Fashion-able: Favourite moments from WMCFW

It’s a wrap! After months of planning, another successful season of World MasterCard Fashion Week is behind us. After a restful weekend, we’re just now having a chance to take a breath and reflect on a few of the amazing moments we experienced last week. From the front of house to the backstage, the ladies of the fourth floor saw it all. Here are are a few of our highlights.


We always love when
talent comes out to support Canadian designers. 
One highlight was seeing the beautiful Elisha Cuthbert, who
came out to see one of our favourite designers, Sunny Fong for VAWK. A true supporter (she’s rocked VAWK on the red carpet), it’s always great to see talent supporting each other. Other fave faces spotted include Rudy Gay, 
Arlene Dickinson, Stacey McKenzie, Jessica Lowndes, Amanda Brugel, Carrie-Lynn Neales and Danny Fernandes.


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So many of our designers are so sweet and humble during their big moment! For us, watching
designer Travis Taddeo take a well-deserved walk down the entire studio runway
with one of his models after his show was the best. After all their hard work, the designers
should be celebrated, so we love when they poke their head out from backstage for
more than a couple of seconds. 



Photo credit: George Pimentel

We love seeing what calendar regulars are up to each season, but we always love a new show or face on the runway. Seeing an absolutely filled room for the long-awaited return of Stephan
Caras’ show made us really happy. Every seat in the house was full – with 150 people standing around
the top to get a glimpse of the black and white collection. It was amazing to
see such a warm welcome for the veteran designer returning to show at WMCFW. Similar feelings seeing the outpouring of love for Izzy Camilleri with her return to the runway this season.



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We love seeing how the designers incorporate their personal inspiration in their collections. Another best fashion week moment was during the David Dixon
show – he created a powerful video and audio montage that played for a few
minutes before the models took the runway, and set the tone that women were
strong and powerful – and do not need to “know their place”. The show that
followed was similarly strong and the mood in the room was pretty incredible.
Made us feel full of girl power.

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We may all try to be fierce and stylish at fashion week, but sometimes a little humour is necessary. From our post guarding the backstage door, we had to smile as the (amazing) volunteers encircled Mackage’s black latex runway  – guarding it against anyone stepping on it!



We also love a good zen ‘tude shown by a runway veteran. This season, it was a pleasure working with Soia & Kyo designer Ilan Elfassy. He was so laid back and relaxed
before his show on Thursday that we wanted to bottle up his relaxed energy. We also
wouldn’t mind having a few pieces from his collection.

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Front of house also provides some great moments: particularly the designer guest entrance doors, which are always a fun spot to stand. Chock-full of the designer’s friends and family, the line is always buzzing with excitement. This season, we had the pleasure of chatting with the lovely Ms. Chloe comme Parris – their mom – first in line to see her daughters’ show. 

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In a similar vein, we love the energy of a fan of fashion experiencing the excitement of the runway for the first time. We had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know one lucky Vancouverite who won an all-expense paid trip on Facebook to World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. She brought her friend from Calgary and the two attended all the shows from Tuesday to Friday. They were always first in line to ensure they got the best seat for every show; and watching their excitement and awe of the atmosphere (and seeing Jeanne Beker up close) was incredibly memorable. 

Who doesn’t love the non-models rocking the runway during Heart Truth? Such a fun atmosphere, we love it when they show a little personality! This year’s highlight? A toss-up between beautiful 91-year-old Gladys walking the runway to a standing ovation or Jennifer Valentyne killing it with a little flash of her heart-print panties. 

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Finally, the show-stopping gowns at the Pavoni runway show, complete with a confetti cannon, was the perfect exclamation point on a beautiful and inspiring week of Canadian design.


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Fashion-able: WMCFW shows we’re excited for

Seems like just moments ago that we wrapped another successful World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto, but here we are again: ready to soak in the looks that our Canadian designers have created for next fall and winter.

Even though we don’t want to think about another fall now that we’re in the homestretch toward spring, there’s still something exciting about brand new ways to wear leather and fur. Plus, we’re always pumped to spot the best in spring street style at the tents.
Check out (just a couple shows on) our can’t miss list for this season’s World MasterCard Fashion Week:


MIZ by Izzy Camilleri
Monday at 5:30 p.m. / Runway



Izzy is a vetran who designs for the confident woman. This collection will feature sleek separates in jersey, stretch wool twill and faux leather. A neutral colour palette incorporating houndstooth and animal-print has us thinking back to the Fall 2010 IZMA collection and its richness of attitude. 




Chloé Comme Parris

Monday 6:30 p.m. / Runway




The return of sisters Chloé and Parris Gordon breathes effortless, youthful cool into this season’s roster. A bit more New York than Paris, the girls’ focus on custom and hand-made elements make their wearable collection covetable.


Pink Tartan
Monday 7:30 p.m. / Runway




Kimberley Newport-Mimran wowed crowds this past season with her ability to incorporate a punk edge in a collection that was ultimately soft, sensual and ladylike (in the 50’s sense!). We can’t wait to see what she comes up with for fall – and what colour palette she’ll be working with.


Mercedes-Benz start up presents: DUY
Tuesday at 7 p.m. / Runway




Winner of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Start Up Award, Duy Nguyen will present his new collection this season. We are hoping to see more of his intricate pattern making at play in fall/winter layers.


Joe Fresh
Wednesday at 9 p.m. / Runway




The Mimran’s are taking over! It’s okay, we really don’t mind. Frequently enticed by the affordable, on-trend fashions available at Joe Fresh, we want a glimpse into what Joe will have in store for us this fall. And we will be on the look out for special guests on the runway – like Pat Cleveland (pictured above).


Soïa & Kyo
Thursday at 6 p.m. / Runway




Ilan
Elfassy,
designer of Soïa & Kyo (and sister Brand Mackage), says that this
season he has “channelled the timeless elegance and malleability of metals, such as
copper and nickel.” The Quebec-based brand is most renown for it’s winter-wear – a can’t miss given the season.



VAWK
Thursday at 8 p.m. / Runway




Luxury label VAWK, by Sunny Fong, pushed the boundaries last season with light-weight feminine fabrics, sharp metallics and revealing cuts. We’d be OK with another take on the awesome gold cone bra above.


Travis Taddeo
Friday at 4 p.m. / Studio




Expect Travis Taddeo to own the studio this season with his signature raw, minimalist and edgy style. Known for pushing conventional expectations, we are looking forward to seeing what his unique blends of street wear and luxury will bring this year.


Stephan Caras
Friday at 7 p.m. / Runway




Established, Toronto-based designer Stephan is rejoining Toronto’s official fashion scene this season. We can’t contain our Canadian glee at the thought of seeing the master of collections that incorporate femininity and movement present on home turf.


Pavoni
Friday at 8 p.m. / Runway




Mike Derderian & Gianni Falcone know how to make a woman feel like a queen. Literally. The detailing on their dresses is so delicate it makes this Fourth-Floorer feel faint. Hope you’ve already RSVP’d.


We could go on. Get the full calendar here. Ladies, don your gem-toned or graphic print dresses and men lace up those brightly soled shoes – this is a season you don’t want to miss.

World MasterCard Fashion Week: Day one recap

There is nothing quite like the
opening night of
World MasterCard Fashion Week. The excitement is palpable as
fashion industry, media and addicts catch up at their bi-annual reunion while
waiting for the doors to open.

Once everyone is seated, a hush falls
and before the lights get brighter and the music starts pounding out the beat
of a catwalk strut, the anticipation builds for the first glimpse of spring/summer 2013. Here are some of our favourite looks
from day one:
Holt Renfrew came out with their
fall/winter 2012 line-up, which is fun since every single look is in store and can be purchased now. Instant satisfaction. Fashion-forward, elegant looks made for a great start to the evening.

Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
We love this combo of solids and prints, it’s preppy with a fashion twist from MSGM, Kate Spade and Ela.
Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
This Pavoni gown is stunning. It deserves a red carpet.
Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
Glamorous, sleek cuts combined with crisp colour blocking make this top to bottom Celine look a winner.
Kimberley Newport-Mimran wowed again with Pink Tartan‘s Spring/Summer 2013 combining lady-like fabrics and styles with girlie prints and alterations.

Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
This look is the epitome of youth, fashion and class.
Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
Seafoam green will make a return next spring, as evidenced with this lovely dress.


Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
We love the texture and shine in this glamorous-yet-demure outfit.
Pavoni closed the night with a spectacular display of sumptuous gowns. Designers Mike Derderian and Gianni Falcone explored glamour with delicate lace overlays that sparkled in the runway lights. 

Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
We love this simple dress, made exquisite with lace overlay.


Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
The deep cut and fabulous styling make us think of all the divas who could rock this on the red carpet.

Image courtesy of Steve Alkok, Its All Style To Me.
The name Chateau de Versailles is fitting for this collection of showpiece dresses.

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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