Smythe Fall 2012
Holt Renfrew‘s opening night runway show is always one of the most popular on the official Toronto Fashion Week calendar, and for good reason. A well-curated sneak peek into the latest collections of some of our favourite Canadian brands, this season’s edition featured Dennis Merotto, Jeremy Laing, Judith & Charles, Lida Baday, LINE Knitwear, Mackage, Smythe, and Twenty Cluny.
As has been the case the last few seasons, I walked out of the Holt Renfrew Presents show with new must-haves on my Fall 2012 wish list: a green herringbone jacket from Smythe, a sequin party dress from Twenty Cluny and a knitted cardigan with leather sleeves from LINE. Oh, and a new winter coat from Mackage, which of course was already on the list after last week’s presentation of the complete Fall 2012 collection.
That’s a lot of
wants needs from one runway show, yes, but those folks at Holt Renfrew are quite talented at luring me into their department stores. Holt’s has always been a dangerous shopping destination for me, and their Canadian fashion showcase at Toronto Fashion Week reminded me just how much.
Watch the complete Holt Renfrew Presents show here.
Twenty Cluny Fall 2012
LINE Knitwear Fall 2012
Dennis Merotto Fall 2012
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Holt Renfrew‘s traditional opening night show is my favourite way to kick off the LG Fashion Week festivities each season. Though this has much to do with my ongoing obsession with Smythe, the rest of the show is always a treat too, especially with Canadian fashion design heavyweights like Jeremy Laing, Denis Gagnon and Lida Baday, up-and-coming brands like Twentycluny, Denis Merotto and Naked & Famous, and menswear brand Wings + Horns rounding out this season’s line-up.
Fall is only barely upon us, but I’m already thinking ahead to next Spring. In a few months’ time, I’ll definitely need to stop by Holt Renfrew for the new items I jotted down on my wish list at the show: another Smythe blazer (because one can never have enough), any floral piece from Denis Gagnon (I want the entire collection!), and a Wings + Horns leather jacket for the Mister (because I’m feeling generous). With so much temptation packed into one store, indeed, there’s no place like Holt’s!
Check out photos of the complete runway show on Toronto Life. What’s catching your eye?
Jeremy Laing Spring/Summer 2012
Smythe Spring/Summer 2012
Lida Baday Spring/Summer 2012
Naked & Famous Spring/Summer 2012
Denis Gagnon Spring/Summer 2012
Twentycluny Spring/Summer 2012
Denis Merotto Spring/Summer 2012
Wings + Horns Spring/Summer 2012
Image Credits: Jenna Marie Wakani for Toronto Life
With Toronto’s Rogue Fashion Week having come to a close with the Greta Constantine and Ezra Constantine show, it seemed almost symbolic (of what, I’ve yet to determine) that designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong’s lines then took part in Holt Renfrew‘s opening show for the official LG Fashion Week mere days later. Joined by top Canadian designers Denis Gagnon, Jeremy Laing, Lida Baday, Pink Tartan, Smythe, Todd Lynn, TWENTYCLUNY, Wings + Horns and, curiously, Canada Goose, to make up this season’s line-up, the cast of the Holt Renfrew Presents Fall 2011 edition looked almost identical to the Spring 2011 show but felt quite different. Gone were Mikhael Kale and Wayne Clark, replaced by Canadian-born, London-based designer Todd Lynn and TWENTYCLUNY by Sara Rabkin.
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After the VAWK show last Monday, LG Fashion Week officially kicked off with the Holt Renfrew Presents event, which featured selected looks from the Spring 2011 collections of Denis Gagnon, Jeremy Laing, Lida Baday, Line RUNWAY, Mikhael Kale, Pink Tartan, Smythe, Wayne Clark, and Wings + Horns. Line and Pink Tartan were on the schedule to show their full collections later in the week, but for the others it was a sneak peek into what they have in store for Spring. I must confess, though, that I went to the show with a one-track mind – for me, it was all about Smythe, Smythe, Smythe. I’m a self-proclaimed Smythe addict of the first order, so the opportunity to get a sneak preview of the Spring collection isn’t one I’m likely to pass up. I dragged my photographer for the evening and fellow Smythe addict, J, along for the ride.
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…made my heart pitter patter. It’s the perfect shade of pink (soft, not too bright) and such a flattering fit (or so I imagine since I couldn’t actually try it on in my current state, much to the chagrin of the sales associate). And did I mention I snagged it at 70% off at The Bay? I have been trolling the clearance racks of the St. Regis Room at The Bay on Queen Street since my Tracy Reese find last week like it’s my job, and this afternoon I hit paydirt with a stunning Lida Baday corset dress from her Spring 2009 collection. I’m too lazy and technologically-challenged to take a photo of the dress, so all I have to share is a picture of the twill version of the dress currently selling at 40% off at Nordstrom during their Half-Yearly Sale.
Can’t wait to wear this dress next summer. And the Tracy Reese dress as well. Oh, and the many other items of clothing I’ve purchased for post-pregnancy. Ahhh, I must stop now. Sale season is so much fun…until the credit card bill arrives…*sigh*.