Swooning for Swaby
Spring Fashion Week was still waiting to be hatched October 17 when Swaby designer Shernett Swaby (www.shernettswaby.com) previewed her new warm-weather collection at the Berkeley Church (315 Queen East). Swaby is currently sewing up a storm as one of the contestants on Project Runway Canada (Mondays at 10 pm on Slice), so all pre-show talk focused on which other competitors might attend the presentation.
We spotted none of them (must be that million-dollar confidentiality agreement) but were awed by Swaby's loose and luxurious looks in a neutral palette of straw, taupe, tan and colourful punches of peach. Swaby played with handkerchief hems and square-shaped accents that drooped into soft forms.
The Toronto Fashion Incubator (www.fashionincubator.com) unveiled its new Exhibition Place home (285 Manitoba) October 16 at its annual press and buyers' breakfast. TFI members and industry insiders mingled through the headquarters' three dome-topped silos modularly outfitted by interior designer Glen Dixon (brother of fashion designer David Dixon ).
Current resident Carrie Hayes (www.carriehayes.com) showed a sweet collection of ballet-inspired separates in eco fabrics accented with latex underpinnings. Editors fresh from swooning over the latest Balenciaga collection on Style.com were giddy to see Anat Taiber 's (www.anatadesign.com) take on hyper florals.
If sitting runway-side at Fashion Week has inspired you to kick your own designing ass into gear, break on to the city's style scene at Toronto Alternative Fashion Week (www.getfat.ca), taking place in April 2008. Organizers are now hunting for designers to join their roster of indie talents. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for the lowdown .
Sew Be It contest
Sewers with an eye for sustainable design should log on to www.SewBeItStudio.com for info on the Sew Green contest. Entrants are invited to create new pieces out of recycled clothing and textiles for a chance to win stitch-erific prizes like a White 2335 sewing machine and gift certificates for the studio (2156 Yonge, 416-481-7784) and Fabricland. The deadline for submissions is midnight November 2.