Thoughts on Fashion Week: I’m a supporter of the local scene and I feel like I personally worked hard in helping mold this scene. Because of this, I feel it is important for people to come out and support any fashion related events in the city. In the past two years, Ottawa Fashion Week has undergone a lot of improvements. Even a fashion writer/photographer friend that came to cover the show from Toronto was impressed by some things, however, we both agreed that there’s still work to be done. It is easier for me to understand the difficulty in putting together a show in Ottawa more than she would as her experience has mostly been within the Toronto fashion scene and I can attest that you get used to LGFW, drunken speeches aside. It’s not easy putting a show together in this city for a multitude of reasons. Since I’ve been away, it’s obvious the city is slowly adjusting and accepting of the fact that there is a small fashion scene. I mean both Urban Outfitters and Zara have seen the potential in the market and opened up stores downtown.
But there’s always one thing to keep in mind: shows like these (when I worked on it this was my personal purpose anyway) are not meant to compete with other Canadian cities, they are merely providing a platform to local or national designers in order for them to explore/move onto larger fashion weeks within the country or move on to the US or Europe.
Congratulations to all those involved in putting together Ottawa Fashion Week SS ’11 collections!