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Toronto World MasterCard Fashion Week Spring 2016- Day 1

Last night, the Spring 2016 World MasterCard Fashion Week collections officially made their grand entrance at David Pecaut Square in Toronto. From intricate, feminine designs at Mikhael Kale to edgy architectural styles at Sid Neigum, the runways offered a glimpse of the most glamorous Canadian creations for the season ahead. Here’s Real Style’s report on the latest catwalk looks, as spotted from the front rows at WMCFW.


Mikhael Kale

The Toronto-based designer (who was titled 2015 Womenswear Designer of the Year at the CAFAs) was inspired by the blossoming floral images of American photographer Irving Penn. On the runway, this translated into sweet floral stockings paired with figure-flattering bodycon mini dresses and contrasted against sultry cut-out detail. Models strut the catwalk in colourful, flowery beaded frocks and elaborate embellished designs.



With this year marking the Toronto sustainable label’s 20 year anniversary, it certainly makes sense that creative director Julia Grieve would send models down the runway toting balloons! In true celebratory style, the Preloved runway brought the party spirit to WMCFW. For Spring 2016, the Canadian-made line featured fashion which turned to the Canadian landscape for inspiration. Staying true to the theme, neutral flowing blouses, floral hair accessories, bohemian prints and playful frocks made a splash on the runway.


Matthew Gallagher

The Nova Scotia-born, Milan-trained and Toronto-based designer drew inspiration from New York-based contemporary artist Dustin Yellin for his latest collection. Known for his attention to detail and signature girlish pieces, Gallagher displayed woven designs, bold stripes and striking shades of white, black, blue and burgundy. An ethereal white one-piece ensemble with a flowing train and red waist-cinching belt made a splash, along with an array of pale pink frocks and ruffled, sequined dresses.


Sid Neigum

While the Alberta-born and Toronto-based designer may be an emerging talent, Neigum has been making waves with his origami inspired creations. On the Spring 2016 runway at Sid Neigum, the rising designer’s avant garde draped detail and laser cut patterns made a bold statement. Classic black and white, pops of deep blue, geometric accents and flowing, asymmetrical hemlines created a striking collection.

Photos: Paul Ross for OPIQUE / Top of the Runway

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