It seems like all the fashion events happen at the same time. Paris, New York, Italy, Vancouver, Toronto... We all know that some of the runways we see definitely don't showcase how we, as a general population, dress.

Case and point: I have yet to see anyone dress like a deer (elk? moose?) like they did on the runway at Vancouver Fashion week.  Shoulder pads are one thing (and seem to be on the fashionable side as it stands), but antlers? Really??

 

So what have I found when walking the streets of Toronto in preparation for attending one of the shows? People pretty much dress the same as they do any other day. I see ripped denim, baseball caps.  I see women wearing all black. I see the super fashion-forward wearing their sleek shoes and sky-high stillettos. 

 

You want to know what fashion shows are about? They're about expressing who you are.  Clothes help showcase what kind of person you want to be percieved as, where you want to be, who influences you and what you do.  You don't have to spend a months worth of wages on an outfit to wear to a fashion week. You can choose to be someone entirely different than who you are on a day to day basis.  Maybe you want to be an amplified version of yourself.  Or you just want to wear what makes you comfortable. 

In the words of Miuccia PRADA, " What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contacts go so fast. Fashion is an instant language."