Everything you need to know about last month’s FGI Ukrainian Fashion Fundraiser.
Earlier last month on April 13th, FGI held a high-fashion fundraiser in support of Ukraine. The brand worked with Toronto designers who helped craft bespoke pieces inspired by Ukrainian designs and their national colours.
HOLR is breaking down the event and the inspiration behind the looks below, so keep reading to learn all about the 2022 FGI Ukrainian fashion fundraiser.
Over 200 guests attended the event, which was hosted last month. Guests were encouraged to dress in traditional Ukrainian colours that were redmiscent of the country’s national flag (yellow and blue). As well, the pieces were showcased at Liberty Grand (located in Toronto), where guests were invited to view an evening of fashion while sipping on signature cocktails and sampling delicious hors d’oeuvres.
There was also a live photoshoot experience available, which came complete with professional photographer Nancy Kim and local artist Beckie Delio. The duo created a stunning backdrop for guests to pose in front of.
As a ticket-holder, guests also had the opportunity to bid on some of Canada’s most prestigious fashion.
Some of the top designers who particpated in the FGI Fashion Fundraiser included: Stephane Caras, Lucian Matis, Steven Lejambe, Christopher Bates, Rock & Karma, Bone & Busk, and Shelli OH x Dee Silkie, among others!
In order to give back, the event was geared towards raising funds for the people of Ukraine, who are in need now more than ever.
One of the brand’s featured designers, Shelli Oh, spoke with HOLR about the Ukrainian-inspired designs.
“The design concept for the piece was inspired by Ukrainian dolls (I used to have many as a kid thanks to a Ukrainian neighbor). I felt it would be complimentary to both Dee Silkie Outerwear and to my own brand to combine the idea of an outerwear coat with a dress concept (combining what we’re are both known for).”
“The voluminous built-up shaped collar panel exaggerated puffy sleeves and full-shaped skirt panels are all details inspired by my old Ukrainian dolls, with a very sculptural feel and rounded silhouette. Made in beautiful fabric designed by Dee in Ukrainian colors with the sunflower motif and a folkloric feel, we are very excited to share our piece!” – Shelli Oh Clothing
Overall, the event was a success, with FGI raising over $15k. As a result, this money will be donated to the BCU Foundation.
Published by HOLR Magazine.