Toronto Fashion Week Diary: Day 2 at the Fall/Winter 2014 shows (Mélissa Nepton and David Dixon)

As a member of the media, I’m lucky to be able to head backstage before each show to get the scoop on the beauty looks that will soon be strutting the runway. Last night, however, my favorite hair and makeup team kept a surprise from us all that involved a certain Toronto designer and one very special bridal emporium. Read on to get the scoop…

Mélissa Nepton
The athletic trend that has been sweeping the international runways made its way to Toronto last night courtesy of Montreal-based Mélissa Nepton, but her signature sporty style was mixed with a heavy dose of glamour. What else would you expect from a designer whose pieces have been worn on one of the most glitzy red carpets in the world – the Cannes Film Festival.

Quilted sweatshirts, a printed palazzo pant jumpsuit, leather crop tops paired with textured high shine metallic trousers and a luxe hooded samurai jacket all showed off Mélissa’s perfect blend of structure with fluidity.

More: See Mélissa’s complete collection

Wet-look strands, worn as sleek and shiny as could be from root to tip were created for a “fresh from the pool” effect, said Redken’s Jorge Joao. He used Loose Endings to give strands a faux wet look while adding few small braids in the back for interest.

This is a style celebrities like Penelope Cruz, Heidi Klum and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have all rocked with great success, and Jorge says if you want to try it at home, leave your strands dry and free, keeping the gloss to the roots.

More: Read our interview with Melissa Nepton

David Dixon
In addition to the party-perfect dresses that usually take to the runway at a David Dixon show, I am always so happy to get to my seat to read David’s show notes. They always tell a beautiful narrative and offer an insight into the designer’s life.

Last night I was in for a very pleasant surprise when I picked up the notes and discovered that instead of a fall collection, the eveningwear designer was unveiling his bridal collection for wedding dress mecca Kleinfeld Bridal (which will be calling Hudson’s Bay on Queen Street home this May). My first thought was: ‘why didn’t this happen sooner?’

More: See David Dixon’s complete collection

Citing his parent’s wedding photos as inspiration – the chic pair had a double wedding in 1953 with Mrs. Dixon in a tailored baby pink suit instead of a traditional gown (which I’m sure explains the beautiful blush gowns that were staggered between frothy white and creamy ones) – David’s gowns were crafted from luxe fabrics like silk organza, Chantilly lace, silk fille and appliqued tulle with such delicate and imaginative gems as 4-ply silk crepe peplums, lace trousers and multi-layers of lace drifting from beneath satin mermaid hems.

Backstage, Maybelline’s Grace Lee played up David’s blushing bride with “a pretty face” – think rosy cheeks and plush pink pouts courtesy of MasterGlaze in Just Pinched Pink for a youthful glow and Super Stay 14HR Lipstick in Eternal Rose. “You would look at the model on the runway and never think that’s not a makeup look I can wear,” says Grace. Which is music to any bride-to-be’s ears!

Nails at David Dixon.

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