10 great looks from Toronto Fashion Week
Toronto Fashion Week made its way to David Pecault Square last week, bringing together some of the best in the Canadian fashion scene. With looks that ranged from the elegant to the avant-garde, designers showcased their Spring/Summer '16 collections to a rapt audience.
Here are my favourite looks from Toronto Fashion.
Part of the Mercedes Benz Start-Up program, Laura Siegal has created a collection from ethically hand-crafted pieces. Inspired from the use of hemp fiber and hand-woven organic cotton from artisans in Peru and India, this layered look brings together cross-cultural influences in a contemporary way.
A globally renown label recognized for its refined, luxurious and sophisticated designs, Kimberley Newport-Mimran has revived '70s inspired designs in a modern way. Her latest collection features an array of patterned fabrics and prints that include a textured modern oversized jacket draped elegantly over a shift dress finished beautifully with delicate mesh detailing.
His Italian training shone through this season as Matthew Gallagher created a collection of soft pastels made from technical fabrics to add his own unique flare to eveningwear. The standout piece in his Spring/Summer 16 collection is an intricately woven dress creating a linear print reminiscent of the woven works of Missoni.
This young designer has quickly become a crowd favourite and has been celebrated throughout the industry for creating three-dimensional couture pieces made from premium Italian fabrics. Known for high monochromatic and ominous designs, the introduction of textured marine blue to his collection this season added warmth to his futuristic designs.
Creating clothes for cutting edge contemporary women, the latest collection from Helder Diego (formally known as BLAK.I) combines texture print and colour to create an edgy Spring/Summer 16 collection. The evolution of these designers over the years is evident in this all-white design that combines different textured materials seamlessly in a unique yet flatter silhouette.
Lucian Matis has returned to the runway with a diverse and far-reaching collection of elegant dresses and gowns that articulate the breadth of talent of this designer. The intricacy of the beadwork found on this bohemian inspired dress accentuates and highlights the female form in a subtle and sensual way.
Bringing elegant eveningwear to the runway season after season, Stephan Caras's FLORAL collection brings a delicate watercolour print that's perfect for the Spring to the runway. This print was used in a variety of ways throughout the collection but stood out in this full skirt paired with a delicate French lace crop.
Drawing inspiration from all around the world, Jaqueline Piron continues the family tradition of creating one-of-a-kind luxury shirts with only the finest materials. Handmade in Canada, the leather fringe detailing and embellished collar gives the classic white shirt new life.
Specializing in evening and wedding gowns, Narces has added glamour to the runway by creating dresses in delicate fabrics from sensual lace materials this season. The contemporary, non-traditional, bride can finally say yes to the perfect couture dress embellished with silk flower petals paired with a flowing veil.
All facemasks aside, 3.PARADIS has created unique and ready-to-wear street designs that transcend the traditional boundaries of menswear. Re-conceptualizing minimal fashion, this army-inspired bomber incorporates both structure and functionality in a fashionable piece.
What do you think of these pieces? Let me know in the comments.
Writing by Caleigh Alleyne.
Photos by George Pimentel / Getty Images.
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