When I wrote the article “Capital Fashion Week?” last week, I was trying to make a point about the confusion this event is going to cause. For example, a couple of weeks ago I was at Schmoozefest ’08 and I was talking to a gentleman. My friend mentions Ottawa Fashion Week and he says, “oh we’re sponsoring that, we were in touch with Maryse.” My friend and I look at each other and say “you mean Capital Fashion Week, right?” He says, “oh right, didn’t know there was a difference.” See readers, this was the point of the article. What is the point of having two fashion weeks (like Vancouver) and be the subject of ridicule from largest fashion centres such as Toronto (yes I spoke to people here in Toronto)?
I am going to restate this, my article was merely questioning the intentions of Capital Fashion Week, and not “being jealous” as some comments implied. I don’t work for Ottawa Fashion Week, I did at one point, but I do not now, and although most readers don’t know the conditions of why I left, I can say with all honesty that the only reason that I am defending Ottawa Fashion Week is because it was established to do the same thing Capital Fashion Week is doing, so why compete instead of collaborate?
What I also think is funny is that I made the effort and emailed two email addresses for CFW enquiring for some information and received no response, yet they seem to be getting their entourage to infest this website with comments that don’t address half the points made in the article. I say this because of the specific wording and the emphasis on subjects that anyone who has a valid argument wouldn’t use. At least the person who was previously involved in Ottawa Fashion Week took the time to construct a valid argument regarding the article and to address the comments made by some people.
And now to answer some of these comments:
Anonymous: I saw the list of designers and they are pretty impressive, however, although CFW say it is open to national and international designers, it’s upsetting that only two designers are from Ottawa, including Mizdragonfly who is also participating in Ottawa Fashion Week.
As for your sponsorship comment, the list is also impressive, however, I’ve worked in sponsorship and I know about something called trade. Not all these sponsors paid these prices, especially not the largest sponsor.
Jesse: “wowzers…. scathing, jealous… i did attend ofw…. boring, standard, nothing special…. looking forward to cfw though, maybe they’ll do a better job! yaw cfw, boo ofw!”
I don’t think this comment is even worthy to be commented on actually so let’s skip it.
Anonymous: Since you seem to love looking at this website, I’m going to address your final comment, which for all readers is:
“OMG!!! it’s silent all of a sudden. no replies to my comments. could the author of this blog be stunned at cfw impressive lineup??? i’m sure all those involved with the ofw shows are speechless and very very concerned. you should not write such nasty stuff without looking into thins deeper. you are no perez hilton, honey!!! you should publish your name so we all know who is writing this garbage….like really what fashion experience do you have? what are your credentials???? maybe you flip through magazines and like to shop for clothes and watch fashion tv….doesn’t make you an expert.
You commented 3 times in under an hour, having no one respond within an hour is normal – someone will respond to you sooner or later, not everyone is scouring the internet eager to comment on non valid arguments such as yours. As for my identity, it has been revealed on this site, but I don’t like to whore myself around the internet saying I am so and so because I am not interested in internet popularity. I write because I like it, it’s not my full time job.
My credentials you ask? There’s a long list dear, I am not the #1 fashion expert nor did I ever claim to be, so don’t jump to ridiculous conclusions. I don’t claim to have my information from flipping through magazines and television stations or shopping, I have experience and I’m gaining more of it now that I no longer live in Ottawa, why don’t you read more posts on this site and maybe you’ll get a little more insight on my experience. You want to know more, go through the contact form, I’ll gladly answer you.
And no I am not concerned about the fate of Ottawa Fashion Week, re-read the article instead of having selective reading, because like I said, I don’t work for them. If they are concerned, that’s their problem, not mine, I’m merely writing about it.
You want to compare this site to Perez Hilton? This isn’t the Internets version of Page Six.
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