Day 2 – Toronto Fashion Week AW16
We’ve compiled a sizzle reel of the hottest designers that hit the runway at Toronto Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter 2016 shows at David Pecaut Square. To experience this homage to Canadian fashion, join us at the tents all week on our Twitter and Instagram.
House of Knot
Back in Toronto with a fitting new name, House of Knot (formerly SS&Co) created a cohesive collection that proved cosy knits can be comfortable AND elegant. Katherine’s high-fashion knitwear line plays with proportion and texture, skillfully weaving garments that defy your notions of what a knitted garment looks like. The presentation opened with the show-stopping knit jumper from her last collection [at Fashion Art Toronto 2015] followed by layered tulle dress decorated with multi-coloured pom-poms that was reminiscent of a simpler variation also from the previous collection. House of Knot’s AW16 show was a medley of feminine designs that effortlessly combined sensual dressing with sophisticated style.
Ronald Tam promised us #allblackeverything and he delivered! The dark collection offers the refined rebel an edgy array of urban wear that fits every life moment. His signature texture blocking and panel details were a medley of monochromatic luxury. Unexpected details and adventurous elements popped but were subtle enough to be easily wearable. Check out our designer profile with VANDAL Goods designer Ronald Tam HERE.
Toronto Fashion Week newcomer WRKDEPT presented their AW16 collection to an enthralled audience. The cohesive, gender-neutral line was a minimalist’s dream. The rich fall color palette was executed in luxurious textures with a strong structure that lent a refined aesthetic. We were head-over-heels for the architectural elements of the minimal wood and leather accessories. Raw wooden necklaces hung at models’ necks by a strap of leather while on their backs were suspended dark denim and leather backpacks. But seriously, we need ALL the bags!!!
The fog rolled in and our breath caught as the first model brought light down the runway. The large collection by design duo extraordinaire Josè Manuel St-Jacques and Simon Bèlanger gave us chills. Hot off their Mercedes Benz Start-Up and Star Wars competition win last season, UNTTLD have made full use of the opportunity and proved they are destined for stardom. They described the show as “a parade of characters from a Renaissance sovereign’s court… an intimate collection where intrigue reigns and conquers all.” The #Gothswag collection has definitely made our list as one this week’s hottest shows.
Day 2 has already knocked our socks off (as did the shows on Day 1 that we went to), and we are so excited to see what the rest of the week has in store. Stay tuned each day for our sizzler reel featuring the designers that you need to stalk NOW!
Article and photography by Anna Crooke