Holt Renfrew kicked off the first day of Fashion Week on Monday with a show featuring some of their favourite designers, including Jeremy Laing, Lida Baday, Line, Pink Tartan, Wings + Horns, Smythe, Denis Gagnon, Wayne Clark, and Mikhael Kale. Such a survey made for a great viewing experience - if you didn't like one look, another designer would be along soon enough.
Jeanne Beker and Holt Renfrew doyenne Barbara Atkin hosted the petite party, conducting mini-Q&As with the boys perched on the chairs at the head of the makeshift runway (a very chic pale-grey carpet). Greta Constantine (who hosted their blockbuster show the week before last) and Lida Baday (who was out sick) also showed a few looks. The set-up was much better than last season, which featured an event so packed that the models could barely make it down the runway.
This season, the handful of spring looks being shown to the assembled media came from some of Canada's most exciting designers, including Denis Gagnon, Jeremy Laing, and Mikhael Kale.