Between Stephan Caras’s glittery gold pantsuits and HD Homme’s metallic blazers, the final day of Toronto Fashion Week was the flashiest yet. (Especially compared to yesterday’s relaxed separates from designers like Soia and Kyo and Malorie Urbanovich). Show-goers were treated to high-intensity looks, particularly from Mikael D, who presented a collection of elaborate gowns and even sent a model down the runway in a dramatic wedding ensemble. The best outfits came from Brit Wacher and Mikhael Kale, whose asymmetrical silhouettes occasionally landed in that sweet spot between avant-garde and wearable. Here, the best (but mainly, the most ridiculous) looks from the final day of Toronto Fashion Week.
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Toronto Fashion Week: Grecian gowns, shiny sweaters and 13 more of the best and worst looks from day four
The fourth day of Fashion Week was chock-full of pretty pieces that you’ll probably actually want to wear come spring. Unlike day three, menswear took a backseat to some stellar outfits for girls, including uniquely layered looks from Sam Kong and casual knit dresses in rich greens and burgundies from Malorie Urbanovich. (Toronto-based designer Matthew Gallagher’s collection of elegant gowns was also a favourite.) Of course, there were some sartorial misses, too, like this tacky metallic sweater from Rudsak. The best surprise? Perhaps when Montreal brand Soia and Kyo sent models down a grassy runway with a few adorable French bulldogs in tow.
Whether it’s a ‘90s nostalgia thing—or just a comfort thing, as Fashion Week draws to a close—show-goers have been ditching fancier outfits in favour of relaxed, distressed denim. Along with pretty midi-skirts and patterned pantsuits, we spotted plenty of worn-in, ripped-up Levis, plus a few Canadian tuxedos. It’s a cool, laid-back look, and best accentuated with a bold red lip, punchy accessories or a chunky heel.
Toronto Fashion Week: the best and most absurd looks from day three (including pieces from Mackage and Klaxon Howl)
The third day of Toronto Fashion Week saw a mix of shows from established labels and up-and-comers. Luxe outerwear brand Mackage went for colour this season, presenting chic spring coats and bomber jackets in bold blues and yellows. Great menswear pieces appeared throughout the day, including timeless looks from Christopher Bates and Klaxon Howl (just not this odd fisherman’s outfit). Our favourite collection was from Australian-based newcomer Hayley Elsaesser, who closed out the evening with a whirlwind of flirty separates in mix-and-match candy-hued patterns.
Attracting attention is serious sport for many Toronto Fashion Week attendees, and the competition can be fierce. So when the rain—and the champagne hangovers—finally cleared on Tuesday afternoon, sartorial scenesters hit David Pecault Square en masse, and they were dressed to kill (or at least to appear on a local fashion blog). Among the most distinctive dressers, one clear trend emerged: from French-fry phones to pop-art prints, ’90s nostalgia is still out in full force—especially among those who were barely alive in the ’80s.
For toting around Fashion Week necessities this season (like lip balm and an iPhone charger), we’ve noticed many stylish women favouring silly bags over practical purses. Last week, we recommended this eyeball-covered clutch as a daring statement piece, but the crowd at David Pecault Square seems to have some bold ideas of its own: yesterday, we spotted a range of unconventional purse choices, including a furry orange number and a Taxi-themed clutch.
The second day of Toronto Fashion Week was crammed full of opposing looks: there were gothic, drapey suits from Thomas Balint, glittery formal gowns from Narces and playful beach attire from Bustle. Target deviated from the springtime theme by sending models down the runway in puffy down jackets, plaid shirts and knee-high boots from its fall/winter collection—the only Fashion Week looks Torontonians won’t have to wait until spring to wear. The best pieces of the day were made from ethereal, barely-there materials, like Melissa Nepton’s gauzy blouse and this shift dress from up-and-coming Toronto label Elan and Castor.
It may have rained on the first night of Toronto Fashion Week, but that didn’t stop the fashionable people from converging on David Pecaut Square for Joe Fresh’s invite-only celebration. (The lucky few who managed to make it past the velvet rope were treated to a set from DJ—and reigning queen of avant garde—Solange Knowles.) So, how do you dress up for a party packed with models and style icons? Party-goers (and party hopefuls) generally erred on the conservative side, although we did spot a few outfits worthy of a Knowles sister—including Stacey McKenzie’s gold lamé gown and George Stroumboulopoulos’s style shout-out to East Coast/West Coast hip hop.
While swapping a fall coat for a sleeveless vest isn’t the most effective way to brave chilly temperatures, it’s a chic way to layer up without hiding too much of a carefully chosen ensemble. During the first two days of Toronto Fashion Week, subtle leather vests were spotted on runway fans eager to display attention-getting garments, like boldly-printed blouses or ruffled frocks. In other cases, show-goers let luxuriously fur-trimmed vests make a statement over casual jeans and t-shirts. Here, the style setters at David Pecault Square demonstrate seven cool ways to sport a vest.
Toronto Fashion Week started off strong yesterday: style heavyweights Pink Tartan and Sid Neigum each had individual shows, and the Mercedes-Benz Start-Up competition presented looks from six finalists, including Fashion Week alumnae Beaufille and Laura Siegel. For a springtime fashion event, day one was surprisingly devoid of colour. At the Pink Tartan show, Kim Newport-Mimran left behind last season’s pastel midi skirts and crop tops, and showed a collection heavy in black and navy layers. But our favourite looks from Fashion Week’s kick-off came from west-coast native Eliza Faulkner, whose chic chambray ensembles were perfectly put-together and a nice departure from all the black and white. Here, the best and worst looks from Day One.
“We find sometimes it’s not really selective. Anybody who wants to do Fashion Week can do Fashion Week. You need to have a jury.”
—Eran Elfassy, one half of the design duo behind luxury outerwear label Mackage, when asked by the Star to name one thing that needs to be done to elevate Canadian fashion.
The Star asked the same question to seven other local designers, including Pink Tartan’s Kim Newport-Mimran, who said that the industry is already elevated, and Bustle designer Shawn Hewson, who thinks that fashion designers need more funding from the government. While Elfassy’s statement is refreshingly bold, it’s not entirely accurate. Sunny Fong of Vawk estimates a typical runway show costs $10,000. (The Project Runway winner even started an Indigogo campaign to fund his Fall 2014 collection.) Clearly, not anyone can do Fashion Week. Just anyone with enough cash.
After five full days of runway-watching (plus two days of pre-Fashion Week presentations at The Shows), it’s time to play favourites. There was plenty to admire this season, from extravagant furs and cool prints to dramatically embellished ballgowns. We sifted through hundreds of outfits to come up with the ones that impressed us the most. Here, our 15 favourite looks from Fall 2014.
Theatrical flourishes are fun, but they don’t make for practical day-to-day fashion. At this year’s shows, our favourite looks were the ones that managed to be both innovative and low-key—the kind of outfits we could picture wearing to the office without attracting incredulous stares. Here, 12 refreshingly wearable looks from Toronto Fashion Week.
Longer lengths don’t have to look frou-frou (or, even worse, frumpy). What’s important is balance. A quilted circle skirt becomes decidedly less prairie-girlish when paired with edgy ankle booties, a fitted moto jacket or metallic pumps. Here are eight ways to pull off the calf-grazing style.
Toronto Fashion Week: Rudsak brings skintight leather and furry Cossack caps to its 20th anniversary show
Leather goods label Rudsak, founded by Evik Asatoorian, celebrated its 20th anniversary by hosting Thursday’s final show.
Arts and Crafts honcho Jeffrey Remedios was spotted front row, along with CBC’s Mr. D star Naomi Snieckus and Much Music host Liz Trinnear, who was so taken with the fur caps she opted to don her own (brought from home, not borrowed from the models) midway through the show. Read the rest of this entry »
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