The Clothing Show, Canada’s largest vintage and new independent designer show, runs in Toronto twice each year (spring and fall). Four runway shows took place each day, and Raz Mataz sat front row for all the action.
See the breakdown here!
Runway Show 1
The first runway show featured a small collection by up-and-coming designer, Krystal Howard’s line Kaych. The four-piece show presented a collection of light sundresses.
Our favourites included the classic white dress with a wide cowl neckline and black detailed cap-sleeves. A black detailed belt gives the dress a classy vintage look, making it the perfect day-to-night item for the summer.
Another great pick from the collection was the white dress with black spaghetti-straps and a black stretch design. The back of the dress is very low cut, and features a thick black strap horizontally below the shoulder blades. The flash of flesh at the back of the dress makes it a nice pick for a night out. Pair with a cardigan to dress it down, and the outfit is park-stroll ready.
Second up was Anne Hopkins, an organic line based in Gravenhurst, Ont., by designer of the same name. The line strengthened as the show went on, progressing from a multi-coloured knit tunic to the show-stopping white draped gown.
Reminiscent of Grecian gods, the one-shouldered gown featured a bunched asymmetrical A-line skirt, and was paired with a tall, branch-like fascinator. The statement gown, awe-inspiring as it was, stilled the crowd, becoming the show’s garment to beat.
Meisha’s Closet walked the runway next. The seven-piece show mainly featured leopard-print tights and crop tops.
However, the opening outfit – a cognac-beige linen harem pant and white v-neck tee – is sure to be a spring staple.
Other notables in Meisha’s Closet included a black walking short, paired with a white tee and an oversized light grey linen shirt. An oversized orange-brown structured shoulder bag finished off the city look.
Dilly Daisy‘s line was comprised of a series of vintage-inspired day-to-night dresses.
Catching our eye was the black and white mini leopard print dress with a black bib-collar, trimmed with a red ruffled hem and belt. The dress, a perfect mix of retro and modern, is a great outfit for spring, and can easily make the transition into winter-appropriate.
Finally, Olio Organics, a Toronto-based label presented its spring/summer line. The light, airy collection was charactered by many whites paired with deep accents.
Among our favourites was a white wide-leg linen pant, black asymmetrical top and a white, cape-collared sweater, suitable for chilly spring days.
Olio Organics closed the runway show with a white kimono-inspired dress with a cinched waist. The wide-sleeved frock featured three-tone jewel embellishments at its collar. The dress has an ultra-mod feel to it, without being too outlandish to wear day-to-day.
Runway Show 2
La Grana opened the second show of the day with six pieces from its spring line.
First out was the va-va-voom black sheer top with sequinned, wing-like appliques concealing the model’s girl bits. On bottom was a high-waisted beige skirt with silver jewel embellishments. The risque outfit is a head-turning look perfect for a night out on the town.
Also impressive from La Grana was the long black tank dress with a long line of hippie-inspired black fringe from top to bottom on the left side and right side of the front and back of the dress, respectively.
While the floor-length dress may not be a ready-to-wear option for a bar downtown, it is certainly a statement piece sure to be the talk at any ball or gala.
With Love Lingerie
With Love Lingerie – the only lingerie line in the show – strutted down the runway next.
Favourites included a pair of black panties with rows of small ruffles across the front and back, paired with a black bra with grey lace detail.
Also impressive was the line’s closing piece – black satin skirted panties paired with a black bra with white trim and a large black bow at the back.
While the four-piece show featured many femme fatale outfits, made to be worn alone, the line also has several comfy options and flirty, feminine prints.
Diane Kroe‘s line of dresses took the runway next.
A brown, small leopard print strapless dress with a front centre open slit is a great day-to-night dress; a simple change in footwear can bring this frock from fun on the boardwalk to sexy at the bar.
Our favourite, a long, red halter dress with a bustle at the centre front, closed the line’s show. The striking and vibrant dress was made for ladies who like to be noticed.
Sweetie Box Studios
Next up was Sweetie Box Studios, the only line comprised only of accessories.
The line of necklaces varied in style and material, from chains to pearls to suede.
The layered pearl necklace with rustic embellishments and a large brown feather would add a bold accent to any neutral dress, while the thick silver chain with suede fringed details would be perfectly paired with jeans and a blazer.
Our favourite, the gold multilayered charm necklace, complete with suede accents and a bold burgundy bow, is a great piece for a little black dress, but can translate to a casual outfit, too.
Copious Couture was second to last to walk the runway, opening the line with a pale lime green skirt with large rosette details. The skirt, perfect for a night on the town, was paired with a simple white v-neck tee, dressing it down.
Also from the line was a white dress with a white dotted stripe pattern and a large cutout on the back of the dress. Paired with a cardigan, this dress has the ability to make a great transition from day to night.
Inna closed the show, with a four piece line, mainly of tops and jackets.
The opening outfit was a white sequinned dress with blue sequinned detailing. The three-quarter length sleeved dress is a classy alternative to a little black dress for spring evening events.
However, our favourite was the white sleeveless dress with white bows on the hips and a thick silver zipper running down the length of the back of the dress, a great outfit for dinner parties and cocktail dates.
Runway Show 3
Show three opened with Rose Purna‘s four piece line.
Our favourites included a vibrant red jacket with a black, white and silver patterned hood, paired with a black flared pant. The bold jacket is a great piece to break up the dreary winter with a slap of colour.
A white asymmetrical draped top, gathered on the side at the waist, and secured with a black sequinned embellishment, is another great piece to keep warm on chilly spring nights, and on mild winter days. The top is available in different colours and can be worn in several different ways.
The Fairies Pyjamas
The day’s runway success – The Fairies Pyjamas – walked next.
Opening the show was the punk-inspired line’s black sleeveless dress, paired with a purple tutu to add lift. The dress, which also comes in an olive green, has a purple wing-like design embroidered across the shoulder blades (or, green on green).
The free trade casual clothing line, the only one to feature plus size garments, and one of two to feature a menswear line, also included a series of black and purple, or lime and olive green stripped arm warmers.
The men’s line was mainly comprised of varying colours of cargo crop pants with zippered flat pockets, and was often paired with a leather hip pouch.
Show closer Mahlet had a tough time following The Fairies Pyjama’s high energy show, but the multicoloured knit-wear line held its own.
Opening the show was a mixed beige and grey knit pant, paired with a matching hooded crop top. The relaxed wear is a great fit for morning tea on the dock.
Our favourite, though was the black knit jumpsuit with a tapered-then-flared pant. Casual and put together, this piece is loungewear you won’t mind your ex seeing you in.
Hey! Vee closed the show with a four piece outerwear line.
Each coat was suede, but is light enough for a chilly spring day.
Our favourite was a green suede snakeskin printed cape-like coat that would blend nicely with a stroll through tree topped parks.
Runway Show 4
Miri Art Design
The final show of the day opened with Miri Art Designs, a line largely made up of tie-dye designs.
Our favourites include a black and white tie-dye-esque halter-style tee, great for day-to-day wear or a casual night out, and a green, orange and blue tie-dye tunic with three-quarter length sleeves.
The tunic, if paired with a light coloured walking short, can render a sweater unnecessary on chilly summer days.
Next on the catwalk was Yes Boutique with a series of tunics and dresses.
Stealing our eye was a strapless mid-length dress with a draw-string waist and grey tye-dye-inspired detail. The dress, despite being black, is a great outfit for the a pre-swim walk on the beach.
A black asymmetrical wrap sweater, clasped on the left hip, paired with an all-white top and trouser and a green scarf for a pop of colour, closed the show. The ensemble is casual wear fit for both the cottage and the town.
Anywhere But Here
Anywhere But Here, the second line to feature menswear, which mainly consisted of loose fitting, drawstring linen pants with asymmetrical lines.
Much of the womenswear featured a similar style pant – perfect for the beach or dock.
Our favourite was the multi-coloured printed wrap skirt, which are available in many colour combinations and prints. Fun, spunky and perfect for summer, these skirts can double as tube-tops.
Glyfada Dress Design
Closing up the shows for the day was Glyfada Dress Design, which made much use of pastel colours and simple embroidery.
Favourites included a pale blue and beige tunic with embroidery detailing along the hem and a flower printed up the length of the dress, a great sundress for Casual Fridays and summer strolls.
The lilac knit tank dress with a flower embellishment and pockets for detail is simple, but its airy design, colour and cut made the frock a pretty alternative to a typical cotton sundress.
The Fall 2011 edition of The Clothing Show will hit Toronto in September. See www.theclothingshow.com for details.