Photo provided by Ugyen Wangmo

November 20, 2015 – Peterborough Fashion Week (PTBO FW) this year presented a cheque worth $23,480 to the Five Counties Children Centre.

The fashion week ended with the fashion show performance by STRUTT 4 Kids, which also celebrated their fifth anniversary, at the Market Hall on Friday, November 20.

“Funds raised in the local community are one of the reasons we’re able to maintain our services,” said Dave Adams,
Executive Director of Five Counties Children Centre.

“For 40 years, children with special needs, and their families, have depended on Five Counties. Life has thrown them a curve. Some come in denial, some come with fears, and others come with a lot of questions. What they all leave with is help.”

The fashion show was co-hosted by Theresa Longo, a multi-talented Peterborough-born actor, model, musician, and fitness expert, alongside a face that is no stranger to Peterborough, Mike Judson, the Weather Analyst on CHEX Newswatch.

The show that commenced with an opening video and act by The Citiots Improv Troupe saw models of all ages, sizes, ethnicities, and abilities walk the runway in clothes from a variety of local retailers and designers.

The retailers featured during the show were namely Charlotte’s Web (women and children’s clothing store), Antoinette Bridal Boutique (the region’s finest bridal boutique), and John Roberts Clothiers (locally owned men and women’s clothing retailer).

In addition, Cottage Toys (retailer of water sports and surf lifestyle), Plush Boutique (catering to professionals seeking style and grace), Flavour (a vital source for experimental street wear), and Funky Buddha (an eco line of clothing that uses sustainable fabric, which is fair trade and hand made in Toronto), was also featured.

Photo sourced from Peterborough Fashion Week

Besides the retailers, the fashion show also showcased three local designers: Charmaine H’s Dot to Dot (athletics-inspired casual wear for children aged 8 to 12), Louise Campbell (children’s, dance, and custom apparel), and Trechiq Designs by Amber Conlon who showcased her collection “ Sinfully Elegant”.

Peterborough Fashion Week took a progressive approach by “being inclusive, not exclusive”. Wanting to lead the way for other Fashion Weeks, show producer and owner of STRUTT Central, Christina Abbott, explained, “It is our intention to create a moral fiber that will help thread the fashion industry together in a positive and progressive way; to show that everyone can access and feel accepted by fashion, and that inclusivity is always in style.”

Peterborough Fashion Week was run completely on an in-kind and volunteer basis. “Over the past few months, more than 100 volunteers, supporters, and sponsors gave time and skills in order to make this week happen,” said Catia Skinner, Chair of the Steering Committee. “We would like to thank everyone involved, and we’re looking forward to next year being as successful as this year.”

PTBO FW is a local charity event to raise funds for Five Counties Children Centre while facilitating a creative avenue for the local artists and businesses to thrive, extending to Toronto, through building strong collaborations locally, nationally, and globally.

The Week was sponsored in part by Russelle Toyota, Ashburnham Realty, and Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA).