Toronto Fashion Week, otherwise known as World MasterCard Fashion Week, is held twice a year in Toronto, Canada, with the March shows showcasing fall and winter collections, and the October shows featuring spring and summer collections for the following year. Other than New York Fashion Week, Toronto Fashion Week is the largest fashion week in North America, featuring some of Canada’s best fashion designers. In addition to being one of the best events to view the latest designs and do some celebrity spotting, Toronto Fashion Week is essential for those who want to get a jump start on next season’s trends.

Canadian Fashion Talent

Canadian Fashion Talent
More commonly known for the music legends that it has produced, Toronto is also a powerhouse for fashion talent, with the likes of Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2, Joe Mimram of Club Monaco and Joe Fresh and Kimberly Newport-Mimran of Pink Tartan all emerging from this inspiring Canadian city. Toronto Fashion Week has always been, and still is, a great platform for emerging talent in the fashion industry, with the latest fashion week showcasing collections from Mikhael Kale, Triarchy, Narces and Malorie Urbanovitch. OROGOLD especially loved the new glass walls installed into some of the tents, giving fashion week lovers the chance to get a peek at some of the backstage action at their favorite shows.

Toronto Fashion Week Pattern Play

Toronto Fashion Week Trend Alert: Patterns, Patterns and More Patterns
One of the biggest trends at March’s Toronto Fashion Week was the use of bold patterns. Narces went in the whimsical and flirty direction with printed lips on short sleeved dresses, while Elsaesser brought out some highly innovative prints featuring everything from snakes to cowboy hats on 8-balls. Outerwear was also given a pattern makeover, with the plaid and houndstooth coats being an OROGOLD favorite. This is a trend that has been seen on runways across the world, with even bolder and more graphic prints, so expect this one to take off even further in Canada.

Toronto Fashion Week Trend Alert: Volume and Texture
Many of the designers at Toronto Fashion Week seemed to have fun turning the up the volume when it came to the silhouettes and shapes of their designs. The executive director of the Toronto Fashion Incubator noted this trend as well, pointing to the modular origami shapes that were seen in Sid Neigum’s collection, as well as the intricate beading in Kale’s collection, as perfect examples of the trend. The funnel collars and fur-trimmed hoods that were seen on the Rudsak runway also created an impressive silhouette, while the delicately elaborate and feminine embroidery on the gowns by Narces added plenty of seductive texture.

In addition to the fantastic talent and gorgeous designs, OROGOLD also loved the drama that was seen on many of the runways, such as the faux icebergs that Mackage set up on their winter wonderland runway. Once again, Toronto Fashion Week has inspired many, leaving its mark on the fashion industry and full of promises for more exciting shows in October.