The first Rogue Fashion Week shows have been announced: Calla Haynes, Thomas Tait, Todd Lynn and Jean-Pierre Braganza
Rogue Fashion Week takes place a week or so before Toronto Fashion Week, and yesterday it was announced that on October 13 and 14, Proctor and Gamble and the Ritz-Carlton will be hosting a collection of runway shows by Canadian expats Calla Haynes (based in Paris), Thomas Tait, Todd Lynn and Jean-Pierre Braganza (based in London). Rogue Fashion Week is an opportunity for a designer or a group of designers to showcase their latest collections at a time and place of their choosing—there are no seemingly endless lines with volunteers shepherding guests into runway rooms like cattle, and although some shows get uncomfortably crowded, the sponsored libations are gratis and not sold at inflated prices (like at “the tents”—which we’re fairly certain is not legal).
Although some attend fashion shows for the promise of a splashy party, VIP experience or bounty of canapés and signature cocktails, the objective for a designer is to sell a product—like Haynes’s signature prints, Lynn’s visions of rock ’n’ roll, Tait’s wunderkind creations (he graduated from Central Saint Martin’s competitive MA program when he was 21) and Braganza’s variety of prints, proportions and shapes. We’re excited for the clothes, sure, but it’ll also be nice to see how a finished hotel will differ from last year’s hard-hat-required shows at Trump International Hotel and Tower. We expect to hear fewer complaints about how a recent blowout has now been ruined by a plastic hat.
(Images: Calla Haynes (left) and Thomas Tait (right))