After some stellar sartorial showings at World Mastercard Fashion Week on Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3, we were looking forward to seeing the wares of several Canadian designers who, frankly, rock our world. (We hope this intro to their fashionable aesthetics inspires you to hunt down a few of their pieces.)
Kicking off the day was Claudette Floyd and her company Claudette. The line is very Mad Men and is reminiscent of the things women would have worn in the '40s, '50s and '60s. There were a lot of feminine and tailored suits/skirts, but each had a little bit of unique sizzle. There was glitter! There were paisley prints! There was colour (everything from orange and blue to yellow)! The architectural cuts of some of the oversized blazers were fabulous. One of our favourite looks of the night was a tea-length skirt paired with an edgy and bold short-sleeved sweater. The entire collection was fun and, frankly, we'd dare to wear each piece.
Next up was Krane, a showcase of sexy, sexy, sexy menswear. The jackets, the materials (tweed, waxed cotton and leather), the detailing with the zippers and oversized collars — it was all fabulous. Everything pointed to the fact that Ken Chow is a designer on this rise. His colour palette of choice? Black and blue.
Triarchy Denim took the day's third runway slot. The line, created by two brothers and a sister, delivered a knock-out show that offered up all things awesome equestrian. Kate Middleton would do well to wear a few of their items the next time she heads to the countryside! Well-cut jeans and belts cinching women's waists (over long tailored shirts) were a thing. And oversized scarves dominated for men and women; so did ties for us ladies (awesome!).
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Farley Chatto, a Canadian menswear veteran, is known for creating cool and clever costumes for big-name stars like Elton John and Sarah Jessica Parker, so his runway shows are always highly anticipated. This year he showcased some luxurious fashions — much like those Joseph Mimran highlighted during his Joe Fresh show. There was a lot of fur (a lot) and layering of sheer fabrics with weightier materials. We couldn't get enough of the hues and prints he used — black and white plaid, black and blue, sumptuous red and burnt orange furs. We. Die.
Apres Farley was Bustle — a team whose shows are known to be among the most creative and exciting of Fashion Week. We've been fans of the sporty and stylish items Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow have been designing for years. Based on their fashionable eye, the fall trends we'll be seeing include bomber jackets, black and white, tailored blazers paired with plaid vests and textured materials. V-neck sweaters will also be "in."
Over at the showing of Soia & Kyo, beige, brown, red and black ruled the runway. The Canadian line is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Ilan Elfassy had some fun mixing and matching hues (pairing black and white) and materials (think sheer pants with wool/cotton hoodies), and we loved his cinched-at-the-waist bombers.
To close out the eve, was a stellar showing from Rudsak. The iconic Canadian label celebrated its 20th Anniversary at the tents and wowed with a collection of furs paired with leather, oversized scarves and wide-brimmed hats as well as black meshed with gold (Evik Asatoorian's skirts were more than covet-worthy — they were to-die-for-worthy). The collection is something you'd be able to wear out on the town — maybe to an of-the-moment restaurant or to a concert.
Check out some of our favourite Twitter musings and street style shots from day 4 of Toronto Fashion Week. And come back Monday to see highlights from the final day of the shows, including wares from Brit Wacher, Anu Raina, Hilary MacMillan and Matthew Gallagher.
— Madelyn Chung (@madelynchung) March 21, 2014
— Fashion Savage (@fashion_savage) March 21, 2014
— Daniel Desforges (@dothedaniel) March 21, 2014
— Lauren O'Neil (@laurenonizzle) March 20, 2014
— christian dare (@christiandare) March 20, 2014
— Maybelline Canada (@MaybellineCAN) March 21, 2014