10/27/2012 12:11 EDT | Updated 10/27/2012 12:12 EDT

Toronto Fashion Week 2012 Day 5: Madonna, Colour And Japanese Style Inspire The Runway (PHOTOS)


The last model walked the runway at World MasterCard Fashion Week on Friday night, wrapping up a busy week of spring 2013 collections from Canada's top and emerging designers. Some highlights from the final day:


Montreal-based label UNTTLD channelled Japanese style for inspiration in its spring-summer line on Friday.

Designers Jose Manuel St -Jacques and Simon Belanger reinterpreted the kimono with wrap-front blazers and jackets and asymmetrical draping on sleeves, as well as a slim-fit karate style suit-pant.

Featuring a broad range of fabrics from lamb leathers to crepe and silk gauze, the collection featured a strong mix of fitted separates and fluid, free-formed creations, including billowing long dresses, sheer column skirts, silk tunics and structured jackets. Cross ribbons and cotton straps adorned garments as collars, belts and hems. With the looks largely bathed in a palette of khaki green, black and white, copper metallic was a striking standout in the closing looks in the presentation.

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Travis Taddeo

With slinky jersey dresses and bodysuits featuring cutouts, high slits and intricate knotting, the revealing creations from Montreal-based Travis Taddeo are certainly not for fashion wallflowers looking to fade into the background. But the Calgary native was consistent with his strong teaming of hard and soft elements in both men's and womenswear offerings, with a palette dominated by black and white with pops of bold blues and muted greys.

Sheer tanks, fitted denim, slick leather jackets and shorts were part of the collection. The designer also played with prints with a range of pretty silken separates, including tanks, shorts and tunics.

Taddeo collaborated with the design team at Aldo to create the debut men's footwear collection by a homegrown designer under the Aldo Rise program. White lace-up booties and high-tops were among the shoes showcased by models wearing the designer's creations on the runway.


From the remixed Madonna tracks pumping from the speakers to an homage to Jean Paul Gaultier's cone-shaped bra, the Material Girl's presence was firmly stamped on Sunny Fong's VAWK line on Friday.

In his liner notes, Fong cited both the artistic and personal styles of Madonna and Frida Kahlo as inspiration for the spring-summer collection.

The nods to Madonna's 80s-era style were evident with the form-fitting blazers, strapless bustier bodice dress and, of course, the pointy brass cone bra.

The latest creations from the designer's luxury label oozed with sex appeal, kicking off with the jaw-dropping lacy dress boasting a fluttering sheer skirt that opened the VAWK presentation.

It was a decided contrast with the VAWKKIN line which featured a more conservative range of feminine chic creations seemingly suited for the office and after-hours.


From red to cobalt blue and coral along with vibrant shades of pink, bold and vivid hues abounded in everything from blazers and cropped pants to shirts and colour-blocked dresses in Express' runway show, which closed out the week.

The extensive collection of dresses showcased featured a fair share of pretty peplums and tank styles as well as shimmering strapless numbers featuring ruching and pleating. Menswear features crisp tailored suited separates and tuxedo-style jackets.

Boldly graphic patterns were also plentiful, from floral accents on pants and shirts, to more subtle dotted prints on men's shirts.

Continuing the trend of Canadian supermodels taking a turn on the Toronto runway this week, homegrown catwalker Jessica Stam opened and closed the runway showcase.