SOURCE: Toronto Fashion Incubator

Toronto Fashion Incubator

February 04, 2015 13:08 ET

Award Winning Non-Profit Unveils Canada's Rising Design Stars

Four Designers in Line to Showcase at TFI NEW LABELS® 2015

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - February 04, 2015) - Lights will turn down and fashion will turn up on May 4, 2015 when the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) unveils the brightest stars in Canadian fashion at TFI New Labels® 2015. Four impressive semi-finalists are eligible to have their distinct design talent walk the runway during an evening of cocktails, fashion and fundraising. Canada's current bright fashion stars include a CAFA (Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards) nominated and Italian-trained designer; a native Montrealer who previously assisted Vivienne Westwood; a Parsons-trained designer once spotted on Sex in the City star, Kim Cattrall; and a former London, UK tailor who has dressed cultural icon Lady Gaga.

Notable members of Toronto's fashion community, along with leading sponsors, Mantella Corporation and the City of Toronto, and exclusive media partners, FLARE and Rogers, will gather at One King West where one designer will be awarded $25,000 for Most Promising New Label, presented by Suzanne Rogers, and a full-page feature in FLARE.

The Judges
The elite panel of judges that will mentor the four semi-finalists and select who advances to the TFI New Labels® stage, includes:

  • David Dixon: President, David Dixon Inc., and former TFI New Labels® finalist
  • Suzanne Rogers: Philanthropist and benefactor of the Most Promising New Labels Award
  • Suzanne Timmins: Senior vice president and fashion director for Hudson's Bay and Lord & Taylor
  • Cameron Williamson: Editor-in-chief of FLARE

The Designers
The four contemporary womenswear designers in the running to showcase their collections, include: Matthew Gallagher for Maison Matthew Gallagher, Valerie Tolila of Vaiken, Jennifer Torosian and Raed Ali for Jennifer Torosian and Benji Wong Zhen Wang for Benji WZW.

Milan-educated designer Matthew Gallagher for Maison Matthew Gallagher designs for a powerful woman of luxury and refined allure. The FW15 collection finds inspiration in a girl who is torn between reality and fantasy; what she longs for and how it entrances her to become the woman she dreams of.

Montreal-based VAIKEN favours sporty, feminine and sexy silhouettes while embodying the modern woman. VAIKEN's FW15 collection channels French model Caroline de Maigret's eclectic style mixing carefree bohemianism with rocker chic, sophistication with attitude. The line includes fur, leather and embroideries on crisp tops and skin-tight pants.

Jennifer Torosian creates sleek and tailored aesthetics with fine detail, blending clean lines with elements of surprise. Founded by Jennifer Torosian and Raed Ali, the brand has developed a celebrity roster, including actor Kim Cattrall. The FW15 collection mixes sport aesthetics, luxe fabrics, a utilitarian spirit and hints of work wear elements.

High-end streetwear brand Benji WZW combines street tribalism with a narrative sensitivity. Favoured by music superstar Lady Gaga, the line balances power and sensuality, the ugly and the beautiful. The FW15 collection, SACCHARINE GRAVE, tells the story of high school outcasts who idolize the Cross Bones Graveyard in London, UK.

Net ticket sale proceeds from the fashion show will benefit the TFI, a non-profit, community-based, small business centre that provides critical support to fashion entrepreneurs. For tickets, which include a networking social, cocktails and fashion show, please contact TFI at or 416 971 7117.


The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) is an award-winning and highly-acclaimed non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and nurturing Canadian fashion designers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1987 as the world's first official "fashion incubator", the TFI model has been adopted by cities such as New York, Chicago, London, Paris and Milan. Housed in an 8,000 sq. ft. heritage building at Exhibition Place in Toronto, TFI provides critical support to creative entrepreneurs to develop the business and professional skills they need to thrive and survive. Start-up and advanced community programs include educational seminars on the business of fashion, one-on-one mentoring with industry professionals, exclusive promotional and sales opportunities, and valuable sales, marketing and trend resources.

Toronto Fashion Incubator: 285 Manitoba Drive, Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario M6K 3C3 Canada 416 971 7117

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