We’re sad to say, World MasterCard Fashion Week has come to an end. And what a week it was! There were so many fashions we fell in love with — and clothing designers we learned more about. Before we bid adieu to the tents at Toronto’s David Pecaut Square, we were able to take in a few final shows featuring some of Canada’s finest designers.
Brit Wacher kicked the day off with a spectacle that made for a sensational Toronto Fashion Week debut. The line was fantastical (as she intended) and featured masterful architecturally designed creations. Shirts and pants featured sharp angles and collars on shirts were oversized.
Next up was Anu Raina, the award-winning textile and clothing designer, who showcased a collection that was all things autumn. The hues were rich (we adored the purples and greens) and the flowy materials sumptuous. We’ve come to know and love the designer for her incredible city-inspired prints, many of which we’ve longed to see splattered on our T-shirts. And throughout her fall/winter collection Raina did just that by splashing them across everything from pants and dresses to scarves.
Plaid and pheasants were key themes at the third show of the day — one put on my Hilary MacMillan. The designer, who was inspired by the sights she saw while on a recent trip to Scotland, created a collection that was amazingly on autumn trend — we’re talking reds, blacks and whites. It was the second time we saw autumnal shorts paraded down a TFW runway; completely wearble (and covetable) shift dresses were showcased alongside our new favourite trend — two-toned, colour-blocked pants.
Toronto Fashion Week 2014: The Top Tweets, Street Style & Trends From Day 1
All Of The Looks From Toronto Fashion Week F/W 2014 Day 1
Toronto Fashion Week 2014: The Top Tweets, Street Style & Trends From Day 2
All Of The Looks From Toronto Fashion Week F/W 2014 Day 2
Toronto Fashion Week 2014: The Top Tweets, Street Style & Trends From Day 3
All Of The Looks From Toronto Fashion Week F/W 2014 Day 3
Toronto Fashion Week 2014: The Top Tweets, Street Style & Trends From Day 4
All Of The Looks From Toronto Fashion Week F/W 2014 Day 4
The Vancouver line Madame Moje took centre stage at 5 p.m. Chic and influenced by Paris, the collection’s pieces could be worn at the office or on a lady’s night out. Creative director Malashnee Naidoo designed outfits that were super feminine while also a bit edgy. Bouncy skirt dresses were paired with structured collars and peplum-esque shirts and jackets meshed with dresses with cutouts. Feathers usurped the throne of fur.
Another knockout of the night was the evening wear collection presented by NARCES. Designed by Nikki Wirthensohn, the garments were made for a) prom season, b) wedding going and c) wearing when you want to feel absolutely fabulous. Think lots of sparkle and cut-outs; it was girly with an edge. The colours were a bit more reminiscent of spring (which was a nice departure to see on a fall runway).
Next up was designer Stephan Caras who brought the evening to a near-close with his amazingly feminine and sophisticated 2014 collection. The creations, which showcased some of Caras’s favourite things — black, pink and highlighting the female form — were absolutely divine. They made us think of fancy Parisian women in the ’20s and ’40s who would luxuriate in sensual fabrics just because. Crop tops and leg slits were prominently featured.
To close out the night was a show-stopping Edwardian/Victorian era runway performance from Matthew Gallagher. We’ve always loved his ensembles, but this year, he went above and beyond. We can handily say we want everything shown on this end-of-Toronto-Fashion-Week runway. Everything. And we’d wear it everywhere — to work, for play and even, ahem, in bed. The colours, like Wirthensohn’s display, were light and the materials flowy.
Check out some of our favourite Twitter musings and street style shots from the final day of the shows!
— Margaret Nam ☮ (@itsMargarrrrita) March 21, 2014
— Natalie Ast (@natalieast) November 4, 2013
Street style photographers outside tents just went bananas for tiny, fluffy brown puppy. #WMCFW
— natalia manzocco (@nataliamanzocco) March 21, 2014
— blogTO (@blogTO) March 19, 2014
— FASHION Magazine (@FashionCanada) March 21, 2014