WMCFashionWeek: Fave moments

World MasterCard Fashion Week is almost over and it still feels like it’s just begun. It’s been an incredible week in both the studio and in the runway venue, including some surprises like the 5 Gum Black Collection Greta Constantine presentation on Wednesday.

When we do get a moment between shows, there are so many fabulous outfits to take in that it seems the whole week has flown by in the blink of an eye. But, for each of us, a moment or two stood out from the rest. 

Here are just a few of our fave moments:

We love being at the front of the runway room entrance. From that spot we can see so much of the action in the fashion environment and hundreds of familiar faces and friends as they go into the shows. It’s a lot of big, positive energy that passes through that entry; energy that is passed to us and, most importantly, the designers. We love that.


The awesome neon light installation at the runway room entrance.

This week we were fortunate enough to rock some pieces from the new L by Linda Lundstrom collection. A couple of us even got street styled because of it!



Michelle and Andie on Flare.com.
Another favourite was Arthur Mendonça‘s 10th anniversary collection. Being a vet in the Canadian fashion industry, Arthur was cool, calm and collected. We loved running his proud mom, Marie, to her front row seat and – of course – everything on the runway!

Image courtesy of Steve Alkok and It’s All Style To Me.

Pat
Cleveland strutting her stuff during the
Joe Fresh show was pretty amazing. Even
though some of us only got a glimpse from backstage, it was clear that her walk is as iconic as she is and it was
great to hear the massive applause she got from the crowd!

Image courtesy of Steve Alkok and It’s All Style To Me.
Seeing
Duy Nguyen backstage immediately after winning the Mercedes-Benz Start Up
Program for emerging designers was a great moment. He was so genuinely humble and overwhelmed – we can’t wait to see his fall 2013 show this spring.

Duy and his lovely models right after winning the competition.
A surprising moment was
witnessing some “show birds” strutting their stuff down the Korhani Home runway
on the arms of a couple very sharp looking models. 
Backstage, the gorgeous parrots were celebrities in their own right with
camera phones and flash bulbs going off every few seconds. Rumour has it
that these birds were actually imported from the Vegas strip so there would be
minimal noise.  And it worked – the birds were very professional!

Image courtesy of Steve Alkok and It’s All Style To Me.

For some of us who are a newer to Toronto’s most fashionable week, meeting Jeanne Beker was a huge highlight. Not only is she truly stunning (and, as expected, decked out in timeless, stylish wear), she is down to earth and incredibly positive and supportive of the designers. We always love meeting people who share the love.



We are looking forward to the Travis Taddeo show tonight. We love his signature sleek, minimalist dresses that are within our budgets. 


Finally, one of the best moments of every season always comes after the final shows ends and the rock-it team has a celebratory cocktail to toast a job well done.





LGFW: Day 4 & 5 and what we loved

Last Thursday and Friday at LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oreal Paris, the runway and studio rooms were filled with Russian influences (think Ushanka‘s) and femininity in elegant goth and ladylike punky leather, as well as chic suits and dresses punched up with deep purple tones and lots of fur accents.

From Cydelic by Choryin‘s black teardrops to looks that Helena Bonham Carter would ogle amorously, Cydelic’s studio show was showmanship and drama in the best way.


 

We loved the graceful flair Sunny Fong brought to the table for Vawk. The leopard pencil skirt hit another trend seen at many shows: exposed zippers.


A great strong and and dramatic opening to Lundström. A group of models strutted down the runway with luxe black and ivory faux-Mongolian lamb coats and vests.


Not a look for everybody, but the dark, nu-goth vibe at Heather Lawton and Sid Neigum showcased black-on-black ensembles that would make Rick Owens proud.
Sid Neigum.
Heather Lawton.
One of  Amanda Lew Kee‘s highlights were her Kimono-inspired jackets. The wispy sheer floral outer layer showed a soft side of the designer with a delicate Asian-inspired pattern. 
Photo courtesy of Fashion Magazine
Photo courtesy of Eye Weekly.

And last, but definitely not least – the closing night show for Line Knitwear collection. A return to the ’70s with bell-bottom flares, burnt oranges and tie-dyed, pleated skirts had our hearts skipping a hippie beat with every outfit.  Boho-cozy.
Photo courtesy of Medium Magazine.
The end of the week of fashion means just the beginning for fashion lovers, to emulate and create their own looks from all the designers that we watched and loved.
Images courtesy of George Pimentel, except where noted.