Friday, October 19, 2012

Toronto Fashion Week: The shOws

From Tanya Taylor

Toronto Fashion Week is upon us and it has grown with a number of talented Canadian designers eager to debut their collections. An increasing portion of designers chose to show outside of World MasterCard Fashion Week this year. The shOws took place this week and were held at the Andrew Richard Designs event studio in the city’s industrially trendy east end. I had the pleasure of attending shows by designers Tanya Taylor, Jean-Pierre Braganza and Jeremy Laing. Here are some of my highlights:

Tanya Taylor

Watching Tanya Taylor’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection had me picturing myself people-watching glamourous vacationers in St. Barths. Florals, exposed midriffs and tightly-wrapped head-scarves had me dreaming of summer luxury.  
Photos by: Georgia Nerheim
This orange pantsuit with white floral top could easily be worn shopping on a high-end tropical island as it could be to the office with a crisp-button up shirt. 

Punchy print florals with a hint of sparkle made me swoon over loose fitting simple dresses. All I need is an invitation to a chic destination wedding and this little number is mine.

Overall, Tanya Taylor’s collection was very wearable with pieces that are easily transferable to the young, social woman who wants to add a dash of interest to her wardrobe.

Jean-Pierre Braganza

This collection was all about contrast. Jean-Pierre Braganza seamlessly blended the dramatic primary colours of red and blue with a softer palette of pale turquoise and cream. Add on top of that asymmetric hemlines and feminine, flowing materials and you have one really impressive collection.

This shift dress is given a modern edge with a little bit of pattern, and a lot of colour. The loose fitting shape is a trend for spring that anyone can get into.  

The jumpsuit is back for spring, reminding us that fashion can be easy, yet professional with a belted one-piece. Throw a blazer overtop of this number and wear it to the office, then drape it over your shoulders for an after-work dinner date. 

Jean-Pierre Braganza’s collection shows us that we can mix contradicting textures and colours and still produce a soft, feminine look. Go ahead and get creative with your wardrobe mixing this spring.

Jeremy Laing 

Jeremy Laing is a veteran of Toronto Fashion Week and one of Canada’s famed designers. Watching his collection come down the runway was almost as fun as watching the reactions of attendees in the crowd. Collective “oohs” and whispers could be heard as the slick, industrial pieces made their way down the runway. Here are two of the show-stoppers:
This steel-grey dress with an almost wet sheen to it was a definite crowd pleaser. The shoulder-guard top piece to the dress draws the eye up towards the face, which is always a good thing.

White made an appearance in Jeremy’s largely dark, metallic collection and it was warmly welcomed by the crowd in this fitted dress. The dress has snaps over the shoulders which are balanced out by the interesting cut-out in the skirt.

Jeremy Laing’s collection proves that darks colours and heavy fastening can be worn in spring without looking too heavy. Play with different ideas of what spring clothing should be like and you might just surprise yourself.

The shOws were a great start to Toronto Fashion Week and it definitely achieved what it set out to do, which was to showcase great Canadian designers, hair and make-up artists and models. Stay tuned for more coverage of Toronto Fashion Week coming soon!

Carolyn Desrosiers is the style blogger behind Find her on Twitter: @covetedclassics

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