Toronto Fashion Week Diary: Day 4 at the Fall/Winter 2014 shows (Rudsak and Soia & Kyo)

While I usually wait until Day 5 to break out the flats, it happened a little earlier this season when Thursday night saw not just myself, but a series of other editors clad in leather loafers and their favourite pair of jeans. Not that we imagine the designers minded - especially at Rudsak, where the party atmosphere was in full effect!


Celebrating 20 years on the Canadian fashion scene is definitely worthy of a bash, and last night’s Rudsak show - where the leather brand marked two decades in the business - was a true fashion fête.

I had an inkling of what to expect on the runway thanks to Maybelline’s Grace Lee, who told me backstage that the look was “100% rock n’ roll. She’s the girl who would hang out with the Rolling Stones.” In makeup terms that means a heavy smokey eye lined with a black kohl pencil - in the inner rim and the upper inner rim - and then layered all over the lid, topped off with two shades of Expertwear Eye Shadow (Made for Mocha and Tastefully Taupe) blended with a heavy dose of Grace’s favourite Baby Lips balm to make the black “a little more sheer and worn in, like she’s worn it all night.” Maybelline’s newest mascara, Volum’ Express Pumped Up!, provided the ultimate rocker girl lashes (long, lush and heavy). Disclaimer: I’m wearing it today and I think I’m in love!

Having this visual in mind when I took my seat, it was no surprise when international runway sensation Kori Richardson (the Canadian model has walked for Giorgio Armani, Michael Kors, Roberto Cavalli and Oscar de la Renta, to name a few) opened the show clad in head-to-toe leather, starting with a dangerously short black mini topped off with a burnt amber moto jacket and matching necktie. Lace tights and a feather in her cap further drove home the British rock-royalty feel.

With the speakers blasting a series of rock anthems, from Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way” to Red Hot Chili Peppers' “Suck My Kiss”, this was one show that had guests in the mood for a party!

Soia & Kyo

Most ladies love their shoes, and while I do have a fierce devotion to footwear I have to admit I also collect coats, thanks in part to the frigid Toronto winters and, of course, because I believe a coat really does make the outfit.

At last night’s Soia & Kyo show, outerwear designer Ilan Elfassy presented a collection any coat lover would find worthy of a few hangers in their closet.

From the ivory pea coat trimmed around the pockets in greige leather to the marled wool Little Red Riding Hood number, I could picture many a Canadian fashionista wrapping herself in these winter treasures – including myself. While I don’t normally pay as much attention to what the male models are wearing on the runway, there were even a few menswear pieces that I wish Soia & Kyo would make for the fairer sex, especially the double-breasted scarlet look with black fur lapel!

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