After Wednesday’s marathon of runway shows, when the last presentations by Common Cloth and Greta Constantine sent the fashion pack home (or to gallantly if not glamourously after party) at midnight, Thursday’s short schedule was as deliciously light as the Cadbury thin chocolate bars Toronto Fashion Week has been feeding us since Monday.
First up was Saniya Khan. The designer loves textiles and let fabric shine by cutting airy, spring silks into simple, tunic shapes without much shaping. An opening white, floor length smock was a pristine, envelope of fabric with hand sewn, navy and red stitches speckling down outside seams on the sides of the dress. Palazzo pants wrapped a model’s waist with inverted pleats and colourful curlicues pocked linen looks.
As us media folks munched down in the press lounge, a PA announcement summed the crowd into the runway room. We scampered to our seats and were met by a pair of diminutive, gold, booty short muscle dudes named Boy Tech. The pair lifted dumbbells while singing along to electro beats in a non-sensical but no less entertaining anti-fashion interlude.
Stephen Trigueros followed with a surprising lineup of colourful clothing incorporating waist lines basket woven from satin strips. Gold boxing gloves hung around the neck of a baby blue jumpsuit with elastic hems and cuffs. The cool colours of the opening grouping showed off that braided detail but it was a combo of hot reds, peaches, and yellows in the collection’s second act that really heated up the audience. A halter dress in those spicy tones backed by panel of tangerine satin solidified this label’s one-to-watch status.
Ula Zukowska is one of those throw-back Canadian fashion names I remember from my infancy in the industry and her show this season initiated a new Ula:She label. An extra large line up included the good, the bad and the I-just-can’t-decide-yet. In retrospect, fine, t-shirt cotton dresses printed with forest scene photo transfers were too intermediate for a collection that also included beautiful macramé knit boleros, crumpled suiting with angular lapels and voluminous short and full length pantaloons. What killed every look were big black labels on the outside of garments. If it’s not an LV or a double C, put it away.
Montreal swimwear brand Aqua Di Lara closed the night with wrap style suits and the introduction of a new fashion word to my style vernacular: unikini. Skimpy tops and bottoms were connected with criss-crossing spandex straps while one-piece, retro styles featured sweetheart necklines and rusched side panels.
P.S. Photos have started to trickle onto the fashion week website. Visit www.lorealfashionweek.ca for a peek at shows from earlier this week.