This post has been a long time in the planning and though I have been distracted by the usual on-goings of life I really wanted to do this post. It’s important to show everyone how much effort is going into these shows and how Canadian designers have stepped up their game in terms of who they are casting: and how this brings more international attention to their shows. In past seasons we have seen major names in the modelling world strut their stuff down the runway for our Canadian designers. For example last season when Andrej Pejic opened and closed the Pink Tartan show or when Yasmine Warsame opened the Attitude by Jay Manuel show followed by a string of America’s Next Top Model alumni. Please keep in mind that this is a regular occurence at fashion weeks around the world and Canadian designers are now realizing just how much a famous face in your designs can add to your international business. If you don’t know who some of these models are just google them and you’ll see!
Joe Fresh ~
Pink Tartan ~
Photos Courtesy of Paul Ross and Miriam Njoh for Opique
There are some members of the fashion public who don’t believe that a home furnishings and decor company should be allowed a spot on the runway. There are some who belive they just don’t belong, I wonder if these people have eyes. Say what you want the Korhani Home runway show is one of the most entertaining and well produced shows every season, and I’ve been lucky enough to see each collection since their first in person. This season I’ve already said I couldn’t make it but again I went through the pics and as expected the Korhani Home collection was Gorgeous!
Please believe that these pieces that the models are wearing are made of carpet but damnit if I wouldn’t rock one of those pieces and be like “and what!” “I dare you to tell me I don’t look A MAY ZING!” LOL! I would too! Pics are below!
Photos Courtesy of Paul Ross for Opique
What can I say about this collection? It’s on fire for one. For two its bold, sexy and confident, all the things I love in a collection. Matis collection showed on the 3rd day of Fashion Week, and as I still couldn’t make it to the tents I never saw the show in person. I again had to rely on the pictures and can I tell you I am blown away, I love this collection. Please tell me the Silver Sequin pant suit is not EVERYTHING! The prints, and colours used were unexpected and choosing to construct them into maxi dresses and jumpsuits, was just brilliant. This collection gave you everything all wardrobe options were covered, from day to evening you could do no wrong.
Check out the pics…
Photos Courtesy Paul Ross for Opique…
Day 2 collections World Mastercard Fashion Week
Bustle…(not the entire collection)
Photos courtesy of Mirian Njoh for Opique
Kim Newport-Mimram is my go to designer for Fashion week. I wouldn’t say I get overly excited to see her collection every season but that’s just because I feel like for me she is the Michael Jordan of Fashion Week. She always executes amazingly well. Her collections are always cohesive, they are always well styled, they are always on trend, and they are above all else wearable. I rarely if ever have anything negative or critical to say about her collections and to be perfectly honest when I’m having my strutting down Bay street day dreams I’m wearing her Green peplum jumpsuit from Fall/Winter 2012. It’s usually summer in my day dreams…But she does not disappoint….
Photos courtesy of Paul Ross for Opique
Pavoni landed on my radar last season. I never actually saw the show only the video review and that was enough to be kicking my own butt all over the tents. But this season my schedule didn’t allow for me to get into the tents to see this show on the opening night either, which I accepted with some sadness but accepted nonetheless. I did however have the gift of a live feed so I was able to watch the show from start to finish. Of course I wasn’t disappointed the collection was flawless and gorgeous shimmery and effervescent. Everything that I have now come to expect from this design team. The colours were kept simple, tans, blacks and gold with a pale sea-foam green thrown in, in places. Lace in both black and metallics added some sex appeal. The evening gowns were red carpet perfection and would hold their own with many of the designers we see worn on the carpet during award season. Then there are the Ball gowns; there is no other designer currently presenting during fashion week who does a Ball gown like Pavoni yeah I said it! Check the pictures they say it all….
Photos courtesy of Mirian Njoh for Opique
On Day 1 of World Master Card Fashion Week I headed to the tents for one show in particular, Korhani Home. I knew that the Pavoni show as well as the Holt Renfrew presents show was happening that evening but I was relaxing in the Korhani lounge after the show, filming and shcmoozing…there was a lot of schmooze that night. So I had no idea that beautiful couture gowns, cocktail and party dresses were coming down the runway. Truth be told I’d never heard of Pavoni before and had no idea what I’d missed until the following evening when I was standing in line waiting to check-in and the video from the shows the night before were playing I caught just a quick glimpse of the Pavoni show before I began slowing walking towards the monitor, not focusing on the fact that there was a desk between me and it, and I wasn’t even aware that I’d been drawn in. I started looking around for someone I knew so I could ask them whose show it was. My word! I thought that perhaps it was a show from Paris Couture week that I was watching but rational thought concluded that they wouldn’t be showing a collection from some other fashion week. Well they weren’t; someone finally told me that it was the Pavoni show from the night before and regret immediately set in.
I couldn’t wait to get the pictures because the few seconds that I had seen had me convinced that I just missed magic on the runway.
One of the things that was a pleasant surprise this season at Fashion Week was the return of the Red Carpet gowns, several designers had evening length and Red Carpet gowns as their closing looks; notable mentions go out to Lundstrom whose final three looks were gorgeous Red Carpet worthy looks. But this Pavoni collection was Red Carpet overload and had gowns of an ilk not normally seen during Toronto Fashion Week. Truthfully the last time I saw gowns like this was during S/S 2011 Ramona Keveza collection and I swooned all the out of the runway room when that one was over.
Okay I am done gushing take a look at the pics, and I will try to find out more about this label for yall or for myself! LOL
Photos Courtesy Paul Ross for Opique.com
The Greta Constantine show has been taking place off site for the last several seasons and this season the show took place on the Friday before official World Mastercard Fashion Week began; actually they’ve been doing the show on the Friday before for a while now.
In any case I took two days off from the pre-fashion week shows and didn’t attend this show I just know that the collection was well received. So no review from me I’m just posting the pics for us all to enjoy at the same time.
Photos courtesy of Marian Njoh for Opique.com
Entering the tents on day two had me in two states simultaneously, exhaustion and excitement. I think that most bloggers and editors alike feel this way when it comes to any fashion week that they are covering, but to feel this way on Day 2, only leads me to believe I went a lil too hard on Day 1. So I dragged (really there was no dragging involved), myself into the tents for Day 2 all set to watch Soia & Kyo. No real expectations but secretly I hoped it would be different from Mackage, another outer wear collection that I recently saw, and it was.
Soia & Kyo managed to deliver an “every mans” collection. What do I mean, well their collection could be seen on and worn by everyone. Literally everyone, there wasn’t a style that wasn’t represented in the collection. In other words it was the perfect collection for those people who want their outer wear to be a cohesive part of their outfit. Not to have it stand out in any way but just to pull the whole thing together nicely. With the way that the collection was styled it showed that each piece was totally capable of doing just that.
We’ve seen a trend toward less bulk in outer wear over the last several seasons and Soia & Kyo’s F/W 2012 collection stayed on trend. The collection was composed primarily of tans, camels and browns, with hints of grey and some black with occasional pops of mustard. I was a fan of the mustard bomber jacket with knit cuffs and collar.
I would recommend this collection for anyone who is looking for a reliable well cut coat that you can take from day to night.
Check out the pics below….
Photos courtesy of Marian Njoh for Opique.com
The only show I really wanted to see during Fashion week was the Mikael D show, alas I did not RSVP in time so I’ve had to rely on the images to see if the collection would be everything I expected it to be. Not surprisingly it was.
I’ve loved Mikael’s couture designs since the first time I missed his show at fashion week back when he was still designing under the Pavoni label and caught the on screen replay of the line. I wrote a post about it lamenting my decision to not RSVP. Poor research on my part.
Now I follow him on Facebook and Instagram where he’s been giving sneak peeks of his Fall/Winter 2014 collection. I went into his collection review with great optimism and Mikael delivered, it is a glamorous and decadent collection.
The collection was styled by JayStrut who literally struts the globe attending major fashion shows each season sharing his experience one blog, instagram and Facebook post at a time.
With Mikael’s couture gowns and Jay’s great eye The collection came together seamlessly.
The pictures are below.
Photo Credit: George Pimentel