Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2012: Day One

The ‘Canadian Catwalk’ kicked off Monday with designer Kirsten Korhani for Korhani Home.  The Korhani show is a favorite amongst editors and fashionistas alike with bold floor coverings made into gowns and ensembles. Every year, Kirsten Korhani creates exciting themes and transforms their renowned designs into jaw dropping collections.  With “Mongolian”-inspired capes, punk rock, and regal gowns you’d never know that these carpets weren’t couture.  The shock value of the show was when models sauntered down the runway carrying small pigs.  Stylish Canadians haven’t become tired with the collection, but rather it continues to be one of the most talked about runway collections year to year.

Next up was the Holt Renfrew show, featuring designs by Dennis Merotto, Judith & Charles, Jeremy Laing, Lida Baday, Line, Twenty Cluny and Smythe.  An overall trend was apparent – versatile and muted colors dominated the runway.  There was a lot of black, grays, and a few pops of red and blue but the focus was mostly on the fabrics.  Feathers made an appearance in a few collections and bulky jackets and vets were the predominant feature.  Leather jackets, embellishments and pants were another feature on the runway making a comeback for another season.

Fashion Week closed out the night with haute couture gowns by Pavoni.  These black-tie creations are fit for a goddess.  The Montreal designer celebrated for high impact glamour and has gained popularity both at home and abroad with its collection sold in the U.S., UK, Asia and the Middle East.  Pavoni made its debut in 2010 and has since been worn by top celebrities such as Katy Perry and Fergie.  With silk organza, transparent layers, crystals and bugles these creations are a dramatic option for celebrities or even brides who are looking to make a statement.

Day Two of Toronto Fashion Week will include collections by Adrian Wu, Laura Siegel, Sid Neigum, Chloe Comme Parris, Mercedes-Benz Start up Presents: Martin Lim, Soia & Kyo, Lundstrom Collection, and Matis by Lucian Matis.

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