Sketch of a design from Dreamboat Lucy’s Spring 2014 collection.

We’re pretty excited about World MasterCard Fashion Week here at the office. And as editors and Toronto’s fashion set roll into tent
next week for the Spring 2014 shows, the Canadian designers presenting their collections will be backstage, putting together their final touches – and going by what they told us, running around around with pins and double-sided tape to make sure all their looks are perfectly on cue. (There may even be vodka.) We asked some of our favourite noted Canadian designers – plus a few noteworthy finalists from this year’s Mercedes-Benz Start Up show – to mentally take us backstage with them for those final moments before their runway debuts.
Lucy Dreamboat, designer sisters Louanna and Hilary Murphy
#1 ritual for the night before a runway show: "Chill and have some giggles and treats."
Top must-have items backstage: "Phones, bobby pins, needle and thread, double-sided tape."
Describe the emotions you’re feeling backstage in 5 words or less: "Excited, nervous, antsy, pumped, relief."
What do you have planned for the day after the show? "We’ll be heading back to our respective cities so we’ll just enjoy each other’s company until we have to part ways."