WMCFW SS15 Day 1 Recap

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Yesterday World MasterCard Fashion Week officially kicked off in Toronto. Designers are in town this week to present their Spring/Summer 2015 collections. Each day this week, I’ll be recapping some of my favorite looks from the runway and highlights from the event.

SID NEIGUM

My second season seeing this young prodigy. Last night’s collection included a balance between relaxed and loose fitting garments and some more structured ones. I loved his mix of minimalist yet classy dresses, jackets and shorts. He also presented some interesting fabric cutouts and kept the colors to black, white and silver. Sid Neigum is definitely a ballsy and confident designer and I have much respect for him because of that. Here were my favorite runway looks.

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Pictures by: David Kirouac

PINK TARTAN

Pink Tartan has been one of my favorites each season. The show started off with some beautiful black and fringe bathing suits. Last night, Kimberly Newport-Mimran showed us her go-to classic black and white color combination but also incorporated some very psychedelic prints in her ss15 collection. I loved the flared pants, bohemian style blouses, high waisted pants and jumpsuits that all went perfectly with the 70s psychedelic rock JFB & Iron Buttlerfly soundtrack. Love the pieces below!

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Pictures by: David Kirouac

MERCEDES-BENZ START UP

So great to see one of my favorite designers Beaufille present this evening at the Mercedes-Benz Start Up runway show. I was happy to see a few pieces from their new collection specifically selected for the contest. I am a fan of the white cutout dresses, the black and white prints, the wine colored leather pieces and that amazing backpack! I always leave the show wanting to own every single piece.

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Pictures by: David Kirouac

Eliza Faulkner‘s denim style dresses, crop tops, blue and white pallet, big hoop earrings and headscarves, totally reminded me of the beach and summer. The last look she presented, as seen below, was me highlight of the show.

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Blak. I is a name that I was unfamiliar with until last night. I enjoyed the blue, black and white color combination as well as his black and white pieces. I liked the fact that he also introduced a bit of leather on the runway. The long flowy bohemian style dress, seen below, that he paired with a beautifully crafted leather jacket was my favorite look of the show.

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Pictures by: David Kirouac

Vaiken‘s presentation didn’t inspire me as much as the others, though I did like the white tank and short combo and beaded fringe details on his dresses.

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Pictures by: David Kirouac

Lastly, we watched Laura Siegel present some new designs for ss15. I had seen her collection last season and had been blown away. I love the earthy, bohemian and edgy woman that she presents each time. I loved that she incorporated a lot of headwraps, silver bangles and arm cuffs to accompany her loose fitting but still incredibly flattering pieces. There was definitely a tribal feel to her presentation last night.

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Pictures by: David Kirouac

A big congrats to Sid Neigum who took home the Mercedes-Benz Start Up award last night. So well deserved!

Stay tuned for my coverage of Day 2 at WMCFW coming tomorrow!

WMCFW FW14 Day 2 Recap

Day 2 at World MasterCard Fashion Week was action-packed! I had 5 shows to attend yesterday evening.

THOMAS BALINT

I kicked my night off with the promising Toronto designer Thomas Balint. It’s always a pleasure to see men’s collections. I find it very refreshing and it can also be very inspiring. Balint’s designs tonight did just that. He presented a plethora of structured jackets, textured shirts, high collars, velvet jackets and shirts. All items were chic yet at the same time very casual and wearable every day. The man Thomas Balint dresses is one that likes fashion with an edge but that also wants comfort. I particularly liked his cropped pants as well as the use of one very androgynous female model. I also liked his choice soundtrack, opting for some Franco acts including Lescop and My Sister Klaus. All in all, simply put, men dressed in Balint threads will be hot. Can’t wait to get @offner in some of these!

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Picture by George Pimentel / Getty Images

LAURA SIEGEL

Next up was New York designer Laura Siegel. She started her show with a touching video on women jewelry makers in Africa and a discussion on how she’d like people who buy clothes to directly be connected with their artisans. I quite frankly didn’t know all that much about Laura’s designs before the show started but I was completely drawn in with her vintage, candle-lit living room set up. I liked the laid back vibe she had going on, which was definitely reflected in her creations. Every model sported a beautiful black bohemian hat that accompanied all of their oversized or loose fitting garments. Laura presented earthy tones, rich dark camo greens, retro imprimés, long knitted scarves, oversized knitted sweaters and dresses, wrap dresses and probably my top piece of the collection – the oversized long belted coat. Who doesn’t love big oversized items in their wardrobe when fall rolls around? Great choice of boots and also thoroughly enjoyed hearing some Lykke Li play during the show. Well done Laura! I’m a new fan!

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Pictures by George Pimentel / Getty Images

MBSU PRESENTS – MATIÈRE NOIRE & MALORIE URBANOVITCH

It was my first time attending a Mercedez Benz Start Up show and let me tell you, the room was PACKED! When you entered the show room, two models were standing on small podiums, lit by a dim blue light with eerie music playing in the background. A perfect mood setter for the first of two shows. The first designer, Matière Noire aka Cécile Raizonville, originally from the south of France, now calls Montreal home. She definitely had a very dark aura around her clothes. Though I wasn’t 100% sold on all of her creations, the pieces that did speak to me were her knit sweaters, the equestrian-inspired caps, the moon sweater and sweater dress as well as her electric blue coat and black coat.

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Pictures by George Pimentel / Getty Images

I was happy to also see Malorie Urbanovitch present her collection, which to me represented comfort and warmth. She definitely had a 50s school girl look going with the long knit pleated plaid skirts and knee high socks. I enjoyed all of her fuzzy dresses and long fuzzy coats. She presented a great combination of knits and different fabrics, going from suede to viscose. I thought her earthy and neutral color palette was very soothing. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the collection.

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Picture by George Pimentel / Getty Images

MÉLISSA NEPTON

The Montrealer has definitely made herself known in the past year or so. The first collection that I saw from Mélissa hadn’t really resonated with me, but this particular collection definitely did. She had a brilliant color palette that she stuck to throughout – black, gold and egg white, with a few nuances and prints. I like that she opted for large triangular shaped prints, switching from black to egg white. All of her sweaters, dresses and pants looked incredibly comfortable and cozy. She had great textured shimmery items, quilted fabrics and near the end even threw in a pop of mint green. I personally wasn’t a fan of the soundtrack but the amazing designs definitely made up for it. I sincerely feel that Mélissa has really grown as a designer, presenting original clothes for a sophisticated yet edgy woman.

It was extremely to just pick a few but here are some of my favorite looks… I absolutely adore the first and last look!

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Pictures by George Pimentel / Getty Images

DAVID DIXON 

Finally, I saw David Dixon’s show entitled “White Label”, his bridal wear debut for Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay. The show room was well over capacity, everyone crouching to catch a glimpse of his presentation video on love. The message was: “Love never fails”, which I thought was super endearing! The show started with a few white dresses followed by light peach and pink tones. I liked his modern take on these contemporary wedding, gala and cocktail gowns. Lot’s of ruffles and BIG and bold sparkly jewels. The collection transpired freedom and joy. My favorite piece was hands down the bridal lace pant with bustier and blouse combination, a great alternative for those not wanting to wear dresses on their special day. The show ended on a perfect note – David walked down the runway as the theme song from the film My Best Friend’s Wedding – “I Say A Little Prayer For You” played.

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Pictures by Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star 

Another inspiring night at the tents! Check back tomorrow for my recap of Day 3!