Toronto continues to play host to its World Mastercard Fashion Week Spring 2013 as last night saw the close of day four. Arthur Mendonca, Rachel Sin, Triarchy, Lucian Matis, and all-round crowd pleaser Joe Fresh showed off their stitches on Wednesday and Thursday, with Joe Fresh and secondary line MATIS by Lucian Matis injecting the runway with a dose of affordability.
Carrying on from the retro 60s vibe we saw in Pink Tartan, Joe Fresh also channelled a Mad Men/Betty Draper style, opting for diamond checkers, a bombardment of black and white, crisp pleated skirts, shift dresses, and Chanel-inspired suits.
The line also featured a football field fill of modern sportswear, utilizing clean shapes, refined minimalism, all infused with punches of metallics and optic prints. Ultimately, there were plenty of wearable separates — as expected from a mass market brand — with my favourite being a giraffe print maxi halter dress.
While Lucian Matis filled his signature line with canary yellow crocodile leather and Moroccan-inspired pantsuits, the designer showed the other side of the style coin in his affordable MATIS by Lucian Matis. Once again, prints were a major focus, with Matis concentrating his creative flare on a kaleidoscopic colours and floral patterns à la a Miss Hawaiian Tropics contest.
Though admittedly I'm a Kelly Cutrone-type junkie of black clothing, Matis' birds of paradise paint palette is simply begging to be paraded down a Caribbean beach. Not skipping a single colour, the rainbow line is energetic, uber-feminine and, more importantly, accessible!
Images via World Mastercard Fashion Week