The fashion show every Toronto fashionista should be road tripping to

Apr 21 2017, 11:43 am

In search of some stylish apparel that hasn’t already dressed every mannequin at the mall?

Now in its third year, Glamour in the Hammer offers an easy escape from the 6ix and a great opportunity to spruce up your wardrobe with unique, local designs.

It’s all for a good cause too! The fundraiser benefits the Good Shepherd’s Venture Centre Market Place, an emergency food and clothing program.

Dress to impress and enjoy cocktails, food stations, fashion, music and entertainment on Friday, May 5 at the Hamilton Convention Centre. The $75 ticket includes the fashion show, a swag bag valued at over $100, food sampling at 11 restaurants including Radius, Two Black Sheep, and Mezcal TNT, and one bar drink.

These are the Hamilton designers showing at this year’s event.

Blackbird Studios

Glamour in the Hammer organizers Kerry Wade and Lynn Bebee are the duo behind Blackbird Studios. Their shop on James Street North is home to playful and romantic women’s dresses, gowns, jackets, and accessories. They’ll be showcasing their Blackbird Black Tie 2017 Femme Fatale collection to pay tribute to old Hollywood glam…think luxury fabrics, embellishments, and custom screenprints.


Internationally-renowned for her custom made clothing in luxurious leathers, suede, shearling, and fur, aboriginal designer Angela DeMontigny will be launching her new capsule collection at this year’s event. See her signature style at DeMontigny Boutique & Gallery on James Street North, where you’ll find men and women’s clothing, jewellery, bags, and soy candles (she also designs custom bridal dresses and rings).

Designs by Mallory

Mallory Gosselin will be presenting her Fall/Winter 2017 collection called “Luminous Lotus” inspired by old Japanese watercolour paintings like the whimsical “Lotus and Waterfowls” by Gyokusho Kawabata. Look for feminine silhouettes, hand-painted fabrics and pops of bright green and mint.

The Eye of Faith

Created by Aaron Duarte and Paul Heaton, The Eye of Faith started as a blog five years ago, which led to selling vintage online, and now designing their own one-of-a-kind pieces. Their Glamour in the Hammer 2017 collection +GODDESS+ is comprised mostly of vintage fabrics, inspired by women’s beauty and strength in the 80s/90s.


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Head to the beach in style with Gattina’s made-to-order swimwear, known for their retro cuts, vibrant colours and classic prints. Designed by Natasha Gatto from her Hamilton, Ontario studio, you can get a suit custom designed if you really want to make a splash this summer.

Gowans Couture

Candice Gowans will be presenting her line for Gowans Couture, focusing on classic, flattering womenswear with an urban edge to take you from daytime to evening. Candice also has a swim, dance and activewear line called Hey Hey & Co and Spark Swim for men.

Lissa Hill Leather

Born from a passion of leather and motorcycles, Lissa Hill creates comfortable, stylish, protective leathers for women cyclists (as well as men). Her chaps, vests, jackets, and riding accessories come in traditional styles or embellished with studs and lace for an extra cool factor.

Rachael Warner

This 17 year old fashion designer is turning heads with her elegant, high-end designs and attention to detail. With six collections under her belt, Rachael will be displaying her Fall/Winter 2017 collection titled “Ritz,” an ode to the 80s with a mix of glamour and deep coloured hues.

Terraware Earthaware

Terraware Earthaware’s one of a kind designs by Kathryn Fairfield are ethically produced and environmentally conscious. Shop their Dundas boutique in person or browse their European fabrics and timeless styles online.


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Designed by professional body piercer and fashion designer Yolanda Pierces, Vespidame specializes in corsets, clothing and accessories created to “defy monotony.” Known for having unique silk screened art hand printed on fabric, you can find Vespidame at tattoo shop, Cottage 13, and Blackbird Studios. Catch the “Posey” collection at Glamour in the Hammer 2017.


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The show will also include a celebration of Hamilton luxury boutique, Milli and the lady behind it who influenced Hamilton’s fashion scene since 1964. We’ll get a look into her archive to admire pieces that stood the test of time.

Glamour in the Hammer

When: May 5, Doors open at 5:30 pm
Where: Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton
Price: $75

Written for Daily Hive by Amanda Stancati of People of Hamilton in partnership with Hamilton Economic Development.

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