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.
TORONTO--As Toronto Fashion Week came to a close, LINE Knitwear continued its reign as one of the nation's greatest design exports with a hit parade of knitted wonders. Filling the runway with floor length maxis, chunky cable cardigans and an assortment of luxe fur trims, designers John Muscat and Jennifer Wells took us on a journey through the tapestries of Eastern Europe, bringing together an artisan-inspired collection titled "Migrant Muse."
TORONTO-Listen up New York! There's a new man coming to town and he goes by the name Joe Fresh. The Canadian big box store is set to take on Manhattan this August but before crossing the boarder, Joseph Mimran gave his hometown a first look at last night’s show. Inspired by the international runways, Joe Fresh presented an array of boldly colored looks filled with the spirit of the '60s and that '70s polish. Referencing top designers like Jil Sander, Celine and Burberry, the Canadian label added a democratic take to the season’s most covetable styles. The fast fashion retailer, who’s setting up shop at the corner of 5th and 43rd, plans to test the waters before embarking on what may be 800 locations across the US. But Joe isn’t coming alone. His wife Kimberly Newport-Mimran, designer of the prim and proper label Pink Tartan, has her eye on big city too.
TORONTO--It was a warm homecoming for Canadian designer Mark Fast who presented his Fall/Winter 2011 collection, which originally walked the runway at London Fashion Week, for the first time on Canadian soil after six successful seasons abroad. Fast and Toronto-based designer Mikhael Kale shared the runway inside the intimate and unfinished ballroom of Toronto's soon-to-be Trump Tower. Twisting the usual fashion routine, the show opened with a casual chat between the two designers and Jeanne Beker, host of Fashion Television. When asked how the idea for the runway show came to be, Kale expressed the genuine camaraderie amongst Canadian designers and the natural partnership between friends.