Today’s “Throwback Thursday” looks at Toronto Life Fashion/May 1999 and their salute to the CANADIAN FASHION DESIGNER collections for Fall 1999. Happily, the majority of these designers are still in production. Joeffer Caoc/Misura did discover that commercialism could merge with his artistic flare and has stayed his vision through the ups and downs of fame and fortune since his then third show. David Dixon, cheered then with a standing ovation, can still get them on his feet, as shown by last night’s turn in “CANADIAN MADE/Toronto Fashion Week for Fall 2016. The Comrags ladies, Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish, whether on the runway or not, have stuck with their theory that they will listen to the customers wants, but will also give them a bit of a push forward when they feel they need to. Obviously a smart plan, they’ve celebrated 30 years of customer love. Brian Bailey understood, well ahead of the fashion pack only now starting to catch on, with his vision that designer label clothes could be made for Everywoman, and the finale of his Fall 1999 show-at the Art Gallery of Ontario-drove home the point: A dozen of more differently-shaped and -sized models paraded the runway in the same black matte jersey dress. Brian’s customers thrive on his offerings, purchasing at his boutique or various retailers, or on The Shopping Channel. Mercy’s Jennifer Halchuk and Richard Lyle’s inspiration for their designs came from friends rather than industry trends they said. The pair and their friends must know something, they still sell in Japan and have also since opened their own retail outpost in Toronto.
Lida Baday retired and Angela Bucaro switched to painting. Lino Catalon has added interior design to his portfolio. Crystal Siemens, the then passionate designer and Co-President of Designers Ontario-stated that, “the talent is definitely here in design and also in hair and makeup. What we’re trying to figure out is the best way to put it together and present it-so that it makes a real big bang.” has since moved to New York City. I don’t know what she is up to, any searches draw a blank. The then “new designers” behind Vir-go and Rapunzel seem to have also disappeared from the web.