Fashion-able: The final night at World MasterCard Fashion Week and our favourite moments

That’s a wrap! Another hectic, fabulous and successful fashion week has come and gone in Toronto and we enjoyed every minute of it. There were so many great looks from the Friday shows, but we can’t squeeze them all in here so we’ve chosen a few of our favourites to share. 
We’re a bit biased toward Arthur Mendonca, having represented him at last season’s fashion week, but we think everyone will agree that the designer is a genius with draping, colour and pattern. We loved these looks in particular, although we’d wear anything from his FW2012 line.
Beautiful, bright yellow

Tough, yet feminine
After seeing Travis Taddeo’s collection as part of the Mercedes-Benz competition last season, we were excited to see what he would do with free reign over the runway. Verdict: loved it! We wanted to grab most pieces right off the models’ backs.

Sexy and luxe, yet unfussy and easy
So many places to wear this

We were eager to see Rad Hourani’s Canadian runway debut of his unisex, a-seasonal collection. In summary, it worked! The women looked edgy and feminine, while the men were masculine while sporting the same structured apparel.

The final show of the evening, Dare to Wear Love, was a fundraising show in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. With an army of celebrity models and beautiful creations by many of Canada’s top designers, fashion week ended with a party on the runway. A few of the best moments:

Trish Stratus carries an audience member down the runway


Dina Pugliese revs up the crowd in Adrian Wu’s creation

This little girl steals the show after earning the right to walk the runway for being a top fundraiser.
Image source.

Wishing you all a bit of a rest before the preparations begin for next season. Congrats to the designers, FDCC and everyone involved with putting on such a great week. What were your favourite looks on the runway? 

All images courtesy of George Pimentel (unless otherwise noted).

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)