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Caitlin Power’s Spring/Summer 2014
Caitlin Power’s strong vision of the “Power Women” was defiantly portrayed in her Spring/Summer 2014 collection at the World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. Known for her sleek silhouettes Caitlin’s collection was filled with beautiful pieces and a lively colour palette. She had a variety of leather blends and lightweight shirts. Her structured jackets were amazing as the silhouette of them really defines a woman’s shape; her pieces were all unique and original. The show was very entertaining as the music was very upbeat and dynamic. Caitlin Power did not disappoint!
Around the world in 15 minutes or less- The collection of high quality 100% linen had gorgeous feature pieces for him and her in different textures, prints and patterns along with different finishes to the linen. The collection had a sense of Asian, and south Asian vibes to the look having the quatrefoil pattern in over 3 pieces. The collection consisted of multi lengths in tunics, shift dresses, empire dresses, handkerchief skirts, high-wasted pleated pencil skirts, dirndl skirts reaching floor length, with detailing of key holes, bow ties, draw string sides, kimono and 2-piece tailored sleeves for her. While the men’s component featured 3 looks, having your traditional suit featuring rounded edges and lapels with 3 button closures, while the shirt is gathered into the cuff with priest collaring, and lastly having skinny pant and shorts for him, ending it all off with a luxurious navy blue robe for him.
Talk about a game changer, rather then showcasing what products that will be available for Spring 2014, Target decided to showcase what the store currently has available on shelves now, meaning Winter. Transforming the runway into a winter wonderland, having snow like particles fall from the ceilings. Super model Erin Wasson opened and closed the show with Target bulldog. A grand span of 50 looks, catering to the young the old, and families with knits of crew necks, pullovers, twin set, and shirts, leather mini dirndl skirt, high-wasted printed circle skits, along with sleeveless princess dress for her, while for him the classic slim straight cargo pant and shirt grazed the runway. The lines textiles ranged from cotton blends, cargos, sheer cashmere, patented pleathers and elasticized jeans.
Soia & Kyo-
Simple and redefined, it’s the optimum of this collection, as is the translation of Soia and Kyo. Having a fresh clean look to the line, bringing in the light pastel colours for Spring, the whites, crèmes, beiges, greens and browns, while utilizing the companies usual textiles of wools, leathers and soft suede’s. The freshness of this line, gave me a new taste to my palette, introducing a sports wear look, with a twist of fashion to it. Traditional trench coats, biker and blouson jackets roamed the runway, while short tailored shorts were accompanied with soft elegantly rounded tops for women, while the men had straight legged tailored pants in a cargo look to them. Finding the new trend of “the lunch bag” clutch seems to be the main accessory and article of interest started in this year collection for Soia & Kyo.
Caras- Stephan Caras-
Marie Antoinette herself would have been intrigued by this collection, featuring gorgeously draped pearls on the shoulders and back, of such delicate fine fabricated garments, in stunning textiles of silks, cashmere and cotton blends, etc. With a 21st century twist on the 18th century couture has beautifully constructed garments featuring keyholes in the sides with pearls cutting across the keyholes. Featuring funnel, one-shoulder, off the-shoulder and jewel neck lines- all constructed on either to the floor or mini sheath dresses, in a soft clean palette of pink, crèmes or black. A plus would be the catering to the younger generation, introducing a safari stork printed crop top, that has a deep plunging V neck line.
Introducing, the boys of paradise for the SS 2014 Bustle collection, featuring the loud and vibrant colours of the tropics, like royal and indigo blue, fire orange and Simpson yellow. The signature cheekiness of Bustle remained as the same, having the male models, play with the audience, like taking pictures of them, or even having them take pictures of the photographers. The collection reminded us of the much needed playfulness in our lives “all work and no play, makes for a dull day” quote, having the main print being a tropical floral print put together in well tailored shorts, slim pants and double button down blazers and even the classic slim fitted shirts. Necklines were either tailored or crew neck, including for the two women’s looks.
A bone chilling sensation coursed through my body, while I listened to a Bach symphony, as the runway was revealed as a jet-black, futuristic look. Down the runway flew elegantly crafted works of art, accentuating the woman’s body in ball gowns, sheath, princess and strapless dresses. Featuring stunning lace work, on the nude toned material, as if the lace was crawling on the body, almost like a second coating of skin. While the dresses and skirts were in peplum, bubble and a-lined, with exposed low cut back lining and rouging. An angelic like, white gown floated down the runway, having an exposed upper body, with a deep V-neck drop, accompanied by an elegantly form of exposing the legs, by creating a high-low hem line having flowers constructed on the lower half of the hem, while the material for the flowers are fraying.
TFI Press & Buyers Brunch
On October 23 2013, The Toronto Fashion Incubator held their press and buyers brunch at WMCFW. We got the chance to meet designers and see their spring/summer 2014 collections, mingle with fellow press outlets, and have a delicious brunch catered by the Ritz-Carlton. Many designers were in attendance and it was great to speak with them one on one. We got a chance to explore the lines of Hilary MacMillan, Diane Kroe and SKINNY SWEATS, just to name a few. It was a really great event, and an amazing opportunity to network and make new contacts.
Designer Hilary MacMillan had her first WMCFW show on October 25, 2013. She debuted her Spring 2014 collection to a full house. From clean, crisp whites, to feminine florals, her collection definitely hit the mark. It was artistic, well detailed and cohesive. MacMillan’s collection is easily one of our favorites from Fashion Week, without a doubt.
Narces Studio Show
The Narces 2014 spring collection couples pieces that are fun, flirty, and hyper feminine with others that are classy, elegant, and a little bit sexy. The type of creations that can adapt to any setting, whether professional, social, or intimate, Narce’s collection has every look that your wardrobe needs for spring 2014. In the flirty and fun portion, you’ll see a lot of beading, lace, dots, and sparkle. The dresses maintain shorter flirty skirt lines, including ballerina and A line, with some flowing longer options as well. Here styles are light and flowy, with a colour palette that boasts softer pastel hues, giving the collection a very fresh and feminine feel. In the more sophisticated and classy portion, you’ll still see a lot of lace and beading, but this is most often darker hues and black over nude or lighter metallic linings, and designs fit a little closer to the body. If I could describe this collection in 3 words they would be feminine, flirtatious, and fun. Her designs are perfect for spring and I’m confident that we will see many of these adorable designs leave the runway and resurface on the streets of Toronto this coming spring.
DHL is a Friend to Fashion: The DHL Fashion Scholarship Competition
DHL lives up to its mantra that “DHL is a friend of fashion” by teaming up with George Brown College to hold its first “DHL Fashion Challenge” during this year’s World MasterCard Fashion Week. Students were asked to create unique couture creations from DHL shipping and packing materials, and the creativity, even within the confines of working with limited materials, was outstanding. The chosen finalist designs can all be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/DHLExpressCanada?v=app_177914495580579&rest=1. The top 5 finalists displayed their designs during the DHL Fashion Industry Panel on Tuesday, October 22. The top 3 winners were chosen by industry experts and renowned designers on the panel. Aside from some very impressive monetary scholarships awarded to 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place finalists, the top three competitors also received mentorships or time working alongside some of the biggest names in fashion design. This particular scholarship opportunity offers what the DHL panel has deemed the most important assets for these future design entrepreneurs: the financial stability to follow their vision and the ability to learn their craft and about the industry from some of the most successful in the business. This is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity that will give these 3 aspiring artists a leg up on their current competition. The top 5 student finalists were Nagalakshmi Deepak, Tristan Licud, Fatema Kneibei, Lola Awojide, and Isabelle Crabtree; however, like any competition, there can only be one winner, and it was Nagalakshmi Deepak’s design that made the cut, as the designers on the panel were impressed with her unique approach and her ability to stand out among the crowd. DHL is definitely involved in some exciting projects that are an investment in our fashion future.
Friday, October 25, 2013, Cara Cheung launched her Spring / Summer 2014 collection to the city of Toronto. Cheung clearly had a strong sense of what she wants for her line this upcoming year; leather, sheer, cut outs with black, white, and the bold neon accent colour thrown in the mix. She used a variety of layering panels in each skirt to create a fun range of architectural structures to the garments. You get the vibe from her collection that it has a hint of bohemian chic and playfulness involved throughout with a young edge. The asymmetrical lines help pump up any basic look and will definitely be a stable in every closet to come. Cheung has mentioned that her concept is modern, glamorous and unapologetically bold. It was a striking show that certainly gives Cara Cheung a place in Toronto Fashion for years to come.
Christopher Bates sent his models down the runway at World MasterCard Fashion Week in perfectly fitted, nautical pieces. Looks included crisp, sexy dress shirts, light wash denim, white dress pants (and matching suspenders!), as well as the most divinely tailored blazers. The colour palette fit with the sea-side theme, featuring pale pinks, crisp whites, and a variety of blues (read: royal, sky, navy).
Paria Shirvani made her runway debut at World MasterCard Fashion Week this season.
Shirvani’s SS14 collection, which takes inspiration from Buddhist monks, featured a
muted palette with alluring pops of red. Crop tops and uniquely draped skirts reveal
an organic, minimalist aesthetic, perfect for the cool girl.