FW15 Fashion Trends From Toronto Fashion Week
Posted: Mar 30 2015
What Happened at Toronto Fashion Week? Our Contributing Editor, Michelle Pinchev of City By Heart, Breaks Down The Trends She Saw On The Catwalk For FW15:
Despite the official status of spring, Toronto saw freezing temperatures during fashion week. So, it wasn’t too hard to put ourselves into a fall and winter mindset as we flocked to the tents to see top Canada’s top designer collections. With a wide array of styles to satisfy any palate, Toronto Fashion Week did not disappoint. Here are the top trends from Toronto’s runways:
The biggest trend at Toronto Fashion Week, Black was anything but basic on the runways. Designers mixed textures and shapes, combining leather and lace and fur and mesh to create multi-layered monochromatic looks. We saw black in all its forms in every collection – shiny, metallic, sheer and matte.
Fringe – particularly black leather fringe - was hot both on and off the runways this season. Featured heavily in Mackage’s fall/winter collection, fringe adorned dresses, scarves and the backs of leather jackets. Off the runway, in the tents, I spotted many a fringed black leather bag slung over the shoulders of Toronto’s top fashion plates.
The fairytale princess gowns of our childhood got a modern update and dare I even say a dark twist from designers like Sid Neigum, Farley Chatto and Mikael D. We were whisked away to far-off places like regal Russia and mystic China as voluminous, sculpted and draping gowns floated down the runways. Not every fairy tale heroine was a princess. Melissa Nepton’s women were romantic warriors, and David Dixon’s collection drew inspiration from Joan Of Arc.
Fur was a recurring motif every day of Fashion Week – whether lining hoods, embellishing sleeves and collars or cross-body as in Pink Tartan’s collection, fur was everywhere. Whether you opt for faux fur or the real deal, fur is going to be essential for fall.
Canadians are no strangers to the harsh realities of winter. Torontonians have now endured two consecutive brutal winters, with last month breaking records for its pervasive arctic-like temperatures. Even as we entered spring, Fashion Week temps were anything but spring-like.
Fortunately, Canadian designers have taken note, with cozy knits, scarves, puffy jackets and wearable sweaters on the runways, proving you can be warm and still be stylish.
Fiery Hues and Playful Prints
Orange might not be the new black, but it certainly had a presence in many Fall/Winter collections this year, as did bold reds. Not all designers shied away from colour. Narces had a few surprises – flirty black dresses patterned with red lips. Melanie Elsasseur’s collection was a fun and welcome departure from the dark and distinguished, with her quirky mix of “western meets samurai meets disco.”
Did we mention fur? Leather fringe? There was no shortage of bedazzling glamour and 70s inspiration on the runways this year. Pink Tartan, Sid Neigum and others featured metallic pieces. Mikhael Kale’s looks were refreshingly bright and colourful, artfully crafted with jewel and crystal details that dropped jaws to the floor.