As the fashion weeks come to a close, here’s a look back at some of the key trends from Toronto Fashion Week. For those who were in attendance, your favourite part may have been the lounge area amongst fossils and precious stones within the larger than life walls of the Royal Ontario Museum, but what it’s really all about is the local Canadian designers putting their stamp on the industry.
ALL OVER PRINT
Hilary MacMillan did monochrome justice with her take on all-over-tartan. A wearable nod to Vivenne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier, there is something here for all body types; do bolder prints for the brave, and muted prints for the more subtle. Take it to real life: combine various takes on this print and tone it down on areas that you do not want to draw attention to - larger darker patterns on the bottom and lighter smaller on top to draw upwards or vice versa to draw downwards.
SHEER OVER SHEER
Pedram Karimi + Process Visual + One Undone was dreamy in drapery. Sheer fabrics can be versatile, from just a blouse to a shirt-dress worn over trousers. Mixing head to toe sheer layers blend each element and creates unexpected lines to a look adding dimension and coverage. Take it to real life: layer sheer asymmetrical blouses in complimentary neutral tones and pair with a skirt - mini and midi for shorter builds, mini and maxi for taller builds.
Bübl x David Dixon complimented structured bodices with statement coats - - presented by Osteoporosis, the watercolour x-ray print used on some of the pieces including this jacket, both bring attention to a cause, and give an update to a classic tailored jacket. Take it to real life: pair a corset-style top underneath a structured jacket, add a trouser and call it your power suit.
Mani Jassal who is known for bringing modern South Asian silhouettes mainstream, featured floral patterns. Taking what is known as a Spring/Summer staple, and moving it into Fall/Winter territory; all seasons are fair game for this. Take it to real life: wear floral pieces or accents all year round, more or less depending on your personal style.
WRKDEPT takes two-tone genderless into the suit. Do it loud or quiet it down with just one element; like a jacket, or an even simpler touch such as footwear. Fear not the unisex brands, oversized jackets have never been more modern, and most brands have sizing that works for several body types. Take it to real life: play around with colour blocking, this could be as simple as pairing different colours of a top and bottom, refer to the colour wheel.
Mikhael Kale serving two trends in one look; babydoll and yellow tones. Femininity and frills are back baby: If it’s a bit too soft for you, take note of styling this look with edgier, harder pieces like the patent leather turtleneck pictured above. Any type of body con fabric would pull off a similar aesthetic. Take it to real life: punch up a collar or cuff with frill details, accessorize in yellows like with a handbag. [the bigger the cuff and collar the closer to…]