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Toronto Fashion Week

Toronto Fashion Week Recap

Last week Toronto held its seventh fashion week and in case you missed it, we've got a recap of the best from the five days. With all the Fashion Week's happening all over the world it can be difficult to keep up, but in fashion, it's all about keeping one finger on the little guys, if only for a break from the know-it-alls. With 69 designers who showed during this Toronto Fashion Week, we've sorted through them and pulled out Denis Gagnon, Talenti Moda Milano, Joeffer Caoc, Pink Tartan, and Gsus.

Denis Gagnon: This wild and crazy Quebecer's designs are sold all over the world. His aesthetic pivots on leather and tailoring, two things that every fashionista pays homage to on a regular basis. This Fall 08 season Gagnon showed a collection where blacks were draped and woven to a rebellious finish. One black nylon dress with cape-like tailoring finished the show nicely. Finally, an outfit that works with the wind tunnels of Lower Manhattan.

Talenti Moda Milano: Somehow this collection, whether it was the palate or drapery, reminded us of the cottons obsessed brand Clu. For Fall 08 Talenti Moda Milano showed experiments in draping, where tucks and pleats made us raise our eyebrows for different reasons. The best piece, we thought, was a black jacket with tails and a silk acid green collar. Oh, if we could get our hands on that!

Joeffer Caoc: Joeffer Caoc launched his line in 1995 and, over the years, has been named a designer 'to watch' by every fashion council and Canadian publication out there. His aesthetic pleases a lot of audiences and is known for it's classic cuts and fluid lines. This Fall 08 remained in tune with this personality, where rich gem colors were made into flattering, basic evening dresses and coats.

GSUS:Whoa there you crazy Canadians! We saw this collection while listening to "One Pure Thought" by Hot Chip and the combination seemed perfect. Someone did a flip on the runway, is all we'll say about the GSUS show. Oh, also that the brand, run by two dutch designers, showed some bright nylon that we think makes for some fun street wear.

Pink Tartan: Pink Tartan is pretty well known round these parts, though perhaps only just recently, when downtown boutiques started carrying the brand. This Fall 08 season we were happy to see randomly placed zippers and slim navy trousers as part of the collection. Also right on target were short motorcycle gloves that offset the more feminine looks.

In case it wasn't obvious, photos courtesy of L'Oreal Fashion Week

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