Last week WORN had the pleasure of setting up shop at The Nook, a local neighbourhood centre, for a Fashion Show and Earth Day cleanup. The models, all members of The Nook’s Children’s Program, strutted down the eight-foot runway with such fierceness that they gave Naomi Campbell a run for her money — minus the tantrums. In addition to being the best models under five feet the Greater Toronto Area has ever seen, the runway looks were also made by The Nook kids themselves out of recycled and earth-friendly materials: a dress made entirely out of paper that would put any Project Runway challenge to shame. There was also a table of goodies made by The Nook kids, including fabric headbands and feather earrings that left me scrambling for my change purse.
- Casie Brown
When I lived in residence last year, there were a few permanent fixtures in our floor’s common-room: a sewing tool-box, a ruler, stray threads, and a frazzled first-year fashion student. She wasn’t frazzled because she was a slacker and rushing to catch up. She was frazzled because she had a pattern for a dress due the same day as three other hefty projects.
This year – my friend’s second year in the program – she’ll see a model walk down a runway wearing one of her creations. Finally.
In the school‘s annual 2nd and 3rd year fashion show, students in Ryerson’s Fashion Design program will show off their final projects of the year: women’s evening-wear and menswear.
Serpentinata: Get Twisted will showcase the work of emerging Toronto designers, and Jessica Biffi – former Ryerson Fashion Design student and runner-up in Season 2 of Project Runway Canada – is just one of several anticipated industry attendees.
On Friday, April 9, 2010, Ryerson University Fashion Design students are getting twisted – and not just because they’ve worked ridiculously hard for the past 7 months and deserve a break. The show promises “a surreal glimpse at the work of these student designers as they enter the Toronto fashion industry,” according to Alex Fox, a fashion student who is overseeing the show’s production.
- Stephanie Fereiro
I made a special trip home for my small prairie town’s Blast from the Past Fashion Show. The event was put on by our local performing arts council, as a fundraiser for a festival they host every spring. When they sent out a call for both clothing and models, I was at once surprised and thrilled – the request was not only for clothing, but for the stories behind the clothing, too. They did not just want models, but models with some sort of connection to the clothes they would be wearing. The idea was that a granddaughter would walk down the runway in a blouse her great-grandmother made, or a niece would wear a dress from her aunt’s wedding in the seventies. The clothing was important, but equally important were the lives the clothes had led.
The weekend before the show, I had come from university to my tiny prairie hometown for a visit. That Sunday afternoon, my delightful seventy-something-year-old neighbour came over to deliver some food (as per always) and discuss the development of the show. She had donated some clothing and was excited about the prospect of it being worn again, so many years later.
“We’re supposed to wear hats,” she reported, “Come over next weekend and I’ll let you wear one of mine.” I may have let out a little squeal of excitement, and the prospect of vintage fashion in tiny St. Michael made my neighbour just as happy. As she left, after an hour of talking about pillbox hats and wedding shoes, she called from the doorway, “It’ll be more fun than a picnic!” I haven’t been to many picnics in my life, but now that the show is over I can tell you she was absolutely right.
When I arrived at the show on Sunday afternoon, hat firmly on my head, the place was abuzz with ladies and tea. Everyone was chatting or marveling over the displays of clothing, shoes and accessories that didn’t make it onto the runway.
We almost never do this at WORN, but Viktor and Rolf’s Spring 2010 collection was just so so so amazing, I can’t help it. The mix of peach, coral, and turquoise with harsh black lines and hints of structured menswear tailoring with billowing bias just blew my mind. Have I mentioned the gravity-defying tulle? I can’t stop watching the video – every time a model turns the corner and you’re hit with this wall of cross-sectioned tulle, my heart beats a little faster. What do you think?