The final day of the Spring/Summer 2020 edition of Toronto Fashion Week was packed with exciting Style Art events, fundraising and community initiatives, and thoughtful conversations led by Fashion Talks, City MOGULS and The Brand is Female.
The runways at the Fashion House and the Royal Ontario Museum also shined the spotlight on the latest collections from Maison Elama, Kayla’s Children Centre, Lesley Hampton, Trigère and Christopher Bates.
Here are the standout moments from Day 3:
ELEVATED READY-TO-WEAR FROM LESLEY HAMPTON AND TRIGÈRE
Celebrated womenswear designer Lesley Hampton showcased a beautiful SS20 collection, “The Preface,” at the Royal Ontario Museum on Day 3 of TFW. The eveningwear looks, showcased on an inclusive and diverse cast of models, featured intricate dresses, jumpsuits and separates with embellishment, lace and pleating details. Jorge Joao, Global Redken Artist, created an effortless hair look for the presentation. “We wanted something very natural, lived in. [It’s] a beach wave, but with a centre part,” says Joao.
At the Trigère show, the elegant looks by Canadian Franklin Benjamin Elman interpreted the historical fashion label’s distinctive design codes for today. Highlights included stunning sculptured circle-sleeve tops and knotted-silk evening dresses. For the show, CND Canada’s Education Ambassador Tamara Di Lullo created modern, multi-coloured French manicure nail designs. The bold makeup look, created by Elena Pacienza and Hanoch Drori for Trigère, featured two-toned eyes in unique colour combinations customized to each model.
KAYLA’S CHILDREN CENTRE AND #SENTALER4SICKKIDS CELEBRATE FASHION FOR A CAUSE
King & Bay tuxedos and Greta Constantine eveningwear were just a few of the fashionable looks spotted on the runway at the Kayla’s Children Centre charity fashion show. Following the catwalk presentation at the Royal Ontario Museum, guests enjoyed an exclusive cocktail reception and shopping experience, with proceeds from the evening’s events going to support programs for children with special needs.
Toronto-based outerwear label Sentaler hosted a special #SENTALER4SickKids as well to celebrate its ongoing partnership with SickKids Foundation. As part of the charitable event, an inspiring live panel and podcast recording by The Brand is Female took place, followed by an exclusive shopping event at Fashion House.
STYLE ART AND WINDOW WARS TAKE OVER BLOOR-YORKVILLE
As part of Style Art, several Yorkville galleries and spaces showcased exciting artworks for TFW’s first-ever “Art Crawl” on September 5. Mixed-media artist Max Jamali, meanwhile, hosted a thrilling live-painting event in The Lane at Yorkville Village.
The first episode of Window Wars, a new digital series, will feature two artists going head-to-head to create imaginative window displays for TFW designers, with the public choosing a winner. The series kicks off September 19 at TFW.to and gave showgoers a sneak peek at the windows, created by Krystin Leigh Smith and Tatjana Green for Adrian Arnieri, at 92 Yorkville Avenue.
SMART CONVERSATIONS WITH FASHION TALKS AND CITY MOGULS
For the Day 3 Fashion Talks taping, host Donna Bishop chatted with Canadian fashion designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran about entrepreneurship, the role of numbers in design, and the new Kim Newport Collection, which debuted at TFW this week.
On the same afternoon, City MOGULS presented “Talk The Walk — Building Your Brand With Impact.” The panel discussion, hosted by Katie Zeppieri, featured entrepreneurs and brand strategists Niki Sky, Paulo Leone, Aya McMillan and Ashlee Froese, with proceeds going to support Dress for Success Toronto and its efforts helping women across the GTA transition from unemployment to economic independence.
IMPECCABLE TAILORING AT CHRISTOPHER BATES AND MAISON ELAMA
Maison Elama showcased its luxurious FW19 outerwear alongside vintage handbags and accessories by retailer Re.tyche at Fashion House. The womenswear range included fur-trimmed coats and jackets, along with tailored blazers and chic wool capes.
And Christopher Bates, whose menswear designs are handcrafted in Italy, showed an impressive collection of tailored looks for SS20 to close out TFW. From wool pinstripe trousers to slim-cut suits and fine-gauge knits, the Milan-based label continues to offer stylish, everyday wardrobe essentials for discerning gentlemen.