The Toronto Fashion Incubator celebrates 25 years with an elaborate New Labels celebration at the ROM
Launched 25 years ago, the Toronto Fashion Incubator, has mentored and helped breed Canadian design talent such as Arthur Mendonça, Paris Li, Label and Pina Ferlisi (who was appointed as head designer at McQ by Alexander McQueen in 2010). On May 3rd, 2012, TFI presented this year’s New Labels show at the spectacular ROM, where one designer was awarded $25,000, thanks to a donation by Canadian philanthropist Suzanne Rogers. Four labels made the cut after an extensive six-months process, including Jameson Kane (a brand new outerwear label inspired by British fox hunting and 1950s silhouettes who presented their first ever collection), [Blak]-I (who produced street wear with a tuxedo twist) and Patrick Larrivée (a grad of La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne). But the night belonged to winner Sid Neigum, whose collection of well-tailored silk blend blazers with leather accents and cashmere sweaters garnered massive applause from the audience and won the attention of the judges, including The Toronto Star‘s Derick Chetty, designer David Dixon and Flare editor-in-chief Lisa Tant.