TORONTO, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Toronto Fashion Week kicked off Monday in Canada's largest city, showcasing the works of experienced homegrown designers.
The event, running until Friday, drew nearly 30,000 buyers, designers, stylists and journalists to gather and watch the shows.
Five collections, all designed by local designers, were unveiled Monday in a room jam-packed with some of the industry's biggest players.
One brand, featuring an all-black collection with fur, leather, mesh insert dresses, was the first to be unveiled Monday.
Its designer Sunny Fong described this collection as a blend with the luxury of Dubai and the organic style of street fashion.
Designers Chloe Gordon and Parris Gordon combined such factors as custom print, hardware, jewelry and silhouettes into their designs.
"This season we were looking a lot at uniform and unity and code within all groups of people, which specifically led us to looking at modern gangs as well as ancient tribes," said Parris Gordon.
Another brand, highlighting a colorful collection of modern and urban looks, used textures and proportions in its collections.
"I thought it was really strong, you know, they've come a long way," fashion editor Lisa Tant said.
"I think their knits are good but I really like their jackets. I think we can do some really good business in those colored jackets," she said.
While the event is mainly industry-driven, some members of the public expressed their support for those homegrown Canadian designers.
"I think that in other cities it's kind of taken over by huge designers, and I think in Toronto we really rally for our new kids, which is nice," said a spectator named Ifeoma Ojukwu.