The only annoying byproduct of attending Fashion Week is that one has to wait five months to find the yummy new clothes in store – making everything one wears to a show feel rather dull and dated. Last March I couldn’t wait to stomp around in hiking boots and a muted maxi skirt, this week I feel like if it’s not airy and floral, there’s no point in trying it on.
Despite the fact that by the end of the week what’s in our closets is old news, style lovers spend days before the big week planning “look-at-me” outfits for a chance to get noticed (or better yet, Tweeted) for their street style smarts.
Hair: Many ladies steered clear of sheers last summer (yours truly included), as long wavy locks were the style du jour, with high ballerina buns as an alternative look for “day after” hair.
One fashionista wears red lips and bold jewelry front row at Toronto Fashion Week. (Kate Kennedy/QMI AGENCY)
Makeup: Red pouts (from orange to scarlet), pursed on front row patrons’ lips and were often showcased with dark liner and buxom black lashes.
Dress: The most frequently spotted outfit included a once seemingly far-fetched trend: the furry vest.* Whether thigh-skimming or cropped, the touchable topper (which is inherently unflattering, as it disguises the waist) was worn by bloggers and well-known style setting Canadians alike.
Women tended to opt for micro-mini skirts or skinny pants, often in black, and tights were back to matte black, after a couple seasons of wild designs and bold hues. For men, slim dark jeans and check shirts were popular, with a few cute bowties spotted here and there.
*I still owe my editor a dinner for betting that real people would never wear these.
Jewelry: Big and bold was the way to go, especially for bracelets and necklaces, which were piled on to punch up basic black.
Shoes: The style set teetered in platform pumps (again, often in black), which meant those who splashed out in metallic or spiked heels got lots of attention.
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