World MasterCard Fashion Week > LKISStyle : Review of Day One and Two of WMCFashionWeek
So it’s that time again, and while the name may have changed, a lot of the faces have stayed the same! It was so great to be back and see all my Toronto fashion-y friends: My fellow bloggettes, my favourite photogs, the lovely ladies of the Fashion Design Council of Canada, the spiffy guys from IMG, celebs, sponsors and socialites…you name it and they were there!
The first day of World Mastercard Fashion Week was a blast and a busy one. Three totally titillating shows definitely set the stage for a stellar week.
Rugs, and royalty and piggies, oh my! You could hear the collective sound of delight from the audience as punked-out models strutted holding mini-pigs (so darn cute). The Korhani Home rug runway show has come to be known for its exciting and amazing theatrics. Three themes (samurai, punk and masquerade) made for a truly fashionable show and all the clothes were made of the gorgeous Korhani rugs.
The Holt Renfrew show is like a buffet for the retail-hungry. The show opened with a dance routine that had the audience tapping its toes. Then it was a parade of wearable (and buyable) fashion from Smythe, Judith & Charles, Lida Baday, Mackage, Dennis Merotto, Line, Twenty Cluny, and Jeremy Laing.
I am rarely speechless, especially when it comes to fashion. This show was breathtaking and left me with few words that could do it justice, although stunning, beautiful and elegant came to mind. Mid-show applause is always a good sign and I had the urge to clap right through. Short dresses and floor length gowns, adorned with petals and elaborate beading, in frothy nude and perfect red, were the highlights.
Day 2 of World MasterCard Fashion Week was no exception, with back-to-back shows that were sure to wow the crowds.
The Wu show was comprised of a storybook background complete with balloon trees…Into the (Cartoon) Woods vibe, V for Vendetta masks and dramatically voluminous garments. Poof-y hems were gathered and the palette was white, caramel, olive and navy.
This collection totally managed to stand out. Layers and layers of different shades of grey and piles of tie-dye (without being hippy-dippy… how does she do it?!). I loved the chunky knits that would be perfect on a cold Canadian fall day.
If you are going to design an entire collection in mostly black, it better be constructed beautifully; Sid Neigum understands this sentiment, fully. Angles and sharp edges contrasted well with modern layering and hints of white and camel.
Chloe Comme Parris
The seats were packed for this show and when a model lost her balance twice, cheers broke out from the audience when she finally removed her shoes. The clothes were medieval and strong with interesting silhouettes that were innovative, but still commercial. These designers are definitely ones to watch…
Mercedes-Benz Start Up Presents: Martin Lim
After hearing a special on-site presentation about the Martin Lim duo, I definitely got a better sense of what these two are creating as designers. Combining key elements such as modernism and tailoring, this collection brought to life their sporty, colour-blocking vision.
Soia & Kyo
Nothing says Canadian fashion like a bunch of models coming down the runway in classic and chic winter coats and jackets. I really liked some of the details that gave these looks their energy like leather sleeves, full fur-trimmed hoods and a shot of deep red.
This feminine collection was clearly retro-inspired, but made for today’s power women. These pieces particularly appealed to me, because I have recently become a Mad Men addict. I was dreaming of styling the hit television show as this parade of steely grey and perfect purples came down the runway.
Matis by Lucian Matis
Matis brought us blacks and purples complete with a rock ‘n’ roll hippy twist (think Drugstore Cowboy more than Woodstock). Short hemlines, psychedelic prints and fringed accessories gave the show a Kelly-Lynch-esque swagger.
For more from the runway follow me on Twitter @LKISStyle and check out my blog, www.LKISStyle.com, for everything from the front lines (and behind the scenes!) of fashion week! Another season is almost over (Day 5 is fast approaching) and before we all know it the looks we are seeing on the runway will be hitting the streets. But I am not going to wish my favourite part of the year away too quickly!
See you on the runway!