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The future is shaped by the community who foster it, and last week I was proud and honoured to be a part of a community dedicated to shaping the future of fashion. I may not be a designer, a fashion house, a tech startup or a VC, but I am a someone who wants to see emerging designers and fashion-tech startups take on this intense and often challenging industry. Last week Startup Fashion Week (SFW) kicked off for the third time and once again I was thrilled to be there. The highly successful five-day event provides a platform for emerging designers and fashion-tech startups to increase visibility through networking events, conferences, and a prestigious runway show. For those who felt a sense of loss when Toronto Fashion Week announced it’s downfall, SFW became not just the remedy but a solution for championing the success of the Canadian fashion (and tech) industry.
The Toronto International Film Festival isn’t just a celebration of film, but an endurance sport that rivals Iron Man and Tough Mudder. If you want a relaxing night of cinematic delight, TIFF isn’t for you. Get your war paint ready, put on those comfy shoes; this film fest is the Mt. Everest of entertainment (but when you survive, it will all be worth it). Whether you're a TIFF marathon champion or festival freshman here’s a list of survival gear to help you make it to the finish line.
Many were left heartbroken by the news of Toronto Fashion Week’s demise last Thursday. But all is not lost. The bi-annual event which highlights the best and most innovative designers, hosts parties galore, and features oh-so-fabulous streets style will hopefully be re-thought, and come back with a vengeance that only Canadians possess. But there is one event that escaped the chopping block in the fashion world, and I was thrilled to see the press release land in my inbox. Startup Fashion Week is back! As the world’s only fashion week to focus on fashion, business, and technology, it is a rare and AMAZING series of events, shows and workshops. Last year I had the opportunity to attend the Future of Fashion Runway Showcase, and I was blown away by the designers and the tech startups involved—I am still obsessed with MAISON CYMA.
Having a scientist for a father meant that my childhood was injected with some pretty interesting memories. From electrified potato clocks and Van de Graaf generators to Tesla coils and what I vaguely remember as a nitrogen laser, my childhood may not have been as normal as I had once thought. Looking back on my years as a mad scientist’s assistant, I wish that everyone could experience the rush of seeing lightning shoot across their house or watching a solar eclipse through a pinhole projector. It’s the feeling when every cell in your body is electrified—not literally, well once, but it was an accident—and you behold the magic you have created and unleashed into the world. There is nothing like it. There are many who chase this moment. They are the Makers. They are a community of people; young, old, professional, hobbyist, it really doesn’t matter. Their main objective is to create. If you are looking to join this community, I would suggest checking out Maker Festival in Toronto. It’s a month long celebration from June 15th-July 17. The festival includes the Maker Extravaganza where over 100 makers will come together to show off their creations, and over 80 satellite events across Toronto including workshops, meetups, speakers and hackathons.
The first Monday in May is a sacred night to those who worship the fashion gods, and this year was no different. The MET Gala, which is one of the most coveted fashion events of the year partnered with Apple and injected life into an evening of art. The gala, which marks the grand opening of the annual fashion exhibit celebrated fashion in an age of technology. For me, this red carpet event is more thrilling than the Oscars. It is where attendees can really explore fashion as a form of art, rather than just sporting your every day ballgown (well, who doesn't have an everyday ballgown?). On this carpet, you can push the limits, pull out all the stops, and leave gossip sites saying, "WTF was that?" This year did not disappoint. From over-the-suit droid armour to dresses controlled by computers the carpet was home to designs that went to incredible lengths for their craft.
As a kid I had dreams of being a superhero, they had capes, colourful tights, and gadgets that could stop villains in their tracks. Now as an adult I have given up on the cape—it kept getting stuck in the door—but the tights and the gadgets I still yearn for. Earlier this year I discovered We Are Wearables a meet up that brought people together to discuss wearable tech, or gadgets for your superhero belt (either way it’s a group of kick-ass people). This Saturday I am excited to join the first (of many I hope) We Are Wearables Gives Back event. Partnering with Toronto Public Library, We Are Wearables will be giving kids a chance to get their hands on wearable technology and inspiring them to become superheroes.
I am finally over that TIFF hangover, but I am also in film fest withdrawal. My hangover may have lasted a month, but at least it was another experience to last a lifetime. The ten-day long cinematic carnival featured spectacular films, but I must say there is another festival that has just captured my heart. There were no celebrities, not an ounce of champagne, and I didn’t have to wear a suffocating dress. Last week I attended the Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival (KVRFF) presented by VRIDEO. The traveling showcase of the best cinematic virtual reality stopped by Toronto last Sunday. We were treated to 20 short films from moviemakers from across the world and the night not only showcased their hard work but an interesting and honest panel discussion. Kaleidoscope wasn’t my first VR film event, a couple of weeks ago I checked out FIVARS, which was the catalyst to my new found love of virtual reality films. So how does a VR film fest work you might ask? Forget about renting out an expensive theatre any space will do. The evening’s event was hosted at the Twist Gallery on Queen West. The perfect place to wrangle VR lovers alike. The room was grouped into sections, and you were able navigate the gallery and check out a variety of experiences. Armed with Samsung Gear and Oculus Rift VR headsets guests were able to view animation, 360-interactive experiences, and live-action 360 video.