RADmag was lucky enough to have been invited to Trek For Teen’s Illuminate fashion show, which took place on May 6th. Trek For Teens is a non-profit organization whose focus is to raise funds for homeless youth in the city of Toronto. The motto of this event was to light the way for homeless youth, destigmatizing homelessness as a whole, while raising awareness about its magnitude in our immediate community.
To put it in perspective, each year, over 30,000 youth are left homeless, with 10,000 of those youth (a third of the total number) are located in Toronto alone! That being said, the show was for an important cause, with proceeds going directly to three youth shelters: Covenant House Toronto, Horizons for Youth, and Youth Without Shelter.
The event launched with a light snack, coffee and tea, as well as a student art exhibit. The show itself took place at the University of Toronto’s historical Hart House, in the (truly) Great Hall. With an ambiance of prestige, the Hall beautifully contrasted the enthusiasm, and up-beat vibe of all those participating in the student-organized event.
The hour-long display sought to showcase local designers, models, and creative talent, with models of all shapes and sizes, and designs representing different regions across the globe. The show was vibrant, without a dull moment.
Sponsored by Haute Couture Academy of Fashion, Fine Arts & Design, and featuring the homegrown designs of a number of students of the academy (and even a few from Ryerson), models strutted with confidence in their custom-made looks. Be sure to check out our photos below of the event, as well as the Trek for Teens Facebook page if you’re looking to get involved (heads up: they’re also hosting Trek for Teens Day 2016 at Nathan Phillips Square on May 21st). Special shoutout goes to all those over at UofT as well as Trek for Teens for putting on a successful annual show!
By: Stephanie Pereira