paper doll – Katrina Tuttle SS10

Katrina Tuttle SS10

I had high hopes for Katrina Tuttle‘s show after seeing her debut at FAT this spring.  Her show at LG Fashion Week revealed what a difference a different fashion week really makes.  Under the brighter lights and among more established designers, Tuttle’s collection of sweet dresses seemed repetitive yet somehow not cohesive.  Her almost lavish embellishments were hesitant, the styling and jewelry competed with the dress details. The separates were quite sweet but there were too few of them.  And unfortunately some of the stiffest, most inexperienced models of the whole week did not help sell the collection’s story. My favourite designs by Tuttle are the haute-crafty, whimsical and naive dresses that literally evoke rural Canada.  I wish she had taken those ideas further.

paper doll – Lovas SS10

Lovas SS10

Wesley Badanjak’s Lovas line is a perfect fit for LG Fashion Week. It was an impressive show for a young designer – of  course, one who has worked with veteran designer David Dixon and who already showed a really gorgeous FW09 collection at FAT.  I borrowed a front row seat from a gracious editor and was captivated by the flawless construction and the youthful lightness of the dresses.  Some of the separates felt a lot older, and the thought occurred to me that Badanjak’s very wearable and salable designs sometimes seem, pardon the expression, “Dixon Lite”.  I look forward to seeing Wesley’s progress because he has all of the qualities a business-minded Canadian designer needs, and I know that as his experience and confidence develop his personality will become more evident in his designs.

project – tulle box

As part of the Style Advisory Council at the Textile Museum of Canada I was asked to submit a Shadowbox – an 8″ square work of art to be auctioned off in support of the museum.  I usually like to deliver early but this time I’m taking it in this morning – and the cocktail party and auction are tonight.  That’s tight!
tulle box

This is my piece – the Tulle Box – isn’t that a terrific pun?  It is the offcuts of tulle from another project I am working on, gathered up into the box and obsessively trimmed back to create this lovely effect of texture, depth and form.  Inspired by all the tremendous work with tulle created by designers such as Viktor & Rolf and Hussein Chalayan, it was a lot of fun to try my own hand at this technique.  I hope a generous bidder agrees with me.

invitation – green light


This is rather short notice but I know a lot of you might find this interesting – if you’ve got some free time downtown it would be fascinating to learn more about how to get a TV or radio show from an idea to a reality.


GREEN LIGHT – How do new shows get chosen and developed at CBC?

Find out from the experts about the inner workings of the national public broadcaster and how they choose what goes to air.

OCTOBER 29 at Noon
Inside CBC radio with Chris Straw, Manager, In-House Program Development and Chris Boyce, Programming Director, English Radio

November 4, at Noon
Inside CBC-TV with Christine Wilson, Deputy Director, English Television Network Programming and Jennifer Stewart, Senior Director, Acquisitions & Development, English Television Network Programming


For more info:

a word from… October 09 Sponsors


A word from… is a monthly news post contributed by the sponsors who support Final Fashion.  All of my sponsors are intrepid entrepreneurs with a lot of personality, and I encourage you to check out what they are doing and making.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please get in touch!

Michelle from Shopgirls says…

Shopgirls Gallery Boutique presents SUGAR FREE 2009, paintings by Tennille Rose Will in support of Diabetes Awareness Month

Join us at Shopgirls Gallery Boutique 1342 Queen Street West for art, entertainment and light refreshments, November 5th from 7pm -11pm to celebrate the opening of SUGAR FREE 2009.   After being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2006, Tennille created the SUGAR FREE painting series as a way to give back to the Diabetes Education Centre at the Toronto Western General Hospital.

The Blanket

Nina from Toronto Fashion Incubator says…

Join us for a FREE informative seminar and find out how you can win $10,000 CASH plus $25,000 in editorial exposure and business support.

Date: Monday, November 2, 2009
Time: 5:30pm Doors Open; Coffee & Networking – 6:00pm Tutorial Begins
Location: Toronto Fashion Incubator, 285 Manitoba Drive, Pod 3, Exhibition Place, Toronto

Pre-registration required by phoning 416-971-7117 or e-mail

New Labels

Badur from PunkMedics says…

PunkMedics is beginning it’s Fifth Year in the aftercare business. To
celebrate we are having a sale on our entire line of skincare and aftercare
products. 25% off everything on our site till Nov 15th!

Here’s a chance to give your friends the gift of good skin for the Holidays.
It’s the ultimate gift you can give someone: the chance for them to
experience eco friendly, all natural bath and beauty products!

punk medics kit

Crystal from Fashion Crimes says…

We have our new Halloween window installed! It’s a sort of sacrificial “killer Fashion” theme…

Also new would be all of our Halloween stock. We have all kinds of glamorous costumes and accessories, from Lady Ga-Ga feather Boas to The Vampire Queen’s individual stick-on fangs. We have hundreds of costume ideas within our sale racks, it’s worth it to dodge the line-up at Malabar!

FC Halloween Windo

Sian from Fresh Collective says…

We’re very excited here at Fresh Baked Goods, as it’s our 15 year anniversary! Fresh Baked Goods has been on an amazing journey over the past fifteen years. Starting with cozy sweaters and most recently introducing a full fashion line of adorable dresses, skirts and tops, we’ve become a Toronto staple for fun and flirty fashions. Come celebrate our fifteen year anniverary and enjoy 15% off all regular priced Fresh Baked Goods label merchandise at both Fresh Collective and Fresh Baked Goods!

Fresh Collective 15th anniversary

taking pause

Biddell model
A model from Evan Biddell’s SS10 show.

Fashion week in Toronto is over.  It has been fun, absurd, exhausting and entertaining, as always.  I am very happy with the progress of the paper doll project – expect a few more to come next week as well as an announcement about the details of the paper doll book.  But first I need a little break.  I will be away from the internet until next Thursday the 29th.  Thanks for your patience.

paper doll – Jason Meyers SS10

Jason Meyers SS10

Jason Meyer‘s Spring/Summer 2010 collection is ostensibly based on Summertime, one of my favourite films, starring a gloriously mature Katharine Hepburn.  I can’t see this reference point in the collection – the clothes are not even “Italy in the 1950s”.  Instead, the clothes are pure Jason Meyers – the fishtail hems, the odd stiff arm things, the overwhelming ruffles.  This collection is an improvement over the last season – Meyers added slits to the tight dresses allowing his models to stride freely.  When watching Project Runway Canada 2, I admit I said that Meyers lacks a sense of taste – his collections have a tone-deaf quality to them. If Meyers can auto-tune his fabric selection and fit, I have no doubt that he can turn his many fans into customers.

invitation – Bazaar of the Bizarre


It is always delightful to get a hand-made press kit in the mail. This one was obviously made by busy little goblins, featuring tiny drawings of items you may find at the Bazaar of the Bizarre, happening this Sunday.

bazaar of the bizarre

Plastik Wrap is pleased to announce, that we are taking over the organization of “The Bazaar of the Bizarre 2009″ from The Royal Sarcophagus Society. RSS will be working with us to insure a smooth transition.

We thank them for all of their support and input. If you have not been a part of the last bazaar and do not know what to expect…it is a Halloween Marketplace! Artists, clothing designers, craft-folk, publishers and other independent makers of all things exotic, whimsical and macabre are encouraged to join us for this eccentric emporium of curious crafts:

To be held Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 6 Noble Street (Queen st. West of Dufferin) Toronto.

paper dolls – Travis Taddeo SS10

Travis Taddeo SS10

Travis Taddeo‘s clothes are all about attitude – what he does best is a contrast between oversized, soft jersey and tight, body-conscious leather.  Its all a little NSFW, 19+, which suits fashion week just fine – he stands well apart from the pack.  My favourite part of Taddeo’s show is always the finale – Taddeo walks to the runway with a brooding gaze towards the camera pit, and his gang of scantily clad, baseball bat wielding models follow him in a tight pack before they all turn abruptly and walk back.  Its the sort of thing a designer only gets to do twice a year and it looks like a very satisfying thing to do.

invitation – Andrea Stajan-Ferkul


One of Toronto’s few veteran fashion artists, and one I admire very much, is showing her work at Art Square Gallery in Toronto.  Andrea Stajan-Ferkul does exquisite paintings with terrific attention to line and texture, and I highly recommend visiting her at the gallery.
Andrea Stajan-Ferkul

Andrea Stajan-Ferkul is pleased to announce A Room with a View
A Solo Exhibition of Works
October 26 ~ November 9, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m. at Art Square Gallery
334 Dundas West Toronto, Ontario

Gallery hours: Everyday from 10am-10pm
Artist in attendance – Thursdays through Sundays or by appointment