By: Fatima Syed
In true show-stopping fashion, the final day of Toronto Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020 delivered the celebration that the city’s fashion community was hoping for. The runways were resplendent with pomp and circumstance, as sequins, statement outerwear and rich hues all made a dramatic statement. Thanks to the team at rock-it promotions who invited inFATuated Blog to cover the shows as media, we were once again able to witness the latest from leading and emerging Canadian designers. Here’s our runway roundup of Day 3 of the Toronto Fashion Week shows.
Lesley Hampton: Known for her dedication to body positivity and diversity and also for drawing inspiration from her First Nations heritage, Lesley Hampton has become a Fashion Week fixture in the past couple of seasons. The rapidly rising Toronto designer showcased a series of her signature striking eveningwear frocks, including this wearable art copper dress which was created with authentic copper sheeting. Models of various shapes and sizes graced the runway, while dresses were adorned with pleated skirts, off-the-shoulder necklines and plunging V-necklines for a variety of looks.
Trigère: Founded by French designer Pauline Trigère in 1942, this iconic New York City-based fashion house is hardly the new kid on the street style block. Although powerhouse Trigère passed away at age 93 in 2002, Montreal-born designer Franklin Benjamin Elman brought the label back to life with a contemporary update and relaunch in 2018. This Toronto Fashion Week season, Elman presented his latest collection at the Royal Ontario Museum. Vibrant shades of violet were a key colour, with long patterned coats in shades of cream, gold and black effortlessly layered over.
Christopher Bates: The Vancouver-born menswear designer, who was trained in Milan and is now based in the Italian fashion capital, proved that his international style is perfectly at home on the Canadian runways. Staying true to his passion for sharp tailoring, his crisp white belted jacket seized our attention. Meanwhile, skinny black trousers were paired with white sneakers, fitted pinstriped blazers were a dashing look and a metallic zip-up jacket introduced rock and roll charm to an otherwise classic men’s collection.