1943 was an iconic year in the world of fashion. The first-ever “Fashion Week” (then termed “Press Week”) was held in New York. 75 years later, fashion weeks have spread to cities all over the globe, including our very own…the 6ix.
1943 “Press Week” in New York
Finding the most Instagrammable outfit to wear is one of the biggest dilemmas we fashionistas face leading up to fashion week. In the words of John Galliano, “the joy of dressing is an art”. One of my go-to strategies for planning the perfect outfit is to focus on the accessories. A black clutch such as this Diane von Furstenberg leather printed clutch is just the right glam for a night out on the red carpet.
When September 4th, Day 1 of TFW rolled around, I had finally picked out my outfit for the ‘gram (say yes to the jumpsuit!) and mastered the perfect liquid eye line (thank you Kat Von D!). As I approached Yorkville Village, the venue for this year’s TFW, the atmosphere was electric. The RE/SET designer showroom, which was retailing some of this year’s collections, was buzzing with aspiring designers, and fashion lovers from all over the city. The red carpet guests’ couture ranged from extravagant lengths with chunky jewellery to the athleisure look with jean jackets and white kicks.
This year’s TFW lineup included designers such as Namesake, Christopher Bates and my personal fav – Narces. What I love about Narces’s collections is that the outfits are a reminder to have fun at even the fanciest of occasions. Take the Lula dress (below, left) for example – it’s a floral embellished strapless dress – and it has POCKETS! (which are key in case you don’t know where to put those peanut M&Ms you want to sneak with you on a night out). Another one of my favs of Narces is the Cora dress (below, right), which has a red lip neckline that adds just the right amount of cheeky.
The Narces runway collection had a fun, cheeky theme, with the perfect juxtaposition of garden party and night out. There was something for everyone – tulle and bridal party designs for the romantics, floral appliques for those of us who refuse to accept the end of summer, sequins for the party chic, and headpieces with feathers for those that enjoy just that right amount of drama. After the runway show, I felt inspired, joyful, and relieved knowing that it is totally ok to wear white after Labour Day.
In a backstage interview at TFW, Nikki Wirthensohn Yassemi, the designer behind Narces, was asked how she would describe the woman she designs her clothing for, the “Narces girl” if you would. In response, Nikki said, “The Narces girl is someone who is confident…you have to be confident to have fun with the way you look”.
So be confident, love deeply, laugh loudly and remember the words of Coco Chanel “every day is a fashion show and the world is your runway”. Until next time…
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Sources: smithsonianmag.com, torontofashionweek.to
Photos courtesy torontofashionweek.to, narces.com, smithsonianmag.com and Anisa Shivji