Clothes That Made Us Go “Hmm” at Toronto Fashion Week

Thought provoking clothes we didn’t imagine coming down the runway

With all the beautiful gowns, coats and separates coming down the runway, at any fashion week around the world, there are usually a handful of garments that make attendees from the front and all the way to the back row quirk their eyebrows and wonder what was the designer thinking when he or she created this or that piece of clothing. Some garments will make your jaw drop to the floor and say I want that, like when we see Karl Lagerfeld reveal his latest creations for Chanel. On the other hand, there are designer creations that will evoke a more visceral reaction; for instance, Jeremy Scott’s Sponge Bob Square Pants inspired pieces for Moschino’s fall 2014 collection. Yikes!

We’re not expected to love every single piece in a designer’s collection; we all have difference style preferences. Some people prefer wearing monochromatic looks rather than head to toe prints, while others gravitate towards asymmetrical silhouettes versus classic and timeless pieces. To each his own and to coin the phrase more poetically Whatever floats your boat.

On day one of World MasterCard Fashion Week, Mikhael Kale’s show had fashion goers talking for days; the beading, the embellishment and the detail work for his fall 2015 collection still has us in a daze. However one garment that made us say, Holy molly was an oversized black leather jacket that had more holes in it than a block of Swiss cheese “ holy molly indeed. As this piece came down the runway and past our seat we couldn’t help but wonder two things: a) we hope the model was wearing underwear underneath it and b) imagine wearing this in -20°C weather. Hmm¦

Another designer who put us into a state of shock and awe is Hayley Elsaesser. Last night she presented a colourful fall collection that was inspired by two opposing themes, Midnight Cowboy inspired by disco meets the Wild West. On paper it sounds weird, but in person it made everyone smile and think she can give us a master class in mixing and matching prints any day and any time; picture colourful camo knits meets an urban John Wayne with a side of Studio 54.

On the other hand, instead of sending our fashion senses into overdrive, VAWK designer Sunny Fong took a subtle approach when showing off his latest brand partnership with sandwich chain SUBWAY. Yes, you read that right SUBWAY. We definitely said Hmm when we heard this announcement and wondered how the collaboration would turn out on the runway. However, to our pleasant surprise, Fong cleverly created six custom looks that focused on the restaurant chain’s mantra of freshness. Two white dresses, with yellow gold leather accents and SUBWAY logo laser cut details, presented a clean and fresh fashion take on this unlikely partnership.

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Mikhael Kale F/W 2015

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