03/19/2013 08:10 EDT | Updated 05/19/2013 05:12 EDT

David Dixon At Toronto Fashion Week: Designer Driven By Social Consciousness

TORONTO - With its range of polished power suits, ladylike coats and capes and luxurious dresses, a socially conscious spirit infused David Dixon's fall collection at World MasterCard Fashion Week on Tuesday.

In his liner notes, the designer lamented the stigmas and inequalities still faced by the world's women. And yet while clothes aren't the cure-all, Dixon did his part with a collection seeking to embrace feminism and celebrate women. In doing so, the longtime womenswear designer brought his signature elegance to the fall 2013 line which boasted strong silhouettes and slick, ultra-feminine looks.

With the tunes of female vocalists and empowerment anthems pulsating throughout the runway room, the first half of the collection showcased garments befitting the modern professional: bow blouses, peplum jackets and pencil skirts, lace-adorned houndstooth pants and wool coats.

Bursts of bold colour punctuated the latter half of the showcase, with a jumpsuit and fitted strapless number infused in a vibrant purplish-bue hue. But as is typical with Dixon, it was the eveningwear offerings — and their intricate embellishments — that were the standouts, such as spiral chiffon adornments and a tulle skirt dotted with textured floral appliques.

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