Highlights from Day 3 of Toronto Fashion Week F/W 2018

Photography by George Pimentel

Mani Jassal studio presentation

The RE/SET studio was filled with flowers and foliage for the presentation of Mani Jassal’s S/S 2018 collection, “The Garden of Desire.” Jassal, who is based in Toronto, riffs on her South Asian heritage to create designs that are traditional yet bold. Dupattas are paired into crop tops with long flowing skirts and plenty of gold embellishments rounded off the floral-inspired collection.

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Andrew Coimbra x UNCUFFED studio presentation

Andrew Coimbra has only been designing his self-titled collection for three years, but his F/W 2018 collection had the self-realized vision of a much more experienced designer. A streetwise mustard hoodie with Coimbra’s own logo channelled the notorious Vetements DHL shirt. The collection’s more athletic elements – for example, a snake print pullover windbreaker – chafed brilliantly when styled against boss lady pencil skirts and conservative black kitten heels.

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Hayley Elsaesser runway show

Hayley Elsaesser delivered bubbly, buoyant F/W 2018 collection with plenty of her signature splashy, colourful prints. The collection, titled “Cosmic Dread,” followed a sinister space theme and featured UFO prints and… an “eyegina,” which, as one can guess, is an eye coyly stylized into the shape of lady parts. Always one for breaking barriers, the highlight of the spectacle was when model Rachel Romu, who has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, closed out the show fiercely with the aid of a cane.

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S.P. Badu studio presentation

Gender has no place in the world created by S.P. Badu. “It’s a unisex brand, so we definitely want to break boundaries in terms of gender perception and traditional garment creation,” the designer says. The clothes channelled the sombre perspective of Ann Demeulemeester with an ironic twist, featuring the type of baggy pants with contrasting stitching once worn by early-2000s nu-metal enthusiasts. A particularly shiny Matrix-inspired trench coat would be perfect for a benevolent hacker tracking cybersecurity threats, or you know, a trip to the grocery store.