What I love most about the arts community is their inherent capacity to care, band together, and make a difference in this world. A great example of this is Rock The Runway, a Toronto-based movement that strives to raise funds and awareness for local and international charities. Founded in 2007, the grass-roots student organized charity has managed to double its audience size and money raised for War Child Canada, in only three short years.
Saturday night’s 4th annual Rock The Runway event packed Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) full of excited fashion fans and fashion students, all eager to get a taste of a ‘real life’ professional fashion show, while contributing to a noble cause.
Special guest emcees for the evening were MuchMusic VJ Sarah Taylor and singer-songwriter Brendan Beamish of Nights & Weekends. Also present, War Child’s founder and executive director Dr. Samantha Nutt and the evening’s Special Ambassador, Canadian fashion design veteran Brian Bailey. Fashion show highlights included a casual Rag & Bone style menswear collection by 18 Waits, the refreshing eco-creativity of Baby Steinberg, Arnaldo Santos‘ elegant gowns, Sarah Stevenson’s charming prints, and Christopher J. Nevin’s sophisticated couture-like designs. Proof that Canada’s designers can definitely hold their own on the world stage.
Guests were also treated to an invigorating live set by Canadian trio Young Empires and graceful performance by 16 year-old ballet dancer Madeline Horgan. Not a bad deal for $40 (students $25). Proceeds for this year’s RTR went towards helping the young innocent victims of the Afghan war. Missed the event but still want to donate? Please click here. For event photos please visit the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page or Flickr.