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Toronto Star - www.thestar.com

Fashion Cares: The AIDS fundraiser has come to an end after 25 years

By Derick Chetty Fashion Reporter

September 15, 2012 - The curtains closed for the last time on the legendary AIDS fundraiser, Fashion Cares, last Sunday night at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

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After 25 years on the go, it was a night to remember, with some of Toronto's brightest talents from the world of music, fashion and the arts coming out for one last hurrah.

Despite some stiff competition from TIFF parties that night, the event held its own featuring performances by acts such as Janelle Monae, Scissor Sisters and Sir Elton John himself. The spectacle was hosted by Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista and Dsquared designers Dean and Dan Caten.

Celebrating its silver anniversary the initiative, started by MAC all those years ago, is coming to an end this year.

It is understood the AIDS Committee of Toronto will concentrate on smaller and more frequent fundraising events in the future, instead of one big glitzy affair.

The evening began with a top-tier ticket gala dinner at the Fairmont Royal Hotel and guests then proceeded to the Sony Centre where they joined 3,000 other guests for the show and cocktail party.

The crowd included socialites bedecked in evening gowns, power gays in tuxedos, and club kids in their own over-the-top peacock type creations turning the audience into a fashion display all of its own.

As it was the last Fashion Cares, the evening proved to be a nostalgic reunion of sorts. Guests saw friends and acquaintances they hadn't seen for years. And the show featured video clips and outfits from past shows, including the very first outfit - a rubber dress designed by the Caten twins - that came down the runway at the inaugural Fashion Cares held at the Diamond nightclub on Sherbourne Street with tickets selling for just $10 dollars.

While the show felt heavy on musical acts instead of the spectacular over-the-top fashion segments that were often highlights at past Fashion Cares, this was perhaps down to the venue which had a stage instead of a runway.

Nevertheless, the evening brought the audience to their feet and saw them dancing in the aisles like it was indeed the last of the great parties.

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Source: Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/living/fashion/article/1255144--fashion-cares-2012


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