Saturday, September 15, 2018

Day 2 of Toronto Fashion Week! This year I only attended day 1 and day 2, so this will be the last of my fashion week recaps for this season. It was great to see day 2 as there were several designers whose shows I had attended in previous years (Hilary MacMillan 2013 and 2016 and Christopher Paunil at the Mercedes-Benz start-up finals); so fantastic to see how they have grown and matured as designers! All photos care of George Pimentel. Thanks again to NordströmMatte PR.

Hilary MacMillan

Hilary MacMillan is a contemporary, Canadian womenswear brand. The self-titled brand was founded in 2013, and focuses on providing a variety of styles at accessible price points. In 2016, Hilary made a commitment to no longer use leather, fur, exotic skins, or features on any of her garments, and will have phased out all silks and wools by SS'19. 

What a fun collection, full of colorful vibrant prints and colors! Amazing statement pieces that can be worn together or separate, dressed up or down. As you can see from the photos, the models were confident and powerful in these looks. Spring is coming, and, already, we can't wait!  

Tara Rivas

Tara launched her first collection in 2015, and hasn't stopped designing since! As mentioned in our Day 1 coverage, this collection was shown in a static format in a very animated room full of balloons, fun music, and amazing lots. It really gave you a feeling of what the garments would like like when out and about. Statement pieces that will no doubt be unique and will definitely grab your attention!

Christopher Paunil

Established in 2010, by Christopher Paunil (designer) and Chalo Hancock (business development), Christopher Paunil features both custom bridal wear and ready-to-wear designs for women. The design philosophy is "conscious design and meticulous production of high-quality wedding dresses and formal wear for the contemporary woman". 

One of the things I most enjoyed about fashion week this year, was the use of digital screens at the entrance to the runway. This truly gave us the feeling of being in a completely different place than a runway show at Toronto Fashion Week, and really created a unique setting for these magnificent gowns! 

I have really been working on bringing in vibrant colors like these into my wardrobe. Loved the use of color and shapes on these ready-to-wear looks, and of course the amazing final look! Thank you Christopher for brightening our day with these looks. Bravo!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

This year's Toronto Fashion Week, in collaboration with RE\SET, was set in the stylish Yorkville. Like many fashion weeks of the past, runway shows were primarily viewed in the tents, but there were also shows at Yorkville Village (previously known as Hazelton Lanes) and around Yorkville, for example, Michael Kale at the ROM, and Namesake at the LUMAS gallery. They also had a fantastic Shoppers Beauty Boutique (where you could have lashes or lips made up), and an amazing TFW sign. Wouldn't be the same without those signs!

In typical fashion week style, the days were jam packed. Below are highlights from the shows that I saw. Special thanks to Dani Matte and her amazing team at NordströmMatte PR for the invitations and care throughout the week. All images below care of George Pimentel.

Victoria Hayes

Loved this collection full of fantastic vibrant prints, bright colors, and daring earrings. The collection was static in the runway room, which meant that the models were stationary, and attendees could walk around and get a closer look at the fabrics and prints. I could see myself wearing all of these looks and I heard others sharing similar thoughts as we walked around the room. No doubt her looks will be in demand!


Another static collection, featured in the LUMAS gallery. Static seemed to be a theme for this year's Toronto Fashion Week, and while it was often crowded, we appreciated the ability to walk around and get a closer look at the clothes. 

Namesake features hand made leather jackets created in Toronto by designer Rosa Halpern. Her jackets each feature the names of powerful women who have left an imprint on the world. See the collection here and read an interview with her here.

Mani Jassal

This collection, designed by Mani Jassal, started with a beautiful video introduction, which made you stop and think for just a minute, and actually focus on something other than the hectic that is fashion week. The clothes were  absolutely stunning, and as the lights came up, the suspense was lifted as the models began to walk out in these beautiful garments. Loved this collection, which featured a variety of stunning looks for all occasions, day to night. 

Sid Neigum

The final show of the night was the ever talented Sid Neigum. I have to say that this was the most creative and inspiring location for a runway show that I have ever seen! The show was featured in the "P2" parking lot below Yorkville Village. Not only was the venue interesting, the looks did not disappoint. We expected no less as we have been following Sid Neigum's shows since 2011 (see our 2011 fashion week post here). Loved the structure, unique cuts, and details of all of the looks. My favorite was the short white dress with structured sleeves and detailing that looked almost leaf like! Bravo! 

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