TFI -Toronto Fashion Incubator

The TFI New Labels, produced by the Toronto Fashion Incubator, celebrated Canadian fashion and crowned one new Canadian label as the Most Promising of 2017.

2017 is a major year for the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI). The first-of-its-kind center for fashion entrepreneurship celebrated its 30th anniversary this year while the New Labels competition, a TFI’s runway showdown that crowns one promising designer each year, turned 25.

The TFI New Labels fashion show celebrates the brightest up-and-coming Canadian fashion designers. Each year, the emerging talent compete for the prestigious New Labels award which is valued at over $90,000 (!!). This includes the $30,000 Suzanne Rogers Award for Most Promising New Label, editorial features with FLARE and HELLO! Canada, as well as the opportunity to show at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week spring 2018.

On the contemporary, streetwear side, both Andrew Coimbra and Sebastien Guarin presented directional silhouettes with an emphasis on experimental textiles and androgynous shapes. Claire Lemaire-Auger’s show was an artsy, boho escape. Then there were the eveningwear designers: sleek and slinky for Ryan Alexander and show-stopping glamour for Michael Zoffranieri, whose sheer gowns took the top spot.