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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Toronto Men's Fashion Week Coverage: Exaggerated Prints and Androgynous Staples Take the Stage at TOM Spring/Summer 2015





This month, Toronto Men's Fashion Week joined the ranks of Milan, London, Florence, Singapore,  Los Angeles, and Vancouver with the city's first-ever, fashion week event dedicated exclusively to the promotion of menswear. Held at the prestigious Fairmont Royal York hotel, the presentation drew a massive crowd of style-conscious spectators.

From its display of Canadian talent to its charitable MensFashion4Hope mission, TOM failed to disappoint and set the stage for success with its artful range of designer collections. While event favourites like Christopher Bates and HD HOMME drew in the largest crowds, it was the show's more avant-garde and edgy collections that really stood out.

Showstoppers from the first-ever Toronto Men's Fashion Week explored clashing patterns and androgynous silhouettes that were bold and editorial-worthy. Whether playing with proportion, experimenting with tactile materials, or opting for gender-bending styles, these examples blurred the lines between art and fashion. 

Always one to break from tradition, BENJI WZW fused Oriental and New Wave inspirations when creating his latest collection. The pattern-enriched menswear line reminded us of Ryan Gosling's 'Drive' character and embodied the designer's luxe streetwear aesthetic. Other memorable presentations included TOTHEM's layered print runway show that changed the concept of traditional casuals. Its latest collection married vanguard design details with breathable fabrics. These ultra-cool looks are set to appeal to the urban dweller whose wardrobe blends style and comfort. 

Finishing off the list is WORTH by David. C. Wigley and the controversial presentation from L'UOMO STRANO by designer Mic. Carter. While David C. Wigley brought his signature range of prints to the runway stage, Mic. dared to shock with his futuristic and gender-bending collection.

The menswear line was one of the most talked-about presentations at TOM and also one of its most intriguing. L'UOMO STRANO's runway show left audience members in awe of its unconventional beauty and celebrated conceptual fashion that blurs gender lines. 

Authored by Jana Pijak

Images from the Toronto Starto-Fashionistas, and THE BRUNETTES’ own collection *images from THE BRUNETTES’ collection not to be used without providing a source link to this posting

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