Thursday, March 20, 2014

Runway to Realway at Toronto Fashion Week

If you've wandered along the King West strip this week, the stylish signs of Toronto Fashion Week (a.k.a. World Mastercard Fashion Week) are everywhere. I had the pleasure of taking in a few shows inside the tents at David Pecaut Square on Day 2 and just had to share a few of my faves for you to look forward to this fall.

Montreal based designer, Melissa Nepton took luxe athletic wear to a whole new level with more refined take on the dressy jogging pant and sweatshirt combo with the use of shimmery metallic brocades. On the runway models wore the pieces in tandem but for the real world I see the pants paired blazers for a fun biz casual look and  the tops worn with a great mini or pencil skirt to dress down without looking too dressed down.

Mercedes-Benz Start Up competition winner Malorie Urbanovitch presented a relaxed but more sophisticated take on the prep school look and I loved her oversized plaid prints, loosely pleated dresses and cozy knits. On the runway the look was a little on the slouchy side but in the real world I'd pair oversized silhouettes with more form fitting fare for a more balanced look.

I don't often take in the menswear shows but was glad I made time for the eye candy boys.  HD HOMME served up gents in velvet blazers, textured tuxedos and leather and sequinned collared shirts that were metro but still very masculine -- just how I like 'em! On the runway looks felt very James Bond does red carpet, but real world guys would look equally dashing pairing pieces with more casual separates like denim or corduroy making this a fab gift for your guy (or groom) who is open to taking a more daring approach to fashion. 

On the subject of nuptials, if you're walking down the aisle this year year and prefer non-traditional looks, David Dixon White Label for Kleinfeld at Hudson's Bay is truly the way to go. The collection included gauzy blush gowns, pant suits and romantic silhouettes that had me counting down the days til I can convince hubby to get on board with vow renewals stat. On the runway bridal looks were finished off with head turning jewels by Rita Tesolin but in real life I might let the gown and the blushing bride be the star of the show with more subdued accessories (or not!).

~ Tamika Auwai is our resident Style Editor, Shopping Enthusiast and Wardrobe Expert.

Photo Credits: George Pimental

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