FashionCAN, the newest event on the fashion scene in Toronto, was a two-day venture hosted by Yorkdale Mall that took place this week, on February 28th and March 1st. Established and emerging Canadian designers had the opportunity to showcase their newest collections for the upcoming Fall-Winter 2017-2018 season during this event which is a fortunate replacement of now defunct Toronto Fashion Week that was demised in July 2016 due to lack of financial support. It was only a matter of time when someone rebuilt a new fashion stage in Toronto for the Canadian designers to showcase their fashions, and the new FashionCAN has now attracted the old friends gathering together again, just like they used to do at Toronto Fashion Week up until a year ago.
This year's participants at the new fashion festival hosted by Yorkdale Mall have been Jennifer Torosian, UNTTLD, Rudsak, Whitney Linen, Christopher Bates, Paul Hardy, Michael Kale, Tara Riva, Bojana Sentaler, Lamarque, Narces, Bustle.
I had the pleasure to attend Christopher Bates' show at FashionCAN this Wednesday, March 1st. Christopher's new ready-to-wear men's collection for Fall-Winter 2017-2018 is made in Italy and it's inspired by Italian lifestyle, as the designer himself moved to Milan three years ago to expand his brand globally. Creating new collections for each season is not the only achievement of Christopher's. He has also created two lines of shoes recently, with large Canadian retailers such as Browns and Harry Rosen. Also, he created the uniforms for Air Canada employees, to be introduced with the air company later this year. The fashion show at Yorkdale Mall showcased not only Christopher Bates' new collection for the upcoming fall-winter season, but also the new collection of uniforms for Air Canada.