Upheaval after loss of Toronto Fashion Week

Four Toronto events vying for the spotlight after IMG shuttered bi-annual shows in 2016

Toronto's Men Fashion Week - TMFW

David Dixon’s show is always a must-see event for fashion week in Toronto. The capsule collection for the made-in-Canada Piccadilly label he presented earlier this month at the Waterworks condos on Richmond St. was no exception. The designer, who has been in this notoriously tough business for 22 years, drew chic crowds and raves.

But this wasn’t “fashion week,” at least not officially. The show was part of TW, the freshly baked acronym for Toronto Women’s Fashion Week, a new add-on to the end of TOM, the 3-year-old Toronto Men’s Fashion Week.

Confused yet? It is a time of upheaval for fashion in this city. Four separate events, spread over six weeks, have vied to seize the spotlight for designers left in the lurch when the U.S.-based event-production giant IMG abruptly shuttered Toronto’s official show last summer, citing sponsorship woes.