TORONTO, ON – On day three of Toronto Fashion Week®, top Canadian designers sent models down the runway to showcase their curated Fall/Winter 2018 collections.
Set inside the city’s premier luxury retail destination, Yorkville Village (55 Avenue Rd.), the day kicked off with Fashion Talks™, produced in partnership with CAFA™. Host Donna Bishop chatted with Academy Award Nominated Costume Designer Luis Sequeira and Assistant Costume Designer Ann Steel about Fashion, Costume and The Shape of Water.
In the RE\SET™ studio, Canadian evening and bridal wear designer, Mani Jassalunveiled a flower-filled ‘Garden of Desire’ collection. Eclectic, audacious and ethereal, her collection used traditional Indian fabrics with intricate beading and metal details in disruptively sexy silhouettes. Known for his androgynous contemporary designs, Pedram Karimi collection aimed to push social and political boundaries by creating minimal, yet poetic garments that adapt to any wardrobe. The Fall/Winter 2018 collection, entitled ‘Anti-Consumerism’ lashed out at fast-fashion and urged the consumer to focus on quality over quantity by creating timeless and versatile coordinates made for the fashion forward man and woman. Andrew Coimbra x UNCUFFED’s collection merged tech and innovation with traditional leather-working procedures. The Fall/Winter 2018 collection incorporated new materials such as metallic and laser cut floral leathers to creative a striking line of unique winter accessories. Themed ‘Cosmic Dread’, HAYLEY ELSAESSER sent models down the runway in colourful and bold creations. Her colourful prints appears alongside a bevy of textural fabrics including faux fur, faux leather, plaid, shimmering metallics and faux snakeskin.
Back in the studio, S.P. Badu incorporated athleisure separates with urban flair for a cohesive unisex collection with an aggressive approach to minimalism that challenges gender and garment construction. Rounding out the final day of Toronto Fashion Week was Fashion Heals – a fundraising gala in support of Toronto SickKids Hospital to raise awareness and funds for the Innovation Grant for Pediatric Cancer Research and Care, enabling SickKids researchers to develop new procedures, therapies and treatments for children with cancer. Celebrities including Paul Mason, Pooja Handa (CP24 Host), Joan Kelley Walker and Gregoriane Minot (The Real Housewives of Toronto) walked the runway along with SickKids patients past and present, as well as SickKids medical staff.
The captivating looks on the runway were accentuated by makeup from the beautyBOUTIQUE™ sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart and award-winning hairstylist and nail expert Victoria Radford.
The RE/SET™ Designer Showroom featured Canadian designers in a consumer-facing market space located on the upper level of Yorkville Village. Guests had the opportunity to meet and shop directly from designers including Grayes, Biko, Dolorous, Alan Anderson, Cuchura, Christopher Bates, Pedram Karimi and Hilary MacMillan.
A selection of hi-res images can be accessed at the following links:
Fashion Talks™: https://oneshotgeorge.dphoto.com/album/e7d37q
Mani Jassal (RE\SET™): https://oneshotgeorge.dphoto.com/album/a7fd9u
Pedram Karimi (RE\SET™): https://oneshotgeorge.dphoto.com/album/a4849m
Andrew Coimbra x Uncuffed (RE\SET™): https://oneshotgeorge.dphoto.com/album/668b7q
Hayley Elsaesser: https://oneshotgeorge.dphoto.com/album/ade23y
S.P Badu (RE\SET™): https://oneshotgeorge.dphoto.com/album/73bf4j
Fashion Heals: https://oneshotgeorge.dphoto.com/album/d1abfv
Photo Credit: George Pimentel.
ABOUT TORONTO FASHION WEEK®
Toronto Fashion Week®, an event showcasing fashion, art, music and culture takes place in Yorkville, Toronto’s revitalized and most prestigious luxury retail neighborhood. The bi-annual event hosts national and international designers, entertainers and the fashion community to create a touchpoint where fashion is embraced and celebrated. As the leading fashion event in Canada, Toronto Fashion Week creates a catalyst for media engagement, retail activity and global connectivity.
The founding partners are Yorkville Village, The Hazelton Hotel, Freed Developments and Hill & Gertner – an ownership group comprised of several of the country’s top companies in real estate, development and luxury hospitality.
ABOUT THE COLLECTIONS™
THE COLLECTIONS™ is a Toronto-based fashion production agency, managing award-winning designers and provides like-minded partners an opportunity to collaborate with rising talent. Recognized as an industry leader, THE COLLECTIONS™ has established a strong track record for launching emerging talent and positioning designers for international success. As a continued effort to provide a platform for emerging talent and create a positive impact within the community, THE COLLECTIONS™ created RE\SET™ in February 2017.
CAFA™ (The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards) was created to celebrate outstanding achievement and emerging talent in the Canadian fashion industry. Mandated to grow a stronger appreciation of Canadian talent both at home and abroad, the goal of CAFA™ as a national platform is to foster the next generation of Canadian talent through an annual awards show and year-round economic development initiatives.
CAFA™ hosted its fourth annual red-carpet Awards show on Friday, April 7th, 2017 – a unique evening that united Canadian talent and fashion influencers from all over the world. Honouring designers, models, image makers, stylists, and influencers, CAFA™ has established itself as a premier event in the Canadian fashion industry.
ABOUT FASHION TALKS™
Fashion Talks™ is the podcast that observes the world through the lens of fashion. Founded in 2017, creator and host Donna Bishop interviews designers, stylists, academics, industry insiders and leaders outside of the fashion industry to reveal insights, observations, personal stories and historical moments on how fashion helps to shape the world we live in and how our world shapes fashion and the clothes we wear. Fashion Talks™ is available for download on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and to stream at fashiontalks.ca. While the majority of listeners are from Canada and the US, Fashion Talks boasts regular listeners from Japan, Germany, France, Italy and the UK. Proudly produced in partnership with CAFA, Fashion Talks™ strives to shine a spotlight on the cultural relevance of fashion while highlighting the rich expanse of the Canadian industry.
Toronto Fashion Week is made possible with the generous support of its sponsors:
beautyBOUTIQUE™ by Shoppers Drug Mart