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Toronto Fashion Week: At Joe Fresh, Line, Bustle, Vawk, Cara Cheung & Eva Chen

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Toronto Fashion Week: At Joe Fresh, Line, Bustle, Vawk, Cara Cheung & Eva Chen

Heather Marks on the Joe Fresh catwalk. Image courtesy of Jenna Marie Wakani.

Model moment Joe Fresh always attracts some of the world's top modelling talent, and at last night's shows, a veritable constellation of stars stalked the runway—Heather Marks, Alana Zimmer, Anais Pouliot, Meghan Collison and Kate King. (Perhaps their extra fierce gaits were inspired by the pre-show video montage from Blow-Up, featuring legendary model Veruschka.) We also loved the heavy-on-the-houndstooth '60s-inspired collection, full of structured coats and sweet mod shifts. Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose Bustle Clothing designers Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow know how to put on a show. First, the Toronto-based design couple tapped model (and fashion week fixture) Stacie Mackenzie to open their runway presentation in the sole womenswear look (Daisy Dukes and a coybow hat!) Then, a bevvy of male models—who looked like they had walked straight off the set of  Friday Night Lights—took to the catwalk. One model in particular, (who I heard someone behind me refer to as “totally yummy”) elicited hoots and cheers from the predominantly female audience every time he appeared.

Geometric knits at Line. Image courtesy of Jenna Marie Wakani.

Cold front John Muskat and Jennifer Wells never disappoint. In fact, the duo behind Line Knitwear presented such a lovely collection—which featured their signature stylish wool sweaters, washed lambskin jackets and fabulous leather gloves with rabbit fur detailing—that they almost made us wish the cold weather would stick around. (Almost!)
Masculin/féminin
Designer Sunny Fong presented two collections—VAWK and its sister line, VAWKKIN— in one show for Fall/Winter 2012. At VAWK, the vibe was sci-fi samurai, with plenty of silks, kimono-inspired looks and leather caps covering each models' head. After a brief video transition, VAWKKIN took over the runway, as real women wearing classic workwear (pencil skirts and pant suits) replaced models. Hot stuff The moment the up-tempo music started up and the first model stormed down the runway, we knew Cara Cheung's presentation was going to be a fierce show. Glamazon models donned barely-there mini dresses with Swarovski detailing. Cheung's inspiration? Technology vs. nature. Easy elegance Vancouver designer Eva Chen is all about experimenting with texture—feathers, beads, sequins embellish her  creations. Backstage, she told ELLE that her aim was to make every look elegant, but different, surprising the audience each time with something new. Call it a fait accompli.
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Toronto Fashion Week: At Joe Fresh, Line, Bustle, Vawk, Cara Cheung & Eva Chen