The Insiders’ Guide To Toronto F/W Fashion Week 2019

Still last summer the faith of Toronto Fashion Week was unclear, IMG Canada  cancelled Toronto Fashion Week due to a lack of local support.

The highly anticipated Toronto Fashion Week x RE\SET™️ return bigger than ever with new programming  for his fourth  installment, February 2019. TFW took over Yorkville Village into a fashion hub this past week with fashion talks, runway shows and more.

This fashion week, saw plenty of incredible fashion presentations and new comers. Include impressive list of multiple brands ranging from some familiar faces established designers like Christopher Bates, and Mikhael Kale, Narces to emerging Canadian designers like  Mani Jassal, , Namesake, Sid Neigum, Thomas Balint, Lesley Hampton and Zoran Dobric,, among others.

Photos: George Pimentel for Toronto Fashion Week


Lesley Hampton’s Collection Honouring Indigenous Women & Other Highlights From Day Two of Toronto Fashion Week opened with a powerful performance by Indigenous singer with a live band and musician Iskwe. Ending with a call to the entire room to join in on a song titled ‘The Unforgotten,’ which she says is about “trying to heal all people; it doesn’t matter where you come from.”

A cast of Indigenous models who belongs to the Temagami First Nation of Bear Island, walked down the runway Wearing leated pleather and floral embroidered dresses.

Photos: George Pimentel for Toronto Fashion Week

Thomas Balint Men's wear designer arranged a group of models in a tableau setting, while Nadiya Svirsky, a Ukraine-born, Toronto-raised visual artist, live-sketched each of the model’s faces.

Day one of TFW saw designs by Croatian-born designer Zoran Dobric utilizes an array of artisanal techniques in his work, such as block-printing, shibori pleating, batik, and hand-painting. For his latest collection, he collaborated with Japan’s Aoyama Kohaze.


Next was Mani Jassal, whose Free Spirit Bollywood inspired collection titled ‘With Love,’ featured inspired floral prints blended her South-Asian heritage and Canadian culture. Open with florals and flowy silhouettes, and a looks full of romance with an all over 90s flower vibe.

Some of the looks features on the TFW runway.

 Photos: George Pimentel for Toronto Fashion Week 

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