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TW Toronto Women's Fashion Week

TW Toronto Women's Fashion Week

Photo credit: Lénaïc Mercier

Photo credit: Lénaïc Mercier

TW Toronto Women's Fashion Week, produced by TOM* (the organization that brings us Toronto Men's Fashion Week, showcasing Canadian menswear designers) took place immediately following the FW17 menswear runway collections. Producing a separate week for womenswear is a first for TOM* and it was a huge success, due in part I'm sure to their experience at putting on menswear shows since 2014. TW was held at the same venue as TOM*, the Waterworks building at 505 Richmond St. W, with a few minor changes to the decor and new sponsors. It was a fun week of back-to-back shows featuring the upcoming fall/winter collections from Canada's talented designers, and catching up with fashionable industry members and friends between runway shows. Here's a brief recap of the women's designers and highlights from favourite shows. 

SHELLI OH

Shelli Oh debuted her FW17 menswear collection during TOM* and it was fantastic, so I had a feeling I was going to love her womenswear collection. I just didn't know how much I was going to love it! So many classic pieces that can easily fit into an existing wardrobe, with pieces that would suit the office or an evening out. The collection had a Victorian-era flair to it without looking dated. The models walked at an ultra-slow pace, it helped you get a really good look at the details on each piece. 

DAVID DIXON

Photography by Che Rosales for TW

David Dixon is a real class act. His collections never fail to disappoint, his pieces are always classy and elegant, delicate and sophisticated. The show started with all white ensembles, followed by solid navy looks, and ended with floral and geometric patterns. The collection was presented by Picadilly Canada. 

RACHEL SIN

Photography by Che Rosales for TW

Rachel Sin designs clothing for the creative professional. Her pieces have a youthful, sexy vibe that can take the wearer from day to night. 

EVAN BIDDELL

Photo credit: Lénaïc Mercier

Photo credit: Lénaïc Mercier

Presented by Value Village, Evan Biddell's collection was the result of "The 81lb Challenge" where he was tasked to produced a collection using only used and upcycled clothing. The significance of the challenge is to bring awareness to the statistic that the average North American discards 81 pounds of textiles into landfill each year. Evan managed to create a stylish collection using repurposed leather (fringe was in abundance!), furs and suedes. 

STEPHAN CARAS

Photo credit: Lénaïc Mercier

The Stephan Caras show was amazing. So many great pieces in his FW2017 collection, I want all of them! Lots of lovely sheers and sequins, gorgeous and intricate brocade skirts, and that show-stopping horsehair-hemmed dress that ended the show! 

HENDRIXROE

Photo credit: Lénaïc Mercier

Designer Jordan Erin McKay debuted her fall/winter menswear collection for HENDRIXROE at TOM* and it was wild, so I was especially looking forward to seeing what was in store for her women's collection. It was incredible! Jordan combines rock & roll with old Hollywood glamour (her fashion label takes its name from rock icon Jimi Hendrix and actress Marilyn Monroe) and this collection was true to these inspirational legends. Loved all the bold metallic jackets, and the show itself was a ton of fun, featuring a great mix of rock tunes and models who were clearly having a great time walking the runway. 

MIKAEL D

Mikael D's FW2017 runway show ended the week on a high note. The collection brought the Roaring Twenties into the modern era, full of glitz and glam. The mood was further set by the elegant hairstyles on the models and jazzy piano tunes they walked on the runway to. 

Stay tuned for upcoming features on the designers that presented their collections. Also, did the photos credited to Lénaïc Mercier catch your attention? We interviewed this talented photographer for an upcoming We Want To Know feature, you won't want to miss that so check back soon. 

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We Want To Know: Lénaïc Mercier

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TOM*FW - Toronto Men's Fashion Week

TOM*FW - Toronto Men's Fashion Week