Walk It Out: The Elements of Humber

Earth, wind, fire and water, took to the runway at this year’s Walk It Out: The Elements of Humber fashion show.

The show was organized by 25 Fashion Arts and Business students alongside program coordinator and professor, Jennifer Dawson. The planning for the event began in September.

More than 100 guests filled the Centre for Entrepreneurship, as the show opened with Humber violinist, William Lamourex, who filled the room with classical melodies before models walked the runway.

Ten well-known Canadian designers each presented their spring and summer collections, inspiring the fashion students to make this year’s show representative of the four elements.

“The Elements of Humber fashion show included bold colours such as reds, oranges, greens and purples and yellows displayed in garments from dresses to suits. The integration of textiles such as velvet, organza and satin are predominantly seen in the womenswear collections,” says fashion student, Renee Rodrigues.

The show included intricate hand-sewn designs, beautiful floral embroidery as well as gowns an suits from a variety of designers. Rodrigues adds the show features a, “refreshing and modern twist to traditional designs.”

At the event, designer Joseph Tassoni, received the Designer Support of the Year award and he thanked guests for celebrating and supporting Canadian fashion. Tassoni’s brand is known for its best-in-class materials and inventive designs that ensure women and men wearing his clothes do not have to sacrifice comfort for style. The night also included work from Shelli Oh, Kyle Gervacy, Zane Barlas, ZOFF, Cherith B., Brosche Bridal, JM Trends and collections from two Humber fashion students, Rohma Anzar (Rohma Anzar Couture), Ténae Atkinson (TAMA & co.)

Atkinson and Anzar presented their collections for the first time on the runway. Each offering a different style, Atkinson’s work featured vibrant and fruity colours in custom-made crocheted clothing, while Atkinson one-of-a-kind dresses reflected her passion for rock-and-roll and were inspired by the look and fashion worn by nine-time Grammy winner, Lady Gaga.

“It’s not so much about fashion for me but creating something that is art,” says Anzar.

With a passion that continues to grow, Anzar and Atkinson agree their time and labour was well worth it after seeing the audience react to their clothing.

“There was a lot of blood, swear, tears and time. I honestly love fashion, it is my favourite thing… this is where I belong,” says Atkinson.

From model casting calls, to new sponsorships, the event is a cross-collaborative effort across the Humber community and throughout various fashion industries. Helping to bring the show to life, students in media, photography, cosmetics, spa, music and culinary programs were involved in the fashion program’s capstone project. The show also donated proceeds from the tickets sales to Youth Without Shelter.

The show provides students with the opportunity to network and promote the event, while finding their way into the industry while networking with professionals throughout the process.

“The students present their capstone project that explores producing an industry standard fashion event. This event helps students gain hands-on experience in the design, development, direction, and coordination of all elements in the production of a fashion show,” says Dawson.

For more information on the Fashion Arts and Business program, visit https://business.humber.ca/programs/fashion-arts.html.