The TFI New Labels® 2016 Fashion Show and Fundraiser was held at One King West on Tuesday, May 3, to a crowd of Canada’s fashion elite.
Now in its 29th year, four semi-finalists made their grand runway debut to Toronto’s sartorial luminaries amongst cocktails and fundraising buzz. The winning designer, Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks, founded Peggy Sue with the mission of revitalizing the North American farm and fiber industry. She works directly with farmers, start-up mills and artisans to design sustainable clothing that celebrates their skills.
The four contemporary womenswear designers in the running to showcase their collections include: Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks for Peggy Sue; Karen Quirion for KQK; Defne Husrevoglu for GUN CONTROL; and Angelene Fenuta for ANGELËNE.
Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks won a $25,000 cash award pledged by Suzanne Rogers, the largest individual cash prize donation within the Canadian fashion industry; she will also receive a one page feature in FLARE.
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Adrien Reynolds, Natasha Black and Lindsay Singer
Brian Gluckstein, Sylvia Mantella and Gary Sarantopoulos
Cameron Williamson and Suzanne Timmins
Christine Faulhaber, Sabrina Maddeaux and Susan Langdon
David Dixon, Suzanne Rogers, Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks, Suzanne Timmins, Cameron Williamson and Susan Langdon
Edward Rogers and Suzanne Rogers
Glen Baxter, Christine Faulhaber and Cameron Williamson
Jake Mossop and Chloe Wilde
Laurie Lapalme and Susan Langdon
Melissa Ahlstrand and Christine Faulhaber
Sylvia Mantella and Ray Mantella
Simona Schneider and Nicholas Mellamphy
All photography by George Pimentel