by Samantha Potes
Photographed for Lucire by Jason Ward
WEEK of Canadian fashion has come and gone, but
memories of a winter past and foreshadowing of a romantic autumn-to-be
lingers on. The fallwinter shows at L’Oréal Professionnel Toronto Fashion Week were about
nostalgia and mystery, romance and exuberance. It was an eclectic mix
of many different inspirations, bringing a wide range of fashion ideas
for the time most dear to the hearts of Canadians: fall and winter.
The Canadian collections were highly anticipated and
well attended. Shows drawing the largest crowds were the opening night's
crowd favourites, Hoax Couture
with their customized trophy BMW Auto Couture competition entry; the
New Labels show and Vendredi Québecoisa
tribute to French Canadian designers on the closing day.
Trends in Canadian fashion for fall 2002 include
embroidered leather belts, wools and silk for daywear and sheer organza
silk and embroidered lace for the evening. Coats are long and luxurious,
sweeping with a lot of movement. Long skirts are in again,
with three-quarter length and full floor-length hems getting plenty of
runway time. Long asymmetrical hems also had a strong showing, giving
the micro-mini a bit of a winter break. And what Canadian winter would
be complete without wool knits? They were also very popular with designers
and are bigger and chunkier than ever before.
Each show had a different little something
to show off, and Lucire was there to bring you the latest in Canadian
Above left: From the Ana Kuzmanic collection.
Left: Lucires front-row seat, from which Toronto correspondent
Samantha Potes wrote her reviews of some of the shows