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Coco Rocha rocked New York Fashion Week—and looked perfect every day

Canadian model Coco Rocha dominates street style at New York Fashion Week

Typically, models show up for runway shows looking pointedly casual in ripped jeans and a beanie, à la Cara Delevingne. But Canada’s fashion darling Coco Rocha has been one of the best-dressed people in New York this week—on and off the runway. She rocked a showstopping outfit every day (and sometimes more than one), outshining top editors, style bloggers and other fashion followers. Whether sitting front row in a furry bomber jacket at Jeremy Scott, or strolling through the Lincoln Centre in a pastel short-suit, Rocha demonstrated what it means to be cool, collected and impeccably dressed. Here, her prettiest, edgiest and fiercest street style looks from New York Fashion Week.

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Jeremy Laing shows a sporty collection full of snaps and fasteners at NYFW

At New York Fashion Week, Toronto native Jeremy Laing eschewed the traditional catwalk show and presented his spring/summer 2013 collection in a film, an approach that allowed the designer to showcase his sporty separates against a fittingly spare white background. The layered looks pick up where Laing’s fall 2012 show left off, although this spring grouping, unlike that ultra-austere collection, at least contains a smidgen of colour and one stand-out print (a Laing calling card we missed in February). Utilitarian details like snaps, fasteners and pockets contrast with the softness of silk, chiffon and cotton. That juxtaposition has us admiring a slouchy white and grey dress and a light jacket inspired by classic varsity jackets. We’re less sure, however, about the bibs on show—they remind us of bulletproof vests, which may be taking the utilitarian theme a bit too far.

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Tanya Taylor shows a sweetly retro vibe at NYFW (and has the MoMA’s first ever fashion show)

Toronto-born womenswear designer Tanya Taylor generated a lot of hype after her first presentation in New York last February (she now counts both Rashida Jones and the New York Times as fans). So it was no surprise that her second show, at the Museum of Modern Art, was packed (it was also the first time a fashion show had ever been held at the MoMA—Taylor had to keep calling the museum for months to secure the space). Her new collection draws inspiration from the vacation wear of the 1960s, with reimagined hibiscus prints and flirty bustier crop tops, all styled by fellow Torontonian Natasha Royt.

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Juma makes its presence known at NYFW with shocking technicolour tunics for the adventurous traveller

Sure we were disappointed when rising Toronto brand Juma opted to show at New York Fashion Week instead of Toronto, but Jamil and Alia Juma’s saturated colours for Fall/Winter 2012 go some way towards consoling us. A futuristic tunic in turquoise and fuchsia? Yes please! A fluttering dress featuring a Rorschach-like ink blot? Don’t mind if we do! Throw it all together with heavy “get out of my way” boots, and you’re giving us goosebumps. Check out Juma’s 14 looks for both men and women in our gallery after the jump.

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Rockabilly hair and a poised designer behind-the-scenes at Jeremy Laing’s fall/winter 2012 show

The front of house was busy with boldfaced names like Hanneli Mustaparta, artist Terence Koh, editor Kate Lanphear, architect Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur, artist Bubi Canal and local favourites like Flare’s Liz Cabral, style scribe Sarah Nicole Prickett, photographer Tommy Ton and more. Backstage, Jeremy Laing seemed poised as models sat for their sleek rockabilly-styled hair and clean and contoured makeup, and he even made time for Jeanne Beker who popped backstage for a quick interview. Check out the eerily calm backstage happenings (thanks in part to communications director Frank Griggs) at Jeremy Laing’s fall/winter 2012 show in a gallery after the jump.

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Coco Rocha is taking over the world—or at least the Internet—this New York Fashion Week

While we already knew Toronto-born model Coco Rocha was a savvy self-promoter, she’s outdoing herself for New York Fashion Week. A barrage of updates on Facebook, Google+ and NYFW For All’s Twitter feed as well as her own, means the past few days have felt all Coco, all the time—even more than usual. Rocha has tweeted copious photos of herself preening at Jason Wu, Rebecca Minkoff, Helmut Lang and DKNY, as well as the photos backstage at Zac Posen, her only runway outing this year (hey, if we looked like she does, we’d be all about the self-portraits, too.) Ever the multitasker, she has also teamed with New York magazine for some backstage videos, doing a somewhat better job of talking about tight ponytails and Jason Wu than she did in previous on-camera adventures. Check out a gallery of her NYFW adventures, after the jump

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Jeremy Laing’s post-goth models wear bleached velvet, mohair and more

Jeremy Laing and his post-goth models (Images: Jason Hudson)

On Sunday morning at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, Jeremy Laing showed his fall/winter 2012 collection to a crowd that included Hope Atherton, Terrence Koh, Elle magazine’s Kate Lanphear, T magazine’s Jacob Brown, Holt Renfrew’s Ruth Ann Lockhart, Tommy Ton and New York party fixture Ladyfag. Models with blank stares walked down the runway in shades of black and grey, with no sign of the digital prints we have come to expect from Laing. Instead, a striking bleached velvet print and layered tailored pieces dominated the runway, with importance placed on texture—kelp cotton, antique leather, denim velvet, chain detailing, wool and mohair. A long, sexy black dress reminded us of the old Laing, while structured shoulders reminded us a bit of FrankenBrowne—albeit, much more subtle. We’ve come to expect fairly consistent work from Laing, so it was a real pleasure to see him tackle merging men’s and women’s wear, altering his past takes on velvet and veering away from the prints that gave him his early steam. That said, you’d have to really be confident to wear this. Check out our complete runway gallery after the jump.

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Toronto-born Tanya Taylor debuts at NYFW with a sense of whimsy and some killer prints

Tanya Taylor fall/winter 2012 (Images: Billy Farrell Agency)

While New York Fashion Week officially kicked off today, the week’s jam-packed schedule means shows have been running since yesterday morning. Among those early birds was Toronto-born Tanya Taylor, who debuted her eponymous fall/winter 2012 collection with a tea room–themed presentation at an art gallery in Midtown West. Taylor spent two years as a designer for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Elizabeth and James brand before launching her own label, and we could see the influence of that line’s relaxed fits and eclectic outlook in her 17 looks. Covetable items? A short grey wool dress paired with a slim medallion-printed sweater, and all of Taylor’s chic tapered pants. Check out all of Taylor’s debut looks in our gallery after the jump.

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