L`Oréal Fashion Week Toronto, Spring Summer 2009
L'Oréal Fashion Week Toronto,
Spring Summer 2009
Toronto Fashion Week at Nathan Phillips Square,
October 20-25, 2008
Sarah B. Hood Oct 20, 2008
The theme is "FAbulous" as L'Oréal Toronto Fashion Week
takes over downtown Toronto once again to showcase Spring
and Summer 2009 collections and trends.
On Tuesday, October 20, 2008, L'Oréal Toronto
Fashion Week opened the doors of the big white
tents for a week of full-on and fabulous Canadian
fashion. New this year: an extra venue for incubator
shows. Known as "The Studio", it was attached to the
east end of the main tent, and featured such
designers as Katya Revenko, who inaugurated the
space with a show of draped casual wear that
channeled the '70s in palest peaches, greys and
mauves, as well as Jason Meyers, Aqua di Lara,
Bodybag by Jude, League of Lovers and Thieves, the
students of Fanshawe College, Janet Hill, Eugenia,
and Afshin Feiz.
The featured runway shows kicked off in luxurious style with
Alfred Sung's collection of bridal wear; pure white with
sparkling appliqué. He was followed by Pink Tartan and
Mango, the Spanish label created by sisters Monica and
The week continued with Diesel Kid; Nada; Joeffer Caoc
(pictured), dapper menswear designers Bustle, and the
consummate artistry of David Dixon on Tuesday, October 21.
Wednesday's lineup began with Project Runway Canada
finalist Carlie Wong, whose highly wearable outfits (pictured)
were a big hit. Zoran Dobric's sombre and artistic esthetic
(pictured) followed, then the gruesome and girlie Playdead
Cult, teamed for a second consecutive time with Damzels in
this Dress. Project Runway Canada winner Evan Biddell took
the stage at 6 p.m., preceeding a lineup of heavy hitters: Thien
Le, Andy Thé-Anh and Joe Mimran's cheap 'n' cheerful retail
line Joe Fresh Style.
Thursday, October 23 opened with the Liza Deyrmenjian Fashion Business Seminar at 1
p.m. in the "Fashion Environment", the bustling foyer area that is usually crowded with
product displays, video presentations and, of course, a chi-chi bar area, all swathed in
shimmering draperies and focused pinlights. The lineup continued with Karamea (pictured),
Evan and Dean, Morales, leather outerwear from Rudsak, sassy Dutch streetwear label
Gsus Sindustries and Buffalo David Bitton.
Friday marked the final day of runway shows, with the youthful styles of Nada Yousef at 5
p.m., Mellinda-Mae Harlingten, Lucian Matis and a standout of last season's L'Oréal Toronto
Fashion Week, Denis Gagnon from Montreal, whose sensual and sophisticated originality
(pictured) made a fitting finale for the runway room.
On Saturday, footsore fashionistas wound down with the Drake Survivor Brunch at 10:30
a.m. at the Drake Hotel on Queen West. It was followed by a Fashion Week Wrap-Up panel
discussion hosted by Mary Kitchen from FT at noon. At 2:30, Holt Renfew on Bloor Street
hosted a "Celebration of Canadian Fashion", and, for last licks, the truly energetic partied
down at the LG Fashion Fusion Closing Night Gala.FAbulous!
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