Menswear report: The best Fall 2014 shows from Toronto Fashion Week
By Derek Lall and Jacky Le
Men’s fashion was given some much-needed attention this season at World Mastercard Fashion Week, as a handful of shows were dedicated to style-enlightened gentleman. In Toronto, we saw a range of menswear styles that were worthy of coveting—from modern contemporary at Thomas Balint to the bespoke luxury at Christopher Bates, we’ve compiled the highlight menswear shows from this fashion week for your viewing pleasure.
Men’s eveningwear was brought to the forefront in designer Hussein Dhalla’s fall collection, featuring a range of navy satin, ruby-red velvet and embroidered charcoal. Proving there’s more to the traditional black suit; dress shirts showcased graphic, leather and sequin detailing. -DL
Time spent in Europe to hone one’s skills usually pays off. Case in point: Thomas Balint designer Michael Thomas’s clean and minimal designs. Without a single ounce of colour in his Fall 2014 collection, Berlin-based Balint’s pieces are likely to be simple staples that will get plenty of use in next season’s wardrobe. -JL
Cargo bottoms are back for fall, but this time they’re skinny, thanks to designer Christopher Bates. Lambskin leather pants, merino two-tone sweaters and well-tailored looks were standouts in the designer’s Dorian Grey-inspired collection. – DL
Klaxon Howl’s vintage workwear aesthetic was evident in owner/designer Matt Robinson’s collection of utility vests, tweed and denim overalls as well as plaid suiting. Newsboy caps lent a fun ‘30s feel to certain looks that are worthy of being deemed, dare we say it, fisherman chic. – JL
Outclass designer Matteo Sgaramella featured a strong range of outwear in his Fall 2014 collection. Peacoats with oversized collars in oxblood and olive were wonderfully constructed. Proving that the varsity jacket has become a must have wardrobe staple were his interpretations in leather, red fleece and yellow plaid.
Bustle designers Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow turned to the longshoreman of the North for Fall 2014. This season kept to a minimal colour palette using mostly grey, black and green, with a heavy use of plaid and quilted leather, separates were styled together to show rich texture.