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Heart of Fashion raises over $600,000 for women’s mental health

One of the greatest things about the fashion industry is its ability to give back to the community and to various charities. Such as the case was on Saturday, November 2 when over 400 philanthropists and fashion lovers ventured to Shops at Don Mills in Toronto for an evening of fashion, food and performance at the Heart of Fashion event to benefit women’s mental health at North York General Hospital. The fashion show featured a selection of retailers from the outdoor shopping complex, including Change, Mexx, Spanner, Anthropologie, as well as a selection of designs from some of Canada’s top fashion designers.

Hosted by fashion icon Jeanne Beker, with a performance by singer Karl Wolf, the event raised over $600,000 through ticket sales and a live auction where a pair of tickets to Victoria’s Secret’s annual grandiose fashion show sold for an impressive $30,000.

Models walk the runway for Heart of Fashion.
Models walk the runway for Heart of Fashion.
Jeanne Beker hosts Heart of Fashion.
Jeanne Beker hosts Heart of Fashion.
Karl Wolf performs at Heart of Fashion.
Karl Wolf performs at Heart of Fashion.
A model walks in Thien Le for Heart of Fashion.
A model walks in Thien Le for Heart of Fashion.
A model walks in David Dixon for Heart of Fashion.
A model walks in David Dixon for Heart of Fashion.
A model wears Starkers Corsetry at Heart of Fashion.
A model wears Starkers Corsetry at Heart of Fashion.
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A model walks the runway for Heart of Fashion.
A model walks the runway for Heart of Fashion.
A model walks the runway for Heart of Fashion.
A model walks the runway for Heart of Fashion.
Models walk for Heart of Fashion.
Models walk for Heart of Fashion.
A model walks the runway for Heart of Fashion.
A model walks the runway for Heart of Fashion.
Models walk the runway for Heart of Fashion.
Models walk the runway for Heart of Fashion.
A model walks the runway for Heart of Fashion.
A model walks the runway for Heart of Fashion.
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A model walks the runway for Heart of Fashion.
A model walks the runway for Heart of Fashion.
A model walks the runway for Heart of Fashion.
A model walks the runway for Heart of Fashion.
A model walks the runway for Heart of Fashion.
A model walks the runway for Heart of Fashion.
Models walk the runway for Heart of Fashion.
Models walk the runway for Heart of Fashion.
Jeanne Beker attends Heart of Fashion.
Jeanne Beker attends Heart of Fashion.
Karl Wolf attends Heart of Fashion.
Karl Wolf attends Heart of Fashion.
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Global's Rosey Edeh attends Heart of Fashion.
Global's Rosey Edeh attends Heart of Fashion.
Heart of Fashion Event at Shops at Don Mills.
Heart of Fashion Event at Shops at Don Mills.

Continuing the fundraising activities, Shops at Don Mills is hosting the Heart of Fashion Pop-Up Shop until Saturday, November 9. The temporary boutique features a roster of renowned independent Canadian designers who each showed select wears on the runway at Saturday’s event. Designers who will be selling a range of exclusive pieces and ready-to-wear include BRIVTI, David Dixon, Lucian Matis, Thien Le, Starkers Corsetry, Fiori, and Laura Siegel.

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The pop up shop is open each day from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. with net proceeds being donated to support mental health care programs at Phillips House, a heritage estate owned by the Hospital and a welcoming facility for women’s and children’s outpatient mental health care.