Fall turns to spring in the Entertainment District during World MasterCard ® Fashion Week

TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian designers return to the Toronto Entertainment District this fall for the semi-annual World MasterCard ® Fashion Week to showcase their Spring/Summer 2014 collections. The week long preview of the Canadian fashion collections will have its public showing in the heart of the District, at David Pecaut Square on Monday, October 21 through to Saturday, October 26, 2013.

World MasterCard Fashion Week welcomes a debut event this season: Fashion Saturday Presented by BMO, which will offer the public an inside look at Canada's leading fashion event. The event is highlighted by the District's members' ongoing support of Canadian fashion through the MasterCard Stylicity program.

Fashion Saturday Presented by BMO is scheduled to cap off the preview of the spring 2014 collections on Saturday October 26, 2013 in the Entertainment District at David Pecaut Square.

The public is invited to make a deeper connection with the Canadian fashion scene with this exclusive opportunity, which displays the highlights of World MasterCard Fashion Week.  The event offers access to exclusive fashion insider benefits including a curated runway show, a designer pop-up market, live DJ's, hair and makeup installations, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and the BMO Upgrade Lounge.

Tickets may be purchased for $75 (Fashion Saturday Package) and $150 (Elite Package with premium seating and swag bag), at worldmastercardfashionweek.com or check out @bmo on Twitter before October 17, 2013 to enter for a chance to win one of 10 pairs of tickets, courtesy of BMO World Elite MasterCard.

Sharing the fashion spotlight with World MasterCard Fashion Week are fifteen member establishments of the Toronto Entertainment District. They will participate in Stylicity, a series of exclusive offers and experiences benefitting MasterCard cardholders from October 18 to November 3. Stylicity has over 150 exclusive offers from restaurants, bars, shops and spas in Toronto's most fashionable neighbourhoods as well as online from some of the most stylish e-tailers.

Among the Entertainment District's most fashionable pairings during World MasterCard Fashion Week are a collection of Prix Fixe dinners, value added appetizers, and spa treatments to be offered at member establishments. The featured Stylicity participants include: 309 Dhaba Indian Excellence; Bloke & 4th; Fifth Grill & Terrace; Fred's Not Here; Joe Mamas; KAMA- Classical Indian Cuisine; Milagro Cantina; N'awlins Jazz Bar; Ritz Bar; The Fifth Café; The Fifth Pub House; The Fifth Social Club; The Red Tomato; The Shore Club and TOCA at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto.  A special "Stay in Style" experience is being offered by The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. It features one night in a Deluxe room, breakfast for two, exclusive amenities, runway tickets, a fashion and make-up backstage tour and access to the award-winning Spa My Blend at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Toronto/Reservations/Packages/Detail/stay_in_style_fashion_week_package.htm . The hotel is also home to DEQ and Ritz Bar — the official after show lounges of World MasterCard Fashion Week.

World MasterCard Fashion Week anticipates that more than 30,000 guests will pass though David Pecaut Square throughout the week. They will experience Fashion Saturday presented by BMO as well as a fantastic roster of designers unveiling new looks. Among the line-up are: Bustle, David Dixon, Joe Fresh, Mackage, Mélissa Nepton, Pink Tartan, Rudsak, Soia & Kyo, Sid Neigum, Target and Travis Taddeo. This year's event is certain to deliver an increase in fashion-forward business and play to the Entertainment District.

Janice Solomon, Executive Director of Toronto Entertainment District's BIA, confirms: "The introduction of Fashion Saturday Presented by BMO to the Entertainment District is a great way of making World MasterCard Fashion Week more accessible to the public. With this new event in the heart of the District, along with Entertainment District Stylicity participants, we look forward to welcoming an even greater amount of visitors during this year's semi-annual World MasterCard Fashion Week."

About the Toronto Entertainment District Business Improvement Area:

Established in 2008, TOED's mandate is to promote, improve and preserve a dynamic area of Toronto. Benefitting from economic, environmental and social factors driving downtown growth, the Entertainment District is in the midst of a renaissance, firmly establishing itself as a thriving and vibrant district for living, creating, working and entertainment. From the Air Canada Centre to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the Entertainment District includes many of Toronto's most iconic buildings. In the heart of the District are the CN Tower, Steam Whistle Brewing, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Rogers Centre,  Roy Thomson Hall, Princess of Wales Theatre, Royal AlexandraTheatre and TIFF Bell Lightbox.


Image with caption: "Fashion Saturday Presented by BMO (CNW Group/Toronto Entertainment District Business Improvement Area)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131016_C4337_PHOTO_EN_32104.jpg

SOURCE: Toronto Entertainment District Business Improvement Area

For further information:

Janice Solomon, Executive Director
Toronto Entertainment District BIA
416-926-1337 jsolomon@torontoed.com
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twitter: @toronto_ed

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