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How Fashion Can Heal: An Interview With Co-Chair MT Meikle

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It's fashion week in Toronto and you bet your butt we're live on the scene. From ZOFF to Hilary MacMillan to Hendrixroe, Avenue24 is the place to get access on all you need to know about Fashion Week in Toronto.

We've been super excited about this seasons line up's and the shows filling up the week, but one in particular has stood out to us the most.

This Wednesday marks the 4th annual "Fashion Heals" event at Toronto Fashion Week. This 3 hour vibrant and inspiring runway raises awareness and funds for an innovation grant at SickKids hospital. Although it is completely sold out now, I had the chance to chat with MT Meikle, Co-Chair of this amazing event "Fashion Heals" to answer some questions I had about the show. So to find out more about this amazing event and what you can expect to see, here is my exclusive interview with MT Meikle:

It is such a pleasure to talk with you about this event. Before we get started, could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your involvement in the fashion community here in Toronto.

I have worked in the fashion industry as a stylist, model and consultant for over 20 years. With my business la closette, (founded with my partner Irene Kim), we are able to share the belief that fashion is accessible to all regardless of body type and budget

What is your favourite thing about the fashion community in Toronto? What are some roadblocks?

The fashion community is liberal and forward thinking. Today, our Canadian designers are getting stronger and more recognition on the world stage.

One of the roadblocks would be bridging the gap between Canada and the world. However, as a stylist working with clients, I can say that this roadblock is coming down fast.

What is your connection with Fashion Heal’s? How did you get started with it?

My connection started 3 years ago. La closette was asked to curate the fashion show for Fashion Heals. We were able to make this show unique to Sick Kids Hospital.

This year, I was honoured when I was asked to be a co-chair alongside founder, Elke Rubach. La closette continues to organize and style the fashion show and I am very excited for this year’s event.

Tell us a little bit about the event "Fashion Heals" - for those who don’t know. How did it start? and why it is so important for people to attend if they can?

Fashion Heals is a vibrant annual event that aims to raise awareness and funds for an innovation grant at Sick Kids hospital by hosting a fashion show that creatively showcases the accomplishments of the hospital’s team.

Attending this event will enable a member of the Sick Kids team to pursue a new idea that otherwise they could not explore due to lack of funding. The support of guests will make an impact in the lives of the children who suffer from cancer.

What would you say is the best part about this event? What kind of impact does it have?

The best part of the event is the fashion show featuring our models; Sick Kids patients, caregivers, parents and hospital staff.

What can guests expect this season? Is there anything happening this season that will make it different from the rest?

This is a lively evening filled with silent auctions, great music, delicious food and beverages and of course amazing fashion! This year we partnered with Toronto Fashion Week and our models will get to walk down this runway.

What do you see for the future of Fashion Heal’s?

We get bigger! Money raised will find more ways to help Sick Kids with cancer.

Is there a way for people to contribute/help out in any way without attending the show?

There are many ways to contribute and help Fashion Heals. We have a great team and we are always looking for volunteers. You can also donate directly to Fashion Heals and you can buy a ticket to our event.

Lastly, where can people find out more about this event and where can they purchase tickets?

You can find out more about fashion Heals by going to our website, www.fashionheals4sickkids.com

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