World Mastercard Fashion Week Day 5: Arthur Mendonca, Joeffer Caoc & Dare To Wear Love

by Melanie Kerr

That’s a wrap on World MasterCard Toronto Fashion Week! I had an amazing fashion filled week. We have such strong Canadian designers here in Canada and the week was all about celebrating them and the passion and appreciation we all have for the art of fashion. I had the pleasure of interviewing some of our top designers, as well as the hair and makeup duo who perfected our Canadian supermodels for the runway. Day 5 closed the show with a mix of sophistication and edge and the wonderful Dare To Wear Love fashion show and gala.

Internationally known designer, Arthur Mendonca, gave us a little something for everyone. While taking a cue from the boys with tailored black pant suits and models in slicked back ponies and chic bowler hats, Mendonca catered to the androgynous scene. The delicate lavender and plum colours and pleated skirts in lace and brocade fabrics gave the Mendonca woman the choice of a soft feminine look, paired with leather, his main fabric of choice, the collection had a tough meets romantic charm.

Inspired by current events and Travis Taddeo’s idea of the world exploding for the “Doomed Generation” collection had a mix of smoky grays, fire engine reds, and plenty of leather and fur. Completely edgy, this line presented an urban woman with a stand out look of a bold red leather motorcycle jacket with a camel fur collar and sleeves paired with a jersey red pencil skirt. It was unlike anything on the runway and definitely takes a fashion risk taker to pull off.

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Joeffer Caoc offered a level of sophistication with tweed peplum jackets and pencil skirts, leather and jersey panelled jackets and my favourite a stunning black and gold sequined gown. While the collection featured lots of black, grey and gold, Joeffer continued the colour trend showing bold mustard coloured outerwear which pairs nicely with the muted collection.

For the first time showing on a Canadian runway, Rad Hourani’s show was highly anticipated among the bloggers and editors of the crowd. Rad Hourani began his show with a black and white film celebrating five years of his line. There’s no doubting that the message was androgyny. Following last season’s study of blue, Rad made this season all about the green contrasting with black accents. The military inspired collection complete with knapsacks and models sporting slicked back hair and bare faces. The collection might have been viewed as playing it safe, but by showing his knack for cool utilitarian outerwear mixed with skinny leggings and leather pants he proved that he is giving the Hourani woman exactly what she wants.

Always a highlight of fashion week, the Dare To Wear Love fashion show and fundraiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation wrapped up World MasterCard fashion week by showcasing Canada’s top designers, who made frocks out of 6 yards of African cloth and modelled by Canadian personalities and celebrities.  The show included many applause-worthy moments including former WWE champion Trish Stratus inviting a man from the audience to the runway and then showing off her skills and strength by carrying him back. The youngest model and the Dare To Wear Love walk the runway winner Danielle Brown worked the crowd in a Susan Dicks & Co creation, the adorable mini-model may just be Canada’s future Next Top Model. And Real Style Network proudly sponsored one very special guest to walk the runway (more on that soon!)

That’s all folks! I had a blast covering World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto this year. It was a crazy 5 days, but I love celebrating Canadian fashion. I can’t wait for next season!

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[Photos via George Pimentel]

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