Didn’t get to catch that sold out show you were dying to see? Still on a high from Toronto Fashion Week? Or do you simply want to know what went down at the shows? Well look no furthur because I have you covered with all of the basics that you need to know about the SS/14 collections shown last week in Toronto. During this week-long series I will be covering all of my favourite shows from WMCFW, and highlighting my top 5 favourite pieces from each collection. First up; Mikhael Kale, Beaufille and Pink Tartan
Mikhael Kale: Although The Mikhael Kale show took place on Friday evening before the “official” start of WMCFW and off-site from David Peacaut Square, it definitely still holds a firm spot on my favourites list. The industrial warehouse location was the perfect setting for this sexy meets edgy show where everyone sat front row (in ghost chairs). The show featured body con knits in colours such as vibrant orangy-red, lilac and powder blue. And leathers that were cut out, padded or inserted in colours that were just as bold (turquoise, powder yellow). Another surprise was the amazing gold biker jacket paired with a cut out skirt that lit the runway and blew up my Instagram feed that evening.
Beaufille: What I love about Beaufille, aside from the fact that they are sisters who studied in Halifax, is that they remain true to their “girl meets boy” aesthetic (hence the name change from Chloe Comme Parris). This show was one of my favourites because it was extremely wearable. I could easily picture myself slipping on any one of those easy breezy dresses for a day of wandering around the city, and the use of chain metal detailing made the looks equally as perfect for a night on the town. The dresses, skirts, jackets and blouses all had cool metal inserts that looked as though they were stitches, keeping the dresses and skirts from coming undone at the seams, giving the otherwise feminine garments that masculine feel that the Gordon sisters are so good at. Beaufille were also the only designers to utilize the runway with a live band that kept the crowd entertained and enthralled for the entire show.
Pink Tartan: Kim Newport-Mimran is the queen of basics and that is an honourable title to bear. She can turn something that you may think of as so simple like a button down shirt into something new and exciting every season (and that tough). The Pink Tartan show was jammed packed with celebs and Toronto socialites anticipating what Kim had in store (1960’s inspired silhouettes in a mostly neutral colour palette with the occasional dash of bright green and a pop art style flower print) The Pink Tartan show was full of crisp, clean lines and models who juxtaposed that with beautiful natural makeup, hair and a sans-bra walk. But I love that look, especially when it’s paired with a full pleated skirt in blush pink. I was also a big fan of the grid on grid print that felt slightly reminiscent to Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton SS/13 RTW show but done much more preppy in a knit fabric. All in all Pink Tartan is always a hit amongst the crowd and I can definitely see why.