Toronto Fashion Week Diary: Day Three (Mackage and Joe Fresh)

Catching a Mackage show is always a delight, mainly because post-show you can hear fans of the Canadian outwear brand making seemingly endless lists of the items they can’t wait to bring home come spring. For this fan, I was getting behind the 'C' Plus-orange leather that was sprinkled throughout the collection and a few chiffon flared skirts that would make Carrie Bradshaw proud.

Backstage, Maybelline’s Grace Lee created the “reverse cat eye” by applying a thin line of Master Drama Cream Pencil in Made of Steel (a silver metallic) - and that’s about it. “Everything else about the look is kept really natural.”

On to Joe Fresh. There are few people in the world who can make a Canadian tuxedo look cool and Joe Mimram is one of them. Opening his spring show was an indigo take on the denim-and-denim look and, even though I won’t be test-driving the combo, it was a jumping off point for the rest of the collection, says Joe. “We started off with this whole notion of raw cut denim, navy and indigo, and indigo kind of led me to China,” he told me backstage. 

This East-meets-West idea was echoed in the collection – I spotted at least one Mandarin collar, an oversized Chinoiserie print and metre upon metre of silk. Which, according to Joe, is the one thing he wants the ladies out there to pick up for spring – but he wants that silk in suit form. “I think the skinny suit is super important. We did ours in silk.”

And can we talk about the hair? I’ve been trying to master the deep side part for quite some time and, of course, Jorge Joao from Redken did just that, but he called it an “aggressive” side part. How aggressive? “It’s about at the corner of the head,” says Jorge, who used Redken’s Powder Grip to keep the full side sweep in place.

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