The Toronto based men’s label presented a strong vision for the future. A harmonious fusion of rough mesh fabrics were set against smooth sheer neoprene counterparts. The palette was very simple and clean, almost monochromatic (with blue). This trend of slim fitting leggings / pants is one which is going to be seen many times next year.
Is another newcomer to the TOM* Toronto fashion scene. First I saw vintage, then ethnic, then American retro, then a very sober jacket and trouser look. This collection was eclectic, eccentric and broad spectrum to say the least. The 1955 ´Peggy Sue´ bowling style shirt was a winner on its own.
HIP AND BONE
The Montreal based luxury label took the everyday staples of a man´s wardrobe and made them more ´interesting’. This super hip brand mixes casual styling with contemporary elements (and a lot of leather). Snazzy but lustrous silhouettes brought a contemporary ´gloss´ to casual dressing. The hooded leather jacket was one of the key looks of the day.
MENS FASHION 4 HOPE
Local celebrities, brands and sponsors all united for this runway show, who´s aim is to raise money for the support of TOM*´s founder Jeff Rustia´s Kol Hope Foundation and the Hospital for Sick Children. From its inauguration last year, this noble cause intends to augment in exposure alongside TOM*´s increasing annual profile. Superstars and local personalities such as Lennox Lewis, Pan Am CEO Saad Rafi and the cast of Saving Hope (to name a few) took to the runway in a highly engaging selection of looks from menswear store sponsor Gotstyle. This touching philanthropic moment was hosted by Jeff, who took a moment to explain the importance of his dear son´s memory and the rich legacy he has left behind. A tribute to the recently departed Chris Hyndman was also conveyed before the runway exploded into a nine minute fashion extravaganza.
Another visual extravaganza of experimental aesthetics. The Montreal based designer softly shocked his audience with a lot of androgyny (think denim bustiers), exposed torso´s (bordering sometimes on almost-frontal-nudity). There were strong elements of J.W.Anderson and Rik Owens here. Oversized outerwear and printed slogans gave this collection a further element of interest (as if it needed it). For me, the heavily perspiring, exhausted models with ECG patches slapped onto their body was a very clever nod to McQueen’s UNTITLED / VOSS runway shows, and it did not go un-noticed.
This recently rebranded luxury label (Formally HD Homme) hit the runways for the first time under its new name. Toronto born with East African roots, Hussein Dhalla presented a collection of street inspired, masculine and causal elements in blacks, greys and camouflages (with flashes of white). There was some sexy tailoring and a little bit of rock star confidently tucked away in here.