Ready for three days of non-stop Canadian fashion, art, food and culture? Toronto Fashion Week is back for its fifth consecutive season with the spring/summer 2020 collections, in addition to a full schedule of events and programming. To help you make the most of it, we’ve put together the ultimate guide on what to expect.
When is it?
It will be held from September 3 to 5, 2019.
Where is it?
The majority of the week will take place in the Yorkville neighbourhood. Expect shows at the Yorkville Village, The Hazleton Hotel and the Royal Ontario Museum. This season, events will also take place at the Fashion House (78 Yorkville Avenue), a new space that promises to be “non-traditional and “dynamic.”
Who will be there?
The lineup of designers will be a mix of Toronto Fashion Week first-timers and veterans. Be on the lookout for newcomers like Adrian Arnieri, Farley Chatto, Steven Lejambe, Anisha Kumar, 90’s Kids, The Feral, RVNG, Tomé and Jared Lang Collection. Returning favourites include Christopher Bates, Hilary MacMillan, Lesley Hampton, Wuxly Movement and Narces. Kim Newport and New York-based Trigère, formerly located in Paris, will also be presenting.
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Save the date! The Spring/Summer 2020 edition of Toronto Fashion Week will be taking place September 3 to 5, 2019. You can expect exciting runway shows from designers including @christopher.bates.official, @hilarymacmillan, @lesley_hampton, @_narces, @whytecouture, @theferal_lab, @rvngcouture, @tomedresssalon, and @jaredlangcollection at venues such as @yorkvillevillage, @hazeltonto, and @romtoronto. Throughout the week, there will be @fashiontalkspod panels, a shoppable Designer Showroom, and delicious STYLE PLATE events. New for this season is STYLE ART, an innovative collaboration with @project_xposed, a @citymoguls speaker series Talk The Walk, and a charity fashion show to benefit Kayla's Children Centre. The complete @tfw schedule and ticket information will be available at tfw.to in the coming months. #tofw #linkinbio ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ? @georgepimentel1
What other programming will there be?
The Fashion Talks podcast hosted by Donna Bishop returns again for a live taping with designer guests including Franklin Benjamin Elman, Ron White and Kimberley Newport-Mimran. The Brand is Female will also host a live podcast taping with female entrepreneurs like BonLook founder and CEO Sophie Boulanger and Sentaler president and creative director Bojana Sentaler. In addition, Sentaler will be debuting their #SENTALER4SickKids campaign film in partnership with SickKids Foundation.
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We talked to designer @kimnewportmimran about her exciting new label, which will be making its debut at Toronto Fashion Week next month. For all the details, and to buy tickets to the show, head to tfw.to. ? @thekittyholland #tofw #torontofashionweek #canadianfashion #spring2020 #kimnewport
Entrepreneurship organization City Moguls will be hosting a speaker series featuring a panel of women entrepreneurs and industry professionals. The theme of Talk the Walk will focus on brand building and storytelling, with all proceeds from the panel supporting Dress for Success Toronto.
Photo series Icon in the Making featuring Canadian YouTube star, actress and model Gigi Gorgeous, will open at Yorkville Village on September 4. Shot by fashion photographer Chris Nicholls and produced by XPOSED, the series is inspired by Gorgeous’ personal journey.
What is open to the public?
The Toronto Fashion Week Marketplace will be open throughout the week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Taking place at The Lane at Yorkville Village (136 Yorkville Avenue), the market will feature pieces from Canadian brands and designers like Hania Kuzbari, Biko, ai Toronto Seoul, Okayok, Jessica Bedard, Erin Marcus Designs, La Reyna, Clara Lifestyle and Maguire Boutique.
To celebrate the food and art side of things, Style Plate and Style Art (new for this season) will be held in collaboration with local restaurants and art galleries. Drop by Art Style on September 5 for an art crawl complete with bubbly and sweets. If you’re more of a foodie, grab a fashion-inspired meal in the neighbourhood starting September 1.
This year, Toronto Fashion Week is teaming up with Yorkville Village to launch a new digital video series, Window Wars. Throughout the week, Canadian-German art director Tatjana Green and Toronto-based prop stylist and set designer Krystin Leigh Smith will be filmed competing to create the best window displays using pieces from the collections showcased. The work will be exhibited at 92 Yorkville Avenue from September 5 to October 23.