Fashion-able: The first two days of World Mastercard Fashion Week

Baby pigs! Baby pigs! The talk of the first night of World Mastercard Fashion Week was definitely the cute baby pigs being carried down the runway by models at the Korhani show. 
Aside from the cute little porkers, the always-interesting runway showcase of home rugs had some very cool concepts, like the three models wearing rugs with giant faces woven into them. 


Holt Renfrew always puts on a great show of Canadian designers, and this season was no exception. We especially loved the all-Canadian music that ran throughout the show. Some looks that stood out for us include Twenty Cluny‘s pretty, feminine cocktail dresses… 


Smythe‘s fun outerwear pieces…. 
and Jeremy Laing‘s…well, everything.


The highlight of the Pavoni show was all of the elegant gowns that flowed one after the other. This designer is definitely someone to look to for a red carpet event. 

We loved the detailing on the shoulders of this piece:


Anything richly red, with layers upon layers of draped fabric and body-hugging attributes, gets our thumbs up:


Yesterday the tents featured Adrian Wu, Laura Siegel, Sid Neigum, Chloe comme Parris, Martin Lim, Soia & Kyo, Lundström Collection and Matis by Lucian Matis. There were definitely favourites from every show, but here are a few highlights: 

Laura Siegel’s layered pieces would look perfectly at home on Toronto’s streets. 
Chloe comme Parris had details we loved – coiled braids, dark red lips, heels with chains and studs on pants. We also loved the floral prints in this dress. 


Soia & Kyo’s cozy, luxe coats and jackets had us excited about what we’ll purchase for next winter, even though we’re just barely out of this one.

This printed top was one of our top picks from the Matis by Lucian Matis show that closed the evening. 

Fashion week is off to a strong start, and we can’t wait to see what else is in store for the rest of the week!

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LGFW: Wednesday & Thursday

Days three and four of LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oreal Paris were just as exhilarating as the first two. As we head towards the Fashion Week finish line, here are some of our thoughts on the past two days:


Wednesday, October 19


Sid Neigum



New York-based Neigum’s avant-garde designs blur the line between menswear and womenswear, featuring excellent leather pieces for both sexes. We were, however, less than enamoured by the harem-style pants he had the male models walking in. Difficult for ladies to pull off, so we’re not sure how our men will do it. But kudos for sending something different down the runway.


Marie Saint Pierre



Instead of a traditional runway show, Marie Saint Pierre held a presentation in the Studio space. Mannequins and models mixed on a raised platform while guests circulated around the room. The intimate set-up was a welcome change and offered the opportunity to examine Saint Pierre’s collection up-close.


Korhani Home Rug Runway Show


Korhani took to the runway for a second season to showcase their fast fashion-esque rugs. This playful show featured outfits inspired by Alice in Wonderland and the 80s. While we won’t be wearing any rugs to our next soiree, we’re excited to inject some flair into our home decor.


Pink Tartan



Kim Mimran’s latest collection is as beautiful and classic as we’ve come to expect from the celebrated designer. In an unexpected twist – Andrej Pejic, the gender-bending model du jour, walked the runway in an indigo shirtdress. Never has a boy looked so chic. 


Joe Fresh


One of fashion week’s most sought-after invites, Joe Fresh S/S 2012 featured bright contrasting colours, cool whites and clean lines. We were especially impressed with the menswear; we can’t wait to see our boys strutting the streets of Toronto in some of Joe’s patterned pants and blazers. 


Thursday, October 20


Sarah Stevenson


Stevenson’s intricate textile patterns printed onto gorgeous silks (and in picture frames surrounding the models) epitomized springtime. Those walking outside by the large studio windows couldn’t help but to peer in at the latest looks from this talented designer.



Krane



Ken Chow’s Krane began with accessories (a waxed cotton and leather carryall to be exact) and has since evolved into a menswear line. While Krane’s bags are still front-and-centre for Spring/Summer 2012, his clothing offerings will surely appeal to many urban-dwellers. 


Bustle



From the backdrop of bathing beauties drinking champagne on a boat, to the upbeat, pop soundtrack, Bustle provided a much-needed mood-booster on the fourth night of fashion week. The clothes were equally as fun, combining crisp tailoring with coral, lavender and grey.


VAWK



Perennial favourite Sunny Wong dazzled spectators at last night’s show. As usual, VAWK was infused with glamour –  think metallics and sheer fabrics, paired with muted blush tones. We wouldn’t mind wearing a few of his gowns to Operanation tonight.


*All images via FDCC, except Sarah Stevenson’s which are from QMI