03/16/2012 05:05 EDT | Updated 05/16/2012 05:12 EDT

Leather and lace colour strong, feminine collection from Arthur Mendonca

TORONTO - The kohl-rimmed eyes, slicked-back ponytails and bowler hats sported by the models were the perfect pairing for the edgy yet elegant looks unveiled by Arthur Mendonca at Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week on Friday.

There was a toughness tinged with femininity in the fall-winter collection from the Toronto-based designer, which boasted arguably the boldest colour palette of the week, with a range awash in pink, plum, teal, mustard and caramel hues.

Leather was one of Mendonca's main fabrications of choice, deftly used in a series of sleek sheaths, slick dresses, pleated skirts, biker jackets and trench coats.

Marrying materials in contrasting fabrics and colours was another common theme, most notably pretty lace patterning and colourful silk paisley brocades which richly adorned strapless and sleeved sheaths. Double-breasted coats, mock-neck sweaters and variations on trousers from boot cut to wide leg to cigarette-slim pants rounded out the collection.