It's been another couple of blustery days around the tents at David Pecaut Square for World Mastercard Fashion Week, but despite the slamming winds and snow banks, the show must go on. And go on it did with stellar spectacles from Matis, Korhani Home, Mackage, Joe Fresh, Soia and Kyo and Vawk. So how'd they do?
Matis by Lucian Matis
Matis was dominated by head-to-floor floral and greyscale graphics, with knitwear ranging from the odd cardigan to full suits. As always, Lucian provided his classic piece, the shift dress, which this season came in an array of colours, fabrics and yes, peplum. This tunic-type trend doesn't seem to be dying anytime soon.
Generally a great show to take in with their experimental Tim Burton takes on home and decor. Of course, they didn't disappoint as one of the very first models strutted down the runway with bird nest hair — literally — albeit without real birds, which was a little surprising given their use of live animal in the past.
Leather leggings teamed with leather skirts and accessorized with a little leather jacket was the uniform of choice for bordering-on-bondage designer Mackage. The outerwear label continued on its Matrix journey with more darkly urban attire, spliced with oxblood, check and fur.
The Loblaw-owned mass market label was, as always, one of the highlights of the week. Let's face it guys, we love a luxe label, but give us budget-priced fast-fashion any day. So what items should you be picking up with your groceries this season? Well the scene was that of a monochromed 90s Parisian stroll with pea coats, sheer polka dot blouses and chunky knit sweater with a white Eiffel Tower motif to really bring out the Francophile in us all.
Soia and Kyo
Utilizing a rich colour palette of red, rust and wine complemented by khaki and navy, Quebec-based Soia and Kyo was all about simple, clean and refined outerwear. You know, classic investment pieces like belted leather trenches and double breasted wool coats that you'll wear year after year.
And finally, Vawk (above), who this year went with a wilderness theme. Cue the "In the jungle" chant... a wimoweh, a wimoweh! Designer Sunny Fong explored the harsh Canadian wilderness for inspiration and called the collection "Nordic Fauna." In layman's terms that meant prints of snow-frosted twigs and brown leaves, fur collars and trims, and equestrian-like tailoring with the odd moose emblem for good measure.
Images via World Mastercard Fashion Week