TORONTO, ON (March 14, 2017)
Four days and 18 memorable runway presentations later,
TW made a successful launch in the Canadian fashion industry featuring several iconic designers
and attracting Canada’s most notable. Lead by Founder and Executive Director, Jeff Rustia, TW
provided a modern, relevant and high tech fashion week platform, creating more opportunity
for Canadian designers to showcase their talent. Held at the historical Waterworks building in
downtown Toronto, the raw and industrial space gave an underground yet fashionable vibe for
the inaugural event. The TW shows attracted over 10,000 attendees with peripheral events
including TW Talks and TW parties drawing in close to 25,000 visitors.
HENDRIXROE took a stance on feminism as models strutted down the runway with metallic
motto-jackets with ‘Property Of’ emblazoned on the back. The show was topped off with an
epic performance by three young dancers who were recently featured on The Ellen Show.
Stephan Caras and Mikael D stayed true to their roots and did what they do best: stunning,
evening wear. Both designers closed the last two nights of TW with breathtaking and exquisite
collections. Private Eyes filmed an episode aptly named “Fashion Crimes” during the Stephan
Caras presentation while Jason Priestley sat front row with Stephan Caras and Jeff Rustia.
Eco-fashion was a trending theme at the Evan Biddell and Peggy Sue runway presentations as
each designer took a unique approach to environmental friendly clothing. Evan Biddell
partnered with Value Village and took on the 81lb challenge by producing an entire collection
using the second-hand clothing, while Peggy Sue created an ethically manufactured line made
from locally sourced and natural materials.
It wouldn’t be Canadian fashion without exceptional outerwear and Joseph Tassoni delivered
just that. “The Queen of the North” provided a fitting title for the collection, featuring luxurious
furs and textures.
TW welcomed Berlin-based brand ROCH as its International Spotlight. The designer, Roch
Matuszek, delivered a collection of classic European-grunge on the runway.
Rachel Sin presented a collection inspired by the latest dance craze, Kizomba, originating from
Angola. The dance is characterized by a romantic rhythm, urban vibe and a sensual appeal.
Miriam Baker showed figure flattering pieces influenced by the art nouveaux era of 1914 Paris
while still maintaining a chic modern edge.
Toronto Film School (TFS) showcased an eclectic mix of fashion from their
emerging talents and students during an afternoon runway presentation. Hailing from la belle province, KQK showed a minimalist and avant-garde collection while Di
Carlo Couture presented elegant and timeless pieces on the runway.
Other designers included Luis Padilla, Zoran Dobric, Shelly Oh and Lesley Hampton