Over the past two months I have been participating in a fashion media program described below.
For the past ten weeks, ten emerging writers, stylists and photographers have been working together to document the collective fashion senses of the Dufferin-Eglinton and Oakwood-Vaughan communities. These style hunters not only hit the streets for the hoods’ key trends, but filed interviews, essays and fashion editorials for a Stylebook that considers the impact of what we wear as an expression of ourselves and our communities.
This program is called the Style Council and is facilitated by journalist/stylist extraordinaire Rea McNamara. Each week we meet up and participate in activities (like a styling challenge with velvet obis) and attend lectures from members of the Toronto fashion scene including photographer Alexis Finch, makeup artist Roxanne DeNobrega, blogger Anita Clark of I Want – I Got and art director/graphic designer Cherisse Thurab.
We’ve also gone on some very informative trips including a tour of Linda Lundstrom‘s old factory Eleventh Floor Apparel conducted by Linda herself and a tour of The Toronto Fashion Incubator by business advisor Susan Langdon.
All of our work has culminated in the creation of our very own style book in which each participant is given a two-page spread. This Thursday will be the launch party for our style book.
Art Starts, 69 Vintage and The Deadly Nightshades are celebrating fashion community-building with HI-STYLE HOLLADAZE, a Stylebook launch and fundraiser for Art Starts’ Style Council.
If you’re in Toronto stop by.
What: Stylebook launch and fundraiser
Where: 69 Vintage Collective; 1207 Bloor St. W.
When: Thursday, December 17, 2009; 7pm – 10pm
How Much: PWYC (suggested $4 donation includes a copy of the stylebook!)