Ottawa Fashion Week took place last week in Little Italy at Sala San Marco. As an Ottawa Magazine intern, I was fortunate to be able to take part in the festivities! One of my assignments entailed writing a behind-the-scenes article on OFW’s creative director, Bruno Racine. I shadowed him a week before the OFW kick-off. Leading up to the big event was nothing short of exhausting for Racine. A typical day consisted of endless emails, financial meetings, interviews, TV appearances, outfit fittings, and coordinating the various designers set to showcase their work at the event. Racine also owns his own hair salon, spa and academy, The Loft. He’s ambitious, experienced, and his energy is contagious. When we sat down to discuss his role as creative director, he told me about his interest in banishing Ottawa’s rep as ‘boring’ and ‘worst-dressed’. We also talked about his constant networking at various fashion weeks around the globe. What a life!

I also tagged along with local designer, Geneviève Lima as she debuted her first collection on Daytime Ottawa.

Here are some of the photos of my day:

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