Day 4 at Toronto Fashion Week saw a varied line up of Spring collections from Malorie Urbanovitch, Hong Kiyoung, and Rudsak.
Check out our recaps of all three shows below.
Established in 2012, Malorie Urbanovitch’s eponymous label is a relative new-comer to the Canadian fashion scene. Regardless, the brand shows real maturity and strength in quality and direction. For Spring 2016, Urbanovitch showed a muted but fresh Spring colour palette of rosey pinks and mossy greens, balanced well with white and black. Simple silhouettes were elevated with fun hand-drawn illustrations and folding and pleating details. Urbanovitch incorporated the knitwear she is known for in Spring appropriate dresses and tanks. The surprise star of the collection were the accessories – bold earrings and handbags with a structured curved handle.
We were excited for Korean luxury street-wear label Hong Kiyoung’s debut on a Toronto runway, and we were not let down. The young designer showed remarkable imagination and humour conveying his Spring 2016 theme “Psycho Delivery Man”, using dusty brown to mimic corrugated boxes and patches to mirror box labels. The use of vivid colour was exciting as well – a saturated melon coat and an entire sharp tangerine look stood out. The shoes and accessories were very strong and wearable, as was a moto jacket silhouette with long zipper pulls. Hong Kiyoung hits the sweet spot that luxury street-wear should – fun and creative, but wearable.
Fresh off opening a landmark location in Toronto’s Eaton Centre, Rudsak showed a splashy Spring 2016 collection at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Inspired by swimmers and the pool, models wearing goggles and leather “pool caps” paraded out a black and white collection punctuated with royal blue and orange, including a cool spray painted print. Naturally, there was lots of leather on the runway – Rudsak is known for it – but stand out pieces included perforated midi skirt and crop top sets, frosted transparent rain slickers, and robe-like drapey overcoats.