The summer/spring 2013 collections presented as part of this fall’s Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week (Oct. 22-26) were full of surprises: a 1960’s fashion homage was in full swing; iconic '70s-era "Halstonite," Pat Cleveland, graced the Joe Fresh runway; and genre-pushing fashion collaborations punctuated the spring collections. Interestingly, nineties-era Goth-inspired clothes were the style of choice for the audience members that lined the catwalks.
On the runways, designers showcased a variety of themes and color choices throughout the week. Toronto-based designer, Golnaz Ashtiani, debuted bold, sixties-reminiscent lines and colors. The collection’s lavender hits toned-down the mesh paneling. Work-chic, bold lines, and clean tailored tops and trousers make this collection wearable.
The Joe Fresh spring/summer collection kicked-off with a guest appearance by 1970’s model and American “It” girl, Pat Cleveland. Cleveland clearly pleased the crowd with her familiar face and rare runway appearance, while the Canadian-owned label celebrated its recent expansion to Manhattan.
Its head designer, Joe Mimran, brought further sixties-era impressions to the show, with mod prints, and patterned and perforated fabrics. There was a notable space-travel-inspired coat that appeared to be made from the fabric they use to warm people when they reach hypothermic temperatures. Aside from the astro-wear, the pieces for which consumers have grown to love this brand were ever-present. Namely, affordable business casual marked by the odd polished item that spruce-up almost anyone’s office wardrobe.
Pink Tartan and Aldo collaborated on a shoe line to be launched this spring, featuring shoes that bear a metal-plated, mini, upside-down pyramid heel. Kimberley Newport-Mimran named the collection “Think Pink,” with the heels taking their inspiration from the “Think Pink” clothing line. They were cooly paired with pajamas making their way down the runway. Cropped tops and flowing A-line patterned skirts made this collection a stand-out and particularly feminine. Popular runways models, Charlotte Free, Alana Zimmer, and Irina Lazareanu wore the latest designs.
VAWK’s Sunny Fong joined forces with Angie Tingas and Michael Proteau, of Niki & Lola, to create stunning accessories and headpieces for his Madonna/Jean Paul Gaultier-inspired line, complete with a sharp and dangerous-looking brass coned bra. Fong produced two lines for fashion week: VAWK, his signature label, and VAWKKIN, diffusion line. Stunning and revealing sheer numbers with nude short shorts and ruby red skirt suits from VAWK are worthy of a jaw drop, where the clothes displayed by the beautiful and slightly older women on their runway were more suitable to the office (and a post-office drink).
Although the shows featured clothing from the 1960’s, Toronto fashionistas and socialites were embracing trends of their own. A variety of headwear, from toques to Wayne’s World ball caps, was spotted. Smoldering red lips, bold eyebrows, and thick-framed statement glasses were also popular trends above the neck. Below, men wore furs (real and faux), bold-patterned shirts with large collars buttoned right up, and loafers in bright colors and floral patterns. The clothing on the runway worked in serious contrast to audience attire, a reminder that the spring 2013 highlights will take some time to take root among its discerning consumers.
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