Toronto Fashion Week: At Lucian Matis and Holt Renfrew
1. Black out beauty
The smoky eye is getting extra vampy —think a deeply saturated, one-tone colour over the entire lid (barely any graduation in colour), courtesy of the Smashbox creation at Lucian Matis. Smashbox makeup artist Lori Taylor layered on
black cream liner as a base, then swept an intense black shadow on top, blending the line and edges slightly with a Q-tip. The result? A deep black, smoky eye set against porcelain skin and nude lips. “We wanted to do something a bit more sensual and mysterious because the collection is so dark. Mystery is the key word for the hair and makeup,” Matis told ELLE. As the models strutted down the runway, the focus was on the linear cuts and striking eyes. Mysterious, indeed.
2. Drama, drama, drama Lucian Matis showed off a theatrical collection in the grand ballroom of the Royal York Hotel. We loved the crocheted dresses, elaborate feathered garments (including a wow-inducing ballgown) and pant suits with leather lapels—but our hearts went out to the poor models who wore nipple tape under their revealing frocks. Ouch!
3. Dance off At the annual Holt Renfrew designer mash-up presentation, the lights dimmed over the rows of fashion goers who lined the catwalk as a spot light shone over a charming man at the head of the runway. The crowd fell silent in anticipation of what he had in store for them. To everyone’s amazement he broke out into a full on tap dance
, spinning and dropping into the splits. A definite crowd pleaser!
4. The cat’s meow One trend that’s finally trickled onto the runways of Toronto? Cat fashion! Lucian Matis showed Louis Vuitton-esque kitty ear headbands at his Fall/Winter 2012 show while Smythe put black panther hats on the runway during the Holt Renfrew show.
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