Women’s Fashion Week

Toronto Women’s Fashion Week kicks off today and runs until March 12 at Waterworks. We got the scoop of what the three creative forces backstage are most excited about.

Rita Remark, Essie global lead educator

1. What’s different, bigger or better about the looks you’ve created this season?

“This year we’re working with so many new designers! I love the opportunity to collaborate with a new team because I always feel like I learn something new, plus it gives me the opportunity to give my creative muscles a flex. I am also very excited to be in a new fashion week environment. I feel like a new workplace breathes a new energy and excitement into any event. I can’t wait to see it all come together.”

2. Are there any new sources of inspiration?

“Every season brings new inspiration! That’s what I love so much about fashion week. Regardless of whether I’ve worked with a designer five times or it’s my first time, there is always a new angle or a different way of doing things. Fashion week has always kept me on my toes and I always leave re-energized and full of fresh ideas.”

3. Did having a season off between the last Toronto fashion week and this one have any benefits?

“I think taking a pause and re-visiting anything always has a benefit. When you keep your head down and work ahead, sometimes you lose sight of the bigger picture. We were all upset to lose Toronto Fashion Week when it was cancelled last season, but I feel like taking the break to re-evaluate and re-organize will prove to have been a great way to make the event greater and more successful in the end. You can tell by the incredible reception from everyone when it was announced that it was back in action! After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

Grace Lee, lead artist for Maybelline

1. What’s different, bigger or better about the looks you’ve created this season?

“This is a brand new fashion week, and of course we don't know exactly what it looks like yet, but I can say that I am so excited to be a part of something new and fresh. It's going to be fantastic seeing it all come together.” 

2. Are there any new sources of inspiration? 

“New sources of inspiration can come from anything! I just recently got back from New York and find that city a wealth of inspiration - just walking around and taking the city in gives me so much inspiration. I always feel reinvigorated when I come home to Toronto from NYC.” 

3. Did having a season off between the last Toronto fashion week and this one have any benefits?

“For sure! Any break is always a nice change of pace— it gives everyone a chance to regroup, get recharged and find new sources of inspiration.”  

Jorge Joao, international Redken performing artist

1. What's different, bigger or better about the looks you’ve created this season?

It’s not necessarily about the looks or the amount of staff, it's about the point of difference. It's not about reinventing the wheel but rather, it’s about bringing something new to a classic influence.”

2. Are there any new sources of inspiration?

“Inspiration is everywhere! It's always about finding it in the right places! I'm always a big fan of going online and seeing what different countries have to offer. Sometimes a trend is not about something new but about something that is relevant.”

3. Did having a season off between the last Toronto fashion week and this one have any benefits?

“During the season off, we are still active with events in Toronto and fashion week in New York, which always re-invigorates us but we were waiting for the opportunity to explore a new fashion week in Toronto so this is really exciting!”

Alexandra Laws