Events in Toronto: Fashion Week 2012

Beginning on March 12 some of the hottest fall and winter fashions will hit the runway in Toronto as the newly named World MasterCard Fashion Week kicks off at David Pecaut Square. What could make a better night out with your friends? Great fashion, some drinks and entertainment and good friends! Not only that, but the chance to shop and do some good for charity. See how you can make it a great night out!

Take in a Show or Two … Or Four

What is fashion week without the fashion shows? Unlike the fashion week shows in Paris or Milan, Toronto fashion week is open to the public and this year an additional 200 seats have been added, with tickets ranging from $25 a show to $175 for a day pass. Check out the complete schedule and mark down what you must see. Here are a few to get you started.

Pavoni: Take a look at the gowns that luxury design house Pavoni has to offer, and that celebrities such as Katy Perry, Shakira and Carrie Underwood find irresistible. Take in their evening gowns, bridal gowns and cocktail dresses. Check it out at David Pecaut Square, Monday, March 12 at 9pm.

Joe Fresh: Who doesn’t love the style of Joe Fresh? Great style, great price and easily accessible. While still found in many of the Loblaw company of stores, Joe Fresh has been making its way out on its own too. Find something for the entire family with clothing for women, men, children and babies. Check it out at David Pecaut Square, Wednesday, March 14 at 9pm.

Pink Tartan: Simple, elegant and beautifully made, Pink Tartan is the baby of Kimberley Newport-Mimran, President and Head Designer of Pink Tartan. She aims to create clothing that is simple and makes people feel good. Pink Tartan is also accessible, sold in several stores in Toronto, with a flagship store in Yorkville. Check it out at David Pecaut Square, Thursday, March 15 at 8pm.

Dare to Wear Love: The Dare to Wear Love show has the honour of the closing night gala of fashion week and also celebrates the design community’s commitment to social justice. Twenty-five Canadian designers will be showcasing an outfit made with six yards of African fabric. Funds raised will go to grassroots organization sin Africa, through The Stephen Lewis Foundation, that works on the AIDS pandemic. Check it out at David Pecaut Square, Friday, March 16 at 9pm.

See the Backstage Action

If you can’t manage to score a ticket, all hope is not lost. Passerby’s will be able to peek into the tent through a window at the venue to see the models having their hair and makeup done. And if you desire, mix a few drinks and stay at home. Maybelline, who is a sponsor of the event, will also offer live streaming of 20 fashion shows on a YouTube channel.

Do Some Good

Build your own wardrobe by reusing and recycling, and give others the chance to do the same! Organized by Fashion Takes Action, fashion week attendees can swap brand name and designer clothing on the last day of fashion week. Items include lightly warn garments, shoes, purses, ties, scarves and belts which will be displayed for swapping. Attendees must bring at least one item to swap, and for every item that is accepted you will receive a token to be used towards swapping — maximum 20 tokens. Attendees can bring items that day or drop off prior. And any items left over will be donated to Goodwill.

So gather your best gal pals and head on down to David Pecaut Square. Just don’t be fashionably late.

 Photo by George Pimentel.

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