Canadian personalities put on a charity celebration

Kate Kennedy, QMI Agency

With a confident little stride and charming grin, pint-sized model-for-a-day Danielle Brown stole the show Friday night in a swirly green and ochre dress at the Dare to Wear Love runway show and auction during World MasterCard Fashion Week, which raises funds and awareness for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Brown, along with three others who also wore Susan Dicks and Co. dresses, won their catwalk moment for by wearing red throughout the month of February and raising the most funds for the foundation.

The show annual paired Canadian personalities, like Trish Stratus, “Little Mosque on the Prairie” actress Arlene Duncan, TV host Jeanne Beker, and celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy, with top Canadian designers, who create one-of-a-kind pieces from brilliantly hued African fabric.

“Entertainment Tonight Canada” producer Angie Smith (who wore Jason Meyers), “Canada’s Got Talent” judge Dina Pugliese (in Adrian Wu), and singer Sarah Slean (in Farley Chatto) had particularly strong walks in sky-high heels that matched those of the previous week’s models. WWE Wrestler and model Trish Stratus showed her strength and stability by hoisting a young man on her shoulders and walking in her Cydelic by Choryin mini dress and heels.

The opening look, a glamorous teal printed gown with a high-low hem and asymmetrical neckline, had editors taking a second look at programmes to ensure it was by minimalistic designer Lida Baday.

With a high-energy crowd – including a special front row of top donators – an interlude featuring a reggae singer who plucked dancing partners from the front row, a multitude of extravagant dresses unlike anything else that’s been on the Fashion Week runway, and a common knowledge that it was all for a good cause, the event was as much a celebration as a runway show.

Before the auction portion of the evening, Stephen Lewis described the ravages of AIDS on Africa, noting the need for adults to keep up with the demand for child-size coffins in two villages he visited, as well as the foundations’ need for funds to help grassroots organizations on the continent.