Toronto Fashion Week Recap

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Source: George Pimentel

If one thing's for certain, Toronto has been buzzing this September. If TIFF wasn't exciting enough, Toronto Fashion Week was a hot ticket item and definitely the place to see and be seen. 

Toronto Fashion Week was back bigger than ever with an incredible three-day festival that fused together fashion, culture, and art in the heart of Yorkville Village.

This year, Toronto fashionistas had the opportunity to see the ever-so-talented Jean Paul Gaultier speak, catch a screening of Franca: Chaos and Creation, an incredibly moving documentary about the late Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani, and witness some of the most beautiful designs from local designers, putting Toronto on the fashion map

For those that didn't have the opportunity to watch a runway show or catch a glimpse of a designer, we wanted to share a recap of the three-day fashion soiree. 

DAY ONE

TFW kicked off with a special visit from world-famous fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier who took part in a conversational panel discussion with CNN International personality Derek Blasberg from the CNN Style segment.

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Canadian designer Lucian Matis hit the runway with his latest collection titled “Flight” on Day One of TFW. Feathery plumes, ruffled tiers, sophisticated silhouettes and ethereal fabrics were statements in his beautiful collections which consisted of elegant pieces that could be worn from day to cocktails to an evening on the town.

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DAY TWO

On Day Two, TFW saw a number of incredible Canadian designers hit the runway, including Narces, Bustle, and UNTTLD.

The Austrian-born, Toronto-based Narces hit the the runway first on Day Two and showed off her collection of elevated after work attire including a number of evening wear and flirty cocktail pieces.

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Canadian menswear label Bustle was up next, and shared their latest collection of printed pant and track suits. The brand's designers (married Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow) even had their adorable children Georgia and Griff walk the runway in adorable miniature versions of their signature pieces.

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Montreal-based UNTTLD closed Day Two, and delighted the crowd with its pirate inspired collection of wearable body con dresses in statement stripes, fitted blazers with ruffle detailing and power suits made of delicate lace.

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DAY THREE

The final day of TFW kicked off with House of Suri's runway debut. The emerging label's collection comprised of a monochromatic palette in gray, black and white, featuring pared down separates, that were both elegant and streamlined. 

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Canadian designer Hayley Elsaesser was up next and she seriously brought the party. Her collection, “Teenage Wasteland" was in no shortage of vibrant prints, glitter, rainbow colours, and traffic stopping statement pieces that were unlike anything else to hit the runway.

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Toronto Fashion Week wrapped up with a unique installation-style presentation from Pink Tartan that featured dramatically dressed mannequins set against a futuristic video. To really change things up, Pink Tartan’s president and design director Kimberley Newport-Mimran presented her 2017 fall collection rather than spring 2018. During the presentation, Newport-Mimran said, “A traditional fashion show is over in 10 minutes and you don’t even really see the clothes because it goes so fast. I wanted people to spend time actually looking at the clothes this time.”

 Source:  George Pimentel
 Source:  George Pimentel

With Toronto Fashion Week officially behind us, what spring/summer 2018 trends are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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