The Collections launched RE\SET in 2017, and it takes place twice a year. RE\SET is a marketing platform that allows for Canadian designers (both established and emerging) to present their lines both to the fashion industry and its consumers. It is held in collaboration with Toronto Fashion Week, and it involves three days of fashion presentations, runway shows, discussion panels and designer showrooms that are open to the public. The designer showrooms had over 20 designers. Since 2017, over 100 designers have been featured. RE\SET has generated higher profiles for all those who have participated.
RE\SET 004 (S/S 2019) had 14 designers participating in runway shows and 16 designers in presentations. Some of the participating designers were Mikhael Kale, Victoria Hayes, Mani Jassal, Alex Yu, Christopher Paunil, Namesake, Daniel Gregory Natale, Pedram Karimi, Christopher Bates, Hilary MacMillan, Tara Rivas, Wil Studios and WRKDEPT.
Hudson’s Bay presented the Shop RE\SET Showroom with 12 designers whose clothes are available either in-store or at The Bay online. Designers included Markoo, S.P. Badu, Daniel Gregory Natale, Atelier Guarin, Hilary MacMillan, Biko, WIL Studios, Cuchara, WRKDEPT, Mikhael Kale, Pedram Karimi, and Sid Neigum.
The designers all brought something unique to each of their fashion shows. The day started with Mikhael Kale who used the Royal Ontario Museum (a first for the ROM ) as his venue, right among the Dinosaur exhibit. His models showed his distinct sporty style, with asymmetrical dresses, layers, and hoods.
Victoria Hayes presented at Yorkville Village, with static models posing. Guests were allowed to walk among the models. Her clothes were bright coloured (hot pinks, tropical blues) with bold prints and all looking very feminine.
Namesake showed their line of 13 different leather jackets created by 13 artists including Daniel Mazzone and Ben Johnston at Lumas Gallery. Hanging from the ceiling and adorned by models, their jackets had tattooed designs, human hair, and photography. The jackets were available to be purchased with proceeds going to Fashion Revolution.
Narces was all glamour and sexiness with white lace and exposed shoulders.
Award-winning menswear designer Christopher Bates showed his stylish, made in Italy collection. He announced his new partnership with Nordstrom Canada.
For the final show of Day 1, guests headed down to the Yorkville Village parking garage and wondered what would they be in for. It was a total surprise to see Sid Neigum‘s show being held amongst all the parked cars. It was an exciting show of sheer fabrics and chiffons. The clothes looked so light and airy.
It was a fantastic RE\SET 004, and all are looking forward to RE\SET 005 to be held in February 2019.