Humber’s Fashion Arts and Business students transformed the Centre for Entrepreneurship into one of the poshest events of the year, featuring Canadian designers, models and entertainment.
The annual Walk It Out fashion show presented this year’s theme of Haute Humber to pay tribute to the students’ experiential learning visit to the Christian Dior exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in February, where they had the opportunity to see the classic couture and elegance of the brand up close.
Program Coordinator and Professor, Jennifer Dawson, who serves as the Co-Regional Director of Fashion Group International (FGI) says that working with many designers, the fashion show gives students insight into the industry and an opportunity for members of FGI to recognize students as the future of the fashion industry.
“The event management course helps prepare students to work in fashion production and allows them to see first hand all of the important elements that go into making a show successful,” she says.
To celebrate tasteful and chic collections, seven Canadian designers who exemplify the same passion and craftsmanship as of one of the world’s most iconic fashion designers, presented their collections, including Joseph Tassoni, Xian, Angela Demontigny, Strauss, Medjy-MeMe Collection, Rhowan James, and Christopher Paunil.
The designers showcased the seasons latest trends and a sneak peek of what to expect in the store windows this year on the triangle shaped runway designed by the fashion students. The designers were able to display their collections on the innovative runway, giving the audience more opportunities to sit front row and enjoy the experience.
“The atmosphere of Haute Humber is classy, elegant and timeless. I truly believe everyone enjoyed the show, not only for the collections but also the opportunity to mingle,” says Haute Humber project leader and fashion student, Priscila Glienke.
She adds, the most important feature about the show was its loyalty to Canada and the Canadian industry and this was a consistent theme throughout their three months of event planning.
“Red is a big trend for spring and summer and his (Joseph Tassoni) capsule collection celebrates Canada’s 150,” says Dawson. “The students also wanted to display diversity in the designers’ collections– we need to see more of this in the fashion industry.”
Tassoni has been in the spotlight for the past few years for his campaigns and is no stranger to TOM* Fashion week and working with Paul Mason, Toronto’s infamous Fashion Santa.” He says, “it’s the Canada 150 collection showcasing the many faces of Canada unified under one nation through different shades of red,” says Tassoni.
Fashion student, Ciara Clancy adds there are many other fashion trends and statements that include the belt bag and prints such as pastels, checks and coloured camouflage. The students’ ability to plan all aspects of the fashion show, allows the students to dive deeper into the type of potential industry work they could experience after graduation.
“The fashion show provides a real world, hands-on experience for the students before they start their career. This event allows us to think critically about what a fashion show truly entails behind the scenes,” says Clancy.