FDCC and World MasterCard: Canadian Catwalk FW 2012
01/26/2012 the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) announced that World MasterCard will sponsor Toronto Fashion Week. The event will still be held at David Pecaut Square, but now with the sponsorship of a world class company. MasterCard offers a number of unique insentives for its card members, as seen during last season’s fashion week, and I expect more from the company this season.
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A great blend of pieces for a number of looks and styles
The Attitude by Jay Manuel show began in a cloud of smoke as the first model entered the runway. A blend of retro, boho and safari, the collection is comprised of simple, versatile and well-styled looks. Commercial by nature, the brand once again proved that fashion lovers don’t need exorbitant budgets or outlandish tastes to look chic when the summer months come back around. The supremely stylish accessories definitely strengthened the collection and forecasted some upcoming trends. Woven hats, headwraps, chunky arm candy and feathered jewelry garnished jumpsuits and separates made with bold colors and rich textural prints. This was definitely a collection with vast market appeal.
Pops of color, with edge style and sophistication.
Total was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the S/S 2012 collection from Joeffer Caoc. His line was clean, yet bold with pops of color. From the bright oranges to the hot pinks, you saw his take on color blocking going into 2012. He then successfully mixed styles from dark to metallics, to sheer to sky blues. The two key aspects that made the show was his ability to mix separates, from dress to shorts and pair them with great shoes. Each look was complete and strong. The Joeffer Caoc woman is young, confident, and wants a strong, clean look that can be worn at any time and anywhere. For every occasion, Joeffer Caoc has a complete look from head to toe.
While doing my S/S 2012 post on LOVAS i had to find out there website. I was impressed with the site and how clean it looked so i started checking out each section. To my surprise my work with one of favorite fashions blogs was showcased on there site. Anita Clarke and her site iwantigot.geekigirl.com is one of the premier fashion blogs in Canada. I really appreciate Anita for giving me a chance and always being friendly and kind when i see her during Toronto Fashion Week.
Here is the Gallery of my work from the LOVAS F/W 2011
Well tailored Caribbean and Indian inspired pieces
Wesley Badanjak’s Caribbean inspirations are apparent in his SS’12 contribution to LG fashion week. A cast of ethnic models strutted in well-tailored garments that were infused with a breezy, tropical flavoring. Rambunctious ruffles, pretty pleats and sophisticated shirring highlighted the cool and carefree femininity of the show. Beaded necklaces, wooden bangles, and open-toed sandals were the perfect accoutrements for the stylish Island girls who sported messy braids (sometimes accompanied by feathers). Whether she’s sipping coconut milk on the beach or heading to a carnival party, the Lovas girl of SS’12 is always effortlessly well-dressed.
Fun futuristic fashions for the female workout warrior
Channelling George Orwell’s famous novel 1984, the Michi SS’12 show began with grainy black and white footage of industrial machinery trudging away in some ambiguous warehouse. Through this environment came the first sights and sounds of the showcase. One model in second skin body-con became flanked by two more on each side creating a dynamic girl band outfitted in the sexiest Jazzercising ensembles one could ever imagine. Bondage straps, cut outs, mesh and panelling were the staples of the collection whose palette was cranberry, mustard and amethyst balanced by black and white. While there was an abundance of garments that were both body-hugging and body-baring, a balance was achieved with a few light and loose pieces that swung in the air as the vivacious models danced down the runway to up-tempo music. Not for the shy or self-conscious, the Michi show was a breath of fresh air against stale, safe or predictable fashion.
Tailored, layered work and outdoor pieces represented in Holt show - Photos by Opique
The first show of the season was the Holt Renfrew show. I’m always excited to attend this show because it is the perfect way to start off LG Fashion Week.
The lineup included: Denis Gagon, Dennis Merotto, Jeremy Laing, Lida Baday, Naked & Famous, Smythe, TwentyCluny, and Wings + Horns.
The diversity of the models and designers was the highlight of the show and is one of my favorite aspects of Canada. This was especially refreshing because with some shows you only see one type of model and it makes everything start to blend together. I could imagine a large cross section of people wearing the pieces from the runway including myself.
For those of you who don’t know about Holt Renfrew, it’s similar to Macy’s or Nordstrom here in the US and has locations in major Canadian cities like: Toronto, Montrèal, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Edmonton. Next time you find yourself in one of these cities, you have you check it out.
Leyla Piedayesh's fun, sheer and futuristic compositions for Lala Berlin. - Photos by Opique
Tints and pastels created a soft and airy opening to the LALA Berlin show. Cream, lavender and seafoam green blended together in a marbling effect featured on dresses, tops and trousers. There is a universal feeling of whimsical weightlessness echoed in the super light and loose-fitting garments that seemed to flow and undulate as the models walked. The garments can best be described as “open concept” with many being somewhat translucent and others featuring cut-outs. Despite all this exposure, there is no feeling of overt sexualization. Sequins and big, soft knits hung from the models that resembled glitter-faced pixies far more than Hollywood sexpots. Midway through the show shades and tones overtook the airy pastels. The marbling was replaced by another large scale print, this time a crystal kaleidoscope of natural earth tones and turquoise. These deeper hues add weight to the collection. While still girlishly demure, they were the gravity that grounded this very dreamlike runway show.