ONGOING COVERAGE OF THE LATEST AND GREATEST ON THE RUNWAYS AT TORONTO’S FASHION WEEK By: Serena Marotta
Day three at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto: Always fabulous for the steady stream of ingenuity, as well as the people, attracting the famous and not-so-famous, but oh so interesting nonetheless. While the city’s most stylish flocked outside the tents of David Pecaut Square in hopes of getting their faces – well, outrageous outfits – spotted and snapped by the industry’s watchful lenses, the real action was of course beyond the doors and behind the velvet ropes, where Hilary MacMillan, Narces, Pink Tartan and Mackage debuted the most sought after collections for SS16.
Fashion week is not only star-studded for the likes of the famous people that it attracts, such as the iconic Jeanne Beker (fashion famous and always fashion forward), but day three was positively “galactic” with a special Disney and IMG Star Wars Presentation. The sponsors of the Mercedes Benz Start Up Competition joined forces to unveil six designs from the MBSU finalists in anticipation for the upcoming instalment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While guests were treated to a cocktails, photo ops with stormtroopers, and a special appearance by Roger Christian, the real life mastermind behind the invention of the lightsaber, Ben Mulroney took the stage to award the winning designer with a $15,000 prize to be put towards their own collection. Ultimately, and unsurprisingly, it was UNTTLD that won for the second day in a row. The Montreal designers’ intricate and dramatic piece was inspired by Princess Leia’s slave costume, one of the most iconic female costume moments in history, and a personal favourite of just a few of the men in the room (Mulroney included)! While all of the designers’ interpretations of the theme were powerful displays of individual aesthetic, UNTTLD’s design was the ultimate embodiment of the femme fatale that no one in the room could resist. Alas, there was a palpable sense of relief in the venue, as the stormtroopers’ presumed function as fashion police was proven to be a false alarm. Luckily, no arrests were made.
Highlights from the rest of the evening include Narces, which has triumphantly become one of the top quintessential luxury Canadian evening wear and bridal brands, and their gorgeous collection of romantic gowns. This season’s designs were inspired by mid-20th century sophistication and elegance, with influence from 70’s style icon Bianca Jagger, the impact manifesting in absolutely captivating creations with dreamy silhouettes and a truly unforgettable show.
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. Trust me, you’ll want this collection – and I mean all of it – in your closet as soon as possible.