Toronto Fashion Week: At Pink Tartan, David Dixon, Ezra Constantine, Caitlin Power, Ashtiani & Triarchy
Sleek glamour at Pink Tartan Fall/Winter 2012. Image courtesy of Jenna Marie Wakani.
From 9 to 5 to cinq à sept At Pink Tartan, the coats and jackets resting lightly on models’ shoulders—
à la best-dressed Gwyneth in Tom Ford at the 2012 Oscars—offered the perfect metaphor for the brand’s appeal. Pink Tartan is about being polished, chic and seemingly effortless—it’s fashion for the weekend getaway crowd. But designer Kim Newport-Mimran also understands the needs of the working woman. Who wouldn’t want to stroll into the office wearing one of their gorgeous fitted blazers or camel coats?
Rough and tumble This season, instead of presenting Ezra Constantine along with its sister label Greta at an offsite location during “rogue” fashion week, Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong opted to show their menswear line in the World Mastercard tents. Models wore harem sweatpants and jackets with what we’re calling "dude sequins" adorning the sleeves. The accessories were also notable– think bondage style leather face masks and giant safety pins right out of the ’90s.
Power play Calgary native Caitlin Power’s eponymous label is known for its sleek, architectural lines and androgynous tailorings but her most obvious switch-up came from the drastic makeup that complemented her techo-inspired Fall/Winter 2012 collection: full, black lips and muted, white-blond brows. Grace Lee, Maybelline Canada’s head makeup artist, created the look to match the futuristic vibe from the mix of black leather, blue neoprene and silk chiffon fabrics.
Ladylike dressing at David Dixon Fall/Winter 2012. Image courtesy of Jenna Marie Wanaki.
Friendly skies At David Dixon, Alfred Hitchcock’s
The Birds provided the design inspiration (and a more-than-a-little-terrifying opening video montage). Appropriately, feathers ruled the runway, adorning black evening frocks, cuffs, brooches and rings (a beautiful peacock print also nicely represented our avian friends). Throughout, Dixon displayed his signature fondness for ladylike dressing. We loved the white coats with black lace appliqué on the sleeves.
Everything but the little blue box at Ashtiani Is there a better way to evoke fairytale idealism and inspirational beauty than with a little Tiffany blue? That signature robin’s egg colour–pretty much a magical entity on its own–was eclectically strewn throughout Ashtiani’s Fall/Winter 2012 runway: on dyed fabrics like mohair and wool and dusted on the eyelids of otherworldly looking models. After a trance-like parade of grey jersey draped dresses and raglan sleeves, there was one moment that brought us back down to earth: during the final walk, one model daintily kicked off her high heels and continued down the runway like a true, barefooted pixie.
Fall colours at Triarchy There was an underwear party opening Canadian denim label Triarchy’s Fall/Winter 2012 show and everyone was invited. Models, dressed in their white skivvies, playfully bounded down the runway toward a heap of blue jeans piled at the front and dressed themselves for the occasion. The rest of the models sauntered out, already clothed, in a rainbow of denim highlighting our favourite fall colours: deep plum, forest green, burnt sienna and mustard yellow. Traditional black denim was paired with black and silver fur vests and shalls draped over white tees, and presumably, the rest of their undergarments.