According to various sources, Toronto Fashion Week could have taken it's last strut down the runway. IMG Canada, the creators of TFW, and IMG Fashion, longtime collaborators with IMG Canada, have announced in an interview with The Canadian Press that due to "not generating the local commercial funding that we really required", they will be pulling the plug on the event.
Not only would this be limiting the exposure for up-and-coming Canadian designers and showcasing the works of Canadian ateliers, but this also means the lack of funding on the part of IMG towards the Mercedes-Benz Start Up program for emerging artists. This program's awarded designers include Sid Neigum (featured in Vogue), ethical designer Malorie Urbanovich, Cécile Raizonville of Matière Noire, the "edgy but elegant" (according to Fashion Magazine) Duy Nguyen of DUY, to name a few. Only time will tell what the impact of the end of Toronto Fashion Week could have upon the Canadian fashion industry.
Could this really be the end of the 13 year phenomenon that is (was?) Toronto Fashion Week? We hope not!
By ROWAN DALKIN
Photos courtesy of toronto-fashionweek.com