World Mastercard Fashion Week is in full swing in Toronto with Canadian designers showcasing their take on spring 2015. I know some of you just put away your flip flops last weekend and are still refusing to wear socks, let alone tights, but this industry works a minimum six months ahead so get ready to spring forward even though we haven’t officially fallen back.
Sid Neigum kicked off the week and scored a $30,000 cash bursary from Mercedes-Benz Start-Up for emerging designer. Go Sid Go!
Newbies to the event like Rani Kim, Som Kong and Rudybois showed off their designs alongside the veterans like Pink Tartan, Rudsak and Mackage. Target Canada also threw their hat in the ring, probably to make up for underestimating the Canadian market, and sending us the crappiest of their products until negative publicity forced a change for the better.
What We Saw
A world of opposites is the title I give to this year’s show. The designs ran the gamut of varying styles, colours, patterns and cuts. Some of the garments looked more like they were for fall rather than spring, which I found a bit confusing, only to realize part of it was intended for now. Coming down the runway we saw everything from basic neutrals to vibrant florals and paisley patterns, minimalist motifs alongside groovy 70s inspirations, lazer cut fabrics vs. digital design and lots of asymmetry. The recurring similarities were drapey and slouchy, leather, fringe, and sheer fabrications, as well as deep plunging necklines. The colour themes for the shows would most notably be white-on-white, but cobalt blue, lemony yellow, geranium, muted soft olive and cabernet shades made repeated appearances.
This weekend I will be at David Pecaut Square to take in Fashion Saturday, along with fellow fashionista, former Soho Betty shop owner, and current owner of Botanika Beauty – let me give a shout out to the best organic skin care line, made with essential oils and all-natural ingredients. It’s “da balm!” Price is super reasonable too: www.etsy.com/shop/BotanikaBeauty
Fashion Saturday is open to the public and gives an inside look into Fashion Week. There will be three sessions with the first one hosted by actor/host Lauren Collins and the second and third sessions hosted by Cityline’s darling Tracy Moore. Fashion Saturday includes a highlights fashion show, beauty and trends presentations, as well as access to the designer pop-up market.
Mackage was probably my favourite collection, but Pink Tartan always pulls out all the best ladylike stops. I am proud of our Canadian talent.