Six of Toronto’s brightest designer lines are housed at the new Gangbar Winslade sales agency.
A party to launch the showroom will be held tonight at 410 Adelaide St. W., where the fall collections of Babel, Bent Boys, Chemiserie, Comrags, Loucas and Anne Seally will be on view.
The agency is the brainchild of Natalie Gangbar, who has left C.N.L. Enterprises where she was the in-house representative for Comrags and Loucas for several years. Her partner is Heather Winslade. Some Toronto fashion students have been given a rare shot at international exposure: their designs for spring and summer, 1988, have been included in a videotape sponsored by HamilTextiles Ltd., which will be shown this spring around Western Europe and the United States.
Hamil, which is based at 720 King St. W., is known in the industry for its forecast posters, anticipating not only the fabrics the firm will sell, but also the silhouettes to which they will be applied.
Given the lengthy lead time necessary to the textile trade, no garments existed to be photographed, so the firm approached Ryerson Polytechnical Institute’s school of fashion. Sixteen students were selected by the faculty and then worked with Glynis Dohn of Hamil who guided their approaches then supplied the fabrics for the finished garments.
The video, directed by fashion photographer Deborah Samuel and produced by Elizabeth Young of Young Stock Productions, will be launched March 15 at a party at Les Thermes du Royal Monceau in Paris. The outfits will be included in Ryerson’s fashion show April 5 at the Holiday Inn Downtown. Watches seem to be on everybody’s mind this season.
Jim Glover and Greg Haslam of Toronto are promoting a wash-and-wear version, the Water Watch, which is kept running by dipping it in water, soda, beer, or even champagne. The watch is powered by a tiny wet-cell battery which is re-activated by immersing it in liquid about once every couple of weeks. Water Watches retail for about $40.
Le Clip, the watch you wear anywhere but at your wrist, was on view last week when its inventor, Swiss entrepreneur Michel Jordi, showed off its variations at the Four Seasons.
Le Clip hangs on to a suit lapel, to tennis shorts, jogging suits and ski wear. It can stand on your desk, hang around your neck or swing from your ear. It comes in 30 styles to retail around $55 and will be distributed in Canada by Rose and Stephen Levy of Waltham Watches.
At the high end of the scale are watches and a range of other luxury objects designed with the name and logo of Ferrari, of pricey sports-car fame. Under agreement, they are all created, produced and distributed by the jewelry firm of Cartier, in whose Bloor Street headquarters the Ferrari Formula collection was shown last week. The watches are Italian in styling and made in Switzerland. Prices range from $550 to $1,145. Jamesfowler, who likes his name expressed as one word, figures his fall collection is the first in which his male and female customers “can actually work in the same office.”
Outfits in his Canada Power Play collection are stylishly severe and sombre; “the women are definitely into a tighter body and even the men’s jackets are more contoured. The main colorway is grey but there are also black and navy. The majority of the clothes are in European wool flannel; I used the same fabrics for men and for women, you get better fabrics that way.”