COLUMN: Friday Harbor Resort hosts a show for local fashion designers (30 photos)


Natasha Philpott discovered some upcoming fashion designers featured in the Friday Harbor Collective fashion show this weekend

Saturday night I had the opportunity to visit the Friday Harbor Resort in Innisfil and see some upcoming local designers in the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) fashion show, hosted by TV personality Nicole Servinis .

The Friday Harbor Fashion Collective series was open to the public and featured fashion designers from across the country, and as a self-proclaimed fashionista, I was thrilled to attend.

There were two shows, the first featuring Resort Luxe clothing and the other Cocktail Couture evening and event wear.

As a member of the media, I was invited to the pre-show cocktail hour, which included fun drinks like the Smirking Sailor and Belvedere Martini from the resort’s Beach Club bar. I was able to bring a guest, so my sister and I decided to ditch the kids and husbands and make a day out of it.

We’ve been to Friday Harbor before, but only in the winter months to visit their light trail and Beach Club restaurant, so this was our first time to experience a beach resort.

I felt like a celebrity transported from the parking lot to the beautiful lakeside patio where I sipped drinks and rubbed shoulders with some of the best-dressed people I’ve seen since emerging from the pandemic.

I was also able to chat a bit with Friday Harbor CEO Hani Roustom who told me that the reason for the event was to help promote the Canadian fashion industry which has been seriously affected by the pandemic, and the movement of local stores.

Lake Simcoe was the perfect backdrop for the luxurious showcase of talented designers including Steven Lejambe, NARCES, RVNG Couture, Kaela Kay, Christopher Bates, Rita Tesolin, NOIZE, House of Hayla, Bikini Haus, Alan Anderson, and more .

Luckily the rain held up and I was able to watch the show from the side of the track on the pier to see all the models up close.

Between shows, guests were able to browse and shop at the pop-up retail market set up on the boardwalk. This was my favorite part, as I loved having the chance to look up close and in person at the objects I had just seen on stage.

Shopping online throughout the pandemic has been convenient, but there’s just something about touching and feeling the material of the clothes and accessories you buy that makes it an exciting experience.

There were so many awesome artists and designers there including ai (ai Toronto seoul), Anavi Designs, Anu Raina, Cyntia Miglio Design, Lilliput Hats, Lisa Gozlan Jewelry, Preloved, Rock N’ Karma, Van Der Hout Jewelry, just to name a few.

Is it just me or since COVID I have a hard time getting rid of my comfy clothes? Joggers and t-shirts for victory! I feel like many designers have picked up on these trends and are now incorporating them into their collections.

I loved Remi the Label’s loungewear collections, with their cozy Relax collection of joggers, hoodies and shorts.

Since COVID, I’ve been actively training daily with my online routines, so I was obsessed with lifted sportswear, especially their leopard print bra and matching cropped leggings.

I ended up buying a cute dress and a military green smock-style t-shirt from Preloved, an enduring brand founded by Julia Grieve that’s made from dead stock and vintage materials. I also got myself a new makeup bag from a natural beauty brand, Philocalist.

After the event was over, my sister and I walked around the park and entered some of the shops on site. It was a pleasant experience with the sunset, surrounded by visitors enjoying the last weeks of summer, laughing, eating, walking and boating.

It was the perfect way to start my vacation week with a bit of luxury and relaxation while supporting Canadian talent.

Natasha Philpott is Community Editor at InnisfilToday and BradfordToday.


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