The White Cashmere Collection 2010: Fashion with Compassion is a unique collection inspired by the courage and strength of women affected by breast cancer. For its seventh consecutive year, this fund-and awareness-raiser featured top Canadian designers and their brilliant couture pieces, created solely from Cashmere bathroom tissue. The show coincides with the annual return of the limited-edition Pink Cashmere; a fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation where twenty-five cents from the sale of every package goes directly to the Foundation.
This year’s Cashmere BT (bathroom tissue) Couture collection, held at the Art Gallery of Ontario, wowed media and industry members, with dazzling new fashions in gowns, and for the first time, the addition of swimwear.
We adored Toronto’s Ines Di Santo’s breathtaking wedding gown (below). It was a head-turner with its sweetheart neckline and billowy floor-sweeping skirt with hand-cut flowers and leaves.
Monica Mei’s elegant strapless evening gown was pure eye candy with its honeycomb-patterned Cashmere, and its chic flowing pink stole that replicates the iconic breast cancer pink ribbon (top).
Other established and emerging designers from across the country featured in this year’s event were: Zoran Dobric, Renata Morales, RUDSAK, Coccolily, Orange by Angela Chen, Pat McDonagh, Paris Li, Katrina Tuttle, Caitlin Power, Réva Mivasagar, Karyn Gingras of Lilliput Hats and Shay Lowe Jewellery Design.
On average, 445 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this week. Since 1986, the death toll has declined by 30%, not including women already diagnosed. Support Breast Cancer Awareness and pick up your pink Cashmere.