Make Canoe my Homepage

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. Read more…

Fashion Week: mish mash

- 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)

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…