On the Runway

Toronto: Cydelic by Choryin & Lundstrom Collection

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Photo by George Pimentel

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Photo by George Pimentel

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Photo by George Pimentel

It was avant-garde versus heritage luxe at Toronto Fashion Week last night.

Hong Kong native Choryin Choi’s capsule collection, Cydelic by Choryin, played with proportion and texture in curious ways. Oversized buttons on voluminous capes and dresses, combined with dramatic tearful makeup gave the models an eerie doll-like quality. A skirt and wrap made entirely out of wool masks were the most intriguing pieces from this collection, however they would be a challenge to don off the runway. You have to admire any new designer taking risks and staying true to his own sensibility when it is so easy to get lost in a sea of LDBs.

The Lundström Collection showing opening in a dramatic fashion with a wall of six models clad in faux Mongolian lamb and merino wool knits. What followed were classic silhouettes infused with hints of leather, printed velvet and lace. Though the overall presentation was a bit flat, it was good to see the label looking towards engaging a new generation of LaParka lovers. Highlights from the collection included a deep violet coat, luxe knits and superior tailoring. The label is trusted to deliver beautiful coats and sportswear separates and that is exactly what they did, we’d just like to see something a little bit less expected.

See a gallery of looks from the Cydelic by Choryin Fall 2011 show

See a gallery of looks from the Lundström Collection Fall 2011 show