Last weekend, Canadian Fashion Weekend Pre-Fall 2017 hit Canada’s capital region as hundreds came together to celebrate Canadian fashion. Opening night was held at Le Shoppe in Gatineau, Quebec and featured Ottawa ready-to-wear designer, Ines Kljajic, and Richard Robinson Academy of Fashion Design graduate, Michèle Beaudoin. According to organizers,

“Michèle creates one of a kind, custom made gowns. Through her designs, she likes to tell a story, which makes all of her pieces have their own personality. She likes to play with textiles and experiment with new techniques. From classic and elegant, to avant-garde and edgy, her designs are always unique.”

The second night was held across the river at the Ottawa Art Gallery. The night featured former NFL player turned fashion designer, Christo Bilukidi, and his Idlewood Bespoke tailored men’s suits.

“After five years as a professional athlete, Bilukidi decided to turn his focus towards a different path: fashion. Within two years he became the co-owner of Idlewood Bespoke, providing customers with quality custom tailored suits at a fair price”, the organizers note.

With fashion weeks in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa all cancelled in recent years, the event was also the backdrop for the launch of a campaign to start a Canadian fashion council similar those in the United States, Paris and Australia. The campaign was launched by CFW founder Naíra Fragoso da Costa in partnership with Huffington Post Canada. The vision for the council is to help develop upcoming Canadian fashion talent and stage fashion week events. For more information visit the campaign Instagram account at or the Huffinton Post page at

Click on the images above to see our photos from Canadian Fashion Weekend Pre-Fall 2017.