- Text by Kate Kennedy, QMI AGENCY
Toronto runway highlights and trends at World MasterCard Fashion Week as well as “renegade” fashion shows that happened in March. (QMI AGENCY) The makeup and hair looks throughout Toronto Fashion Week ran the gamut from edgy and goth-inspired to minimal and androgynous to soft and sweet. Despite the variety, there were definite trends established amongst the gallery of shows. While World MasterCard Fashion Week descended on Toronto, Business Review Canada has decided to take a look at the Canadian haute couture clothing companies that bring high fashion to the masses and even surprising styles of clothing such as jackets or yoga pants were some of the featured new elements at the fashion shows. Vancouver Fashion Week Various venues While still a lower-key event than Toronto’s, Vancouver Fashion Week’s glam factor is on the rise, with a gala at the Opus Hotel, and runway shows at the Chinese Cultural Center showcasing collections – – View Gallery of Photos from Toronto shows.
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Rad Hourani says, “is someone who does not follow a trend.”
Fashion Week Toronto: After leaving Montreal for Paris six years years ago to launch his eponymous couture collection label, designer Rad Hourani is heading back to Canada on Friday to make his Canadian fashion week runway debut with his fifth collection of ready-to-wear line RAD at Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week. As part of the runway presentation, Hourani will also debut his new short film Five Years of Rad Hourani as the show’s opener, documenting designer Rad Hourani inspirations as he celebrates his fifth year in the cutthroat industry. “I’m inspired by the idea of creating something that can’t be defined by a limited category and things that have no reference from the past,” says the Jordan-born Rad Hourani, who moved to Montreal at 16 before leaving for Paris in Continue reading
Toronto Fashion Week: Joe Fresh delivers a slinky sixties sex kitten vibe: Before the big names light up David Pecaut Square at Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week later this week, it’s time for the new names to shine. Day 2 in Toronto was filled with strong fashion showings from the country’s most promising young up-starts, where labels from Toronto’s sister act Chloe Comme Parris and Montreal duo Martin Lim, among others, commanded the runway with their Toronto fall 2012 fashion week collections ‘Ain’t nobody dope as me, I’m just so fresh and so clean’ – so sang Atlanta hip-hoppers Outkast on a record spun by a rather exuberant DJ before the packed Joe Fresh fashion show on Wednesday evening. Its buzz grows every season, so Joe Mimran’s line of grocery-store couture clothing line had a lot to live up to. Luckily, the fashion week show, spurred by a slinky sixties sex kitten vibe, delivered something, yes, fresh in Toronto this time. – – ©ourtesy of Tiyana grulovic @ theglobeandmail.com
Despite the usual Toronto Fashion Week wall-to-wall crowds, the start of Toronto World MasterCard Fashion Week is generally a slow burn, with things not getting properly fired up until at least day 2. However, the parade of the Toronto fall/winter 2012 fashion