November 3, 2010
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 As someone who was an extremely withdrawn and socially anxious student, this was the greatest lesson I’ve learned in my life so far – to be able to open up to a city.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.