Toronto Fashion Week: Mikhael Kale, Mark Fast & Arthur Mendonça Fall 2011

Arthur Mendonca Fall 2011 Fashion ShowWhat do you get when you cross two Canadian designer expats with one fashion darling comeback kid, an unfinished luxury hotel and one visionary producer by the name of Paola Fullerton? Three of the most anticipated shows to grace Toronto in ages. In what is being dubbed as “Rogue Fashion Week” this powerhouse trio have set the bar for official LG Fashion Week, which begins this week.

Mark Fast & Mikhael Kale

Hardhats were given to guests upon entering the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto– a cute gesture –though everyone risked injury rather than mess up their coif.

Thursday’s show featured both Mark Fast and Mikhael Kale and began with an informal chat lead by Jeanne Beker of Fashion Television. The designers expressed their mutual admiration and respect for one another and the vibe was all very lovey-dovey until Mikhael Kale’s collection burst onto the runway with daring leather cutouts, tough leather and wire mesh details mostly in black with a few trickles of blood red.

The sexy gothic scene was followed immediately by Mark Fast’s collection that originally showed at London Fashion week in February.

Almost like sartorial black swan/white swan banter Fast’s take was highlighted by lavish details such as giant shoulder embellishments and intricate weaves in softer fabrics like mohair and merino wool.

Arthur Mendonça

Beginning to end, top to bottom, Arthur Mendonça’s return to fashion after a two-year bankruptcy-induced hiatus was gorgeous. Beautifully styled and blissfully wearable– a term that is not always taken as a compliment by an artiste, but perhaps more so by a designer looking to sell clothes– front-row fashionettes took shopping notes and raved post-show. To-die-for dresses in vivid purple velvet, oxblood silks and gold sequins punctuated luxe classic separates in navy wool crepes, black wool & leather. Welcome back Mr. Mendonça.

See photos from both shows here:

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[Photos courtesy of Front Row Mag]

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