ONGOING COVERAGE OF THE LATEST AND GREATEST ON THE RUNWAYS AT TORONTO’S FASHION WEEK By Serena Marotta
Tatsuaki, Ashtiani, Malorie Urbanovitch, Rachel Sin and The Great One himself didn’t disappoint as they each took over the runway with very different presentations for day four of Fashion Week. Some of the looks in these collections are far more accessible to the average buyer, with wearable apparel that is a departure from the “high fashion,” luxury looks we’ve seen throughout the week. That’s all the more reason to get excited and get wearing the newest trends straight off the runway. Here’s a recap of the shows and styles that stood out.
Flowers and fur balls were tossed into the crowd at the fierce show for Tokyo brand Tatsuaki, a fitting touch for the collection’s theme of carefree individuality that is also reflected in the wide variety of styles, textures and patterns used. Award-winning designer Dan Liu’s funky SS16 collection is also surprisingly wearable, with looks that range from professional to party attire, all with an emphasis on the meaning of modern femininity. While he definitely doesn’t shy away from colour, notably in the beautiful pink and red floral patterned silk dresses, the standout pieces are the comparatively understated, monochromatic ensembles featuring touches of lace and sheer materials. This is definitely a collection that women of all ages, no matter their sense of fashion, can identify with, which is an impressive feat for one designer to accomplish in a single collection.
Although some hard-core sports-fans-turned-fashionistas for the day were wildly disappointed that he didn’t make an appearance to present his new SS16 collection, Wayne Gretzky took a shot at the fashion game with the “No. 99 Wayne Gretzky” collection. For a guy you wouldn’t typically – or ever, really – associate with the fashion industry, the collection actually has some nice albeit not very innovative menswear looks. Developed in partnership with Sears, the line isn’t luxury, but it’s classy. For men with classically inclined (read: preppy) taste and who want to update their wardrobe on a budget, Gretzky’s white and blue collection of casual to business casual looks wouldn’t be a bad place to start.
Ashtiani effectively induced some severe nostalgia with a SS16 collection of eccentric and enchanting luxe sportswear that looks like it came straight out of the 90’s, only a lot more sleek and a lot less embarrassing! Sheer jackets, shimmering bodysuits and spherical sunglasses were only half of the fantasy that was the casual and dreamy pastel apparel that was presented in the studio. Arguably one of the best collections of the day, if not for it’s broad appeal to the younger fashion-forward crowd in attendance at the show, then for the fact that the clean cut and edgy designs effectively stood out as a unique aesthetic when paired with the soft pastels of powder pink, baby blue and champagne yellow. In the most literal sense, I felt like a kid in a candy shop, and you won’t hear me complaining about that.
For their SS16 collection, Pink Tartan drew from international inspiration of the Spanish variety. With an aesthetic derived from the Catalonia region in Spain, the collection’s rich colour palette infused with earthen tones, vivid stripes, and uniquely structured cuts are innovative and bold, yet totally wearable. Keep an eye out when you start stocking up for your summer wardrobe!
Capping off the night was the undeniably cool Mackage, whose show seemed to be the main event on everyone’s leather-bound agenda, and rightfully so. Of course, the most notable aspect of the collection was the brand’s iconic and striking leather detailing. In both men’s and women’s styles, the combination of rugged architecture and modernistic structured simplicity was an expert juxtaposition of industrial-chic elements, with pieces that seamlessly blend into your personal style, whatever it may be.
Images by Dave Oyagi