Highlights from Toronto Fashion Week F/W 2018
On Wednesday, Toronto Fashion Week came to a close ending a three-day event where top Canadian designers hit the runway to showcase their curated Fall/Winter 2018 collections.
The event, which took place at Toronto’s luxury retail destination, Yorkville Village, featured Montreal-based designers such as Unttld and Wrkdept, and Toronto favourites like Christopher Bates, Narces and Hayley Elsaesser to name a few.
Toronto Fashion Week, founded by Yorkville Village, The Hazelton Hotel, Freed Developments and Hill & Gertner, announced earlier this year that it would join forces with Toronto-based production agency The Collections, the founders of Re/Set, for its up-coming showcase.
Throughout the event, a consumer-facing market space, baptized Re/Set Designer Showroom, was opened on the upper level of Yorkville Village and featured designs that consumers could shop directly from the likes of Grayes, Biko, Dolorous, Alan Anderson and Cuchura, and presenting designers Christopher Bates, Pedram Karimi and Hilary MacMillan.
While all the shows were different in terms of design and presentation, some designers opting for runway shows and others, static exhibitions, statements were bold and designs even bolder.
Sustainable Canadian denim brand Triarchy, designed by sibling duo Adam and Ania Taubenfligel, hit the runway on day one of Toronto Fashion Week with an eco-friendly show that highlighted their inventive and sustainable denim pieces for both men and women. Denim jackets, skirts and jeans were embellished with fringe, patchwork, and metallic and sequin detailing, and came in various shades of bleu and black.
Montreal-based label, Unttld, by designers José Manuel St-Jacques and Simon Bélanger, presented a jewel-toned collection for Fall/Winter 2018. Looks ranged from dramatic featuring dresses with exaggerated sleeves and shoulders, to more tailored looks including velvet pantsuits. Looks were completed with elbow gloves and interesting headwear.
On day two, Montreal’s Wrkdept opted for a studio presentation to showcase its F/W 2018 collection. Dubbed Qweens’ collection, the line created as a unisex collection, paid homage to the historic culture of drag queens empowering the modern-day woman. Designed by Andy Long Hoang and Tinashe Musara, the collection was very colourful featuring voluminous tulle, ruffled denim and the occasional print in punchy colours like orange, red and pink. If the designs weren’t noteworthy enough, the complimentary makeup was equally bold.
Designer Jordan McKay, ended day two of Toronto Fashion Week with a bang as Kardinal Offishall and Toronto singer Pree opened the runway presentation. Inspired by vintage rock & roll and old Hollywood glam, Hendrixroe’s F/W 2018 collection was bold featuring flower-power prints, glam sequins and metallic leather. Still, items for both men and women were designed with tailored silhouettes including well-fitted blazers for men and fitted dresses and pantsuits for women.
Ready-to-wear designer Hilary MacMillan equally debuted her Fall/Winter 2018 collection from her self-titled line on day two of Toronto Fashion Week. Inspired by Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette, the collection consisted of both athleisure wear and structured garments with a more feminine flare. Black patent leather was used to create both midi and mini skirts, as well as jackets and pants, while softer colors like dusty rose, powder bleu and metallics were used to soften the collection.
Themed ‘Cosmic Dread', Hayley Elsaesser’s Fall/Winter 2018 collection was colourful and full of prints (as per her signature style) on day three of Toronto Fashion Week. Inspired by space horror, sci-fi movies and the notion of the unknown future, the colouful prints embellished pants, tops and a coordinated track suit for men and women. The collection was equally accented by Nike footwear, many of which was customized by Elsaesser.
Montreal-based designer Pedram Karimi made a statement with his collection on day three of Toronto Fashion Week. Entitled ‘Anti-Consumerism’, the androgynous contemporary collection fought back against fast-fashion and urged consumers to focus on quality over quantity. Items were created to be timeless and versatile. From pants to dresses, pieces had a loose cut and were created in a neutral palette of black, grey, navy, brown and the occasional light blue.
Back in the studio, on day three, S.P. Badu also opted for some athleisure inspired pieces for his unisex Fall/Winter 2018 collection. Launched by Toronto-based designer Spencer Badu in 2015, the streetwear line, worn by A$AP Rocky, had an urban flair and featured baggy pants and cropped bomber jackets in a somber colour palette.
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