Toronto Fashion Week Diary: Day One (Beaufille, Pink Tartan and David Dixon)

Their name may have changed but their aesthetic remains – the rich grunge girl was alive and well at Beaufille’s (formerly Chloe Comme Parris) Spring/Summer 2014 show at Day One of Toronto Fashion Week

With celeb fans like 50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson (the former model once starred in their lookbook), the sister duo is generating a buzz across the border - Lucky Magazine just named the girls “designers to watch” - and rightfully so. 


Borrowing a few ‘90s highlights, the collection was a mix of oversized silk separates paired with chunky Doc Marten baroques, muted Navajo prints imparted on textured leggings slashed just above the kneecap and, of course, the grunge girl’s signature jewellery - the ear cuff. 

Backstage, Maybelline Canada’s Grace Lee smeared Baby Lips lip balm on models’ eyelids  “to give it that grease texture” but kept the lashes shine free courtesy of the brand’s new Collasal Volum’Express Mascara. “It gives a really nice matte texture to the eyelashes,” says Grace. Slicked back strands – think just emerged from the shower wet - by Redken’s Jorge Joao finished off the look.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, polished, pretty and preppy was the message at Pink Tartan. Andy Warhol’s musing of “I had a lot of dates but decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows” was the phrase on repeat over the speakers at the opening of the show, which helped to draw the parallel behind designer Kimberley Newport-Mimram’s Edie Sedgwick inspiration and not only the looks that took to the runway, but also the bold, in-your face-brows that decorated the models’ lids. 

A dizzying army of eerily perfect ladies stepped out in perfectly stylized ensembles that included many a must-have piece, like the pink leather knife-pleat midi skirt, an updated take on the shirtdress and a mix of short suits (one in a flashy neon chartreuse), plus voluminous hemline after hemline. This show-goer felt more Grace Kelly in Rearview Mirror than Andy’s Factory Girl Edie, but regardless of the inspiration, I loved every last drop.

At David Dixon, another society girl was the star of the show, but this time of the local variety: socialite Suzanne Rogers' daughter opened and closed the show, kiss-kissing the designer at the end of the runway during the finale. 

Maybelline’s Grace Lee confessed backstage that her inspiration was “ladies who lunch” and, in particular, one Toronto society gal. While Grace kept mum on the identity of her muse, she did share the secret to “expensive looking skin” – a smudge of lip lacquer, in particular their Color Elixir in Breathtaking Apricot across the cheeks for a “moist, almost Botoxed” cheek. 

On the runway, Toronto’s golden boy showcased a collection crafted entirely in black and white using textures instead of colours or prints to draw interest in his pieces - textures like silk organza, laser cut re-embroidered taffeta and hand cut lace. Of note were the stand out separates that seemed to stray from David’s signature style– black lace pants sans lining, a sheer billowy blouse (again minus the lining) nipped at the waist and, my favourite, a lapel-less white shirt dress that gapped open at the neck to display a hint of collarbone – perfection!

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