Last week I attended World Master Card Fashion week in Toronto, where Canadian designers unveiled their Spring/Summer 2016 collection. There were some standout collections, jaw dropping pieces and a mix of contemporary classics which I believe is true to Toronto’s evolving style.
The highlights for me were Mikhael Kale, Sid Neigum, UNTTLD and Rachel Sin.
Mikhael Kale is known for his conceptual approach to fashion with attention to detail, craftsmanship and tailoring. I can tell you that the attention to detail wasn’t spared. From the 3D embellishments, daring cut outs, plasticine doll like models and ear candy (the music was so dope) on the runway – this show was perfection. The collection although utterly feminine, has elements of rebellion. No wonder some of his A list clientele includes Beyonce, Ciara and Priyanka Chopra to name a few.
Canadian born designer, now residing in New York, brings New York inspiration to Toronto’s runway. Recipient of the Mercedes Benz Start Up Award in 2014, he doesn’t disappoint. True to New York style, regardless of the season, monochrome patterns – basics such as black, white, grey and navy blue are always in style. He instead chooses to showcase his creativity and set trends with the androgynous geometric shapes that bring his garments to life.
Winner of this year Mercedes Benz Start Up Award which showcases top emerging Canadian designers, Montreal based designer UNTTLD, is a luxury line that reflects a sense of masculine femininity and timeless elegance, focusing on fine fabrics and the perfect fit. Although being emerging, this collection looked complete as ever. The craftmanship, quality of fabrics used and subtle details – The Emerging Designer Award was a well deserved win and they are definitely a Canadian designer to watch for.
Rachel Sin, architect turned fashion designer creates clothes for the creative professional. Unlike most clothes on the runway, her collection is very wearable. As a working woman, corporate attire can get very boring with the same patterns and silhouettes. Rachel Sin fills that gap by having intresting yet appropriate silhouettes for the office. Her SS16 collection showcased pencil skirts, playful hemlines, tactful cutouts, jumpsuits and fun, bold colours that would compliment any skin tone – far from typical corporate boring.
Despite seeing over a dozen collections, there were definitely trends consistent across the collections. Some of the key trends I saw for Spring/Summer 2016 were as follows.
Many designers let the garment’s structure and design speak for itself over patterns and/or designs on the fabric. There were a lot of neutrals and solid colours on the runway.
With the latest craze in 3-D printing, you’re seeing more designers forgo patterns and apply 3-D embellishments to the garment – giving the term “bringing the garment to life” a whole new meaning.
Androgynous silhouettes are more prevalent than ever. Shying away from the typical pencil skirt and tight dresses, you’re seeing oversized jackets, structured blouses and looser fits, redefining what women’s clothing should look like.
If it isn’t monochrome, one pattern that is definitely on trend is floral. Floral was big in Stephen Caras, Narces, Mikhael D and Mikael Kale’s collections.
2 PIECE FORMAL WEAR
Inspired by the iconic design of the Indian garment, the lengha, you’re seeing more and more designers moving away from the traditional one-piece and designing 2-piece formal wear.
LIGHT WEIGHT LEATHER/SUEDE
Leather has often been considered a fall/winter textile, but this past fashion week proved different. Designers such as Mackage, Hong Ki Young and Beaufille experimented with leather and suede and showcased its versatility for Spring.
All images courtesy of Photographer Anushila Shaw.