Anita’s Canadian Fashion Year in Review

Anita’s Canadian Fashion Year in Review


Canadian fashion had a very good 2017. I noticed an uptake in buzz surrounding local talent during the year via social media and in the news. Brands were gaining and retaining new high profile retail accounts. Way more celebrities were wearing Canadian this year too.  Here’s a recap of some of the things that made me scream out YES in 2017.


Mikhael Kale landed the Elle Brazil cover with Alicia Keys. Gigi Hadid and SZA were spotted in his designs too. He recently launched his online shop making it easier to purchase his designs.

Toronto Fashion Incubator celebrated 30 years in 2107. They were the first fashion incubator in the world and became the blueprint for incubators around the world. TFI is an incredible resource and are instrumental in supporting many canadian designers over the years. In 2018, the TFI will be taking designers to London Fashion Week, giving them an opportunity to present their collections in one of the world’s top fashion capitals.

I was happy to see CAFA adding more events to their mandate in 2017 with The Kit Connect Conference, FashionCAN at Yorkdale, TML Fashion Design Challenge and CAFA Fashion & Retail Forum.


Jewelry designer Jenny Bird won CAFA’s Accessory Designer of the Year Award. 2017 brought  some major celebrity buzz with Solange and Taylor Swift both joining the #Birdgirls gang.

Solange, Haim and Kendal Jenner were all spotted in Beaufille this year. Designers Chloe and Parris Gordon made this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Their future is bright.


Greta Constantine racked up an impressed set of celebrities this year. Mary J. Blige, Tiffany Haddish, Holly Hunter, Katy Perry, Andie Macdowell, Demi Lovato, Sofia Richie, Nicole Richie, Taraji P. Henson and Karlie Kloss all became #gretagirls in 2017. Greta was the gift that kept on giving this year.

Line The Label got a major boost thanks to Meghan Markle and the Royal Family. She wore their jacket when she announced her engagement to Prince Harry. Naturally, the world went crazy and the coat sold out.


Sophie Grégoire and Justin Trudeau continue to be our unofficial ambassadors of Canadian Fashion. I love that she chooses items that across all price points and just aren’t unattainable luxury items. I think it’s still a little strange for Canadians to process this new sartorial obsession with the duo but anything that puts Canadian design in the spotlight on such a large scale is great. Follow the House of Sophie Grégoire for all the sartorial updates. Justin was named to Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List in 2017 too.

Corey Moranis’s jewellery line blew up my Instagram in 2017. Corey’s colourful acrylic pieces made so many Toronto women fall in love (I was one of them!). Into the Gloss just published a great article featuring her.

Here’s looking to 2018! I have a feeling that’s this wave of interest in Canadian design is going to continue and going to see more and more next year.

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