The top 10 looks from Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2014
Despite what you may think, World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto isn't just a good excuse to wear a ridiculous hat, a great place to people-watch, or the number one hotbed for diva behaviour. Believe it or not, the 5-day spectacle revolves around the nation's most talented designers. For the Fall 2014 season, they brought all things Canadian to the table: quilted fabrics of every kind, plaids in rich hues, and a hell of a lot of fur.
Though every emerging and established name deserves a cookie for their hard work and effort, there were a handful of looks that blew showgoers out of the water.
Here are my picks for the top 10 looks from World MasterCard Fashion Week.
Leave it to Beaufille's Chloe and Parris Gordon to come up with a new way to merge edgy with feminine - the soft textures of this rust-coloured ensemble (top photo) perfectly juxtapose its rock 'n' roll silhouette.
Although there's nothing groundbreaking about a 3-piece suit, Christopher Bates used impeccable tailoring, a tiny navy check, and an unconventional model to make this ensemble all sorts of badass.
Newcomer Joseph Helmer sent a slew of sparkly, tulle-teemed looks down the runway, but this more understated outfit is the one that caught my eye. The full lace skirt perfectly compliments the tailored blouse's silver embroidery, and the silhouette is immaculate.
Line Knitwear specializes in, well, knitwear, and it shows. The subtle fuzz (yes, that's an official term) of this sweater bounces off the mini skirt's spiderweb-like texture. Plus, designers John Muscat and Jennifer Wells somehow made booty shorts look elegant, and that always deserves a gold star.
Season after season, Mackage's Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan parade a full collection of leather-laden looks, but - due to the nature of the material - the brand thrives during the fall/winter. I love how the head-to-toe blue-green plaid is broken up with smooth black leather.
An appliqué-adorned skater dress is nothing we haven't seen before, but Nikki Wirthensohn of Narces executed this sheer, nude number exquisitely. It's almost as if the black flowers are floating over the model's skin.
An oversized, sparkly 2-piece usually screams Value Village, but Pink Tartan's version is one of the good finds. Its Persian lamb texture and sheer accents make this look shine in every sense of the word.
Laura Siegel's fall 2014 collection of ethically produced garments was - as usual - the epitome of bohemian chic. The understated mix of textures and flowy-yet-structured silhouette are both charming and wearable.
This all-black look from Mackage is anything but boring. Eran and Elisa threw quilted leather and shiny fur into the mix for ample visual interest.
Known for his off-the-wall aesthetic, Sid Neigum opened with a gorgeous ivory dress-cape hybrid akin to a large-scale paper sculpture.
Photos by George Pimentel, courtesy of World MasterCard Fashion Week.