A photo from Buy Design's disco campaign.
So what do we think of the fact that FQ and Sir creative director Michael King is the new chair of Aids Committee of Toronto mega fundraiser Fashion Cares and that the event is moving from its usual spot in June to the less gala-saturated days of October? The event is returning to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on October 18 and its Halloween theme is already soliciting “hos”, “hums” and “that’s hots!” from queers and ball queens.
Spring party season kicked off on April 10 with the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Massive Party and continued last week at the glittery Fashion Group International Night of Stars. Holt Renfrew style oracle Barbara Atkin along with DSQUARED2’s Dan and Dean Caten, designers Wayne Clark and Brian Gluckstein and journalist David Livingstone were all honoured at a gala at the Carlu.
Tonight, the first Elle Show rolls out the runway for the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s New Labels competition and the Buy Design for Windfall dress up party is planned for this Saturday in the Distillery District. The Power Plant Art Gallery’s Power Ball sneaks onto the social calendar on May 22 before the primped and pampered young things and seasoned philanthropists that drive the charity scene disappear to Muskoka for Victoria Day and weekends beyond.
Buy Design for Windfall is my own personal fundraising pet project and, yes, this column is a barely veiled attempt at luring you into a last minute ticket purchase. Windfall Clothing Service collects new clothing from manufacturers, retailers and designers and distributes them to social agencies around the GTA including shelters and job training programs so it’s a cause worthy of some shameless self promotion.
It was once easy to roll your eyes at fundraising committees where socialites sat between their morning blowouts and lunch but groups are diversifying. Our Buy Design team is a 40 person-plus army of journalists, designers, architects, bankers and other folks of varying ages and vocations. Fashion can be a pretty solitary racket so human contact and collaboration is worth the monthly meetings alone.
My favourite part of being Buy Design creative director was assembling a group of my style peers for our Studio 54 themed photo campaign. In the middle of January, we gathered at photographer Leann Parker’s Parkdale studio and managed to channel the look of the legendary New York City club at two in the afternoon with a lone disco ball spinning overhead.
Former TorontoStreetFashion-er Sonja Andic showed up in a gold lamé power blazer while Boutique Le Trou’s Marlene Shiff wore a full black leotard with a mane of gold chains around her neck. A blonde bob wig hopped from the head of Ryerson fashion grad Irene Stickney to designer/boyfriend Philip Sparks to BlogTO’s Anita Clarke. FashionVerbatim’s Adrian Corsin and illustrator Danielle Meder both blogged about their model experiences and stole a surprising number of shots for the two supposedly shy kids at the shoot.
They have all promised to turn it out again at the event this weekend. Tickets are $75 in advance and $80 at the door in case you want to dress up and disco too.