World Mastercard Fashion Week is almost here! The tents are up and Toronto’s most fashionable are gearing up for a week of Fall/Winter collections from some of the most talented designers Canada has to offer. Not sure what to put on your calendar this WMCFW? From newbies to fashion week vets we’ve got 7 designers and shows you gotta check out this season!
7. Mikhael Kale
Monday March 17th, 5pm
Opening up this year’s WMCFW is Toronto based, Milan trained Mikhael Kale. Kale has been featured in magazines such as W, Dazed and Confused and V Magazine and his sexy- fashion forward designs balance wearability with art. Known for his impeccable tailoring and attention to detail Kale’s chic and inventive designs work could work everywhere from Red Carpet to the after-after hours parties .I would guess from the Dr Martens sponsorship that Kale’s latest collection is going to be edgy as hell.
6. Sid Neigum
Monday March 17th, 9pm
Since winning the TFI’s New Labels award in 2012, Neigum has been evolving his work with such rapid dexterity it wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up joining the ranks of Canadians that export to the states for international fame ala Erdem and Jeremy Laing. The mix of his downtown cool esthetic and adding names like Azari and III and Boyz Noize to his list of celebs he’s dressed, Neigum is quickly solidifying his crown as the Prince of Cool. Check out his SS14 collection here.
Thursday March 20th, 6pm
Farley Chatto is a man about town: from curating The Cashmere Toliet Paper collection to being a 23 year + veteran of the AIDS fundraiser show ‘Fashion Cares’ ,Chatto is involved in all things Fashion & Toronto. From dressing Sarah Jessica Parker to Drake and even Elton John, Chatto has done it all. This year he launches his unisex couture fur line, which is bound to mix his love of over the top detailing and European flair. Too see Chatto’s White Cashmere Runway click here.
4. Laura Siegel
Tuesday March 18th, 6pm
If fashion design were a superpower designer Laura Siegel would be Wonder Woman. Mixing her love of humanitarian work with design, Siegel has teamed up with artisans in Asia and Latin America to create ethically handcrafted designs that dually help artisans in third world countries preserve their craft and earn an income that may have not been previously available. Besides making the world a better place one garment at a time, Siegel’s work has also earned her accolades internationally and allowed her to work with names like Yigal Azrouel and Arthur Mendonca. Her last collection was fit for a summer dream and no doubt her Fall collection will be nothing short of that. Check out Siegel’s SS14 collection, right...here.
3.Soia & Kyo
Thursday March 20th, 8pm
If you have a love of outerwear done right you can’t miss Soia & Kyo’s runway show. Designed by Montreal based, Ilan Elfassy, Soia & Kyo reinvents the idea of modern jackets and coats. With their S/S’14 collection S&K celebrated their 10th anniversary by rebranding and releasing a more modern and sophisticated ethos. Expect to see your next winter jacket here. Check out the Soia & Kyo SS14 collection.
Tuesday March 18th, 8pm
Its no secret that sometimes Toronto fashion week is a little bit “safer” than its New York or Milan counterparts; often showcasing collections that have been criticized as “too ready to wear” or lacking an editorial “wow” factor that comes along with big budget labels and over the top avant-garde showcases. Enter Canada’s answer: Melissa Nepton. The perfect mix of wearable designs and fun, fashion forward showcases. Her collections are always inventive and ultra editorial. Check out her SS14 collection to see what we’re talking about!
Friday March 21st, 8pm
Closing off WMCFW is Milan trained,Matthew Gallagher. In a mere two seasons Gallagher has managed to become the talk of the town with his sophisticated, luxury wear designs. From modern silhouettes to fabrics custom designed by Gallagher himself expect to see jewels, designs meant for high- living and dresses fit for yachts and Red Carpets. Being featured everywhere from The Kit to Elle, Gallagher is one to watch. Speaking of watching, check out his amazing SS14 collection here.
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