Inside TOM* Toronto Men's Fashion Week

Posted by Stephan Petar, August 22, 2016
TOM* promo

This morning it was announced on CP24 that Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*) would be launching Toronto Women's Fashion Week (TOW*) this coming February.

This announcement came less than two months after IMG Canada announced the cancellation of Toronto Fashion Week, due to lack of support. Suffice it to say, the fashion community is buzzing with both excitement and mixed feelings.

Curious to get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens at TOM*, we sent our PR intern Stephan Petar on a mission to suss out the catwalk, the collections, and the crowd. Looks like we'll be seeing a lot more of this in seasons to come.

TOM* Runway

TOM* has given us something to look forward to with its Spring/Summer 2017 runway presentations.

Showcasing over a dozen presentations, the highly anticipated event returned for another season at its new home at the historic Mattamy Athletic Centre, formerly Maple Leaf Gardens. At first, it was difficult to imagine the event in a sports facility and not in the historic Eaton’s department store at College Park, but the venue worked. The transformed hockey arena was spacious, had air conditioning, and exhibited multiple pop-up shops and installations.

We were invited to experience TOM* and see some stunning pieces that have us anticipating next year.


Candice Daniela

This edgy contemporary men’s designer brand had a range of pieces that were complex, simple and modern. The most buzz-worthy piece was a see-through raincoat paired with a relaxed pair of powder blue drawstring pants. Other pieces included a three-quarter sleeved jacket, a hoodie tank with printed hoods, cowl neck tees and tunics.

Candice Daniela

Designer Candice Daniela with Paul Mason

Rain coat

This see-through raincoat was all the buzz on social media

Floral Hood

Floral printed hoodie tank


This star-studded runway supports the Kol Hope Foundation for Children, which raises and donates funds to The Hospital for Sick Children to help improve the lives of children with congenital diseases. Named after founder Jeff Rustia’s son Kol, who was born with a fatal genetic syndrome, the charity runway has raised over $100,000 to date. This year’s runways saw thirty celebrities, including television and radio personalities, actors, ballerinas, YouTubers, doctors and sports figures, strutting their stuff in outfits curated by GOTSTYLE. This fun presentation was filled with dramatizations, ballet, karate, selfies, comedy and everyone’s best Zoolander impersonation.

Brad Smith

Brad Smith - Chopped Canada Host

Patrick Patterson

Patrick Patterson - Toronto Raptors

Jamie Gutfreund

Jamie Gutfreund - CP24 Breakfast

FINEZZA – Au Nom De L’Homme

Every man deserves to dress like a gentleman. FINEZZA – Au Nom De L’Homme achieves this with a brand that constantly redefines the meaning of grace and sophistication. This presentation brought Paris and the French countryside together with simple, fresh and elegant outfits complemented with vintage props, including tennis rackets and bikes. The line featured linen pants and blazers (perfect for summer) with blues, beiges and burgundies dominating. The occasional light green and pink blazers were standout pieces, giving the collection that fresh renewed feel needed after the winter. The finishing touches were accessories by singer/actress Caroline Neron’s line NERON , giving this simplistic and nostalgic line a modern edge.

Ivan Lehec

Designer Ivan Lehec and his family

Vintage Bike

Runways and vintage bikes

Beach Bum

Ready for the beach

Runway photography by Shayne Gray . Other images by Oliva Davis, Anders Marshall and Gus Protopapas

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