Kate - March 22nd, 2012
Fashion Week from an editor’s point-of-view: My semi-annual numerical round-up of World MasterCard Fashion Week and off-site shows that bookended the event.
35.5 – Hours of work, outside of my regular gig.
30 – Runway shows over five days at World MasterCard Fashion Week.
26 – Seasons of Toronto Fashion Week (it’s official name changes with major sponsorships. ie. last fall I attended LG Fashion Week.)
19 – World MasterCard Fashion Week shows I attended.
11 – Cups of coffee, including two venti Starbucks, which should count for about three each.
10 – Whole grain, fig and fruit and nut bar-based dinners.
Off-site fashion: Lucian Matis, Jean-Pierre Braganza and LOVAS (one of my favourite dresses). (Magnet Creative, Dave Abel/QMI AGENCY, Brill Communications)
Kate - 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):
Looks from Chloe commes Parris and Joeffer Caoc. (Mark O'Neill/QMI AGENCY)
Seen at: Chloe commes Parris, Joeffer Caoc. Read more…
Kate - March 30th, 2011
Toronto Fashion Week‘s second day was a lesson in contradictions, both between designer collections and within different lines’ aesthetics.
Switching gears was rather wearing on our day of eight shows; we saw everything from sexy swimwear to masterful art as fashion to home decor (yes, really). By the sixth display, the second had felt like it happened a day earlier.
Punches of colour at the Denis Gagnon show. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)
First up, Montreal-based Denis Gagnon showed his surprisingly wearable and architecturally stunning fall line. Rumour has it Gagnon came to Toronto with a key aim to sell his creations (the theme of the week is “The Business of Fashion,” after all), unfortunately, with a 1 p.m. time slot, the bleachers were less than half-full – which was a real shame, as he’s considered by many in the industry as one of Canada’s most innovative designers, if not the best.
A friend on the front row said that when Gagnon showed the same collection in Montreal “you couldn’t fit another person in the room.” Read more…
Kate - October 21st, 2010
With two designers debuting shows in Toronto, a “Hamptons garden party,” and a forward-feeling show from Joe Fresh, Wednesday was all about new beginnings at Toronto Fashion Week.
Elusive cupcakes, left, and a lovely coral frock, far right, at the House of Groves viewing. (Jack Boland/QMI Agency)
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