Toronto Fashion Week is more accessible than ever this season. Thirteen local designers (like Ellie Mae, who just dressed Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau in Washington) are debuting very wearable collections and there are a slew of tickets up for grabs. Here are five ways to experience the week like a VIP.
Sit front row
This season, sitting front row at Fashion Week isn’t reserved for celebs and socialites—certain shows are selling the coveted seats (at a premium, of course). At some high-profile presentations, like Greta Constantine’s Friday show, front-row action will run visitors up to $1,000, but most of the rest are going for around $300. If that’s not worth up-close looks at the clothes (or the chance to lock eyes with Paul Mason), general admission seats cost around $45. All levels of tickets can be purchased here. Monday, March 14—Friday, March 18. David Pecaut Square, toronto-fashionweek.com.
Shop for global designers at a pop-up
After a jam-packed week of local designer showcases, Toronto shoppers can check out a two-day shopping event from Orejen Fashion Lab, a Toronto-based showroom that hunts down emerging fashion talent from around the world. Highlights include lots of bold, African-inspired prints from Rosario Dawson’s clothing line Studio 189 (we love this silk dress handmade in Ghana) and Beyoncé-approved brand Demestiks. Saturday, March 18—Sunday, March 20. 12 Ossington Ave., orejenfashionlab.com.