Masks. They're creepy. Especially when they're V for Vendetta-esque. And that's exactly what models covered their faces with -- Guy Fawkes masks -- at the Adrian Wu show kicking off day two of Toronto Fashion Week. The facial disguises played off of the feminine volume of Wu's garments well -- if you have a pear-shaped figure, these dresses are made for you. They're a little fantasyland-y -- the runway was lined with balloons in the shape of trees -- but they're also playful and interestingly structured, so if you wanna have fun with your fashion, Wu is a good place to start.
If, however, you want to cozy up this fall, keep an eye out for Laura Siegel. Her collection is packed with wearable knits and delicately drapey skirts and shirts. As was the case at yesterday's shows, these looks are made for layering. Pair the outfits with messy updos and romantic makeup, and you're set.
Or, with the darker days of winter, you may wish to walk a more sombre sartorial path to Sid Neigum. With asymmetrical layers, heavy fabrics and dark colours, the collection is a work of art (this is the man who once created a 300-pound dress from old tires and screws). What it's absolutely not is a collection for cheery I-live-in-colour-fashionistas. If you're looking for a few staple garments cut in a unique way, Neigum could work for you.
Next up was Chloé comme Parris, always a Toronto Fashion Week favourite. The collection rocked and was full of romantic, billowy shirts and jumpsuits balanced with edgier metal studs. The prints were delicate and the colours dark. The entire collection is perfect for those gals who want a feminine yet edgy look. Think fun night out with the gals attire.
Interestingly cut blazers, skirts and *gasp* colour reigned supreme at Martin Lim -- who took the Mercedes-Benz Start Up competition crown back in June (other finalists included Triarchy, Cassie Dee, Travis Taddeo and Untitld). There is literally something for everyone in the collection.
Next to hit the runway was Soïa & Kyo. Taking outerwear to a warm extreme, their fall 2012 collection is full of puffy jackets, beige wools, shearling and, of course, fur. If you're looking for a well-cut coat, the line is definitely worth investing in. We love the detailing throughout the line, including belts, gold zippers and big collars. Of the line, designer Ilan Elfassy says: "As a Canadian designer, we feel like we know the Canadian needs. Our coats are not only beautifully designed, but they are well-suited for our weather. We provide a lifestyle."
In another "most wearable" moment were the designs we saw at the Lundström Collection show. If you're of a preppy fashion bent, this is the line for you. You won't find edge here. The collection screams 'Mad Men' with lots of feminine high-waisted skirts, swing jackets, pinstripes and classic blazers. Some of the suits were sort of Chanel-tweedy. And navy is the new black, according to this collection.
Day two wrapped with the grand slam showing of Matis by Lucian Matis. He is killing fashion week with his designs, and we are here to proclaim if you are to buy one line -- and wear it all of the time -- for fall 2012, this is it. This. Is. It. You can wear the designs to work, out for dinner, to your parents, for brunch. The designs are classic and sexy and meant to highlight the best parts of the female body. The colours are basic -- from black to navy and grey. Thank you Matis for rocking our sartorial world Tuesday night.