Wednesday, October 16, 2013

World Mastercard Fashion Week Spring & Summer 2014 Collections

#WMCFW brings Canada's best designers to #Toronto's David Peacut Square for the bi-annual fashion event to showcase their collections in front of fashion professionals, international media, buyers and style influencers. Joining established designers will be the latest up and coming designers featured in the Mercedes-Benz Start Up Finale runway show. As we are currently in full Fall mode, you will have to imagine the cruel winter coming and picture the fresh beauty of a new spring bringing out the latest fashions to thaw our hearts when the snow finally starts to melt. My choice of fashion show would have to be Haute Couture, but the fashions showcased with a range of accessories and themes makes these ready to wear shows incredibly fascinating to watch. Check out the ropes used in one of last year's runway event.

David Peacut Square will be a hive of beautiful people as the prepare for the Monday, October 21 to Saturday, October 26, 2013. The shows will include a mixture of invite only and public events which you can find on the WMCFW website.

Eight talented finalists will participate in the third annual Mercedes-Benz Start Up finale runway show on Tuesday, October 22 at 7 pm and each is hoping to win the Awarded Designer title which comes with mentor-ship and the all important exposure including a spread in FASHION magazine. The gifted fashion designers were chosen by industry experts who identified and interviewed and watched their collections to determine the semi-finalists who will take part in this year's show in Toronto.

“Through the Mercedes-Benz Start Up program we continue to demonstrate the importance of year-round mentorship for emerging designers. These eight finalists and the other Mercedes-Benz Start Up alumni are all now part of an extensive network of industry professionals who will provide their wealth of knowledge and expertise,” said Jarrad Clark, Global Creative Director, IMG Fashion Events and Properties. In the end, one will ultimately stand out among the rest and become the 2013 Awarded Designer.”

From M-BSU, the eight finalists are:

Dreamboat Lucy: Dreamboat Lucy is a clothing and accessories company created in 2010 by sisters Louanna and Hilary Murphy of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The brand caters to a fun, feminine woman who wants to be noticed, with a look that is a little rock and roll, a little retro and always wearable. The inspiration for this collection is “vintage Barbie goes to Hawaii.” Twitter: @dreamboatlucy.
Eliza Faulkner Designs: Eliza Faulkner is a contemporary womenswear designer based in Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Combining sporty details, classic silhouettes and luxurious natural fibres, Eliza Faulkner can be worn day or night, to the office or on weekends – always with elegance and ease. This collection was inspired by Princess Ka'iulani, a Hawaiian princess who was sent to an English boarding school in 1889. Twitter: @ElizaFaulkner2.
Faded Lifestyle: Jonathan Shimoni is a Toronto-based designer with a keen eye for detail and fine quality, sacrificing neither in his line of casual menswear, luxury accessories and leather goods. His collection is monochromatic, consisting of greys, whites and blacks in fabrics that provide great fit and comfort. Twitter: @fadedlifestyle.
HD Homme: The HD stands for Hussein Dhalla, a self-taught designer born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. HD specializes in custom and ready-to-wear men’s apparel, with a specialty in evening wear. The inspiration for his Spring/Summer 2014 collection came from the lavish parties in the recent film, The Great Gatsby. Twitter: @HDHOMME.
HIP AND BONE: Carlos Fogelman was born in Bogotá, Colombia and raised in Miami and Montreal, where he currently resides. His family has been in the clothing industry for over four generations. Launched in 2011, Hip and Bone is a luxury men’s brand with an edgy twist on staple menswear pieces. Texture, durability and exoticness are the key inspirations for the new collection; named “war to royalty,” it represents a lifestyle of enduring survival and struggle. Twitter: @HipandBone.
Malorie Urbanovitch Women's Ready to Wear: Malorie Urbanovitch is an Edmonton, Alberta based designer who creates women's ready-to-wear, high-end contemporary clothing with a focus on natural and innovative fabrics, quality construction and classic shapes with contemporary twists. This collection was inspired by past eras and features minimalist shapes in extremely soft sueded silks, with colours that are subdued yet evoke a grunge attitude, creating a juxtaposition between style and form, combined with luxurious fabrics and delicate techniques to make for an effortless look. Twitter: @MUrbanovitch.
Matière Noire: Designer Cécile Raizonville was born in the south of France and studied and worked in design in Barcelona, Paris and New York before moving to Montreal, Quebec. Her curiosity for and interest in other cultures is the core of her brand and aesthetic. The Spring/Summer 2014 collection was inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe, an American artist living in New Mexico whose lifestyle inspired a natural and neutral colour palette and the use of natural and organic fabrics. The novel The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was also a key reference for its portrait of the migrant worker during the Great Depression era. It translates in the collection through the use of thick fabric and raw cut details. Twitter: @lamatierenoire.
Pedram Karimi: Pedram Karimi was born in Iran and raised in Austria and is based in Montreal. His work is characterized mainly by its clean aesthetic, where less is more. His inspiration for the current collection is the mixing of subcultures within an urban setting, and reaching for a utopia in which race, age and gender is irrelevant and all that matters is the way people connect to one another. Twitter: @PedramKarimi.

Also showing at Fashion Week will be SOIA and KYO celebrating their 10th anniversary, Caitlin Power brings her techno-tribal inspired fashion, urban cool Travis Taddeo, Stephan Caras highlights femininity and fashion for every women, Melissa Nepton's Japanese inspired ready to wear, and many other talented designers who will present during the early afternoon to evening runway shows throughout the week.
Melissa Nepton presents Pikuseru, or 'pixel', brings a modern twist to kimono inspired pieces on Tueday, October 22 at 8 pm, “I’ve always been tremendously inspired by the soft cuts of Japanese contemporary fashion, but also by the Zen mentality that prevails in that culture,” explains Nepton, for whom form fluidity is a most-central concept. “Japanese garments provide a supple structure, suggesting both comfort and ease of movement; my exact philosophy of fashion.” Her fashion pictured above (photo submitted).

Travis Taddeo will bring DJ Ryan Playground during his runway show on Tuesday, October 22 at 5 pm, “A desire to surpass my previous work while staying true to the identity of the Travis Taddeo man and woman constantly drives me,” said Taddeo. “Like the street style in my hometown of Montreal, it’s luxurious and cool without being restrictive or overdone. In honour of the fifth anniversary, I wanted to push this to the limit with a return to basics.” His designs are for both sexes and feature edgy and minimalistic fashions.

Appearing Thursday, October 24 at 7 pm, “This collection is the embodiment of 10 years of evolution for SOIA & KYO, as we celebrate this major milestone anniversary,” said SOIA & KYO creative director, Ilan Elfassy. “We’ve grown up and we are headed in a new direction with our SS14 collection. This season, the line stays true to brand hallmarks like great fit and the use of high quality fabrics, while presenting a clean, contemporary and polished aesthetic.”

On October 24 at 8 pm Toronto based Caitlin Power will present her vision, “When creating pieces, my goal is to make women feel like the ultimate power figure - exuding confidence, sophistication and poise,” said Power. “Combining strong architectural details with classic feminine shapes showcases that a woman can dress in a professional manner while still being fashion forward.” This is her fifth season in the show. Caitlin's fashion shown in the photo at top (submitted photo).

Stephan Caras unveils his womenswear collection on Friday, October 25 at 7 pm, “My design aesthetic and style is always inspired by my deep respect and appreciation for a woman’s natural femininity,” said Stephan Caras. “While designing this collection, I let my imagination take me down a creative path that began with the feminine nature of the pearl. Feminine, wearable, practical and innately sensual; these are key components of every one of my designs, distilled to their most simplistic form.”

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