​WMCFW Day 1 recap: Mikhael Kale, Sid Neigem and Pink Tartan

By Ally Dean

When it comes to peaking my excitement, I’m sorry to say the fall/winter presentations face an uphill battle. After months on bone-chilling weather and wind that hurts my face, my delight at cold-weather separates is at an all-time low. Seriously, no more chunky knits.

My down-with-winter mantra evaporated last night when Elise (Sutherland Models) opened the Mikhael Kale show and officially kicked off Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week.


Mikhael Kale. Photo © George Pimentel

Rocking an embellished tweed coat with a chartreuse Mongolian-fur extension (can we all agree everything looks more luxe when done in chartreuse?), it took all my strength not to tackle Elise, grab the coat and dash out of the tents. What followed did nothing to curb my inner kleptomaniac. The jaw-dropping collection featured a range of lavishly adorned skirts, dresses and jackets trimmed with shaggy Mongolian shearling, vintage beads and liquid organza. As if that wasn’t enough artistry, Mikhael incorporated pleating, cutouts and peek-a-boo panels for an all-around inspiring collection. (#fashionweekwin)

Sid Neigum. Photo © George Pimentel

Sid Neigum, also known as fashion week’s darling, continued to inspire with sleek designs in a monochromatic palette of white, black and grey. As a string quartet floated classical (slightly haunting) music through the tent at David Pacault Square, models drifted down the catwalk in sculptural creations that explored volume and texture - like regal ghosts in a haunted castle. Standouts include Sid’s tailored jackets, vests and dramatic gowns, complete with asymmetrical hemlines and oversized cowl necks. All that was missing were oil-lit lamps and artful tapestries.

Pink Tartan. Photo © George Pimentel

Rounding out the evening of fantasy was Kimberley Newport-Mimran’s collection for Pink Tartan. Oversized tissue clouds (created in collaboration with Mason Design) ran down the centre of the runway and set the stage for the avant-garde collection. The uber chic yet delicate sportswear collection featured luxurious wools, high twist cotton and technical fabrics. Obi belts, kimono sleeves and robe dresses spoke to an underlying Eastern influence while the hero items were undoubtedly the oversized fur stoles that came in sumptuous shades like emerald, sapphire and sable.

My winter-wardrobe woes abated, I’ve new lust for cold-weather separates and have already started next year’s wish list.

Stay tuned for more highlights from WMCFW.

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