Five years ago, Toronto could barely support one seasonal fashion event, but Alternative Fashion Week's (www.getfat.ca) second coming at the Distillery (55 Mill) from October 17 to 19 proves our style culture is bubbling. These five emerging designers will be on the catwalk during FAT's clothing, art and music event, ready to start nipping at the big labels' heels.
Collection: OCAD textile design student Avendano uses sheer pineapple cloth to create simple, canvas-coloured smocks and dramatic, sculptural showpieces. Where to get it: Distill, 55 Mills, building #56, 416-304-0033, www.milaven.com.
Collection: Sutton's Snoflake line cozies up woolen wardrobes with a collage of warm tweeds and tartans. Where to get it: Nathalie-Roze & Co., 1015 Queen East, 416-792-1699, www.snoflakefashion.com.
Collection: Babu et moi clashes colours, cut-outs and convertible clothing to create a neo candy raver look. Where to get it: www.babuetmoi.com
Collection: Valladares' design is in her embroidery, appliqué and leather strap details. Where to get it: Contact Valladares at email@example.com
Collection: Menswear fabrics and 1940s gangster styling inspire Lopez's UsThemWe label. Where to get it: Boutique Le Trou, 940 Queen West, 416-516-7122, www.usthemwe.com.