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TFI News November 2008

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November 2008
Volume 16, Issue 7

1. L’Oreal Fashion Week Roundup
2. New Labels Semi-Finalists Selected
3. What Buyers Buy And Why Seminar
4. Fashion Scared
5. Share Your News With TFI
6. Thank You Donors
7. Scene & Heard
8. Top Picks
9. Upcoming Events

1. L’Oreal Fashion Week Roundup
by Doris Montanera

If Canadian fashion is any indication, spring looks optimistic. Fabrics floated. They gently billowed. They were breezy, light and, in their cheery mélange of colours, ultimately, uplifting.

Key trends:
Colours: nudes, champagnes, whites, and fresh cosmetic hues
Pants: pegged pants, narrowed or cinched at the ankle or below the knee, harem pants and dhotis
Nature: echoes of Africa, butterflies, floral cutouts and images. Endless nature scenes and sounds opened shows
Iridescence: subtle sparkle and shimmer
Transparency: breezy layers that pretend to reveal but really conceal. Not a nipple in sight.
Extreme Prints: digital photography, urban architecture, cartoons, or graphics seen under a microscope
Architecture: overtly in urban architecture photographic prints, covertly in geometric pleats, folds and lines
Columns: short and long dresses, tops

For more fashion week details, visit the TFI Blogspot
2. New Labels Semi-Finalists Selected
Five Ontario-based fashion designers have been selected as semi-finalists in TFI’s 2009 New Labels Fashion Design Competition: Jody McMillan for Jody Leigh; Jenn Sadzak for The JenSa Collection; Cheryl Gushue for GushueSwim; Sonja den Elzen for Thieves; and Faren Tami for Faren.

They now advance to stage two of the competition where each will present five of their fall 2009 outfits to competition judges in December. At any stage of the competition, designers can be eliminated or they can opt out. In February 2009, the judges will decide which three or four finalists will participate in an exciting runway show to be held on April 23, 2009, at the Metro Convention Centre. The winner of the TFI New Labels competition will be announced at the conclusion of the runway presentation. The winner of the competition receives a prize package valued at over $25,000 from ELLE Canada, including a full-page editorial in the magazine, a cash prize and an exclusive interview on ELLE Online.
3. TFI Seminars Not to Miss!

What Buyers Buy And Why Seminar
On Thursday, November 20, 2008, TFI will host the What Buyers Buy and Why Seminar. Find out what buyers are looking for and why, whether you have a chance in the big brands versus new labels battle, and what is the best way for new designers to get in the door and on the floor. Doors open for coffee and networking at 5:30pm, with the seminar following at 6pm. SPACE IS LIMITED! Advance tickets ONLY.

Venturing Into Retail
On Wednesday, December 10, 2008, find out about the pros and cons of opening a retail business. Panel speakers include Franco Mirabelli, owner/designer, Franco Mirabelli stores, and Rosemarie Umetsu, owner/designer, RU Boutique. Learn about choosing the best location for your demographic, how to grow your single boutique into a multi-store chain, and budgeting and planning for your new retail venture. Doors open for coffee and networking at 5:30pm, with the seminar following at 6pm. SPACE IS LIMITED! Advance tickets ONLY. Last day to register is Sunday, December 7, 2008.

Toronto Fashion Incubator
285 Manitoba Dr., Pod 3, Exhibition Place, Toronto

Pre-register securely online at TFI Shop or call TFI admin at 416-971-7117.

4. Fashion sCared
by Gail McInnes

Now in its 22nd year, Fashion Cares presented its first-ever Halloween-themed event, Fashion scares, in support of ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto). The event, held November 1st at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, featured over 40 Canadian fashion designers who created one-of-a-kind outfits for the show, including David Dixon, Greta Constantine, Evan Biddell, Izzy Camilleri, and Pam Chorley. Backstage a team of 10 hairstylists, 80 makeup artists, 100-plus models, and more than 250 volunteers helped make each look come together.

Gala dinner guests were directed to the large runway room to sit by round tables surrounding the stage. This was the first time the dinner and the show have been combined in this manner; in past years the gala dinner was held in a room of its own. Many of the guests who attended the dinner dressed in formal attire (except for designers Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill from Greta Constantine shown here), much to the disappointment of the costume watchers. General admission ticket holders were relegated to seats awkwardly surrounding the stage, far from the dinner tables—many having to rely on the large projection screens due to obstructive poles.

Hosted by David Furnish and international supermodel Yasmine Warsame, the show kicked off with an energetic and well-choreographed performance by Toronto-based Fritz Helder & The Phantoms backed by its amazing team of dancers. The faces of the band members were adorned with hundreds of Swarovski crystals shaped into the likeness of a skull. The result was stunning but eerie. Just before performing the last song, the band emceed the costume contest where attendees dressed in their Halloween best got the chance to walk the stage of Fashion Cares.

Current pop sensation Katy Perry sang a few hits off her debut album, including the controversial I Kissed a Girl, followed by Canadian R&B darling Kreesha Turner. But it was Dame Shirley Bassey who stole the show, accompanied by a 20-piece orchestra and a performance by members of the National Ballet of Canada. She dazzled the audience with her powerful voice, singing her classics Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever and Big Spender, which she repeated as her encore, much to everyone’s delight. With a career spanning more than five decades—now 71—it’s no wonder she knows how to keep a crowd entertained.

The show seemed to have focused more on the performers than the fashion. Considering the hours of work it takes for each participating designer to create that one outfit it was unfortunate that each designer was not credited. In previous years, the designers, stylists and hair and makeup team names were displayed on the large screens for the audience.

“I don’t even know if I would do it again,” said one designer, commenting on the missing credit. To make such a statement makes you think Fashion Cares will never get back to where it once was, but we all have hope—just as we all have hope that AIDS will no longer be something that we will need to fundraise for.
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 gail@fashionincubator.com.

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 are proud to recognize the following Contributors for their kind donations to TFI: Phil Anderson, Jenny Bird, Scott Bliss, Fatima Chai, Jessica Jensen, Matt Smith-Johnson, Emma Kassirer, Danielle Meder, Michael Nemiroff, Meaghan Orlinski, Leslie Padorr, Vanesa Rodriguez, Ashley Rowe and David Smith.

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.
7. Scene & Heard
Into The Dragons’ Den
On October 26, 2008, jewellery designer and TFI member Rachel Mielke of Hillberg and Berk (www.hillbergandberk.com) faced the dragons on CBC’s Dragons' Den (www.cbc.ca/dragonsden) and wowed investor W. Brett Wilson. Thanks to her in-depth business planning strategy, Mielke secured a $200,000 investment from Wilson. Future dragon slayers can gain tips from watching Mielke in action here: www.cbc.ca/dragonsden.

Gossip Girl Wears Erin Kleinberg
Taylor Momsen wears an erinkleinberg three-button black stripe tank on the set of Gossip Girl. The label, created by Toronto-based designer and TFI member Erin Kleinberg, is available exclusively at Holt Renfrew in Canada and Barneys in the U.S. Please contact erin@erinkleinberg.com for all press inquiries or visit www.erinkleinberg.com to view the lookbook featuring Shenae Grimes of 90210 modeling the fall collection.

Arthur Mendonça Closes
One of Canada’s most promising designers announced he was closing his business at the end of November. Former TFI resident Arthur Mendonça started his design career assisting TFI president David Dixon before launching his own line through the TFI’s Resident Program in 2003. Mendonça’s clothing was sold at Holt Renfrew and at boutiques across North America. His designs were frequently worn by celebrities, including Canadian singer Nelly Furtado. The industry is hopeful that this is just one phase in Mendonça’s career and we will see his designs in the future. Meanwhile, Mendonça is hosting a fabric clearance sale at his studio November 18 - 21st from 10:00am to 5:30pm daily. Designers and fashion students looking for a deal can drop by the studio located at 219 Dufferin St., Suite 112C. Buttons, zippers and trims are also available. Cash only/ final sale.

Samsung And Desperately Different
2006 TFI New Labels winner Katya Revenko premiered her Desperately Different spring ’09 collection on Monday, October 20, during L’Oreal Fashion Week with sponsorship help from Samsung Wireless. To celebrate Revenko helped launch its new smartphone CLEO with a reception at the Drake Hotel. The makeup-compact styled handset features a QWERTY keypad, colour LCD, and an integrated 1.3 MP digital camera. In a statement, Samsung general manger Paul Brannen said, “Samsung believes in blurring the lines between haute couture and high tech, and with the upcoming launch of CLEO we wanted to partner with a Canadian fashion designer who embodied Samsung’s key characteristics: innovation, design and experience. Katya Revenko fits this description perfectly and her Desperately Different fashion line complements the sophisticated design of the Samsung CLEO.” The phone is available through Bell Canada and is available in pink, champagne, or blue. Visit www.kissesfromcleo.com to learn more about how you could win the opportunity to fly to Toronto to meet with Katya Revenko, and be fitted for a custom-designed dress, a one-night stay at The Drake Hotel and a $150 gift basket from Cake Beauty. For more information on Desperately Different visit www.desperatelydifferent.com.

Art And Fashion Fuse
Karamea designer Michelle Turpin developed a partnership with world-renowned American photographer Judith McMillan for her spring ’09 collection. Media and guests were invited to meet both the designer and photographer on October 21 at the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto for an exclusive display of McMillan’s X-ray art displayed on a canvas of exquisite Italian fabrics.

Fashion Mourns
The Canadian fashion industry lost one of its most promising photographers when Hamish Kippen died suddenly on Tuesday, October 21. His fashion photography was published in many designer lookbooks, magazines, and is featured in many of the industry’s top hair and makeup, fashion stylists and model portfolios. He accomplished much in his short 21 years and he will be greatly missed by all those who were fortunate to have worked with him.

Lucian Matis In Le Showroom
The 15th edition of Montreal Fashion Week (MFW) commenced with the Le Showroom, a meet-and-greet showcase for buyers and media of the spring ’09 collections of over 100 designers. Toronto-based designer Lucian Matis was selected to present his collection to more than the 200 national and international buyers and 300 media invited to the event. For more information on Lucian Matis visit www.lucianmatis.com. For information on Montreal Fashion Week visit www.mfw.ca.

Lucy Kilislian Unveiled “Candy Ice”
Far from the tents of L’Oreal Fashion Week jewellery designer Lucy Kilislian unveiled “Candy Ice”, her 50-piece collection featuring pink diamonds, sapphires and quartz to a select group of fashion industry and celebrities. The intimate event held at the Park Hyatt Hotel was co-hosted by Vivica A. Fox and Phillip Bloch of VH1’s Glam God. For more information on Lucy Kilislian visit www.barclayjewelry.com.

Ron White Partners With Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Toronto footwear retailer Ron White teamed up with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month of October 100% of the $20 purchase price of a luxurious travel shoe bag was donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The limited-edition bag features a zebra pattern, pink satin lining and an embroidered pink ribbon symbol. This is the second consecutive year Ron White has produced the shoe bag specifically for the charity in honour of his aunt who has survived breast cancer twice. To view the bag, visit www.ronwhite.ca/Shoe-Bag-for-Breast-Cancer-P1142C0.aspx.

Secrets From Your Sister Opens Second Location
Speciality bra-fitting boutique Secrets From Your Sister launched a second location in midtown Toronto late September. The new location is located at 2501 Yonge St., three blocks north of Eglinton Avenue. The 1,200-sq.-ft. boutique carries a wide selection of intimate apparel for women. Secrets From Your Sister opened on Bloor Street 10 years ago and is now located at 560 Bloor St. W. For more information, visit www.secretsfromyoursister.com.

jacflash Unveils jac by jacflash
Located on the trendy Queen Street West strip close to the Drake Hotel, retailer jacflash celebrated its one-year anniversary by launching fashion-forward designs for men called jac by jacflash. Working with up-and-coming New York designer Ryan Turner, owner Jaclyn Genovese created the line using icons James Dean and Marlon Brando as style inspiration. Jacflash also carries exclusive lines for both men and women from Los Angeles, New York, Europe, Australia and South America. For more information, visit www.jacflash.net.

Industry Publications Face Change
Emily Saso, associate editor of Viva (a natural health and lifestyle magazine), is the new editor at Style magazine (www.style.ca). Style, one of Canada’s fashion trade publications, was purchased by Viva’s publishing house, Rive Gauche Media, earlier this year along with its sister publication Canadian Jeweller. Meanwhile over at Montreal-based Canadian Apparel magazine, which is the journal of the Canadian Apparel Federation, long-time editor Marsha Ross resigned to pursue freelance opportunities. Her last day was November 7. No word yet on Ross’ replacement, if any.

Academy Marches On
The International Academy of Design in Toronto was saved from a scheduled closing in March 2009 when it was acquired by the RCC Institute of Technology, a school with an 80-year history in the Toronto area. Along with dropping the word International from its title (now simply the Academy of Design), the school has edited its course offerings. The fashion programs remain, as well as Graphic Design for Print and Web, Interior Design, Video Game Design and Development and Sustainable Architectural Technology. The Academy is also moving from the CBC building. The new phone number is 866-838-6542 or 416-929-0121. The two new addresses are Toronto North campus, 2000 Steeles Ave. W., Concord, ON, L4K 4N1; and Toronto South campus, 1835 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, M5S 1X8. The fashion programs will be located at the south campus, in the Yonge and Davisville area.

Stylehog.com Offers Bargains
The newly launched Canadian fashion e-zine Stylehog.com is an online fashion magazine that highlights the latest fashion trends straight from the international runways and provides readers with direct links to North American retailers offering similar styles at lower prices. Based out of Toronto, Stylehog.com features both chain and independent retailers that offer delivery within the U.S. and/or Canada. For more information, visit www.Stylehog.com.

Sunny Choi’s Gatekeeper Of Beauty
Former Canadian fashion designer Sunny Choi opened her own art gallery early October with a showing of her own work entitled Gatekeeper of Beauty. Among her own work, the Sunny Choi Gallery will also feature work from other like-minded artists dedicated to representing images and ideas of beauty in the disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and photography. For more information, visit www.sunnychoigallery.com.

Télio Design Competition Goes Nationwide
After three years of success in Quebec, Télio—one of North America’s leading textile importers, exporters and distributors of high-quality fashion fabrics—is expanding its annual student design competition. Now, students enrolled in fashion design schools across Canada can submit an original sketch and win a chance to send their creations down the runway at Montreal Fashion Week on March 12, 2009. Five talented young designers will be awarded scholarships totalling $10,000 to help launch their fashion careers. Finalists will be selected mid-November. For more information, visit www.telio.com/competition2009.

Mulroney Marries Fashion Designer
On October 30, eTalk and Canadian Idol host Ben Mulroney married Canadian fashion designer and stylist Jessica Brownstein in a quiet ceremony at St. Patrick's Basilica in Montreal. The groom reportedly wore a dark suit and tie while the bride wore a white lace slip dress with a traditional veil in front of the 75 guests. A reception with approximately 350 guests followed on Saturday, November 1. Mulroney is the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney; and Brownstein’s family owns the Montreal-based Browns Shoes chain.

A World Of Chocolate
The fourth annual Cadbury Chocolate Couture Collection took place at the Carlu in Toronto on November 5. Ten Canadian fashion designers were invited to create couture outfits made using over 70% Cadbury chocolate. With the help of chocolate artist Jenn Stone, each designer crafted amazing one-of-a-kind creations inspired from select countries around the world. Participating designers included TFI New Labels 2008 winner Eugenia Leavitt, Philip Sparks, Lilliput Hats, Ines Di Santo, Andrew Majtenyi, Greta Constantine, Farley Chatto, Izzy Camilleri, Hoax Couture Studios and Damzels in this Dress. The delicious evening featured exclusive performances by renowned Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman and Toronto-born Broadway vocalist Simone Denny. "Designers who have participated in previous collections continually try to surpass the work we have developed in previous years," says fashion designer Farley Chatto, curator of the Cadbury Chocolate Couture Collection since its inception. "Each year, new designers consistently come up with the most fantastic creations and innovative applications of Cadbury chocolate. This year, we were inspired by the theme of a universal love of Cadbury chocolate and we really challenged the chocolatiers to invent new chocolate techniques to bring our ideas to life."

Watson's Women
In early October, Toronto's Shopgirls Gallery Boutique played host to a preview of artist and fashion illustrator Frederick Watson's collection, Women, a homage to women of fashion and the nostalgia of a bygone era of indulgence and finery. The artist himself was on hand and graciously took many of the attendees through his work of original oil paintings. You can view the collection online at www.portfolioeditions.ca/PE/musique.html.


Fritz Helder & The Phantoms Release Lagerfeld Lady
Toronto’s most fashionable and irreverent musical act Fritz Helder & The Phantoms debuted its second single Lagerfeld Lady on Monday, October 27, at Toronto’s Strangelove. The video, shot in Paris, is an ode to Karl Lagerfeld. View it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4LYgoba3_s.

BMW Stretched To The Max
In Munich, luxury car manufacturer BMW unveiled a concept car clad not in metal, but in a polyurethane-coated Lycra skin that’s resilient, durable and water resistant. Dubbed GINA (Geometry and functions In 'N' Adaptions), this supermodel features zippered doors and shape-shifting panels that hug a lightweight aluminum frame. It’s built on the Z8 chassis and has a 4.4-litre V8 with six-speed automatic transmission. BMW said that while innovative, the high-tech car was purely for show and would never be put into production for safety reasons.

Demise Of LA Fashion Week
The five-year partnership between IMG, event producer of Los Angeles Fashion Week, and Smashbox Studios, the main venue of the event, ended in October leaving the future of fashion week in limbo. Poor attendance, lacklustre shows, off-site fashion events and a lack of red carpet-worthy celebrities filling front-row seats were all cited in Women’s Wear Daily as reasons for the partnership demise. “Event ownership is not always the best business for us,” said Zach Eichman, director of communications at IMG Fashion. “Certain business models make more sense, like commercial representation and consulting. We have expanded so quickly around the world and we were spreading ourselves too thin…(fashion week) has always been unfairly compared to its older siblings, rather than just allowed to exist on its own.” Held in conjunction with Market Week, LA Fashion Week generated an estimated $50 million for the local economy, according to the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.

|FAT| Calls For Entries
|FAT| Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week will be returning to Toronto’s historic Distillery District in April 2009 for its fourth year of fashion, performance, visual art and music. The festival celebrates Toronto’s talented, yet unconventional fashion designers, performers, visual artists and musicians. Applications are now available at www.fat.ca for those who are interested in participating. Application deadline is December 22, 2008, with late submissions being accepted until January 6, 2009. For application inquiries, contact Vanja Vasic at vanja@alternativefashionweek.com, or call 647-834-0061.

If Abel’s Shoes Fit
TFI accessory designer Abel Munoz revealed his spring 2009 shoe collection to a select group of fashion elite and friends on Friday, October 17. Holding his private showing in the lower level of the Bata Shoe Museum, Munoz displayed his creations as though they were museum objects to be admired by encasing them in glass display cases. Prices range from approximately $300 to $600 and will be available at Ron White stores early 2009. For more information email abelmunozshoes@gmail.com.

Holt Renfrew Unveils Holiday Windows
Luxury department store Holt Renfrew held a star-studded event on November 5 for its 4th Annual Holiday Windows with performances by Patti LaBelle (left) and Macy Gray. The windows were inspired by the work of Marc Chagall, the photography of Tim walker and art nouveau. Each of the six windows carries the theme, focusing on different scenes: “Music and Angels”; “Books and Flower”; “Clocks and Bells”; “Bridge and Boat”; “Bed and Forest”; and “Tree and Ornament”. Hosted by ET Canada, the evening celebrated the arrival of the holiday season with 2% of sales going to benefit the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada.

Capital Fashion Week
Ottawa’s 96-year-old landmark the Government Conference Centre will play host to Capital Fashion Week on November 21 and 22, 2008. The event is set to serve as the latest platform to promote arts and culture through apparel design. Open to the community, media, fashion industry and supporters, Capital Fashion Week will showcase some of Canada's leading designers and most exciting up-and-coming talent including Dace, David Dixon, House of Spy, JUMA and Paul Hardy. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. For more information or to register, visit www.capitalfashionweek.ca.

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9. Upcoming Events

November 20, 2008
What Buyers Buy and Why
5:30pm doors open for coffee and networking; 6pm seminar presentation. Toronto Fashion Incubator, 285 Manitoba Dr., Pod 3, Exhibition Place, Toronto. Join us to learn what buyers are looking for and why; big brands verus new labels: do you have a chance? And what is the best way for new designers to get in the door and on the floor? Pre-register securely online at TFI Shop or call TFI Admin 416-971-7117. SPACE IS LIMITED! Advance tickets ONLY.

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 kbovtko@fgi.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 10. 2008
Venturing Into Retail
5:30pm doors open for coffee and networking; 6pm seminar presentation. Toronto Fashion Incubator, 285 Manitoba Dr., Pod 3, Exhibition Place, Toronto. Find out about the pros and cons of opening a retail business. Our panel speakers include Franco Mirabelli, owner/designer, Franco Mirabelli stores, and Rosemarie Umetsu, owner/designer, RU Boutique. Learn about choosing the best location for your demographic, how to grow your single boutique into a multi-store chain, and budgeting and planning for your new retail venture. Pre-register securely online at TFI Shop or call TFI admin at 416-971-7117. SPACE IS LIMITED! Advance tickets ONLY. Last day to register is Sunday, December 7, 2008.

February 7, 2009
Guilty Pleasures
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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