The week kicks off with a look into the high-acclaimed Toronto Fashion Incubator. This year, the TFI celebrates 30 years of supporting and nurturing Canadian fashion designers and entrepreneurs, many of whom have gone on to establish prominent careers in the industry (famous alumni include Sunny Fong of Project Runway and Pina Merlisi of Alexander McQueen). On Thursday, current TFI residents will be presenting their collections at Waterworks, an impressive industrial space located in downtown Toronto. The presentations will then be followed by the TFI afterparty, a red-tie soirée slated to be "the most talked about fashion party of 2017".
Following said night of dancing, networking, and one too many drinks, it's runway show galore. 19 shows are scheduled between 5pm on Friday and 9pm on Sunday, so word to wise: wear comfy shoes. We here at SHE are particularly looking forward to Peggy Sue's show and "Emergence", a presentation by the Toronto Film School. Sue describes her collection as an ode to "the North American fibre industry", and designed "to sustain lifetimes of wear"-- an ethos that speaks to the all too common discourse of late regarding sustainability in fashion. "Emergence", on the other hand, is exciting for an entirely different set of reasons: this 70-piece runway show will feature designs from current students and recent graduates of the Toronto Film School's Fashion Design Diploma, whose influences draw on everything from African textiles to Japanese biker gangs.
Interested in the going-ons of TWFW, but can't make it to the shows themselves? Not to worry! SHE has you covered. Follow us on the usuals social media suspects (Instagram, Twitter, our blog), where our interns will be documenting the best looks, hottest trends, and all the behind-the-scenes highlights. Here's to hoping we get through the week, our sanity and heels intact.
by Imaiya Ravichandran