Toronto Fashion Week Diary: Day 3 at the Fall/Winter 2014 Shows (Pink Tartan and Joe Fresh)

While it wasn’t exactly spring or winter outside the tents (buckets full of rain left the audience a little soggy), it was certainly a winter wonderland inside, where Joe Fresh and Pink Tartan went heavy on the outdoor gear with stylish pieces so chic the next polar vortex doesn’t stand a chance!

Pink Tartan
As I mentioned last week, I’m always thrilled to learn who Pink Tartan-designer Kimberley Newport-Mimram will select as her muse and this season it was more than just one woman – it was one woman in one photoshoot. Citing model Veruschka’s “The Great Fur Caravan” spread shot by Richard Avedon in a 1966 Vogue, it was clear this was going to be one collection heavy on the furs – and for a fur-loving Canadian, I was on board from the start.

“I used a ton of different types of fur – real, recycled and faux. It really does keep you warm!” Kim, who has a stunning capsule collection hitting The Shopping Channel on March 30, told me backstage. As the proud owner of both my mother’s and grandmother’s vintage fur coats, I can attest to that statement.

While fur isn’t the only solution to fighting the elements in style (although those fur shorts were a treat!), Kim’s other solution is layering, which is where her many stylish separates come into play. From the chocolate-brown leather midi swing skirt and buffalo plaid toppers to the “Made in Canada” reindeer sweaters and leather cigarette pants, keeping warm and looking ready for an impromptu street style shoot is a breeze.

On the beauty front, Maybelline’s Grace Lee echoed Kim’s art of layering when it came to creating skin that literally glowed on the runway and looked, as Grace put it, “expensive”. Maybelline’s Pore Eraser and Fit Me Stick Foundation started off the process, followed by a dusting of bronzer all over the high points of the face and, for a frost-bitten finishing touch, Pink Fever on the apples of the cheek.

Joe Fresh
I never know if it’s the thought of previewing fashion they can actually afford or if it’s the head bobbing-worthy soundtrack (Neon Jungle’s “Trouble”, the same song the Victoria’s Secret Angels hit the runway to, did the trick this season), but the crowd at Joe Fresh always seems to be having more fun than at any other show.

To designer Joe Mimram’s credit, the fashion this season was definitely worth getting excited about, especially if your goal is to stay chic in a Canadian winter. “Outwear is such a statement piece, it’s the piece people see you in,” said Joe backstage before the show. Translation – that puffy parka has a time and place but get thee a stylish coat ASAP. For Joe, that coat comes in many different equally fashionable forms, from the hooded “teddy” fur coat lined in bright orange quilting to the belted wool robe coats with extra long self-belt for creating the perfect bow.

And chic outerwear isn’t the only solution for breathing life into winter. Thought you couldn’t wear your heels during an ice storm? Au contraire! Try Joe Fresh’s pointy pumps with treads for traction.

For someone who has tried to weather the polar vortex with my style intact, this was a great way to see how it’s done by the pros.

Models’ hair was pulled into a messy side braid (the same Alexander Wang circa Spring 2010 braid that’s still rocking red carpets and runways), and after many years of trying to pull this look off, I picked up a tip backstage from Redken’s Jorge Joao that I wished I learned a long time ago – pull hair into a side ponytail first, elastic and all, braid down, secure with another elastic at the bottom and then cut the first elastic holding the ponytail in place, letting the braid get a little messy (oh, and a few spritzes of their new Pillow Proof Primer will also cut your drying time in half and prevent strands from breaking!).

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