Our wild + unruly winters are long; it’s no wonder we want spring to come soon! But we must admit, the anticipation of spring and the onset of warmer months also go hand in hand with our eagerness to ditch the thick, winter duds for some looser, free-flowing, bright garments to match the flora + fauna of sunnier days.
What better way to prepare to bid a final adieu to your winter woes than to refresh your colour palette with a brand new wardrobe? This week, we had the awesome opportunity to attend another much anticipated World Mastercard Fashion Week at David Pecaut Square. Undoubtedly considered to be one of the largest fashion events in the country, WMCFW allows established and up + coming Canadian designers to showcase their recent creations to the stylishly diverse Toronto public.
Media, industry, buyers, bloggers – and the Drake! – came together to view the collections that will take us smoothly into the new season, helping us to look good + feel good too while transitioning from winter to spring.
MELISSA NEPTON // Romantic Warrior
Melissa Nepton's Spring 2015 Collection was invented surrounding the theme of the "Romantic Warrior". Always natural + elegant with draping, silk-like or chiffon fabrics, Nepton also manages to offer frame flattering structures and cuts with a subtle hint of edge. She effortlessly fuses femininity and modernism in her ready-to-wear couture line that primarily targets the urban career woman. Her line at WMCFW this year included some playful animal prints, Tin-Man like metallic textures, oversized silhouettes, with some geometrical, retro-inspired styles + colours.
According to her, fashion is "a vigorous expression that impacts women’s lives in a positive way. And in return, women bring to fashion a sense of sensuality, fluidity and femininity. It’s a communication rooted in comfort, practicality and confidence.” Her collection communicated just that.
TRIARCHY // Camp Triarchy
Triachy's Wednesday evening show had a more playful approach in presentation appropriately tying into their collection theme, "Camp Triarchy" where they showed their own modern take on military + camp style. Better suited for our fall and winter seasons, the collection was marked by lots of Drake server style favourites: Canadian Tuxedos (aka denim on denim), man buns, and athleisure wear. Opened with a blaring trumpet rendition of the classic "Reveille" and a silent runway role-call facilitated by denim jumpsuit wearing camp counselors, the show was wildly reminiscent of childhoods spent at summer sleepaway camps.
The Vancouver born, LA bred label is the creative offspring of siblings Ania, Adam, and Mark Taubenfligel. Inspired by their mutual and shared love of adventure, exploration, and travel, Triarchy's clothing and accessories are an obvious and tangible reflection of each of their distinct creative initiatives, moulded into one. The Taubenfligel's have been re-defining Canadian fashion with each new collection released while also establishing themselves as a highly reputable lifestyle brand.
*All images courtesy of George Pimentel via www.worldmastercardfashionweek.com