It will be a good month more before the bulk of Toronto's designers reveal their Spring 2009 collections at Fashion Week but at the Toronto Fashion Incubator's Press and Buyers breakfast yesterday, I had a sneak peek of what we (well, more you since it was mostly womenswear on display) might be wearing in six months.
Desperatley Different's Katya Revenko will be the first designer to test out Fashion Week's smaller, secondary "Studio" runway on October 20. She previewed a watery coloured grouping of dresses and jumpsuits incorporating her signature cinching and draping.
Calgary-based Lara Presber offered up the most interesting answer to the "what inspired your collection?" question. Aerial photographs of Kenya's landscape are translated into cotton dresses with grass green jersey pockets or sashes of turquoise printed silk chiffon.
The morning's big news was an announcement by the Ontario Trillium Foundation of a $150,000 grant to expand the TFI's Exhibition Place home in 2009. Its out-of-the-way location may be a pain in the ass for any taxi driver to find but you couldn't ask for a more inspiring spot than the 1907 Music Building to nurture the city's next designer generation.