TORONTO - It was a decided contrast between the low-key and lavish as Toronto's World MasterCard Week drew to a close on Friday.
Minimalism was the story early in the day with many flashy adornments kept to a minimum. Things soon shifted gears with the series of splashy eveningwear designs that wrapped up Day 5 under the tents at David Pecaut Square.
Pavoni: All the stylish hallmarks that have become signature elements of the Pavoni label were on full display in their fall-winter collection.
The luxury fashion label co-founded by Montrealers Mike Derderian and Gianni Falcone demonstrated consistency with their exquisitely crafted garments incorporating lush fabrics like lace, tulle and taffeta.
Never ones to shy away from ornate embellishments, the expansive array of slim-fit minis and flared, fishtail-style gowns featured tattoo-style embroidery, ruching, pleating and painstaking patternwork incorporating beading, crystals and studding.
The current Pavoni collection was distinguished by the label's embrace of both classic and more unconventional designs, most notably the beaded pantsuit boasting a plunging neckline paired with a floor-skimming, high-low skirt.
A blast of silver confetti fluttered down from the rafters to the runway at the conclusion of the show — a fitting celebratory capper to end the week.
Stephan Caras: There's no chance of receding into the background in any of the creations Stephan Caras featured in his fall-winter line.
It was evident from the opening series of separates emblazoned with a large-scale houndstooth print that bold, graphic looks would be the order of the day. But the line took an unexpected turn from trenches and feather-fringed blazers to a lengthy succession of fancifully-bedecked dresses.
Satin, silk chiffon and lace were all in the mix as a variety of dress styles from strapless baby doll numbers to halters and corseted gowns cascaded down the runway, embellished with beading, floral appliques and feathered trims.
Caitlin Power: Inspired by her journey to the City of Light, Caitlin Power's fall-winter line was executed with precision in its showcase of geometric prints and sculptural creations saturated in a rich palette of black, royal blue, burgundy, cream and metallics.
The Calgary-born designer channelled influence from a trip to Paris and the style capital's blend of classic and modern architectural works — a cohesive theme which translated effectively throughout the line. Chic asymmetrical skirts and sharply-tailored blazers featured a sleek geometric jacquard print, while distinctive colour-blocked panels accented sheer blouses and body-hugging leather dresses.
Thomas Balint: Designer Michael Thomas Balint stuck to the basics with his ultra-minimalist collection.
The largely spare series of looks featured a slim silhouette in its range of sheer tanks, striped collared shirts and crisp suits. The subtlest of embellisments — exposed zippers on suede vests and metal buttons on an overcoat — adorned the creations. He also kept things loose with culottes and a draped, asymmetrical skirt.
Travis Taddeo: Montreal-based designer Travis Taddeo clearly knows who is customer is and he delivered results in spades with an edgy collection of streetwear for men and women.
The largely black palette of slim-fit jerseys, silks and leather garments was teamed with luxe furs and toppers. There was a diverse slate of garments in the line, including kilts, leggings, tunics and dresses. Among the standout pieces in the range was an eye-catching leather and suede jacket adorned with hand-sewn hardware and glass.
Day 5 also featured a presentation from Lacerda.
See photos from Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2013