SENTALER, Maison Elama, Lesley Hampton, Trigère, and Christopher Bates
Maison Elama kicked off the day with a presentation of their distinct designs for the first time at Toronto Fashion Week®. The collection fused distinctive elegance with urban tenacity, serving as a wearable homage to the modern-day muse. With materials of the highest quality, sourced from the most ethical environments, Elama’s collection offered a blend of modern elegance with an irresistible vintage flare. From street chic to evening glamour, from the board-room to the after-party, Elama’s pieces are set to become part of the wearer’s own personal and elevated fashion statement.
Fashion Talks™, hosted by Donna Bishop, continued with Kimberley Newport-Mimran, President and Design Director of the global fashion label Pink Tartan. Following the talk, CITY MOGULS, in partnership with Toronto Fashion Week®, hosted an original speaker series entitled, Talk the Walk, which explored the topic of “Building Your Brand with Impact and Story Telling”. Proceeds from this panel support Dress for Success Toronto® and their mission to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. The speaker line-up included Niki Sky (Founder & CEO, Fancy Hair + Fancy Fringe), Aya McMillan (Senior Manager, Brand & Content at Elte MKT), and Paulo Leone (Brand Strategist), and was moderated by Katie Zeppieri (Founder, Girl Talk Empowerment).
Now in its 15th year, Kayla’s Children Centre Fashion Show presented by Toronto Fashion Week®, raised awareness and critical funds for the non-profit centre. The organization provides cutting-edge educational and therapeutic programs for children with special needs and behavioural challenges, as well as support for their families, all under one roof in a state-of-the-art facility. The sold-out show featured professional models who were dressed by top Canadian designers such as Smythe, Greta Constantine and Woodpecker, along with community models who have fundraised for the cause and KCC child models – the inspiration and highlight of the evening.
Early in the evening, SENTALER unveiled the campaign film to launch its fourth consecutive year in partnership with SickKids Foundation. Proceeds from the sale of all Signature Ribbed Knit accessories directly benefits the incredible work that SickKids Foundation does for paediatric patients worldwide. The Fall/Winter 2019 #SENTALER4SickKids Signature Ribbed Knit accessory collection is now available through SENTALER’s e-commerce platform: WWW.SENTALER.COM. #SENTALER4SickKids Wear Your Support starred SickKids Patient Ambassador, Keira Gayowsky, and President and Creative Director of SENTALER, Bojana Sentaler, to illustrate just how intimately SickKids touches patient’s lives and how SENTALER is committed to raising awareness and funds for SickKids Foundation. Watch the full #SENTALER4SickKids Wear Your Support film here!
Following the film, Eva Hartling led a live podcast recording of The Brand is Female featuring SENTALER Founder, Bojana Sentaler, CBC’s Donna Bishop, and Co-Chair of Scrubs in the City, Molly Fitzpatrick, discussing ways in which all people can get involved in philanthropy and the different ways brands can find creative ways to contribute to foundations like SickKids.
Indigenous designer Lesley Hampton showcased her much anticipated SS/2020 collection entitled ‘The Preface’, which took its inspiration from the mental rise out of darkness towards a desire to become the most that one can be. The collection featured colour and elemental therapy to instill happiness and self-confidence. With a cast of diverse models – of all backgrounds, gender and forms – Hampton’s collection was dedicated to the memory of all missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people.
Trigère’s SS/2020 collection stayed true to the reference of contrasting codes; masculine and feminine, timeless and avant-garde, emotional and intellectual, old-world and new world. This season, the brand combined Madame Trigère’s love of tailoring with feminine couture details – a design trend typical of the French Haute-Couture. The result was ‘emotional geometries’, the name of the SS/2020 collection.
Inspired by the enchantment of southern Italy along with the mythical allure of the Greek Islands, Christopher Bates closed Toronto Fashion Week® with a SS/2020 collection designed for idyllic summer evenings that transcend into early sunrises.
The captivating looks on the runway were accentuated by makeup from da lish Cosmetics. Hair was courtesy of Redken 5th Avenue NYC and led by Jorge Joao, and nails were done by CND™ Canada. As the Official Water Sponsor, FIJI Water flowed through the Royal Ontario Museum keeping Toronto’s most influential and notable attendees hydrated while they gathered for the final day of this season’s events.The Designer Showroom wrapped up today, featuring Canadian designers in a consumer-facing market space located in The Lane at Yorkville Village (136 Yorkville Ave). From 10 AM – 7 PM daily, the public and Toronto Fashion Week guests had the opportunity to meet and shop directly from designers including Erin Marcus Designs, La Reyna, Lesley Hampton, Christopher Bates, ooobaby, The Brand is Female, ROSÉ Toronto, Hania Kuzbari, BIKO, Clara Lifestyle, Maguire Boutique, Jessica Bedard, Okayok, and ai Toronto Seoul.
The final day of STYLE ART had fashion and art enthusiasts enjoying bubbly and sweets at participating galleries for ‘Art Crawl’, while STYLE PLATE’s last day offered the perfect pairing of style and dining. Participating restaurants and bars offered up signature dishes and/or cocktails inspired by some of the designers showcasing at Toronto Fashion Week. For more information, visit TFW.TO.
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 neighbourhood. 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.