Original photo by Cory VanderPloeg (@coryphoto)
Written by Alex Brown
Day three: rain. Though as you’ve surely seen from our third #WMCFW street style video, shot by @maximkop, an unwelcome turn in the weather was still no match for the fashion savvy. The right umbrella can be chic, too.
No matter the weather, attendees of Toronto Fashion Week saw the satisfaction of designers’ months of hard work culminated in several fine struts. Mackage, as always, embraced the tumult of Canadian weather and still came out in one piece (and looking good). The Montreal duo are on a short list of design teams left who won’t forgo the practical side of dress and yet remain forever faithful to the the markers of the sartorial class. For Mackage, these indications came in the beauty of a well-tailored coat, an interesting mix of fabrics and textures, and some seriously enviable pattern-mixing. Other Toronto favourites include the indomitable Joe Fresh (bright orange, yes, please); Pink Tartan with hints of fur and unbridled sophistication; Beaufille’s subtly girly grunge; and Mikhael Kale’s perfected feminine edge—AKA the female, futuristic Elvis Presley, in my books.
Amidst the clothing and hushed, seated crowds, there were still buzzing Twitter feeds, blog posts, video testimonials, and stats to consider. Over 30,000 people attended the 29th season of World MasterCard Fashion Week, saw more than 1000 different outfits by 34 of Canada’s most talented designers. In the thick of all of it, what did they have to report? The Huffington Post Canada listed The 12 Truths About Toronto Fashion Week; supermodel Stacey McKenzie told us she decided to own her flaws; while BlogTO taught us how to do Toronto Fashion Week without an invitation. Here at FLARE, editors tweeted about their runway favourites and recorded the best in Canadian street style. In my humble opinion, bold colours, moto jackets, and tartan were some of the best trends to note this week. Despite the vast numbers in our collected stats and varied fashion week reviews and round-ups, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all take away something slightly different. Thank goodness for that, right?