The Heart Truth Fashion Show
The Heart Truth fashion show yesterday brought with it quite the media circus for such an early show. Various Toronto "celebrities" were spread across the front lines to catch sight of some Canadian darlings sporting designer dresses in support of the Canadian Heart and Stroke foundation. I spy Rick Campanelli, Lainey Gossip and some others who are papp fodder - I didn't recognize their faces, but someone thinks they are important. Mr. Intercom himself relays a message that former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson is in the house but I couldn't spot her. Oh well.
On a much more enthusiastic note, The Heart Truth show has become a recurring event at Toronto Fashion Week - Canadian designers team with a celebrity to design the perfect red dress.
I think it's such a great idea to merge fashion with an importance cause - The Heart and Stroke Foundation saves lives everyday through its fundraising and charitable events and fashion is a great outlet to get the message out in a really tangible way. See? Fashion doesn't have to be shallow - some people have values and it showed, as 70% (at the very least) of the seats were filled, a vast improvement in attendance because throughout the week, you couldn't pay someone to be a seat filler.
Celebs showed their support by putting on a great show - everyone applauded first-time model Linda Cullen as she commented, "look at that up there (on the screen), that's my butt." Other highlights include: Tracy Moore hamming it up to Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps" and a standing O for olympic bronze medalist Joannie Rochette.
The typical front row sneers turned into shiny, happy faces with hands clapping in unison as the celebrities danced down the runway.
Want the scoop on the actors turned models? Here's a rundown of the celebrity models:
Erin Cebula (ET Canada - West coast reporter) wore Karamea
Keshia Chante (singer) wore Jason Meyers
Linda Cullen (comedian) wore D'arcy Moses
Jane Francisco (Editor in Chief, Chatelain) wore David Dixon
Robin Gill (TV news anchor, Global National News) wore Jacqueline Conoir
Marice Ien (TV news anchor, Canada AM and CTV News) wore Ross Mayer
Tanya Kim (eTalk) wore Andy Thê-Anh
Silken Laumann (Former olympian) wore Lundstrom Collection
Mira Leung (Olympic figure skater) wore Patrice Soku
Jessica Lowndes (Actress, 90210 (current)) wore Evan and Dean
Sheila McCarthy (Actress, Little Mosque on the Prairie) wore Thien Le
Ashleigh McIvor (2010 Olympic gold medalist) wore Fashion Crimes
Anne-Marie Mediwake (TV news anchor, CBC News Now) wore Farley Chatto
Tracy Moore (Host, Cityline) wore Joeffer Caoc
Leah Pinsent (Actress) wore Pat McDonagh
Caroline Rhea (Actress, Comedian) wore Ines Di Santo
Kathleen Robertson (Actress, Producer) wore Mark Belford
Joannie Rochette (2010 Olympic medalist) wore Nadya Toto
Crystal Shawanda (CCMA, Female artist of the year) wore Paul Hardy
Who wins top honours?
With so many options to choose from, I have selected Farley Chatto's design as the show-stopper. The dress showcased Anne-Marie's Scottish and Sri Lankan heritage, a cross-cultural fusion that inspired the use of rich tartan and sophisticated beaded lace atop a voluminous tulle skirt. The design's youthful energy and Anne-Marie's flirty swagger set off a positive energy that swept the room at the Allstream Centre.
A job well done designers. You too models - way to walk the walk.
Who is your favourite? Let me know. In the meantime, check out The Heart and Stroke foundation to see what you can do to help
Photos by James Kachan