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Fashion Week: Trends to love (or hate)

- October 19th, 2011

Fashion Week may have felt like it launched in shaky waters, but by the second day it was smooth sailing – shows were on time, everyone knew where they were supposed to be, and collections felt fresh and sprightly.*

*making those of us jerky enough to complain about day one feel, well, jerky.

After just two days of style mania, a few new trends have emerged – but like any change, there’s the good with not-as-good.

Trends to love (or hate):

White pants

Looks from Chloe commes Parris and Joeffer Caoc. (Mark O'Neill/QMI AGENCY)

Looks from Chloe commes Parris and Joeffer Caoc. (Mark O'Neill/QMI AGENCY)

Seen at: Chloe commes Parris, Joeffer Caoc.

Love it: Everyone can feel a bit chi-chi in light coloured pants. The daring look, which is often reserved for designer labels, will be available in all price ranges come spring (we’ve already seen some in Jay Manual’s Attitude for Sears line).

Hate it: Unless you’ve got killer pins, white skinnies will be hard to pull off (even with heels), and once you spill coffee on ‘em, that’s it.

Wear it: The safest bet is a loose-fit, long slack with a slight flare below the knee over a pair of wedges. Women with curvy hips should stay away from front pockets and those who want to feel bootylicious can go for flap pockets in the back.

Peplums

A look from Arthur Mendonca. (Mark O'Neill/QMI AGENCY)

A look from Arthur Mendonca. (Mark O'Neill/QMI AGENCY)

Seen at: LOVAS by Wesley Badanjak, Arthur Mendonca.

Love it: They remind us of the darling little frocks our mothers dressed us up in when we were eight.

Hate it: They remind us of the darling little frocks our mothers dressed us up in when we were eight.

Wear it: Keep the frills from looking childish by wearing them at the hem of sleek blazers (like in one gorgeous LOVAS black suit) or over the hips of a sexy dress (as Arthur Medonca pulled off with a gold sheath).

Florals

Looks from Denis Gagnon and Cassie Dee. (Mark O'Neill/QMI AGENCY)

Looks from Denis Gagnon and Cassie Dee. (Mark O'Neill/QMI AGENCY)

Seen at: Denis Gagnon (during the Holt Renfrew show), Cassie Dee (during the Mercedes-Benz start-up show).

Love it: After an emergence of menswear-inspired pieces (remember the boyfriend jacket?) , florals of all palettes and patterns speak to our sometimes forgotten feminine side.

Hate it: Girlish items may be difficult to fit into an austere wardrobe.

Wear it: If “dainty” isn’t your thing, try out a scarf with abstract florals or go with a tribal pattern instead. Fortunately, not every flower needs to be pink – black and navy florals with pops of green and blue are edgy and womanly.

Check out floral and print looks from international fashion weeks in our Toronto Fashion Week preview video.

Crop tops

Looks from Jay Manuel Attitude for Sears and Triarchy. (Mark O'Neill/QMI AGENCY)

Looks from Jay Manuel Attitude for Sears and Triarchy. (Mark O'Neill/QMI AGENCY)

Seen at: Jay Manuel Attitude for Sears, Travis Taddeo (during the Mercedes-Benz start-up show).

Love it: The ’90s are back, and for anyone who’s felt overwhelmed by the patterned, ruffled, neon ’80s madness of the last few years (ahem), minimalism is a relief – even it if bares midriffs.

Hate it: They can be tough to stomach, so to speak.

Wear it: Cropped doesn’t necessarily mean belly-baring. Mitigate the fiesty look with a long sleeve crew-or boatneck sweater over  a camisole and high-waisted trousers.

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2 comments

  1. Laura G. O'Connell | October 23, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Why does there NEVER seem to be a fashion show for those who wear the PLUS-sized clothing? Although some of these items would look fine on my sized 1 daughter, they would look ridiculous on someone like me. I am sure that I am not alone in my thinking. With what I read in all the news articles about obese and over-weight people, surely there are designers out there who would LOVE to profit from our money as well. Is anyone listening?

  2. Patricia Dafoe | October 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Why do designers think ladies stop buying fashion after 30? I am a fifty something woman who enjoys fashion, is in reasonably good shape and absolutely queasy looking at the pictures of the new trends.. any designers out there who take ladies like me into consideration?

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