High fashion was the backdrop but the plight of the homeless in Winnipeg was the focus at the Runway to Change event on Feb. 2 at the Fort Garry Hotel.
The fashion show, which was presented by Qualico and organized by Ashley Tokaruk and Madelaine Lapointe, two creative communications students at Red River College, presented apparel from a variety of Winnipeg boutiques, including Lennard Taylor, Danali, EPH Apparel, Margot and Maude, Hush Collection Style Bar, Topman/Topshop and Bella Balas.
Tokaruk and Lapointe hoped the show would raise awareness of the city’s homeless and help end the stigma for those who are forced to live on the street. They also are collecting donations of clothing and coffee for Main Street Project, the downtown drop-in shelter that provides support for those battling addictions and other health problems.
A combination of Swish Models and clients of the Main Street Project displayed suits and gowns in their brightest light during the evening fashion gala.