For World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015, Vv Magazine’s fashion editor Philip Mak will be giving his daily doling of sartorial sass straight from the catwalks of David Pecaut Square. Like we’d have it any other way, right? Tune in for his take on the Good, the Bad, and the Meh of World MasterCard Fashion Week 2015.
Whether you’re in the office or at World MasterCard Fashion Week, Wednesday still feels like “Hump Day.” With two days of Canadian designers already behind us (see my reviews of Day 1 and Day 2), many a face around the tents appears to be suffering from a little fashion fatigue. Feeling a little “fashion weak,” as the case may be. First world problems.
Day three at World MasterCard Fashion Week started off at the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s Press and Buyer’s Brunch. The two-day event, which bi-annually coincides with fashion week, showcases the best in emerging talent alongside a welcome spread of coffee, breakfast dishes, and more coffee. It’s a great chance for media and retailers to directly interact with designers and their creations. While observing clothing on the catwalks is great, having an actual tactile experience is always preferable. Favourite picks from the day included womenswear designer Christopher Paunil, and Montreal/New York City streetwear brand Caged Collective. Did I mention I had some coffee?
For lovers of street style, this was definitely the day to be at David Pecaut Square. Atelier Wonder and Hayley Elsaesser presented unisex collections that deviated heavily from the WMCFW norm of more traditional high-end womenswear (i.e. that rich white lady style I’m always talking about). Atelier Wonder, featuring a heavy urban/digital influence, large galactic motifs, and use of mixed materials, felt like the New York City club kid scene circa 2007. The Moschino mafia turned out in full dress (read: drag) for Hayley Elsaesser, whose autumn/winter 2015 collection played heavily with her bread and butter of bright, bold patterns on casualwear. Think orange and green zebra print or pink and yellow leopard spots across dungarees. The only thing that rivalled her clothing in excitement was her catwalk soundtrack. The Beegees are always the right choice.
By far, the standout show of day three at World MasterCard Fashion Week was Mackage. Featuring both women’s clothing and menswear, the collection featured heavily in what the brand is know for: leather, outerwear, and all-black-everything. For men, highlights included some beautiful cropped trousers, fitted leather pants, oversized scarves, and a selection of covetable capes. On the ladies’ side, there was heavy use of leather fringe, flared trousers, coats with fur sleeves, asymmetrical panel skirts, and dramatic capes as well.
The Good: Holy capes, Batman! Mackage really won the night.
The Bad: While the collection itself was lovely, we actually preferred when Klaxon Howl presented in the studio space as opposed to the main catwalk. The more intimate space allowed for a better observation of the details in his work.
Meh: The Boy Scout-style patches on half of Triarchy’s collection. The jury’s still out.
Trends: 70s-inspired earthy tones, leather fringe and flared pants; fur; cropped men’s trousers; oversized scarves.
What were your thoughts on Day 3 of World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015? Let us know in the comments section below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.