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Published on: 18 Jun 2016 by sheilawalker
From #viewsfromthe6 memes and Raptors mania to the Toronto International Film Festival and chart-topping hits from Drake and The Weeknd, Toronto has shed its ¯\_(?)_/¯ image over the years and emerged as a major force in the music, sports and film industries. But fashion is another story. Despite being hailed as the most multicultural city in the world, cultivating a laundry list of fashion industry veterans and emerging designers, and even getting major props from Vogue (who named the city's West Queen West neighborhood the second coolest neighborhood in the world in its global street style report), it's still an afterthought in the international fashion community. Perhaps that's due to the nation's reputation as a casual, outdoorsy country best known as the birthplace of the Canadian tuxedo and whose most well-known brand is outdoor apparel makers Roots. Or maybe it's due to the fact that there's relatively few homegrown fashion publications covering the local industry and its designers and it gets overshadowed by its southern neighbor, New York City. But whatever the case, thanks to its legacy of producing major players, a slew of young designers and new infrastructural support, here's why Canada's biggest city may well become fashion's next It scene.The genesis of Toronto's old guard industry superstars began in the mid '80s when a makeup aritst-slash-photographer and a salon owner created Make-Up Art Cosmetics -- MAC for short. The young brand took off thanks in part to fabulous creative direction from Donald Robertson, the LA-based fashion illustrator (better known to some as @drawbertson) who launched his career back in his native Toronto. Meanwhile, Jeanne Beker and Tim Blanks were making waves on TV as the respective hosts of FashionTelevision and Fashion File and a decade later, supermodel Shalom Harlow, who hails from a town 40 minutes outside of Toronto, would co-host MTV's House of Style. Across the pond, Linda Evangelista was working with Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel and refusing to wake up for less than $10,000 a day.See More: AdoringDresses.com.au