Fashion And Design Festival wrap-up
Unfortunately for Toronto Fashion Week organizer Robin Kay , the threat of summer drizzle didn't keep fashion fans away from Yonge-Dundas Square and opening night of the Toronto Fashion And Design Festival on August 23.
In the usual pot-stirring Toronto Star preview piece, the Fashion Design Council of Canada president is quoted as saying the show, including mass-market retailers Roots, Le Chateau and The Bay, is "best left in the mall, because it looks pretty rainy these days."
Since she's been spreading the word that October's Toronto Fashion Week will take place at Nathan Phillips Square , catty karma like that probably means we'll be lining her al fresco catwalk in monsoon-grade trenches.
Montreal based organizers Sensation Mode took the Toronto style industry to school and proved a fashion event can be well organized, trend-relevant and bubbling with buzz. The I Love Kyoto presentation mixed eco-savvy lines including Preloved and Paper People Clothing . Show stylist Sophie Lanza spiked the models' hair with blades of grass and strutted them down the runway in rockabilly Fluevog pumps and triple-strap Mary Janes.
The rain came Friday night, but it only added to the chilled-out energy of the day's French Kiss finale. Pairs of models in twin looks by 30 Quebec-based designers including Eve Gravel , Marie Saint-Pierre and Tavan & Mitto walked the runway to the DJ/live band mix of Ariane Moffatt , Béatrice Bonifassi , Killa-Jewel and Plaster .
Sharp menswear by Philippe Dubuc and accordion-pleated polka dot frocks by Renata Morales were an extra-chic treat, since neither designer has staged a catwalk show for a few seasons.
On Saturday, three Toronto Fashion Incubator designers provided couture-curious onlookers with a public peek into their designer processes. Katya Revenko , Engelbert Gayagoy and Danielle Meder (who also writes style blog finalfashion.ca) wrapped judys in bolts of muslin during a live draping demo.
Revenko created a dramatic, tailored and tucked wrap dress, and Gayagoy ruffled the collar of a pouffy gown. Meder had the crowd worried, as she spent the first hour of the show fiddling with her cloth on the ground. The prep paid off when she dressed her mannequin and turned it toward the crowd, revealing a grid of intricate fabric pinches and the dramatic swag of a bustle in the back.