Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Elevated Adventures - World MasterCard Fashion Week F/W 2015

As Toronto seems to be locked in a strangle hold with winter, it seems only fitting that this cold spring we got a look at what pieces will be trending after our brief reprieve, called summer. For those of you who don't know, last week was World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto.  Some of Toronto's best designers put their interpretations of our near future on display.  Elevations is very busy, but we found the time to enjoy, celebrate, and support the industry.

Before we get into the fashion events of our wonderful city, let's touch on what the rest of the world is forecasting for F/W 2015!

From the Runways to Your Closet
So you want to know what's trending for fall/winter?  Let's get into it:

1.  Bling is the thing! 
From big earrings to the return of brooches, to necklaces that could extend all the way down to your wrists (see Rita Tesolin's pieces which were featured [and some would say stole the show] in the David Dixon show... See below), this coming F/W season will be illuminated with smaller stones, but bigger statement pieces.

2.  Fur/Faux fur
Yes, you've heard it all before!  Fur returns every winter... but this time, it's back where you wouldn't necessarily expect!  Fur on footware of all shapes and sizes will be big this season!  From fur-flavoured pumps to exaggerated fur accents on winter boots. But not just on your feet, fur cuffs on winter coats will make a triumphant reappearance.

Courtesy of Elle Magazine
3.  A Grey in Shades of 50 or more...
As we do every annual decent into the cooler darker days, we, like nature move away from brilliant colours of summer.  As expected, greys will again invade your wardrobe.  Grey, only outdone by black in it's versatility, is even more silently interesting when you mix and match patterns and shades.

4.  Pull up your pants! 
You've already witnessed the resurgence of the high-waisted shorts in the summer (Dear Summer: Thanks!) and although the pants were around last F/W, this time they'll be more prevalent as more and more women are getting used to the shapely "never-ending" leg lines.

Courtesy of Elle Magazine

5.  Pattern of the Season: Plaid
Long range weather forecasts are calling for a resurgence of plaid this season.  More specifically, that traditional red plaid.  It will re-appear in new and creative variations and give you a fantastic option with the rest of the black pieces you'll be wearing this season.

Meanwhile... in the bustling metropolis in the north... I set out with the usual suspect, Sean Jones, and was fortunate to attend the 20th Anniversary David Dixon show on Tuesday night.  This year, Mr. Dixon was inspired by the great original heroine, Joan of Arc.

His pieces stood militant in the form of leather corsets designed for movement and a flare for the ferocity, juxtaposed with the delicateness of silks, and sheer long-flowing skirts, capes and trains.  Here's a look at the final walk of the show:

A great piece from David Dixon's F/W 2015 collection; accessorized by Rita Tesolin's imagination.
Courtesy of gettyimages

That night, Sean and I ran into some old friends.  Here are some pics of the pre-show and the after-party, where Melanie Durrant performed her funky new hit "By Your Side".

Mr. Jones and an adoring fan!

Myself and the fellow style icon, Amanda Brugel, one of the stars of the hit show, Seed.

Sean Jones, Myself, Amanda Brugel, Tenika Davis formerly of Canada's Next Top Model (as I'm sure you can tell by her haut fyah pose), Amanda's husband, Rachael Ancheril of the hit show Rookie Blue and her husband.

Tenika and Sean

Melanie Durrant's new CD, Anticipation, has got some great tracks, including the bangin' single, By Your Side.

Katie Tsuyuki, 2014 Olympic Snowboarder and Sean
As you can see, Tuesday night was a blast!  We had a great time at the after party at Wahlburgers!  Thursday was a little more laid back.  Hudson's Bay has moved all of it's men's clothes to the 5th floor and hosted an event called Guys' Night Out to spread the word.

 We had a few drinks, watched DeMar sit awkwardly while people took pictures around him, then did some shmoozing of our own, reconnecting with some industry favourites.

DeMar DeRozan, looking sharp, posing for the paparazzi.

Sean Jones, Patricia Jaggernauth, and myself.

Party goers getting their best celeb-party pose on!

Sean, Amanda, Myself, and Reena

That's it for World MasterCard Fashion Week!  Here's Sean and Chris, signing off!  Now it's time for some chicken & waffles!  Pleezebelieveit!

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