Stripes, florals, leather, lace, and checker-board.
With variety the operative word in fashion today, Toronto's World Mastercard Fashion Week promises to be right on target. With sponsors like Mastercard and Mercedes Benz, the event promises to be one of the paramount presentations of haute couture's Spring Fling. And Toronto is quite the place: lots of chic, along with massive dollops of panache.
Some 27 different designers will be contending for the attention of media and buyers, each designer eager to make an enduring mark on the rapidly expanding Canadian fashion landscape.
While some of the Great White North's brightest fashion lights may not be at David Pecault Square, organizers are determined to present an intriguing overview of flamboyance gone crazy for an entire week, inviting and helping diverse talents who might not normally be invited to such an extravaganza.
AND Magazine was granted an exclusive sneak-peek at the week's offerings. The unexpected coup was the result of the fashion writer's previous association with Mastercard and the credit card industry: Terminal Disaster: Inside the Money Machine
[About Toronto Fashion Week
, (also known as World MasterCard Fashion Week, WMCFW, and formerly known as LG Fashion Week) is a semi-annual fashion week held in Toronto, Canada. It occurs during the month of March, to showcase fall and winter collections, and again, during the month of October, to showcase spring and summer collections. It is the largest fashion week held in Canada and the second-largest fashion week in North America, after New York. The fashion week was founded by the Fashion Design Council of Canada, which is currently operated by Toronto entrepreneur Robin Kay. Due to its semi-regular name changes, which occur as a result of rotating title sponsorships, the fashion week can most easily be recognized as simply, "Toronto Fashion Week".]
Let's take a glance at what's hot and what's not!
Before this spring's wide, mod-leaning stripes, things had gotten rather skinny: thin Breton stripes were popular and predictable. Now there's different news coming through, with the runways revealing a whole new trend of heavier styles done as tops, dresses, skirts, and more.
The freshest flowers needn't hide in abstract prints or muted colors. The bright prints were blooming at full capacity on Toronto's runways and rendered a dozen different ways: photo-realistic, Disney-like cheerful, or with a vintage vibe.
The hard-wearing material had more than a moment this fall and winter, stepping out as cool girl leather skinnies and motorcycle jackets. Now, it's getting a fresh breath of air reincarnated as buttery soft shorts and pants, and lightweight toppers ready to fight off any still-crisp spring breezes.
The delicate, feminine fabric is set to breeze into every girl's wardrobe. Whether crafted as a full-on dress or skirt or used sparingly as chic inserts, it's a delicate, spider-like weave we're wild about.
Once the stuff of raceway flags, the geometric print had a renaissance during Toronto's Fashion Week. Try it in its original, pleasingly simple version or make it bolder with extra prints.
The best news about spring's upper-body raised hemline is how chic it looks with high-waisted skirts and pants. Sure, there was plenty of six-pack ab-flashing during the collections, but the more modest version was our favorite.