World Mastercard Toronto Fashion Week Day 2: Adrian Wu, Chloe Comme Parris & Lundstrom
By Melanie Kerr
Day two of World Mastercard Toronto Fashion Week was definitely busy, between being backstage interviewing Parris and Chloe Gordon of Chloe Comme Parris and catching every show, it was every fashion lover’s dream.
The day started off with Adrian Wu, it’s hard to believe this talented designer is only 21 years old. Adrian Wu shows are never boring and you’re often left thinking about the symbolism behind the collection. Voluminous gowns with bubble hems were sent down the runway, made from flannelette material with each of the models wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. This collection is definitely for the bolder girls, though it is easy to appreciate the gowns on the runway.
Next up was Laura Siegel’s “Dreams Resurrected” collection filled with layered knits with leather in a palette of grays, blacks and purples. I loved the beautiful mix of both soft and dark elements. Made from soft jerseys, raw silks and bamboo fabrics, this eco global collection had a casual vibe with the many relaxed silhouettes. This begin only her second collection, I can’t wait to see where her talent takes her.
For the first menswear show of the week, Sid Neigum gave the boys tons of leather, puffer jackets, all on a simple palette of blacks and camels. In the sea of male models, a model favourite Tara Gill was the only girl to appear in the show. With sleek hair and simple makeup, Tara modeled leather jackets and streamlined trousers, a look fit for the tomboys.
Chloe and Parris Gordon were on point with the inspiration behind their Chloe Comme Parris collection “beautiful badass.” This young duo is one to watch in the Toronto fashion scene and they delivered again. The collection had plenty of feminine pleated skirts, oversized knits, and leather t-shirts to create the perfect mix between polished and a little bit more edgy and medieval. Models wore their hair in a halo braid and had a dark burgundy stained lip which added to the gothic vibe.
Danielle Martin and Pao Lim, the husband and wife duo behind Martin Lim were the winners of last season’s Mercedes-Benz Start Up Challenge, for their first time showing a full collection the brand gave us sleek silhouettes and brightened the runway with unexpected colours for the fall season. With hints of colour blocking, this is going to be one of my favourite trends to continue right into Fall, with a more subdued palette of blacks and sky purple. A fuchsia gown and an oversize orange t-shirt were stand-outs among several darker pieces.
Soia & Kyo gave us a wide variety of outerwear, fit for our chilly Canadian climate. From polished pea coats with gold button hardware to leather bombers and downed puffer coats, all were completely wearable and will keep you looking fashionable even in a snow storm. The bright yellow wool coats would be a great way to add some colour to a basic black and grey winter wardrobe.
The super sophisticated brand Lundstrom, didn’t stray from the signature high luxury and polished look. Models wore pretty pencil skirts and blazers, perfect as work wear separates that can take you right into formal evening wear. The showstopper gowns had lace detailing and voluminous skirts, the black ribbon at the waist added to the all together feminine look. These gowns left me wishing I had a super fancy event to attend, if so I would wear one in a heartbeat.
Lucian Matis showed his second collection, Matis by Lucian Matis. While we adored the drama of his first show this line is a more affordable collection geared towards career women. The colourful geometric and colour-blocked wrap dresses, and feminine ruffle front blouses will definitely be popular among professionals. Lucian didn’t disappoint with the cocktail dresses and evening gowns, with plunging neck lines and high slits it’s clear that Matis understands what sophisticated women want.
The first two days proved that Canadian fashion is certainly growing on the map, I’m so proud of our homegrown designers. With each show being a packed house, the excitement is definitely in the air in the tents.
[Photos via Adrian Wu, Chloe Comme Parris & George Pimentel]
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