Do Me A Solid: Dare To Wear Love

You may remember from last year that we have a special spot in our hearts for the Dare To Wear Love show that closes every other fashion week. We’re excited that we get to work on the show again on Friday, March 16, and it promises to be just as inspirational as always. 

Amid all of the hustle and bustle during fashion week that focuses on style, clothing and make up, it’s nice to take a step back and think about how all this fashionable effort can be channeled into helping those living with HIV/AIDS in African countries.

The talented duo behind Hoax Couture have teamed up the Fashion Design Council of Canada, a number of amazing Canadian designers and some fun personalities to create a one-of-a-kind fashion show in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

There are still some unique bits of the show to be announced, but so far we’ve got some pretty exciting elements: 

Show attendees can participate in a live auction in support of SLF, with pretty spectacular prizes – including a trip for two to Kenya, (provided by the Canadian Kenya Tourist Board and VoX International) featuring a wildlife safari!

CBC correspondent Wendy Mesley walks the 2010 DTWL runway wearing Kingi Carpenter for Peach Berserk
Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage.

There will also be live entertainment during the show, and of course, the bright and colourful designs from various designers that include Brian Bailey, David Dixon, Adrian Wu, Paul Hardy, Linda Lundström and many other talented Canucks. 
Breakfast Television co-host Dina Pugliese walks the 2010 DTWL runway wearing Ines di Santo
Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage.
You’ll be sure to spot familiar faces strutting down the runway including TV hosts Dina Pugliese and Tracy Moore, one of Canada’s leading gospel singers Kathy Grant, and Donisha Prendergrast, granddaughter of the great Bob Marley. 

The show is always a sell out, so we’d recommend buying now. You can purchase tix here for $75 (or a VIP ticket for $300, which includes a front or second row seat and two (!) cocktail parties)

Fashion-able: Dare to Wear Love


So, as we promised earlier this week, here is more about the incredible show that’s closing LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris, Dare To Wear Love, this Friday at 8 p.m.

This is a feel-good part of LG Fashion Week, featuring amazing local creations to stare at down the runway. 

The show is an exciting collaboration between Hoax Couture, the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the FDCC and more than 25 incredibly talented Canadian designers. The task for each designer is to create an African-inspired look, for men or women, from six yards of brilliant fabric, sourced from the continent. The designs will be complemented by African music and dance.

Some of the designers showing are Brian Bailey, Evan Biddell, Damzels In This Dress, David Dixon, Comrags, Linda Lundström, Lucian Matis, Pat McDonagh, Jason Meyers, Nada, Kingi Carpenter, Izzy Camilleri, and many more. Phew! 

Nada’s concept for the 2010 DTWL show. 

A very cool part of the show is the eclectic mix of professional models, celebrity models and friends of the family that will model the creations. Some announced celebrities include Arlene Dickinson (Dragon’s Den), Tara Spencer-Nairn (Corner Gas), Dina Pugliese (Breakfast Television) and pop singer Keisha Chanté. Word on the street is that Evan Biddell’s mom will walk the runway for him (awww). 

Tickets are open to the public and available to purchase online for $59.99 or $300 for a VIP package (which includes one front or second row seat and a special gift bag). All tickets are being sold (no freebies!), with all proceeds going to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The Foundation works with grassroots organizations in Africa to help combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic. 

Targeting grassroots organizations to receive funding is important – they’re on the ground, working directly with people affected, and can help implement solutions without as much bureaucratic red tape. Very cool. More info at their website.

  Money raised through ticket sales and auction benefit people affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, especially orphans and grandmothers. Image: Hilary Hall.

Another cool part? The fashions from last years’ show will be auctioned off to raise additional funds for the Foundation. The auction is online and is live today at 3 p.m.! More than 20 gorgeous gowns will be sold at a special auction site until Tuesday, November 2. 

Linda Lundström’s 2009 DTWL desgin, being auctioned now!

Please come out and support this very worthwhile show, and enjoy some fantastic fashion at the same time! We’ll see you there.