With the elimination of the smaller studio runway in favour of the exclusive use of the main runway at Toronto Fashion Week this season, some designers find themselves graduating to a larger stage. The move is quite appropriate for one designer, Malorie Urbanovitch, as her label is making a big move – being sold in Simons stores nationally in 2016. As for FW2016, Urbanovitch showed a soft and pretty colour palette plucked from nature, in fluid silhouettes cinched with double-ring soft belts. Her signature knitwear and leather were shown as well, alongside a strong denim presence.
Toronto Fashion Week mainstay Bustle showed next, introducing their kids line “Bustle Sprouts”. Designers Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow presented their brand of menswear with a twist, but the runway was stolen when the munchkin models sauntered out in the coolest tracksuits with the best mop-top hair.
New to the Toronto Fashion Week runway was S Ø S K E N Studios. Veteran designer Marisa Minicucci debuted the most beautiful line of polished outerwear with clever twists, like elbow venting and scrunched sleeves, that made her designs timeless but fresh. The accessories were compelling as well, with interesting harness belts and fur mufflers worn over the shoulders standing out.
Last for day two was the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Start Up winners UNTTLD. Collaborating designers José Manuel St-Jacques and Simon Bélanger showed a strong, dark collection inspired by a Renaissance era royal court, where the queen was clearly the final look – an impressive and surprisingly wearable dress made of glittering chains. In the tradition of Mercedes-Benz Start Up alumni, we expect great things from this label.
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