Toronto, March 3, 2016 – They say less is more and when it comes to fashion week I agree. Gone is the circus and with it, the madness of past Toronto Fashion Weeks. Instead of trying to be something it isn’t (New York), the onetime humble event has returned to its modest roots. It is fragmented at the moment, broken into several mini ‘fashion weeks’ throughout the city. One of them is CAFA’s two-day FashionCAN event hosted at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre. FashionCAN has made some great moves including making the show more intimate, creating a buy-now Canadian fashion pop-up inside the mall and hosting post-show interviews with the designers by Jeanne Beker (Fashion Television). This stripped down format allows us to focus more on the fashion. We checked out a few of our favourite Canadian designers including UNTTLD, Rudsak, Narces, Whitney Linen, Paul Hardy, Christopher Bates, Bustle and Mikhael Kale.
FROM THE FRONT ROW
UNTTLD, a relatively new label from Montreal arguably had the strongest collection with a mysterious film noir meets femme fatale inspired collection adorned in chokers and floral headdresses. It’s possible that the edgier Rudsak gets, the better it does. Hints of BDSM and kinky pants-optional runway looks heightened the senses. At least my senses. This made for a very sexy outerwear show. Narces has a formula that works and makes its fans happy. Ethereal feminine lace and tulle looks with hints of gold and silver metallics made for exceptional show. Narces has the perfect FW17 dresses for any wedding or formal event with the cutest matching kid’s gowns. Whitney Linen continues to push the boundaries of linen this time with burlap effects and Riviera-ready pieces. Hands-down the best I’ve seen from WL so far. This is an excellent resort collection.
Paul Hardy is one of my personal favourite Canadian designers and he used FashionCAN as an opportunity to showcase his SS17, Pre-Fall 2017 and FW17 collections. High-end boho chic looks may have been upstaged by his new outerwear creations under his new Lamb.S.Laughter label. The name sounds a bit morbid, but the shearling outerwear is just incredible. Christopher Bates is another designer impressing us more with every collection. The latest Made In Italy FW17 collection is a mix of home run hits buried in Italian-inspired basics. He’s testing the waters here and there, but we would like to see him really dive in. Kudos to Bates for re-outfitting the Air Canada pilots and cabin crew – excellent job. Bustle surprised everyone with adorable stylish childrenswear under their new Bustle Sprouts label. Finally, Mikhael Kale had a coming-to-Yeezus moment with an impressive urban collection that could have used some men’s pieces.
Great showing for the Toronto leg of FashionCAN FW17.
Front Row Photos: Spiro Mandylor, spiro.ca
Runway Photos: George Pimentel Photography