Today, Toronto Fashion Week (aka: World MasterCard Fashion Week and formerly known as LG Fashion Week) officially begins with the white tents setup at David Peacut Square standing in stark contrast to the concrete and steel office towers surrounding it.
Prior to this Rough Fashion Week took place with several designers hosting runway shows off site to display their latest collections. The first show I attended was hosted by Montreal brand, Mackage who is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. They pulled out all the stops on Tuesday inviting local notables and having subculture star Zombie Boy, Rick Genest creeping down the catwalk to close their show.
Here are a few select pictures from Mackage’s fall/winter 2012 runway show; my review of the collection is below.
Design inspiration: according to Mackage’s designers, Elisa Dahan and Eran Elfassy, inspiration was taken “from the mystery and dark wonder that surrounds a travelling circus in the starry-eyes 1920s and were intrigued by notion of the larger-than-life circus characters.”
What I liked: with over 40 looks gracing the runway, Mackage always produces strong outerwear in enough variety and styles to suit your mom, dad, uncle, grandparents and quite possibly the kitchen sink if it were an animate object. Down the runway came black wool coats, distressed leather jackets, puffy parkas and many pieces with fur collar embellishments.
What I didn’t like: unfortunately Mackage’s clothing for fall/winter 2012 didn’t really capture my enthusiasm. Majority of the pieces were basic items such as black leather pants, wool skirts and several sequin dresses.
Footwear: basic black pumps were worn by the women and motorcycle style boots were donned by the men.
Photos by George Pimentel