So, it seemed fitting on the penultimate day of collections that a lookahead to cooler weather wear was featured among the runway presentations on Day 4 of the event.
Rudsak: The Montreal-based leather goods retailer celebrated its 20th anniversary with a fresh slate of looks which stayed true to the brand signature of slick outerwear pieces and accessories.
Rudsak founder and creative leader Evik Asatoorian channelled rocker chic with his reliable roster of cool leather looks, like moto jackets, shorts and pants largely in black and white. But it was the unexpected flashes of prints and adornments which helped to further propel the range.
Snakeskin print accents on vests, shorts and collars, metallic suspenders and a shirt flaunting studded elbow patches were among the distinctive standouts. The label also demonstrated a keen eye and deft touch with more delicate pieces, like sheer blouses and pretty collared minidresses.
Caitlin Power: With vivid hues, striking patterns and razor-sharp tailoring, Caitlin Power offered a fresh, bold take on classic womenswear.
The Calgary-born, Toronto-based designer cited a recent sojourn to the French Caribbean as inspiration for her spring-summer line, aiming to pack a punch with bright shades and prints channelling influence from the islands.
Indeed, Power demonstrated that outerwear, suits, blouses, pants and other polished separates designed for the office or after-hours don't need to be staid or steeped in basic shades like black, navy or grey.
There were plenty of deep reds, rich browns and lush greens in the range, and no shortage of details to add visual interest to the garments, like leather panelling on shorts, enlarged keyhole accents on blouses and plunging necklines on fitted suit jackets and dresses. Power added inventive flavour, texture and eye-catching embellishments with criss-cross designs, large-scale graphic print emblazoned on coats and skirts and subtle patterns dotted on shorts and blazers.
Despite the injection of stronger colours, teamings of traditional and more muted hues were also on display, such as black panelling and trims on a sleeveless blouse to the flash of tan fabric adorning the hem of a black dress.
A trio of models sporting fitted, chevron-patterned leather dresses closed out the presentation of cohesive looks.
Soia & Kyo: The Montreal-based label showcased a minimalist approach to its range of basics, eschewing power pigments and ultra-bright shades for a muted palette of pastels and neutrals.
The collection from creative director Ilan Elfassy was inspired by "a fresh, light and airy rooftop garden." The line featured shades like blush pink, baby blue, mocha, sand, tan, cream and mint and was free from excessive embellishments, instead opting for suedes and quilted materials to enhance appeal with soft textures and patterns. The slate of monochromatic separates made outerwear the focal point with a variety of light puffer coats, trenches and varsity-style jackets unveiled.
Target: While collections featured during Fashion Week have been looking ahead to warm-weather styles for the year ahead, Target had its sights set on the short term, placing stylewatchers in a festive mood with a preview of its holiday fashions.
The U.S. based discount giant — which launched its first stores in Canada in March — is known for its distinctive bull's-eye logo, bull terrier mascot and affordable fashions, including high-profile designer collaborations with labels like Missoni and Vancouver-raised Jason Wu.
The retailer literally rolled out the white carpet onto the runway as beaming models donning colourful tuques and caps stepped out in styles suitable for chillier temperatures — complete with fake snow cascading from the rafters and holiday anthems blaring from the speakers.
There was plenty of outerwear to choose from, with colourful and graphic print coats including toppers in teal, check patterns and polka dot print. Houndstooth was among the standout patterns for the season ahead, with traditional black and white and red prints in varying sizes colouring pullovers, skirts, jackets and relaxed pants. But rest easy, plaid aficionados: the tried-and-true, classic lumberjack print as well as large-scale check patterns remain ever-present staples heading into the winter.
For the men, it was a contrast of refined formal looks and laidback styles, with turtlenecks and blazers and more casual cardigans and pullovers. The coloured pant trend shows no signs of slowing, with separates in red and green featured alongside traditional denim blues in slender silhouettes.
Whitney Linen: The Toronto-based online shopping boutique devoted to all things linen didn't disappoint with a collection of wearable separates suitable for idle lounging in style or an upscale night out.
Whitney Westwood kept the palette simple, with white, camel, navy and pale blue hues. Garments for day wear included pants in both tailored and flowing styles, wrap jackets, bow blouses, cargo shirts and shirtdresses. For the men, the looks were equally relaxed with tailored long pants, shorts, tuxedo shirts, blazers and scarves and a snapshot of sleepwear attire with cosy drawstring pants and a roomy bathrobe.
A summertime staple — the caftan — featured a vivid patterned print punctuated with striking navy, blue and yellow shades in both long and short variations of the overdress. The same fabric was also fashioned into an slinky top with open sleeves and a raw finish.
Transitioning from day to night styles, a satin-adorned navy tuxedo and a dual-tone halter gown were among the standout closing looks.
Day 4 also featured a runway presentation from Narces.
Fashion Week concludes on Friday.