Toronto Launches First Men’s Fashion Week – Forbes
Following in the footsteps of Milan, Paris and London, Toronto is the latest city to inaugurate a men’s fashion week of its own. By doing so, the city which is known for drawing a global audience to its annual Toronto International Film Festival, becomes the eighth city in the world to host a fashion week entirely dedicated to menswear.
When it comes to fashion heavyweights such as Milan, the menswear-only event is celebrated for the sartorial precision spotted on the runways. Nevertheless, it is often criticised for offering a platform solely to the established set in fashion. Toronto’s men’s fashion week – which is widely referred to with the acronym TOM* – boasted the opposite. Though Canadian menswear veteran Christopher Bates was part of the three-day show schedule, it was the eclectic mix of emerging young designers, which set the tone during the city its first men’s week.
Ever aiming to support young talent, the men’s fashion week concluded with the Emerging Designer Award. A panel made up by five judges picked a winner who received a CA$10.000 check as part of the price package. Toronto-based Brazilian designer Joao Paulo Guedes took home the award, after having showed his collection of colourful graphic prints and sartorial cuts.
With menswear gaining ever more presence within the fashion landscape, an emergence of international men’s fashion weeks is inevitable. And with every self-respecting (aspiring) fashion capital hosting its local men’s fashion week, one can’t help but ponder – will New York be next?