And Robin Kay is stepping down as executive director (but will remain president of the Fashion Design Council of Canada). This could mean big things for Toronto Fashion Week, including more press – something that Toronto Fashion Week really deserves. According to the Toronto Star, the Spring/Summer 2013 collections will go on as planned this coming October, run by the FDCC, but all future events will be IMG’s. IMG has been involved with the event since the Fall/Winter 2012-2013 collections, presented this past March.
There are good and bad points about this – the good news is, of course, the sale could make Toronto Fashion Week much bigger. Toronto Fashion Week has only been around for 12 years – it took more than that for the Toronto International Film Festival to get to where it is today. In addition, this could mean a return of some designers, who have showed off-site over the past few seasons, to Toronto Fashion Week as well as the introduction of new ones. On the other side of the debate is the fact that international involvement is needed to help the event – some are asking what this says about us. In addition, if more international press comes, will this hurt small media outlets, including online-only publications? Right now, most online publications are often regulated to the nosebleeds. Would this mean that bloggers would get seats that are even further back? Or again, will it depend on the number of readers, number of seasons one has attended Fashion Week, etc? Only time will tell.