adoring – Toronto’s fashion scene

Everything is so intense right now. Sometimes I feel empty, in limbo, free and careless and a bit reckless. Unsentimental. Sometimes I feel so full, all lists and logistics, heartfelt poignant moments. Bittersweet. Everything seems to be falling in two categories: what I can’t wait to do without, and what I’m really going to miss a lot. Even though transitions in life can be tricky, I love all of this. Fall has always been my favourite season, both for fashion reasons and personal reasons. But the best part to me has always been the acceleration of change. You can viscerally feel things are happening, and this year is exceptional for that.

I am so glad that I had the opportunity to attend fashion week in Toronto before I went. The reasons are mostly collegial – it sort of felt like the last week of school in senior year. The past five years as a fashion illustrator and blogger in Toronto are so full of good memories, all because of all the wonderful people I’ve met, friends, acquaintances, colleagues, clients, mentors, readers, everyone has been so kind to me. Without these people who have touched my life, I wouldn’t have a career doing something I love so much. Thank you, all of you.

Starting out as a freelancer in a glamour industry is touch and go. You start from zero, with no reputation, no clients, no experience, and somehow with your will you begin to build all of that, one project at a time. I still feel very new – I’ve only been doing this full time for three years, and only recently have I felt this sense of acceptance among all the fashion careerists out there as a novice initiate into this thing called the fashion industry.

Going through this early phase of my career in Toronto is something I am incredibly grateful for. Sometimes people say that Toronto can be a cold city, in attitudes as well as weather. I have never found that to be true. From the moment I started TFBB, I discovered that this city is full of interesting, passionate, creative, fun people who love making connections. I learned so much about the social functions of fashion. As someone who was an extremely withdrawn and socially anxious student, this was the greatest lesson I’ve learned in my life so far – to be able to open up to a city. Now my goal is to do that on a worldwide level.

To everyone who has followed the blog, especially if you are also in the early stages of your fashion career in Toronto, or anywhere, I hope Final Fashion has offered you a sense of the possibilities. This is the essence what I want Final Fashion to do as I move into the next stage of my life. I feel this site is about exploring every facet of building an independent, creative career in the fashion industry. Expect more of that.

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7 thoughts on “adoring – Toronto’s fashion scene”

  1. It’s been really wonderful having you in Toronto, and I’m sad that we didn’t meet up very often. As much as this town has been a fabulous place for you to grow, so too will London be the place that really helps you fly. I can’t wait to see what amazing things you do there!

  2. Danielle, having made the big move three times (to Madrid as a kid, then Sydney and now NYC) I wish I had some Big Wise Advice to dispense. The above says it all; continue to embrace where you came from. Though I’ve not lived in Finland for more than 14 years, I love it dearly. Ditto for Australia.

    For me the reader, this is very exciting. I first read your blog in 2006 when you were finishing your final collection for school. Truly inspiring to see you take a huge leap into the unknown. Without a doubt you’ll go on to amazing things!

  3. Oh Danielle – I will miss you so. I love to read your blog and to see what interests you in the world of style past, present and future.
    I want to know of what you are seeing and experiencing in London and I hope you will keep us informed through your blog. We will have a visit before you leave.
    xo – Linda

  4. Danielle, I am truly looking forward to your move, because once again you’ll have an opportunity to show us how you break into and shine almost from scratch in the fashion industry of a city completely different fom Toronto in every way possible.

    I will miss you voice talking about the familiar things in Toronto, but there really can be nothing better than being able to see through your eyes another city, and the new life you create for yourself.

    Hope to make it for your final passion for fashion workshop on the 16th. See you there.

    Love from Toronto

    Trishna

  5. “Everything is so intense right now. Sometimes I feel empty, in limbo, free and careless and a bit reckless. Unsentimental. Sometimes I feel so full, all lists and logistics, heartfelt poignant moments. Bittersweet. Everything seems to be falling in two categories: what I can’t wait to do without, and what I’m really going to miss a lot.”

    You’re experiencing your first Saturn return. It’s a doozy of an astrological aspect, and generally considered to be the time in life when you sink or swim.

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