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World Mastercard Fashion Week – DAY 3

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Laura Siegel

Photographs by George Pimentel

The second day at the tents begun with a collection truly routed in the spirit of Spring/Summer. Laura Siegel’s beachy, BOHO, tie-dye assortment was enough to warm even the icy stares of front row fashion goers. 

Carefree separates in a palette of sand, aqua, turquoise and azure sauntered down the runway, transporting us back to the mellow days of summer. Brass-arrow Navajo jewelry and aqua smoky eyes polished off the looks of Siegel’s boardwalk amazons. 

Standout pieces included washed leather jackets and vests, convertible maxi skirts, beautiful scarves and textured knits.


Travis Taddeo

Photographs by George Pimentel

In a film prefacing his S/S presentation, Taddeo set the stage for the minimal, layered monochromatic collection in shades of ice blue, grey, light beige and white. Inspired by the feeling of a spring morning, with light coming through a slightly cracked window, the coolness resulting from sleeping with just a top sheet and the light chirping of birds that you may be excited to hear, or just want to shoot, Taddeo’s collection is certainly something to look forward to. 

Sometimes criticized for being nothing more than a better basics brand, Taddeo upped the ante this season, presenting fashion pieces interspersed with his usual assortment of tees, tanks, and shorts. There were high-low quilted tops and shorts that almost seemed to imitate the stitching of the top of a mattress, buttery leather pieces and sheer, silky overlays and trench vests. 

Styling choices of socks and sandals and backwards snap back baseball caps all indicated the cool kids had arrived.



Photographs by George Pimentel

With a wide range of established, start-up and median designers showing throughout the Toronto fashion week, it is often a pleasure to see veteran brands showcase their collections. Li Lin does just that for JNBY’s Spring/Summer 2014, in a presentation that is fresh, professional and extremely well-executed. 

Finishings, tailoring and technique are no longer an issue for these established international brands, and so, one can really get a cohesive statement of what the brand stands for in a particular season. Inspired predominantly by menswear, this post-apocalyptic, raw, washed collection glided down the runway in style. Silky fabrications in light, sheer panels came together in the one of the most daring palettes of fashion week, blocking together emerald, clay, white, navy and black in an array of solid separates – save one stunning artistic print. 

Androgynous in nature, it could be safe to say that certain pieces have crossover potential between men’s and women’s wear; specifically long, silky belted trenches and comfy pants that boasted detachable britches. 


Melissa Nepton

Photographs by George Pimentel

Melissa Nepton – Palazzo pants, geo-prints, and sheer panels oh my! Melissa Nepton certainly gives us a spring to look forward to. Her sporty, fresh and modern take on the spring super-stemmed goddess left a smile on many in attendance faces. Not many thought it possible to make especially a models legs look longer and leaner but Nepton’s spring collection of voluminous shorts, skirts and extreme palazzo pants does just that. In a collection that pays homage to the East and the mandarin sports suit, the Montreal native weaves exceptional new ideas and prints into old world standards. Making quilting an official trend for S/S 2014 Nepton is the third but certainly not the last designer to make great use of this exciting clever technique. Some stand out pieces include a must have sensationally sparkly cocktail dress, bold printed mandarin sports suit, quilted and sheer patterned separates.


Sid Neigum

Photographs by George Pimentel

Although I enjoyed Mr. Neigum’s modern womenswear world, I have to say it felt indeed that I was previewing a collection far more appropriate for walking presently into the tents, as opposed to looking forward to spring outfits. His strange palette of dark plum, charcoal and terracotta orange interspersed with white was hard to get past. Brilliant lines, use of shape and an interesting exploration of laser-cut neoprene were certain highlights.

-Jefre Nicholls is OutWords’ fashion editor


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