Toronto Fashion Week is ostensibly about the clothes, but at least half the fun is seeing socialites and celebs air-kissing and yoo-hooing in between shows. While loitering at the tents this year, we ran into Toronto’s newest and most high-profile Raptor, a couple of big-name actors and the man who cried—repeatedly—during his nationally televised quest for love. Below, a slideshow of the people deemed too beautiful or important for anything but the front row.
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Over the course of Toronto Fashion Week (plus two days of pre-Fashion Week presentations from The Shows), Toronto’s runway watchers took in hundreds of designs from emerging young expats like Tanya Taylor and Steven Tai and mega-brands like Joe Fresh and Mackage. We sifted through the multitude of garments and chose our favourites—12 looks that are memorable, wearable and beautiful.
Cheery florals return in some form every spring, and judging from the runway fans at Toronto Fashion Week, this season’s incarnation is all about blown-up, smudged or otherwise distorted prints that border on the abstract. Holt Renfrew’s Moira Wright maximized the rich tones of her structured tunic with red lips and shoes, while fashion fashion blogger Lolitta Dandoy opted for black-and-white blooms (proving it’s possible to pull off two trends at once). Meanwhile, marketer Jenny Jovanovic’s coat is a great example of the “flamo” (that’s floral + camo) trend. Below, more garden-inspired prints from the tents.
The moto jacket has been a staple for decades, partly because of its appealing toughness, and partly because it goes with absolutely everything. The proof: designers at Toronto Fashion Week paired the jackets with everything from minidresses (Chloé Comme Parris) and pencil skirts (Tanya Taylor) to silk tunics (Jeremy Laing) and thick sweaters (Line Knitwear) on the fall 2013 runways. Our favourite riffs include a boiled wool-and-leather version by outerwear specialists Mackage (far right), and Taylor’s pink metallic raffia jacket (second from right). Several of Rudsak’s gold leather jackets were also stand-outs (second from left), though it’s Joe Fresh’s white studded version (far left) that we’re expecting to see most frequently on the streets come fall.
Toronto Fashion Week runs from March 18-22, in a large—and stylishly appointed—tent at David Pecaut Square. We’re posting full galleries from the buzziest runways. Here’s what trendsetters will be wearing in fall 2013.
Vawk by Sunny Fong
IN A SENTENCE
Fong is a Project Runway Canada alum known for his feminine silhouettes; Vawk is his luxury ready-to-wear label.
Rumour has it the clothes only arrived a half-hour before the 8 p.m. presentation, but nothing seemed amiss during the show—it even started on time. Fong also scored arguably the biggest name at the Toronto Fashion Week tents, Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert (who wore one of his gowns to the People’s Choice Awards last year). The Happy Endings star tweeted a pic of her red ensemble and appeared to have a great time, laughing with friends and pointing at desirable items on the runway.
Many of the best-dressed runway fans at Toronto Fashion Week took big risks, whether that meant wearing a provacative graphic, playing with gender expectations, combining prints or piling on a huge white fur coat. However, there was also an equally stylish contingent who instead aimed for understated cool, trusting in a few small details—a set of rings, an ornate collar, a perfect fit—to keep the look from being boring. Both strategies require a discerning eye and a lot of nerve. Check out our favourite looks from the fall 2013 edition of Toronto Fashion Week below.
At Holt Renfrew’s Toronto Fashion Week kick-off bash on Monday night, we figured the abundance of bright pink outfits was a nod to the host’s signature hue (the magenta lighting also lent the entire party a rosy glow). But as the week wore on, we spotted many more women in cheerful red or pretty pink—or both, in the cases of PR gal Gail McInnes and handbag designer Ela Kowalewska. Apparently, Valentine’s Day lives on—heck, the scalloping on Ainsley Kerr’s sweet red lace dress even reminded us of making valentines in school. See more pink and red looks from Toronto Fashion Week below.
The weather during Toronto Fashion Week is never warm—it falls in late October and mid-March, after all—but this latest edition has been more blustery and snowy than most. Rather than battle the weather, some clever scenesters hit the shows and after-parties in sweeping coats that looked as chic as they did cozy. We overhead attendees admiring The Globe and Mail’s Tiyana Grulovic in a navy and black houndstooth coat at The Shows, while hairdresser Tony Pham wore a firetruck red topper to Holt Renfrew’s opening night bash. And at the tents at David Pecault Square, floor-length outwear with fur detailing was de rigueur. Below, more dramatic coats from the week’s fashion events.
Plaid and animal prints might have dominated the fall 2013 runways in New York, Milan and Paris, but so far, Toronto Fashion Week has resembled a geometry class. Jean-Pierre Braganza’s circles and triangles (far left) looked like the result of a long afternoon with a compass and ruler, while the presentations from Comrags (second left) and Pink Tartan (far right) both relied heavily on hexagon prints. Meanwhile, a top by Jeremy Laing (second from right) had us looking up the definition of a rhombus. The looks range from neo-goth to ’60s retro, but they all have one thing in common: no loud colours, which would likely take this bold look a little far.
The editors, bloggers and hangers-on attending the pre-Toronto Fashion Week runway shows at the Andrew Richards Design loft last week all seem to have internalized a lesson that’s as well known to red-carpet regulars and Flavor Flav as it was to the Tudor kings: a big necklace can really make an outfit pop. Rac Boutique co-owner Faith Orfus sported a lethal-looking silver plate from her store, while fashion scenester Lydia Chan wore a profusion of pop-art flowers by Marni for H&M around her neck. Most of the women wearing look-at-me necklaces went neutral with the rest of their outfit (we loved Orfus’s light denim bell-bottoms and structured white tank), but we give PR maven Gail McInnes props for going all-out in a fur coat and leopard blouse. Below, more neckwear from The Shows.
What’s black and white and printed all over? A good chunk of the outfits at the pre-Toronto Fashion Week event The Shows. The runway watchers at the Andrew Richards design building offered a master class in wearing one the year’s biggest trends. Holt Renfrew’s Julie D’Uva paired her geometric print pants with a solid blouse and accessories, while her colleague Blaire Borins mixed a windowpane check with wide horizontal stripes. Meanwhile, eLuxe’s Susie Sheffman epitomized casual cool with her floral sweatshirt, boyfriend jeans and ladylike pumps. Below, more inspiration for fashion-lovers wanting to cut colour from their wardrobes.
Toronto Fashion Week: Steven Tai uses silicone, magnets and alien spaceships in his fall 2013 collection
Each season, The Shows invite a handful of high-profile Canadian designers (many of whom now show in New York, London and Paris) to preview their collections in the days leading to Toronto Fashion Week. We’re posting full galleries from the buzziest runways. Here’s what trendsetters will be wearing in fall 2013.
IN A SENTENCE
The cerebral Vancouver designer decamped for London a few years ago and has already racked up a long list of achievements: a degree from the prestigious Central Saint Martens school, internships at Viktor and Rolf and Stella McCartney, and the inaugural Chloé design prize—plus 15,000 euros and Yohji Yamamoto’s approval—at the Hyères Festival last year.
Though an event for fellow London designer Roksanda Ilincic was happening at the same time across town at The Bay, the show space at Andrew Richard Designs still had its share of fashion scenesters, including fashion curator Rui Amaral, eLuxe’s Susie Sheffman and stylists Corey Ng and Dwayne Kennedy. After the presentation, Tai brought out a few looks from his award-winning spring/summer 2013 collection and laughingly conceded he found inspiration in book-binding techniques “because I’m a big geek.”