Friday, March 22 marked the fourth annual Dare to Wear Love Gala -- a Toronto-based fashion event that raises funds for The Stephen Lewis Foundation and its fight to turn the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa -- and 2life is delighted to have been part of the spectacular show.
26 of Canada's top designers donated their time and talent to fashion original creations for the Dare to Wear Love runway, while some of our nation's A-listers, including Cityline host Tracy Moore and The Bachelor Canada's Brad Smith, took a turn on the catwalk in support of this fabulous cause.
The event, founded by Hoax Couture designers Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell, becomes more impressive from one year to the next and it hit its stride in 2013, thanks to its glamorous new venue at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto and the combined efforts of 200 volunteers.
But for all of its glitz and grandness, the show successfully honored its commitment to The Stephen Lewis Foundation through its use of rich African fabrics (each designer received six yards of Dutch wax print cloth) and an eloquent and powerful speech from Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, the foundation's Executive Director.
The message of Ilana's speech was mirrored in the impassioned performance by Toronto dub poet and playwright d'bi young. Her riveting performance, in which she appealed for a "lovolution," brought the audience to its feet. The Gala's "Flower Power" theme further reflected a message of hope.
The Dare to Wear Love Challenge winners showed love here and brought hope "there" by wearing their Canadian designs every day for three weeks and raising donations from supportive friends and family. Three Challenge winners, Derek Dotto, Ilse Kloosterman and Danielle Brown (who was also a 2012 Challenge winner) walked the runway as part of their prize for raising the most funds.
See more of the fabulous designs, including incredible flower headpieces, on the Dare to Wear Love blog!
For the launch of our upcoming 2life app, we've proudly partnered with Dare to Wear Love in their support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. For every twosome that installs our 2life app and creates a joint account, we will donate $1 (to a maximum of $25,000) to Dare to Wear Love. Click here to sign up for 2life and help support this worthy cause.
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