Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2016- Day 2
With Day 2 of the Toronto Fashion Week shows making a splash last night at David Pecaut Square, the catwalks continue to showcase Fall 2016 trends in Canadian fashion. From the rise of emerging designers at the Select show to a dramatic conclusion to the evening from UNTTLD, the runways featured bold, edgy and authentically Canuck designs. Here’s Real Style’s runway roundup of the latest and greatest from the front rows in Toronto.
The Select runways opened the evening’s shows, with a series of runway presentations from four up-and-coming names in Canadian design talent.
Organized by Toronto firm Agence Select, the showcase opened with an array of playful knits from House of Knot. The local knitwear label featured variations on the classic knit, with a multicoloured strappy knitted jumpsuit and a red sweater styled with a pom-pom tutu.
Meanwhile, emerging Toronto designer Candace Daniela featured chic, tailored outerwear. Polished black jackets with flared silhouettes, red jackets detailed with black leather and furry collars were signature looks.
At Toronto label Vandal, the line’s rebellious aesthetic was on full display with plenty of monochromatic basic black and loose midi skirts. Textured detail, satin smooth blazers and quilted detail also marked the collection.
Designer Auneya of Neya Couture dazzled with a variety of feminine, airy frocks on the catwalk. Sparkling metallic detail in shades of silver and gold made an impression, along with voluminous hems.
The Edmonton-based designer, who founded her eponymous label in 2012, drew her inspiration from the effect of Northern winter on the elements and the Industrialism of the 1980s. On the runway, this translated into a dark, muted colour palette and simplicity. Urbanovitch featured versatile and wearable pieces, such as sleeveless knit frocks and casually belted shirtdresses.
The Canadian sportswear label was founded in 2002 by husband and wife team Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow, who are also Bay Street lawyers. For Fall 2016, Bustle added quirky and charming children’s wear to its line of athleisure inspired pieces for men and women. Meanwhile, its design aesthetic for grownups focused on shades of soft grey, plaid prints, sharp collared jackets and the occasional whimsical all-over print.
Although Montreal-raised designer Marisa Minicucci already boasts 30 years of experience in the industry, her new label Søsken Studios marks her latest fashion initiative. On the runway, Minicucci featured luxurious outerwear, with brilliant hints of red and cobalt blue dominating the collections. For Fall 2016, her designs ranged from metallic silver parkas to classic, refined wool pea coats. Models stormed the runway in slouchy white trousers, cool aviator shades and elaborate fur stoles.
For this season’s Mercedes-Benz StartUp choice, emerging Montreal-based label UNTTLD closed the night’s shows with a fierce, edgy presentation. Co-creative directors José Manuel St-Jacques and Simon Bélanger showcased their latest creations on a dramatic runway, with billowing smoke heralding the arrival of their designs. From a flowing black coat paired with a bandeau top to a fitted black dress with a halter neckline, basic black was a key look. Meanwhile, kimono-style jackets, flared frocks and a dramatic golden metallic gown brought a touch of drama.
Photo: Paul Ross for OPIQUE / Top of the Runway