.com. Proceeds go to Street Kids International.
MAC Gold Fever Hits Toronto
Following the DSquared2 fashion show at FashionTelevision's headquarters was MAC Cosmetics' Gold Fever Party. Legendary disco diva Thelma Houston performed for the fashionable crowd, while designer duo Dan and Dean Caten mingled with celebrities, models and others in attendance. A corner of the CTV parking lot on Queen Street West was converted into a solid gold discotheque with gold disco balls, go-go dancers and an illuminated dance floor. The Gold Fever Party has been taking guests back to the golden age of disco with parties in Sydney, Delhi, Columbia and Tel Aviv.
LG Partners With Canadian Fashion
In early September, LG Electronics Canada (LG) announced a new sponsorship plan, which it claims will elevate Canada's fashion industry to new levels. The company’s first sponsored event was the DSquared2 runway show in Toronto. Next up, LG will be the executive sponsor of L'Oreal Fashion Week where it will launch a new line of cell phones and, on Saturday, October 25, host the inaugural LG Fashion Fusion show, featuring Maroon 5 and a yet-to-be-announced act. LG is also partnering with Fashion Cares for the annual charity fundraiser benefiting ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto). For more info, contest details and features visit www.lg.ca/fashion.
Fashion sCares Announces Line-up
At a press conference at the Brant House in Toronto, Fashion Cares chair Michael King announced the return of Philip Ing, Jeanne Beker, Chris Grimston and Stephen Brown to the 2008 steering committee. This year's Fashion Cares event, Fashion sCares, returns to the Metro Convention Centre on November 1. Featured acts include Katy Perry and Kreesha Turner. Hosting the evening will be Sir Elton John's husband, Canadian David Furnish. More performers will be announced shortly. Gala tickets and corporate tables can be purchased through ACT by calling 416-340-8484 x 263. General admission tickets are $125 and are available at www.ticketmaster.ca. For more information on this year's Fashion sCares, visit www.fashioncares.com.
Browns Celebrates Fashion Through Dance
Browns Shoes presented "Shine in the Shadow" (left), an exclusive dance and fashion event for celebrity and VIP guests to view the company's fall/winter ‘08 trends on September 25. The show took place at Hazelton Lanes' Rotunda on the lower level, in front of the Browns' boutique. Hosted by Canada AM's Beverly Thompson, proceeds from the event went to the SickKids Foundation, specifically the Philip Witchel Endowment Fund, which provides research in paediatric cardiology. The state-of-the-art dance show featured a series of scenes, all with varied looks, showcasing Browns' footwear and accessories. Sponsors included FASHION magazine, AXI Studio Yorkville, Lacoste, Durbanville-Hills Wine from South Africa, Urban Source Creative Catering, The Grand Hotel, Porter Airlines and Nars Makeup.
Simons Pulls Catalogue After Complaints Of “Too-Thin” Models
Quebec retailer La Maison Simons pulled over 500,000 fashion catalogues for its winter collection after receiving more than 200 consumer complaints that the models featured in the 36-page catalogue were too thin. President Peter Simons apologized for the catalogue produced by his in-house team stating that he didn’t see it until he returned from vacation and the complaints started coming in. Quebec Health Minister Yves Bolduc applauded the company for reacting so quickly. Simons personally responded to each customer who wrote in. The family-owned chain has seven stores in Quebec and has been around since the early 1840s.
Supermodel Gets Her Star
On September 6, Canadian supermodel Daria Werbowy was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. In celebration of the Mississauga native’s achievement, FASHION magazine profiled the Lancôme spokesmodel in its September issue. Past inductees include musician and fashion photographer Bryan Adams, director James Cameron, songstress kd lang, comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, basketball player Steve Nash and actor Michael J. Fox.
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11. Upcoming Events
October 14 -17, 2008
Montreal Fashion Week 2008
Bonsecours Market, Montreal. Featuring the spring 2009 collections of Quebec’s fashion creators. Exclusive to industry professionals. Prior to the event, press delegates, stylists, buyers, retail stores and other representatives of the industry must register by visiting the registration section. Featuring spring 2009 collections from top Canadian designers. For more information, visit www.montrealfashionweek.ca.
October 17, 2008
Abel Munoz 2009 Shoe Exhibit Invitation
7 - 9pm, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor St. W., Toronto. TFI member and shoe designer Abel Munoz invites you to his spring 2009 presentation. RSVP to email@example.com.
October 17 – 19, 2008
MOM2B Trade Show
California Market Centre, Los Angeles. The only trade event devoted to maternity, nursing and baby. Maternity fashion show on October 17 at 11:30am. For more information, visit www.Mom2bTradeShow.com or email info@Mom2bTradeShow.com.
October 18, 2008
2008 Rowenta Student Forum
Metro Hall, 55 John St., Toronto. Presented by Fashion Group International, the forum offers a unique opportunity for students to step inside the world of fashion, design and beauty, learn from the experts and help forge a career path within this vibrant industry. For more information visit www.fgitoronto.org
October 20 – 25, 2008
L'Oreal Fashion Week
Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto. Spring/summer 2009 RTW collections from Canada's top designers. For more information, visit www.lorealfashionweek.ca.
October 25, 2008
TFI New Labels® Seminar
2:00pm, The Fashion Environment, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto. Gain tips and advice on how to develop a winning TFI New Labels® collection from competition judges David Dixon and Nathalie Atkinson, and from past winner Eugenia Leavitt. Register in advance by purchasing a ticket at www.fashionincubator.com/shop. Please note that L’Oreal Fashion Week passes will not provide entry to the seminar.
October 30, 2008
Design Exchange, 234 Bay St., Toronto. Façade is the theme of the 5th annual DX Black & White Fundraising Gala honouring Canadian iconic fashion couple Joe Mimram and Kimberly Newport-Mimram at an exclusive VIP dinner. A gala party follows on the trading floor of the Historic Toronto Stock Exchange. Guests will be treated to the city’s finest caterers, refreshments and stellar live entertainment. Tickets for the dinner and or the party are available now. Proceeds support youth education programs at the Design Exchange. Visit www.dx.org for all the details.
November 1, 2008
Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building, Level 800, 222 Bremner Blvd., Toronto. The 22nd annual gala and runway show in support of the AIDS Committee of Toronto. Gala tickets and corporate tables can be purchased through ACT by calling 416-340-8484 x 263. General admission tickets are $125 and are available at www.ticketmaster.ca.
November 8, 2008
The Sustainable Style Show & The Green Gala
The Fermenting Cellar, 55 Mill St., Bldg., 58, The Distillery Historic District, Toronto. Canada’s greenest fashion event featuring an eco-couture runway show with designs from Paul Hardy, Evan Biddell and Eugenia Leavitt, live entertainment, local, organic and vegetarian food, eco-friendly beer and wine, silent and live auctions and celebrity appearances. Tickets go on sale October 6 at www.fashiontakesaction.com. Gala tickets are $75 per person; 5’ x 10’ exhibitor booths are $500. TFI members receive an exclusive 10% discount off event tickets and exhibitor booths. A portion of net proceeds will benefit Environmental Defence.
November 13, 2008
The Material Ball
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park Cir., Toronto. Gala fundraiser and North American premiere of the spring 2009 collection by world-renowned fashion designer Giambattista Valli. Hosted by Canada’s own fashion guru, Jeanne Beker the evening includes musical entertainment, a VIP dinner, private viewing of the exhibit, Diamonds, and a silent auction. Individual tickets and tables of 10 are available by contacting Kirsten Kamper, 416-586-8064. Host Table: $25,000; Patron Table: $10,000; single tickets: $1,000 each. All proceeds support the ROM’s Burnham Brett Endowment for Textiles and Costume, and the Renaissance ROM campaign. Gala attire recommended. For more info, visit www.rom.on.ca/materialball.
November 16 – 18, 2008
The Mompreneur Spring Trade Show
The Distillery District, Toronto. The Mompreneur Spring Trade Show will exhibit the latest and greatest for the woman, the mom and the entrepreneur, and everyone in-between: jewellery and fashion for that enhanced image; tools and resources for that great business venture; products for that special little person in your life.
November 21, 2008
Dare To Design Your Future
The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Fashion Group International presents its 10th annual student career day, an informative day of seminars and panels given by industry executives. For more information, visit www.fgi.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 22, 2008
Look Good Feel Better Ball
Fairmount Royal York, Toronto. Experience the wonders and romance of Italy at the 17th annual Look Good Feel Better Ball, a fabulous evening of dining, dancing and excitement. Event includes a silent auction, dinner and live auction. Single tickets and tables of 10 are available by contacting Moira McGrath at 905-890-5161 x 224. Tables are $6,500; single tickets are $500. Proceeds will benefit Look Good Feel Better®, Canada’s only charitable cancer program dedicated to empowering women to manage the appearance-related effects of cancer and its treatment.
December 1, 2008
FGI Speakers & Sponsors Holiday Celebration
Toronto. Time and Location TBA. The Board of Directors of Fashion Group International of Toronto invite our sponsors and speakers to attend a members-only cocktail party to celebrate a stellar year of high-calibre events, generous sponsors and outstanding speakers. Put on your dancing shoes, dress in your holiday best and drop by for a cup of cheer. For more information, visit www.fgitoronto.org/Default.aspx?pageId=10503.
February 7, 2009
Fashion meets food at this fun and fabulous annual shopping experience held at The Drake Hotel. Enjoy a delicious brunch and peruse the racks and tables of TFI accessory and apparel designers. Brunch tickets will be available soon from The Drake Hotel. The sale will be open to the public from 2pm - 5pm. For exhibitor rates and information, contact TFI at 416-971-7117 x 21 or 31. To buy brunch tickets, contact The Drake Hotel 416-531-5042.
April 23, 2009
The ELLE Canada New Labels Gala
Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building, 255 Front St. W., Toronto. ELLE Canada hosts its 2nd annual gala fundraiser in support of the Toronto Fashion Incubator. The evening features the TFI New Labels® runway show, a silent auction, fashion and beauty vendor booths, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a sit down dinner for VIP ticket holders and an ELLE sponsored gift bag for all attendees. Vendor booths (10’ x 10’) are $17 per sq. ft., with corner booths available at an additional $150. Island booths are also available. For vendor booth information, contact Sue Prentice, 416-218-3552. Gala tickets go on sale soon at www.elleshow.ca.
April 24 – 26
The ELLE Show
Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building, 255 Front St. W., Toronto. Following the opening night gala on April 23, the event opens to the public for three days of consumer fashion shows, health and wellness seminars, celebrity speakers, fashion how-to workshops and the ELLE Café. Tickets for The ELLE Show go on sale soon at www.elleshow.ca.
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