Designers to watch at Toronto's Fashion Week
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012 10:37AM EDT
New names and designer titans are showcasing their best Fall-Winter looks on the runway for Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week. Here's a highlight of designers to watch.
A "gem" of a collection. That's the verdict from fashion editors after Pavoni made its glamorous Canadian runway debut at Toronto's Fashion Week on Monday, March 12.
Designed by childhood friends Gianni Falcone and Mike Derderian, this Montreal duo started their opulent label three seasons ago. Today, Pavoni is sold across Europe and is worn by such singers as Katy Perry, Fergie and Shakira.
For Fall-Winter 2012, Pavoni presented body-hugging gowns full of Old Hollywood drama. From rich-hued dresses lavishly embellished with feathers and rosettes to nude-toned gowns that flashed loads of skin, Pavoni's designs let fashion divas unleash their inner starlet.
Chloe comme Parris
Femininity and edgy, menswear-inspired elements dominated the Fall-Winter collections from Chloe comme Parris.
Created by sisters Chloe and Parris Gordon, the label wowed crowds on Tuesday, March 12 with its vivacious, earth-toned mix of cozy cable knits, breezy, floral-pleated skirts, two-tone caftans and fitted blazers.
Other eye-popping fall embellishments included bold, brassy buttons, studs, buckles and exposed zippers.
Soia & Kyo
Canadian outerwear can be chic and cool. That was the message from Montreal designer label Soia & Kyo during Toronto's Fashion Week on Tuesday.
Helmed by designer Ilan Elfassy, Soia & Kyo's fall-winter lineup turned woolen coats and leather jackets into bundles of embellished joy.
Loaded with subtle gold buckles, fur trim and shearling-encircled hoods, this neutral-toned collection of coats and parkas was sporty yet sophisticated. Paired with fur trapper hats and dual-contrast leather elbow patches, Soia & Kyo lets fashionistas bundle up without sacrificing style.
Shows to watch…
Joe Fresh (March 14)
Since launching Joe Fresh in 2005, Joe Mimran's collection has become a staple for fashionistas on a budget. For Fall-Winter 2012, Joe Fresh's lineup will include 60s-inspired tweed jumpsuits and skin-tight pants. Also look for shiny details, faux-fur neck wraps and jewel tones in yellow and oxblood red to dominate this runway show.
Pink Tartan (March 15)
Pink Tartan designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran brings more of her polished wearability to the runway for Fall-Winter 2012. Inspired by the idea of clothes that travel well, this new collection will include little knit dresses with strong, geometric silhouettes. Also look for ultra-short faux fur shrugs, as well as short, geometric skirts and jackets with blocks of colour in red, white and black.