Toronto just wrapped up its second season of Toronto Men's Fashion Week (a.k.a TOM*FW), and the shows did not disappoint.
With Canadian and international designers showcasing their menswear collections for fall 2015, attendees were treated to a variety of styles -- from gender-bending frocks to dapper duds and everything in between.
Check out our top 10 moments from TOM*FW below:1. Homegrown Talent Showing Support
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2. The Furry Eyebrows At Just Ta Designs
And those metallic lips.
3. Gothic-Inspired Prints At Joao Paulo Guedes
A better shot from Joao Paulo Guedes' collection on Day 1 of TOM* featured on tofashionistas.com - I can't thank you enough for having me as a part of such a beautiful collection. I can't get enough of this cathedral inspired mosaic print sweater 💜 @joaopauloce #tom #toronto #tomfw15 @tom_fw PHOTO: @mingsiu37
"Take Me To Church."
4.The Celeb-Filled Mens Fashion 4 Hope Runway Show
Pictured: The Trews' John-Angus MacDonald.
5. This Hush Puppy On The Runway
Accompanying designer Alan Ta!
6. The Parka And Underwear Combos At The Wild North Apparel
Because what better way to show off a parka than with shirtless models?
7. The Pastel Hues At Pedram Karimi
A nice change from the darker frocks.
8. Paul Mason
Because it wouldn't be TOM*FW without Fashion Santa!
9. The Post-Apocalyptic Vibe At Patrick Salonga
Patrick Salonga's new collection is channelling a divergent dystopian vibe tonight at Toronto Men's Fashion Week. #style #fashion #fashionblog #fashionblogger #tomfw #fashionweek #mensfashion #men #runway #mensstyle #designer #magazine #canadiandesigner #fashiondesigner #toronto #event #runway #model #tomfw15
Most stylish survivors ever.
10. The Dapper Dudes At Christopher Bates
Until next season!
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Recently transformed into a men’s-only store, Ralph Lauren’s epic Rhinelander Mansion is one of the great icons of American clothing. The aged mahogany paneling, Gilded Age elevator and countless oil paintings (mostly of distinguished gentlemen, stately horses and obedient dogs) are as much a part of the experience as the clothes and home collections themselves. You’ll find everything from Polo boat shoes to Purple Label bespoke suits to Black Label motorcycle jackets to crystal whiskey glasses, all spread out over the store’s massive floor plan. 867 Madison Ave.; 212-606-2100; ralphlauren.com.
Believe it or not, there are no sandals involved here. Hawaii might be about as far away from the shoemaking meccas of the world as one can get, but Leather Soul means business. It offers a comprehensive selection from well-known brands like G.J. Cleverley, Alden and Edward Green, but the exclusive models are what to look out for. (These often start as collaborations between the store, the top labels carried there and a customer.) Think cigar cordovan Pitt boots from Alden and leather-and-suede balmoral boots from Saint Crispin’s. Plus, how many opportunities do you get to complain about having sand in your Cleverleys? 2201 Kalakaua Ave., #301; 808-922-0777; leathersoulhawaii.com.
No store has created quite the same buzz in the menswear world as The Armoury. It’s a perfect example of what can happen when a few guys with top-notch taste gather together the things they think are the very best. Japanese glasses from Nackymade, British bench-made shoes from Gaziano & Girling, Florentine bespoke tailoring with Liverano & Liverano and a cornucopia of international accessories sit side by side. Notably, The Armoury brings in artisans regularly, connecting customers directly with the people making the products. International and so classic it’s modern, it doesn’t get much more Hong Kong than this. 307 Pedder Building, 3rd fl.; 12 Pedder St.; 852/2804-6991; thearmoury.com.
While some believe the Parisian dandy has gone the way of the city’s famous gaslights, he can still be found at Arnys. The store’s signature Forestière jacket (designed with architect Le Corbusier in the 1940s) borders on the eccentric with turn-back cuffs, open patch pockets and a lapel-free cut. But the more restrained gent will find it impossible to walk out of the sumptuous shop without one of the cravates d’atelier, the seven-fold ties made of thick, luxurious silk completely free of interlining. (It’s the sort of accessory that will get nods of approval from other gents in the know.) Proprietor Jean Grimbert is his own best model, and if you walk in on a good day, Bob, his Norwich terrier, might just greet you at the door. 14 Rue Sèvres; 33-1/45-48-76-99; arnys.fr.
You may not know Frasi, but you probably know its owner, Simone Righi, who has achieved a certain level of Internet fame over the last few years, thanks to his many appearances on The Sartorialist blog and rubbing elbows with Kanye West. (Not bad for a guy who runs a local clothing shop.) Formerly called Tie Your Tie, Frasi sells brilliant custom clothes alongside a jaunty mix of high-quality ready-mades. There is a distinct emphasis placed on sumptuous knits, scarves and other soft accessories, and it’s the sort of store where you’ll want to give everything a touch. Righi’s selections capture that very Florentine mix of bold color, retrained elegance and individual style—you’ll come out looking like a local version of yourself. Via dei Federighi 7r; 39-055/211-015; frasisimonerighi.com.
There was a time when Rome, not Milan or Florence, led Italy’s hegemony over men’s style. If Florence is restrained and elegant and Milan is brash and fashion-forward, Rome is masculine and resolute. Strong shoulders and chests on jackets, slightly more voluminous trousers and flourishes of color and individuality rule here. Battistoni has traditionally been as much mid-century social club as clothier, with countless Hollywood A-listers rubbing shoulders with jet-set royalty as they picked out shirt-and-tie combinations. You still have to find your way to the little off-street courtyard to enter, but the effort is well worth it. Via dei Condotti 61A; 39-06/697-6111.
There is palatial, and then there is palatial. Dunhill really gets it right with this one. One of its four “Homes” worldwide, Dunhill’s Shanghai flagship is housed in half of the city’s Twin Villas, with fellow Richemont brand Vacheron Constantin located right next door. Sure, you can shop for Dunhill’s quintessentially British clothes in dozens of stores around the globe, but you certainly can’t get a decent drink in most of them. Here, in addition to the custom tailoring, leather goods and shirting departments, there is a bar and a private dining room that feel like stepping into one of London’s famed West End clubs. 796 Huai Hai Rd.; Middle Lu Wan Qu; 86-21/5404-8699; dunhill.com.
It’s not one store, but Savile Row is the male sartorial destination to end all others. Men who matter have been getting their clothes made on this storied street for the better part of a century and a half, and even with the rising popularity of designer suits, the tailors show no sign of stopping. Anderson & Sheppard (anderson-sheppard.co.uk) was the near-unanimous choice of old Hollywood, Henry Poole (henrypoole.com) invented the tuxedo and Huntsman (h-huntsman.com) has its iconic signature tweed. What they all have in common is a fanatical devotion to quality and making you look your best. There is a taste for everyone—just so long as it’s good taste.
Vienna has always been one of the world’s most elegant cities, but this has largely been forgotten of late—a surprise considering its traditional winter balls are one of the few places where white ties and tails are worn outside royal courts. Knize is best known in the states for its eponymous perfume, but this solid tailoring house was the first true men’s fashion label in the 1920s, even though its roots go back almost another whole century. The house jacket style is still a little reminiscent of that 19th-century frock-coat heritage, but in the best way possible. The interior is all wood, glass and leather and feels so comfortable, you’ll delay ordering your clothes so you won’t have to leave. Graben 13; 43-1/512-2119; knize.at.