design forward jury member & mentor
odessa paloma parker
Fashion Editor, Globe & Mail
Odessa Paloma Parker is a Toronto-based stylist and writer, and is the Fashion Editor at Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. In her time with Globe Style, she has profiled the likes of The Business of Fashion’s Imran Amed and style icon Iris Apfel, and work featuring her styling has been nominated for both a National Magazine Award and a Canadian Magazine Award. She has acted as moderator at the Hot Docs Curious Minds Festival and hosted on-stage presentations during the Interior Design Show.
Odessa holds an Hon. B.A. from the University of Toronto and a Book & Magazine Publishing diploma from Centennial College. In 2010, she co-founded Plaid Magazine, a publication focused on promoting Canadian creative talent, which operated for three years and championed the early work of brands like Sid Neigum and Laura Siegel.
Passionate about enhancing the opportunities for fashion entrepreneurs both locally and globally, Odessa was the lead program developer for the Fashion Business and Management program at Centennial College, and the co-founder of Vintage Crawl Toronto – a bi-annual shopping event boasting over 40 independent retailers across the city. In 2016, she acted as a mentor for The Fashion Group International of Toronto. She currently serves on the nomination committee for the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards and the British Fashion Council’s International Judging Panel for the British Fashion Awards. An opera enthusiast and former vocal student at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Odessa is also on the committee for Operanation, the Canadian Opera Company’s annual fundraising event.
Photographed for the likes of Vogue, Style.com, W and Nylon, Odessa is known for her eclectic street style which is composed of vintage pieces and contemporary designs by her favourite brands including Comrags, Philip Sparks, Tanya Taylor, Anna Sui, Shrimps and Dries Van Noten. She has been voted “Best Dressed” by Toronto Life and Hello! magazines.