Toronto Men's Fashion Week (#TOM*) Officially Announces Second Season After Successful Inaugural Event

A well deserved celebratory moment for Joao Paulo Guedes after winning the 10k cash prize from The Emerging Menswear Design Awards at the first-ever Toronto Men's Fashion Week. (Photo credit: Arthur Von Tyrpa). (CNW Group/TOM, Toronto Men's Fashion Week)

The dramatic final look incorporated a parachute at the Spring/Summer 2015 Sons of Odin TOM*FW runway show. (Photo credit: Roberto Vazquez). (CNW Group/TOM, Toronto Men's Fashion Week)

A fresh and clean-cut finale walk at the Spring'15 collection by HD Homme at TOM*FW. (Photo credit: Constantine Digovets) (CNW Group/TOM, Toronto Men's Fashion Week)

TORONTO, Aug. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - TOM*, the Official Toronto Men's Fashion Week announced today plans to host the Fall/Winter 2015 season of menswear collections after a successful inaugural event.

"TOM* has opened the window for men's fashion to thrive in this country, and it has done so in pure style. Together we have created an exciting platform for Canadian menswear designers to truly shine - putting a global spotlight on Toronto, our innovation, creativity and talent." says Founder & Executive Director Jeff Rustia, TOM*.

The first season of TOM* Fashion Week boasted 17 designer specific runway shows, the Men'sFashion4Hope Celebrity Charity Fundraiser, the first ever Emerging Menswear Design Award, EMDA, the launch of the official TOM* Magazine, a Wearable Technology runway show and Digital Lounge and even a TOM* Talks panel discussion series with Fashion Group International (FGI) Toronto.

Designers, editors and fashionistas alike traveled from all over the world to attend the inaugural season of menswear shows in Toronto including designers Paulo Succar from Mexico, TOTHEM from Italy, Paul Nathapol from Thailand and contributors from Vogue L'Uomo, Forbes Magazine, British GQ and Bullett Magazine NYC.

The Fairmont Royal York Hotel hosted the first season of runway shows including the Men'sFashion4Hope Celebrity Charity Fundraiser Presented by GotStyle. This invite only event featured celebrities and industry leaders walking the runway in the latest in menswear trends by GotStyle retail boutique to raise money for the Kol Hope Foundation for Children to benefit SickKids Hospital Toronto.

Celebrity walkers included recording artist Shawn Desman, Canadian top model Paul Mason, Canada's greatest boxer George Chuvalo, music legend Jarvis Church, Canadian Olympic medalist Dylan Moscovitch, Etalk Canada's Devon Soltendieck, Tim Warmels from The Bachelor, Steven & Chris of CBC's Designer Guys, Glenn & David Dixon, Carlos Bustamante from The Next Star, designer Christopher Bates and many more.

The grand finale to Toronto Men's Fashion Week was the Emerging Menswear Design Award, EMDA. After five finalists showed their Spring/Summer 2015 collections one winner was chosen and received a 10K cash prize toward their next collection.

"TOM* would like to congratulate the First Ever EMDA winner, Joao Paulo Guedes for winning the coveted award and $10,000 Cash Prize. Congratulations also goes to the 4 other finalists Andrew Coimbra, Rani Kim, Som Kong, and Patrick Salonga for showcasing such awe-inspiring S/S 2015 collections." Said Rustia.

Present at the award ceremony were the Judges, Susan Langdon (TFI Executive Director), David Dixon (Canadian Fashion Designer), Rick Williams (President of WFG Canada) and Adrian Mainella (President of The Aesthete) and patrons Kyla Morgan, Gloria Sanders, Rick Williams and Agnes Miranda.

"TOM*FW is a much-needed platform for menswear in Canada and the EMDA awards is an invaluable opportunity for emerging menswear talent. The Toronto Fashion Incubator and I were honoured to be involved and we extend our warmest congratulations to Jeff Rustia for this successful, inaugural event." - Susan Langdon, Executive Director of the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI).

In addition the jam-packed week of fashion events Toronto Men's Fashion Week launched it's own full color, glossy print, 120 page printed TOM* Magazine available in stores at Chapters and Indigo starting in September.

"… I (in)tend to shape and bring something different to the table. I hope to help build the industry and progress TOM* to a higher level … through immediate fashion news and guides to seasonal trends." Says editor-in-chief, Danyl Geneciran. "Launching a world class glossy men's fashion magazine to represent the best in Canadian and International menswear has always been a part of the vision and dream for TOM*." Says Jeff Rustia, Publisher of TOM* Magazine.

"It was an exciting launch for TOM*FW in Toronto, with so many talented designers on the runway, excellent industry talks, the digital lounge, and the dramatic announcement of the winner of the inaugural Emerging Menswear Designer Award.  We're looking forward to next season!" says Laurie Belzak Fashion Sector Development Officer, City of Toronto.

"I'm overwhelmed at the incredible response of the First Ever Toronto Men's Fashion Week. Thanks to the industry, the buyers, the press, the audience, the people of Toronto and the world for their wholehearted support. It takes an entire village to create an epic, world-ranking event like this, and it was made possible through the love and support of all the designers, sponsors, volunteers, directors, advisors, patrons, donors, models, and friends who believed in this initiative from the very beginning." says Jeff Rustia.

Dates, venue and additional details are to be announced for the Fall/Winter 2015 menswear collections for Toronto Men's Fashion Week, TOM*FW.

Toronto Men's Fashion Week and TOM* and I AM TOM* and TOMFW.COM are registered trademarks of Toronto Men's Fashion Week Inc., (1902525).

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Image with caption: "A well deserved celebratory moment for Joao Paulo Guedes after winning the 10k cash prize from The Emerging Menswear Design Awards at the first-ever Toronto Men's Fashion Week. (Photo credit: Arthur Von Tyrpa). (CNW Group/TOM, Toronto Men's Fashion Week)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140821_C7675_PHOTO_EN_42512.jpg

Image with caption: "The dramatic final look incorporated a parachute at the Spring/Summer 2015 Sons of Odin TOM*FW runway show. (Photo credit: Roberto Vazquez). (CNW Group/TOM, Toronto Men's Fashion Week)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140821_C7675_PHOTO_EN_42513.jpg

Image with caption: "A fresh and clean-cut finale walk at the Spring'15 collection by HD Homme at TOM*FW. (Photo credit: Constantine Digovets) (CNW Group/TOM, Toronto Men's Fashion Week)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140821_C7675_PHOTO_EN_42514.jpg



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