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September/October 2009

TFI News
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September/October 2009
Volume 17, Issue 6

1. P&G Beauty’s First P&G Beauty Awards
2. TFI Attracts More Residents, Friends & Mentors
3. LG Fashion Week Moves To King West
4. Art & Glamour
5. TFI’s Press & Buyers Breakfast
6. Upcoming TFI EventsUnderline
7. Share Your News With TFI
8. Thank You Donors
9. Scene & Heard
11. Top Pick Videos
12. Upcoming Events

1. P&G Beauty’s First P&G Beauty Awards
P&G Beauty announced the creation of the first-ever Canadian P&G Beauty Awards to acknowledge excellence and promote talent in the Canadian beauty, grooming and fashion industry. The awards recognize the exceptional editorial work that brings beauty, grooming and fashion news to Canadian readers, as well as top make-up artists, hair stylists, photographers and models that bring these beauty and fashion stories to life.

Following a nation-wide call for entries in July 2009, over 200 submissions were received across 12 categories, with representation from many of Canada’s leading publications, websites and blogs. The awards will be presented at an event hosted by Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated Canadian screenwriter and actress Nia Vardalos (left). The high-style cocktail event will be held at The Carlu in Toronto on Thursday, October 29.

“The Canadian beauty and fashion industry owes a great deal to the talented editors, writers, photographers, models and artists who create exciting editorial content in Canada’s magazines, newspapers, blogs and websites,” says Danielle Bibas, P&G Beauty general manager, Canada. “As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the industry, we’re proud to shine a well-deserved spotlight on this talent with the first-ever P&G Beauty Awards in Canada.”

To review the submissions, P&G Beauty selected an illustrious panel of influential Canadian beauty and fashion-industry insiders who judged the entries and identified winners from each of 12 categories:

1. Best Magazine Cover
2. Best Beauty Editor of a Magazine
3. Best Beauty Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper
4. Best Fashion Editor of a Magazine
5. Best Fashion Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper
6. Best Fashion or Beauty Blog
7. Best Male Grooming Feature
8. Best Fashion or Beauty Website
9. Best New Face
10. Photographer of the Year
11. Hair Stylist of the Year
12. Make-up Artist of the Year

P&G Beauty is committed to supporting the Canadian beauty and fashion industry, including nine consecutive seasons as exclusive beauty sponsor of Montreal Fashion Week and most recently as exclusive beauty sponsor of the Toronto International Film Festival. For additional details about the 2009 P&G Beauty Awards categories and submission criteria, please visit www.pgbeauty.ca/beautyawards.

2. TFI Attracts More Residents, Friends & Mentors
The Toronto Fashion Incubator’s recent space expansion at 285 Manitoba Dr., in Toronto’s historic Exhibition Place, continues to attract passionate volunteers and talented designers.

TFI is extremely pleased to welcome Evelyn Reynolds as an onsite mentor, one of eight volunteers who generously donate countless hours sharing advice and helping TFI members to achieve success.

Formerly senior vice president and general merchandise manager of womenswear, and a 12-year veteran of the Toronto-based Holt Renfrew & Co., Reynolds (left) is principal of Retail Resource Partners, a consulting company that she formed to work with retail, wholesale and design companies in the US and Canada. Reynolds is highly accomplished in business management and merchandising, focused on helping her clients maximize existing business opportunities, as well as working with them to evaluate future requirements for growth or brand repositioning. She works closely with partners to create innovative marketing plans, develop sourcing/production strategies and retail operations. Her business plans and entrepreneurial vision have resulted in growing both brands and companies in terms of annual volume and profitability. Reynolds is as passionate about the fashion industry today as she was when she started 30 years ago, and this drive was a prime factor in her decision to become a TFI mentor.

Joining TFI’s prestigious Resident program on October 1, 2009, is Andy Hall, a womenswear design collection headed by Natalie Good and Rebecca Lipson-Schwartz (right). The Toronto-born duo brings a balanced set of skills and experience to the new enterprise. Good, a George Brown College fashion design grad, has 10 years of retail and industry experience, including stints at Juma and Kuchme, while Lipson-Schwartz, a York University sociology grad, worked as an assistant buyer and store manager at DEW. Read their full profile at tinyurl.com/andy-hall-tfi.

“Friends of TFI” is a newly formed volunteer-led chapter co-chaired by TFI mentors Mary Jo Looby and Wanda Ho. Stirred by their desire to support local talent and raise funds for TFI, Looby and Ho recently recruited 16 initial “Friends” who have agreed to make an annual donation and offer event support to TFI. The number of Friends will be limited to 50 in the first year and entry is by invitation only. The Toronto Fashion Incubator is very grateful to Looby and Ho for taking the lead on this exciting new development.

3. LG Fashion Week Moves To King West
LG Fashion Week, Beauty by L'Oréal Paris is moving from the tents at Toronto’s City Hall to a brand new location at 1030 King St. W. near Shaw.

"The event has grown significantly and we are exhilarated by the opportunity to expand the space and allow for more participating designers, audiences and to keep our runway to the world totally fresh and current," says Robin Kay, president of the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC), and executive director LG Fashion Week.

The spring 2010 Collections, to be unveiled the week of October 19, 2009, will utilize the entire two acres of the new site, incorporating the building’s Roman-styled structure and columns while seamlessly integrating the signature fashion tents. From the 15,000-square-foot networking environment to the larger runway room, the FDCC believes the on-street location will provide easy access, drawing attention to this prominent corner, the future site of DNA phase 3 condominiums, www.dnacondos.com.

"L'Oréal Paris is particularly excited that the new location's makeup and hair space will feature a large window to provide passersby a never-before-seen glimpse at the runway beauty magic unfolding at the hands of our beauty team," says Anik Gagnon, communications director for L'Oréal Paris.

Some of the participating designers this season include Jason Meyers, Barbie by David Dixon, David Dixon, Andy Thê Anh, Wesley Badanjak, Evan Biddell, Pink Tartan, Cheri Milaney, NADA Brandon R. Dwyer, Jessica Biffi, Ula Zukowska and Lucian Matis. For a complete list of designers and fashion week events, visit www.lgfashionweek.ca.

Passes for media, industry, and general registration can be purchased online at www.lgfashionweek.ca. Limited general passes available per show. For additional information contact the FDCC, info@fdcc.ca, 416.922.3322.

4. Art & Glamour
As chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair, Edward Steichen profoundly shaped the look of celebrity and fashion photography in the 1920s and ’30s. He immortalized leading writers, artists, actors, dancers and politicians in striking portraits. Fashion photography was revolutionized when he began depicting the creations of all the great designers of the age, including Poiret, Chanel, Lelong, Lanvin, Patou and Schiaparelli.

For the first time, the Royal Ontario Museum has partnered with the Art Gallery of Ontario to present two concurrent exhibitions featuring the work of Steichen, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. ROM's Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008 exhibition complements AGO’s Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Conde Nast Years, 1923-1937 exhibition.

For tickets, visit www.rom.on.ca and www.ago.net.

5. TFI Press & Buyers Breakfast
Nineteen TFI members are slated to participate in next month’s TFI Press & Buyers Breakfast taking place on October 16, 2009, at the Toronto Fashion Incubator. The diversity of talent in this year’s crop ranges from corsets to knitted fur to luxury linens for spas. Featured lines include Resident and Outreach members Bora Birs, Brook Alviano, Carina Black, ever thine, Faren, Hip Line By Eve Kinizo, Hortense Salvatore, house of groves, I.M.I Fashion, Jennifer Borgh Events, Krista Prendergast, La gamine, MICALLA, Paris Li, Patouche, Paula Lishman, Savillian, Starkers Corsetry and Therapeutic by Design Inc. All of the collections will be debuting their spring 2010 wares to media and retail buyers.

6. Upcoming TFI Events
Each month TFI presents educational and informative seminars on topics of interest to fashion entrepreneurs. Register for these upcoming sessions:

New Labels 2010
Monday, November 2, 2009
Doors open 5:30pm, presentation 6 – 7:30pm
Toronto Fashion Incubator, POD 1, 285 Manitoba Dr., Toronto. Come to this FREE seminar to find out how you can win TFI’s New Labels® Fashion Design Competition, now offering a $10,000 cash prize plus over $25,000 in media exposure and business support! New Labels ® is a national fashion design competition for womenswear apparel designers who have been in business three years or less. To register, call 416-971-7117 or click here.

Vert allant à Montréal
Mardi 24 Novembre 2009
Les portes ouvrent le 5:30pm, la présentation 6 - le 7:30pm
Hôtel Vogue, Montréal. Le Toronto Fashion Incubator vous invite à rencontrer Michele Coulombe, rédacteur-en-chef, Clin d'Oeil, car elle présente une conférence car elle présente une conférence au sujet de la façon dont vous pouvez prendre votre vert de Tay d'affaires de mode. Billets $10 par personne. Pour billets, appelez 416-971-7117 ou cliquez sur ici.

Going Green in Vancouver
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Doors open 5:30pm, presentation 6 – 7:30pm
Opus Hotel, Vancouver. The Toronto Fashion Incubator invites you to meet Rebecca Tay from Fashion Magazine, as she presents a seminar about how you can take your fashion business Tay green. Tickets $10 per person. To register, call 416-971-7117 or click here.

For tickets to all events, please click here

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 gail@fashionincubator.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 recognize the following contributors for their kind donations to TFI: Contributors Arlene Makakian and Sherry Petrie. Donor categories: Contributor, $50 and under; Supporter, $50 to $100; Benefactor, $100 to $500; Patron, $500 and up. If you would like to make a donation to TFI please click here.

9. Scene & Heard
Yohji Yamamoto Saved From Bankruptcy
For more than 30 years, designer Yohji Yamamoto has served as an icon of Japanese design along with his peers Issey Mikake and Rei Kawakubo. But on Friday, October 9th, Yohji Yamamoto Inc. crashed to a halt when the designer filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors with the Tokyo District Court. Yamamoto accepted partial blame for the company's financial woes by admitting he was not involved in the day-to-day and financial aspects of the business. The economic climate in Japan was cited as another reason for poor sales performance. The good news is that a Japanese private equity fund, Integral Corp., has agreed to refinance and restructure the fashion house for “long-term” success. The company’s brands include Yohji Yamamoto, Y’s and Y-3, a collaboration with Adidas. It also owns Limi Feu, a brand designed by Yamamoto’s daughter, Limi Yamamoto. The 66-year old Yamamoto intends to continue to show his signature line in Paris as he has done for the past 28 years.

Catwalk Skirmish Closes BC Fashion Week
On October 2, 2009, a fashion show production company began dismantling the stage in the middle of an afternoon show at B.C. Fashion Week, causing police to be called in to keep the peace. The incident shed light on financial troubles plaguing BCFW. According to www.westender.com PS Production Services, the company hired to produce the fashion event, was paid upfront using a credit card belonging to a designer who did not authorize the transaction. When PS Production Services discovered the wrongdoing, its workers stormed the runway. The fashion show resumed in the hallway of the venue, the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver, without lights or a stage.

Oscar de la Renta To Show in Toronto
American designer Oscar de la Renta will show his collection at a gala benefit in Toronto for “Healthy Kids International”, an initiative of The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids). Slated for April 14, 2010, the evening will be chaired by Suzanne Rogers, wife of Edward Rogers, deputy chairman of Rogers Communications Inc. Lisa Tant, editor-in-chief, Flare magazine and Salida Capital’s president and CEO, Courtenay Wolfe, will co-chair the event.

RADO Takes On Fashion
Globally recognized for innovative, iconic design, award-winning Swiss watch brand RADO is committed to Canadian fashion. In October 2009, RADO will be the presenting sponsor at celebrated design duo Greta Constantine’s spring/summer 2010 runway presentation. Entitled “The Collection”, the Greta Constantine show will take place at Audi Downtown Toronto on October 15th.

TFI Alumna Launches Mien Magazine
Based in London, UK, former TFI Resident Dana Gornitzki has launched Mien Magazine, an e-zine focused on culture, etiquette and style mienmagazine.com. On her website, Gornitzki says, “In Mien Magazine, there will be many things: musings on social graces and customs, explorations of style, grooming and harmless, indulgent vanities, celebration of the written word and engaging imagery that so often accompanies it, devotion to romance, exploration of cultural differences, and the occasional subtle word pointing out the impolite and vulgar.” While located at TFI, Gornitzki ran a public relations firm called Manic PR and hosted the annual Oscar Night in Toronto fundraiser for TFI.

VAWK Positions For Growth
Designer Sunny Fong of VAWK (near right), recently announced his partnership with model agency entrepreneur Ben Barry (far right). As Partner/Business Director, Barry will help position VAWK as a leading Canadian luxury brand and implement a global marketing strategy. Educated in film at Ryerson University, Fong launched the VAWK label in 2004. Known for his strong and sensual silhouettes and masterful tailoring, Fong garnered national prominence after winning Project Runway Canada season two, with his Alexander the Great-themed finale collection. His designs have walked red carpets around the world, including the Cannes International Film Festival and The Grammy Awards. Barry, who began the Ben Barry Agency at age fourteen, has appeared on Oprah and CNN and in the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. He holds a Masters degree in Innovation and Strategy from Judge Business School at Cambridge University and is author of the bestseller Fashioning Reality: A New Generation of Entrepreneurship. He is first male winner of the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case and serves as Chair of the Toronto Fashion Incubator.

Simon Chang Opens Boutique
After nearly 30 years in fashion design, Quebec designer Simon Chang has opened his first retail boutique in Galeries d'Anjou, just outside of Montreal. The boutique will feature Chang’s seasonal collections, as well as accessories, special outfits from his runway collection and novelty gift items. For more info, visit www.simonchang.com.

16 Quebec Designers Show In Paris
On September 16, 2009, Sensation Mode, organizers of Montreal Fashion Week and the Fashion & Design Festival (Montreal and Toronto), arranged for 16 Quebec designers to showcase their creations at Who’s Next and Premiere Classe in Paris. Not only were the designers featured in trade booths, but also in a fashion show directed, produced and conceptualized by Sensation Mode in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export (MDEIE). The lucky 16 included Andy Thê-Anh, Ça va de soi, Dinh Bà Design, Dom Rebel, Eve Gravel, FINN Cultured + Cured, Harricana par Mariouche, Jak's, Lucky 7, M0851, Mackage, Myco Anna, Ophelie Hats, Parasuco, Uranium and Second Clothing. For more information, visit www.sensationmode.com.

BT Couture
The 6th annual White Cashmere Collection 2009,held September 23 at the St. Lawrence Town Hall, entertained with a standing-room-only audience full of Canada’s top fashion, beauty and news media and key influencers from the fashion and breast cancer-fighting community. Cashmere BT (bathroom tissue) Couture Collection is a fund- and awareness raiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. This year, 15 leading Canadian fashion designers created one-of-a-kind looks crafted entirely from sheets of Cashmere Bathroom Tissue and Pink Cashmere (see below). Canada's first coloured bathroom tissue in a decade, Pink Cashmere is specifically designed to raise funds and awareness for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Set to hit Canadian store shelves this September, $0.25 from the sale of every package of Pink goes directly to the Foundation. Check out the BT Couture Collection on Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewhM2jMo4vQ and have a look at the White Cashmere Collection Facebook fanpage tinyurl.com/y9zrc9k. The BT Couture Collection will be displayed in The Bay’s Toronto and Montreal flagship store windows throughout the month of October.

Soakworthy Dragons
Catch Jacqueline Sava, knitwear designer and founder of Soak Wash knit detergent, on the next episode of Dragons’ Den, airing Wednesday, October 14th at 8 pm (8:30 pm in NFLD) on CBC Television. Founded in 2005, Soak is a revolutionary fine fiber wash created with a new and innovative chemical formulation and strong branding. Soak is available in five mild, yet deliciously modern fragrances plus Scentless. If you're interested in pitching to Dragon's Den, give Jacqueline a call; she'd be happy to share her experience pitching on the show. Please call 905-270-7625 to set up an interview or to sample Soak. If you are interested in speaking to any of the Dragons or host Dianne Buckner, contact Renée Mellow at Media Profile, (416) 504-8464, renee.mellow@mediaprofile.com.

'K' by Kendra Francis Debuts on The Shopping Channel
Toronto designer Kendra Francis has created an exclusive collection, ‘K’ by Kendra Francis, for The Shopping Channel. The fashionable and contemporary-styled line is made up of 13 pieces, all in jersey, that can be mixed, matched and worked into every woman’s existing wardrobe. The very affordable line includes dresses, tops, pants and jackets ranging in price from $60 - $220 retail. "I focused on bold colours, great cut and fit," said Francis. 'K' by Kendra Francis launches on The Shopping Channel Sunday, November 1st at 9am and 4pm. For more information, contact PR@iamfranke.com or Kyla Bryan at 416.558.8783.

TAG Introduces New Creative Division
Mike Echlin, who has curated more than 100 shows and pioneered Canadian skateboard culture and OMY Gallery, heads up The Artist Group’s (TAG) newest division, Illustration And Multi Media. This new division is designed to meet the industry’s multimedia demands for all forms of media from ad campaigns, editorial, installations and film. View TAG’s roster of illustration portfolios online at www.artistgrouplimited.com/illustration.

News From Plutino
Cathy LeDrew, who most recently served as agency director for Ford Models, is the new managing director of Plutino Group. LeDrew’s focus, leadership and mentoring, as well as her positive outlook and proactive approach were assets that caught the eye of Plutino Group president Roseanna Plutino. For more information contact Roseanna Plutino at roseanna@plutinogroup.com.

Portobello East Moves West
After just two markets in the Distillery District, Portobello East, a market that supports local designers, is moving “West” to the third floor of the Burroughes Building on Queen Street West. With the change in venue, the market will now offer free entry, making it more accessible to the public. It’s open the last Sunday of every month until December 2009. The Burroughes Building is located at 639 Queen St. W. in Toronto.

11. Top Picks

WGSN, one of the world's leading market trend and intelligence sites, is now available to TFI members at no cost! Book time in TFI's Resource Centre to discover the wealth of information, updated daily, offered by WGSN

The Business of Fashion
The leading authority on fashion and digital media

Drapers Record Online
The UK's fashion industry news, job and trends

Anna Wintour on Letterman
US Vogue editor-in-chief chats with David Letterman about the September issue

12. Upcoming Events

October 13 – 15, 2009
Montreal Fashion Week
Spring 2010 designer collections. For more information visit www.sensationmode.com.

October 16, 2009
TFI Press & Buyers Breakfast
285 Manitoba Dr., POD 1, Toronto. TFI presents 19 of Canada’s top new apparel and accessory lines for spring/summer 2010. Media inquires contact Christine Faulhaber, Faulhaber PR.

October 19 – 24, 2009
LG Fashion Week - Toronto
Spring 2010 designer collections. For more information and to register visit www.lgfashionweek.ca.

November 2, 2009
New Labels 2010
Toronto Fashion Incubator, POD 1, 285 Manitoba Dr., Toronto. Come to this FREE seminar to find out how you can win TFI’s New Labels® Fashion Design Competition, now offering a $10,000 cash prize plus over $25,000 in media exposure and business support! New Labels ® is a national fashion design competition for womenswear apparel designers who have been in business three years or less. To register, call 416-971-7117 or click here.

November 17, 2009
Going Green in Vancouver
Opus Hotel, Vancouver. The Toronto Fashion Incubator invites you to meet Rebecca Tay from Fashion Magazine, as she presents a seminar about how you can take your fashion business Tay green. Tickets $10 per person. To register, call 416-971-7117 or click here.

November 18 – 19, 2009
FHNB Fashion & Accessory EXPOSE
BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Calgary. Showcasing fall and holiday 2009 fashion, beauty and accessories www.fashionhasnoborders.com.

November 20, 2009
R4 Fashion
Atlantis Pavilions, 955 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Toronto. Fashion show featuring eco-friendly Canadian designers. For more information visit www.r4fashion.com.

24 Novembre 2009
Vert allant à Montréal
Hôtel Vogue, Montréal. Le Toronto Fashion Incubator vous invite à rencontrer Michele Coulombe, rédacteur-en-chef, Clin d'Oeil, car elle présente une conférence car elle présente une conférence au sujet de la façon dont vous pouvez prendre votre vert de Tay d'affaires de mode. Billets $10 par personne. Pour billets, appelez 416-971-7117 ou cliquez sur ici.

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Managing Editor, Gail McInnes
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