Eclectic start for World MasterCard Fashion Week 0
A model presents a creation by Korhani Home during World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto, March 12, 2012. (Stan Behal Photo/QMI Agency)
Lucian Matis began the first night of Toronto’s style week with a showing of his richly dark fall/winter 2012-2013 collection under high ceilings and sparkling chandeliers at the Fairmont Royal York – an impactful start, even if it wasn’t officially affiliated with World MasterCard Fashion Week.
Fittingly, the season was nearly all-black for Matis’ black label, with an intricate, loose lace making pencil skirts, blouses, cocktail dresses – even flared pants – statement pieces. In some cases, the intricate pattern was embroidered over a matte black fabric, adding depth to pieces like coats and circle skirts.
But the jaw-dropping aspects of an already resonant show came towards the end with ball gowns that began with lace bodices and grew into beautiful arrays of black plumage saturated with deep teal, greens and red.
Back at the tents in David Pecaut Square, Canadian decor brand Korhani Home began Fashion Week proper with a display of rugs fashioned cleverly into pieces that best show their patterns (and their designers’ skill).
Korhani displayed everything from Neanderthal cloaks to corseted gowns in three distinct themes: Far East influence, European couture and British punk-rock fun – the latter showing brightly-mopped models in head-to-toe houndstooth carrying piglets for the fun of it.
Luxury retailer Holt Renfrew continued the mirthful tone (while adding some prestige) with a tap dancer to open their show, who earned great applause with the audience as he did the splits. Holt’s lineup of capsule collections included some of the True North’s finest: Smythe, Judith and Charles, Lida Baday, Mackage, Dennis Merotto, Line, Twenty Cluny and Jeremy Laing.
Toronto-based Smythe, known internationally for creating the navy blazer Duchess Catherine wore during the Royal Tour, showed slim-fit jackets and long coats in red, green and black, many with large flat pockets, wide lapels, and gold buttons. Twenty Cluny showed an abundance of sparkling, curve-hugging dresses, while Jeremy Laing played with silhouettes in deep muted tones; blouses with tails peaked under boxy car coats.
Luxury retailer Pavoni, with a celebrity following that includes Carrie Underwood and Katy Perry, showed ornate gowns and cocktail dresses, the bulk of which glittered with crystals and consequently looked heavy at times. Many creations were Oscar-worthy – one couldn’t help but picture the red carpet in place of a white runway.
The stunner: An exquisite black strapless gown by Lucian Matis that grew into a feathered train.
You-had-to-be-there moment: When punk rock models carried adorable pot-bellied pigs down the runway . (Some feared a country-themed bonanza when rumours swirled that pigs were in the show.)
The tunes: Holt Renfrew set a spirited-yet-chic tone to the week with their jazzy piano opener.