Mikael D: Mike Derderian, co-founder of Canadian luxury label Pavoni, closed Fashion Week with the first collection from his new eveningwear line, Mikael D.
A smoky haze enveloped the runway room as models stepped onto a slick black, reflective catwalk in a stunning succession of dresses. The collection had it all: strapless minis, fitted mermaid-style and column dresses and voluminous ballgowns. The garments bore similarities to the Pavoni esthetic, notably the incredibly intricate tattoo embroidery and exacting beadwork which cascaded along the painstakingly assembled pieces. The line also featured pretty peplum numbers, while the lush loops of fabric draped on bodices lent an ethereal feel to the pieces.
There were a few major metallic moments with a coppery creation swathed in sequins and the teaming of a tiered lace one-shoulder ruffle top with ornate, jewel-studded pants.
While the collection had no shortage of visually arresting standouts, an emerald green beaded dress with a starburst pattern adorning the back was an absolute jaw-dropper, rich in colour and textural detail.
Bustle: Break out those shades: the eye-popping prints from Bustle turned full crank on vibrant colours for spring and summer. While there was a smattering of grey and black in the range, the menswear label tapped into its affinity for vivid hues in a tropical-themed collection rife with exotic floral and nature-inspired prints.
There's no chance of the Bustle guy blending into the background with the brighter-than-bright patterned blazers and pants in orange, violet and acid yellow. Suiting featured dual-hued blazers and short pairings, while the collection featured some playful graphic tees adorned with parrots, toucans and the phrase "Employee of the Month."
Stephan Caras: The Toronto-based womenswear label helmed by father and son teamStephan and Kyriako Caras brought its penchant for luxurious eveningwear to the fore with a series of showstopping dresses which used lavish touches to amp up classic silhouettes.
Featuring a subtle palette of blush and pastel pinks, black and white, the line showcased a sweeping array of halter, one-shoulder and strapless styles where pearls played prominently as a decorative accent.
Swaths of pearls affixed to the creations acted as stylish armour draped elegantly along bare arms and shoulders of the models, whose tousled and teased French braids offered a striking visual contrast to the sophisticated looks. Floor-skimming creations were emblazoned with oversized florals, while the collection also unveiled whimsical, gravity-defying bubble hems on baby doll-style and tiered dresses.
Cara Cheung: With models flaunting body-contouring numbers and sky-high hemlines, the edgy, urban range presented by Toronto-based Cara Cheung was definitely not for the modest, retiring type.
There were flashes of flesh in virtually every look, from an elongated slit on a sheer panelled, long-sleeved dress to the slivered side cutouts on a pair of black and lime green cocktail dresses.
The womenswear designer played with architectural elements and structural contrasts with elongated wrap front detailing on sleeveless tops and minidresses. There was a strong graphic element in the line from the lacy, triangular patterns adorning a bustier and matching skirt to the boldly embellished leather-panelled and bejewelled looks in the collection.
Day 5 also featured presentations from Hilary MacMillan, Lacerda and Thomas Balint.Suggest a correction