“Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.” —Vivienne Westwood.
This season Toronto saw not just one, but TWO fashion weeks: Men’s (TOM*) and Women’s (TW), held in the new location at 1 Yonge Street. Founded by Jeff Rustia, both fashion weeks showcased Summer 2018 Collections by Canadian and international designers. Besides the runway shows, this season Toronto Men’s Fashion Week hosted a series of three talks throughout the week, TOM* Talks: EcoSessions: The Sharing Economy, One on One with Joe Mimran, and Fashion Disrupter: The Instagram Influencer. Various topics have been discussed during these talks, such as exploring the collaborative consumption in Fashion and the move towards a more sustainable approach to high fashion, business and future of fashion, as well as the impact of Instagram on consumer behaviour.
This season Toronto Men’s Fashion Week featured many talented designers and brands, including Xian, Hip and Bone, Finezza, Ocean Rebel, Hendrixroe, Kollar, Get Fresh, Helmer and others. There was also a charitable part of the shows, as all proceeds and donations from Men’s Fashion4hope, presented by Gotstyle, went to charity (same was for Women’s Fashion4hope).
Highlights: From hip hop street looks to style-enlightened gentlemen, we’ve seen it all at TOM*. Timeless essentials and modern styles were seen in the new Summer 2018 collection by Xian. Hip and street style was dominating the runway during Kollar‘s show. Multi-talented designer Hendrixroe created her new menswear collection (along with the womenswear) featuring a strong range of well-tailored fashionable/classic/rockstar looks, receiving a standing ovation at the end of the show. Made-to-measure brand, Finezza, created by designer Ivan Lehec, highlighted the gentleman aesthetic and dapper look.
Hendrixroe. Photo by Che Rosales / LARAWAN
Among womenswear designers we saw Caroline Neron, Lamarque, Pascal Labelle, House of Joga/Reebok, Wallo, Lesley Hampton, Hendrixroe, Stephan Caras, Zoran Dobric, and Amato Couture.
Highlights: Canadian fashion designer Jordan Hendrxiroe had everyone in awe, as her designs were appearing on the runway accompanied by all kinds of music, from 90s rock to Beyoncé, and inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Marilyn Monroe. Montreal-based designer Marie-Andrée Wallot presented her silk collection, which consisted of the most elegant, feminine, and simply beautiful styles. Another feminine yet sexy collection was showcased by Stephan Caras whose dresses expressed confidence, strength, and sensuality of a woman. House of Joga with its founder Janna Webb showed some sporty looks along with joga performance right on the runway. Toronto-based First Nations designer Lesley Hampton brought diversity to the fashion week, as her models of all shapes and sizes walked down the catwalk. The finale of Toronto Women’s Fashion Week was done by UAE celebrity designer Furne One from Amato Couture who showed us outstandingly chic, glamorous and luxurious looks, made of lavish materials and decorated with sequins.