clicks and questions

fashion in canada,toronto — Danielle on October 19, 2007 at 11:21 am

Shernett Swaby of Project Runway Canada produced a show on Wednesday. Her venue was the recently renewed outdoor space at the Berkeley Church.

Sitting in the front row with a sketchbook on my knee, I raced the models to try and quickly capture all the superlative detail that is the essence of Swaby’s style. I was once again impressed by the superb execution and confidence of Swaby’s work. Excerpts from my sketchbook are on the left.

Bernadette Morra has a lot of interesting questions in her fashion week preview, none of which I have the answers to, though they inspire a few questions of my own.

And why did such a respected designer [Kendra Francis], along with Greta Constantine’s Stephen Wong, risk public humiliation by participating on Slice network’s Project Runway, anyway?

It might be that $100,000 prize? Designers may have respect but can they pay their bills with it?

And a question that has been looming since September: What is the cost of the FDCC-backed Group of Seven campaign to promote a select group of Canadian designers, seen in magazines such as Vanity Fair, and what has been the benefit? How many Americans even get the reference to our country’s renowned artists?

How did I not hear about this campaign until just now? New York readers, have you seen this?

Enough meatspace – back to the internet, here are a few clicks worth clicking…

Independent Fashion Bloggers is a collective blog by fashion bloggers for fashion bloggers… so of course I find it fascinating. Henna of Canadian Beauty shared an interesting post on beauty blogging and affiliate programs.

Indie Collective shines the spotlight on craftspeople and their wares… put together by jewelry designer Mary Rajotte, it features a lot of pretty objects from Toronto artisans.

Fabulously Broke in the City is one of my favourite Canadian fashion blogs, featuring a prolific combination of personal finance and fashion posts. She has posted a best-of Fabulously Broke roundup here, so if you have not been reading along, get ready to spend some time catching up.

Ironic Sans is a clever design blog that occasionally takes that old saw, “I have a good idea for a t-shirt”, to the next level.

Sometimes when I am working, drawing garments and figures for my clients, I listen to old episodes of This American Life. Every once in a while a segment of this remarkable show thrills me.

The second segment of this show (at 19:00) was a fascinating story.

Long time readers will remember that I am wary of the emphasis on fashion shows, especially for new designers. It seems to me that the cost and risks of a successful fashion show is equivalent to a television commercial in any other industry.

Internet Fashion Week seems like a solution that levels the playing field. Based in Europe, I discovered it via Style Bubble and am interested in seeing how it will develop.

Front row seats for all.

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    1. And a question that has been looming since September: What is the cost of the FDCC-backed Group of Seven campaign to promote a select group of Canadian designers, seen in magazines such as Vanity Fair, and what has been the benefit? How many Americans even get the reference to our country’s renowned artists?

      How did I not hear about this campaign until just now? New York readers, have you seen this?

      this is in conjuction with Toronto Tourism…

      Comment by jarod.vhale — October 19 2007 @ 4:20 pm
    2. loved swaby’s collection!

      Comment by skinny — October 19 2007 @ 6:36 pm
    3. jard.vhale – (Zaigham?) – so peculiar that an international campaign like this one does not come up on google. I searched the Toronto Tourism site and found nothing. I do not get it.

      Bernadette Morra’s question seems to ask for some kind of transparency about how public money gets spent. These things sure are hard to measure, but someone needs to measure them.

      Comment by Danielle — October 20 2007 @ 8:50 am
    4. yeah…
      it’s me…

      I have actually created and/or been on many non-profit boards of some of the highest (and notso high) cultural institutions in the country….

      the bottom line is this..
      at a basic minimum…an non-profit must provide the following thigs to its members annually…
      - financial statements audited by a third-party accounting firm
      - an Annual General Meeting (AGM)
      - by-laws stating things like term-limits for board members, presidents, what the criteria of membership, goals of the organization…things like that..

      there are whole bunch of other things that need to be done once these are done…but from what I understand, based on my research, and from what this petition and others have said..the FDCC isn’t even close…that’s a very valid issue. I mean if potentially LFW gets close to a million dollars…where does it all go…? it’s this knucklehead crap that just irritates me cause imagaine what you can do when you take 10% of that money and bring in buyers or international media…

      that’s partly why TWOS was started..cause where i come from..you don’t like something or go do it yourself…

      the marketing campaign is typical of toronto tourism stuff…all traditional media that doesn’t really do much…they apparently had bus wraps and bought major spreads in the mags..and that’s it..no online at all…but that’s there deal…and I have seen the creative…it’s fricken horrible…one of my junior designers could do better..

      Comment by jarod.vhale — October 20 2007 @ 6:27 pm

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