Toronto Fashion Week: Fall 2013

10 November 2013, 13:38. Posted by admin

Toronto Fashion Week: our 12 favourite looks from the fall 2013 collections

Slideshow: Our 12 favourite looks from Toronto Fashion Week fall 2013

Over the course of Toronto Fashion Week (plus two days of pre-Fashion Week presentations from The Shows), Toronto’s runway watchers took in hundreds of designs from emerging young expats like Tanya Taylor and Steven Tai and mega-brands like Joe Fresh and Mackage. We sifted through the multitude of garments and chose our favourites—12 looks that are memorable, wearable and beautiful.

Runway Trend Report: moto jackets at Toronto Fashion Week

The moto jacket has been a staple for decades, partly because of its appealing toughness, and partly because it goes with absolutely everything. The proof: designers at Toronto Fashion Week paired the jackets with everything from minidresses (Chloé Comme Parris) and pencil skirts (Tanya Taylor) to silk tunics (Jeremy Laing) and thick sweaters (Line Knitwear) on the fall 2013 runways. Our favourite riffs include a boiled wool-and-leather version by outerwear specialists Mackage (far right), and Taylor’s pink metallic raffia jacket (second from right). Several of Rudsak’s gold leather jackets were also stand-outs (second from left), though it’s Joe Fresh’s white studded version (far left) that we’re expecting to see most frequently on the streets come fall.

 

(Images: Joe Fresh and Tanya Taylor, Jenna Marie Wakani; Rudsak and Mackage, George Pimentel)

Toronto Fashion Week: Sunny Fong presents animal appliqués and Nordic minimalism for Vawk fall 2013

Toronto Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013: Vawk

Toronto Fashion Week runs from March 18-22, in a large—and stylishly appointed—tent at David Pecaut Square. We’re posting full galleries from the buzziest runways. Here’s what trendsetters will be wearing in fall 2013.

DESIGNER
Vawk by Sunny Fong

IN A SENTENCE
Fong is a Project Runway Canada alum known for his feminine silhouettes; Vawk is his luxury ready-to-wear label.

THE SCENE
Rumour has it the clothes only arrived a half-hour before the 8 p.m. presentation, but nothing seemed amiss during the show—it even started on time. Fong also scored arguably the biggest name at the Toronto Fashion Week tents, Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert (who wore one of his gowns to the People’s Choice Awards last year). The Happy Endings star tweeted a pic of her red ensemble and appeared to have a great time, laughing with friends and pointing at desirable items on the runway.

Toronto Fashion Week: socialites and Parisian cool at Joe Fresh fall 2013

Toronto Fashion Week: Parisian cool and socialites at Joe Fresh fall 2013
Toronto Fashion Week runs from March 18-22, in a large—and stylishly appointed—tent at David Pecaut Square. We’re posting full galleries from the buzziest runways. Here’s what trendsetters will be wearing in fall 2013.

 

DESIGNER
Joe Fresh by Joe Mimran

IN A SENTENCE
Mimran’s Loblaw-owned mass market label is exceedingly popular with most Canadians (and a good number of Americans), and his semi-annual runway show has become one of Fashion Week’s biggest parties.

THE SCENE
As the Pink Tartan show proved earlier this week, the society set comes out in droves for everything Mimran. We spotted Suzanne Cohon with CFL commissioner husband Mark, Dragon’s Den star Arlene Dickinson, Galen Weston, David Nugent flying solo (his wife Catherine had to cancel last minute), Bruce C. Bailey, CBC News’s Amanda Lang, Big Brother Canada host Arissa Cox and of course, Joe’s loving wife Kim (who jumped to give a rousing standing ovation.) Afterwards, the party decamped to nearby Storys where even models from the show had a tough time getting in (they eventually did) and Bailey cut a rug. Even Mr. Fresh himself made an appearance.

Runway Trend Report: geometric prints at Toronto Fashion Week

Runway Trend Report: geometric prints 

On the runway at Toronto Fashion Week (Images: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Plaid and animal prints might have dominated the fall 2013 runways in New York, Milan and Paris, but so far, Toronto Fashion Week has resembled a geometry class. Jean-Pierre Braganza’s circles and triangles (far left) looked like the result of a long afternoon with a compass and ruler, while the presentations from Comrags (second left) and Pink Tartan (far right) both relied heavily on hexagon prints. Meanwhile, a top by Jeremy Laing (second from right) had us looking up the definition of a rhombus. The looks range from neo-goth to ’60s retro, but they all have one thing in common: no loud colours, which would likely take this bold look a little far.

Toronto Fashion Week: an ode to ‘90s grunge at Chloé Comme Parris fall 2013

Toronto Fashion Week: Chloé Comme Parris fall 2013
Toronto Fashion Week runs from March 18-22, in a large—and stylishly appointed—tent at David Pecaut Square. We’re posting full galleries from the buzziest runways. Here’s what trendsetters will be wearing in fall 2013.

 

DESIGNER
Chloé Comme Parris, by sisters Chloé and Parris Gordon

IN A SENTENCE
After going rogue with their show last season, the Toronto-based sister duo brought their artsy, downtown aesthetic back to the tents at Toronto Fashion Week.

THE SCENE
The show had a decidedly rock-and-roll vibe right down to the amps placed on the runway, which one poor guest stumbled on on the way out. We spotted shop owner Jaclyn Genovese and jewellery designer Jaime Sin in the crowd, as well as Fashion Week fixtures Jeanne Beker and Robin Kay (who snuck into her seat after several models had already walked the catwalk). The show likely won the award for best swag of the week—front row guests were all greeted with Kobo e-readers on their seats.

Toronto Fashion Week: Pink Tartan shows retro luxury and fake blond hair for fall 2013

Toronto Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013: Pink Tartan
Toronto Fashion Week runs from March 18-22 in a large—and stylishly appointed—tent at David Pecaut Square. We’re posting full galleries from the buzziest runways. Here’s what trendsetters will be wearing in fall 2013.

 

DESIGNER
Pink Tartan by Kimberley Newport-Mimran

IN A SENTENCE
Every season, Newport-Mimran rethinks classics shapes to create her sophisticated separates, and every season, her show is one of Toronto Fashion Week’s hottest tickets.

THE SCENE
Newport-Mimran always draws a lot of high-profile guests (her husband Joe Mimran’s Joe Fresh presentation tomorrow will almost certainly pull just as many boldface names). Last night, we spotted Tie Domi with his daughter (who, though young, is already a fashion show veteran), Luminato’s Jorn Weisbrodt, PR gals/socialites Suzanne Cohon and Amy Burstyn-Fritz, and Zoomer editor Suzanne Boyd, who dressed for the weather in an enormous parka (though she still teetered in sky-high heels).

Toronto Fashion Week: Steven Tai uses silicone, magnets and alien spaceships in his fall 2013 collection

Toronto Fashion Week: Steven Tai fall 2013
Each season, The Shows invite a handful of high-profile Canadian designers (many of whom now show in New York, London and Paris) to preview their collections in the days leading to Toronto Fashion Week. We’re posting full galleries from the buzziest runways. Here’s what trendsetters will be wearing in fall 2013.

 

DESIGNER
Steven Tai

IN A SENTENCE
The cerebral Vancouver designer decamped for London a few years ago and has already racked up a long list of achievements: a degree from the prestigious Central Saint Martens school, internships at Viktor and Rolf and Stella McCartney, and the inaugural Chloé design prize—plus 15,000 euros and Yohji Yamamoto’s approval—at the Hyères Festival last year.

THE SCENE
Though an event for fellow London designer Roksanda Ilincic was happening at the same time across town at The Bay, the show space at Andrew Richard Designs still had its share of fashion scenesters, including fashion curator Rui Amaral, eLuxe’s Susie Sheffman and stylists Corey Ng and Dwayne Kennedy. After the presentation, Tai brought out a few looks from his award-winning spring/summer 2013 collection and laughingly conceded he found inspiration in book-binding techniques “because I’m a big geek.”

Toronto Fashion Week: gilded trench coats and statement necklaces at Jeremy Laing fall 2013

Toronto Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013: Jeremy Laing
Each season, The Shows invite a handful of high-profile Canadian designers (many of whom now show in New York, London and Paris) to preview their collections in the days leading to Toronto Fashion Week. We’re posting full galleries from the buzziest runways. Here’s what trendsetters will be wearing in fall 2013.

 

DESIGNER
Jeremy Laing

IN A SENTENCE
Laing lives in Toronto, but has shown his line, aimed equally at young women and their mothers, at New York Fashion Week since 2006.

THE SCENE
Since Laing and his partner Frank Griggs are both locals his show is always well populated by friends. Last night’s crowd included artists (John Caffrey of Kids on TV, 0singer Gentlemen Reg), shop owners (Lola Bakerman of LAB Consignment, Jackie O’Brien of Jonathan and Olivia), and fashion industry mainstays (makeup artist Robert Weir, Holt Renfrew’s Moira Wright and stylist Corey Ng).

Toronto Fashion Week: Tanya Taylor presents cool prints and biker jackets (plus leather dickies)

Toronto Fashion Week: Tanya Taylor gets graphic for fall 2013
Each season, The Shows invite a handful of high-profile Canadian designers (many of whom now show in New York, London and Paris) to preview their collections in the days leading to Toronto Fashion Week. We’re posting full galleries from the buzziest runways. Here’s what trendsetters will be wearing in fall 2013.

 

DESIGNER
Tanya Taylor

IN A SENTENCE
After just three New York shows, the Toronto native’s cool-girl looks have already won raves from Style.com and Women’s Wear Daily, found a few celeb fans and received praise from Anna Wintour.

THE SCENE
Runway watchers speculated Suzanne Rogers might attend (she oohed from the front row at Taylor’s show last season), but the fashionable philanthropist didn’t show. There was a full contingent from Holt Renfrew, which just picked up Taylor’s line.

Toronto Fashion Week: Jean-Pierre Braganza’s inner sci-fi nerd emerges in his fall 2013 collection

Toronto Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013: Jean Pierre Braganza

Each season, The Shows invite a handful of high-profile Canadian designers (many of whom now show in New York, London and Paris) to preview their collections in the days leading to Toronto Fashion Week. We’re posting full galleries from the buzziest runways. Here’s what trendsetters will be wearing in fall 2013.

DESIGNER
Jean-Pierre Braganza

IN A SENTENCE
Braganza, a London Fashion Week regular known for his asymmetric, dystopian-tinged collections, returned to Toronto for another appearance at The Shows.

THE SCENE
Before taking their seats, a couple of guests joked about ludicrous ways to get a beach-ready body. “Just eat cotton balls,” suggested Frank Griggs, designer Jeremy Laing’s communications director and husband. Evan Biddell’s mock advice was even more extreme: “Just don’t eat anything.” Many attendees made a run for the door after the show, but those who stayed for a post-show Q&A heard Braganaza joke about unzipping model’s dresses and admit he’s a “a glutton for punishment” for designing his own textiles.

Toronto Fashion Week: Comrags shows accessible dresses and luxe coats for fall 2013

Toronto Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013: Comrags

Each season, The Shows invite a handful of high-profile Canadian designers (many of whom now show in New York, London and Paris) to preview their collections in the days leading to Toronto Fashion Week. We’re posting full galleries from the buzziest runways. Here’s what trendsetters will be wearing in fall 2013.

DESIGNER
Comrags, designed by Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish

IN A SENTENCE
Gunhouse and Cornish’s edgy-pretty garments—which are all still made in Canada—have earned the pair 30 years of commercial success and draw rafts of loyal fans to their Dundas West store.

THE SCENE
Designers and fashion media packed Andrew Richard Designs’ loft space on Adelaide Street for the first show of the season. We spotted Jeremy Laing (who’s showing his collection tonight) sneakily munching a cookie in his front row seat, TV host Glen Baxter working the room in a plaid overcoat and blazer and Now’s Andrew Sardone and blogger Anita Clarke catching up in a corner.

Greta Constantine shuns colour in a sharply beautiful spring/summer 2013 collection

For years, Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong held their Greta Constantine runway shows during Rogue Fashion Week, the series of presentations leading up to the official Toronto Fashion Week. This season, however, the pair delayed by more than a month in order to shorten the lag between when the clothes appear on the catwalk and when fans of the brand can buy them in stores. The timing wasn’t the only change; at the presentation in the Distillery District last night, the shapes were sharper and the fabrics more sombre than the brightly hued, slinky gowns that Pickersgill and Wong are known for. In fact, all 34 looks were navy, black or white.

 

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