Friday, August 27, 2010

La Belle Epoque: Meet the Judges

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve confirmed Roy Nicholls, Cynthia Rea, Sarah Casselman and Liz West as judges for the October show, La Belle Epoque. Having influential industry representation like this on our judging panel is an essential part of what gives our event clout and we’re so proud to give our designers the opportunity to show their stuff to people in the know. (Speaking of designers, if you are one, you’ve only got until Tuesday to apply to participate! Fill out the application form at

Read on for a brief bio of each, and mark your calendars… it’s showtime on October 2nd.

Roy Nicholls
Ambassador, Apparel Human Resources Council

Roy has over 16 years of experience in the apparel industry. For many years, he worked as the Director of Operations for one of the biggest made-to-measure houses in North America, managing high-end men’s tailored clothing for labels like Rosen, Mitchells, Nordstrom and Paul Stuart. Currently, Roy is running his own personal business, Roy Nicholls & Associates, working with apparel companies in both Canada and the U.S. to help them to improve their performance. He’s an active member of the International Association of Clothing Designers and Executives, who has visited over 100 apparel companies as an industry ambassador in the last year alone, and he acts as an advisor to many of the fashion schools across Canada.

Liz West
TV Personality

As host of the hit TV series Rags to Red Carpet, Liz West brings the glitz and glam of Hollywood into the lives of everyday women who are desperately in need of a makeover. In each half hour episode, she shines the spotlight on an unsuspecting woman in need of a makeover by showing a movie trailer of the style victim’s everyday worst. When the lights come up to expose the participants’ family and friends in the audience, Liz offers the shocked woman a fabulous head-to-toe makeover with a team of top beauty experts. Viewers can tune in as women get the chance to capture a glamorous starring role in their own life on CosmoTV, Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Sarah Casselman
Fashion Market Editor, FASHION Magazine

As Fashion Market Editor at one of Canada’s largest fashion magazine, Sarah Casselman lives and breathes fashion and trends in a way that most of us can only dream about! Think of her as our very own Anna Wintour – only nice. Sarah makes a valuable contribution to our judging panel, and we’re very grateful she could make the time to do it.

Cynthia Rea
Owner/Buyer, Black Daffodil

The brains behind one of the cutest shops in the hip Junction neighbourhood explains that she gave her store an unusual name because she feels it captures the duality of the feminine nature: "I think it encompasses both sides of a woman – softness mixed with an edgier, darker dame who doesn't take any bull from anyone. I think all women have that!"

As a supporter of local designers, Cynthia is the perfect fit for a show aimed at helping to launch the careers of Canadian designers.

Black Daffodil is located at 3097 Dundas St. W. Check it out online at

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