As a former Queen’s University student it brings be a great deal of joy to see the future alumni doing their thing during their four years in Kingston. Some like me, will either stay or return in the long run, but others will move away after graduation and never return. So these are special times for everyone involved in the KAIROS show because for many it could turn out to be the only fashion event they ever produce together. I can relate as a person who joined the cast in several local theatre productions. So when I was given the opportunity to take in this charity fashion show, I jumped at the chance to cover it for you.
I attended their first show on Friday, March 3rd but there is another show today starting at 7:30 pm so be sure to grab your tickets at the door. While it was late to get started on Friday night, this show is absolutely worth seeing. I have been sure to include a plethora of images for you in case distance prevents you from seeing it in person. Unfortunately, as a combined result of my recent upset stomach issues related to an ulcer and a too long to handle 30-minute intermission, I was only able to stay for the first half of the show. It was challenging to get great images because the models spent only a little time at the front of the stage, but here are the best ones I captured from the evening.
Also included in this post are some images of me posing outside of Grant Hall on Queen’s University Campus, which is where Project Red hosted the KAIROS fashion show in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation, fitting for an event hosted in March, as it is their national awareness month. I know that organizations like that can be triggering for fat activists, but I hope they recognize heart & stroke health as separate from body size and activity alone. Especially given the news that Bob Harper, someone who lives and breathes exercise and healthy eating, had a heart attack. If he were fat, his size would be being blamed for the health issues, so what do we blame now? Maybe it isn’t about body size after all, as fat activists and HAES dietitians have been saying for years.
Grant Hall is relatively famous as the symbol of Queen’s University, located in the middle of campus on University Avenue. In other words, it is prominently featured on all the university’s marketing materials. It is currently used for hosting many events including convocation, concerts, and even for exams. I recall attending several events there during my undergrad program. During WWI it was used as a military hospital, indicating that yes, it is well over 100 years old. The hall sits about 900 people and this student-run fundraiser was able to fill a significant portion of the ground floor level. The Project Red organizers deserve to be proud of the attendance tonight and the $18,000 they raised.
Overall my favourite designer was Michael Lo because I thought his designs were marketable and would sell. I was pleased to hear that he had intentions to actually produce the line. Bravo Michael! I also liked The Loft Girls’ style in terms of it being seasonal and comfortable to wear. I enjoyed the all black looks from Midori as well. Of course, I wouldn’t be doing my blog justice if I didn’t point out the lack of body size diversity on the runway at this show. I would love to see that change for next year’s event because as we all know, representation matters. I will absolutely give them credit for being fairly racially diverse given the general makeup of this town. Still, I look forward to being invited next year and providing you with another look at what today’s design students are creating.
Full Disclosure: I was provided with free seating at the KAIROS Fashion Show in exchange for this review. I am wearing a Yours Clothing UK leather jacket in the photos of me in this blog post.