If there were two words to sum up the recent Autumn/Winter 2016 Toronto Fashion Week, they would most certainly be ‘wearable cool’. The city’s designers hit the ball out of the park once again with a season of juxtapositions, fusing timeless classics with contemporary style.
For the new season make-up looks, designers stuck to the old adage ‘eyes or lips but never both’ keeping the drama to just one area of the face and leaving everything else almost bare. Without doubt the big beauty trend of the season was dark berry-toned lips, seen everywhere from Rudsak, where the models sported gothic-inspired kissers, to Mackage where the black lips were contrasted against alabaster skin and bleached-out, grey tinted brows for a dark, futuristic demeanour. At Helder Diego, the focus shifted to the eyes, showcasing heavily lined lids and bare, nude lips, while Lamarque set smoky eyes against a backdrop of flowing, effortless waves, crafting a punk glamour twist.
As for the hair, the order of the day across all the shows was very much on effortless styles with a ruffled texture to avoid looking too ‘done’. Locks were parted simply down the middle and tied loosely into a carefree pony at Mackage for laidback chic, while at David Dixon hair was parted at the side and swept up into a low chignon to match the elegant styles on the catwalk. Triarchy and Farley Chatto showed up-dos of a different kind, with tightly scraped back sides shifting the focus to the front where a huge undone quiff sat atop the models’ heads to create a rock edge. Both Hilary Macmillan and Unttld went for poolside glamour with slicked-back mermaid hair cascading into free-flowing waves.
Over at Hayley Elsaesser, there was an altogether different vibe as the designer harked back to the swinging sixties featuring beehive hairdos with mountains of height brought bang up-to-date with touches of ombré, blunt full fringes, moveable texture and even jolts of acid bright. The models displayed pared-down make up to match, with Barbie pink lips and a simple yet striking strip of orange or pink on the lids.
When it came to accessories, it was all about the bags on the new season catwalks, where the designers showcased a mix of dark colours and textures from moss green to tan leather and classic black. The focus here was on ease of use, with roomy totes large enough to throw in everything but the kitchen sink. The models casually slung sporty holdalls over their shoulders at Bustle and sported long shoulder strap bucket bags in a neutral monochrome palette at Malorie Urbanovitch. But the real standout for Autumn/Winter totes was Rudsak, where the models looked as if there were headed on an adventure, doubling up on their baggage and toting round zip-top across-the-body numbers along with large carryall styles.
Faux fur will continue to reign supreme this year with Farley Chatto lending the look a Scottish vibe, draping touchable-textured stoles around the models’ shoulders and Mackage placing fur accents on hoods and hats. Sosken Studios x Marisa Minicucci even extended the trend to bags of all shapes and sizes, keeping faux fur as the material of choice on totes, grab-and-go clutches and swinging shoulder bags.