Seen everywhere from Michelle Williams on the Oscar red carpet to the waists of models at Paris Fashion Week, one thing is for sure: peplum is here to stay…for this season anyway! The ladylike trend was done in olive green, belted over a pencil skirt at Joeffer Caoc. Caoc sent down several lovely versions of peplum down the runway including another favorite look of ours: a peplum finished tweed blazer over a tunic shirt and leather pants. A tough and modern yet totally ladylike and polished take on the trend? Sign us up! Pink Tartan, known for its ladylike aesthetic, also showcased several delicate peplum looks, including pencil skirts in black with a flared waist and monochromatic ensembles featuring the trend. And for evening? Why, what else but a slick black gown with a feathered peplum waist. Perfection. With spring weather in full blossom in Toronto, we’re sure to see peplum silhouettes everywhere!
2) Fur Sleeves
Sure, summer my be around the corner, but we here in Canada know that, at any given moment, Mother Nature could throw us a cold one because, well, it’s Canada!
In saying that, we can safely regard fur as an essential part of any Toronto fashionista’s closet. The latest trend in warm and cozy coverings is fur sleeves.
Seen in Joe Fresh and Pink Tartan, models stomped down the runway in coats in classic trenches with belt details and furry sleeves, and peacoats with fur along the sleeves and upper body. Colors ranged from neutrals to all-over greens and even bright bursts of reds. A colorful new take on fur fits right in with all the color-blocking brightness we’ve seen thus far this Spring. Youthful and fresh it is!
Bright colors have been seen at fashion weeks all over the world this season. Pops of bright blues, reds, oranges and greens have ushered a trend of Rainbowbrite fun and we’re loving it. However, wherein previous fashion weeks the focus has been on color-blocking, Toronto has showcased its brights as a series of monochromatic outfits!
Head to toe bright? Talk about standing out in a good way! Full ensembles in almost every color of the bright spectrum were shown at Joe Fresh, and Pink Tartan had its share of bright outfits as well.
Arthur Mendonca followed suit as well with models showing off full ensembles in gentle pinks, electric blues and show-stopping neon yellows. What could’ve been a garish show of eyesores was instead a welcome breath of fresh air, as Mendonca’s sophisticated and polished designs kept the colors modern and ladylike. From cap-sleeve silky dresses to knee-length, long-sleeve fluid dresses, it was a lesson in slinky, colorful and mobile clothes.
4) Flowy Dresses
There’s no doubt that structured looks have been all the rage lately, but that doesn’t mean a geometric neckline or sharp edges is the be all and end all this season.
Flowy dresses made their appearance during Toronto Fashion Week, and we absolutely loved their fluid sexiness. Saniya Khan had models grace the runway in low-cut light-colored gowns with printed sections. Their airy quality reminded us that ladylike doesn’t have to mean prim and proper.
Project Runway Canada alumni Lucian Matis had a metallic version of the flowy dress complete with a high slit and a sparkly finish. Perfect for nights out in the city! Matis also revealed a baby doll dress with a similar metallic hue. Sister designing duo Chloe Comme Parris had minimalist version of the flow dress as part of their decidedly gothic collection; a subtle and streamlined gray version was the perfect slick alternative to other girlier versions.
5) Big Knits
The perfect alternative to a leather jacket or blazer on chilly summer nights is the big knitted sweater. Practical and entirely fashionable, the knitted sweater made its appearance at several shows. Chloe Comme Parris featured cable knits, crew necks and an oversized look over more delicate skirts and dresses while Soia & Kyo had chunky turtleneck dresses. Our favorite look is from Joe Fresh who had geometric patterns and bright hues on their sweaters. A seamless mix of several trends this season was just what we were looking for!
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