World Mastercard Fashion Week Day 3: Vawk, Bustle & Joe Fresh

by Melanie Kerr

Day two of World Mastercard Toronto Fashion Week proved to be the busiest of all, but with all of the buzz in the tents, I was prepared for anything!

Vawk screamed sex appeal with a collection of black separates including my personal standout a beautiful silk gown with cut out detailing and embellishments. While Vawk had a hard edge and was for the bold trend setters, Vawkkin, Sunny Fong’s first diffusion line which for real professional women included tailored blazers and trousers. I loved the popular and figure flattering peplum silhouette. I was so happy to see real women walking the Vawkkin runway. Sunny showed that women of all shapes and sizes can wear the line and look just as amazing as the runway models.

Cara Cheung made her Toronto Fashion Week debut with an array of flirty dresses perfect for the young fashionista. Leather and sequins were seen on many of the frocks, sheer elements and high-low hemlines made these pieces perfectly daring and sexy, while still keeping a hint of modesty. I loved her leather knee length dress with cut outs at the side and bust.

No one does knit wear better than Line. This season they gave us their signature chunky knits in asymmetrical sweaters, crocheted dresses and easy to wear pencil skirts with zig zag prints slightly reminiscent of Missoni. The embellished collars under several looks gave the loose silhouettes a fashion forward approach to the weekend wear staple. We spotted pops of colour yet again with hints of beautiful rust oranges mixed in with warm earth tones.

Hello cowboys! Bustle took inspiration from the Calgary Stampede, the boys came out with jeans, western belt buckles, lots of plaid and of course topped off with a cowboy hat to complete the country look. Mixed in with the country vibe were a few tailored looks with leather jackets and tailored blazers perfect for work wear or for the city boys. Stacey Mackenzie opened the show and strut her stuff down the runway with denim shorts and a cowboy hat, the crowd cheered as the model and former Canada’s Next Top Model judge showed us just how fierce she is.

Joe Fresh’s fall collection took a cue from the ‘60’s movie Blow-Up with graphic prints including black and white houndstooth, knee high boots, and sleek pea coats with an obvious mod influence. Colour was once again spotted in bright canary yellows and the signature Joe Fresh tangerine orange. The brand of course paid attention to the Joe customer, real women who want clothing that takes them from a day in the office to a night on the town, and trust me, those stiletto pumps will be going everywhere with me!

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[Photos via George Pimentel]

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