Design duo Helder Diego kicked off our third day of Toronto Fashion week, with a FW2016 collection of elevated ’90’s glam. A soundtrack of The Cranberries, Garbage and Portishead got us into the ’90’s mood, as did the Doc Martens on the model’s feet, but Helder Diego balanced the grunge factor with clean, sophisticated silhouettes and a sweet soft pink woven throughout the collection.
Hilary MacMillan has relaunched her line as 100% cruelty-free – she has completely eliminated fur, leather and feathers from her designs. Love was the central theme of her FW2016 collection, with a watercolour lip print as the line’s centre piece this season.
David Dixon’s FW2016 was also motivated by love – for his late sister who battled cancer, and for all of the strong women in his life who inspire his designs. This love of feminine strength translated to designs that mixed pretty with punk – florals with stud accents, frothy skirts with crisp structured tops.
Capping off Toronto Fashion Week day three was one of the most highly anticipated shows, especially for Fall/Winter: Mackage. In a climate where often your outerwear is your outfit, Mackage brought some new ideas to the traditional jacket: coloured fur lining and trim, a bright red bomber jacket for the guys, a floor-sweeping asymmetric wool coat. The clothes and accessories were on point too – leather overalls, leather leggings with gem-encrusted knees, beautiful knit scarves. We just beat this winter, but facing it again next year suddenly doesn’t seem so bad.
Watch a couple of recap videos from the runway below