TFW wrap up
Toronto Fashion Week air-kissed off on March 13 with a bleached-blond socialite toppling out of her stilettos onto me at Holt Renfrew 's cocktail launch. Scoping out the city's semi-annual festival of fashion is all about relishing those little moments of lapsed fabulousness and finding the style amidst the schmooze.
As Mackage (available at Mendocino , 294 Queen West, 416-593-1011, www.mackage.com) sent its opening-night collection of little black coats down the mile-long catwalk, the fire-engine-red Le Coq Sportif (www.lecoqsportif.com) T-shirts the runway-room volunteers wore caught our eye. The French sportswear line launches in Toronto in May at hot shop spots like Get Outside (437 Queen West, 416-593-5598).
The scene during this year's fall fashion shows was bigger, suggesting the city's backwater style status is maturing. There were still reminders that the event's only 11 seasons old: endearing ones like the occasional pleated-slack-sporting gent snapping his suspenders to the techno runway tunes; plain stupid slip-ups like letting a sponsor fill the venue with women in tanks printed with "International Call Girl: Try Me Out For Free" as a promo for a new calling card. But shows like Comrags ' (654 Queen West, 416-360-7249), in which models wearing tailored fisherman trousers and ruffled tuxedo shirts marched in polished men's loafers, screamed sophistication.
Fashion editors Blackberry-blogging from their front-row seats have been filing trend reports all week. Black is -- wait for it -- back but never basic. Tonal houndstooth at Joeffer Caoc ( misurainc.com) and Zoran Dobric 's (www.zorandobric.com) gothorific hand-painted collection were marvellously moody.
The rowdiest crowd congregated Wednesday night at the Phoenix , where rock tailors SDR (www.sdrclothing.com) sent grommeted star suits down a runway lined with devilish go-go angels. Fefe Dobson vamped on the catwalk. Rory Lindo , who has buried her Damzels in this Dress line to start Doll Factory Studios (www.dollfactorystudios.com) with partner Kelly Freeman , handed out invites to tonight's (Thursday, March 23) launch at the Bovine Sex Club .
And for one genuinely fabulous moment, Toronto gave a shit about Toronto fashion.