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QUOTED: Mackage designer Eran Elfassy on why Toronto Fashion Week isn’t up to snuff

(Image: George Pimentel/Getty)

(Image: George Pimentel/Getty)

“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. 

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Toronto Fashion Week: our 15 favourite looks from the Fall 2014 collections

Best of Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2014

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.

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Street Style: 12 of the most wearable looks from Toronto Fashion Week

Street Style: Best of Fashion Week

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.

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Street Style Trend Report: skirts fall below the knees at Toronto Fashion Week

Street Style Trend Report: demure hemlines

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.

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Toronto Fashion Week: Rudsak brings skintight leather and furry Cossack caps to its 20th anniversary show

Toronto Fashion Week: Rudsak
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Leather goods label Rudsak, founded by Evik Asatoorian, celebrated its 20th anniversary by hosting Thursday’s final show.

THE SCENE

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.

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Street Style Trend Report: Toronto style setters show why your best accessory may be your bestie

Street Style Trend Report: Style Twins

Why make a lone sartorial statement when you can double the impact by recruiting a friend? At Fashion Week, we spotted more than a few stylish pairs (and at least one foursome) decked out in complimentary—but not identical—ensembles. Doubling up gives any look twice the oomph: demure outfits appear daintier, bold prints seem bolder and clashy looks get even clashier. It’s an automatic style enhancerand much more fun than going solo.

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Street Style Trend Report: 9 ways to wear black, white and red, from the crowd at Toronto Fashion Week

Street Style Trend Report: Black, White and Red

The city’s fashionable elite have long welcomed the stark contrast of a black-and-white ensemble. Last year, the trend showed up in thick stripes, loud polka-dots and geometric prints. This season, we’ve noticed a new addition: bold pops of red that accentuate any two-toned outfit. It’s an eye-catching way to refresh black-and-white, and most effectively pulled off with a single statement piece, like a bright scarlet coat, an oxblood feathered clutch or even an intense cherry lip.

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Toronto Fashion Week: Joe Fresh brings earthy knits and wildlife prints to the fall 2014 runway

Toronto Fashion Week: Joe Fresh
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Loblaw’s ever-popular clothing brand Joe Fresh, designed by Joe Mimran

THE SCENE

The crowds jockeyed for seats close to the action, but the vaunted front row remained reserved for Mimran’s high-society friends (and, in Galen Weston’s case, backers), like Catherine Nugent, PR pro Suzanne Cohon and a very boisterious W. Bruce C. Bailey, who brought some sort of horn to herald Mimran’s closing walk (clapping is so over). Also spotted front-and-centre were the next generation of social royalty: The Bay’s Jenna Naumovitch, stylist Carey Tauben, The Coveteur’s Stephanie Mark and photographer Liam Goslett. At the after-party at Lee, the crowd let loose with cocktail-fueled dance-offs.

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Toronto Fashion Week: buffalo plaid and fluffy fur collars at Pink Tartan Fall 2014

Toronto Fashion Week: Pink Tartan
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Pink Tartan, designed by Kimberley Newport-Mimran.

THE SCENE

As one half of Toronto’s reigning power-couple, Newport-Mimran’s shows always attract a fairly star-studded crowd. Cancon supermodel Stacey McKenzie arrived in a red mini dress with “heavy metal” written all over it—literally. (We always thought of her as more of a classic-rock kind of girl.) Newport-Mimran’s husband Joe Mimran (of Joe Fresh fame) kept cozy in a puffy orange jacket. We also spotted Recipe to Riches judge Arlene Dickenson, as well as New York socialite Mad Marj, who later DJ’ed the Joe Fresh/Pink Tartan after party at Lee.

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Street Style Trend Report: Fashion Week attendees trade stilettos for comfy sneakers

Street Style Trend Report: Sneakers

The whole normcore thing may be the antithesis of high-fashion, but it seems to have infiltrated Toronto Fashion Week—from the ankles down, at least. Along with the usual teetering stilettos and five-inch platforms, we spotted more than a few pairs of plain old sneakers. The key to style success is contrast: pairing neon Nike runners with an elegant, floor-sweeping coat, for instance, or voluminous faux-fur. The added bonus? Blissful comfort.

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Toronto Fashion Week: slouchy knits and tie-dye dresses at Laura Siegel Fall 2014

Toronto Fashion Week: Laura Siegel
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Laura Siegel worked with Kenyan artists to create rich textiles, which she translated into edgy boho-chic designs suited to everyday wear.

THE SCENE

Though not as celeb-packed as some other, later shows (Elisha Cuthbert, for instance, showed up at Vawk and mayoral candidate John Tory made an appearance at David Dixon), Siegel’s six-o’clock spot saw the Beckerman sisters sitting front row, along with Holt Renfrew’s Alexandra Weston.

THE COLLECTION

This isn’t Siegel’s first time working with artisans from around the globe. As in seasons past, Siegel’s manipulation of textiles—through hand-painting, embroidery and tie-dye—was the focus of the show. Our favourite fabric, a tie-dyed olive green, showed up on slim-fitting pants and side-slit dresses that knotted in front, reminding us of the 90s plaid-shirt-around-the-waist fad. Slouchy coats, earthy knits and floppy, wide-brimmed hats rounded out the collection.

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Street Style Trend Report: the Fashion Week crowd flaunts winter coats in fresh spring colours

Street Style Trend Report: colourful coats

With flouncy spring skirts and open-toed footwear still a month or so off, Fashion Week attendees resorted to the next best thing: warm woolen coats in Easter-baskety shades of bold violet, sunny yellow and sweet pastel pink. A pop of colour can turn an everyday pair of skinnies, or a basic black ensemble, into an eye-catching outfit. Just add neutral pumps and a jumbo clutch.

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Toronto Fashion Week: Line Knitwear brings bold pinks and fuzzy angora to the Fall 2014 runway

Toronto Fashion Week: Line Knitwear brought cozy shades of pink to the runway for fall 2014

Toronto Fashion Week runs from March 17-21, 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 2014.

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Friends John Muscat and Jennifer Wells have been the head designers for Line Knitwear since founding the label in 2000.

THE SCENE

The established brand attracts a sophisticated crowd—which meant less jostling and fewer look-at-me outfits than at some other shows. TV host Marilyn Denis was perched prominently in the front row, as was Canadian model Coco Rocha, who looked gorgeous in a cream pencil skirt and orange top. The upbeat audience erupted in cheers when a model lost her towering stiletto and finished the show barefoot.

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Toronto Fashion Week: Beaufille presents hypnotic prints and backwards baseball caps for Fall 2014

Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2014: Beaufille

Toronto Fashion Week runs from March 17-21, 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 2014.

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Beaufille (the label formerly known as Chloé comme Parris) is designed by sister duo Chloé and Parris Gordon. (The new name is meant to reflect the label’s gender-bending designs).

THE SCENE

Outside the show, flocks of girls in brimmed hats and dark lipstick vied for spots in an enormous line, which some unlucky ticket-holders never got to the front of. Inside, prime seats were a hot commodity. The crowd grooved to hip-hop beats from Wu Tang Clan and Mobb Deep as the models strutted the runway.

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Toronto Fashion Week: Instagram accounts to follow for behind-the-scenes access to the week’s top shows

Toronto Fashion Week: Instagram accounts to follow for insider access to the best shows and parties

Toronto Fashion Week kicks off today with runway shows from local designer labels like Beaufille and Line Knitwear. For those who missed out on bagging tickets, we’ve picked the top Instagram accounts to follow for behind-the-scenes access to what’s going on at the most sought-after shows. Because most of the real action—like close-up beauty shots, silly model behaviour, and designer meltdowns—happens behind the runway. Below, a look at Toronto Fashion Week’s filtered scene, including the models, designers, photographers, and make-up artists that make the week stylish and snap-worthy.

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