“CAFA is incredibly excited to be involved in this wonderful new event supporting Canadian designers. FashionCAN is where fashion and commerce meet and is part of the growing global fashion movement allowing consumers an opportunity to purchase what they see immediately following their runway shows.”—Vicky Milner, President of CAFA.
Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Canada’s most successful shopping destination, is pleased to present FashionCAN, a showcase of the latest collections from leading and emerging Canadian designers, on October 16 and 17, 2016. This two-day event of static and runway shows will directly connect Canadian designers to media, buyers and consumers while driving national and international exposure. Yorkdale has engaged the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) to lend their expertise and relationships with the fashion community and ensure that FashionCAN attracts international and national fashion influencers and buyers.
“There has been a dramatic shift in the fashion industry where consumers are more engaged than ever with designers. We see FashionCAN both as an event that will allow designers to connect with buyers to preview their upcoming collections and make important sales, and also as an event where consumers can celebrate the looks they see fresh off the runway. Yorkdale has been the centre of style for many years and creating a new event and providing a venue that allows our talented design community to focus on the business of fashion benefits the entire industry.” — Lucia Connor, Yorkdale Shopping Centre’s Marketing Director.
The shows, designed to support Canada’s fashion community, will take place in Yorkdale’s new expansion wing prior to its public opening on Tuesday, October 18th. The events will see several designers present their latest collections in a series of shows that will be held throughout the day on Sunday, October 16th and Monday, October 17th. FashionCAN will culminate with an exclusive pre-opening event for the 20 new boutiques in Yorkdale’s new wing.
Yorkdale Shopping Centre is also providing the participating designers with a unique and exciting opportunity, a FashionCAN Pop-Up Shop that will also debut within the expansion and run from October through December. The FashionCAN Pop-Up will house current clothing and accessories available for purchase as well as Spring/Summer 2017 collections for preorder.
In addition to CAFA, Yorkdale is working with THE COLLECTIONS and Monarch Events Group to manage the behind-the-scenes production and direction of the shows.
Some of the designers confirmed to present collections at FashionCAN include Mikhael Kale, Lucian Matis, Pink Tartan and UNTTLD along with leading emerging designers presented by THE COLLECTIONS, Daniel Christian Tang, Jennifer Torosian and Christopher Paunil. More designers will be announced in due course.
Yorkdale’s expansion will open its doors to the public on Tuesday, October 18 and feature 20 new boutiques.