By: Fatima Syed
As the balmy temperatures of another Toronto summer quickly turn into the early days of Fall 2019, Fashion Season has officially reached the 6ix in all of its splendour. Keeping up with the cutting edge of style in the city, inFATuated Blog was present in the front rows of the shows at Toronto Fashion Week in Yorkville. With the Spring/Summer 2020 catwalks ushering in vibrant colours and feminine silhouettes, we are already intrigued by the season to come. Thanks to our friends at rock-it promo (the official PR team behind Toronto Fashion Week), we were able to catch the latest in Canadian trends, as media guests for the three day fashion extravaganza. Here’s our runway report on Day 1 of TFW, which is produced with Yorkville Village, The Hazelton Hotel, Freed Developments and Hill & Gertner as the event’s founding partners.
Steven Lejambe: At Steven Lejambe, the Toronto-based eveningwear designer brought timeless ladylike elegance to the runway. Pastel shades of light blue, confectionery pink and rich yellow made an appearance, as colourful princess gowns with flowing hemlines floated down the catwalk.
Hilary MacMillan: Known for her cruelty-free designs and her focus on body positivity, Canadian womenswear designer Hilary MacMillan unveiled a crisp, sharply tailored runway collection which also included extended sizes. Meanwhile, her colour palette ranged from sweet baby blue to metallics to plenty of demure black and white. Knee-high white pleather boots made a statement paired with wide-legged trousers, while white dress shirt collars delivered a schoolgirl charm with a contemporary, office-ready twist.
Farley Chatto: Despite taking place at Yorkville’s Fashion House space, Toronto furrier and couture designer Farley Chatto presented a luxurious collection inspired by the glamour of the 1920s in Shanghai. Appropriately titled Shanghai FoxTrot 40, the sumptuous Asian inspired collection brought us red lace, dresses accented with fringe and a vintage approach to fur. From knee-length fur coats accessorized with decorative black fascinators as a choice of headwear, to Mandarin collars, the collections brought audiences to a beautiful bygone era in a faraway land.
Adrian Arnieri: The Ryerson University School of Fashion design graduate has cited 1990s pop icons the Spice Girls as some of his inspirations, which certainly made sense for this latest collection. Arnieri’s eponymous label brought a glittering, free-spirited party to the packed crowds on opening night. Models strut up and down the catwalk wearing curve-hugging bodysuits, plush furry coats in neon blue and pink and shimmering sequins. Staying true to the Spice Girl signature aesthetic, a fringed, embellished strapless minidress emblazoned with the British Union Jack motif made a strong concluding statement. Overall, there was no denying that the ’90s were in the air- back with all of their sass and girl power, even if just for this one moment on the runway.