Beach trips and the twinkling sound of the ice cream truck may now seem distant memories – but we got a dose of summer love when Canadian summer/spring '15 collections landed in Toronto at the WMCFW tent. High-buzz debut designers (hello Hayley Elsaesser) and veteran red carpet faves (looking at you Mikhael Kale) made it one of the strongest season's to date and a reason for fashion watchers to get excited for upcoming shopping months – go Canada! It was a tough job, but here is our roundup of the 10 most noteworthy moments:
From paisley prints to wide leg silhouettes, there is no mistaking the 70s vibe at Kim Newport-Mimran's show. Our biggest takeaway: fringe is in and need that wrap pronto!
Joe Mimran proved – for approximately the 100th time – why he is one of the savviest in the fashion game. Forgoing a runway show altogether, the orange label instead treated lucky guests to a swanky party and DJ set by fashion favourite Solange Knowles – who set bulbs flashing in a Joe Fresh outfit – natch. We still haven't lost our post party glow (nor fully recovered from a late Monday night). How does one follow up? If you're listening Joe, we suggest a SolangexJoe Fresh collab!
The fashion set came out in full force to support this homegrown talent (and make a shopping list). Exquisite craftsmanship, edgy yet feminine style – Mr. Kale, you had us at "hello".
Sid Neigum [N-'I'-gum]. Remember the name, because if you haven't already heard of the season's Mercedes-Benz Start Up competition winner, you're going to a lot more after WMCFW. His modular origami-inspired collection already dazzles us, what he'll do with his $30,000 cash prize and industry mentorship intrigues. Can. Not. Wait.
Her collection is kooky, playful, energetic and possibly the most fun show we've seen. It's not for everyone, but it makes a statement (of the best kind) for cool kids with the chutzpah to pull it off. Miley Cyrus needs to know about this line and we think the Beckerman's would be brilliant in it.
The crowd favourite transformed the showroom into an electric avenue with florescent lightbulbs lining the runway. The unfortunate volunteers left to guard said floor-bulbs from high heeled enthusiasts in search of their seats in dim light may disagree (as chaotic as the sentence reads), but it was one of the best moments of the week. Bold brights (fuchsia, cobalt and lemon, thank you), perforated leather and relaxed fits – we're thrilled to see the sport utility trend continue into 2015, especially done Mackage style.
Minnie Mouse Presentation
Each designer from the Mercedes-Benz Start Up competition was invited to create an ensemble inspired by everyone's favourite fashionable mouse. Alongside Disney Brand Ambassadors Sam & Calli Beckerman and Disney execs, Afiya was honoured to sit as a judge in the competition. It was one thing to see the pieces on mannequin earlier in the day but to watch them come to life on model was magical. Eliza Faulkner, Laura Siegel, Valerie Tolila of Vaiken, Chloe & Parris Gordon of Beaufille, BLAK.I each knocked it out of the park with their interpretation but it was Sid Neigum's dress made of 1928 laser cut nylon minnie mouse shapes that earned him the mouse ears crown.
Adorable kids, Bullseye the dog, confetti and skipping, it was certainly the cutest show of the season. The stylish looks were pretty much a (welcome) bonus.
The unexplored & imaginary deep sea was the inspiration behind the designer's scuba-like dresses and bold palette. We dig it.
To sit alongside fellow panelists Tracy Moore, Grace Lee (Maybelline, WMCFW Lead Makeup Artist), Cindy (Redken, WMCFW Lead Hair Stylist), actress Lauren Conrad – Saturday was an especially exciting day at The Style House. Afiya had a ball chatting about the looks from each of the five showcased designers (Hilary MacMillan, Hayley Elsaesser, Elan + Castor, Christopher Bates, Matthew Gallagher), getting a backstage peek at the pre-show frenetic activity and chatting with audience members and The Style House fans!