Toronto Fashion Week Diary: Day 1 at the Fall/Winter 2014 shows (VAWK, Beaufille and Line Knitwear)

Despite the frigid air both outside and in the tents (either the heaters weren’t working properly or someone forgot to turn them on), Day 1 at Toronto Fashion Week was action packed, with several of my favorite Canadian talents taking to the runway. Here’s what happened on the catwalk:

“I missed a season so I forgot how fast it was, I need to be a lot more ahead!” Vawk designer Sunny Fong told me backstage after his fall runway show. “Well that’s why I did well in Project Runway – it’s my last minute thing.” You would never know the reality show alum was anything but prepared by taking a look at the pieces that paraded down the runway.

Inspired by the Middle East and aptly titled “1001 Nights,” the almost-all-black collection used texture to add dimension to the shade – a fox fur sweatshirt; a metallic leather croc skirt; laser-cut sleeves worked into a sheer maxi overlay worn with a sequin mini dress underneath. It was texture to the max styled in the most wearable way.

Speaking of texture, it is a word often used by stylists to describe a hair look – but backstage, Redken Lead Stylist Jorge Joao left that to the fashion and went with sleek strands parted in the centre, leaving the ends blunt. “Clean, super straight and polished” were his exact words (kept safe from blow dry and iron with Redken’s Satinwear). To spice it up, he wrapped two pieces of hair across the forehead, pinning them on opposite sides for a visor effect.

Hello! Canada’s web team chatted with the lovely sister act behind Beaufille a few days before their show and when asked which celebrity the girls would like to dress, Elizabeth Olsen was Chloe’s top pick.

I had this in mind when I watched the show and could totally see the younger Olsen decked out in a few pieces of the 90s-style gear that Beaufille presented, from the high-shine satiny moto jacket in deep scarlet with hook-and-eye seams to the matchy matchy tribal prints.

Backstage, Maybelline’s Grace Lee took the 90s reference literally when it came to the models’ pouts. “I’m going to kind of go in between to give it that kind of Linda Evangelista spice kind of lip,” she said, which meant lining lips in brown before filling in the rest with lighter lip shades – Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs in Blushing Beige and Bare All – and blending, blending, blending for a sort of ombre lip.

Line Knitwear
By the fourth show of the day, everyone was freezing and we needed a blast of sizzling style to shake us out of our arctic coma. Enter: Line Knitwear.

The celeb-approved brand (Sarah Jessica Parker, Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Garner are fans) opened with a shock of fuchsia in the form of an ombre shawl-collar coat and hot-pink leather skirt, with a bedazzled ear cuff in a matching shade. That certainly got my attention. As did the burnout purple and black midi pencil skirt with exposed back zipper and navy satin jumpsuits. Oh, and did I mention the velvet and angora short shorts? Swoon!

To go along with the ombre details in Line’s collection, Essie’s Lead Nail Artist Rita Remark created degrade-effect manicures using Saint Tropez on the tip, fading into Bobbing for Baubles. “I feel like the conception of ombre has always been darker to the tip, so it’s really neat to see it darkest at the cuticle, and see it fade to neutral, it’s almost like an optical illusion once it’s done.” Full disclosure: that morning, I was lucky enough to have the team at Essie recreate the look on my nails and it was the perfect way to start Day 1 of Toronto Fashion Week!

Don't miss a beat with HELLO! Canada's Daily Hits newsletter, your daily dose of royal and celebrity news, fashion, weddings and more. CLICK HERE to sign up for free!