Toronto Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015/16.
We’re up for just a few more grey leather days after this latest instalment of Toronto Fashion Week. The event, sponsored by Master Card has been around for years and it has proven to be one of the best cities in which to find emerging designers that are ready for the big time. Many people in the past have underestimated Torontowhen comparing it to other better known Fashion Weeks in New York, Paris and London, but this year the tables have turned.
If you had the chance to attend this year or see any reviews, the collections have been so on point and dramatic that they’ve made a huge impact on many fashion industry high rollers and top magazines/platforms.
As you enter the tents you can feel the everyone’s wandering eyes, not just for the fashion – but to see if they can spot an industry type they can make connections with, or maybe someone else that is perhaps better ignored. The Toronto scene can feel rather small in such entertainment industries. Walking through the buzzing party/sponsored areas, everyone is kept waiting in a form of holding lobby before the runway. Despite being fairly overpacked and heated you can’t help but feel like you are part of something special. As soon as the doors of our holding pen are open – the urgency and rush for the best seat in the house kicks in, even though many of the seating arrangements being pre planned – but hey the hustle and bustle is exciting.
Celebrities and socialites were spotted everywhere from the front rows of the runways to several exclusive after-parties this year. Some of the big names include top model Cara Delevingne at the Elle Canada after party, recording artist Fefe Dobson, 3OH!3’s singer Nathaniel Motte along with girlfriend Liz Trinnear from MUCH Music, E! Canada host Chloe Wilde, Suits star Meghan Markles, Bachelor Canada’s Tim Warmels and Brad Smith, Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry and hip hop star Kardinal Offishall. These big names attended Fashion Week along with many fashion editors and store representatives.
The art direction and special effects this year transported the audience into the world of a designer, one that has remained shrouded in secrecy and speculation for months. Here are some highlights:
RUDSAK turned the runway into a dark city street filled with swirling fog and snow dust! The industrial music can only be described as sinister & haunting but entirely appropriate for the occasion. It started the show with special effects and a short film to set the scene, gradually increasing in intensity. The crowd left the runway with high expectations and were tantalised and shocked from the get go with a model starting the show from the other end of the runway.
MACKAGE went for oversized cool icebergs on stage, perhaps to cool everyone down in preparation for their hot and on fire collection. Pink Tartan’s pieces were heavenly with clouds floating in the middle of the runway, while exotic samuarai’s could be found at Mikael D’s show.
Top 3 Trends:
The Edgy Lace: Many designers have been experimenting with lace for many seasons now. It seems to be present in Summer and Winter collections most years. This year the edgier twist is sexier than ever, resembling henna tattoos. Don’t get the wrong idea though, the concept is still sophisticated enough to make it the perfect option for the Oscars next year.
70’s Fringe: It’s not the Swinging 60’s this year, it’s the 70’s rocker chic look – and it’s back in full force. It’s done as always in a modern minimalist way. We love this look as it makes us want to hop on the back of a Harley and roar down the Sunset Strip!
The Cut Outs: Forget the flashy sequinned dress, the dresses complete with cut outs on display will give you a sure-fire way to make a show-stopping arrival. We love the way the angles create flattering silhouettes on thin to curvier girls and the excitement of having a piece that feels almost custom made just for you!
Toronto has stepped it up a notch and it’s given us faith that it can totally stand it’s ground and be a Fashion Week leader, especially with Vogue just naming Queen Street West one of the most fashionable areas in the world!