Toronto World MasterCard Fashion Week Day 2

Day two was an exciting one! Front row at Thomas Bálint, new talent at the Mercedes Benz Start Up presentations, and a much needed bourbon-spiked cider cocktail at the Ritz Carleton’s VIP bar and lounge above all the fashion frenzy. It was also a real treat and honour to see famed Canadian designer David Dixon debut his White Label collection, a bridal collection designed for New York favourite Kleinfeld’s at Hudson’s Bay. There were many other supremely cool collections too; see my run down below.

HD Homme
HD Homme specializes in custom and ready to wear men’s clothing, specifically evening wear.  It was created as a line that would distinguish itself as the epitome of sophistication – a line that embodies everything a man should be; strong and classy, a man who appreciates standing out from the crowd but who does so with refinement and etiquette.

Music: House music that could mix well into the club scene, yet was low key enough to seem lounge-y
Mood: Sophisticated, distinguished, posh
Makeup: The male models were either clean shaven or had neatly trimmed beards – no scruff in sight
Hair: Combed back but maintained natural texture and volume; longer haired dudes rocked a low, neatly looped bun
Colours: Lots of classic black and white combos; a sprinkling of jewel toned velvet smoking jackets
Textures and Textiles: Luxurious cottons, high shine fabrics and velvet; details featuring sequins and leather; velvet detailing like a subtle floral or squiggly tone-on-tone pattern
Patterns: Mostly solids, but peeks of polka dots were spotted and an abstract, artsy floral print made a punchy statement on a jacket
Favourite Look: Leather-looking blazer with all-over tiny perforations
Overall Feel: Very Tom Ford; Tuxedo-y pieces felt modern and sharp

Photo courtesy of George Pimentel / Getty Images

Photo courtesy of George Pimentel / Getty Images

Thomas Bálint
Thomas Bálint is at the forefront of the burgeoning European underground fashion movement. His fall/winter 2014 collection evokes a wistful desire to return to the past. For inspiration the designer turns to his grandparents who worked as tailors in Budapest, appropriating their designs and bringing them into this millennium.

Music: French synth, alternative rock with a psychedelic undertone
Mood: Cooler than you hipsters
Makeup: The one female model’s eyes were ringed in black eyeliner and sported an otherwise bare face
Hair: Super natural in texture and style – no accessories, pins or elastics in sight
Models: A mishmash of heights and looks
Colours: All shades of grey, black, chocolate brown
Textures and Textiles: Simply structured cottons, a few velvet pieces thrown in
Patterns: Really small scale houndstooth, unevenly artsy stripes
Favourite Look: Super soft looking, super deep V-necked slouchy black tee topped with a black suede jacket
Overall Feel: Minimal hipster

Front Row View! Photo courtesy of my handsome fashion king fiancé and co-founder Travis Wice

Front Row View! Photo courtesy of my handsome fashion king fiancé and co-founder Travis Wice

Laura Siegel
This line pays homage to the origins of quilting, which can be traced back to Mongolian craft and tradition. Laura Siegel modernized the age old craft by applying quilting practices to leather and silks.  Colours for the fall/winter 2014 season include deep, rich browns, medium to dark greens and warm creams. Heavier outerwear pieces are softened with hand knit suede, wool and cotton textiles. You can also see Siegel’s characteristic features of soft draping, funnel necks and chunky knits. The craft of Kantha embroidery was utilized by implementing smaller geometric embroidered shapes onto larger surface areas.

Music: Personal favourites like Lykke Li and Tourist’s hit, Your Girl
Mood: Romantic – the studio was strew with candles that emitted a soft glow; uptown luxury meets downtown cool
Makeup: Bare-faced beauties let the collection do the talking
Hair: Hung in long, loose waves
Models: Sat or stood and posed on each side of the runway after their walk, rotating and letting us really get a good look at the pieces. Most models’ look was topped with a floppy black hat that scored extra style points
Colours: Rich browns and creams, soft, grey-greens with a few pops of teal
Textures and Textiles: Suede, loose knits, wool
Patterns: Subtle splashes of tie-dye, texture that looked liked like a geometrically intricate pattern
Favourite Look: The huge wool scarves casually draped around models’ necks and the aforementioned geometrically textured pants
Overall Feel: Lots of layering and oversized pieces felt ultra cool and very now

 Photo courtesy of George Pimentel / Getty Images

Photo courtesy of George Pimentel / Getty Images

Matière Noire
Mercedes-Benz Start Up, Canada’s premiere program to discover and mentor emerging fashion designers, will host its third annual runway show featuring the fall/winter 2014 collections from this year’s Awarded Designers Malorie Urbanovitch and Cécile Raizonville of Matière Noire.

Music: Celestial, new age electronica
Mood: Dramatic, dark, deep
Makeup: Coppery; applied with a light touch
Hair: two low pigtails twisted around and back up to form 4” cylindrical, rectangular buns
Models: Two stood perched on raised blocks on the runway prior to the show, incredibly still and setting the inky tone. They stomped down the runway with sombre-faced stares, elevating the drama
Colours: Lots of black with a few strikes of cobalt blue and navy
Textures and Textiles: Heavy-looking wools and cottons
Patterns: slashes of an Ikat-esque print on an otherwise solid collection
Favourite Look: An elbow-length stiff and volumized black top with a large image of the moon
Overall Feel: Don’t fuck with me futuristic

Photo courtesy of George Pimentel / Getty Images

Photo courtesy of George Pimentel / Getty Images

Malorie Urbanovitch
Mercedes-Benz Start Up, Canada’s premiere program to discover and mentor emerging fashion designers, will host its third annual runway show featuring the fall/winter 2014 collections from this year’s Awarded Designers Malorie Urbanovitch and Cécile Raizonville of Matière Noire.

Music: Easy and lounge-y
Mood: Laid-back professional
Makeup: Contouring at its finest with a pop of coppery-orange smudged around the eyes
Hair: Side parted with one side pushed back
Models: Looked chic and business cool with knee-high wool socks and shoulder bags
Colours: Powder blue, pea yellow-green, lavender-grey
Textures and Textiles: Knit, wool, cashmere, suede, silk
Patterns: All solids except two skirts featuring an oversized plaid pattern
Favourite Look: An oversized hand woven wool blanket coat
Overall Feel: What all stylish professionals should be dressing like

Photo courtesy of George Pimentel / Getty Images

Photo courtesy of George Pimentel / Getty Images

Melissa Nepton
Montreal-based designer Mélissa Nepton’s fall/winter 2014 collection will showcase feminine and luxurious looks with a sporty undertone.

Music: Piano beats mixed with base
Mood: Luxurious and feminine with sporty touches
Makeup: Dewy and fresh faced
Hair: Wet and combed back, with some girls sporting a small, single braid
Models: Laid-back cool, exemplified by their sneaker wedges
Colours: Cream, soft pink, gold, minty-blue
Textures and Textiles:  Gilded, shimmery gold – when layered on top of the soft pink, was reminiscent of a shell; leather, soft, fuzzy wool, cushiony quilting, accents of fringe
Patterns: Graphic, geometric triangles; tone-on-tone allover prints
Favourite Look: A silky-looking soft pink baseball shirt with cream-coloured, quilted, plushy sleeves; a black fur cross body bag with a thin, simple leather strap
Overall Feel: Stylish separates that can be mixed and matched made for an easy to wear transitional collection that had a touch of sex appeal with the addition of a few pieces with ultra deep V’s and open-backed tops

Photo courtesy of George Pimentel / Getty Images

Photo courtesy of George Pimentel / Getty Images

David Dixon White Label (for Kleinfeld at Hudson’s Bay)
Toronto-based designer David Dixon remains true to his vision and focuses on women’s contemporary eveningwear and event dressing with his fall/winter 2014 collection. All of Dixon’s designs are manufactured in Canada, utilizing the best of imported fabrics sourced throughout the globe with the overriding theme of luxury.

Music: Church-like mashed-up with house
Mood: Elevated elegance, joyous
Makeup: Pink lips and a seriously subtle silvery shimmer on the eyes
Hair: Sleek, low buns with a side part
Models: Delicate, heavenly, a relaxed smile; gobs of gorgeous, sparkly jewellery dripped off their ears and necks
Colours: White, soft pink
Textures and Textiles: Silk organza, Chantilly lace, silk chiffon, embroidered French lace, appliqued tulle; textural standouts were they eye-catchingly dazzling embellishments
Patterns: Solids
Favourite Look: Corset-style bodice with a billowing, multi-layered skirt with a sheer overlay and satin ribbon detailing
Overall Feel: Not a princess dress in sight meant modern, stylish, gorgeous dresses stole the show

Photo courtesy of George Pimentel / Getty Images

Photo courtesy of George Pimentel / Getty Images