Josh Cawston, winner of LomoPresspass to the Toronto Arts & Fashion Week show us day two of the event! Josh is a 22 year old fashion and business shooting analogue for the first time! Todays theme Natural Currencies showing designs only using natural and renewable resources that are found within our environment. Keep shooting Josh!
With day two of Alternative Fashion Week here in Toronto well in full swing, the day’s theme of “Natural Currencies” is shown through out the featured designers collections with the use of organic cotton, hemp and other natural and renewable resources that are found within our environment. Local designers such as Kali and Berlin based designer label Ica Watermelon used natural elements found in nature to create unique and wearable fashions for the eco-minded individual.
As the day continued on I noticed an installation I had walked by the previous day, a wall of very unique and very different teddy bears caught my eye, this was the teddy bear project. A great charitable cause created by Sketchy (http://www.sketch.ca/), where different individuals from different areas of the industry from special effects make up to local bands and photographers came together to each create a unique teddy bear displaying their own unique talents or style. All of these teddy bears are on auction throughout the week with all proceeds going towards Sketchy which is a community arts initiative which helps 19-29 yr olds learn leadership abilities as well as using the arts as a catalyst for change and self-expression for those that may not have the opportunity everyone else has.
As a final treat to the day I was able to see an incredible dance performance entitled “Earth” put on by The Catalyst Dance Company featuring a mix of capoeira (dance fighting) and what looked like some slight renditions of Hula mixed with other forms of cultural dance found around the world.
As the day came to an end I was able to look back on all the positive things I saw and took away from today’s events, the need to look to nature in order to sustain our ever growing fashion industry as well as the great organizations in Toronto helping our youth.
Josh Cawston is a 22 year old (going on 23) Fashion Business student at Seneca College working towards creating a strong writing portfolio to hopefully one day be able to combine the two things he loves, writing and fashion.