TORONTO–Leave it to top Canadian retailer Holt Renfrew to bring out the big guns for their invitation-only opening show at Toronto Fashion Week. Set to the tune “Taking Care of Business,” viral video star Justin Wu rounded up the nation’s top designers and insiders for yet another lip-syncing montage, this time with a hometown twist.
Walking down the runway were pieces from the retailer’s top talents, including New York favorite Jeremy Laing, London-based designer Todd Lynn and outerwear label Smythe. With 11 designers in tow, the runway highlighted Canada’s crème de la crème handpicked by John Gerhardt, Holt’s creative director: “The uniqueness in Canadian fashion is that it is not always identifiable due to the diversity within our industry and in its design. This uniqueness also reflects our Canadian culture.”
With equal grandeur, sustainable fur label IZMA followed suit showing a string of luxe looks inspired by old Hollywood glamor and a dash of disco a la Studio 54. Draped in silk velvet and sequined layers, top models Tara Gill and Amanda Laine led the runway pairing their sexed-up looks with rich fox and coyote trims.
Closing out the evening were digital-print design duo Jamil and Alia Juma. The brother-sister label presented an array of nomadic inspired ensembles inked with a kaleidoscope of prints from their trips throughout Asia. JUMA recently set up shop at EVA in New York previewing their covetable collection fit for the urbanite desiring global style that’s only a few steps away (or clicks if you shop online).
**All Holt Renfrew and JUMA photos by George Pimentel.