The last and final day of Toronto Fashion Week closed with an extravagant presentation from MIKAEL D preceded by shows from 3.PARADIS and Stephan Caras. Check out our recap of each show below.
3.PARADIS is a melding of influences from designers Emeric Tchatchoua and Raymond Cheung respective homes of Paris and Hong Kong, and current shared home of Montreal. The lifestyles and cultures of these places inform the utilitarian aesthetic of 3.PARADIS – zips, buckles and pockets are prominent in the outerwear-focussed Spring 2016 collection. 3.PARADIS is known as a menswear collection, but with designs shown on women this season, the opportunity for this brand to be a strong unisex brand is obvious.
Stephan Caras, with co-designer Kyriako Caras, is a master of celebrating female strength and sensuality. The Spring 2016 collection takes the Stephan Caras woman from a garden party to cocktails to a black tie affair. Stand out looks include a sleek white suit with sheen and an interesting closure, beaded cropped tops matched with full skirts and last – but my favourite – a patchwork sequin mini dress with a peter pan collar.
For MIKAEL D founder and designer Mikael Derderian, fashion roots run deep. From a young age, Derderian worked and studied in his parents workshop where they designed and manufactured children’s clothing. Derderian took this early passion and ran with it, creating an evening brand using luxurious fabrications and detail. For Spring 2016, MIKAEL D has a ethereal vibe with soft pastels, metallics, floral appliqués and lace panelling. Shout out to the trippy light up sculpture on the runway.