Beginner’s Luck

Listed as #1 on my life list of “most beloved pursuits,” fashion also ranks pretty high on my list of things that scare the crap out of me. I’m not talking about Lady Gaga’s outlandish outfits or the nightmare-inducing makeup Alexander McQueen used in his Fall/Winter 2009 collection, “Horn of Plenty.” It’s more about the nearly impermeable exclusivity of the fashion world. Before Toronto Fashion Week actually started, I was afraid I would be shipwrecked in a sea of judging eyes. Instead, I realized that I was more or less surrounded by a bunch of people who enjoy wearing sequins just as much as I do. Now that was a revelation.

Day 1: Monday, October 17th, 2011
The opening night of fashion week was huge affair and the crowd was filled with the beautiful, the heavily made-up, and celebrities like Jeanne Beker and Stacey McKenzie. Let me just say that people who suffer from claustrophobia should stay as far away from fashion week as possible, because people like to push, shove and get all up in your personal space while waiting in line to get into the show. Patience is a virtue, people.

Holt Renfrew was the first runway show of the night, celebrating the Canadian designers they sell on the rack. I loved the cool minimalism of Jeremy Laing and the head-to-toe florals of Denis Gagnon. Next up was the Arthur Mendonca show, where everyone’s favourite androgyne Andrej Pejic modeled a metallic gold trouser suit. Of course, I was none the wiser until my favourite fashion writer Sarah Nicole Prickett pointed it out on Twitter the next day. Last up was Lala Berlin, who had some majorly pretty clothing. I liked the washed out tie-dye prints, especially when they were on blazers and the knit sweaters covered by a layer of clear PVC. Party on, Wayne!


Day 2: Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
The theme of Day 2 of LGFW was definitely bums. First in the sexy sportswear at MICHI, and next at the Tosca Delfino swimwear show rife with revealing string bikinis. At MICHI I got my first front row seat and consequently was able to snap this super duper picture of model bums in yoga wear. I think we could all use a little sex appeal when it comes to doing sweaty exercise and MICHI delivered the goods. Laura Siegel is an eco-friendly designer who used tie-dye print in her collection. Those two facts alone are enough to get into my good books. The last show of the day for me was Chloe Comme Parris, which featured exactly the kind of well-tailored, fancy looking clothing that I’ve been striving for in my personal wardrobe. It wasn’t visionary, but it was utterly wearable and I wholly appreciated that aspect. After the shows were over, I didn’t head to a fancy after-party but instead went to hear my classical guitarist friend play an informal concert at the University of Toronto.

I could get used to this fashion thing.

text and event photography by Isabel Slone
outfit photography by Jessica Da Silva