Toronto Fashion Incubator Celebrates Quarter Century at the ROM

Last night, Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) held its twenty-fifth anniversary gala at the ROM, featuring the annual New Labels fashion show where new designers compete for the Suzanne Rogers Award for Most Promising New Label – a $25,000 cash, a design studio at TFI sponsored by TNT and a feature in Flare magazine.  This year’s winner was Sid Niegum, who many in the Canadian fashion world are familiar with from seeing his collections at Toronto Fashion Week.  In fact, I was surprised that he was event in the show as he seemed much more established than the other designers.  The other three TFI finalists were Jamieson Kane (a gorgeous equestrian-inspired collection), [black]·i and Patrick Larrivée (lots of superhero-like headgear and interesting hats).  One interesting note about all of the collections was the dominance of black and neutrals – a slightly different outlook from what we saw at Fashion Week.  More colour would have been good.

Prior to the runway presentations, attendees were treated to a cocktail party where they mingled over drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres – one of my favourites has to be garlic chicken in a crispy wonton wrap – it was kind of like a spring roll in a cone shaped wrapper.  As we were not part of the VIP ticket holders (who had, to my understanding, a delicious sit down dinner), the runway presentation was standing room only (which I have jokingly referred to as the Luxe Pleb area).  I was lucky to get a close-up of the outside runway, so there was no need to watch the video feed (and therefore capture weird-looking photos).  Nonetheless, it was a great event.  Can’t wait to see what next year will bring.

About Cynthia Cheng Mintz


Cynthia Cheng Mintz is the founder and webitor-in-chief of this site and the petite-focused site, Shorty Stories. She has also written for other publications including the Toronto Star and has blogged for The Huffington Post. Her first novel, Aspirations, was published in 2007. Outside of writing, Cynthia researches and advises philanthropic ideas for family funds and foundations and also volunteers.

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Cynthia Cheng Mintz

Cynthia Cheng Mintz is the founder and webitor-in-chief of this site and the petite-focused site, Shorty Stories. She has also written for other publications including the Toronto Star and has blogged for The Huffington Post. Her first novel, Aspirations, was published in 2007. Outside of writing, Cynthia researches and advises philanthropic ideas for family funds and foundations and also volunteers.