A look from Adrian Wu. Image courtesy of Jenna Marie Wakani.Time to occupy “I was inspired by the Occupy Toronto protesters,” Adrian Wu said backstage before his fall show. The designer, who was resplendent in five-inch platform shoes, a skinny tie and green velvet pants, painstakingly examined each garment as we chatted. “It’s my way of saying, ‘Let’s talk about the issues,’” Wu explained of his collection, which featured V for Vendetta masks paired with OTT polka-dot gowns. One to watch Laura Siegel’s boho-glam Fall/Winter 2012 collection proved she is one of the freshest designers to emerge from Toronto Fashion Week. We loved the nomadic vibe of Siegel’s collection, which featured an earth tone colour palette, wool eternity scarves, washed leather rucksacks, and a host of stunning and unique prints. This talent is certainly one to watch.
Floral prints at Chloé Comme Parris. Image courtesy of Jenna Marie Wakani.Gothic Gatsby Chloé and Parris Gordon cited the 1920s and piercing culture as primary inspirations for their Fall/Winter 2012 Chloé Comme Parris show—a sophisticated, darkly pretty showing of pleats, prints and slim, studded pants. Our standout look? The long floral slip dress, featuring prints created by the designers’ mother. You could imagine it on Bridget Fonda in Singles, model Kirsten Owen in a ‘90s Vogue spread, or even Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary Crawley (Season 4? Girls, make it happen.). “Common People” “She came from Greece/She had a thirst for knowledge”—Pulp’s ‘90s anthem kick-started Martin Lim’s show, inciting both a near irresistible urge to sing along and memories of Britpop-era crushes on Jarvis Cocker.
Colour blocking at Martin Lim. Image courtesy of Jenna Marie Wakani.Blue period Colour blocking ruled the runway at Martin Lim, where the designer played with graphic pairings in everything from tunics to turtlenecks. The most interesting piece was a slim dress emblazoned with two slim blue rectangles—a little Mondrian, a little mod, and very covet-worthy. The weather outside is frightful ... It's going to be a toasty winter next year if Soïa & Kyo have anything to say about it. The Montreal-based outerwear brand presented fur hats and thick, belted coats in mocha, sand, olive and mustard shades complete with fur trimmings. Not to be missed? The chunky knit scarves keeping the models cozy on the catwalk. Understated elegance At Lundström, models strutted down the catwalk as Lana Del Rey’s "Video Games" crooned over the stereo. The colour palette was both dark and rich—charcoals, blues and purples—and the brand's signature tailored elegance was most evident in lovely jacquard jacket and pencil skirt pairings. Bonus points for the jaw-dropping gowns. Check out more of our highlights from Toronto Fashion Week here!