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Feature: CPFW Opening Night at Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto


Gorgeous textiles in full display at the Opening Night festivities of Canada Philippine Fashion Week

Gorgeous textiles in full display at the Opening Night festivities of Canada Philippine Fashion Week

 

Toronto’s luxurious Shangri-La Hotel was celebrating all things fashionable and Filipino as the 2nd Annual Canada Philippine Fashion Week (CPFW) held their opening night soiree on Monday June 9th, 2014. A perfect way to kick off the summer season, with a glass raised to toast to a permanent fixture in the global fashion week circuit.

 

It wasn't too long before the Opening NIght Festivities had a full house.

It wasn’t too long before the Opening NIght Festivities had a full house.

 

Bursting at the seams at the Shangri-La Hotel

Bursting at the seams at the Shangri-La Hotel

 

 

Jeff Rustia, the founder and Executive Director of CPFW,  took centre stage to announce the week-long events  set to take place including CPFW’s first Canada Philippine Fashion Week Model of the Year competition, the many generous sponsors including title sponsor, Philippine Airlines as well as makeup sponsor, world renowned M.A.C Cosmetics.

 

Founder and Executive Director of CPFW, Jeff Rustia on the red carpet

Founder and Executive Director of CPFW, Jeff Rustia on the red carpet

 

The finalists of CPFW Model of the Year (the first of its kind) were revealed with each contestant donning a couture number from a noted Filipino designer. With over 20,000 votes accounted for so far, the online voting continues (vote here!) with the finalist to be revealed at a party on June 12th. 2014.

 

Backstage beauty in full effect at Canada Philippine Fashion Week's Opening Night

Backstage beauty in full effect at Canada Philippine Fashion Week’s Opening Night

 

The final prep before making her entrance in a Frances Libiran gown

The final prep before making her entrance in a Frances Libiran gown

 

The evening also brought forth a world premiere of the Tepina Spring/Summer 2015 collection by Rurongan Sa Tubod. A gorgeous collection of fabrics and colours bringing a wonderful fashionable flavour of Manila to the Toronto summer night.

 

Tepina Spring/Summer 2015 presented at CPFW's Opening Night

Tepina Spring/Summer 2015 presented at CPFW’s Opening Night with Jeff Rustia and Rurongan’s Rambie Lim

 

 

The marquee event of CPFW takes place on Friday June 13th at the Fairmont Royal York where “Philippine Fashion’s Biggest Night” will showcase a collection of designer (26!!) from Canada and the Philippines.

 

With a portion of this year’s CPFW proceeds going to the Kol Hope Foundation for Children, on Saturday June 14th will be showcasing CPFW’s ongoing  philanthropic spirit with a gala that will be held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. “The Kol Hope Foundation for Children Presents Canada Philippine Fashion Ball” will feature a showcase from noted celebrity fashion designer direct from Manila, Francis Libiran, who will be making a return to the CPFW stage this year.

 

Check out the full week’s schedule here:

www.canadaphilippinefashionweek.com

 

Stay tuned for more updates and highlights from Canada Philippine Fashion Week!

Photography (backstage and Tepina) courtesy of Ash Reginald Evasco/CPFW 

 

 

 

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