Wear Red to Hit the Runway

The calendar is out and registration is now open for Toronto Fashion Week, now called World MasterCard Fashion Week. Event moniker aside, the new sponsor should bring renewed energy to the tents. It has already brought a few new designers including Ezra Constantine, Cara Cheung and Rad Hourani. Korhani Home kicks off the week on Monday, March 12th along with Holt Renfrew. And once again you can count on Bustle, Joe Fresh and Pink Tartan to bring the crowds.
With a financial partner in the role of title sponsor, perhaps MasterCard carriers will be able to enjoy a few buying perks on site. (Unfortunately I won’t be enjoying those since I carry its competition.) 
The Dare to Wear Love show returns as this season’s closing show on Friday, March 19th (9pm). Dresses from the first few years of Stephen Lewis Foundation fund and awareness-raising campaign are currently on display at the Textile Museum of Canada. Want to join the celebrities walking in the Dare to Wear Love runway show? Wear RED for the month of February and fundraise to win one of three coveted modelling positions on the grand runway at World MasterCard Fashion Week. There is still time to participate.

Boys who are Girls who are Boys

Last night the Textile Museum of Canada toyed with gender roles in an intimate androgynous-themed fundraiser hosted by the Style Council. Intimate indeed, with less than 75 people, mostly from the local fashion industry. The night kicked off with a discussion panel on androgyny in fashion and textiles that included author Derek McCormack (best known for his gothic writing and gay fiction), well-known fashion journo David Livingston and designer Mikhael Kale. To no fault of the panelists, this portion of the evening felt a little clumsy, with little direction or clarity of the discussion’s purpose. Better luck next time.

But the guests enjoyed an opportunity to embrace the costume portion of the evening. While most ladies took a well-travelled route of wearing fedoras, blazers and the occasional tie, jewellery designer Susie Love split the difference. Literally. Love played up the male on the left and the female on the right with all the proper trimmings, including half a mustache.

If there was an example of a man embracing the female fashion form in attendance, we missed him. But our sense is there wasn’t. Boys is heels? That’s not androgynous, that’s a drag queen (and a totally different party).