By this time next week, I’ll be exhausted from a full week of mingling, elbow rubbing and hobnobbing with Toronto’s fashion elite at World Master Card Fashion Week (rough life I know).

It is a tiring week, but the SD team is ready and we couldn’t be more excited.
With all types of designers from first timers to established, we will try to get in as much of the excitement as we can. While we are keen on hitting up every show,  these are the ones that really excite us!

Chloé Comme Parris: 
Last year Chloe Comme Parris presented at The Shows, opting not to show during WMCFW, which is why we are excited to see what all the buzz is about. Founded by Sisters Chloé and Parris Gordon, the brand uses a modern context to showcase historical design elements.  The duo
is the second runway event of the week and will take place on Monday March 18th at 6:30 PM. 

Travis Taddeo:
Travis Taddeo will return to Toronto’s WorldMasterCard Fashion Week to showcase his namesake fall/winter 2013 collection in the Studio on Friday, March 22, at 4 p.m. If you’ve never seen Taddeo’s work, it’s sexy somber and we’re expecting more of the same.  His work is known for its raw simplicity with a dark edge and he’s well versed in creating beautiful clothing for  women and men.  This year’s collection is inspired by 90’s Kate Moss,  so we’re expecting so we’re expecting dark, sexy and an overall great show!

Klaxon Howl:
We’re excited for Klaxon Howl, due to the fact that the clothing is one of the most wearable collections you’ll see on the runway. Owner/ Designer Matt Robinson uses vintage militaria, workwear and sportswear for his inspiration. We’re obsessed!

The entire Klaxon Howl collection is produced by hand in small batches and uses the finest techniques in the manufacturing of their garments. With Klaxon Howl’s show on Tuesday March 19th at 5pm we will be there with bells on!

Christopher Bates:
As one of our favourite Canadian menswear designers, we are super stoked to check out Mr. Bates’ collection.  With a strong presentation at the Mercedes- Benz start-up show last year, expect to see great suits, stunning leather jackets and an intense attention to detail. As an Italian trained tailor, Christopher Bates is on his way to mastering men’s suiting game. We’ve seen his pieces up close and are kicking ourselves that we didn’t stock up at his sample sale! Christopher Bates is showing at 4:00PM on Wednesday March 20th

Bustle:
Last year the Bustle show was definitely the most fun. Known for their cheekiness and creativity in the menswear game, expect big colours, great music and an all round exciting presentation. Bustle shows on Monday March 18th at 8:30 PM 

MIZ by Izzy Camilleri:
We are very curious to see what the MIZ  Ready- To- Wear line from Izzy Camilleri is going to be like. The collection will be made up of separates ( jacket, pants, blouses etc.) and is meant for the sleek, mature and inspired woman. This show will be great, because I’m bringing my mom who will probably also do a write up. There is a void in mature RTW women’s clothing. Women that are 50-65 don’t want to look 25, but they also don’t want to look like a 75 year old lady. Izzy Camilleri knows this, and has made this collection to fill the void. 5:30 PM on Monday March 18th. 
Soia & Kyo:
Soia & Kyo are one of those brands  you fall in love with. Their playful take on outerwear has garnered them a large following, and we can’t wait to see what they do next. Their newest collection is inspired by the fluidity and texture of soft metals. The Fall/Winter 2013 collection is simultaneously polished and down to earth. Featuring a rich colour palette of red, rust and wine, S&K combines these tones alongside an emphasis on khaki and navy. A soft shine permeates the collection through the delicate pairing of nickel greys and muted copper elements. The brand’s dedication to integrity in outerwear and effortless style is exemplified with the use of soft leathers, suede, textured and patterned wools, and lightweight down blends. 6:00PM Thursday March 21st

Ashtiani:
Ashtiani is the first show of the week, and we really dug her show last year so we are excited to see what the new collection will look like.  This year Ashtiani has taken inspiration from the Elizabethan era with special pleating techniques. This fabric-rich collection is the new look from the emerging designer with a range of intricate pieces from modern geometric lace trousers to dramatic and voluminous outerwear.  There is immense pressure being the first show, but we are sure Ashtiani will impress us this year again.  Monday March 18th at 4:00pm 

 Stephen Caras:
“Inspired by a woman’s passionate nature, the collection reflects Caras’ admiration of fashion as an extension of a woman’s inner beauty and self-assurance.” Very deep -we know, but Caras has been a fashion mainstay for over 20 years and we are excited to see his feminine collection. Expect soft winter-white fabrics mixed with delicate laces, satins and silk chiffons are offset by dramatic blacks and jersey combined with guipure lace, plunging necklines, open backs, exaggerated slits and trailing lengths. Sculptured gowns featuring corset and bustier tops emphasize intriguing shapes. Caras presents at 7:00pm on Friday March 22nd.

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