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Toronto Fashion Week Day One: What You Missed

Toronto’s illustrious World Mastercard Fashion Week is now officially underway, and the tents were alive and bustling with fashion action at David Pecaut Square. Various sponsor booths were strategically stationed around, drinks were flowing, and of course the thought and care that attendees put into their ensemble were top notch. Despite the bleak weather and looming threat of rain – I was wearing suede – the night kicked off without a hitch and I was completely taken aback by the great Canadian design talent we have to offer.

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First on the docket this evening was Pink Tartan, and designer Kimberly Newport-Mimran pulled out all of the spots. Attendees were treated to an almost retro inspired 1960’s cohesive collection with hints of playful Parisian twists. The hemlines were long, the skirts were full, and the silhouettes were ultra-feminine. The color palette consisted of ethereal and super spring time shades, boasting soft pink, white, sky blue, and bold brights. As well, she incorporated perfectly on trend prints such as a nod to the past with a houndstooth, and a black and white checked design almost reminiscent of a racing flag. Her looks were layered and complete with pleats, neck scarves, pops of leather, retro floral prints, and pocketed dresses. Of course sitting front row were some familiar fashion faces such as Jeanne Becker, and Meghan Markle from the hit TV series Suits.

The beauty looks on the models were rather simply and sophisticated, and keeping in tune with her retro vibe. The hair was long and side parted, with elegant and tousled waves neatly tucked behind one ear. The makeup was minimal, with a structured brow, creamy skin, and an almost coral lip. What we took away from her show was the black and white monochromatic palette, an effortless and easy color composition to transition into any wardrobe. While spring is usually bright and airy, we love her sophisticated and timeless take on the season.

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Next up was famed designer David Dixon, and his take on the spring summer season was fun and flouncy. His inspiration for his latest collection was the children’s book ‘On the Night You Were Born.’ The collection was made up of entirely black and white pieces, the hemlines were playful; and he incorporated embellishments, feathers, and fringes. Cursive prints were traced along some outfits, while others bore sexy slits, and pretty peplums. His dresses were elegant, boasting a few playful pockets, and eyelet cutouts. The most captivating element of his range was his use of an organza like material that played with the light and our eyes. The looks were rather opaque, and were complete with shimmery sequin and chiffon.

The beauty look was on the simple side, with a flawless finish. The models complexions were even and clear, and hair was center parted and pulled into a sleek low slung ponytail. What we took away from his show was the effortless simplicity of his range, and his elegant take on the warmer seasons. “This collection is for the women I design for; they are fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Photos: Melonie de Guzman for OPIQUE / Top of the Runway

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