The Toronto Fashion Week S/S 2016 runway shows are over: the models have wiped their makeup off and the street-style photographers have packed their bags and gone home. But fashion, of course, never leaves us. We’re left now, with nothing but the memories of the garments that graced the runway, and this list of 15 collections that swept us off our heels.
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The Helder Diego runway show was inspired by 90’s grunge and was a daring and pleasantly cohesive blend between the city rocker and the feminine maximalist. The collection was full of leopard print and army green, a blend between military chic and romance with some punk sprinkled over it all. There were lots of high necks, trousers, and plunging v-necks, all decked in leather accessories by the leather brand uncuffed Leather.
This collection marked Greta Constantine’s 10th year in the industry and was nothing short of fun and dramatic. There was an interesting play of moody ensembles compete with hoods, capes and fur, and a much more vibrant side of the collection with metallics and big bows. This show wrapped up Toronto Fashion Week and had everyone up in their seats thanks to a band performance and lots (we mean lots) of confetti.
Famous for their constant inspiration of the women and her oozing sensuality, this collection by family-owned design house Stephan Caras left us breathless. Filled with cut outs and daringly low backs, nothing that hit the runway wasn’t still classy and meant to empower a woman. Filled with deep blue hues, we felt a cool chill for the spring season to come.
This collection, very unlike Kale’s romantic runway show from last season, was a collaborative project with OVO producer Neenyo, who created the 20-minute soundtrack that accompanied the show. The collection was an interesting mix of unlikely fabrics like velvet, denim, and plastic, decked out with septum piercings.
Yet again, Narces impressed us with their stunning evening wear. Sheer goddesses were heavily detailed with lace and embroidery, featuring an array of silhouettes. We were specifically drawn to one blood red floor-length gown with a plunging v-neck: the perfect blend of daring sensuality and power.
The collection influenced by Nordic folklore, entitled “Savage Spirit”, channelled the vibes of the Vikings to be adopted for the fearless urban explorer. Rudsak has forever been known for their leather and fur, both necessities for the cruel Canadian winters. This collection featuring heavy layering and a new take on fur detailing proved that fashionable winter wear does most definitely exist.
Known for his heavily textured, and almost sculptural ensembles, Sid Neigum, who showcased his s/s 16 fashion at London Fashion Week, decided to share his collection with Toronto presentation style. The stagnant models allowed for attendees to truly appreciate all of the intricate layers and drapings of the collection. Heavy quilted black fabrics and countless layers of camel and nude created the most maximalist of minimalist designs.
The bridal wear experts, Christopher Paunil showcased their bridal and ready to wear collection for the first time on the Toronto Fashion Week runway this season. Traditional white wedding dresses were accompanied with blush pink dresses and much more contemporary, short and flirty lengths.
This season marked the sport-luxe aesthetics brands first experience on the Toronto Fashion Week runway. The collection, almost retro in nature, featured big and bold prints, delicate shoulder cut outs, and airy fabrics meant to withstand the heat of summer.
We were nothing short of entertained thanks to a surprise ballet performance to start off the Farley Chatto runway show. Filled with his signature fur and plaid pieces, we felt the warmth of the months come in seemingly unconventional fashion choices. We were pleasantly surprised once again to see the designer himself step out en-pointe to take his final bow.
This Montreal-based brand looks the win last season as the best emerging designer decided by the Mercedes-Benz Start Up fund, proving to us this season why they most definitely deserved the win. The collection was filled with the edgiest of sparkle: gold trimming and details to break up the layers of black. Multiple entree outfits were comprised of gold chain, reminding us that not all fashion is meant to be worn, but rather cored as a piece of art.
The contemporary evening wear and event dressing by David Dixon this season were dedicated to the women in his life, most specifically his sister who passed of cancer last year. The designs expertly incorporated mesh and sheer panels and surprised us with metal studs used in its least aggressive form. The pocketed dresses and subtle slits gave the collection a casual, but still sophisticated air.
The collection best described as sleep chic was any pastel fanatics dream and left us begging for the arrival of spring. Countless pieces featured and Pantone colour of the year, rose quartz, a flirty and delicate blush pink, draped with pink faux fur.
The 2013 Mercedes Start-Up Winner showed us all just how far they’ve come in the last few years. The use of one colour ensembles was anything but flat on the runway, but instead, made us pay extra attention to volume and detail. We saw shoulder cut-outs and single shoulder dresses ready for spring, competing with whimsical draped sleeves. Big belts gave the long flowy garments structure.
The collection was full of coats at varying lengths, complete with white neck ties and luxurious fur shoulder throws. The collection was for every woman, with colours ranging from vibrant reds to off whites, and a healthy mix of prints in between.
Photos by FANIQUE photographer Vai Yu Law
Written by FANIQUE Editor Yazmin Harris
List curated byEditor-in-Chief Lynn Yuan