WORLD MASTERCARD FASHION WEEK: DAY ONE

ONGOING COVERAGE OF THE LATEST AND GREATEST ON THE RUNWAYS AT TORONTO’S FASHION WEEK By Serena Marotta

This isn’t the first time Sid Neigum has taken World MasterCard Fashion Week by storm. Setting the tone for the week ahead with his SS16 collection, the first day concluded with an evocative and haunting display of the designer’s trademark intricate yet minimalistic designs and stunning use of modular origami in a show so captivating that it seemed slightly surreal and somewhat nightmarish – in the most enchanting way possible, of course.

The ominous sound of thunder served as the soundtrack to the show’s start, a fitting theme to Neigum’s usual dark aesthetic and experimentation with emotion through his designs. His perpetual fusion of mathematical and geometric elements, with technology and artisanal hand-sewing, are captivating themes in all of his work. With an ever-increasing global fanbase (he recently posted a photo of Fergie in one of his modular origami shawls), and after earning the top place in last year’s Mercedes Benz Start-up Competition as well as becoming this year’s DHL Exported Winner, he’s well on his way to being Canada’s next major fashion export.

Fantasy is a key component in Matthew Gallagher’s SS16 runway show. Inspired by artist Dustin Yellin’s use of stacked glass and imagery to create 3D collages, his dreamlike collection was an intrigue to the senses. His pieces create dimension through texture and textile layering, while simultaneously infusing feminine detail and stunning use of sequins and sparkle. The collection was rich in colour and surface treatment, creating a show that was more of a visual collage and an ultimately stimulating experience.

Earlier in the day, the Preloved show celebrated 20 years of creating unique and sustainable clothing. Showcasing their SS16 collection with three distinct capsule collections on their aptly titled Twenty runway, it was a lighthearted and tropical affair. While introducing essential fall pieces with neutral, colour-block designs, and bold animal prints with island themed looks, it was also a harsh reminder that we’re going to have to wait until the weather warms to show off most of the show’s breezy bohemian styles.