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The Top Five Highlights From Toronto Fashion Week

There are many good things you can say about Toronto in the fall. It’s crisp, vibrant, alive and gorgeous. Vanity Fair’s Nick Tosches once went looking for the very essence of Autumn and ended up finding it just next to the city. As for my own experience: the images above were all taken with my wee point-and-shoot, on my walk from my house to the tents at David Pecault square, where Toronto’s LG Fashion Week was centered. And even though the looks coming down the runways were timed for spring, these colors provided the perfect backdrop for a week of style. Read on to see some of the highlights from Toronto Fashion Week.
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There are many good things you can say about

Klaxon Howl’s Vintage Looks Your Canadian stop for Americana, workwear, and heritage, Klaxon Howl showed on Thursday afternoon, but also opened a handsome new shop on Queen St. West that evening. Yes, it’s more chambray this and dungaree that, but done superbly well, (The brand offers their own line of chambrays and denims, as well some fine leather and military surplus from the 50s-70s) and without many of the bells and whistles that have made the consideration of workwear a chore.

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Chloe Comme Parris and Label’s Laid Back Looks I may be a sucker for simplicity, but Chloe Comme Parris' relaxed jersey knits and Label’s cool pleated skirts were, generally speaking, a lesson in restraint and a pleasure to behold. Chloe Comme Parris’s backpack, a hot item last year, made a return, settled on top of a sweater with a touch of the architectural, but that succeeded in never meandering from the realm of the wearable (or cozy). Label, which specializes in sustainable designs, stuck to a muted palette, letting their elegant, yet fun pleated skirts and maxis speak for themselves. No matter where we’re traveling, a map is always helpful. This goes doubly so for a film festival, fashion week, or book fair; you desperately need to know where things are, often at the last moment. For Toronto Fashion Week, my savior came in the form of Frank Griggs' Every scheduled show, party, press event and opening were made available, with press contacts, addresses; the whole shebang. Made Toronto Fashion Week a breeze.

Spin Club Opening As fashion week got going, Susan Sarandon paid a visit to open a Toronto version of Spin, the trendy-ish New York night spot and ping pong club started by Sarandon and her and business partner (and maybe sex partner, according to Gawker), John Brinklin. This was the best of the week’s parties, with an actual open bar, legit and weird celebrities alike (Judd Nelson, “famous” ping pong players), and plenty of fashion kids still excited for the week ahead.