Start Up in Ottawa

This summer I was asked to get involved with the Mercedes-Benz Start Up, a national program that provides mentorship and platforms for emerging fashion designers across Canada. I was invited to be a guest judge on the Ottawa panel and travelled to Canada’s capital with a group of industry experts for a few fashionable days.

Ottawa’s semi-final event came to a stylish conclusion on Tuesday August 14th, when it was announced that Caitlin Power and Christopher Bates, would continue on to the final round. In total, eight finalists from across Canada will head to World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto this coming October to compete for the Mercedes-Benz Start Up’s grand prize.

Here’s a few of my fave photographs taken at Ottawa’s runway event.

[Above: The panel of judges for the Ottawa semi-finals (left to right) - Patricia Gajo, Jarrad Clark, Robin Kay, Regine Paquette, Christopher Turner, Katie Frappier, Hans Koechling and Joanne Caza]

[Above: Self portrait Tweet time with Patricia and Hans]

[Above: Post runway show snaps with Hans and Jarrad]

For more information on the Mercedes-Benz Start Up competition, visit