Toronto Fashion Week (TFW) has come and gone, but in its wake lies truly satisfied trendsetters. With Spring/Summer 2019 comes bold and bright pops of colour, casual and cool silhouettes, and enough intricate details to last you through the warmer months. And while Spring/Summer of 2018 is coming to a close, View the VIBE had a chance to get up close and personal with next year’s collections, and bring you some of the trends you have to look forward to in the new year.
On Day 1 we saw collections from Mikhael Kale, Mani Jassal, Narces, Christopher Bates, Sid Neigum, and a handful of other fabulous Canadian designers. Mikhael Kale kicks off this year’s lineup by showcasing his work at The Royal Ontario Museum, exhibiting the looks among a backdrop of fantastic dinosaur fossils in the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs. Think cool toned tartans, dynamic ruffle silhouettes, and dramatic cutouts showing off intricate details underneath.
Some other major trends that were spotted in Day 1 collections were Indian-esque vibes with elegantly embroidered flowy maxi skirts, plunging necklines scattered with fun floral appliques, playful patterned 2-piece sets, and Christopher Bates reminds us of the pristine power of a perfectly put-together blazer T-shirt combo.
To round out Day 1, Sid Neigum shows off his S/S19 collection in the parkade of Yorkville Village (shown above). Models decked out in strong structured shoulders, asymmetrical shapes, and futuristically sheer gowns, stomp down the concrete runway of Parking Level 2.
Day 2 brought us works from the likes of Hilary MacMillan, Tara Rivas, Hayley Elsaesser, HENDRIXROE, and more! Hayley Elsaesser always manages to deliver explosions of colour, super wearable silhouettes, and this season, funky food inspired patterns. We’re talking fried eggs, cola bottle, ice cream cones, and banana dolphins..? This brand really knows how to show off a crazy imagination, and we expect nothing less!
Also spotted on the runways were smooth and silky slip dresses, Tara Rivas’s party-inspired third birthday collection, and neon coloured outerwear to get you through April’s many showers.
With Day 3 comes Daniel Gregory Natale, WIL STUDIOS, and Pedram Karimi. We loved the vintage denims and oversized silhouettes on the runway with Daniel Gregory Natale, showing us that layering can work for spring and summer too!
WIL STUDIOS – an acronym for ‘What I Like’ – continues on the evening with even more oversized, relax-fit garments in both bright and muted pops of colour. Throwing it back to 90’s street style, the collection expertly balances casual ‘model off duty’ and seasoned ‘I mean business’. And to end the week off with a bang, Pedram Karimi showcases a collection that is a true testament to the unyielding creativity and innovation that we know and love. The message is simple: “don’t crush the caterpillars”, because they will eventually blossom into beautiful, radiant butterflies – as seen in the final two looks on the runway.
That wraps up our TFW S/S19 recap! What were some of your favourite trends from this season’s runways? Share them with us in the comments, on social using #TorontoVIBE, or shoot me an email, and be sure to check out clips from the runway on Toronto Fashion Week’s Facebook page.