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Toronto Fashion Week cancels spring run 'in order to rethink the platform'

Organizers with the biannual showcase said by email they've decided "to pause" the event "in order to rethink the platform."

Organizers with the biannual showcase said by email they've decided to pause the event

Models walk the runway during the Narces show at Toronto Fashion Week in Toronto, Monday March 14, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch)

Toronto Fashion Week won't hit the runway this spring.

Organizers with the biannual showcase said by email they've decided "to pause" the event "in order to rethink the platform."

No reasons were given.

A statement on Twitter from @TOFashionWK says organizers will focus on "how best to engage the industry, support designers and resonate with consumers." 

Farley Chatto has been showing at Toronto Fashion Week for thirty years. He says it's an important launchpad - but it's facing the same challenges that global fashion is facing everywhere - questions about sustainability, environmental footprints, retailing challenges, and viability of small business. 6:59

They add that they remain "steadfast" in their commitment to the Canadian fashion industry. It wasn't clear if the fall event would take place.

Toronto Fashion Week was once considered North America's second-largest design event but has had a rocky history of late.

It collapsed in July 2016 after corporate sponsor IMG pulled out and organizers cited a lack of local support. It was resurrected soon afterwards with new backers and a shorter run. 

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