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Fashion Designers

A citizen's advocacy group has recently called Sophie Grégoire Trudeau out for accepting gifts and loans of clothing from Canadian fashion labels, deeming her "for sale" for daring to wear support for our country's industry on her sleeve. I can see how gifts and loans can make for some bad optics, even if the role of prime minister's wife has little real political oomph behind it. However, in a world where few powerful individuals direct their influence toward social good like Grégoire Trudeau does, Democracy Watch's threadbare argument seems to be more about populist-pleasing celebrity shaming than hypothetical conflicts of interests.
He even models his creations!
Traditionally a fashion show is supposed to be for buyers to place orders and for editors to narrow down the countless number of runway looks into X key trends for the season. Neither of those things occur at Toronto Fashion Week anymore. In order to maximize the potential of this event, changes need to be made.
"We should be more focused on building an industry that serves all and not one. Nothing can evolve from one."
Historically, female designers have been behind about one in six of all collections presented at Toronto Men's Fashion Week. This may sound like a fair ratio for a menswear show (undoubtedly there exist some with no female representation at all), but I assure you that it is not. Women have as much business being at a men's fashion week as male designers do at womenswear shows around the world -- that is, a lot.
Canada is home to a number of extremely talented Independent Fashion Designers who, for lack of exposure in mainstream malls, have their talents hidden from most of us. Yet all you have to do is browse through local boutiques to find that many of them stock their pieces.
Monday was day one of Toronto Fashion Week, and I was there with a curious eye to how fashion inspires thought.
I was still having a hard time deciding between which dress to wear, and I thought it was an easy thing to ask my social media tribe about, on Instagram and Facebook. After all, I am a social media strategist, and I'm always experimenting with online engagement. That's when the fun began.
Anastasia Lomonova is a Montreal-based designer whose shows at Montreal Fashion Week attract a cult following. The unveiling of the "tribal warrior femme" for her spring and summer 2013 collection at Galerie Arsenal on Sept. 4, 2013, did not disappoint. This video takes you from the front row to backstage where I interviewed the young, up-and-coming talent post-show.
Our national dialog on fashion has never been better, with local heroes like Joe Fresh and Smythe winning the hearts of international sartorial icons, and homegrown bloggers taking the fashion world by storm. We want to bring this dialog to HuffPost Canada Style, making it the place where you can embrace and express your personal style.