It’s that time of year again – the World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto, and anybody who’s somebody comes out to check out the hottest Canadian designs for fall 2013.
Today is the third day of World MasterCard Fashion Week, and tonight I was able to attend the KORHANI Home runway show. What’s interesting about KORHANI Home is that it’s a blend of interior design and fashion. They create a full line of home furnishings and accessories, and on the runway they turn carpets into clothing – impeccably, if I might add.
Tonight the fashion enthusiasts of Toronto witnessed a show that took us through time as each of the four sets of looks were inspired by a different time era.
The show began by taking on a somber, almost Gothic, tone. All of the dresses – er, um, carpets? – were deep, lush tones of plum and purple. The gowns were truly a vision, and many of the designs had immaculate embroidery and jewel embellishments. Several of the models sported cloaks lending to a medieval-esque type feel, and donned huge messy beehive hair-dos. Overall, the look was absolutely stunning and let us bystanders transcend ourselves into a different era.
The second set opened like a French film set in grande ol’ Paris. Whimsical romantic music played in the background as models in old style ’20s apparel walked the runway. The colours were less plush than the first set of looks. Instead, the tones were more muted – beige, tans, and taupe. A standout piece in this set of looks was the trend of the classic trench coat, hair styled into a low bun, and netting over the face. The whole thing was very reminiscent of an old age French or German film star.
The third set of looks began with a very grande projection of an old-style red film curtain being drawn up. Instantly, the audience received the cue – old Hollywood. To me, the looks almost felt inspired by ’30s flapper girls. Models wore feathered head pieces, red lips, and rich chocolate brown seemed to be the colour KORHANI Home was going for. The modern take was the creation of peplum and A-symmetrical dresses. Overall, it was very “old Hollywood glamour” and I loved every bit of it.
Finally, a leap into the colourful disco era. Everything was bright, neon, and super funky. As a matter a fact, I myself felt like getting up onto the runway and busting out a few disco moves. There were plenty of pieces with structured, boxy shoulders and a few pant suits. The structured shoulder on many of the pieces reminded me a lot of what you would see on model Grace Jones back in the day. Overall, it was a handful of fun, retro, daring looks.